The new social studies syllabus was launched in phases over a span of 3 year. The syllabus for Primary 1 and Primary 2 was launched in 2012, followed by the launch for Primary 3 and 4 in 2013 and the final phase in 2014 for Primary 5 and Primary 6.
The new syllabus for Primary 1 to Primary 3 engages pupils through the reading of Big Books and making connections with everyday experiences. From knowing myself to knowing my community, the upper primary pupils widen their knowledge to understanding Singapore’s past and present, appreciating and understanding the region around Singapore and the world we live in. Pupils learn through inquiry-based approach and hands-on experiences. As part of widening their learning, learning journey is conducted during the year for every level, taking pupils from Jacob Ballas to heritage trails and museum visits.
Social Studies is a non-examinable subject Assessment for Learning and Assessment of Learning is conducted throughout the year to provide a holistic education for the pupils. In addition to the usual pen and paper quiz conducted every semester, performance task is carried out throughout the year.
Total Defence Day 2013
The school commemorated 2013 Total Defence Day: ‘Will You Stand With Me’ on the 15th February. The pupils were reminded once again that each of us had a role to play in Civil Defence and that “Readiness is Our Only Protection”. Apart from the interesting Assembly talk cum video presentation on Lieutenant Adnan ( one of the war heroes) put up by NE ambassadors from Clementi Town Secondary School, we had book and poster display during recess. Class activities relating to the theme were also carried out by the pupils.
Our P3 NE ambassadors attended the 45th War Memorial Service at Beach Road on the morning of 15 February. It was a good experience for them as they learnt about the atrocities of war and how the lives of innocent civilians were lost.
40 of our NE ambassadors were invited to attend the Total Defence Day launch at Singapore Discovery Centre. The pupils visited the SDC TDD Special Exhibition and participated in the booth activities put up by SCDF. It was a fun and informative day for the NE ambassadors.
Racial Harmony Day 2013
The school celebrated Racial Harmony Day on 19 July 2013. Recess was extended and the extra time allowed pupils to play traditional games such as Chapteh, Five Stones, Kuti-kuti, Pick-up sticks and Congkak. An external vendor set up a candy floss machine at the canteen, attracting a long queue of eager children who cannot resist the colourful candy floss. Our helpful parent volunteers helped to man stalls selling other snacks such as kachang puteh, potato wheels and pop corns. A booth was also set up to sell the Racial Harmony ribbons.
The day ended with a concert celebration. Our big brothers and sisters from Clementi Town Secondary shared interesting facts about our neighbouring countries and put up a dance from Myanmar. Our pupils from the different ethnic groups put up a Gu Zheng performance, a Malay dance and an Indian dance. At the end of the concert, pupils recited the Racial Harmony Pledge, renewing their vows to maintain religious harmony in the country.
National Day 2013
This year’s theme for the National Day Parade (NDP) 2013 is “Many Stories…One Singapore”. The school celebrated Singapore’s 48th birthday on 7 August 2013. After the National Day Observance Ceremony which was held in the school hall due to wet weather, we had a mini concert comprising special items from the School Choir, Parent Support Group, a Rap Competition involving both staff and pupils and a video clip on ‘The Day It Rained On Our Parade-1968 NDP’. Both teachers and pupils came in full force, all dressed in red and white attire. Everyone was in jubilant mood and the atmosphere was one of joy and pride echoing the theme ‘Many Stories…One Singapore’ which unites all Singaporeans to celebrate what makes us Singapore!