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Overview

The department adopts the 3E approach in delivering our programme that allows for Exposure, Experience and Extension to engage Hildans. Through mindful and customised design and careful curation of the Humanities curriculum and programmes in the studies of Geography, History and Social Studies develops passionate and self-directed lifelong learners. 

Vision   

“Every Hildan a global citizen.”


Objective      

The department aims to develop in our students the values, social emotional competencies and an intrinsic motivation to learn by equipping in them the enduring mindsets and skillsets necessary for the 21st century by adopting Inquiry-based Approach, Visible Thinking, Intellectual Standards, Concept-based Approach in the curriculum.


Key Programmes

Geographical Investigation (GI)

To develop critical and inventive thinkers, the Geography department adopted the inquiry based approach to expose students to local geographical issues.

During the course of their investigation, students used geographical skills acquired in the classroom to design, conduct and analysis their observation and analysis of the issues to helped students to experience impact of geographical issues and gain more in-depth knowledge so as to enhance students’ awareness of community issues and their role as active citizens of the community.

 

Secondary One Geographical Investigation 

Integrating with Outdoor Education and Biology, Secondary One Express and Normal Academic streams conducted investigation on the impact of Human activities on water quality of the water bodies at selected locations.

 

Secondary Two Geographical Investigation 

Customised Geograhical Investigation deliverables were designed for our Secondary Two Normal (Academic) and Express students to investigate the relationship between place and space in Tampines neighbourhood.

 

Historical Investigations (HI)

History came alive through the experience of visiting authentic locations in Singapore, Historical Investigations hope to expose Hildans to local history to develop a deeper appreciation of Singapore’s history and heritage.

Students had the opportunity to go on Historical Investigation (HI) field studies to the National Museum of Singapore and the Memories at Old Ford Factory. Our Secondary One students went to the National Museum of Singapore to research on how Singapore has changed from pre-1819 to the coming of the British.

Secondary Two students visited the Memories at Old Ford Factory to investigate if everyone suffered during the Japanese Occupation. After their field studies, the students were required to complete an Authentic Task in which they had to apply inquiry and inference skills learnt in the classroom.

Through the use of Information and Communications Technology, the students were not just able to collaborate with each other, but they were also able to present their research in interesting ways such as through videos and blogs. This was truly an opportunity for them to learn beyond their classroom, and develop a deeper appreciation of Singapore’s history and heritage.

 

Upper Secondary Geographical Investigation (Humanities/Geography and Geography)

As part of the Upper Secondary Geography Syllabus, students get a chance to go outdoors for fieldwork. They investigate a hypothesis related to tourism, weather studies or coasts, and gather their own data to prove their hypothesis. The experience of outdoor fieldwork truly provides our students an opportunity to apply the knowledge/concepts learned in the classroom to the real world, and through this, acquire new knowledge/concepts.

 

External Competitions/Experience

The Humanities department is keen to tap on available platforms to expose our Hildans to more learning experiences beyond the school. One way to do this is to facilitate participation in external competitions so that Hildans have the opportunity to engage in a variety of programmes and activities to enhance their interest in the Humanities subjects. Some of the activities that students participate in are:

1.        NUS Geographical Challenge

2.        History Day

3.        KC Challenge

4.        History Challenge

 

Humanities Talent Management Programme (available to Secondary Two students)

Nellie Mitchell Programme (Humanities) which aims to extend the academic potential and deepen skills and 21st century competencies of selected students. Programme adopts an inquiry-based approach to get students to conduct investigation on issues. 


Programmes

Lower Secondary Geography

Sec 1 and Sec 2 Geographical Investigation

To develop critical and inventive thinkers, the Geography department adopted the inquiry based approach where students were piqued to investigate issues within the Tampines community. Students in the Secondary One Express and Normal Academic streams, went on a learning journey to Tampines Eco-green during the Learning Beyond Classroom (LBC) week to investigate if the water quality of the water bodies at Tampines Eco-green were affected by human activities there. In Term 3, students in the Secondary Two Express and Normal Academic streams, went on a learning journey to Tampines Avenue 3 to investigate if Tampines has facilities and amenities that cater to all age groups.

During the course of both their investigations, students used geographical skills they acquired in the classroom, and subsequently proceeded to present their observation and analysis of the issues. These Geographical investigations, organized by the lower secondary Geography teachers, not only helped students to gain more in-depth knowledge, but also enhanced students’ awareness of community issues and their role as active citizens of the community.

Sec 1 and Sec 2 Geographical Investigation - Photo 01 Sec 1 and Sec 2 Geographical Investigation - Photo 02
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Lower Secondary History

Sec 1 & 2 Historical Investigations by Humanities Department

With the change in the Lower Secondary syllabus, History came alive for our students as they had the opportunity to go on Historical Investigation (HI) field studies to the National Museum of Singapore and the Memories at Old Ford Factory. Our Secondary One students went to the National Museum of Singapore to research on how Singapore has changed from pre-1819 to the coming of the British. Secondary Two students visited the Memories at Old Ford Factory to investigate if everyone suffered during the Japanese Occupation. After their field studies, the students were required to complete an Authentic Task in which they had to apply inquiry and inference skills learnt in the classroom. Through the use of Information and Communications Technology, the students were not just able to collaborate with each other, but they were also able to present their research in interesting ways such as through videos and blogs. This was truly an opportunity for them to learn beyond their classroom, and develop a deeper appreciation of Singapore’s history and heritage.


Sec 1 & 2 Historical Investigations - Photos

Upper Secondary Geography

As part of the Upper Sec Geography Syllabus, students get a chance to go outdoors for fieldwork. They investigate a hypothesis related to tourism, weather studies or coasts, and gather their own data to prove their hypothesis. The experience of outdoor fieldwork truly provides our students an opportunity to apply the knowledge/concepts learned in the classroom to the real world, and through this, acquire new knowledge/concepts.

Upper Sec Geography Activities Photos

Humanities External Competitions

Humanities Department (Participation in external competitions)

The Humanities department is keen to tap on available platforms to expose our Hildans to more learning experiences beyond the school. One way to do this is to facilitate participation in external competitions so that Hildans have the opportunity to engage in a variety of programmes and activities to enhance their interest in the Humanities subjects. The activities Hildans participated in are:

NUS Geography Challenge on 27 Feb 2016

AKKHAASH PILLAI (3E)
DYLAN WOO WEI BIN (3E)

BECKHAM TOH YUEXI

(3J)

NUS Geography Challenge Members

The 3 Sec 3 Express Geography students competed in an individual round, answering questions related to all aspects of Geography, as well as a team component, in which they had to present their ideas on urban planning for a fictitious city. This required them to apply critical thinking and geographical concepts.

Inter-School Humanities/NE Challenge on 5 March 2016

ANGELINE SARAH SIBERT (3E)
JILLIAN LEONG WAI LAM (3E)
LIM RUI EN ABIGAIL (3E)
PRERANA RAJESH ACHARYA

(3F)

JAMES HUANG YONG HENG

(3F)

Inter-School Humanities/NE Challenge Members

The 5 Sec 3 Pure Geography students pitted their wits against 10 other schools. Organised by Katong Convent, the first part of the challenge was an ‘Amazing Race’ section, where students had to solve puzzles and use their geographical map skills to get to the next location as quickly as possible. The second part of the challenge was a quiz on geography, history and current affairs. Our students came in 1st Runner up and were each awarded a certificate and $30 worth of vouchers, while the school received a plaque.

Visit by Tokyo Metropolitan Koishikawa Education Secondary School

Sec 4G students hosted 40 students and 3 teachers from Tokyo Metropolitan Koishikawa Education Secondary School from Japan on 17 Feb. The students shared about their lives as students and held academic exchanges on a wide range of topics, from environmental management to Japanese food. It was indeed an enriching experience for all as they collaborated on putting the reflections on their learning using ICT tools.

Visit by Tokyo Metropolitan Koishikawa Education Secondary School - Photo 01

Visit by Tokyo Metropolitan Koishikawa Education Secondary School - Photo 02

Visit by Tokyo Metropolitan Koishikawa Education Secondary School - Photo 03

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