Interdisciplinary Studies for Lower Secondary
Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS), introduced to the Secondary One students in 2016, is part of a new concept-based curriculum has aims to create opportunities for students to:
•develop a meaningful understanding of complex associations and influences within specific concepts;
• make decisions, think critically and creatively as well as synthesize knowledge beyond the disciplines;
• identify, assess and transfer significant information needed for solving novel problems; and
• embrace cooperative learning and a better attitude towards oneself as a learner and a meaningful member of a community.
Now a year on, both the Secondary One and Two students underwent their six weeks of IDS over terms 2 and 3, anchored in the concept of ‘Sustainability’ with Secondary One focusing on Sustainable Living and Secondary Two focusing on Sustainable Community. The six weeks culminated in an Exposition on 21 July 2017 that showcased their ideas and products. Secondary One students presented their idea of what Nanyang Girls’ High School would look like in 2030 when it relocates to a new site when the lease of the current site expires. Their ideas incorporated what they had learned from their Garden to Table and The Built Environment interdisciplinary units and they had to ensure that these ideas would be sustainable in the long run.
The Secondary Two Exposition took the form of a Startup Fair that allowed startups with innovative ideas to exhibit their prototypes with a view to attracting investments. This Startup Fair focused on innovations to improve the lives of a target group of people in society in the four areas of Mobility, Health, Entertainment and Environment.
Feedback from students and parents has been positive.
“I applaud the initiatives taken by NYGH to embark on a new educational journey for our young generations of students. A well-rounded curriculum that encourages independent learning, innovative thinking and confidence in public speaking, with equal emphasis on academic excellency will prepare our young generation well in facing tough global competitions. I sincerely believe that your efforts will bear fruit in the near future and beyond.” – a parent commented
“IDS provided a wonderful opportunity for me to engage the world outside the classroom and it is very meaningful.” - a student reflected