Over the last eight weeks, Year 9 students have explored different aspects of Singapore to illustrate how the city-state has changed over time.
Using a concept based approach to learning, students have combined the concept of change with Singapore and sustainability.
Lessons have focussed on Singapore from the 1800's to now - from mangroves to metropolis, slums to skyscrapers, and as Founding Father Lee Kwan Yew said: "From Third World to First".
In investigating the country in which they live, students proposed a research question of their own, with the aim to create a 'product' that encompasses one or more aspect of change. Topics included, the growth of National Service, how HDBs (Housing Development Boards) have evolved, architectural change, how healthcare has advanced, if Singapore has a sustainable future, how different foods represent Singapore and its identity, how the country will cope with an increasing population, what makes the tourism industry successful, and if Singapore is the 'perfect' state.
Throughout the project students have developed their thinking, research, social and communication skills, as well as self-management. They also enjoyed activities beyond the classroom, such as tasting different cuisines at a hawker centre and learning about city planning and future ideas for Singapore at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).
On reflecting on his project at an exhibition for parents, one Year 9 student said: "Through my research on HDBs, I have gained insight into the process Singapore has been through to eradicate slums and to encourage social mixing as part of its nation building. It's been really interesting to connect different humanities subjects together by looking at the economical, geographical, historical and political aspects of this topic."