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Social Studies Curriculum

Social Studies is a vehicle for Citizenship education, preparing our pupils with life skills for the life in the future. While National Education (NE) is one aspect, Social Studies serves greater aims of equipping pupils with larger life skills. MOE’s six NE messages are:

1. Singapore is our homeland; this is where we belong.
We treasure our heritage and take pride in shaping our own unique way of life.

2. We must preserve racial and religious harmony.
We value our diversity and are determined to stay a united people.

3. We must uphold meritocracy and incorruptibility.
We provide opportunities for all, according to their ability and effort.

4. No one owes Singapore a living.
We find our own way to survive and prosper, turning challenge into opportunity.

5. We must ourselves defend Singapore.
We are proud to defend Singapore ourselves, no one else is responsible for our security and well-being.

6. We have confidence in our future.
United, determined and well-prepared, we have what it takes to build a bright future for ourselves, and to progress together as one nation.

Through their participation in the various NE-related events and activities such as commemoration of key historical events , for example,Total Defence Day, International Friendship Day, Racial Harmony Day and National Day, Learning Journeys and the National Heritage Tours, pupils learn key values and have a better appreciation of our country.


Total Defence Day

Total Defence Day, which falls on 15th February, marks the surrender of Singapore to the Japanese by the British during World War 2. This annual event reminds Singaporeans that they each have a part to play in building a united and resilient community that contributes towards our nation’s security and success.

To commemorate the 70th Anniversary, activities were planned and carried out during Social Studies periods for all pupils. The theme for this year’s Total Defence Day was ‘It’s My Turn’. The activities for the Primary 1 to 5 pupils were based on one of the five aspects of Total Defence - Military, Civil, Social, Economic and Psychological), while the Primary 6 pupils focussed on all five aspects. The activities provided pupils with the opportunities to illustrate how they could get involved in strengthening Singapore’s resilience as a nation in every sector of society.

Prizes were awarded to the best pieces from each level and entries were displayed in the canteen. The primary 6 pupils performed skits based on Total Defence and the top three groups were treated to a trip at the Singapore Discovery Centre. In addition, the champion group performed their winning skit for the entire school.