The Humanities department aims to provide student-centric, values driven education based on key Humanities principles of critical thinking, empathy and sense of inquiry. This will be achieved through our signature E3 Humanities Programme: Engaging minds, Empowering Individuals, Enriching Community. This programme aims to:
- engage students with experiential and authentic learning experiences through which they will acquire knowledge and life skills;
- empower students to be positive young leaders with the ability to lead themselves and people around them; and
- enrich our community through our students who will contribute as active and responsible citizens.
Through varied level
programmes, Vistarians make connections with what they have learnt in class and
attempt to relate to real-life examples or case studies. Our dedicated teachers
customise various packages to suit different learning needs of students.
As students prepare for a knowledge-based economy, they need to be digitally ready. That means having access to digital technology, knowing how to use it and being able to create with it. Hence, in NV’s Geography lessons students have been given opportunities to dip their toes into the water, and experience the potential of Geographic Information System (GIS). They learn to read and create digital maps, and find out how and why information is represented as such. This helped them understand geographical concepts of place, space and scale simultaneously. As part of the experiential based learning experience, our students also conducted Geographical Investigation (GI) on the topic of Housing, Weather and Tourism. Through GI, students were able to witness how Geography comes to life and applied in the real world. In addition, a group of upper secondary geography students also had the privilege to participate in the NUS Geography Challenge.
History lessons are inquiry based in nature. Lower Secondary students are given the tools and lenses they need to discover the world and its past. As part of the experiential based learning experience, our students will also get to visit the Asian Civilization Museum, Changi Chapel Museum and enjoys tours of our Heritage sites such as the Peranakan Museum and the charming streets of Katong. To enhance their learning experience, students enjoy live and interactive Historical Investigation lessons in the Lower Secondary via the Historical exploration WIX site created by their very own teachers as well as direct source exploration via the use of authentic historical sources. The Secondary 2 Historical Investigation is an exciting end to the lower secondary learning experience as students enjoy an inter disciplinary project with the Literature department where their final Historical Investigation product is that of a poem and a sketch based on the discoveries they have made during their historical investigation. Upper Secondary History students continue to see History come alive in their classroom where they enjoy ICT based lessons and role plays on pivotal events in History including WW II and The Cold War. Students also enjoy further experiential learning by participating in the Istana Heritage Challenge, National history Challenge and War and Diplomacy which is a game based learning experience.