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History

History is a compulsory subject for all lower secondary students in Express and Normal (Academic) courses. Students will learn about Singapore’s national history as well as their Asian heritage through a thematic approach to learning about the Ancient History of India, Southeast Asia and China. In addition, students will be introduced to the process of historical inquiry, which helps them to develop critical thinking skills through opportunities to interpret and evaluate historical sources.

Student will also be introduced to basic Financial Literacy and Economic Literacy as part of the syllabus. These concepts serves to help our students understand the world they live in and to manage themselves better and making informed decisions.

Pedagogies & Modes of Teaching
The teaching and learning of History is done through a variety of teaching strategies, which revolve around the Inquiry-Based Approach. Teachers will adopt different strategies to ensure interest in lessons and to keep students motivated and focused.

Cooperative learning with the aid of ICT tools is also used to encourage self-directed learning as well as higher order thinking.

Key Programmes & Activities
Students will take part in Inquiry-Based Projects where they can conduct historical investigations, while picking up valuable research and collaborative skills.

Social Studies (NT)

The Social Studies (NT) syllabus was implemented with the aim to provide students who are in the predominantly technical-vocational curriculum with a holistic education through the study of the humanities. In Secondary 1, students cover topics on Nationhood and Singapore in the Nation-Building Phase and in Secondary 2, the topics covered are Governance, Living in Peace and Harmony, Managing Our Environment and Looking Ahead. In Secondary 3, students will cover topics on Managing Financial Resources and in Secondary 4, they will look at issues about developing a caring society.

 

Pedagogies & Modes of Teaching

Inquiry-Based Learning infused in Project Work

Problem-Based Learning

Geography

Geography

Geography students can expect to acquire a wide range of knowledge and skills to understand and explain physical and human phenomena, contemporary environmental and social issues that occur in different places and cultures.

They can expect to acquire insights into future challenges through the study of contemporary geographical issues of national, regional and global importance.

Equipped with the skills of gathering and analysing information as well as an inquiring mind to seek answers to issues affecting our lives and the world we live in, Geography students will be prepared for their roles as informed citizens in the 21st century.

The subject will enable students to appreciate the interdependence and fragility of the local and global environment, and the importance of achieving sustainable development.

Geography will also help students develop appropriate attitudes and values that are needed to ensure the sustainable use of resources, preservation of natural environments and the well-being of human society.

 

Pedagogies & Modes of Teaching

There are mainly three modes of teaching used in Geography.

Inquiry-based learning will be the main approach in Geography. This approach facilitates the examination of current issues and problems at the local, regional or global scale from a geographical perspective.

Field-based learning is one of the distinctive attributes of Geography. It is a teaching approach that is valuable in providing our students with ‘hands-on’ experiences to enhance their learning.

Case studies are an integral part of the Geography syllabuses. They provide our students with opportunities to understand, draw links and apply concepts, patterns and processes to situations in the real world.

 

Key Programmes & Activities

  •        Local & Overseas Fieldwork
  •        ICT Enhanced Lessons
  •        Collaborative & Self Directed Learning

Combined Humanities

Combined Humanities is a compulsory subject to be taken by all Express and Normal Academic students in our school. It is made up of two components. All students will take Social Studies. In addition, students will choose to take an elective. In our school, Geography and History electives are offered.

 

Social Studies will allow students the opportunity to explore issues concerning societies in this interdependent world. The subject will help students develop a global perspective and be a responsible member in local and world community.

 

Geography Elective students can expect to acquire a wide range of knowledge and skills to understand and explain physical and human phenomena, contemporary environmental and social issues that occur in different places and cultures.They can expect to acquire insights into future challenges through the study of contemporary geographical issues of national, regional and global importance.

 

History Elective is a subject where students actively engage in historical inquiry to develop themselves into confident, self-directed, critical and reflective thinkers. Students will learn about concepts centred around events after World War I, World War II and the Cold War. Students will develop the ability to organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding through a variety of ways. They will develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past and examine a range of sources critically in their historical context to reach substantiated judgments about the past.

 

Pedagogies & Modes of Teaching

There are mainly three modes of teaching used in Combined Humanities.

Inquiry-based learning will be the main approach in all three components of the subject. This approach facilitates the examination of current issues and problems at the local, regional or global scale from different perspectives that is subject specific.

Social Studies

ICT is a feature of the Inquiry-based Learning approach used in Social Studies. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and explore new knowledge through the use of ICT-enhanced lessons.

Geography

Field-based learning is one of the distinctive attributes of Geography. It is a teaching approach that is valuable in providing our students with ‘hands-on’ experiences to enhance their learning.Case studies are an integral part of the Geography syllabuses. They provide our students with opportunities to understand, draw links and apply concepts, patterns and processes to situations in the real world.

History

Historical inquiry units are planned for students to discover knowledge on their own and linkages to the present situation by drawing parallels. These are important aspects of the Inquiry-based Learning approach used. These help to make students’ learning more meaningful and improve their retention of knowledge.

 

Key Programmes & Activities

·         Local & Overseas Fieldwork

·         ICT Enhanced Lessons

·         Collaborative & Self Directed Learning