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SKILLS AND PROCESSES

Pupils are provided with opportunities to apply learned concepts and skills, by engaging the surrounding environment and its processes and phenomena, for the purpose of inquiry, awareness and self-development.

Skills
Observing 
This is the skill of using our senses to gather information about objects or events. This also includes the use of instruments to extend the range of our senses.

Comparing
This is the skill of identifying the similarities and differences between two or more objects, concepts or processes.

Classifying 
This is the skill of grouping objects or events based on common characteristics.

Using apparatus and equipment
This is the skill of knowing the functions and limitations of various apparatus, and developing the ability to select and handle them appropriately for various tasks.

Communicating
This is the skill of transmitting and receiving information presented in various forms - verbal, pictorial, tabular or graphical.

Inferring
This is the skill of interpreting or explaining observations or pieces of data or information.

Predicting
This is the skill of assessing the likelihood of an outcome based on prior knowledge of how things usually turn out.

Analysing 
This is the skill of identifying the parts of objects, information or processes, and the patterns and relationships between these parts.

Generating possibilities
This is the skill of exploring all the alternatives, possibilities and choices beyond the obvious or preferred one.

Evaluating
This is the skill of assessing the reasonableness, accuracy and quality of information, processes or ideas. This is also the skill of assessing the quality and feasibility of objects.

Formulating hypothesis
This is the skill of making a general explanation for a related set of observations or events. It is an extension of inferring.

Processes
Processes are complex operations which require the use of several skills.

Creative Problem Solving
Analysing a problem and choosing an innovative and relevant solution to alter a problem situation.

Decision-Making
Establishing and applying criteria to select from among seemingly equal alternatives with consideration to consequences and values.

Investigation
Formulating questions or hypotheses and creating fair methods that are then carried out to verify the stated hypotheses.

Practical Test

  • Active engagement in skills and processes
    • Observing
    • Comparing
    • Classifying
    • Using apparatus and equipment
    • Communicating
  • Science laboratory based
  • During curriculum ~ 20mins to complete 4 questions
  • Individual assessment
  • Briefed and conducted by a Science teacher

Performance Based Assessment

  • Active engagement in skills and processes
  • Science laboratory / classroom / outdoor based
  • Answer 2 to 4 questions
  • During curriculum ~ 30mins
  • Briefed and conducted by their Science teachers
  • Assessed on individual performance

Assessment Weightage

Level Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Primary 3 Continual Assessment 1 (10%) Semestral Assessment 1 (30%) Continual Assessment 1 (10%) Semestral Assessment 2 (50%)
Primary 4 Continual Assessment 1 (10%) Semestral Assessment 1 (30%) Continual Assessment 1 (10%) Semestral Assessment 2 (50%)
Primary 5 Continual Assessment 1 (10%) Semestral Assessment 1 (30%) Continual Assessment 1 (10%) Semestral Assessment 2 (50%)
Primary 6 Continual Assessment 1 Semestral Assessment 1 Preliminary Examinations Primary School Leaving Examination

Written Paper: P3, 4 and 5

CA1

Booklet Item Type Number of Questions Marks per 
Questions
Total Marks
A Multiple-choice 15 2 30
B Open-ended 7 2, 3 or 4 20
Total 50
Duration: 1 hour

CA2

Paper Item Type No. of Questions Marks per 
Questions
Total Marks Duration
Practical Test Open ended 4 2, 3 or 4 10 20 minutes
Written Paper Multiple choice

Open Ended
12

6
2

2, 3 or 4
40 50 minutes

SA1 and SA2

Booklet Item Type Number of Questions Marks per 
Questions
Total Marks
PBA 2, 3 or 4 3, 4 or 5 10
A Multiple-choice 25 2 50
B Open-ended 14 2, 3 or 4 40
Total 100
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Written Paper: P6

CA1

Booklet Item Type Number of Questions Marks per 
Questions
Total Marks
A Multiple-choice 15 2 30
B Open-ended 7 2, 3 or 4 20
Total 50
Duration: 1 hour

SA1 and Preliminary Examination

Booklet Item Type Number of Questions Marks per 
Questions
Total Marks
A Multiple-choice 30 2 60
B Open-ended 14 2, 3 or 4 40
Total 100
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes