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TKGS+

 

What is TKGS+?

 
TKGS+ is Programme for Leadership, Understanding and Stewardship. It is a stretch programme that deepens students’ understanding in subject disciplines, and encourages leadership and stewardship of their talents. 
 Beyond enriching students’ intellect, we emphasize that it is just as important that they learn to be good stewards of their talents. In TKGS+, we expect students to take the values and attitudes they learn in the various disciplines and apply these to benefit communities and the environment.
 
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 In summary, TKGS+ marries academic excellence with service, and in the process develops TKGians to be ‘Accomplished young women of character and grace’. 
 
Student Outcomes
 
 

Strand

Math & Science

Languages & Humanities

Aesthetics (Music)

LEARN

Big Ideas of Mathematics and Science

Big Ideas of Languages, Humanities and Social Studies

 

Big Ideas of Music

DO

Work with scientists to uncover the distinctive ways of Science (eg carrying fieldwork and investigations)

Experience geo-politics, citizenship, culture, history and the application of languages in authentic situations of communication

Explore creative processes, understand socio-cultural contexts for creative work, be mentored by music practitioners

 

BE

Imbibe values associated with life and sustainability

Champion conservation efforts

Understand the role Singapore plays on the international stage

Use this to advance shared causes across borders

 

Understand the role arts play in nation building, community integration and as a form of therapy

Student Outcomes

Active and passionate contributors to the scientific community

Effective communicators;  young ambassadors for the nation

Scholars, Practitioners, Advocates, Leaders of the arts

 
Programme Structures
 
The programme comprises both CORE and ELECTIVE modules. Core and Elective modules are offered in a 2-year lower Secondary curriculum, leading to specialization and service in the upper secondary curriculum.

TKGS delivers an enhanced baseline curriculum for her students through the use of the Teaching for Understanding (TfU) framework. Taking this further for students who have the capacity to do more, TKGS+ seeks to deepen the learning in these students and help them apply their learning in authentic contexts beyond the classroom.  

Structured around the approach of Learn-Do-Be, TKGS+ students will discover the unique ways of thinking and processing information in each discipline (learn). They will get a chance to understudy professionals and understand how they apply theoretical understandings in the processes of their work (Do). Most importantly students will imbibe the values and attitudes unique to their respective disciplines through mentorship and exposure.

There are 3 disciplinary strands in TKGS+. They are

a.      Math & Science

b.      Languages & Humanities

c.       Music

The student outcomes for each of the strands are as follows:

·         Math & Science- Active and passionate contributors to the scientific community

·         Languages & Humanities- Effective communicators, young ambassadors for the nation

·         Music- Scholars, Practitioners, Advocates, Leaders of the Arts

The Learn-Do-Be approach contributes to these outcomes and is further elaborated here :

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Programme for Lower Secondary

 Core modules

Students in TKGS+ will take three compulsory foundational core modules to enhance their 21st Century Competencies in the area of communication, collaboration and analytical thinking skills. Each core module is about 6 hours long and are conducted after curriculum time in the afternoons.

Ø    Effective communication module (C1)

Ø    Leading through collaboration module (C2)

 Ø    Statistical Analysis module (C3)

Elective modules

Students in TKGS+ will join one of the three discipline strands after the completion of the Core modules. The specific content of the modules for the 3 strands are as follows:

Strand 1: Math and Science Strand

Ø    Life Science and Chemistry module (SC1)

Ø    Physics and Prototyping module (SC2)

Ø    Science Projects Mentoring module (SC3)

Ø    Mathematics modules (MA1,2,3)

For this strand, students will have a choice to participate in all Math and Science modules or concentrate on only the Science or Math modules.

 Strand 2: Languages and Humanities Strand

                2.1               English Language

Ø    Writing module (EL1)

Ø    Literary Appreciation and Analysis module (EL2)

2.2         Mother Tongue

Ø    Translation and interpretation  module (MT1)

Ø    Young journalist experience module (MT2)

2.3         Humanities

Ø    Field Work Studies module (HU1)

Ø    Archaeological Studies module (HU2)

Ø    Global Perspectives Study Trips (GP)

 

For this strand, students will have the choice of taking 4 out of 7 electives, one of which could be the Global Perspective Study Trips.Strand 3: Aesthetics (Music) Strand

Ø    Building Blocks of Composing module

Ø    Chamber Music module

Ø    Performance Practice module

For the Music strand, students are expected to participate in all 3 modules.

 The following shows the structure of the electives stated above:

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Programme for Upper Secondary

Having achieved deeper understanding in the respective disciplines in Lower Secondary, students will specialise in one strand and apply their learning in an authentic context at Upper Secondary. They will apply talent stewardship by contributing back to the community. For example, through the International Research Expedition for Students (iRES programme), students from the Math and Science strand would contribute valuable data collected from the Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park in Vietnam in an international research on how climatic changes affects the primary forest in parts of the world.

Synopses of Modules

Core Modules

Ø    Effective Communication:  Listening, Speaking, Writing (C1)

This module aims to equip students with effective communication skills in listening, speaking, writing and interpreting (printed and non-verbal forms). Students learn to communicate their thoughts, feelings and opinions clearly and effectively, and will gain greater confidence in making public speeches.

Ø    Leading through Collaboration module (C2)

In this module students will learn the benefits of working in teams in order to achieve common goals and a shared purpose. They will learn to create high-trust relationships with one another. By learning strategies to resolve conflict among members within a group, they gain buy-in through a collaborative process.

 

Ø    Statistical Analysis module (C3 )

In this module, students will learn meaningful data collection, collation, analysis, interpretation and presentation. They learn how to conduct surveys that are valid and reliable.

Elective  Modules

Ø    Life Science and Chemistry module (SC1)

This module is designed to help students use and develop their problem-solving skills by getting into the role of being forensics scientists.  There will be opportunities for students to handle different instruments and chemicals in the laboratory, carry out forensic procedures, and to make inferences that they solidify with evidence-based justifications.  The module aims to strengthen students' science process skills such as observation, information gathering and data analysis which is guided by a science inquiry approach to lead students to achieve a deeper understanding of life science concepts relevant to gathering and examining information from the past/evidence.  This module is followed with a learning journey to a tertiary institute or specialised school to authenticate and concretize what has been learnt. The learning journey also aims to extend the students’ learning experience and broaden their mental and cognitive horizons beyond home and school.

Ø   Physics, Engineering and Environment module (SC2)

This module is designed to encourage students to delve into considering how our environment may be able to provide numerous and emerging sources of energy, e.g. hydro, solar, wind and bio-fuel, as alternatives to fossil fuel.  It also aims to interest students through the self-discovery of the interconnectedness of physics concepts, ranging from mechanical sciences, chemical nature of fuels, and even global environmental issues.  Students will also achieve deeper understanding of the aims through active and hands-on development and constructions of simple alternative fuel kits. This module is followed with a learning journey to a tertiary institute or specialised school to authenticate and concretize what has been learnt. The learning journey also aims to extend the students’ learning experience and broaden their mental and cognitive horizons beyond home and school.

Ø    Science Projects Mentoring module (SC3)

This module offers avenues for students to consolidate and actualise their conceptual understanding of the sciences by participating in various zonal or national level science competitions. They will be mentored by teachers to work on projects related to the nature of the competitions. Current and past science projects by TKGians include developing stand-only prototypes to explain physical sciences, mass communication of science concepts to engage others, marine awareness and conservation through aquascaping. Students will be immersed in a programme that emphasizes in:

·                     personal ownership of project direction
·                     challenging of convention
·                     innovations in design
·                     multidisciplinary learning
·                     teamwork
·                     formulation of holistic solution

Ø    Mathematics modules (MA1-3)

In these modules, students with aptitude and interest in Mathematics will build up their mathematical abilities for higher mathematical work in their secondary school years. They will develop their mathematical resource and content necessary for competitive math, deepen understanding of their mathematical problem solving processes and explore mathematical research work. 

Ø    Writing module (EL1)

This writing module will provide students with exposure to well-written models of expository writing such as those in The Straits Times and in reputable magazines. This will enable students to identify & learn the craft of expository writing (discursive, argumentative & recounts) for different purposes, audiences & in different contexts. Through their writing, students will address a variety of topics from the local perspective, propose feasible suggestions, and establish credibility with well- thought through suggestions on issues about Singapore.

 

Ø    Literary Appreciation and Analysis module (EL2)

This literary appreciation & analysis module will focus on exposure to various literary genres such as poetry & prose, to equip students with the ability to discuss, appreciate & analyse different issues raised by poets/writers about life and the influence of current or historical events on them & their literary works. Students will also learn about how these help shape our perspectives & understanding of the meaning of life in the past, present and for the future.

Ø    Translation and interpretation module (MT1)

This module aims to strengthen the bilingual competencies of students in their Mother Tongue and English and acquire basic skills in translation and interpretation. The module offers students the opportunity to achieve a higher level of mastery of their Mother Tongue and English as it enhances language and communication skills. 

Ø    Young journalist module (MT2)Students will undergo a few days of non-residential camp organised by LianHe ZaoBao to learn the many different aspects of being a journalist. They will learn how to do typesetting, interview news makers, be a photo journalist, write exciting feature articles and edit news reports.

Ø    Fieldwork Studies module (HU1)

This module helps students to understand the dynamism of the world around us using fieldwork techniques. It engages students in an authentic experience of geographical inquiry. It provides the opportunity for students to observe real world phenomena, make hypotheses and experiment with ways to test the data and represent them.

Ø    Archaeological Studies module (HU2)

This module exposes Lower Secondary students to authentic setting to acquire skills pertinent of the learning of the discipline. Students will learn how evidence are used to construct history. Students will examine different forms of evidence, such as artefacts, oral history and primary sources which historians used to construct an understanding of an event or people in the past.


Ø    Global Perspectives Study Trips (GP)

This module aims to provide geopolitical and cultural exposure for our students in a regional context. Students will engage in social and cultural interaction with their counterparts in China, Brunei and Thailand. They will also gain a better understanding of China, the education system in China and also to enhance their communication skills and to broaden their global perspectives. These study trips are run in conjunction with the following programme

 

·         Eco-City Exchange Programme / XiAn Gao Xin No.1 Middle School Twinning Programme

·         Singapore Thailand Exchange Programme (STEP)

·         Brunei School Twinning Programme

 

Ø    Building Blocks of Composing module (MU1)

This module provides opportunities for the students to be exposed to and learn additional techniques in compositional writing.  This builds upon their existing knowledge on the fundamentals of composing.

 

Ø    Chamber Music module (MU2)

This module aims to develop students’ competence in performance skills through ensemble playing. Through this module, they will learn the necessary skills that are needed in ensemble performance as they collaborate and make music together.

 

Ø    Performance Practice module (MU3)

This module equips students with the skills and knowledge to take an informed historical perspective to the way they perform their music pieces. Students will also learn skills on Programme Notes writing.