The curricula for STEM (Science, technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects at SISHK are designed to nurture a passion for these subjects and inculcate a spirit of inquiry. STEM subjects at SISHK comprises the Sciences including Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Mathematics.
At primary levels, the curriculum design seeks to enable students to view the pursuit of Science as meaningful and useful. Inquiry is thus grounded in knowledge, issues and questions that relate to the roles played by science in daily life, society and the environment. Science is introduced from Primary 1 and a range of experiential learning activities such as learning journeys that give students an opportunity to enrich their learning beyond the syllabus.
The lower secondary science curriculum at SISHK is a further development of the primary science curriculum. It is also a bridge to, and a foundation for, the pursuit of scientific studies at higher levels, namely International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) followed by International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
The curriculum is designed to inculcate a spirit of scientific inquiry, by encouraging students to learn through more hands-on experiences and open-ended investigations. In Secondary 2, students learn Biology, Chemistry and Physics from three separate subject specialists. These three modules are taught concurrently and cover the basic concepts in the three disciplines of science. From Secondary 3 onwards, students choose the science subjects they wish to specialise in.
For all students, the Science department regularly organises a range of enrichment activities to complement learning in the classroom. Through sharing by specialists, field trips, site visits to relevant organisations and participation in science-related competitions, students gain first-hand experience about how science may be applied in a real-world context.
SISHK believes in providing a student-centric and ICT-enriched mode of learning and teaching. Our students study the theoretical and practical aspects of the use of technology in today’s society and the use of software applications to tackle and solve problems. Our primary students develop a set of ICT skill competencies which represent a basic level of knowledge, skills and values that pupils need in order to fully benefit from a curriculum enriched with ICT, and eventually thrive in a technology-driven society. In lower secondary, students learn to analyse, design, program and evaluate ICT systems and solutions. They also learn media-making techniques, basic web development and programming. In upper secondary, students can choose to study ICT or Computer Science for their IGCSE and at diploma level, there is a choice of Information Technology in a Global Society or Computer Science at Standard and Higher Levels.
The Mathematics curriculum at SISHK is academically rigorous. It is designed to nurture a passion for Maths and enables students to use their mathematical problem-solving skills in everyday life. In the Preparatory Years and Primary Section, Mathematics focuses on helping our students to lay a strong foundation in the subject, learn to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills in everyday use and also to build confidence and foster an interest in Mathematics. In lower secondary, the curriculum is based on the Singapore curriculum and prepares our students for the study of mathematics at IGCSE and Diploma levels. For IGCSE, students may choose between the Accelerated Mathematics or Dual Mathematics programmes for IGCSE. In Accelerated Mathematics, students complete the IGCSE Maths curriculum in the first eight months in Secondary Three and proceed to read IGCSE Additional Maths in Secondary Four. In the Dual Maths programme, students read both IGCSE Maths and Additional Maths concurrently and sit for the examinations in Secondary Four. Diploma students can choose Mathematics or Mathematical Studies for Standard Level; for Higher Level, the choices of Mathematics or Further Mathematics are available.