Outdoor Education @ SKSS
Secondary 1 and 2 students will go through a series of Outdoor Education lessons as part of their Physical Education curriculum in Seng Kang Secondary School. They will be exposed the various aspects of Outdoor Education and the lessons are tied towards building character in students.
why outdoor education?
MOE introduced Outdoor Education as it engages the students’ sense of adventure through the exploration of both natural and urban environments from their immediate surroundings to other unfamiliar locations. Students would be able to develop appropriate outdoor skills through physical activities while cultivating an attitude of care and appreciation for the environment, and thoughtful consideration of the risks and safety of self and others. Seng Kang Youths (SKY) would be able to maximise the use of their senses to be comfortable as they explore familiar surroundings. New and unfamiliar locations, in diverse natural and urban environments, provide dynamic situations for mature learners to learn to be safe and make good judgements in a wider range of activities. These exploratory experiences will also enable our SKY to develop connections with the environment and the responsibility to safeguard it, thereby facilitating a lifelong pursuit of outdoor physical recreation.- Adapted from MOE Syllabus 2014https://www.moe.gov.sg/docs/default-source/document/education/syllabuses/physical-sports-education/files/physical_education_syllabus_2014.pdf
Learning Outcomes for Outdoor Education:
Outdoor Education at SKSS builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes that were acquired at the primary level to explore the natural and urban environments safely and responsibly. The learning experiences are set in the authentic contexts of an outdoor residential camp in Secondary 2 which includes an expedition-based component. This also prepares our students, especially the Secondary 1 students as they would be required to attend an Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) programme when they are in Secondary 3. Students learn how to prepare for these contexts, move through the respective environments with others confidently and safely while ensuring that their basic needs are met. Moreover, our students would be able to develop a multitude of outdoor knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to enjoy the camping experiences with their peers. During their time here in SKSS, students will have ample opportunities to synthesise and apply what they have learnt through situational tasks set in authentic contexts. Over time, as students enjoy spending time in the outdoors, it is hoped that they will apply environmentally sustainable practices that they have learnt.
- Adapted from MOE Syllabus 2014https://www.moe.gov.sg/docs/default-source/document/education/syllabuses/physical-sports-education/files/physical_education_syllabus_2014.pdf