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Humanities Department

Department Objectives:

We strive to engage our students and help them gain confidence and passion in the learning of Humanities. Through the study of Geography, History and Social Studies, we also hope to equip our students with thinking skills and prepare them to contribute actively as global citizens, through the acquisition of a range of knowledge and skills to understand and appreciate the complexities of the human experience and the world that we live in.

 

Key Focus and Rationale:

1. Inquiry-based & Issue-based Learning in the Humanities Curriculum
One of the key pedagogies in the delivery of the Humanities curriculum across the different levels and disciplines is the focus on inquiry- or issue-based learning. Instead of just presenting the facts, questions, problems, and scenarios are used to help students learn through their own investigation and reflection. Teachers serve as facilitators to guide students’ thinking and help students make sense of the wealth of information available to them. 
Inquiry- and Issue-based approach to learning helps to encourage critical thinking, investigation and problem solving in the exploration of questions or issues. Students would be equipped with 21st Century skills to become independent and self-directed learners. Geographical and Historical Investigations through field-based and experiential learning offer opportunities for students to engage in the inquiry process.
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Coastal fieldwork @ East Coast Park


2. Nurturing the passion for Humanities
We aim to nurture the passion for Humanities through various experiential learning opportunities such as learning journeys (e.g. visit to Kranji War Memorial on Total Defence Commemoration) and local as well as overseas fieldtrip. The lower secondary Historical and Geographical Investigations as well as fieldwork at the upper secondary levels also serve to develop this love for the Humanities.
Another way in which we have continued to nurture this passion is to place emphasis on making learning meaningful by deepening students’ disciplinary understanding. The latter can be achieved by engaging students in discussion of real-world issues associated with the Humanities.

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Tourism fieldwork @ Little India

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Secondary 1 Historical Investigation @ National Museum


3. Modular Lower Secondary History and Geography
To better help Secondary One students adjust to secondary school life, we have introduced modular History and Geography in the lower secondary levels. The schedule for the modular approach is as follow:

Level Semester One Semester Two
Sec 1 Geography History
Sec 2 History Geography

4. Assessment
Assessment for Learning and Assessment of Learning are pivotal in the Humanities curriculum at SJC. This helps to encourage the ownership of learning and the progressive acquisition of skills and knowledge from the lower to upper secondary levels. We provide the following modes of assessment:
      • Geographical and Historical Investigations, 
      • source-based questions, 
      • short answer questions and 
      • structured questions. 
Students are provided opportunities to engage in formal and alternative assessment tasks at both individual and group levels.
The inclusion of compulsory components such as Geographical Investigation (GI)  & Historical Investigation (HI) allow students opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in authentic setting. In addition, GI fosters thinking skills and helps prepare students for the compulsory fieldwork component in GCE ‘N’ & ‘O’ Levels. The HI process of inquiry fosters critical thinking skills necessary for source analysis in upper secondary source-based questions in both Social Studies and History

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Geography Learning Journey to Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)

Programmes

Social Studies
    • Secondary 4 Express/ Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) Social Studies Revision Clinic Session  
    • Monthly Current Affairs Quiz for Upper Secondary students
    • Learning Journeys
      • The Parliament House (Sec 3E/3NA)
      • Interactive Heritage Trail (Sec 1NT)
      • The Kranji War Memorial (Sec 2NT)

  • History
    • Historical Investigation to the National Museum for Sec 1Exp/NA students (2015)
    • Interactive Heritage Trail (HI) for Secondary 1Exp/NA students (2016)

  • Geography  
    • Secondary 4 Express/ Secondary 5 NA Geography Writing Clinics 
    • NUS Geography Challenge
    • Fieldwork
      • Coastal Fieldwork @ East Coast Park (Sec 4 Express)
      • Tourism Fieldwork @ Chinatown/ Little India/ Merlion Park (Sec 4 Express /Normal Academic)
      • Sengkang Water Trail in collaboration with the Science Department (Sec 2 Express /2 Normal  Academic)