PSLE Science can give your Primary school-goer sleepless nights. The subject syllabus is drafted by Singapore's Ministry of Education and is considered one of the toughest. It is easy to understand why Primary students are apprehensive about the subject.
Yes, PSLE Science is a tough nut to crack. Nonetheless, studying it doesn't have to be arduous. Teachers and parents can use interactive videos and games to ease students into this intimidating territory. Above all, what's the point in teaching Science without experiments? Scientific experiments enlighten children in the most exciting ways. Hands-on experiments enable children to understand even the most complex scientific concepts. This understanding is crucial for children to breeze through PSLE Science revision and, eventually, the real exam.
When we say science experiments, we do not mean expensive equipment, big labs, and white coats. The most effective experiments are possible right from the comfort of your home or classroom. Let's get started!
Experiment 1. Lemon Volcano
This is one of the best and most exciting experiments to teach Primary students the concept behind volcanic eruptions.
Experiment 2: Magic Flowers
Science is all about animals and plants. This is a great experiment to demonstrate water absorption from the roots to the other parts of the plant.
Experiment 3: Rain In A Cup
The Primary syllabus introduces students to the science behind rainfall. This experiment lets them visualise the process and explore concepts like osmosis and the water cycle.
Experiment 4: Lava Lamps
This PSLE Science experiment is an easy way to demonstrate the concept of Liquid Density.
This activity helps children learn the following facts:
Experiment 5: Hello, Mr.Penguin
This cute little experiment will help students understand how feathers help keep penguins warm and dry.
You will need:
You can use another picture drawn with ordinary colours, repeat the experiment with the blue water, and ask students to compare the results.
What this experiment teaches:
Wax crayons are a non-polar system with a strong dispersion force. The penguin on the paper is protected by the wax in the crayons, which repels the polar properties of water. Similarly, penguin feathers are water-proof and keep the bird dry and warm.
Experiments are synonymous with Science. But there are other ways to incorporate love and interest in the subject to make PSLE Science revision easy in Primary 6.
1. Build an association with daily life
There are numerous ways to associate Science with daily life. It is the best way to help students understand basic concepts and retain them in memory for life. You can teach them about digestion when they have a meal or take them for a walk in the garden to explain plant life.
2. Encourage hands-on learning
Bring out the hidden scientist in your child by encouraging them to trial and experiment with simple hands-on processes. It is a great opportunity to foster teamwork, fuel their curiosity and create an interest in PSLE Science from the early years.
3. Provide resources
Curiosity is a good asset to learning Science. The more questions your child asks, the more they learn. When encouraging them to ask questions, you should also provide the right resources to find their answers. Yes, there is Google. But let's not forget the good old books, encyclopedias loaded with information. You may also provide access to informative videos. However, do ensure that they are relevant and age-appropriate.
PSLE Science can be tough, but it is designed to lay a strong foundation for students to tackle tougher concepts in their higher studies. A successful PSLE revision relies on good conceptual understanding, which can be strengthened with easy-to-do experiments.
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