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Philosophy/Rationale

The curriculum is designed for our students to understand the spatial location, distribution and relationship of human and physical phenomena. The study of these geographical phenomena, using geographical investigation and interpretation skills, seeks to understand the spatial patterns and relationships of the four geographical spheres – atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere, at different scales. It endeavours to provide accurate, orderly and rational description and interpretation of the variable character of the Earth's surface.

Philosophy/Rationale

The curriculum is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills and values that would enable them to better understand, appreciate and learn from the richness of the human experience of the past. The study of these ideas, attitudes, and actions of peoples in the past will sharpen a student's sense of values, offering moral lessons in shaping the student as a person, thinker, leader and pioneer. It would also help cultivate a more tolerant and compassionate spirit toward peoples whose culture and way of life may be different from the student's own.

Philosophy/Rationale

The Social Studies syllabus is based on three key questions – “Who am I”, “Where do I belong”, and “How should we live”? These questions underpin the curriculum and in addressing them, it aims to develop our students into well-informed individuals who are clear about their place and role in society, and the world they live in. They would also have a clear stand on pertinent societal issues, and be willing and able to advocate a specific course of responsible action so as to be active creators of a better age.

The curriculum is developed on the premise that the students are active participants in an ever changing world. Given that they are high ability learners, they are active observers who seek to understand the changes which take place around them and influence their outcomes. Their actions are based on questions such as as why they belong, why they need to be engaged and why their responses are meaningful. By drawing on learnings from various disciplinary concepts especially from the Social Sciences (Politics, Economics and Sociology), History, and Geography, students are empowered to become Thinkers, Leaders and Pioneers in shaping the destinies of society and developing a sense of belonging as daughters of a better age.

Philosophy/Rationale

Singapore is the most globalised country in the world. It is important for Singaporeans, and especially her future leaders, to be knowledgeable of other countries and to be able to appreciate their cultures, historical development and issues affecting these countries.

Area Studies (Southeast Asia) aims to look at the history, geography and contemporary development of the region against the backdrop of important global events. The curriculum is designed for our students to gain a deeper understanding of the region from the lens of Southeast Asians. The curriculum will employ multidisciplinary approaches in looking at indigenous traditions and how these local forces interact with external global forces. In particular, the unity-diversity and community-nation dichotomies will be discussed in greater depth. The curriculum is also designed to cultivate critical thinking skills to process information and analyse issues from various perspectives.