Our Science teachers are enthusiastic about teaching and always explore different teaching strategies to cater for students’ needs. To benefit students more, our teachers joined the following two programmes for professional development.
In 2011, our Science teachers began to include the Language-Across-Curriculum Programme with English and other content subjects. Teachers have also worked closely with the Language Learning Support Section (LLSS) of the Education Bureau for nearly two years. A school-based curriculum and materials have been developed since 2011, to help students learn Science in English.
From 2012 to 2015, teachers joined another project called " Promoting Assessment for Learning in Junior Secondary Science through Identifying Students' Learning Difficulties from Secondary Analysis of TIMSS and Refining Classroom Learning and Teaching Practices ", which was organized by The University of Hong Kong. In this project, some appropriate learning, teaching, and assessment strategies were developed. Some teaching and learning activities that addressed students’ difficulties in learning scientific concepts were also designed for them.
Besides, a nearly $1 million dollar STEM Education Project QEF has already been approved. With the incoming funds, the STEM project will be started in the second term of the school year 2020-2021.
S1 – S2 Science Programmes and STEM/Science Activities
The Language-Across-Curriculum programme has been offered to our junior forms students since 2011. Our science curriculum has been trimmed and reorganized, to help students establish both their language and conceptual development. Teachers have developed the materials in the following three main areas: vocabulary learning, reading and writing in Science and examination strategies. Teachers also organize some vocabulary games for students, to increase their interest.
Vocabulary Games and Activity
“Big Screen TV” Game
Setting up a BBQ to boil water based on the knowledge learnt in LAC materials
Other than the Language-Across-Curriculum program, unifying concepts and the development of STEM education are also our foci.
To help our students see the overarching coherence in the understanding of the natural world, the following two unifying concepts, i.e. concepts of “Conservation of Energy” and “Conservation of Mass” are highlighted in our curriculum. Different experiments and teaching activities have been designed, so that students can understand these two concepts more easily.
Mass before and after mixing
Apart from acquiring content knowledge, our curriculum also emphasizes and develops our students, so that they can integrate and apply their knowledge and skills in problem-solving and even design inventions with hand-on experience. Therefore, our teachers and senior forms students always organize different STEM/Science activities and workshops for junior forms students to join. Besides, students gifted in STEM/Science are also selected and coached to have external STEM/Science competitions.
(1) Science Project
DIY flying paper butterflies
DIY shock absorbers
(2) Other STEM/Science Activities
Making a straw and paper shooter
Shooting their straw and paper shooter
“Electric Shock” activity
“Amazing Eyes” experiment
(3) Science Visit
(a) “Fruitful Field Study Course” called “The Microscopic World”
Collecting flowers and documenting them.
Collecting pollen samples from the stamen.
Using the microscope to observe a dissected flower.
Drawing the structure of a dissected flower.
(b) Science Drama Show
(4) STEM Workshops
Making a homemade lava lamp
Making “Mystery Bead Bottle”
(5) STEM Competitions
HK Paper Airplane Contest 2017 Team
22nd Hong Kong Youth Science & Technology Innovation Competition - Science Fiction Drawing: DNA (Diagnosis, Network, Automation)The drawing receiving a Merit Award
Smart City Project Team