|The study of the 3
disciplines within the Humanities helps each student of Holy Innocents’ High
School appreciate how Mankind interacts with his environment and surroundings.
It allows each student to understand and appreciate the complexities and realities
of the human condition, and how this drives Man’s behaviour, decisions and
plans both historically and in the present. Moreover, learning the Humanities
at HIHS means to collaborate with fellow students, leveraging the affordances
of technology while experiencing authentic learning through investigation
during field trips and games. Students learn not only to obtain data and
information from various sources but also to analyse, synthesis and discern the
reliability of each source – skills that help them come to rational conclusions.
At the end of 4-5 years of study in HIHS, every student should graduate with a
deeper understanding and respect for humanity in its entire array, armed with
the skills of being critical and analytical of what he reads while being able
to empathise with different perspectives of issues in the world.
Origin: Greek; geogaphia – ge ‘earth’ + -graphia ‘writing’
The study of
Geography begins as a compulsory subject at Sec 1. Students learn about the
earth and how Mankind understands and lives in his environment. The highlight
of learning Geography is the authenticity of learning through Geographical
Investigation, which allows students to undergo the inquiry process that
Geographers adopt to learn the important concepts and skills in Geography. At
Upper Secondary, students are able to offer Elective Geography (as part of the
Combined Humanities subject) as well as Core Geography.
“History is a people’s memory, and without a memory, a man is demoted to the lower animals.” – Malcom X
The study of History
also begins at Sec 1, where students learn to interrogate sources to
reconstruct the Past and to appreciate the different arguments and perspectives
that continue to persist about important historical events in the story of
Mankind. A key element in the learning of History is through Historical
Investigation, where students experience the work of a historian through
analysing both primary and secondary sources to reconstruct an understanding of
past events. Core History will be offered in 2016 to the Secondary 3 students
for the first time so as to cater to the interests of those who desire to
deepen their knowledge, understanding and skills in History.
Becoming informed, concerned and participative citizens.
Social Studies is
studied primarily at Upper Secondary as part of the compulsory Humanities
subject, although students in the Normal (Technical) course learn it all
throughout their 4 years in HIHS. Students learn about how Singapore society is
organised within and how Singapore interacts with the world at large.
Leveraging the affordances of technology to enhance the learning experience,
students have the opportunity to use different apps to learn both
collaboratively as well as individually at their own pace. Although the
skill-sets learnt are similar to those learnt in History, Social Studies helps
students to be more aware of the current issues both in Singapore and in the
world, thereby becoming truly active Singapore citizens in a globalised world. This
learning experience has been deepened through the exercise of Issues
Investigation which students have embarked upon since 2016.
|Pictorial Representation of Framework|
|Philosophy of Social Studies Curriculum|
|Programmes / Projects / Competitions in 2019|
A) Sec 3 students visiting Parliament House on Seating Day
B) History Card Challenge
C) Sec 1 History-Literature Trail – Learning Journey to the Singapore River
D) Sec 3 Visit to NeWater Plant
E) Sec 1 Geography Fieldwork