Humanities Department

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

Mission
We nurture Character as well as 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 Secondary (Normal Technical Syllabus) and Upper Secondary (Express and Normal Academic Syllabi), and the choices of Core Geography and Core Literature, and History, Geography and Literature Electives.

The Humanities Department has various programmes to engage the students so that they are able to comprehend and appreciate the workings of the world around them.

Academic Programmes
The learning of Humanities places more emphasis on an inquiry-based approach. For History and Social Studies, students are required to research, analyse and interpret different types of sources to support their own hypothesis. On the other hand, Geography students are exposed to investigative and inquiry-based fieldwork, in which they are required to gather data and make evaluations based on the information they have collected.

Lower Secondary students are introduced to skills such as describing trends, essay writing skills and source interpretations. Lower Secondary students also have the opportunity to conduct authentic customised historical and geographical research beyond the classroom.

Key learning approach
The department’s key learning approach in teaching Humanities consists of multiple layers of scaffolding to help students unpack concepts and questions. The department practices making thinking visible in constructing quality answers and using different levels of scaffolding to meet the needs of students with different learning profiles. In addition, the department also uses guiding questions and graphic organisers to structure students’ thinking processes and link concepts across the topics. Providing feedback for learning and peer critiques are common pedagogical strategies used across the department to help students identify and bridge their learning gaps. This year, the department has embarked on using Differentiated Instructions to cater to the diverse needs of our learners.

In 2018, the Evergreen Secondary School History Unit was awarded the MOE Innergy Award (Bronze) for our innovative use of Cognitive Scaffold for Critical Reading and Analysis of History Sources.

Opportunities
Students participate in the annual NUS Geography Challenge and Interschool History Challenge as part of their extended learning curriculum.

2018 Secondary 1 Geography Inquiry-Based Lesson

Secondary 1 students creating a poster to present their findings (Inquiry-Based Learning)
Secondary 1 students creating a poster to present their findings (Inquiry-Based Learning)
Secondary 1 students creating a poster to present their findings (Inquiry-Based Learning)
Secondary 1 students creating a poster to present their findings (Inquiry-Based Learning)

2018 Secondary 3 Pure Geography Students Coastal Fieldwork at East Coast Park

Pure Geography students doing beach profiling
Pure Geography students doing beach profiling
Pure Geography students doing beach profiling and collecting sand samples
Pure Geography students doing beach profiling and collecting sand samples
Pure Geography students doing beach profiling
Pure Geography students doing beach profiling
Pure Geography students doing beach profiling and collecting sand samples
Pure Geography students doing beach profiling and collecting sand samples

2018 Secondary 4 Geography Students — Tourism fieldwork at Kampong Glam

Students interviewing tourists at Kampong Glam
Students interviewing tourists at Kampong Glam
Students interviewing tourists at Kampong Glam
Students interviewing tourists at Kampong Glam

2018 Secondary 4 Geography Students — Tourism fieldwork at Kampong Glam

Ms Zam, Secondary Three Geography students and Ms Izzati at the NUS Geography Challenge

2017 Secondary 1 History Museum Visit to the National Museum

Students attending a briefing before their Historical Investigation in the National Museum

2017 Secondary 2 History Museum Visit to Changi Chapel

Students analysing historical sources in Changi Chapel

2017 Secondary 3 History Students - TACA Cards

Students using the TACA (Time, Author, Content, Audience) Cards to analyse their sources.
Students using the TACA (Time, Author, Content, Audience) Cards to analyse their sources.
Students using the TACA (Time, Author, Content, Audience) Cards to analyse their sources.
Students using the TACA (Time, Author, Content, Audience) Cards to analyse their sources.

Professional Development among History teachers

In-house training to deepen teachers’ knowledge and pedagogy