To support teaching and learning of Science, we have:
· 2 Science laboratories
· Science Learning Hub
The Science Learning Hub is divided into 2 main gardens with many different areas to showcase different types of plants.
The department has also introduced Digital Trails in the gardens. With this, our Anthonians are now able to learn independently with just clicks away on the Ipad!
MSD International GmbH (Singapore Branch) has funded some of our Science facilities eg Solar-powered Water Wheel in the Science Pond & Science Learning Hub and 2 Rainwater Harvesting Tanks.
Food Waste Machine
Food wastage machine is being placed at the canteen. This was given by Hong Kah North Community Club to help support food waste minimisation programmes at St Anthony’s Primary School. Pupils were taught how food waste can be converted into a useful resource. Through this conversion, fertiliser can be used in our garden.
4 VIA and School Programmes
Values in Action (VIA)
Values in Action (VIA) are learning experiences that support pupils’ development as socially responsible citizens who contribute meaningfully to the community, through the learning and application of values, knowledge and skills. VIA nurtures pupil ownership over how they contribute to the community. As part of VIA, pupils reflect on their experience, the values they have put into practice, and how they can continue to contribute meaningfully.
P1 and P2 VIA: Litter Free School Community – Clean
Our P1 and P2 Anthonians were given an opportunity to take ownership during the Values-in-Action project by keeping the tables clean after their meals. They wanted to ensure that their peers can enjoy the clean environment during their meals. Through this project, the Anthonians have developed a sense of responsibility by cleaning the canteen tables and benches on their own. They also learn to be considerate to others. At the end of the project, the pupils reflected on the achievement of the goals set. In addition, they drew and wrote on how they can apply the values learnt through this project in their daily life.
P3 VIA: Litter Free School Community
The P3 VIA this year was on 'Litter-Free School Compound'. The pupils started their VIA by completing a checklist to identify the areas in the school which needed improvement in cleanliness. They also gave suggestions on how the situation can be improved. Each class was also assigned different areas in the school to take care of throughout the year. On 27 Feb, the pupils participated in the 'Buddy Clean' program. Through this VIA, the P3 Anthonians learned to take responsibility and care of the school environment, thus being respectful and kind to the school helpers. They also learned to take ownership of their community spaces and be advocates of a litter free environment to their peers and people in the community.
P4 VIA: Stop Food Wastage
Through this VIA, our Primary 4 Anthonians learnt about the community issues and the needs of others. They also contribute to the improvements in schools, at home as well as in the community. They play an active role to educate all Primary 1 pupils not to waste food unnecessarily. In addition, the Anthonians shared important messages on food waste reduction with their family members as well as to encourage more parents to play their part in reducing food wastage through family pledge and collection of fruit peels from home and in school.
P5 VIA: A Litter-Free Environment
All Primary 5 Anthonians participated in the litter-free environment programme through VIA. They were divided into groups and went out to the neighbourhood on different days to spread anti-littering messages to the community. The pupils designed their own posters and went around the nearest neighbourhood to pick up litter and to share with the residents the importance of keeping our environment clean and green. We also gave the opportunity to our school cleaners to assess the cleanliness of all classrooms during Whole-school Operation Clean-up.
Outreach Programme: Dengue Sharing
Science and Environmental Club members went around some homes for the Dengue Mobster House Visit. They shared on good practices on how to prevent mosquito breeding to the residents using the dengue prevention flyers provided by NEA. Besides, they also did their sharing around the school. They reflected on their own practices at home and learnt how to prevent mosquito breeding, sharing these tips with the residents in the neighbourhood.
P2: Biodiversity (Playtime with Doo and Ollie)
The ‘Playtime with Doo and Ollie’ lesson was designed to educate primary school kids about the importance of the threatened seagrass habitat on Singapore’s shores. In conjunction with the Biodiversity Week for Schools 2019, pupils also learnt about the benefits that seagrasses have on biodiversity. Pupils were excited and engaged viewing the video about seagrass and had fun learning with activities like puzzles. It was an enriching learning experience for the pupils.
Youth and Environment Day (YED)
The school works very closely with parents and members of the PSG to support our programmes.
The school also participates in many environmental education events hosted by the NEA and other organisations.
6 Science Curriculum Programmes
P3 Digital Trail
Our Primary 3 Anthonians took to the Native Garden to learn more about some of our local plants. Our little botanists got their hands dirty - observing, smelling and touching various parts of the plants.
Through such hands-on learning approach, our pupils were immersed into nature, experiencing first-hand the diversity of the natural eco-system. The first part of the experience included a teacher-guided tour of the garden. Our pupils were introduced to the plants and their various parts.
Through this tour, they saw that there were different types of plants, with different types of parts. The pupils also got to observe the animals (namely ants and caterpillars) at work in the garden. They saw how these animals relied on plants for food (leaves and nectar) and shelter. It was an eye-opener for the pupils when they saw how their textbook came alive through this experience.
In the second part of the lesson, our little botanists had to scan the QR code of each plant with their iPads in order to access information on the plants and complete a crossword puzzle. The lesson was without doubt a memorable and enjoyable one for the pupils.
P3 Learning Journey to Botanic Garden
In today’s visit to the Botanic Garden, our Primary Three students got to see first-hand the various types of flora and fauna at the garden. With the guidance of botanists from NParks, students were given a guided-tour around the Botanic Garden. They were introduced to different types of plants in the gardens, and they got to observe and touch the various types of leaves. The pupils also got to witness the different animals in action. By the end of the learning journey, our pupils had a better understanding of the diversity of plants.
Learning Journey to Science Centre to learn more about states of matter
This year, Primary 4 pupils went to Singapore Science Centre to learn about the different states of matter. Pupils acted as particles found in solid, liquid and gas. As they acted out as these particles, they were able to better comprehend the movement and arrangement of the particles in the different states of matter. Through the various exciting demonstrations shown in the Science Centre, pupils learnt about how different states of matter can change when heat is applied. Expansion and contraction on matter was also observed from the experiments conducted in the lecture hall. It was an eye-opening experience for our Anthonians!
DNA Lab @ Singapore Science Center
How do plant and animal cells look like? Our Anthonians got to look at the cells under the microscope to find out the answer. They also found out the important role DNA plays in our lives. It was so much fun!
Learning Journey to Botanic Garden
Our pupils went on LJ to Singapore Botanic Garden (SBG) and was introduced to the growth of rubber industry, starting from seeds taken from Brazil to the discovery of new rubber tapping.
They were told that besides the research on rubber tapping, developing new orchid types is one of the research works that SBG focused on for the past years.
Pupils were also guided to the "5-dollar" tree and was told why the tree was fenced up and how SBG aims to keep the tree strong and alive for future generations.