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Social Studies

Learning Outcome: 

To develop pupils as Informed, Concerned and Participative Citizens

Syllabus: 

The Social Studies (SS) syllabus is organised in three clusters:
Cluster 1 (Primary 1 & 2): Discovering Self and Immediate Environment - pupils will explore who they are in relation to the people and places around them.
Cluster 2 (Primary 3 & 4): Understanding Singapore in the Past and Present – pupils will develop an appreciation of the country they live in as they learn about the contributions of different groups of people to Singapore’s growth.
Cluster 3 (Primary 5 & 6): Appreciating the World and Region We Live In – pupils will learn about the world and the various communities of people. Pupils will develop a deeper appreciation of the interconnectedness of the world and the legacy of human achievements of societies, past and present.
The Primary SS syllabus is framed by knowledge, skills and values outcomes that pupils will acquire in order to be informed, concerned and participative citizens with a global outlook. 

Pedagogical Approaches

The inquiry approach is the pedagogy adopted for the implementation of the syllabus. Children are naturally inquisitive and the inquiry approach aims to harness this innate motivation in our pupils to inquire into things that catch their attention. Inquiry helps our pupils learn to judge whether the conclusions drawn by their peers are supported by sound information or based on opinions. Through the inquiry process, pupils are also empowered to be responsible for their own learning. A summary of the Inquiry approach is illustrated in the diagram below: 



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As shown in the diagram, Inquiry-based learning in the classroom takes various possible forms, including those that are more process oriented and those that are discussion oriented. Inquiry questions provide the focal point for thinking, as pupils will investigate, extract, question, analyse and synthesise information. This will enable our pupils to make informed decisions and draw reasonable conclusions based on evidence.

 

Adapted from Primary Social Studies Syllabus 2012, CPDD


National Education

Learning Outcome

To develop pupils as loyal citizens, with a strong sense of belonging to Singapore and a strong sense of national identity, committed to the well-being, defence and security of our nation.

The objectives of National Education (NE) are to develop national cohesion amongst children and young people in Singapore, cultivate the “instinct for survival” and to get them to feel confident in the future of Singapore. The 6 NE messages are:

National Education Messages 
1. Singapore is our homeland; this is where we belong.
    We treasure our heritage and take pride in shaping our own unique way of life.
2. We must preserve racial and religious harmony.
    We value our diversity and are determined to stay a united people. 
3. We must uphold meritocracy and incorruptibility.
    We provide opportunities for all, according to their ability and effort.
4. No one owes Singapore a living.
    We find our own way to survive and prosper, turning challenge into opportunity.
5. We must ourselves defend Singapore.
    We are proud to defend Singapore ourselves, no one else is responsible for our security and well-being.
6. We have confidence in our future.
    United, determined and well-prepared, we have what it takes to build a bright future for ourselves, and to progress together as one nation.

NE is an essential component of our school’s holistic and Citizenship education programme and the 6 messages are incorporated into our curriculum. We are committed to developing this sense of belonging and ownership of Singapore’s future amongst our pupils. It is important for us to instill a spirit of civic consciousness amongst our pupils and encourage them to contribute towards Singapore through their actions. 

National Education comprises four core annual events:

Total Defence Day
Total Defence Day is commemorated to mark Singapore's fall to the Japanese in 1942. The commemoration of Total Defence Day seeks to remind people of the sufferings endured by our forefathers during the Japanese Occupation. Total Defence comprises the 5 pillars:
    • Psychological Defence
    • Social Defence
    • Economic Defence
    • Civil Defence 
    • Military Defence.
Last year In AGPS, each pupil was given some sweet potatoes and a bottle of NEWater in the canteen during recess as an opportunity for our pupils to experience the hardships that our forefathers went through during the Japanese Occupation. In class, fans were switched off for half an hour. This allow pupils to better appreciate the comforts that we enjoy today.
Pupils discussed about how they could each play a part to defend Singapore.  They identified simple actions that others have taken to show care and contribute to the community. To consolidate their learning, pupils penned down their thoughts of their experiences on that day. 

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International Friendship Day


Every year, schools in Singapore set aside time to commemorate International Friendship Day which aims to provide our students with an understanding of Singapore's relations with its neighbours, and aims to nurture in students the spirit of friendship and collaboration among different people.
In 2015, some of our pupils came to school in international costumes. Our canteen vendors also sold food originating from other countries for pupils to enjoy. Pupils also participated in a currency game, guessing the origin of country of each type of currency and took photographs with their friends, thereby building bonds.
Through the variety of activities, pupils learnt that respect and harmony are essential in building friendships with people from different countries. 

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Racial Harmony Day 
Racial Harmony commemoration at AGPS in 2015 took on a greater significance with the incorporation of our SG50 and Hari Raya Puasa celebrations. Pupils reflected and celebrated the nation’s success as a harmonious society, built on cultural diversity.

In line with the theme ‘Racial Harmony is in our Hands’, booths depicting the traditional practices of the Chinese, Indian, Malay and Eurasian ethnic groups were set up with the support of our parent volunteers. Activities for pupils included henna painting, Chinese calligraphy and sambal-making. A photo booth was also set up for pupils’ group photography in their traditional costumes.

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National Day
AGPS celebrated the nation’s 50th year of independence 6 August 2015, Thursday.  There was a range of activities building up to the celebrations on the actual day. From July 2015, pupils started decorating their classrooms using recycled materials based on themes such as icons, ethnic districts and places of interest in Singapore in time for National Day celebrations.

Besides the Classroom Decoration Competition, a Photography Competition and Best-Dressed Competition were also organised to instil a sense of belonging in our pupils and express our appreciation to our nation. Pupils from each level performed on stage, singing and dancing to National songs to showcase their talents. 

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