Social Studies in Lianhua Primary School
The 2020 Social Studies curriculum seeks to inculcate in students a deeper understanding of the values that define the Singapore society, nurture dispositions that will inspire them to show concern for the society and the world in which they live, and demonstrate empathy in their relationships with others. The Curriculum therefore envisions Social Studies students as informed, concerned and participative citizens, competent in decision-making with an impassioned spirit to contribute responsibly to the society and world they live in.
The learning of Social Studies provides many opportunities for the achievement of the Desired Outcomes of Education, which are attributes that educators aspire for Singaporeans to have by the completion of their formal education.
For details on the Desired Outcomes of Education, please refer to the link below:
Desired Outcomes of Education
In Lianhua, the Social Studies curriculum envisions students to have joy in learning Social Studies, through inquiry and meaningful authentic learning experiences. Through these experiences, we envision that students will develop into informed, concerned and participative citizens with the passion to contribute responsibly to the society and world they live in.
The Learning Journeys initiative, which is an annual programme in Lianhua Primary School aims to support and complement the Social Studies curriculum. It allows the students to contextualise their learning experience in an authentic real-world setting, thus enabling the learning of concepts and content. Through this platform, it aims to motivate and sustain the students’ interest in the subject matter as they would learn to explore, construct new knowledge and make connections to the topic being studied.
The school has collaborated with participating organisations to make learning more authentic and experiential. Much thought was put in to ensure that the venues of the learning journeys tie in well with the syllabus that they are learning.
As part of the Primary School Social Studies Syllabus, performance tasks are used as part of the grading system for the assessment of SSP at the end of Semester 1 and 2 for all levels. Performance tasks are effective ways to check for students’ understanding of the concepts taught. These tasks introduced are relevant and meaningful to the students. Students would develop a tangible product or performance for an identified audience and in doing so, they would communicate key understanding(s) or message(s) pertaining to the topic of study. Examples of the performance tasks that are required for the students to produce are as follows:
|Create a video or share with the class about their roles in school and at home.
|Design their future neighbourhood.
|Design a school stamp.
|Draw their favourite sporting activity individual work.
|Design a poster to show how everyone can play a part in protecting the environment.
|Design a 2D/3D model on the future housing of Singapore.
|Create an informational poster on one of the early settlers they have learnt.
|Design a digital story featuring one of the war heroes of Singapore.
|Design a poster to honour the different people who had contributed to the building of Singapore’s defence.
|Design a board game that relates to the geographical features, economics and social-cultural connections among countries in Southeast Asia.
|Design an infographic featuring two innovations of the civilisations of the Indian subcontinent or the Chinese civilisation.
|Create a digital story based on one of the UNESCO Heritage sites in Southeast Asia.
P4 Social Studies Heritage Tower Experience
As part of the P4 Social Studies Curriculum, the Primary 4 students will be given the opportunity to explore the school’s heritage tower to allow them to learn more about the school’s history and appreciate the contributions made by the pioneers. This programme extends the students’ learning on the topic of “Early Settlers” where they will learn about the contributions made by the early settlers in areas of education and health.
Students will be involved in a series of lessons where they will have the chance to look for information at the heritage tower to answer a series of questions (e.g fill in the blanks, matching, scrambled words). This learning experience aims to allow students get to know more about the school and at the same time inculcating a sense of belonging and pride in them.
Our Stories is a segment in News in Brief where it allows our students to deepen their knowledge about Singapore. The segment conducted on Fridays fortnightly via Zoom allows students to get to know about famous and historical buildings, events, people and street names of Singapore. Our Stories hopes to develop a sense of belonging and rootedness to the county and appreciate the rich history and contribution of our forefathers.
Through these platforms, we hope to hone our newscasters to become confident speakers and passionate learners.