Craft & Technology / Aesthetics
The Lower Secondary Art syllabus utilises Elements of Art and Principles of Design to facilitate learning of Art concepts and art-making through a variety of art materials. This year, Lower Secondary students participated in Art enrichment workshops on metal tooling and wire sculpturing during the post-examination period. As part of community outreach, selected Secondary 2 students took part in the Sengkang Central Community Centre (CC) Durian Mascot Design Competition and one of them clinched the winning mascot design.
The Upper Secondary Art syllabus builds up students’ technical and explorative skills through the emphasis on drawing and painting. We also aim to deepen their appreciation and interest in Art through enrichment workshops, learning journeys and art competitions.
Secondary 3 Art students participated in a 3-day Advanced Watercolour Painting workshop and selected students also took part in the 12th National Junior Watercolouring Competition and one of them took home a consolation award, his work being among the top 10% of submitted works. As part of community outreach, a group of Secondary 3 students painted a kampong-themed wall mural at a nearby Senior Activity Centre and also helped to set up the fabric installation artwork at the Sengkang Central CC Community Art Installation Project. As for the Secondary 4, they went on a guided tour of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Two of our Secondary 4 students’ submissions of acrylic paintings for the Singapore Youth Festival Art Exhibition 2018 were featured in its published exhibition catalogue.
Design and Technology (D&T) is a subject of applied and practice-oriented nature. It is a compulsory subject at Lower Secondary levels and an elective subject at Upper Secondary levels. The vision of the CVSS D&T unit is to develop students into creative and critical thinkers with agentive minds capable of communicating effectively through sketching and 3D-manipulation of resistant materials.
The CVSS curriculum engages the students in experiential and hands-on activities to develop their problem-solving and creative thinking skills. The Lower Secondary D&T curriculum focuses on developing the students’ doodling and sketching abilities through the ideation process while the Upper Secondary D&T curriculum focuses on fine-tuning the students’ creativity and innovation through the different stages in the Design Process via student-initiated projects to allow them to acquire the skills and tacit knowledge required for the successful completion of their coursework in their final year.
Left: Adding adhesive to hold deadweight in place before testing on the Earthquake Simulator
The affordances of technology – namely, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software, Laser cutting technology and 3D printing technology – are harnessed within the D&T curriculum to enhance the students’ learning and also to keep them abreast of the latest current technology in engineering. Solidworks, a CAD programme, helps the Lower Secondary students in their visualisation of the orthographic view of objects in the teaching of design communication. At Upper Secondary levels, Solidworks is used in the modelling, refinement and production of technical drawings for the realisation of their chosen designs. Laser Cutting Technology and 3D printers are used in the production of customised parts/hardware that are not readily available in the market. With the assistance from staff, students are also capable of using these technologies to manufacture intricate parts, which would otherwise be too challenging to make using typical tools and machinery available in the workshop, to be used in design and/or engineering-related competitions.
As a way to develop students’ ability in creative expression and communication through music, Secondary 1 students were introduced to Orff Music Education. Students were also introduced to a music app, Incredibox, to provide rhythmic backing track to the lyrics that they had written in their groups. As the year progressed, students were given autonomy in their groups to decide on the type of percussion instruments to use in their performances.
Secondary 1 group performance using Percussion instruments
Secondary 2 students developed their keyboard and group performance skills this year while incorporating ICT tools such as Garageband, MuseScore and Youtube in a self-directed music project. This saw them composing/performing an original work, or editing/remixing an existing song. They also experimented with using a mixer for the first time to aid them in recording and rehearsing their performance.
Nutrition & Food Science (NFS)
The NFS curriculum aims to equip students with the basic skills and knowledge on nutritional health, food science and food preparation needed for them to develop into health conscious and discerning consumers capable of independent living. The NFS unit capitalises on the affordances of technology to check on the students’ learning via their real-time responses in class, submission of work online and access of learning material online via ICT platforms such as Student Learning Space, Nearpod, Padlet and Google Classroom. The Lower Secondary curriculum – Food and Consumer Education – is carefully crafted to develop students into self-regulated learners competent in solving real-world problems associated to nutrition and food science to allow them to derive the joy of learning from an authentic learning experience. The Upper Secondary curriculum – Food & Nutrition – focuses on developing in them the skills required for their coursework and provides opportunities for them to apply the knowledge and skills learnt through authentic learning experiences as well as competitions.