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Applied Learning Programme
Nurturing Communities of Reflective and Independent Learners through Thinking Curriculum
Kranji’s Applied Learning Programme is centred on the Thinking Curriculum, a broad and flexible framework that guides the teaching strategies used to enrich classroom learning. The Thinking Curriculum permeates through all subject areas and equips students with critical thinking and inventive skills.
The key outcomes of the Thinking Curriculum include:
• Fostering a deeper understanding of academic content
• Equipping students with the tools and skills to sharpen their thinking processes
• Encouraging a disposition for critical and inventive thinking within and outside of the classroom
• Provision of platforms to pursue interest-based learning and creativity
Kranji also develops students’ interests in various areas through an in-house THink, INquire in Kranji (THINK) Programme. Through the THINK Programme, students develop future-ready skills and are given the platform to apply such skills.
In the THINK Programme, students:
• Learn Thinking Routines that aims to make thinking visible to themselves and others
• Learn Research and Information Literacy Skills that help them thrive in this information age
• Develop communication and collaborative skills by engaging in an inquiry project
The THINK Programme spans over one year, from Semester 2 of Secondary 1 to Semester 1 of Secondary 2. In Secondary 1, students learn Thinking Routines and Research and Information Literacy Skills in lessons designed and taught by Kranji teachers. In Secondary 2, students collaborate on investigative projects of their interest and choice.
At the end of the programme, students present their projects at the THINK Carnival, sharing their learning with the rest of the school.
The THINK programme functions as an innovative and safe space for students to exercise independent and collaborative learning, such that they are able to create solutions to real world problems. The thinking skills taught are translatable and relevant in any context, and an extension of this takes place through other ALP programmes.
Community in Nature (CIN) Ambassadors Programme
The thinking skills acquired by students through the Thinking Curriculum forms the backbone for critical and inventive thinking, which enables Kranjians to lead in areas of their interests and champion a cause. Biodiversity outreach and education efforts were seeded by our Green Ambassadors, who aspire to advocate for biodiversity conservation through youth and public engagement in biodiversity trails.
In 2018, the Green Ambassadors developed biodiversity trail packages in three different parks (Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Labrador Nature Reserve and Coney Island Park) for the Secondary 1 Express and NA students as part of an informal learning experience. The budding success of the nature trails led to a partnership with the National Parks Board (NParks) in 2019, providing additional platforms for the Green Ambassadors to grow in the area of biodiversity research and communication.
Leveraging on this partnership, the Green Ambassadors continued to employ thinking skills to sharpen their trail resources to infuse inquiry into biodiversity learning. In conjunction with Biodiversity Week for Schools 2019, the Green Ambassadors were invited to lead Lower Secondary students from other schools in a biodiversity trail in Coney Island Park to broaden the scale of impact to other youths in Singapore.
As part of Outward Bound Singapore’s (OBS) signature environmental outreach programme, Project Island-A-Hand (PIAH), our Green Ambassadors were also invited to host the public in our Coney Island Park biodiversity trail. This platform provided an opportunity for our students to inspire action for conservation through developing an appreciation for our natural heritage.
Moving forward, our Green Ambassadors will continue to explore biodiversity trails, conservation and research work in Kranji Marshes, Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve, with an aim to propagate biodiversity conservation efforts through adoption of the area.
Humanities Model United Nations
Kranjians are given the opportunity to attend inter-school Humanities Model United Nations (HMUN) Conferences to debate and share their views about agendas concerning current affairs and international politics. Through this programme, students gain an insight into the complexities of international relations and realpolitik, and gain hands-on experience about what the real United Nations (UN) does on a day-to-day basis. Students play the roles of delegates representing their assigned countries, engaging in simulated UN debates regarding global issues.
Hwa Chong Institution Science Research Programme
In conjunction with Hwa Chong Institution’s (HCI) annual Project’s Day, selected Science students form a team to work on a science research project under the project strand of ‘Experimental research’. Guided by attached teacher mentor(s) and an external research trainer from the Science Centre, the science research process is conducted in the Science Research Centre at HCI. Students present their research findings, which are evaluated by judges from HCI.
Through its myriad of exciting programmes that cater to a variety of interests, Kranji’s ALP equips the students with future-ready skills while bringing the joy of learning and innovation both inside and outside the classroom.