We seek to cultivate in students a lifelong passion for the Humanities subjects by exposing them to a variety of programmes and hands on activities. Through our curriculum that focuses on inquiry based learning, we also seek to equip students with critical and analytical skills that will prepare them to take on future challenges with ease while at the same nurturing a love for the country by being responsible citizens.
Social Studies: Entrepreneurship Programme for Sec 3 Normal Technical Social Studies
The Humanities Department conceptualized an experiential learning entrepreneurship programme for Secondary 3NT students. This programme focuses on learning to be student-centered, purposeful and informal. Students were given the opportunity to apply their learning from Humanities lessons (Social Studies and Elements of Business Skills) through the planning and executing of a student-run business. Furthermore, as the programme links to the school’s VIA program, students were given the opportunity to reflect and enforce on certain character values such as empathy and compassion. As the students prepare to run a Bazaar at the end of Term 3, Teachers serve not as content deliverers but as facilitators for students to grasp concepts through the act of doing.
We believe strongly that the provision of an authentic learning environment incorporating meaningful learning experiences will enhance and make the learning of Financial Literacy more palatable to meet the interests, profile and needs of our Secondary 3NT Pupils.
History: Historical Investigations
To enhance the students’ learning, Secondary 1 and 2 students were given the opportunity to embark on historical investigations that revolved around the concepts of archaeology and conflict.
In 2018, renowned archaeologist, Dr. John N Miksic, was invited to Clementi Town Secondary to share with the students about his various archaeological digs and the rich findings that he had accumulated in his many years as an archaeologist. Students were then given the opportunity to simulate an archaeological dig using the various archaeological pits found around our school.
Over the years, our Secondary Two students were given the opportunity to embark on customized trails around key World War II sites such as Kranji War Memorial and Fort Factory. In 2019, students were given the opportunity to explore Fort Siloso as part of their Historical Investigations. Students were able to learn more about Singapore’s darkest moments through the trails which our department teachers have specially crafted for them.
Geography: Geographical InvestigationsOur choice of Geographical Investigation approach is by offering students choices in fieldwork. This form of inquiry-based learning allows students to engage proactively in their own investigation where the role of the teacher is of a facilitator in the classroom and at the field. Students were given the autonomy to decide on their hypothesis and were empowered to select their tools and methods of investigation. Figure 1 shows the GI process that the teachers had designed, aimed at driving students’ intrinsic learning motivation as they get to investigate an issue/ problem that interests them.
“People tell you what to do…then there is no freedom. We may not be interested in the tasks that the teachers have set for us to complete.” -- Ong Jing Hern, 4A1 (2018)
“I like and enjoy the way we are doing our fieldwork. It is fun as we get to investigate what we want to know. We discussed and debated how to solve the problems we encounter during fieldwork.”
-- Crispus and Jun Jie, 4A1
“I like how we are given the freedom to choose what we can investigate. It’s fun! At least I know what I am doing and why and how we are doing it.”
- Student A, 3NA
The Singapore Footprints is a heritage trail based on the concept of an amazing race around prominent neighborhoods around Singapore which has evolved since 2006. It has in recent years, incorporated the use of Smart phones to leverage on ICT to engage and excite students in learning about the rich history and heritage of different locations in Singapore. Through these trails, students get to learn more about the rich history of neighborhoods like Clementi, Queenstown and Jurong.
Students will also get to understand the importance of conservation. From the sites visited, they will understand the possible constraints faced during conservation, and also how conservation involves not just simply the preservation of the building structure, but also reintegrating the site for current use to maintain its relevance. Through comprehending the process of conservation, it instills in students a sense of pride and commitment to their living environments and hopefully ignites in them a passion to be stewards of our heritage.
Humanities Trip to Ho Chi Minh
In November last year, the Humanities department brought some students to Ho Chi Minh as means of providing students with experiential learning opportunities, beyond the classroom as well as to build a deeper understanding of Vietnamese history, culture and heritage.
Students had the opportunity to visit several places of interest including the Cu Chi Tunnels which were built in order to counter the American forces. The Cu Chi Tunnels were an elaborate network of underground tunnels during the Vietnam War. Students had the opportunity to experience how it was like living in these tunnels during the Vietnam War.
Students also visited the Can Gio Biosphere Reserve, which is a listed UNESCO site, serving as an important wildlife sanctuary in Vietnam. It is dominated by mangroves and many rare species of fauna and flora. Through this trip, students’ learning was greatly enriched as they learnt first-hand about the history and culture of Vietnam.