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National Education & Social Studies

Curriculum Aims

Social Studies seeks to inculcate in pupils a deeper understanding of the values that define the Singaporean society and nurture dispositions to show concern for the world they live in and demonstrate empathy in their relationships with others. The curriculum therefore envisions the Social Studies people as an informed, concerned and participative citizen who is competent in quality decision-making with an impassioned spirit to contribute responsibly in the world he/she lives in.

Key Features of the Syllabus

  • Use of key understandings
  • Use of inquiry and guiding questions
  • Flexibility to extend learning
  • Emphasis on skills and values for citizenship education
  • Inclusion of field-based learning
  • Inclusion of performance tasks

Learner outcomes at the end of six years of Social Studies Education

The Primary SS syllabus is framed by knowledge, skills and values outcomes that pupils will acquire in order to develop into informed, concerned and participative citizens at the local and global levels. These key learner outcomes are presented in the table below.

Knowledge Skills Values
  • Explore identity, culture and heritage of individuals and groups and appreciate how these change over time
  • Understand the relationship between people and the environment over time and space
  • Examine the roles and responsibilities of individuals in groups and communities
  • Discuss the importance of resources to Singapore
  • Recognize that common ties among countries promote progress and understanding
  • Explore what makes Singapore a nation and a home to cherish
  • Understand Singapore’s connection with the world and
  • Describe the achievements of societies past and present and how they contribute to the progress of humanity
  • Develop a plan to locate and collect information/data using various tools
  • Explore ideas and consider their relevance
  • Make careful observations
  • Process information/data based on reliability and relevance
  • Reflect and make informed decisions based on information
  • Express thoughts and feelings fluently and confidently in a group
  • Work effectively in a variety of group settings
  • Design a plan to present their work independently
  • Present ideas and findings with clarity, persuasion and in creative ways through the use of various tools and modes of presentation
  • Appreciate cultural diversity and respect multiple points of view
  • Develop personal responsibility in the management of resources
  • Recognise that beliefs shape one’s thinking
  • Consider the ethical effects of one’s actions and the impact on others so as to make informed decisions and carry out appropriate actions
  • Show curiosity to learn more about the world they live in
  • Show care for the community and the environment
  • Develop a sense of belonging to one’s community and country and
  • Exercise integrity in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Levels of Development Essential Learning Evaluation Mode
Primary 1
Knowing Myself, Others and My Surroundings
  • My identity makes me unique
  • My identity is shaped by the groups I belong to
  • My action affect my relationship with others
  • I can relate to the places around me

Skills : Express thought and feelings fluently, Use questions to collect information Values : value self and others Key Concepts : Identity, Belonging, Respect, Place SEL : Self awareness, self management HOM : Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision, Managing Impulsivity CCE LO 1 -3
  1. My Doorknob Hanger Activity Book page 9 (10%)
  2. My Group Logo Activity Book page 12 (40%)
  3. Design a poster “How To Keep Our School Clean” (50%)
Primary 2
Coming Together As A Nation
  • Our diversity makes us unique
  • Our common identity, shared experiences and values unite the people in our country

Skills : Use questions to collect information, work in group settings Values : Express pride in Singapore, show willingness to accept people from diverse communities Key Concepts : Community, National Identity SEL : Social Awareness HOM : Thinking interdependently CCE LO 4 -6
  1. Design A Costume Of Own Race Activity Book page 8 (10%)
  2. We are Singapore Activity Book Page 14 (40%)
  3. Informative poster on National Flower of Singapore (50%)
Primary 3
Understanding Singapore
  • Our country, Singapore
  • Our Food Supply
  • Water for our nation
  • Housing for the people
  • Fuelling our nation
  • Our Defence

Skills : Pupils able to gather information from print and non-print sources Values : Pupils will be able to appreciate the need for creative solutions in overcoming constraints Key Concepts : Location, Environment, Conservation, Change and Continuity SEL : Social awareness, relationship management, responsible decision making HOM : Learning continuously, creating, imagining and innovating CCE LO 4-8
  1. Design a poster on Water Conservation with the infusion of NE messages (Group project, 50%)
  2. “The Last Farmers”- Activity Book page 7 (10%)
  3. “Let’s be Environment Champions”- Activity Book page 28-29 (40%)
Primary 4
Valuing Our Past
  • Early Accounts of Singapore
  • Founding of Singapore
  • Farquhar’s contributions to Singapore
  • Raffles’ contributions to Singapore
  • The Early Settlers and their Contributions
  • Discovering Kampong Glam, Chinatown and Little India
  • Customs and costumes of our multi-racial society

Skills : Pupils will be able to make sound decisions in cooperation with others, process information in appropriate ways Values : Pupils will be able to appreciate the cultural diversity of the different ethnic communities living in Singapore Key Concepts : Contributions, Change and Continuity and Heritage SEL : Social awareness, relationship management HOM : Learning continuously, creating, imagining and innovating CCE LO 4 -8
  1. Powerpoint slides on Chinatown. (Group project, 50%)
  2. Activity Book 4A page 16 and 17 (20%)
  3. The National Crest”, Activity book 4B page 13 (30%)
Primary 5
Appreciating the World
  • Events leading to the fall of Singapore
  • Singapore during the Japanese Occupation
  • End of the Japanese Occupation
  • Our War Heroes
  • Life after the War

Skills : Pupils will be able to take different perspectives, generate new ways of viewing a situation and developing arguments Values :Pupils will be able to develop a sense of rootedness to Singapore Key Concepts : Discoveries and Inventions, Past and Present and Legacy SEL : Social awareness, relationship management HOM : Learning continuously, thinking flexibly, persisting CCE LO 1-8
  1. Powerpoint slides on NE Show (Group project, 50%)
  2. Group performance task. Design a poster which focus on how have the legacies of the ancient civilisations impacted our lives today. (50%)
Primary 6
Discovering Southeast Asia
  • Singapore’s location in the world
  • Singapore’s physical environment
  • Singapore’s progress in transport and communication
  • Industries, recreation, education and housing in Singapore
  • Physical’s environment of Southeast Asia
  • Main economic activities in Southeast Asia
  • Singapore’s role in ASEAN
  • Singapore’s involvement in international organisation
  • Our links with the rest of the world

Skills : Pupils will be able to show respect for the opinion of others Values : Pupils will be able to appreciate the importance of maintaining good relationships in the region and the rest of the world. Key Concepts : Cooperation, Region, Similarities and Differences SEL : Social awareness, relationship management HOM : Learning continuously, thinking flexibly CCE LO 1-8
  1. PowerPoint presentation on one of the ASEAN countries (Group project, 50%)
  2. Group Performance Task. Create a storyboard for an animation which focuses on one of the World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia. (50%)