The Humanities Department has a staff strength of 9 teachers. The department is led by Miss Khairunisa Mohamed Ya’akob as Head of Department/Humanities. The department is also supported by Mr Ahmad Zakir as SH/Humanities.
|Ms Khairunisa Mohamed Ya’akob
HOD / Humanities
|Mr Ahmad Zakir
SH / Humanities
|Ms Chen Weiling Adeline
HOD / Aesthetics
|Mr Chiu Guo Vei
HOD / Character & Citizenship Education
|Ms Ng Swee Yingemail@example.com|
|Ms Klara Tan Hui Wenfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ms Erlinda Tanuwijayaemail@example.com|
|Mr Muhammad Kamal Abdul Halimfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mr Goh Ming Ann Johnemail@example.com|
|Mr Liew Zhen Haofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ms Seah Yitingemail@example.com|
|Ms Stella Tanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
The 21st century is characterized by constant change and evolution of the human and geographical ‘landscape’ propelled by rapid changes to our social, economic and political contexts. Thus, the 21st century learner requires 21st century skills of communication, collaborative learning, critical and creative thinking skills to manage the challenges of the 21st century world.
As such, the GSS Humanities Department aims to not only deliver a Humanities education that helps students to excel in their respective subjects but to also allow for personal growth and equip students with life-skills that prepare them for the future.
The Humanities department believes in a pedagogical approach focused on developing deep conceptual understanding. Towards this end, the main pedagogy strategies include Socratic Questioning and Inquiry based learning where role play, debates, oral presentations, multimedia presentations and blended learning incorporating face-to-face learning and ICT platforms such as padlet, toodoo and forums are used. These strategies enable teachers to be the facilitators of learning and students are the self-directed learners who construct knowledge for themselves using a critical mind.
Rich learning beyond the classroom takes the form of investigations and learning journeys as well as external competitions. For students of Geography, for instance, Geographical investigation/field studies are an integral component to enhancing students’ learning experience as well as providing a context to enhance students’ understanding of geographical concepts and processes as they utilise geographical instruments and tools for investigative purposes. For History and Social Studies, students’ learning are similarly enhanced through the investigative component of the syllabus which allows for students to participate collaboratively in an inquiry or investigate on a historical/societal issue. This will involve planning, gathering, examining sources/data as well as communicating the findings. Learning journeys and external competitions reinforce learning in classrooms and help students better retain content concepts.
DISTINCTIVE DEPARTMENT PROGRAMMES
The learning journeys organised served to
bring learning outside of the classroom where students are able to apply
content learnt within the four walls of the classroom to that in the real
world. It serves as an additional lense to the students that contextualises and
enrich their learning experience.
|CO- CURRICULUM PROGRAMMES|
Due to the volatile world situation and the interconnectedness of the world today, the department initiated a Current Affairs program that will bring awareness to the student of the current issues/events happening around the world. This is a whole school approach where students and teachers from the different departments will present on current issues /events that ranges from politics to environmental/natural disasters and current fads. The presentation will end of with a question up for discussion for students and teachers to bring back to the CCE/Humanities classroom.
HOMEWORK AND ASSESSMENT POLICY
Learning begins when students acquire the information from the teacher/the net/their friends. However learning is only complete when students are able to apply the information learnt. Assignment help to achieve this as it enables students to apply the concepts learnt which results in a deeper understanding of the subject.
Humanities assessment policy consists of formative and summative assessments which include assessment for, of and as learning. These modes of assessment
aim to facilitate meaningful learning of the Humanities subject where the learning process is developmentally appropriate and caters to students’ varied needs and helps them acquire 21
Century competencies. These assessments include: