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Humanities

Department Vision

A dynamic team with passion for engaging in life-long learning and excelling in a globalised world.
 

Department Mission

We nurture Character, Confident and Critical thinkers (C3) who are passionate towards learning and excelling through the Humanities lens.

Our Programmes

The Evergreen Humanities Department offers students the following subjects – Social Studies at Lower (Normal Technical Syllabus) and Upper Secondary (Express and Normal Academic Syllabuses), and choices of History, Geography and Literature Electives.
 
At Evergreen Secondary School, our approach to the teaching of Humanities involves providing multiple layers of scaffolding for Lower Secondary students (Secondary 1 and 2). Forms of scaffolding include providing templates on how to answer inferential and comparison questions for History, and templates for data response questions for Geography.
 
The use of scaffolding continues into Upper Secondary, particularly in Secondary 3, where students are assisted with templates on how to tackle both source-based and structured-essay questions in Social Studies and History.
 
For the Upper Secondary levels, teaching of Humanities places more emphasis on inquiry-based teaching. For History, students are required to research and analyse different types of sources to support their own hypothesis. On the other hand, for Geography, our students are exposed to investigative and inquiry-based fieldwork, in which they are required to gather data and make evaluations on information collected.

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Facilitating discussion of sources through inquiry approach

Use of ICT in Collaborative Learning 


2015

The Eddie Barker Vikings

Eddie Barker was a gentleman politician who stood up for righteousness and the rule of law.  Embracing the ideals of strength and fortitude we are the formidable vikings!
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House Champions (2013- 2015)

Humanities teachers and students working together at school events.

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 SG50 National Day Celebration by commemorating our forefathersHumanities teachers at SG50 National Day Celebration 

Department Highlights

2015


Geography Fieldwork 

All geography students from Secondary 1 to 5 carry out fieldwork in various places in Singapore. This promotes a more hands-on approach to Geographical Inquiry. Students are required to apply inductive and deductive reasoning as they formulate hypothesis, collect data and analyse them in order to make conclusions about various geographical phenomena.

Geography Fieldwork covers topics on Water Supply (Lower Secondary), Weather and Climate and Tourism (Upper Secondary). 

Lower Secondary Fieldwork 2015
Water Testing at Macritchie Reservoir

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Students testing water turbidity and pH levelsUpper Secondary students briefing Secondary 1 students

Upper Secondary Fieldwork 2015
Tourism Fieldwork at Chinatown

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Students planning their fieldwork at Pagoda StreetInterviewing tourists through questionnaires and surveys

Environmental Initiatives 

As part of the Humanities Department’s commitment to environmental education, initiatives such as learning journeys to Pulau Hantu, the Earth Day Assembly Programme and the Green Ambassadors In Action (G.A.I.A) was launched to promote more awareness and concern for environmental issues. 

Learning Journey 2015
Intertidal Walk at Pulau Hantu


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Surveying animal and plant life in the intertidal area at Pulau HantuNature guide explaining the importance of balancing environmental and human needs in Singapore
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Nature guide explaining the role of sea cucumbers in coastal ecosystems

Earth Day Assembly Programme 2015

(in conjunction with the Science Department and the National Environment Agency)
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Student representatives from G.A.I.A presenting a token of appreciation to our guest speaker, Mr Chua, from the NEA


History Learning Journey 2015 - Changi Chapel Museum


This year, our secondary 2 students had the wonderful opportunity of visiting the Changi Chapel Museum. Armed with a guide-book created by our very own History teachers, students were tasked with analysing certain exhibits and articles on display. The guidebook helped fuel their curiosity and critical thinking by engaging students in certain activities that were meant to inculcate a genuine sense of empathy.
For instance, students were given a recording to listen to whilst in the chapel itself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbZBfspquK4 . This recording, made for the movie Paradise Road (a film about female internees in World War 2 South East Asia), was done by using handwritten music scripts found in the liberated internment camps in South East Asia. As the students heard the haunting piece being played in the confines of the chapel, it helped them live, albeit for a short moment, in the shoes of the internees back then, invoking a reflective sense of empathy…
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Mu Yan (2 Aspire, 2015)
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Students were also tasked with investigating possible answers to the question “How did internees at Changi learn to cope and survive during the Japanese Occupation from 1942 – 1945?” To do this, they needed sources to better understand the situation, sources which were to be found in the Museum. Once they found them, they were to document them and make inferences on certain coping strategies some of the internees may have adopted to better cope with the harsh lives led.     
As a result, below is a sample of a student’s findings:
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Overall, it was wonderful and enriching experience for all involved, from the role playing to the reflective moments as well as the deliverables, and we look forward to trying this out again next year!