Evolution of the Primary School Social Studies Curriculum in Singapore: From ‘Moulding’ Citizens to Developing Critical Thinkers, pp. 6 of 13

Table 1: Primary 5 Syllabus Topic - Our Needs

 

TOPIC CONTENT CONCEPT/ GENERALIZATION VALUES

Our needs:

  • Water
  • The importance of water
  • Location of the reservoirs in Singapore
  • Scarce and essential resources need to be conserved
  • Concept of location and catchment area
  • Conservation of resources
  • Interdependence
  • Preparedness
  • Adaptability
  • Fuel
  • The importance of oil to our industrial and domestic needs
  • Location of major oil-producing countries
  • Scarce and essential resources need to be conserved
  • Concept of location
  • Conservation of resources
  • Interdependence
  • Preparedness
  • Efficiency
  • Food
  • Traditional and high-tech farms
  • Locally produced and imported food
  • Scarce and essential resources need to be conserved
  • Conservation of resources
  • Interdependence
  • Preparedness
  • Efficiency
  • Shelter
  • Meeting our housing needs
  • Concepts of shelter, land scarcity and spatial distribution
  • Living in harmony
  • Concern for community
  • Participation in community life

Source: MOE (1994). Social Studies Syllabus Primary. Singapore.

An Inspiring Quote

"[Open-mindedness] includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

~ John Dewey, How We Think

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