“Be a great thinker who is perceptive and discerning by studying the history of our nation.”
To arouse junior secondary students’ learning interest, we have been sourcing various types of multimedia resources and designing teaching materials called “Learning Chinese History through Clips” in the junior secondary curriculum. These multi-media teaching materials are diversified. Movie clips and documentaries are used to let students learn the subject knowledge as they immerse themselves into the historical background and characters in the movies. We design some step-by-step questions for students to come up with answers so as to facilitate the scaffolding of their knowledge of Chinese History.
We have also designed individual and group project assignments. For the individual ones, we have “a letter to the historical figure” and 4-koma comics, etc. As for group assignments, we have “Guangzhou Revolution Study”, “History Radio Broadcast” and “History Mini-drama”, etc. These assignments not only encourage creativity, but also nurture their teamwork and solidarity to serve the purpose of education that values knowledge, skills and attitudes.
To help students cope with difficult areas, we have developed sets of visual thinking framework within the curriculum for learning and teaching. Through the facilitation of the thinking framework, students have better understanding of the cause and effect relationship between historical events. Besides, we also ask students to draw their own concept map of historical development to deepen their subject knowledge and to give them a more comprehensive view.
To align with the school-based cross-curricular approach in junior secondary, we have been adopting project learning in S1 with Chinese Language and Life and Society. This gives students better understanding of the history and development of Kowloon City, where our school is located.
“Mr Yan’s Chinese History Class” is an online platform where students have access to a diversity of information, such as public examination skills, book recommendations, study skills and any history-related activities. Self-directed learning is facilitated through the platform.
- Through the ambassador scheme, students could improve their expression skills, serve the community and have a better understanding of local history.
- During the programme, our students learnt local history and were motivated to study History. Renowned Hong Kong Historian, Dr. Joseph Sun Pao Ting gave lecture during the programme. The topic was “Foreign Communities in Pre-War Hong Kong: British and Portuguese”.
- Panel head Mr. Yan was invited to the Metro Radio’s Brilliant Parents Alliance programme and shared how history could be taught through museums and have students motivated in learning history.