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Incorporation of 21st century competencies in Humanities subjects
To prepare Kranjians for the future, 21st century competencies are integrated into the teaching of Geography, History and Social Studies. The teaching and assessment of these three subjects aim to develop Kranjians’ cognitive competencies in critical thinking, analysis and problem solving, as well as interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies in ethical values, social and organisational skills.
Geographical Investigation & Historical Inquiry
Geographical Investigation and Historical Inquiry provide platforms for Kranjians to conduct authentic historical and geographical research beyond the classroom. For example, Geography students work in teams at Singapore Botanic Gardens to collect data, analyse and present their findings in response to issues of maintaining the garden as a World Heritage Site. At former Ford Motor Factory and Singapore History Gallery, History students analyse sources and artefacts from the past to discover how past societies functioned and think critically between the different interpretations of the past. Through such inquiry-based approach, all Geography and History students exercise and develop self and relationship management skills, which are important for life.
(Photo 1: Students working in groups before Historical Inquiry exercise)
(Photo 2: Upper Secondary Geography students interviewing tourists in Kampung Glam)
Humanities Amazing Race during KSS Humanities Week
The Humanities Amazing Race is a signature programme organised by the Humanities Department to enhance Kranjians’ Humanities learning experiences beyond the classroom. Students participate in interactive games at locations around the city such as *Scape, the Esplanade and Fort Canning. These games are designed to showcase how humanities subjects are integral in their everyday lives. This platform is designed to develop Kranjians’ cognitive competencies in critical thinking, analysis and problem solving, as well as interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies in ethical values, social and organisational skills.
(Photo 3 & 4: Students doing station activities during Humanities Amazing Race)
The Model United Nations
The Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations Conference that aims to educate upper secondary student participants about current and international affairs. Students from different local and international schools will play the roles of delegates representing their assigned countries in councils of their choice, engage in simulated UN debates regarding global issues. They have the opportunity to hone their public speaking, reasoning, research and interpersonal skills, enabling them to come up with plausible and creative solutions to their assigned issue. The Model United Nations is a good platform for Kranjians to deepen their understanding of the complexities of international relations in our highly globalised world.
(Photo 5: Student participants at Hwa Chong International Model United Nations 2018)
(Photo 6: Ng Shu Zhen (3K4, 2018) receiving the Best Delegate title)
National University of Singapore Geography Challenge
The National University of Singapore (NUS) Geography Challenge is a competition that aims to engage, empower and educate Geography students on local and global issues. Through exploring the relevance of Geography in our daily lives, students have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and hone their skills in geographical fieldwork and techniques.
The NUS Geography Challenge has encouraged Kranjians to embark on independent learning and apply disciplinary knowledge to better understand the intricacies of our globalised world.
(Photo 7: Student participants at NUS Geography Challenge 2018)
Historical Scene Investigation
The Historical Scene Investigation is a competition organised by the National Library Board that aims to provide lower secondary student participants an opportunity to apply their historical skills and information literacy skills. Students are required to gather information and interpret sources to solve an authentic historical mystery. In addition, the students were required to research on a topic and present their findings to a panel of judges. This competition has allowed History students to take ownership of their learning and gain insights about History in a fun and exploratory manner.
(Photo 9: Team Kranji presenting during the finals)