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 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: Photojournalism
Upper Secondary students were involved in an inquiry based project work for Social Studies that required them to construct knowledge on local and global issues.
Students were taught research skills to enable them to create products such as infographics and presentations that reflect on their learning. Students then shared their rich learning with their peers and visitors through an exhibition.
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.
For the Secondary Two students, they were given the opportunity to
embark on a trail around World War II sites in Singapore as part of their Historical
Investigations. The NE Ambassadors together with the Humanities Department and
the National Heritage Board designed a smart phone facilitated trail around World
War II sites such as Kranji War Memorial. Students were able to learn more
about Singapore’s darkest moments through this engaging and interactive trail.
Geography: Geographical Investigations
Our 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
“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 Singapore which has evolved since 2006. It has in recent years,
incorporated the use of Smart phones and QR codes to leverage on ICT to engage
and excite students in learning about the rich history and heritage of
different locations in Singapore.
Students embarked on smartphone facilitated trails at ethnic enclaves "pushed" down to them by GPS when they correctly arrive at the location. In recent years, the scope of the trails has broadened to include the Clementi Trail and Bukit Timah Nature Trail designed by the Humanities and National Education team at Clementi Town Secondary School.
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.