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Learning by Doing through Research Studies

We are a team of Secondary 4 students who has recently concluded a 1.5 year research study under the guidance of a teacher mentor on Volunteerism. The research knowledge and skills gained has been invaluable to us. We also developed a deeper understanding on the topic on Volunteerism. We thus seek to share more about our experiences here, hoping to benefit anyone interested in conducting Social Sciences research. (more…)

Inquiry-based Learning through Research Studies


We are a group of secondary 4 students who completed a Research Studies project to find out about the influence of parental involvement on a child’s emotional well being.

The student-centred nature of our research allows us to cultivate skills in making wise decisions and enhance our collaboration and communication skills. This research was also instrumental in making us think more critically and inspired us in our journey of self-discovery. We hope to use this platform to share our experiences and to demonstrate why inquiry-based learning, like Research Studies, is beneficial to students like us.

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Higher Order Thinking in a Geography Classroom

Subject Geography
Level: Year 1
Name of teacher Lucille Yap
Topic Climate and Weather: Factors Influencing Temperature
Macro-concept System


Enduring Understanding The well-being of an ecosystem hinges on the understanding of the processes that determine weather and climate as it helps humans (better) predict, prepare and mitigate the risks from climate variability and change.
Essential Question Does the study of weather/ climate matter?
Curricular or Pedagogical Focus / Lens Higher Order Thinking

Prior Knowledge

  • the difference between weather and climate (elements of weather)
  • the structure of the atmosphere, its layers (mean temperature and temperature range)
  • earth’s heat budget (including heat transfer – radiation, conduction and convection)

Lesson Delivery

Concept-based Instruction in a Social Studies Classroom

Subject Social Studies
Level: Year 3
Name of teacher Lim Shok Hoon
Topic Culture, Community and Identity
Macro-concept 1.     Systems have elements that interact with each other to perform a function.

2.     Systems follow rules.

Enduring Understanding Societal harmony and dynamism may require members to adapt and adjust to cultural norms and beliefs
Essential Question(s) OR Guiding question(s) 1.     Must everybody conform for society to be harmonious?

2.     Should diversity be subordinated to commonality?

Curricular or Pedagogical Focus / Lens  

Concept-Based Instruction

The lesson was carried out after students attended either the Outward Bound School (OBS) Course or school-based Personal Effectiveness (PE) Workshop. Students would unpack how we were part of a larger society and that society seemed to influence our attitudes and behaviour.

Pre-Lesson: (more…)

Concept-based Instruction in an English Classroom

Subject English Language
Level: Year 1
Name of teacher Jassie Teo
Topic Grammar
Macro-concept 1.     Systems have elements that interact with each other to perform a function.

2.     Systems are composed of sub-systems.

3.     Systems follow rules.


Enduring Understanding Language codifies concepts and relationships.
Essential Questions


Guiding questions



●      What are the components of the English language?


●      How does language function as a system?

●      Can meaning be conveyed without language?


●      Does language always have to follow the norm to communicate meaning?              

Curricular or Pedagogical Focus / Lens Concept-Based Instruction

The Grammar Unit was planned with the aim of allowing students to appreciate how the macro-concept of Systems operates in the English Language grammar. The lessons in the unit move progressively from meaning at the morpheme level to the sentential level, with a focus on how the elements within each level of meaning interact to convey meaning. This second lesson of the unit that I have described below focuses on how meaning is conveyed at the phrasal level. (more…)

Inquiry-based Learning in a Biology Classroom

Subject Biology
Level: Year 3
Topic Photosynthesis
Macro-concept Systems
Enduring Understanding Factors can affect the rate of photosynthesis.
Essential Questions
  1. What are the factors that affect the rate of photosynthesis?
  2. Why would there be factors that limit the rate of photosynthesis?
Curricular or Pedagogical Focus / Lens Critical Thinking, Concept-Based Instruction

Prior Knowledge

Students should have acquire the following knowledge in their primary school education:

  • Plants “make food” by photosynthesis.
  • During photosynthesis, plants take in CO2 and release O2.
  • Photosynthesis requires light.

Knowledge and Skills

This inquiry-based learning is a series of four lessons, comprising of two theory and two practical lessons. The lesson plan encompasses the following skill sets: