Introduction

The General Studies Curriculum in school aims to help students integrate knowledge, skills, values and attitudes in the areas of Personal, Social and Humanities Education, Science Education and Technology Education. Through different learning experiences and project-based learning, it enables students to cultivate their creativity. The design of the curriculum focuses on enhancing students’ curiosity and developing students’ ability of “learning to learn”.

Objectives

1.  To help students gain a better understanding of themselves, the society, the country and the world

2. To integrate students’ learning experiences

3. To promote life-wide learning by learning beyond the classroom

4. To develop students’ self-directed learning

5. To enhance students’ interest and curiosity in science and technology and understand their impact on the society

Scientific Investigation

Students are easily intrigued by new things and are interested in challenging tasks. We selected daily life events or phenomena that encourage enquiry and provide students with the opportunities to carry out scientific investigation such as building bridges, making electronic prefects, designing  microbit alarms, making high speed trains, setting weather stations, etc., so that they could explore, search for solutions to problems and explain phenomena. Such practices can build up students’ perseverance and develop their integrity in order to face challenges and solve problems. 

Life-wide learning

Life-wide learning is a strategy that enables students to learn beyond the classroom in other real contexts and authentic settings. Our school has organised diversified life-wide learning activities in recent years so as to provide students with different opportunities to expand their learning horizons.  Such experiential learning experiences include visiting Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden for students in KS1, allowing them to explore the importance of nature and conservation. The scope of life-wide learning for KS2 is focused more on social and scientific inquiry. Thus, students visited Science Museum, Hong Kong Wetland Park and Science Park. Guided tours and workshops were arranged and professional tutors deepened students’ understanding on different topics. Teachers also scaffolded students learning through pre-visit briefings, activity worksheets and post-activity reflections.

Self-directed Learning – Note-taking Skills

Developing students’ independent learning ability is not the only success rationale found in the GS Curriculum but is also a key to success in school. By this, it means students are able to take their own initiative to learn, which is also known as ‘Self-directed Learning’. One way to equip students with these learning skills is to encourage them to take notes and organize information in a visual way using different graphic organisers. Effective note-taking skills can help students review key points and solidify concepts by themselves after lessons and it is an important step towards lifelong independent study.