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Teaching & Learning Approach

The Humanities Department utilises a variety of teaching strategies to engage and develop the students. Depending on the learning needs and interests of the students, teachers design appropriate lessons that include ICT, peer teaching, experiential learning, etc.

These nurture in the students the passion for the Humanities as well as the necessary knowledge, skills and dispositions of a geographer and historian. The teaching and learning approach also seeks to build important life skills like collaboration, critical thinking and communication.


  1. Beyond Borders Programme (Vietnam)
The Beyond Borders programme is a six-day overseas Learning Journey to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Students learn to better appreciate and develop greater social awareness of social issues in Vietnam and Singapore. With a visit to a Vietnamese school, students foster international understanding, collaboration and bonding with the Vietnamese students. As part of the programme, students have to investigate how the geographical location and history influenced the development of Vietnam.

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  1. Talent Development Programme
The Humanities Department have a number of competitions to cater to students who have the passion for Humanities. These competitions stretch the students and develop life skills like presentation and collaboration.

NUS Geography Challenge



Historical Scene Investigation Challenge


  1. Local Learning Journeys and Fieldtrips
Local Learning Journeys and fieldtrips are key features of the Humanities learning experience at Cedar. These include visits to Chinatown to conduct field work on tourism and to World War II sites to better understand the impact of the Japanese Occupation.

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Assessment is a variety of alternative assessment and summative assessment. Alternative assessment provides opportunities for the students to explore the subject beyond the classroom. It supports the students’ construction of their knowledge and understanding of the Humanities. Furthermore, important life skills like communications and project management are employed. For the summative assessment, there are year-end examination and at least one class test during the the year.