Curriculum Redesign INFORMATION GUIDE - FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS - Ministry of Education

 
Curriculum Redesign INFORMATION GUIDE - FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS - Ministry of Education
DUNMAN
                    HIGH SCHOOL

   Curriculum
    Redesign
INFORMATION GUIDE
 FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS
    OUR DUNMANIAN ODYSSEY,
     YOUR DUNMANIAN EDGE
Curriculum Redesign INFORMATION GUIDE - FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS - Ministry of Education
WHAT IS OUR
    Curriculum
    Redesign?

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Curriculum Redesign INFORMATION GUIDE - FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS - Ministry of Education
What is our Curriculum Redesign?

                      The redesign of our Dunman
                    High Programme (DHP) consists
                            of the following:

                          Subject-based Banding of D1 and
                              D2 at Upper Secondary –
                            for differentiation of learning

              Elective Modules focusing on Connections, Practice
                      and Identity from Year 1 to Year 4 –
                          for student-centric learning

                  Academies to support the spiral progression of
                   learning through subject-based banding and
                                 Elective Modules

  Leveraging our strengths
  Biculturalism

  Character Development
                                       Dunmanian
                                       Leadership
  STEAM Education
                                        Academy

                              STEAM              Biculturalism
                             Academy               Academy

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Curriculum Redesign INFORMATION GUIDE - FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS - Ministry of Education
WHY THE
    Redesign?

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Curriculum Redesign INFORMATION GUIDE - FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS - Ministry of Education
External Landscape Changes

                        Key Points:

                         •	No guarantee that a university degree
                            will get you a job or high income.

                         •	High youth unemployment and
                            underemployment rates in many DCs.

                         •	Gig economy: risk of a high-skill,
                            low-wage future

                         •	Soft skills competency gives graduates
                            the edge in job market.

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External Landscape Changes

Convergence of Information
Technology and Operational
Technology, Internet of
Things, Big Data, Cloud,
Advanced Robotics, and
Artificial Intelligence etc.
Prepare students to acquire exposure and
literacy relevant to Industry 4.0 – cyber-
physical systems becoming embedded in our
everyday life and workplace.

10 Most In-Demand Skills
 1      Data Literacy                        6    Emotional Intelligence

 2      Critical Thinking                    7    Cultural Intelligence

 3      Tech Savviness                       8    Leadership Skills

 4      Adaptability & Flexibility           9    Judgement & Complex Decision-making

 5      Creativity & Innovation              10   Collaborative and Team-working Skills

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Education Landscape Changes

Key Points:

 •	Boost independent and curiosity-driven learning – HBL if done          •	Need for interdisciplinary learning to be ready for a rapidly
    frequently, will inculcate these as a life-long learning habit.           changing world – need for versatile, adaptable lifelong learners.

Key Points:

 •	Provide multiple pathways for                  •	Help students develop attitudes               •	Create more interdisciplinary
    students to hone their strengths                  and skills beyond book knowledge.                learning to support career mobility
    with subject-based banding, where                 The way forward is to emphasise                  for a more dynamic and uncertain
    students can take subjects at a                   our competitive advantage and our                future. Nurture the ability to see
    higher or lower level based on their              human strengths - the ability to                 the broader connection of things
    strengths. This extends beyond                    build relationships with one another,            and to work seamlessly across
    schools to tertiary education.                    to collaborate and work in teams,                different disciplines, because often
                                                      to be able to think creatively... to             it is in the borders or the gaps
                                                      brainstorm and challenge one another             between disciplines where we find
                                                      and develop better solutions together.           opportunities for new discoveries,
                                                                                                       and we can advance the frontiers of
                                                                                                       knowledge.

                   External Landscape                                                     Educational Landscape
                        Changes                                                                  Changes

                                                        Review & Redesign
                                                                                Engender Student
   Enhance Dunmanian DNA                Expand Affordances of IP
                                                                              Ownership of Learning                 Enliven the Dunmanian
    – values, dispositions and         – a more elastic curriculum
                                                                               – more flexibility in                      Experience
 competencies to be future ready           and co-curriculum
                                                                                 learning choices

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Curriculum Redesign INFORMATION GUIDE - FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS - Ministry of Education
Curriculum Redesign to
Enhance Dunmanian DNA

 “…the strengthening of the Dunmanian DNA, to nurture
    Dunmanians to be future ready, anchored on sound
values, always be prepared to put their best foot forward,
 embrace and adapt to the changing landscape, seize and
create opportunities, and within their chosen field make a
difference to those whom they care about, whom they are
                   serving and leading.”

        “如果你们用昨天的知识面对今天的挑战,
           你们可能会失去明天的机会。”

                 Mr Tony Low, Principal

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Curriculum Redesign INFORMATION GUIDE - FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS - Ministry of Education
HOW DOES THE
Redesigned
Curriculum
  WORK?

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Our Curriculum Redesign Components

        1. Differentiated Subject Options:
                                                                                 2. Elective Module (EM) Choices
            D1 and D2 Core Subjects
                         Upper Secondary                                                         Year 1 to Year 4

             D1 is the main or default option for students.                              EMs are differentiated based on their
    D2 is for students interested or inclined to deepen their core             • areas of focus (Biculturalism, Leadership & STEAM)
                  learning in (a) particular subject(s).                       • nature of learning (Connections, Practice & Identity)
                                                                                    • levels of complexity (Exposure & Mastery)
                     Interest-based application,                                       • duration (from one term to two years).
                        Merit-based selection
                                                                                     Interest-based application and selection
             D2 is optional, and students can choose up to                 (with exception of MOE, research and competition-based EMs -
                   two subjects to read D2 option for                                    these will be merit-based selection)

                 Same GPA Weighting for D1 and D2                                    No GPA Weighting; Tiers of Achievement

1 Selection of Core Subjects                                                                                                  YEAR 3 (2022)
                                                                                                                              YEAR 4 (2023)

     Upper Secondary                     Biculturalism Academy                  STEAM Academy                    Leadership Academy
                                                  (BA)                              (SA)                                (LA)

     Compulsory Subjects                     English Language                     Mathematics 1                 Active Citizenry Education,
   (no differentiated options)                Higher Chinese                                                     Co-Curricular Activities,
                                                                                                             Character and Citizenry Education,
                                                                                                                    Physical Education

    Compulsory Subjects                               -                           Mathematics 2                              -
      (D1 or D2 options)                                                           Chemistry

Read at least 1 & up to 2 other                  Geography                           Biology                                 -
   Subjects per Academy                            History                           Physics
      (D1 or D2 options)                    Literature in Chinese
                                            Literature in English

      Additional Subjects           Art Special Programme (ASP)                          -                                   -
          (Optional)               Music Elective Programme (MEP)
                                           Third Language

Note 2: Students can choose to sign up              Note 1: Excluding EL, HCL and Math 1 (with no D1/D2 options), students can choose
to read up to two D2 subject options.
Selection is based on merit.                        • 4 SA and 1 BA D1/D2 subjects (GPA ≥ 2.8)
                                                    • 3 SA and 2 BA D1/D2 subjects (GPA ≥ 2.8)
                                                    • 3 SA and 1 BA D1/D2 subjects
Note 3: This piece of information will
supersede the information provided in the           Maximum 8 subjects from BA and SA, and up to 1 additional subject (ASP/MEP/Third
Student Handbook (Pg. 29).                          Language)

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2 Elective Module Choices
 • Read at least 1 EM and up to 2 EMs per year in Upper Secondary
 • Choose Top 5 choices from list of 32 EMs or Self-Initiated EM

Students may select the EMs of their choice based on the following interests and considerations:

  EM AREAS OF FOCUS                                      EM NATURE OF LEARNING                       EM COMPLEXITY

  Biculturalism Academy (BA)                             Practice EMs                                Exposure EMs
  • EMs pertaining to the Aesthetics,                   •E
                                                           Ms that relate more to application in    • EMs that seek to expose students to
     Humanities and Languages                             real-world and/or academia context            selected topics, skills and/or concepts
                                                         •F
                                                           or students who prefer experiential      • Serves as a form of “teaser” introduction
  STEAM Academy (SA)                                      learning                                      for students to learning beyond D1 and/
  • EMs pertaining to the Mathematics and                                                              or D2.
     Sciences                                            Connections EMs
                                                         •E
                                                           Ms that have interdisciplinary links     Mastery EMs
  Leadership Academy (LA)                                 across subjects or Academies               • EMs that seek to increase students’
  • EMs pertaining to student leadership,               •F
                                                           or students who prefer to draw and          mastery in skills or knowledge.
     CCA, VIA and careers and higher                      connect the dots between subjects          • Usually linked to talent development
     education                                                                                          programmes and competitions
                                                         Identity EMs
  Self-Initiated EMs                                     •E Ms that relate to growing and
  • EMs proposed by students, and                         sharpening the sense of self-identity
     approved by school                                  •F or students who prefer to explore and
                                                           reflect on their growth as well as in
                                                           relating to others

 BASA - Collaboration between Biculturalism Academy and STEAM Academy
 BALA - Collaboration between Biculturalism Academy and Leadership Academy
 LASA - Collaboration between Leadership Academy and STEAM Academy

 3 Elective Modules Classification
Examples of how students can understand the EM classification:

  BA-C303E:                                              BALA-I301E:                                 SA-P312M:

  BA:                                                    BALA:                                       SA:
  Offered by a subject in Biculturalism                  Collaboration between Biculturalism and     Offered by a subject in STEAM Academy
  Academy e.g. Chinese or History                        Leadership Academies                        e.g. Math or Chemistry

  C:                                                     I:                                          P:
  Nature of learning is “Connections”                    Nature of learning is “Identity”            Nature of learning is “Practice”

  E:                                                     E:                                          M:
  Complexity of learning is “Exposure”                   Complexity of learning is “Exposure”        Complexity of learning is “Mastery”

  3: Year 3                                              3: Year 3                                   3: Year 3
  03: numbering of EM                                    01: numbering of EM                         12: numbering of EM

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WHAT
Options Choices
           OR
      DO YOU HAVE?

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REDESIGNED
 CURRICULUM –
Upper Secondary
   Subjects

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Biculturalism Academy
                                                                     English
                                   Critical Thinking and Effective Communication for Life

Areas of Learning:                 Language Skills:

                                   - Listening and Viewing
                                   Students listen to and view multimodal texts like podcasts, videos, movies and plays to gain multiple perspectives and
                                   knowledge.

                                   - Reading and Viewing
                                   Students read and view a range of print and non-print texts in multiple genres to gain an understanding of text types, how
                                   language is used to create intended effects and also to gain multiple perspectives of current affairs.

                                   - Speaking and Representing
                                   Students present their views and opinions via various platforms like group discussions, oral presentations, debates,
                                   Socratic Seminars and TEDTalks. Through different ways of representing their views, students learn to effectively engage
                                   in civic discourse and critically evaluate multiple perspectives.

                                   - Writing and Representing
                                   Students also present their views in writing of informative, discursive and argumentative texts by presenting their views
                                   logically, considering arguments and counter-arguments and resolving issues and presenting recommendations to
                                   problems in a balanced way. Through writing and representing, students learn to think critically and effectively present
                                   their own views in an empathetic manner.

                                   - Grammar and Vocabulary
                                   Grammar and vocabulary underpin all aspects of language learning. These skills are infused into language lessons when
                                   students present their views in both written and spoken form.

Assessment Information             Year 3
                                   WA 1 - Persuasive Speech
                                   WA 2 - Analysis of Visual Text
                                   WA 3 - Comprehension
                                   End-of-Year Exam

                                   Year 4
                                   WA 1 - TEDTalk
                                   WA 2 - Mid-Year Examination
                                   WA 3 - Socratic Seminar
                                   End-of-Year Exam

Extension Learning Opportunities   - Bicultural Fortnight
                                   Students get to engage in language games, library visits, watch plays and attend assembly talks by invited speakers on a
                                   variety of topics of interest.
                                   Students also get to engage in exchanges with each other through debates and oratorical competitions during the
                                   Fortnight.

                                   - Language Skills Competitions
                                   Students who are interested can sign up for competitions like the Plain English Speaking Awards, The Queen’s
                                   Commonwealth Writing Competition and other writing competitions.

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Higher Chinese
                                   思辨创新,乐学善用

Content Focus                      除了重视技能的培养,本课程还注重与生活的联系,力求提高学生的语言能力、人文素养和通用能力,帮助学
                                   生更好地了解自己、融入社会、放眼世界。

                                   Year 3
                                   • 感恩之心
                                   • 科普园地
                                   • 成功的阶梯
                                   • 人生智慧
                                   • 给予和关怀
                                   • 了解自己
                                   • 寓言故事

                                   Year 4
                                   • 生活态度
                                   • 文化探索
                                   • 情系自然
                                   • 感悟哲理

Curriculum Skills                  本课程以技能为导向,培养学生:

                                   • 聆听能力
                                   • 口语表达能力(能针对比较复杂的话题,表达看法和感受、能在不同场合与人有效地交流、能发表简短的演
                                      讲)
                                   • 阅读能力 (能阅读复杂的实用性语料、能较深入地欣赏文学性语料)
                                   • 书面表达能力(能写记叙文、说明文和议论文,能综合运用各种表达方式,能写复杂的实用文,并进行简单
                                      的文学创作)
                                   • 语言交际能力(综合以上技能)
                                   • 通用能力(思维能力、自学能力、使用资讯科技进行学习的能力、跨文化沟通技能、批判性思维、社交技能
                                      与情绪管理能力)

Assessment Information             中三
                                   WA 1 - 试卷二
                                   WA 2 - 试卷一
                                   WA 3 - 试卷二
                                   年终考试

                                   中四
                                   WA 1 - 试卷二
                                   WA 2 - 年中考试
                                   WA 3 - 试卷二
                                   年终考试

Extension Learning Opportunities   •   双文化双周活动
                                   •   校内各年级华文比赛
                                   •   由专业指导老师开办的华文类工作坊,专家讲座等
                                   •   文化随意门活动,如体验剧场、观赏华文类戏剧表演和活动等
                                   •    学习之旅(如参观“春到河畔”,参与华族文化中心的活动等)
                                   •     考试后华文相关活动,如欣赏多元种族文化和传统习俗等

                                   除了强化口语互动与书面互动能力,本课程还提供真实性语料与情境,让学生有更多机会使用华语交流。调整
                                   中的新课程着重注入更多文学、文化元素,结合新闻、科技进行教学,以帮助学生成为乐学善用的华文学习
                                   者。

                                   本课程大量运用时事性材料进行延伸学习,学生广泛阅读和讨论国内外新闻时事,从而锻炼学生的思辨能力,
                                   扩大学生的国际视野。

                                   中四全级学生还将修读半年的双语课程,以锻炼他们的英汉翻译技能,了解不同的语言和文化之间的异同,培
                                   养跨文化能力。

                                   此外,对于一些华文能力较强的学生,我们会为他提供很多机会,包括提供写作、辩论和翻译培训,参加各类
                                   华文比赛。对兴趣浓厚的学生,还可以在中三和中四修读语文特选课程和双文化课程,甚至有机会获颁教育部
                                   的相关奖学金。

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Geography
                       D1 is suited for all students, and who are...                          D2 is suited for students who also want to...
                   Understanding our Dynamic World through                                 Examining our Complex World through Active
                   Geographical Lens                                                       Geographical Learning

                   - interested to understand what is changing in our physical and        - learn through active engagement in fieldwork and discussions
                      human environments through experiential learning such as             - develop advanced research skills
                      fieldwork;                                                           - conduct independent and collaborative investigative research
                   - keen to learn why and how our physical and human environments        - develop extended writing skills
                      have been changing and will continue to evolve;
                   - appreciative of how the human condition and experiences vary
                      over space and time;
                   - motivated to learn more about our individual and community
                      responsibility to the world.

Content            Year 3 - Interconnections between Humans & Nature                       In addition to D1 areas of study, students reading D2 Geography will
Focus              Unit 1: The Restless Earth – Significance of the Plate Tectonic         have the autonomy to pursue an independent research study topic
                   Theory                                                                  of their choice with teacher approval.
                   Unit 2: Dynamic Coasts – Coastal Geography
                   Unit 3: Up and Above – Variable Weather & Climatic Phenomenon           Examples of independent research study topics include:
                                                                                           - ASEAN countries’ coastal protection measures against sea level
                   Year 4 - Achieving Sustainable Development                                 rise and assess the effectiveness of these strategies (Year 3)
                   Unit 1: Are We Heading Towards a Population Crisis? – Population        - factors behind the success and failure stories for Covid-19
                   Geography                                                                  management (Year 4)
                   Unit 2: A Matter of Life and Death – The Geography of Health &          - changing diets and growing obesity in ASEAN countries (Y4;
                   Diseases                                                                   cross-unit)
                   Unit 3: Feeding 10 Billion by 2050 – The Geography of Food

Curriculum         Geographical Inquiry Skills:                                            In addition to D1 skills, students reading D2 Geography will have the
Skills             - conduct primary and secondary research methods                        additional opportunity to extend their:
                   - data presentation and analysis
                   - drawing conclusions                                                   Geographical Inquiry Skills:
                   - evaluation and reflection                                             - hypothesis-setting and fieldwork planning
                                                                                           - outdoor fieldwork skills for the Y3 unit on Dynamic Coasts
                   Data Interpretation Skills:
                   - interpret and understand a range of data types                        Writing Skills:
                   - describe and account for trends, relationships and anomalies         - evaluation of different factors or perspectives of an issue, with the
                      observed in the data                                                    use of appropriate weighing criterion and logical reasoning

                   Writing Skills:
                   - coherent presentation of balanced arguments that are supported
                      with evidence
                   - express viewpoints and insights that resonate with the arguments
                      and conclusions made

Assessment         Year 3                                                                  Year 3
Information        WA 1 - Aseismic Model Project                                           WA 1 - Aseismic Model Project with Extension Task
                   WA 2 - Level Test                                                       WA 2 - Level Test (same as D1)
                   WA 3 - Assignment on Open-Ended Questions                               WA 3 - Independent Research Study
                   End-of-Year Examination                                                 End-of-Year Examination (same as D1)

                   Year 4                                                                  Year 4
                   WA 1 - Geographical Investigation Task                                  WA 1 - Geographical Investigation Task with Extension Task
                   WA 2 - Mid-Year Examination                                             WA 2 - Mid-Year Examination (Same as D1)
                   WA 3 - Assignment on Open-Ended Questions                               WA 3 - Independent Research Study
                   End-of-Year Examination                                                 End-of-Year Examination (same as D1)

Disciplinary       - Guided Concept-Based Inquiry Learning                                 - Open Concept-Based Inquiry Learning (student-led, teacher
Teaching and       - Experiential learning through authentic fieldwork for Geograhpical      facilitated)
Learning              Investigation projects                                               - Experiential learning through authentic fieldwork for typical topics
Approach for                                                                                  learning in general (e.g. coastal fieldwork) and for Geographical
Geography                                                                                     Investigation projects

Extension          Students can sign up for local learning journeys (when available).      Fieldwork Learning Journeys for D2 students e.g. coastal fieldwork
Learning                                                                                   @ ECP
Opportunities
                                                                                           Students may also sign up for the following (subject to availability):
                                                                                           1. ASEAN Overseas Learning Journey (with Bicultural Studies
                                                                                               Programme)
                                                                                           2. Expert Sharing
                                                                                           3. Local Learning Journeys

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History
                    D1 is suited for all students, and who are...                         D2 is suited for students who also want to...
                The Making of the Modern World: Understanding                          History in Practice: A Historical Inquiry into the
                Change through Driving Forces of History                               Making of the Modern World

                - interested in the origins and workings of political systems and     - conduct historical research collaboratively and independently,
                   international relations of the 20th century,                        - participate in historical debates and seminars; and
                - motivated to explore their connections to current and future        - study how historians work and how the past is being conserved.
                   political developments in the 21st century,
                - interested to carry out inquiries into key historical issues; and
                - eager to participate in historical discussion.

Content         Year 3: Ideologies, Revolutions and Political Developments in          In addition to D1 areas of study, students reading D2 History will
Focus           the Modern Era                                                         have the autonomy to propose investigation of one issue for
                Unit 1: Society, Economy and Ideologies – The Search for Liberty,      their independent study module (based on existing scope or to
                Equality and Fraternity since 1789: Political Revolutions              be proposed by the student with teacher approval) to explore and
                Unit 2: Technology, Economy and Society – The Industrial Revolution    investigate .
                and European Imperialism in Southeast Asia
                Unit 3: Power, Ideologies and Society – The Rise of Authoritarian      Examples of Independent Study Module are:
                Regimes and the Impacts of their Ideologies (Communism, Nazism)        - Investigate Mao’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966 -
                on Societies                                                              1976) and analyse its legacy on party politics within the Chinese
                                                                                          Communist Party (within scope of Unit 3),
                Year 4: Power, Conflict and International Relations in the 20th        - Investigate the history of the military junta in Myammar and
                Century                                                                   analyse why it was so difficult for democracy to develop in
                Unit 4: Power, Economy and War – WWII in Europe and in the Asia-          Myammar (beyond Year 3 scope of topics).
                Pacific
                Unit 5: Ideologies, Economy and Power – Origins of the Cold War
                Unit 6: Ideologies, Society and War – Cold War Conflicts in Asia
                (Malaya and Vietnam)
                Unit 7: Ideologies, Economy and Society – The End of the Cold War

Curriculum      Historical Inquiry Skills: -                                           In addition to D1 skills, students reading D2 History will learn
Skills          Conduct investigation into key historical issues of the 20th century   additional focus on
                using primary and secondary sources.
                - Find out important facts about the inquiry issue;                    Research Skills:
                - Understand what the sources are telling us about the issue;          - craft a historical inquiry, gather resources and analyse the
                - Apply their understanding to address the inquiry;                       evidence to address the inquiry on their own;
                - Analyse the implications of the evidence to the inquiry;             - critique various viewpoints and construct their own argument
                - Evaluate credibility of evidence;                                       based on a balanced and nuanced analysis of evidence available.
                - Create a viable hypothesis to the inquiry.

                Source Interpretation Skills:
                - Inference,
                - Compare and contrast,
                - Checking reliability,
                - Checking utility,
                - Making conclusions

                Writing Skills
                - coherent presentation of balanced arguments that are supported
                   with evidence
                - express viewpoints and insights that resonate with the arguments
                   and conclusions made

Assessment      Year 3                                                                 Year 3
Information     WA 1 - History Opinion-editorial                                       WA 1 - Independent Study Module (Inquiry Proposal)
                WA 2 - Level Test                                                      WA 2 - Level Test (same as D1)
                WA 3 - History Inquiry Task                                            WA 3 - Independent Study Module (Inquiry Report)
                End-of-Year Examination                                                End-of-Year Examination (same as D1)

                Year 4                                                                 Year 4
                WA 1 - History Inquiry Task                                            WA 1 - Independent Study Module (Inquiry Proposal)
                WA 2 - Mid-Year Examination                                            WA 2 - Mid-Year Examination (same as D1)
                WA 3 - History Centennial Poster                                       WA 3 - Independent Study Module (Inquiry Report)
                End-of-Year Examination                                                End-of-Year Examination (same as D1)

Disciplinary    - Guided Concept-Based Inquiry Learning                                - Open Concept-Based Inquiry Learning (student-led, teacher
Teaching and                                                                              facilitated)
Learning
Approach for
History

Extension       Students can sign up for webinars conducted by historians, and to      Students may also sign up for the following (subject to availability):
Learning        engage in online sharing on selected history topics
Opportunities                                                                          1. ASEAN Overseas Learning Journey (with Bicultural Studies
                                                                                           Programme)
                                                                                       2. Learning Journey to Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and/or
                                                                                           National Archives of Singapore
                                                                                       3. Seminars conducted by historians on selected topics

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Literature in English
                       D1 is suited for all students, and who are...                           D2 is suited for students who also want to...
                   The Text and I -                                                         The Text and Beyond -
                   Making Connections                                                       Becoming Empathetic Global Thinkers

                   - holding a love of reading and critical analysis of how words create   - engage their strong language ability with texts in different contexts
                      meaning.                                                              - apply strong critical reading and analytical skills with texts.
                   - motivated to develop perspective-taking from text                      - explore themes across different genres of writing using parallel
                                                                                               texts
                                                                                            - delve deeper into understanding of Literature through research

Content            Genres                                                                   In addition to D1 areas of study, students reading D2 Literature in
Focus              - Local Short Stories using Set Text (Year 3)                            English will also learn the following:
                   - Unseen Poetry Analysis (Year 3 and 4)
                   - Drama (Year 4)                                                         Year 3
                                                                                            - Navigating Short Stories from different cultures
                   Areas of Study (Year 3 and Year 4)                                       - Understanding different plot structures
                   - Plot, Setting, Style, Themes, Characterisation                         - Negotiating complexities and ambiguities in perspective-taking
                   - Literary devices and how meaning is created                               in poetry
                   - Understanding the short story and drama genre
                   - Understanding Poetry: Meaning-making through form and use of          Year 4
                      literary devices                                                      - Comparing and analysing poetry
                                                                                            - Understanding concept of Shakesperean Tragedy and Modern
                                                                                               Tragedy (the formula and comparison of Shakespearean vs.
                                                                                               Modern tragedy e.g. Macbeth vs Arthur Miller’s Death of a
                                                                                               Salesman)
                                                                                            - Exploring famous soliloquies from a range of Shakespearean
                                                                                               tragedies

Curriculum         - Conventions of prose, poetry and drama                                 In addition to D1 skills, students reading D2 Literature in English will
Skills             - Different types of characterisation, use of Points of View             also learn and apply the following:
                   - Synthesis of plot and characterisation for meaning-making (for
                      appreciation of theme(s))                                             - Creative writing skills by understanding the craft of writing
                                                                                            - Text comparative and analysis skills
                                                                                            - Text transformation skills (e.g. Macbeth for Kids, From Print to
                                                                                               Screen)
                                                                                            - Unseen poetry debate skills

Assessment         Year 3                                                                   Year 3
Information        WA 1 - A Writer’s Craft: Original Poetry Creation and Presentation       WA 1 - Original Spoken Word Poetry Creation, Performance and
                   WA 2 - Set Text (Prose) Passage Based Question                           Presentation
                   WA 3 - The Reader Between: Set Text (Prose) Creative Product and         WA 2 - Practical Criticism: Comparative Short Stories
                   Presentation                                                             WA 3 - Original Short Story Creation and Presentation
                   End-of-Year Examination                                                  End-of-Year Examination (Same as D1)

                   Year 4                                                                   Year 4
                   WA 1 - Poetry Reading and Analysis Presentation                          WA 1 - Poetry Comparison and Analysis Presentation (Same as D1)
                   WA 2 - Mid-Year Examination                                              WA 2 - Mid-Year Examinations (Same as D1)
                   WA 3 - Role Play and Analysis                                            WA 3 - Creative Portfolio (self-selected creative pieces) and Role
                   End-of-Year Examination                                                  Play
                                                                                            End-of-Year Examination (same as D1)

Disciplinary       - Use of Creative Artefacts and Role Play                                In addition to D1 T&L Approach, D2 T&L Approach will also use
Teaching and       - Exploratory Talk (making connections to self and Society)
Learning           - Inquiry through Dialogue                                               - Literary Circles (students take on different roles within a group
Approach for       - Use of Reflection Journals                                                and explore Big Questions Themes in Text Independently before
Literature in                                                                                  Group sharing and teacher debrief)
English
                                                                                            - Extensive use of the Literary Response Framework (LRF) i.e.
                                                                                               using different lenses, making connections to self, society, other
                                                                                               texts, other readers and the World

Extension          Students can sign up for literary workshops, plays and                   In addition to D1 opportunities, D2 students can also sign up to
Learning           performances, as well as to participate in the National Schools          participate in GEB Research Symposium by submitting a proposal.
Opportunities      Literature Festival.                                                     They will also create their Creative Portfolio, as well as to initiate
                                                                                            participation in the Enrichment Text Study and Presentation.

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Literature in Chinese
                               D1 适合以下同学修读:                                   D2 为以下同学特设:
                   文学乐园                                         文学伴我行

                   - 对华文文学有基本兴趣                                 - 对华文文学有一定的热忱
                   - 希望提升自身文学素养的同学                              - 提升自身文学素养
                                                                - 参与更多的文学活动
                                                                - 必须参加中学华文语文特选课程(Chinese Language
                                                                   Elective Programme,简称 CLEP-Sec。有“奖学金类”和“非
                                                                   奖学金类”供学生选择。)

Content            中三                                           除了D1所学内容和技能外,D2还包括:
Focus              1. 古代诗词                                      中三
                   2. 现当代诗歌                                     1. 戏剧的时代背景分析
                   3. 戏剧(基本要素)                                  2. 课外文学作品的艺术手法分析和鉴赏*
                   4. 课外文学作品赏析(剖析主题)
                                                                中四
                   中四                                           1. 戏剧的时代背景与现实意义分析
                   1. 现当代短篇小说和微型小说                              2. 课外文学作品的艺术手法分析和鉴赏*
                   2. 现当代长篇小说
                   3. 戏剧(基本要素)
                   4. 课外文学作品赏析(剖析主题)

Curriculum         【总目标】                                        【总目标】
Skills             培养学生阅读华文文学作品的兴趣,加强他们对华文文学作品                  培养学生阅读华文文学作品的兴趣,加强他们对华文文学作
                   的赏析能力和批判性阅读能力,提升他们的人文素养,加深他                  品的赏析能力和批判性阅读能力,提升他们的人文素养,加
                   们对华族文化的理解和认同。                                深他们对华族文化的理解和认同,并具备基本创作和学术论
                                                                文写作能力。
                   【分项目标】
                   1. 能领会文学作品的内涵                                【分项目标】
                   2. 能欣赏文学作品的特色                                除了D1 课程技能(能领会文学作品的内涵、能欣赏文学作品
                   3. 能诠释文学作品的主题                                的特色、能诠释文学作品的主题、能交流心得)以外,D2 课
                   4. 能交流心得                                     程技能还包括以下技能目标:
                                                                1. 能实践与运用
                                                                2. 能创作文学作品
                                                                3. 研究探索能力

Assessment         中三                                           中三
Information        WA 1 - 古代诗词赏析                                WA 1 - 古代诗词赏析 (和D1一样)
                   WA 2 - 现当代诗歌赏析                               WA 2 - 现当代诗歌赏析 (和D1一样)
                   WA 3 - 戏剧赏析论文                                WA 3 - 戏剧赏析论文+课外文本分析
                   年终考试                                         年终考试 (和D1一样)

                   中四                                           中四
                   WA 1 - 现当代短篇小说和微型小说赏析                        WA 1 - 现当代短篇小说和微型小说赏析 (和D1一样)
                   WA 2 - 年中考试                                  WA 2 - 年中考试 (和D1一样)
                   WA 3 - 戏剧赏析                                  WA 3 - 戏剧赏析论文撰写与口头报告
                   年终考试                                         年终考试 (和D1一样)

Disciplinary       1. 差 异教学:学生可在进行论文撰写时,根据指定范围自拟               1. 差 异教学:学生可在进行论文撰写时,根据指定范围自拟
Teaching and           论文题目)                                        论文题目)
Learning           2. 混合式学习:结合一些线上平台(如:新加坡学生学习平                2. 混合式学习:结合一些线上平台(如:新加坡学生学习平
Approach in            台(SLS)、谷歌教室、Padlet、IG: dhs.casuarina等)       台(SLS)、谷歌教室、Padlet、IG: dhs.casuarina等)
Literature in CL   3. 自主学习                                      3. 自主学习
                   4. 协作学习                                      4. 协作学习

Extension          1. 文学工作坊(学生凭意愿参与)                            除了D1学习机会,D2还包括:
Learning           2. 戏剧鉴赏                                      1. 全国语特营、文艺营、作家讲座等活动。
Activities                                                      2. 沉浸式学习氛围:新厚德轩学习空间
                                                                3. “放眼世界 学贯中西” 活动 (Beyond Classroom
                                                                    Programme)
                                                                4. 参与“木麻黄乐园”和“德明早间新闻”的制作或播报活动

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STEAM Academy
                                                                   Mathematics 1
                                     Mathematics as a Fundamental Tool for the Human Race

Content Focus                        Year 3
                                     Number and Algebra
                                     1. Simultaneous Non-linear Equations
                                     2. Indices and Surds
                                     3. Quadratic Expressions and Equations
                                     4. Set Theory
                                     5. Graphs of Functions

                                     Geometry and Measurement
                                     6. Congruence and Similarity
                                     7. Coordinate Geometry
                                     8. Geometrical Properties of Circles
                                     9. Circular Measure

                                     Statistics and Probability
                                     10. Probability

                                     Year 4
                                     Number and Algebra
                                     1. Binomial Theorem
                                     2. Matrices

                                     Geometry and Measurement
                                     3. Applications of Trigonometry
                                     4. Equations of Circles
                                     5. Vectors in Two Dimensions

                                     Statistics and Probability
                                     6. Statistics

Curriculum Skills                    Problem-Solving Skills:
                                     - Numerical Calculation
                                     - Algebraic Manipulation
                                     - Spatial Visualisation
                                     - Data Analysis
                                     - Measurement and Estimation

                                     Mathematical Process Skills:
                                     - Reasoning
                                     - Communication
                                     - Modelling
                                     - Thinking Skills and Heuristics

Assessment Information               Year 3
                                     WA 1 - Extended Problems in Real World Context
                                     WA 2 - Level Test
                                     WA 3 - Math Modelling
                                     End-of-Year Examination

                                     Year 4
                                     WA 1 - Math Modelling
                                     WA 2 - Mid-Year Examination
                                     WA 3 - Level Test
                                     End-of-Year Examination

Disciplinary Teaching and Learning   -Inquiry-Based Learning for conceptual learning through activities such as in-class discussion, student-and-teacher discourse,
Approach for Mathematics 1            elaboration of concepts via application in problem solving, and evaluation of solutions and error analysis.

Extension Learning Opportunities     Learning Festival / STEAM Week
                                     - Exposure to the application of mathematics in STEAM e.g. machine learning

                                     Events organised by Gifted Education Branch
                                     - Math Enrichment Week
                                     - Math Seminar

                                     Competitions
                                     - Singapore Mathematical Olympiad
                                     - American Mathematics Competition
                                     - Australian Mathematics Competition

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Mathematics 2
                    D1 is suited for all students, and who are...                             D2 is suited for students who also want to...
                Mathematics as the foundation of STEAM                                     Mathematics as the language in STEAM

                - interested to build a good foundation in Mathematics to support         -learn more advanced mathematics to navigate in Scientific
                   Scientific investigation, and acquire thinking skills required in the      discovery, and apply mathematical problem solving skills in
                   study of Engineering and Technology.                                       related fields of Engineering and Technology;
                                                                                           - strengthen mathematical skills to understand deeper
                                                                                              mathematical concepts like those in H2 Further Mathematics;
                                                                                           - acquire advanced knowledge and skills for higher education and
                                                                                              careers related especially to STEAM.

Content         Year 3                                                                     In addition to the areas of study in D1, D2 Mathematics 2 will
Focus           Algebra                                                                    provide opportunities for students to extend the scope of learning
                1. Quadratic Functions and Inequalities                                    in breadth and depth. In D2 Mathematics 2, the topics introduced in
                2. Polynomials                                                             Mathematics 1 and D1 Mathematics 2 would be covered in greater
                3. Functions                                                               depth. Furthermore, students would learn additional topics to
                                                                                           expand their breadth of mathematical knowledge and skills at a
                Geometry and Trigonometry                                                  more advanced level.
                4. Trigonometric Ratios and Graphs
                5. Simple Trigonometric Identities and Equations                           For example, students would learn:

                Year 4                                                                     Year 3
                Algebra                                                                    1. Mathematical Induction
                1. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions                                   2. Conics
                2. Partial Fractions
                                                                                           Year 4
                Geometry and Trigonometry                                                  1. Advanced Matrices
                3. Further Trigonometric Identities and Equations                          2. Extension to Differentiation and Integration
                4. Linear Law

                Calculus
                5. Differentiation
                6. Applications of Differentiation
                7. Integration
                8. Applications of Integration

Curriculum      Problem-Solving Skills                                                     Problem-Solving Skills
Skills          - Algebraic Manipulation                                                   - Algebraic Manipulation
                - Spatial Visualisation                                                    - Spatial Visualisation

                Mathematical Process Skills                                                Mathematical Process Skills
                - Reasoning                                                                - Reasoning
                - Communication                                                            - Communication
                - Modelling                                                                - Modelling
                - Thinking Skills and Heuristics                                           - Thinking Skills and Heuristics
                - Metacognition                                                            - Metacognition

Assessment      Year 3                                                                     Year 3
Information     WA 1 - Level Test                                                          WA 1 - Level Test
                WA 2 - Error Analysis                                                      WA 2 - Error Analysis
                WA 3 - Performance Task                                                    WA 3 - Performance Task
                End-of-Year Examination                                                    End-of-Year Examination

                Year 4                                                                     Year 4
                WA 1 - Error Analysis                                                      WA 1 - Error Analysis
                WA 2 - Mid-Year Examination                                                WA 2 - Mid-Year Examination
                WA 3 - Performance Task                                                    WA 3 - Performance Task
                End-of-Year Examination                                                    End-of-Year Examination

Disciplinary    Inquiry-Based Learning for conceptual learning through activities          Inquiry-Based Learning for conceptual learning through activities
Teaching and    such as in-class discussion, student-and-teacher discourse,                such as in-class discussion, student-and-teacher discourse,
Learning        elaboration of concepts via application in problem solving, and            elaboration of concepts via application in problem solving, and
Approach for    evaluation of solutions and error analysis.                                evaluation of solutions and error analysis.
Mathematics
2                                                                                          In addition, D2 students engage further in the Mathematics inquiry
                                                                                           process through Constructivist Learning Design inquiry mode
                                                                                           (for example, in the proof of theorems and formula). They would
                                                                                           construct knowledge via deep thinking and application of prior
                                                                                           knowledge to learn new concepts and form new knowledge on their
                                                                                           own.

Extension       Learning Festival / STEAM Week                                             In addition to D1 extension of learning opportunities, D2
Learning        - Exposure to the application of mathematics in STEAM e.g.                Mathematics 2 students will also have opportunities to partake
Opportunities      machine learning                                                        in the:
                                                                                           - Singapore Mathematics Project Festival
                Events organised by Gifted Education Branch                                - Singapore Science and Engineering Fair
                - Math Enrichment Week
                - Math Seminar

                Competitions
                - Singapore Mathematical Olympiad
                - American Mathematics Competition
                - Australian Mathematics Competition

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Biology
                       D1 is suited for all students, and who are...                              D2 is suited for students who also want to...
                   Biology...Understanding how life works                                      Biology...learn about life.. learn for life

                   - interested to explore and understand the science of life and living      learn how to conduct experiments and investigations to gain
                      organisms, in particular the workings of plants and human beings.        greater depth in understanding of biological processes, and to
                   - curious to learn about the basic molecular, cellular, tissue,            cultivate resilience in the face of ambiguity and failure during the
                      processes and systems that allows plants and humans to live and          conduct of experimental work.
                      thrive.
                   - appreciative of real life applications of biology and related diseases
                      in our daily lives and world

Content            Students would demonstrate scientific knowledge and                         In addition to D1 areas of study, D2 Biology will provide
Focus              understanding of the following:                                             opportunities for students to extend their learning in Biology by
                                                                                               building on and extending the knowledge in various D1 topics which
                   Year 3 Topics                                                               would be covered in greater depth. For example, students would
                   1. Biological Molecules                                                     deepen their understanding in the immunology, and extend their
                   2. E
                       nzymes                                                                 appreciation with types of immunity.
                   3. Cells, Bacteria & Viruses
                   4. Transport in Cells                                                       D2 students would be exposed to more practical work so as to build
                   5. Human Digestive System                                                   strong foundational concepts in Biology to propose hypothesis, plan
                   6. Plant Nutrition                                                          experiments and carry out their own plans and evaluate them.
                   7. Human Circulatory System
                   8. Plant Transport
                   9. Respiration & Respiratory System

                   Year 4 Topics
                   1. Homeostasis
                   2. Nervous System
                   3. Eye
                   4. Endocrine System
                   5. Excretion
                   6. Human Reproduction
                   7. Molecular Genetics
                   8. Cell Division
                   9. Inheritance and Natural Selection

Curriculum         Scientific Process Skills in Experimental Work:                             In addition to D1 skills, students reading D2 Biology would sharpen
Skills             - Observation                                                               their scientific process and criical thinking skills during the planning
                   - Comparison                                                                and evaluation of their experiments.
                   - Organisation
                   - Prediction                                                                Students would:
                   - Experimentation                                                           - propose and plan experiments in groups and individually;
                   - Evaluation                                                                - exercise critical thinking to plan investigations to open ended
                   - Application                                                                  problems
                                                                                               - use their practical skills to carry out investigations and process
                   Data and Information Skills:                                                   skills for analysis of data
                   1. data analysis (analytical thinking skills),                              - critique their own experiments
                   2. identification of patterns and trends (critical thinking skills),        - demonstrate scientific communications through presentations
                   3. interpretation (inferring skills),
                   4. making hypothesis and predictions (predicting and decision-
                       making skills)

Assessment         Year 3                                                                      Year 3
Information        WA 1 - Written Assessment                                                   WA 1 - Written Assessment (Same as D1)
                   WA 2 - Written Assessment                                                   WA 2 - Written Assessment (Same as D1)
                   WA 3 - Practical Test                                                       WA 3 - Experimental Planning Task
                   End-of-Year Examination                                                     End-of-Year Examination (Same as D1)

                   Year 4                                                                      Year 4
                   WA 1 - Written Assessment                                                   WA 1 - Written Assessment (Differentiated)
                   WA 2 - Mid-Year Examination                                                 WA 2 - Mid-Year Examination (Same as D1)
                   WA 3 - Practical Examination                                                WA 3 - Practical Examination (Same as D1)
                   End-of-Year Examination                                                     End-of-Year Examination (Same as D1)

Disciplinary       Guided Inquiry-Based Learning with experimental, hands-on                   - Inquiry-Based Learning with enhanced experimental, hands-on
Teaching and       learning application                                                           learning application.
Learning                                                                                       - Greater emphasis on discussion and practical work for Concept-
Approach for                                                                                      based Learning
Biology

Extension          - Practical Investigative Tasks - Dissection of Heart and Eye               - Practical Investigative Tasks - Dissection of Heart, Eye, Stomach
Learning           - Workshops and Learning Journeys                                              and Kidney
Opportunities                                                                                  - Workshops and Learning Journeys
                                                                                               - Talks with Professionals

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Chemistry
                    D1 is suited for all students, and who are...                              D2 is suited for students who also want to...
                Chemistry, the Central Science                                              Unveiling The Beauty of Chemistry

                - interested to explore and understand natural science that deals          - learn how to conduct experiments and investigations to gain
                   with the composition of matter and the changes that it undergoes            greater depth in understanding of chemical processes, and to
                   as a result of chemical reactions;                                          cultivate resilience in the face of ambiguity and failure during the
                - curious to learn how to explain various physical and chemical               conduct of experimental work.
                   changes observed around us; and
                - appreciative of real life applications of chemistry in our daily lives.

Content         Students would demonstrate scientific knowledge and                         In addition to D1 areas of study, D2 Chemistry will provide
Focus           understanding of the following:                                             opportunities for students to extend their learning in chemistry by
                                                                                            building on and extending the knowledge in various D1 topics which
                Year 3 Topics                                                               would be covered in greater depth. For example, students would
                1. Separation Techniques                                                    deepen their understanding in the atomic structure, and extend their
                2. Elements, Compounds & Mixtures                                           appreciation with more types of chemical bonding and introduction
                3. Atomic Structure                                                         to molecular structures.
                4. Chemical Bonding & Structures
                5. Kinetic Particle Theory                                                  D2 students would be exposed to more practical work so as to build
                6. Acids, Bases & Salts                                                     strong foundational concepts in chemistry to propose hypothesis,
                7. Qualitative Analysis                                                     plan experiments and carry out their own plans and evaluate them.
                8. Stoichiometry & Mole concept
                9. Energy Changes                                                           D2 students can also choose a Chemistry topic of interest to
                                                                                            research on, and to share with his peers the concepts learnt
                Year 4 Topics                                                               through Show and Tell using a medium of their choice e.g. Power
                1. Redox Reactions                                                          Point slides, videos, demonstration etc.
                2. The Periodic Table
                3. Speed of Reactions
                4. Metals
                5. Ammonia
                6. Electrochemistry
                7. Atmosphere
                8. Organic Chemistry

Curriculum      Scientific Process Skills in Experimental Work:                             In addition to D1 skills, students reading D2 Chemistry would
Skills          - Observation                                                               sharpen their scientific process and criical thinking skills during the
                - Comparison                                                                planning and evaluation of their experiments.
                - Organisation
                - Prediction                                                                Students would
                - Experimentation                                                           - propose and plan experiments in groups and individually;
                - Evaluation                                                                - exercise critical thinking to plan investigations to open ended
                - Application                                                                  problems
                                                                                            - use their practical skills to carry out investigations and process
                Data and Information Skills:                                                   skills for analysis of data
                1. data analysis (analytical thinking skills),                              - critique their own experiments
                2. identification of patterns and trends (critical thinking skills),        - demonstrate scientific communications through presentations
                3. interpretation (inferring skills),
                4.making hypothesis and predictions (predicting and decision-
                  making skills)

Assessment      Year 3                                                                      Year 3
Information     WA 1 - Written Assessment                                                   WA 1 - Written Assessment (Same as D1)
                WA 2 - Written Assessment                                                   WA 2 - Written Assessment (Same as D1)
                WA 3 - Practical Test                                                       WA 3 - Practical Test (Differentiated)
                End-of-Year Examination                                                     End-of-Year Examination (Same as D1)

                Year 4                                                                      Year 4
                WA 1 - Written Assessment                                                   WA 1 - Written Assessment (Differentiated)
                WA 2 - Mid-Year Examination                                                 WA 2 - Mid-Year Examination (Same as D1)
                WA 3 - Practical Exam                                                       WA 3 - Practical Examination (Same as D1)
                End-of-Year Examination                                                     End-of-Year Examination (Same as D1)

Disciplinary    Guided Inquiry-Based Learning with experimental, hands-on                   - Inquiry-Based Learning with enhanced experimental, hands-on
Teaching and    learning application                                                           learning application.
Learning                                                                                    - Greater emphasis on discussion and practical work for Concept-
Approach for                                                                                   based Learning
Chemistry

Extension       - Learning Journey to Chemical Industries                                   - Learning Journey to Chemical Industries
Learning        - External Talks by Professionals/Experts                                   - External Talks by Professionals/Experts
Opportunities

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Physics
                       D1 is suited for all students, and who are...                             D2 is suited for students who also want to...
                   Wander upon the fields of Physics                                          Uncovering hidden potentials in Physics

                   - curious to discover the physical forces, interactions, and properties   - learn how to design and conduct experiments and investigations
                      of matter;                                                                 to gain verification of physical relationships, and to cultivate
                   - interested to study mechanics, waves, heat, electricity and                resilience in the face of ambiguity and failure during the conduct of
                      magnetism; and                                                             experimental work.
                   - motivated to collect information from many physical sources such
                      as heat, light, sound, mechanics, electricity and magnetism to
                      come to conclusions about the physical world.

Content            Students would demonstrate scientific knowledge and                        In addition to D1 areas of study, D2 Physics will provide
Focus              understanding of the following:                                            opportunities for students to extend their learning in Physics by
                                                                                              building on and extending the knowledge in various D1 topics,
                   Year 3 Topics:                                                             which would be covered in greater depth. For example, students
                   1. Reflection of Light                                                     would deepen their understanding in the area of mechanics, and
                   2. Practical Skills                                                        extend their appreciation with more types of motion such as
                   3. Physical Quantities, Units & Measurements                               projectile motion and introduction to Modern Physics.
                   4. Refraction of Light
                   5. Thin Lenses                                                             D2 students would be exposed to more practical work so as to build
                   6. General Wave Properties                                                 strong foundational concepts in Physics to propose hypothesis, plan
                   7. Electromagnetic Waves                                                   experiments and carry out their own plans and evaluate them.
                   8. Sound
                   9. Kinematics                                                              D2 are also allowed to demonstrate their creativity in designing a
                   10. Vectors & Scalars                                                      Physics toy that demonstrates a physics principle as part of our
                   11. Dynamics                                                               in-house learning activity, Physics Product Challenge.
                   12. Mass, Weight & Density
                   13. Turning Effects of Forces
                   14. Energy, Work & Power
                   15. Pressure
                   16. Kinetic Model of Matter
                   17. Temperature
                   18. Transfer of Thermal Energy
                   19. Thermal Properties of Matter

                   Year 4 Topics:
                   1. Thermal Properties of Matter
                   2. Static Electricity
                   3. Current Electricity
                   4. DC Circuits
                   5. Practical Electricity
                   6. Magnetism
                   7. Electromagnetism
                   8. Electromagnetic Induction

Curriculum         Scientific Process Skills in Experimental Work:                            In addition to D1 skills, students reading D2 Physics would sharpen
Skills             - Observation                                                              their scientific process and criical thinking skills during the planning
                   - Comparison                                                               and evaluation of their experiments.
                   - Organisation
                   - Prediction                                                               Students would
                   - Experimentation                                                          - propose and plan experiments in groups and individually;
                   - Evaluation                                                               - exercise critical thinking to plan investigations to open ended
                   - Application                                                                 problems
                                                                                              - use their practical skills to carry out investigations and process
                   Data and Information Skills:                                                  skills for analysis of data
                   1. data analysis (analytical thinking skills),                             - critique their own experiments
                   2. identification of patterns and trends (critical thinking skills),       - demonstrate scientific communications through presentations
                   3. interpretation (inferring skills),
                   4. making hypothesis and predictions (predicting and decision-
                       making skills)

Assessment         Year 3                                                                     Year 3
Information        WA 1 - Written Assessment                                                  WA 1 - Written Assessment (Same as D1)
                   WA 2 - Written Assessment                                                  WA 2 - Written Assessment (Same as D1)
                   WA 3 - Practical Test                                                      WA 3 - Practical Test (Differentiated)
                   End-of-Year Examination                                                    End-of-Year Examination (Same as D1)

                   Year 4                                                                     Year 4
                   WA 1 - Written Assessment                                                  WA 1 - Written Assessment (Differentiated)
                   WA 2 - Mid-Year Examination                                                WA 2 - Mid-Year Examination (Same as D1)
                   WA 3 - Practical Exam                                                      WA 3 - Practical Examination (Same as D1)
                   End-of-Year Examination                                                    End-of-Year Examination (Same as D1)

Disciplinary       Guided Inquiry-Based Learning with experimental, hands-on                  - Inquiry-Based Learning with enhanced experimental, hands-on
Teaching and       learning application                                                          learning application.
Learning                                                                                      - Greater emphasis on discussion and practical work for Concept-
Approach for                                                                                     based Learning
Physics

Extension          - External Talks by Professionals/Experts                                  - External Talks by Professionals/Experts
Learning           - Hands-on Workshops and Learning Journeys.                                - Hands-on Workshops and Learning Journeys.
Opportunities

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REDESIGNED
  CURRICULUM –
Elective Modules
     (EM)

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Year 3 Elective Module List
BA-C301E                                                                                      BA-P303E
From Print to Screen                                                                          Radio Show
The module explores works of Literature that have been adapted for the silver screen.         If you could decide what goes on radio, how would you choose to fill the airwaves? How
Specifically, students can expect to examine the directorial and adaptational choices         would you balance the wishes of the audience, the needs of your advertisers and your
made when translating a work in print to the screen. Students will devise arguments, in       own personal tastes? How would you captivate your audience and sustain their interest
dialogue and in writing, for whether these choices are effective and justified or not.        in your radio programme? In this module, students will explore these questions and
                                                                                              other aspects of producing a radio show, ranging from writing and reading a script to
In doing so, students will gain a fresh perspective of the literary conventions that          talking to co-hosts. Through the production of their very own radio show, students will
govern various literary forms, e.g. the short story, the play, the novel, and poetry.         learn to present material with more organisation and confidence as they become more
Furthermore, in examining the directorial and adaptational choices made by directors          assured public speakers.
and screenwriters, they will discover what is truly essential about a literary text, namely
story. As students argue for and against these choices, they will hone their persuasive
speaking and writing, and learn to identify and stretch the boundaries of the worldviews
from which they devise their arguments.                                                       BA-P304E
                                                                                              我是辩手:华文辩论
                                                                                              “Tug of Words”: Introduction to Chinese Debate
BA-C302E
                                                                                              你是否羡慕别人拥有雄辩的口才?您是否期待在开始辩论之前就已经胸有成竹、
Gods and Ghosts of Southeast Asia                                                             信心百倍?机会来了!该课程通过理解华文辩论的基本要求和方法,为学生提供
                                                                                              体验式和协作式的活动,以发展创造性、独立性和批判性思维能力。学生将学习
Pontianaks, Datuk Gong, ghost child, four-faced Buddha... Have you always been                辩论、说服和反驳的技巧,以提高华语表达能力,增强自己对口头表达的信心。
fascinated by stories of gods and ghosts? Heard or experienced supernatural                   在提升组织架构能力之外,学生还将通过运用理性思考、理性并令人信服的证
encounters that you don’t quite understand? Look no further! This EM is an exploratory        据,找出最有效的言语表达方式。这是复杂沟通的基础,是21世纪职场中特别重
module on the spiritual landscape of Southeast Asia focusing on the diversity of              要的技能之一。该课程以华语讲授。
religions and supernatural beliefs. Students will get to learn about the predominant
spiritual and cultural practices in the region and how they have shaped the customs and       Ever feel like you lose every argument before you even start one? Well, you don’t have to
environments. This provides the opportunity to learn how about our own local practices,       anymore! Through understanding the basic model and principles of Chinese debate, this
and develop a greater sense of appreciation for the intricacies of the neighboring            EM provides students with experiential and collaborative activities to develop creative,
cultures.                                                                                     independent and critical thinking. Students will learn the skills of argumentation,
                                                                                              persuasion and rebuttal to improve their rhetorical skills and strengthen their confidence
                                                                                              in oratorical expressions. By enhancing their ability to structure and organize thoughts,
                                                                                              students will also develop effective speech composition through deploying rational,
BA-P301E                                                                                      reasoned arguments and compelling evidence, all part of sophisticated communication,
                                                                                              a skill especially important in the 21st century workplace. This EM is conducted in
The Wonder of Pinhole Photography                                                             Chinese.

Rapid advancements in technology have made it so easy for us to forget how simple
(and old) the basic science behind photography really is, and more importantly, how
inexpensive a very basic camera can be. In fact, a shoebox is all that is needed to           BA-P305E
create a Pinhole Camera, the first camera ever invented. This module will be focused
on experimenting with the pinhole camera. Students will learn about the history of            魅力舞台:华文剧场
the device and its mechanics, make their own basic pinhole camera with a shoebox,
                                                                                              “Centrestage”: Introduction to Chinese Theatre
be familiar with art and photography fundamentals such as subject and composition
as well as experience developing black and white photographs in a darkroom. To                你喜欢各式各样有趣的表演吗?你希望在轻松娱乐的同时对表演带给人们的意义
further enhance their darkroom experience, students will also experiment creating             有更多的了解吗?快来这里!该课程向学生介绍华文戏剧的组成元素。学生将通
photographic prints without the aid of cameras, known as photograms.                          过体验式的活动,学习戏剧的各种表现手法。通过指导性的阅读和讨论,学生还
                                                                                              将学习如何分析并欣赏剧本和舞台效果,并通过在阅读、写作和表演之间建立联
                                                                                              系,来提升自己的批判性和创造性思维能力。这也将增进他们对戏剧的兴趣,发
                                                                                              展他们的情感和认知,拓展他们对美学学习领域的知识,提升个人及协作技能。
BA-P302E                                                                                      此外,戏剧是一个文化空间,是社会的缩影,因此,了解戏剧有助于学生理解人
                                                                                              生的意义。该课程采用理论和实践相结合的方法,鼓励学生更深入地了解和探索
The Art and Craft of Feature Writing                                                          人类的生存状态。如果通过这门课程发掘到自己在戏剧表演方面的天分或对戏剧
                                                                                              的兴趣,学生还可以加入学校相关的课程辅助活动(英文戏剧、华文戏剧都有)
Are you interested in writing feature articles for magazines but not quite sure where to      ,进一步发展自己的兴趣。该课程以华语讲授。
begin? This module gives you one-on-one instruction, prompt feedback, and fun mini-
exercises that get you working on real ideas and articles you could publish. You also         Fancy putting up interesting performances, being entertained and gaining greater
receive plenty of tips on how to write effective and engaging feature articles. As feature    understanding about what it means to be human? Look no further! This EM introduces
articles focus on an event or a person, and they take readers on a journey, giving them       students to the elements of Chinese theatre, and they will learn various approaches
a glimpse into the truth behind a subject, you will leave this course knowing both how        in theatre through experiential activities. Through guided reading and discussions,
to organise your ideas for different interesting topics and how to write articles that will   students will also learn to analyze and appreciate scripts and stage effects, as well
appeal to today’s readers.                                                                    as hone their critical and creative thinking skills by drawing links between reading,
                                                                                              writing and performance. Students will also foster enjoyment of theatre and thus
                                                                                              develop their affective, cognitive and aesthetic domains of learning as well as personal
                                                                                              and collaborative skills. Besides, theatre is a cultural space where society examines
                                                                                              itself in a mirror, and therefore understanding theatre helps students understand what
                                                                                              it means to be human. The integration of theatre theory and practice encourages a
                                                                                              deeper understanding and exploration of the human condition. After going through this
                                                                                              EM, students who discover their talent for performing or passion for drama can also
                                                                                              consider joining relevant co-curricular activities, including Chinese Society (Drama)
                                                                                              and English Drama Society, to further develop their interests. This EM is conducted in
                                                                                              Chinese.

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BA-C301M                                                                                         BA-P303M
Moot Parliament Programme                                                                        Bicultural Studies Programme (MOE)
Want to know what a Member of Parliament does? How does Parliament draft, debate                 你是否希望能在未来的世界里,游刃有余地游走于东西方文化间?那就不要错失
and enact laws in Singapore? Look no further! The Moot Parliament Programme (MPP)                良机!教育部双文化课程 (Bicultural Studies Programme (MOE)), 简称BSP,只
is a programme organised by MOE’s Gifted Education Branch (GEB) for IP and IB school             在7所中学开办。该课程始于2005年,旨在培育一批能以跨文化视角深入了解当
students that will help you to better understand Singapore’s model of democratic                 代中国发展核心课题,又能同东西方沟通的双文化人才。除了每周的双文化课以
government and its legislation process. Students will learn about the nuances of                 外,学生也有机会与其他院校的双文化同学交流并切磋学习。跨校学习的活动包
debating, law-making and bill writing.This is done through multi-disciplinary research           括双文化研讨会与双文化营。
on various social and community issues where you examine a social/community
issue from multiple angles, for e.g heritage, culture, city planning, ageing population,         * 符合申请条件的同学也可以申请为期四年(从中三到高二)的双文化奖学金。
discrimination etc. There will be workshops about the impact of government policies              奖学金得主将有机会到中国、亚细安以及西方国家参与浸濡活动(目前为线上活
and legislation, and the finale will be role-playing the government in its decision-making       动),其费用将由教育部资助。非奖学金课程的学生也有机会参与浸濡活动,但
processes (i.e a Moot Parliamentary Debate) at Parliament House itself. You will be              须符合申请条件和依学生人数情况而定。双文化奖学金的申请时间是在10月。欲
mentored by Law students from the law faculty of National University of Singapore                知详情,请参考网站:
(NUS) and/or Singapore Management University (SMU) and also by professional                      https://dunmanhigh.moe.edu.sg/academic/bicultural-studies-programme/mtl-
lawyers who will be your expert mentors.                                                         programme/

While it is not a requirement to participate in MPP Year 2 to participate in this                ** 这个课程以华文为主要教学媒介语。
programme, this programme is a step-up from MPP Year 2 and features a more robust
understanding of legislation and students will pick up a more indepth and technical              Do you wish to have a headstart in navigating the complexities of the Eastern and
understanding of the process of law-making. Do note that students will be required               Western worlds of today and tomorrow? Look no further! Our Bicultural Studies
to submit a proposal at the start of January to GEB. If the proposal is not accepted,            Programme (MOE) [BSP] is a comprehensive MOE special programme that is only
students will have to read a different EM (from a list of remaining available EMs                available in seven schools. Started in 2005, it aims to develop bilingual and bicultural
provided).                                                                                       talents who can effectively interact with China as well as relate to the West and have
                                                                                                 the capacity to engage in key issues relating to contemporary China with cross-cultural
                                                                                                 perspectives. Other than the weekly engagements in school, students will also have the
                                                                                                 opportunities to interact with BSP students from other schools through platforms such
BA-P301M                                                                                         as the BSP Symposium and BSP Camp.

Scenario Writing                                                                                 * Eligible students may also apply for the 4-year (from Year 3 to Year 6) BSP scholarship
                                                                                                 which offers invaluable overseas immersion opportunities in China, Asean and the West
Jules Verne, Aldous Huxley, Isaac Asimov - what do these renowned authors have                   (through virtual means at the moment). Non-scholarship students may also apply for
in common? Frequently listed as authors who ‘predicted’ the future through their                 the immersion programmes, subjected to availability of vacancies and selection criteria.
stories, their imagined futures and the warnings that come with it are still discussed           Application for the BSP scholarship will be opened in Oct. More information could be
to this very day. Students too could envision our future world through their personal            found here:
observations, research and projections of future trends and inventions. Scenario Writing         https://dunmanhigh.moe.edu.sg/academic/bicultural-studies-programme/mtl-
is an individual competition in which students develop short stories related to one of           programme/
five FPS topics for the year. The story (1500 words or less) is set at least 20 years in
the future and is an imagined, but logical, outcome of actions or events taking place            **This EM is conducted in Chinese.
in the world. Students create stories based on one of FPSPI’s annual topics for the
current competition season. Through this module, students will be better prepared for
the challenges of the 21st century as the process encourages them to think critically,
creatively, and futuristically.                                                                  BA-I301E
                                                                                                 Cultural Intelligence Module 2: Plug-n-Play Asia

BA-P302M                                                                                         All over the world, we have differences, just like when you travel, you have to carry
                                                                                                 different adapter plugs which differ by shape and number of pins. The question is, can
Humanities and Social Sciences Research Programme                                                you be the one universal adapter plug that can be plugged in anywhere in Asia, to draw
                                                                                                 energy and link up with all? This EM aims to hone the cultural intelligence of students to
Do you want a more holistic education? As our world becomes more technologically                 sharpen your bicultural edge in achieving effective and appropriate communication and
driven and focus is on the STEM subjects, the humanities is needed to provide balance            collaboration with our Asian counterparts. Students will be able to have opportunities to
and perspectives. If you want to achieve this, you are at the right place! This elective         interact and collaborate with students from other parts of Asia. This EM is conducted in
module will help to develop your creative and critical thinking skills, teaches you to           both English and Chinese.
learn independently, problem-solve, communicate clearly and broaden your global view
creating engaged local and global citizens. Opened to only Year 3 and 4 students, the
module provides participants a valuable opportunity to engage in Humanities and Social
Sciences research under the guidance of academic researchers from tertiary institutions
such as NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD, etc. Participants will then present their research during
the annual HSSRP Symposium. Finally, deserving research papers will also have the
privilege of having their paper published in the annual HSSRP Publication, which is
distributed to participating schools, tertiary institutions and public libraries in Singapore.

Do note that students will be required to submit a proposal in January to GEB. If
the proposal is not accepted, students will have to read a different EM (from a list of
available EMs provided).

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