My Pals Are Here! Science International (2nd Edition) series is adapted from the highly effective My Pals are Here! Science series, which is the most widely used primary science programme in Singapore schools. This series employs the same Inquiry-based approach that is structured around the 5E Instructional Model. With a spiral progression in its curriculum, pupils will revisit the concepts at different stages with increasing depth and build a strong foundation in the subject.
Through this series, pupils are encouraged to explore scientific concepts by drawing on their prior knowledge and reflecting on their learning. It empowers them to develop essential process and inquiry skills which enables them to thrive both in science and cross-disciplinary subjects. With the addition of new features, this series provides opportunities for self-directed learning and the development of 21st century competencies. It caters to pupils with various learning styles through a variety of activities which help them to acquire a better understanding of the concepts.
Unit Opener – Uses a relatable context to introduce the topic and looks at how science is a part of our daily lives. The unit opener uses relatable daily life examples to begin the unit, with attractive and engaging photographs. Questions linked to the topic are posed to stimulate curiosity and interest.
Let’s Find Out – Frames learning through key inquiry questions. Provides a list of questions for teachers and students to check learning progress.
Section Heading – Introduces new sections in the form of questions to develop students thinking skills. Section headings are presented as questions to build inquiry skills and engagement with the topic.
Flashback – Builds 21st century skills such as critical thinking, collaboration and communication, through interactive and investigative activities. Consists of guided questions or activities to help develop critical thinking skills. In the process, collaboration and communication skills are nurtured through active discussions.
Quick Check – Helps pupils recall prior knowledge in order to build connections between concepts. Provides prompts to help students create a link to previous concepts.
Language Connect – Tests students understanding of key concepts, allowing for formative assessment. Questions within the unit provide opportunities for students to test their understanding of concepts.
Research – Encourages students to express their understanding of concepts using language skills. Interesting language related activities such as writing short stories, rhymes and synonyms, and storytelling provide opportunities to express science concepts through language in a fun way.
Creative Science – Allows students to build researching skills by investigating interesting topics. Questions that promote curiosity, encourage independent learning and discover fun facts are included.
We Care – Supports mastery of science concepts with engaging art projects. An art-based activity designed for kinaesthetic and visual learners helps to reinforce concepts in an engaging manner.
Science Today – Encourages pupils to be global citizens with a sense of responsibility towards the community. Links to create awareness on current global environmental issues, such as conservation.
What We have Learned – Introduces scientific developments related to topics covered in the unit. Real-life applications of the science concepts from the unit reinforce the relevance to daily life.
Test Yourself – Summarizes and links all the ‘big ideas’ covered in the unit in the form of a concept map. A concept map for visual summary of all learning objectives allows for a quick recap and revision.
Science Words (P1 & P2) – Develops higher-order thinking skills through summative assessment. End-of-unit questions to assess understanding of the unit and incorporate questions that develop higher-order thinking skills.
Science Glossary (P3 to P6) – Provides a list of scientific vocabulary used in the unit. This section highlights scientific terms.