Applied Learning Programme
What is the ALP at Sembawang Secondary School?
Our school-based ALP is an innovative curriculum that is aligned with SkillsFuture. It is piloted in the Humanities and leverages 21st Century Competencies (21CC) with focus on Critical and Inventive Thinking (CIT) through Media Literacy.
Why the need for the ALP at Sembawang Secondary School?
The ALP curriculum at Sembawang Secondary School aims to develop students as critical consumers and producers of media and knowledge in various disciplines through:
- critical analysis and evaluation of media sources of information in the Humanities;
- connections of the knowledge in the Humanities with Art and English Language;
- creation of media products;
- collaboration through productivity tools; and
- application of learning to real-world contexts.
What kind of media literacy skills do our students learn as part of the ALP?
Firstly, our students will learn media reception skills. This means they will be equipped with thinking skills to critically interpret, analyse, question, and evaluate information from different media sources (e.g. print, online, visual, oral). Our aim is for students to be better able to question the information they see in the media and to discern any hidden messages or purposes.
Secondly, students will be equipped media creation skills. Our students will be trained in using appropriate media tools to convey a message, with the aim of persuading a target audience (e.g., creating posters, infographics, videos, graphs etc).
Lastly, we will also enhance our students’ competencies in digital productivity. Students will be guided in using appropriate digital media tools (e.g., google docs, popplet) to enhance their personal productivity and collaborate effectively with others. These are skills they will find useful when they enter the digital age workplace.
SMB Science Technology Mathematics (STeM) Programme
Sembawang Secondary School is committed to prepare our students to thrive in the modern technology-rich environment. As part of this commitment, we are striving to ensure that each student has the opportunity to expand their critical-thinking skills and exercise their innovative spirit.
Science, Technology and Mathematics (STeM) is an interdisciplinary approach that integrates these disciplines into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications. STeM programme aims to nurture future-ready and innovative digital learners. This 3-year developmental programme is designed to develop Secondary one to three students’ computation thinking and basic programming knowledge, and engage students in authentic and joyful learning experiences.
Examples of our existing learning modules:
Upon completing this programme, students would be equipped with skills necessary to thrive in this technology-rich environment and solve problems applying programming knowledge and disciplinary thinking (i.e. scientific/mathematical) and computational thinking. In addition, this programme aims to excite and inspire students to pursue post-secondary ICT-related learning opportunities.
In 2021, the learning modules would include drone programming, robotics, mobile games programming and Internet of Things (IOT).