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“The Humanities Department in Fairfield strives to help our students gain a critical understanding and appreciation of both the human and physical worlds.

Being future-oriented, the department adopts current learner-centred pedagogies that equip our students with 21st Century competencies and teachers actively impart core values to all learners.

Through our passion for the Humanities, we strive to inspire our students to recognise their roles as ‘global’ citizens who contribute to society and the environment.”

Key Programmes

The Humanities Department offers three subjects –Geography, History and Social Studies to help our pupils critically understand and appreciate both the human and physical worlds around them.

Joy of Learning and Culture of Thinking

Through the innovative use of Information Technology, “learning through play” hands-on activities and thinking strategies, the Humanities teachers engage the students in the subject to develop their depth in disciplinary knowledge and capabilities to analyse world issues with disciplinary conceptual lenses. This is where students’ learning takes on real-world meaning and relevance and find joy in learning.

Experiential Learning

A key feature of the Humanities education in Fairfield is the emphasis on outdoor and experiential learning, both locally and across regions. Students take up the role of young investigators and engage their senses to explore various topics in History and Geography. These experiences help students gain insights to a range of landscapes and cultures in different communities.

Investigative and Inquiry Learning

Students will experience investigative and inquiry learning in the humanities subject throughout their secondary school education. They will have the opportunity to conduct geographical investigation, historical investigation and issue investigation for Geography, History and Social Studies subjects.

Geographical Investigation (or GI for short) is a form of geographical inquiry where students are required to investigate a geographical issue and demonstrate their learning by completing an end product. Students follow a guided framework when doing the geographical investigation. They analyse the assigned GI question; gather data online from publications and from the field; analyse data to construct geographical interpretations; consolidate and reflect as a group and as an individual of their findings to form a conclusion.

Historical Investigation (or HI for short) is designed to provide further opportunities for students to apply and deepen their learning on specific historical concepts and skills. Students are tasked to inquire an authentic historical issue and demonstrate their learning by forming a group’s response to the HI question as well as completing an end-product.

Social Studies Issue Investigation (or II for short) is a performance task designed to provide a platform for students to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and values needed for active citizenship. As students conduct investigations on societal issues of meaning to them, they extend their inquiry skills by working as a group to identify a societal issue that is a cause of concern, gather data that reflects multiple perspectives, analyse the data gathered to surface trends and patterns that help address the issue, arrive at well-reasoned and substantiated conclusions, consider possible recommendations to the societal issue, and reflect on their understanding of the societal issue and examine personal assumptions and beliefs about the issue.


MOE History Challenge 2021

Daniel Tan (3E) - Participation 

Kylee Tan (3E) - Participation 

Nathaniel Tang (3E) - Selected for the MOE History Talent Development Programme

MOE History Talent Development Programme (Secondary) 2020 – 2021

Lye Jae Vir (4A)

Raffles Model United Nations Conference 2021

Eileen Chung (2A) 
Samantha Lim (2E)
Tashfeen (2E)
Charlotte Kee (3A) 
Agnieszka Song (3E)
Ang Jan Tsi (3F)

OnePeople.sg Model United Nations (OPMUN) Conference 2020/2021

Rene Chia (3A)

Charlotte Kee (3A) – Honourable Mention Award
Nathaniel Tang (3E)
Kylee Tan (3E)
Agnieszka Song (3E) – Best Position Paper Award
Ang Jan Tsi (3F) – Best Position Paper Award
Lye Jae Vir (4A) – Honourable Mention Award

Historical Scene Investigation 2020

Joseph Lee (2D) - Gold Award 
Joydeus Choo (2D) - Gold Award 
Jan Tsi (2E) - Gold Award 
Gwyn Ow (2G2) - Gold Award

NUS Geography Challenge 2020

Siow Wei En Ethan (4F) – Silver
Jordan Gu Xin Ern (4B)- Participation
Millicent Chin Sze Teng (4B)- Participation
Emily Thio Jia En (4F)- Participation

MOE History Challenge 2020

Luke Chow (3A) - Participation
Lye Jae Vir (3A) - Selected for the MOE History Talent Development Programme
Praise Angrez Kevin (3F) - Participation

RICE Media x Dialogic Learning Services: Op-Ed Competition 2020

Nathaniel Tang (2B) – Participation
Kylee Tan (2D) – Under-16 category: Shortlisted in the Top 8; Readers’ Choice Award
Ang Jan Tsi (2E) – Participation

Model United Nations training 2020

Agnieszka Song (2A)
Charlotte Kee (2B)
Nathaniel Tang (2B)
Kylee Tan (2D)
Rene Chia (2D)
Ang Jan Tsi (2E)

NUS Geography Challenge 2019

Tan Lu Jie Lucas (4F) - Bronze
Shaun Singh Nijar (4F) - Silver
Ngu Fang Zhou Nexus (4E) - Gold
Shaun Lee Jun Yi (4F) - Participation

Student Docent Programme at Asian Civilisation Museum 2019
Agnieszka Song (1A)
Nathaniel Tang (1B)
Joseph Lee (1D)
Kylee Tan (1D)
Mason Chua (1D)
Josiah Ng (1G)

MOE History Challenge 2019

Kelly Ang Yi Ning (3A) - Participation
Nadia Lo Mei Shi (3E) - Participation
Yuan Xiao (3E) - Participation
Shirin Ruth (3E) - Participation
Wong Cheng Kit, Clarence (3F) - Participation

Singapore History Day 2019 Individual Paper (Junior Category)

Rayner Wan Yu Hoy (2E) - Certificate of Participation

Model United Nations Preparatory Conference 2019

Clarence Wong 3F – Certificate of Achievement (Most Improved Delegate)
Steffi Chua (3A)
Chloe Tan (3A)

Raffles Model United Nations Conference 2019

Steffi Chua (3A)
Chloe Tan (3A)
Kelly Ang (3A)
Analiese Koh (3A)
Kannan Pavanaa (3C)
Aqil (3D)
Anna Tang (3D)
Kang Yong Hyun (3E)
Shirin Ruth (3E)
Joshua Ling (3F)
Clarence Wong (3F)

Sustainable Development Youth Convention 2019

Steffi Chua (3A)
Chloe Tan (3A)
Kelly Ang (3A)
Kang Yong Hyun (3E)

2018 NUS Geography Challenge 2018

Ho Song Yee (Sec 4A) - Gold
Ang Zi Le, Telfer -  Silver
Kong Song Wah, Hannah - Bronze
Kang Ruo Xuan - Bronze