‘We are a dynamic team who seek to explore connections between people and the environment over time to gain a holistic perspective of global and local issues’.
Learning Journeys are part of the experiential learning advocated by the department. To develop a high cultural quotient in our pupils, many overseas LJs have been organised whereby Cedarians get to interact with pupils from schools visited in Beijing, Nanjing, Chiangmai, Kanchanaburi as well as perform CIP activities for the elderly and children. Since 2008, the whole Secondary 2 cohort goes on an overseas Learning Journey to Peninsular Malaysia. To collaborate with overseas partners to deepen our pupils’ learning and development, we invited pupils and teachers from our twinning school, Sekolah Tun Fatimah (STF) in Johore Bahru, to join in our LJs to Cameron Highlands, FRIM in Selangor and farmstay in Muar. Once again in March 2009, Secondary 2 pupils went on their overseas LJ to Malaysia with pupils and teachers from our partner school in Hong Kong, Good Hope School; and we visited and interacted with pupils from Sekolah Sri Aman in Petaling Jaya as well as STF in Johore Bahru.
In June 2009, Secondary 3 pupils and 2 teachers went on a fieldwork-cum-history trip to the UK. River and coastal studies were conducted Flatford Mill Field Centre. The girls got up close to nature during their fieldwork in the woods and learnt more about World War II from visits to the museums.
In June 2011, Secondary 3 students and 2 teachers went on a fieldwork-cum-history trip to Barcelona, Spain. Tutors from the Barcelona Field Studies Centre guided participants through data collection and analyses to verify concepts or hypotheses formulated to examine geographical issues. Visits to places of interest such as La Rambla and the Catalan Museum of Archaeology helped students learn and appreciate the history of Spain, especially the Civil War and Roman civilisation.
In June 2011, another group of Secondary 3 students and 2 teachers, together with counterparts from Victoria School, visited Ho Chi Minh City, bringing participants to geographical and historical places of interest such as Cu Chi Tunnel, Can Gio Biosphere Reserve, the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP), while at the same time undertaking a CIP project to an orphanage for victims of Agent Orange.
The creation of Humanities e-Books on the school’s LMS showcases pupils’ efforts at setting questions and providing the highest level answers, based on selected issues or topics. Wiki pages are used to host pupils’ performance tasks as well as provide additional multi-media resources to engage pupils in their learning.
Pre-test preparation and post-test evaluation is a 2-pronged strategy in the Humanities academic programme for all levels.
Continuous learning is important as Humanities teachers have undertaken Action Research projects in assessing pupils’ oral skills and field studies. Geography teachers are using UbD pedagogy and the lesson study structure to engage pupils in the study of vegetation whilst History teachers are using games to engage pupils in decision making.
Humanities teachers have participated in many TWA programmes eg to Chengdu University, National Archives, MOE Corp Comms, PSA, CAAS and SSEAYP, Temasek Poly.