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Humanities Inquiry-Based Learning through Investigation (Geographical/Historical/Social Issues)
Information on the Lower Secondary Humanities (Geography/History) curriculum
Secondary 1 Geographical Investigation – Learning Journey to the Southern Ridges, and Historical Investigation – Learning Journey to the Singapore History Museum and Fort Canning Hill
The Secondary 1 students made a learning journey to the Southern Ridges to carry out a student-directed geographical inquiry and engage with experiential learning. It helped them to develop greater appreciation of the relevance of Geography to their daily lives. As an integral part of the new Lower Secondary History curriculum, the learning journey to the Singapore History Museum for Secondary 1 students provided opportunities for them to conduct historical investigation and learn more about the lifestyles and living conditions of the early immigrants. The students also made a visit to Fort Canning Hill to learn more about archaeological excavation.
Secondary 2 Geographical Investigation – Building a sense of place through the past, present and future (Visit to Tiong Bahru Estate) and Historical Investigation – Learning Journey to the Singapore History Museum
For the Secondary 2 students, Geographical Inquiry was adopted to make learning authentic and challenging. Students conducted inquiry-based fieldwork at Tiong Bahru on the topic of Housing, to evaluate the concept of inclusive housing in one of Singapore's oldest housing estates. The aims of this geographical investigation were: 1) to discover the places in the neighbourhood that are special to the residents and understand the reasons why; and 2) recognise and appreciate how different residents may feel differently about the different places in the neighbourhood. These aims are in line with the Geography syllabus and provided opportunities for students to apply the fieldwork skills they had learnt in class to an authentic learning situation.
Students’ tasks included interviewing residents, shop owners and even tourists about their impressions of the estate, and field sketching at Singapore's last remaining civilian bomb shelter. These IBL tasks helped students to develop a geographical lens when observing and analysing their surroundings.
The Secondary 2 students also made a learning journey to the Singapore History Museum, to conduct historical investigation about the Japanese Occupation, and learn more about the lifestyles and living conditions of the people during that dark period in Singapore’s history.
Geography Inquiry at Tiong Bahru - Interview proprietors
Geography Inquiry at Tiong Bahru - Interview residents
Geography Inquiry at Tiong Bahru - Sketching
Geography Inquiry at Tiong Bahru
Geography Inquiry at Tiong Bahru - Field Sketching
Secondary 3 Humanities Investigation & Inquiry
The Secondary 3 History students benefited from the History Layered Curriculum research package on the topic of Hitler’s Rule, while the Geography students studied weather and climate conditions as part of their Geographical investigation. In addition, all Secondary 3 Humanities students also conducted a Social Studies issue-based inquiry research in collaborative groups, to gain more in-depth understanding and better appreciation of the effects of immigration policies on Singapore’s diverse society.
Secondary 4 Geographical Investigation – The Civic District
For their inquiry-based project, the Secondary 4 students researched on the attractiveness of the Civic District, which comprises of the Ancient Civilisations Museum and various other tourist destinations along the Singapore River. Students designed their own research projects by first coming together to develop their hypothesis, followed by a selection of the relevant methodology such as interviews, internet research and surveys. The students also developed their communication skills as they had to interact with tourists and members of the public during the course of their IBL project.
Partnership and Achievements
Winners for NUS Geography Challenge 2018 (Preliminary Round)
|Top Performing Individuals (Silver)||Classes|
|Neleh Tok Ying Yun
|Top Performing Individuals (Bronze)|
|Ong Pei Chong||4-4|