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Academic Programmes

Beyond preparing our students for academic excellence, the Science Department believes in making science education engaging and intriguing, through scientific inquiry, as well as providing a range of opportunities beyond the classroom to cater to students' passion and interests. We aim to broaden students' interest in science by providing a stimulating environment that will complement and enhance their classroom learning experience.

Learning science through inquiry, with hands-on activities and experiments infused with critical thinking skills, is important in strengthening students' understanding and sustaining their interest in science. In addition, the Innova Science Department believes that students learn best when they learn in structured environments that provide the opportunities for peer construction of knowledge and sense-making.

With this in mind, we select suitable topics that will benefit from the flipped classroom and team-based learning strategy and design student-centric lessons to actively engage students with the material and each other.

ICT-infused Learning

With the advancement of technology. there are many platforms through which students can learn, reflect, evaluate and seek clarification. At lnnova, we leverage ICT and new media to achieve academic excellence. 

Our group of enthusiastic and dedicated science teachers constantly seek out learning opportunities for our students, as well as explore various pedagogies to engage them and deepen their learning experience. We aim to develop a rigorous academic programme through effective teaching and learning processes. 

The department's adoption of ICT via various platforms (such as online resource pages (LMS), instructional videos using the Camtasia software, visualisation tools, social media, mobile devices and apps) not only provides students with educational resources to complement their understanding of scientific concepts, but also allows them to become self-directed and collaborative learners. 

Physics Unit

The Physics Unit uses modeling approach to physics instructions. Teachers focus on asking meaningful questions in authentic contexts, challenge students' existing mindsets, engage students to construct and apply conceptual models. Through well-designed instructional lessons, hands-on learning opportunities and other ICT-enhanced experiments, students acquire necessary teaming skills to achieve applied learning. These activities provide a suite of learning experience for students, from collecting data and predicting results to analysing data and learning to make connections between learning and real world. 

Chemistry Unit

The teaching of chemistry is enhanced by the use of demonstrations. The animation clips are useful in helping students understand abstract concepts. Models of the molecular level are used with a hands-on opportunity to make teaching certain concepts more visual and easier to comprehend. The use of Lab Skills software enables students to visualise and understand the concepts behind experimental techniques for the A-Level syllabus. 

The Chemistry Unit has explored the educational benefits of Camtasia instructional videos to promote self-directed teaming among students. The videos provide a step-by-step guide to solving problems involving crucial chemistry concepts. Besides bridging the learning gaps of students, these videos allow students to formulate questions independently. The videos have been well-received and garnered very positive feedback from the students. Through this teaming platform, students are able to recap on concepts taught during lectures at their own pace. 

Biology Unit

The Biology Unit aims to bring the biology classroom outdoors through a myriad of learning journeys, enrichment programmes and field work. The unit adopts an experiential learning approach through which lnnovians explore the intricacies of biology through interactive hands-on activities. 

The biology laboratories are equipped for DNA experiments including gel electrophoresis and molecular work. Structured experiments are conducted to deepen students' understanding of the biology syllabus -while student-initiated investigations are also carried out to satiate their appetite for scientific knowledge. In addition, lnnovians will also get a chance to conduct experiments on Bacterial Transformation, Restriction Enzyme Analysis etc, at the Singapore Science Centre. lnnovians are also provided with opportunities to attend outreach programmes at institutions like the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (lMCB) to observe how scientists conduct real-world research. Biology students with passion for research will also have opportunities to attend camps like STEP-NUS Brain Camp.