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Science Fun Science Topics - Energy

2018 – Heat & Temperature (p4 science)

All set, all ready!

Teaching how to read the thermometer is the stepping stone for any temperate readings in experiments. Taught E how to read in 2 different temperature settings, hot and cold. Safety precautions needed to be in place when dealing with hot water. Adult supervision is needed.

E had to shade the temperature templates in the Investigative Tasks sheet after observing.

Something ‘magical’ about this cup? Watch how. It’s a good learning tool to teach heat gain and heat loss.

Another cool hand boiler activity!

I believe all children are capable of writing key notes in their learning, given the space, time and environment for this. Lovely work!

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Science Fun Science Topics - Interactions

2018 – Ramps & Forces (p6 science)

X was the Lone Ranger in completing his experiment alone (for now), but he is really responsible and has a very good attitude to complete the activity from start to end.

From setting up to measuring to recording, he has displayed a very serious yet sporting attitude. Great job!

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Science Fun Science Topics - Interactions

2018 – Magnet Fun! (p4 science)

My p4s did a magnet fun activity today. Went through the basic lesson contents and off they were to their activity!

They were to find 10 objects in the room, and predict which items were magnetic/non-magnetic. After which, they were to use a magnet to test, as shown below.

After recording their observations, they wrote in their Investigative Tasks book and did some reflection.

Great job!

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Science Fun Science Topics - Interactions

2018 – Up & Away (p6 science)

Did this activity again, this time with my p6 girls.

Another good work produced!

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Science Fun Science Topics - Cycles Science Topics - Systems

2018 – Seed Dispersal (p5 science)

Did a quick experiment on seed dispersal before lesson ended and time is always not enough, they whined. Haha…

Testing out their seeds and they enjoyed the process of watching their seeds touch the ground. Beautiful swirl of seed dispersal here. Took the opportunity to build in key concepts in them too. Learning is every where!

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Science Fun Science Topics - Diversity Science Topics - Interactions

2018 – Mouldy Bread, Stacking Cups (p6 science)

Results from last week’s experiment was interesting. The boys had never seen orange mound and they were curious. It’s good exposure that their vocab extends beyond ‘black, grey, green’ in describing fungi.

Went through recap and building in of key words via the experiment.

Next on, stacking cups with food chain templates. Gave my instructions and they set off to complete their own food web in cups.

Although I’m not sure how a sea otter will manage to prey on the kangaroo, but it’s a good class discussion to discuss predator prey relations in the ecosystem.

Last activity, eraser challenge! This tied in with the energy changes they had learnt and they recapped the energy changes taking place when they are moving. Good leaning point and the boys were really competitive. All were winners and they took back their prizes.

Recapping key words is crucial in their learning and one of the suitable ways is really through fun. Of course, the last leg of the lesson is some serious seat work.

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Science Fun Science Topics - Systems

2018 – Cells (p5 science)

Took me a few tries to get this beauty captured in its glory. We did cells for today’s lesson and after going through some main points, off they go for some experiment time!

My instructions for them were to observe what they see and to draw accordingly.

The students took turns to observe the specimens and drew what they saw. Very interesting work they produced. Although some were incorrect, but it was a well done job. They did draw what they observed and that was the effect I wanted. Small group discussion while I reinforced the concepts of cells.

Wonderful work, right?

It was the boys’ first lesson and am glad they enjoyed themselves.

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Testimonials

2018 – Model Parent

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I love how this parent react to her girl’s not so good results. Indeed, whether a child does well or not in exams, it is like a side dish. The main dish is more of how well a child is able to grasp the topics and understanding. A child may have a good understanding on the contents of a topic, but may be weak in applying or other factors that we need to investigate and re-mediate. And the results reflected may or may not be true of a child’s actual capability. If only more parents think like her and not treat each marks on paper as their children’s measure of success. Of course, I want my students to achieve good results too, but in the process, there must be actual learning, processing and understanding. We will strive on to work hard together!

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English Fun

2018 – K2/P4 English

First lesson for F but it seems she’s really comfortable doing her tasks. She looks really at home. Which I’m happy to let her be, as my other students do the same too.

I’ve decided to ditch the usual assessment books and challenge her to think out of the box. Passed her a stack of cards and gave her some instructions. She got straight to work.

After her previous task was done, my next instruction was to get her to do a simple mind mapping using W+H.

Beautiful work, isn’t it? I love seeing how my students learn, in a somewhat unconventional way.

Last task, to complete the 4 pictures into mini stories using what she had brainstormed previously.

As for S, she took quite a while to warm up and she became really chatty when lesson ended. To prepare for p1, I prefer to use my way to help her cope with p1. I like to start from simple sentences and build up to more complex ones. Making use of coloured cards with simple words and sentences, with pictures attached. This helps students to make connections easily.

I like her interpretation of how she draws, that helps her to make connections too.

All done in a day’s work!