The Humanities department in Meridian Secondary School aims to develop “Concerned Citizens, Independent Learners” through the discipline of Geography, History and Social Studies. Students will be prepared to contribute as active citizens through the acquisition of critical thinking skills and development of an inquiring mind.
|Lower Secondary Geography and History||All lower secondary Express and Normal (Academic) students will take Geography and History subjects. Through the exposure, they will be able to make an informed decision on their subject choice at the upper secondary. The lower secondary Humanities programme also ensures that they will have the necessary foundational content and skills needed for a smooth transition for upper secondary.|
|Geography||The Geography syllabus provides insights and equips students with skills to learn about the earth’s physical environment, human phenomena as well as the interaction between people and environment. Geography students will be prepared for their roles as informed citizens in the 21st century as they are equipped with the skills of gathering and analysing information, and an inquiring mind to seek answers to issues affecting our lives and the world we live in.|
|History||By equipping students with knowledge and attributes, the History syllabus allows students to draw connections between the past and present by understanding how the nature and impact of past developments explain today’s world. It also seeks to develop inquisitive students with the ability to ask relevant questions about the past and examine a range of sources critically in their historical context to reach substantiated judgements about the past.|
The Humanities department employs an inquiry-based approach as its main pedagogy to encourage critical thinking and problem solving. Students will be required to embark on an inquiry process where they investigate, analyse, and consolidate information, and draw conclusions to the questions based on evidence. In the process, students will also be encouraged to share their conclusions with their peers, and to critique and refine their own and others’ work through pair, group and/or class discussions and through individual reflections. Geographical and historical investigations through field-based and experiential learning offer opportunities for students to engage in the inquiry process.
Assessment in the Humanities curriculum includes Assessment for Learning and Assessment of Learning to facilitate meaningful learning and encourage independent learning. Modes of assessment include geographical and historical investigation, source-based questions and summative assessment carried out in the form of level tests or examinations. Authentic assessment tasks through geographical and historical investigations also encourage students to showcase their varied intelligences so that our assessment of our students will be accurate and holistic.
The Humanities department is made up of 3 subject groups – Social Studies, History and Geography.
|Ms Norhayati Hassan||Head of Department||History, Social Studies|
|Mrs Mita Warrier||Year Head||History, Social Studies|
|Mdm Jamilah||Senior Teacher||Geography, Social Studies|
|Mr Adam Chan
|Teacher||Geography, Social Studies|
|Mr Faisal Mahmod||Teacher||History, Social Studies|
|Mdm Kahbini Raj||Teacher||History|
|Ms Kirthanna||Teacher||Social Studies|
|Ms Ng Yi Qing||Teacher||Geography, Social Studies|
|Ms Selvi Varathappan||Teacher||Geography|
|Mrs Vicki Koh||Teacher||Geography, Social Studies|
|Mdm Yuslina||Teacher||History, Social Studies|
Sec 1 History Enrichment Programme
Learning Journey to Fort Canning
Students learn best when they are involved and this field trip offers them an ideal opportunity for experiential learning. The learning journey to Fort Canning enabled the students to understand and appreciate the 700 years of Singapore’s recorded existence, which they visualised and presented in the form of sketches.
Sec 1 Geographical Investigation
What is the quality of water in Tampines River?
The Secondary 1 students carried out a student-directed geographical inquiry into the water quality of the Tampines River and the impact that human activities may have on its water quality. Armed with a hypothesis, the students carried out a research on the areas through which the river flows before testing the quality of the water. As students were unable to carry out the water testing onsite because of the restrictions placed due to COVID 19, water from the river was collected and brought to school. The students worked in groups to test the quality of the water and test their hypothesis. Annotated field sketches were drawn and findings were presented.
Sec 2 Interdisciplinary Learning Journey to Gardens by the Bay
The Secondary 2 students participated in an experiential trail at Gardens by the Bay, as part of the Interdisciplinary Learning Journey jointly organized by the Mathematics and Humanities Departments. To complement what the students have learnt in class about Singapore’s role in the early maritime trade from the 14th to 19th Century, the students had the opportunity to have an up-close encounter with the plants at the Heritage area of the Colonial Gardens. From there, they could identify the plants involved in the spice trade, as well as their uses and places of origin.
Our Sec 3 Geographers emerged Top 10 out of 53 teams in the IIMPACT 2019 contest on environmental conservation, which was part of a series of events held at the MBS Convention Centre. Students listened to talks and participated in the Q&A on ‘Planet 4.0’, ‘Geopolitics 4.0’ and ‘Challenges for Third Culture Kids’. The opening address was made by Mr Kailash Satyarthi, a Nobel Peace Laureate and social reformer who campaigned against child labour in India and elsewhere and advocated for the universal right to education. As one of the Top 10 teams, our students were also invited to the Gala Dinner, with Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, as the GOH.