Project Work Write-up on School Website
Project Work (PW) is an important offering in the HIHS Lower Secondary Curriculum to facilitate authentic learning which will help to develop our students’ 21st century competencies in inventive and critical thinking as well as communication skills.
The two-year programme provides opportunities for our students to synthesise knowledge and skills learnt from different subjects of learning, as they apply these to problems set in the authentic, real-life themes of “Our School Heritage” (Secondary One) and “Forensic Science” (Secondary Two).
“Our School Heritage” (Secondary One)
As newly-inducted students of Holy Innocents’ High School, Secondary One students have the opportunity to learn more about the school’s rich heritage in their Project Work. Through Project Work, students will apply the Historical Inquiry approach learnt in their history lessons to research and find out more about how various aspects of Holy Innocents’ High School have changed (or remained the same) through the decades by studying different types of sources such as old photographs, magazines, newsletters, school artefacts and other notable facilities in the school premises.
In their research, investigation and subsequent presentations of their findings of a selected aspect of the school heritage, students will acquire and apply 21st century competencies such as inventive and critical thinking, collaboration as well as effective communication skills. With facilitation and guidance from their Project Work teachers, the students will have a deeper appreciation of the school’s history as well as the challenges ahead.
“Forensic Science” (Secondary Two)
As an introduction to the inter-disciplinary nature of modern-day human endeavours, Secondary Two students have the opportunity to take on the role of crime scene investigators in their Project Work. Through Project Work, students will work in groups to solve a murder case. They will integrate different aspects of sciences like Biology, Chemistry, and effective use of scientific language into the study of forensic science.
In the package, students will also be introduced to the process of deductive reasoning, scientific method, and the key components of a scientific report and oral presentation. Major topics covered include processing a crime scene, collecting and preserving evidence, identifying different types of physical evidence, organic and inorganic analysis of evidence, blood, fingerprints, imprints, and body fluids.
At the end of their group investigation, students will present and justify their findings and finally pin down the murderer. In the process, they also reinforce and apply the same 21st century competencies in inventive and critical thinking, collaboration as well as effective communication skills learnt in Secondary 1. With facilitation and guidance from their Project Work teachers, the students will have a deeper appreciation of the inter-disciplinary nature of modern day projects.
Snippets of Students at work during Project Work Lessons
|Students were led to a “crime scene” where they learnt how to identify useful evidence and to record them appropriately|
|Students were engaged in forensic science lab analysis where they learnt skills like fingerprint lifting, blood agglutination test and fluid analysis.|
|In groups, students worked collaboratively to pin down the murderer by combining basic theory and real laboratory experiments, thereby creating an experiment-based situation for better understanding.|