Socially responsible citizens feel a sense of belonging to Singapore through knowing and loving Singapore and seeing beyond their personal interests in order to care for their family and community. Drawing on aspects of society that are of meaning and interest to the pupils, Social Studies (SS) seeks to ignite pupils’ curiosity to inquire into real-world issues that concern their lives. Through inquiry and authentic learning experiences, SS helps pupils to attain relevant knowledge and understanding about these issues, develop critical and reflective thinking skills, and appreciate multiple perspectives. Pupils will have 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.
|Clusters of Study||Inquiry|
|Discovering Self and Immediate Environment|
|Primary 1||Knowing Myself, Others and My Surroundings||Who am I in relation to the people and places around me?|
|Primary 2||Coming Together as a Nation||What unites us as a people of Singapore?|
|Understanding Singapore in the Past and Present|
|Primary 3||Understanding Singapore’s Environment and Challenges||What is Singapore’s environment like and how do we overcome the challenges we face?|
|Primary 4||Valuing Our Past||How is life in Singapore today shaped by what happened in the past?|
|Appreciating Singapore, the Region and the World We Live In|
|Primary 5||Part 1: Understanding Singapore’s Development as a Nation
Part 2: Understanding Southeast Asia’s Diversity and Interconnectedness
|Part 1: How has Singapore developed as a nation since its independence?
Part 2: What makes up Southeast Asia and how are the countries interconnected?
|Primary 6||Understanding Features and Legacies of Civilisations||How are the legacies of civilisations seen in our lives today?|
SS field-based learning to heritage sites such as Chinatown allows pupils to contextualise their learning experience in an authentic real-world setting, thus enabling the learning of concepts and content. These educational experiences and opportunities to visit heritage sites and national institutions allow pupils to reflect about the challenges Singapore faced in the past and how, as a country, we have progressed and attained success through the years. Field-based learning would also motivate and sustain their interest in the subject matter as pupils learn to explore, construct new knowledge and make connections to the topics being studied.