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Levels of Learning

Levels of Learning at SJI (Year 1 - 4)


The Levels of Learning is the core framework behind the Cognitive Development component of an SJI education. It describes the Josephian student as moving from foundational subject-based knowledge, to extending learning by adopting an inquiry-mindset motivated by interest and passion, and eventually making use of this knowledge in service to the community in authentic settings.

While the Levels of Learning are designed with the IBDP in mind, all SJI students at the Lower Secondary years will have a chance to participate in all 3 Levels of Learning.

Level 1 Learning: Academic Foundation

A broad-based curriculum comprising languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics and arts which provides a strong foundation for exploring interests and talent, and for further studies in the IBDP for the IP boys, and flexibility for IBDP or ‘A’ Level for the ‘O’ Level Programme boys. At the upper secondary level, most students offer an 8-subject combination.

  • Josephian Arts Programme (Visual Arts)
    JAP Visual Arts is a four-year academic programme designed for Josephians in Years 1 – 4 to encourage and enable them to develop specific skills to create art, make purposeful connections between investigation and practice, communicate and express artistic thoughts, respond to and reflect on art to be socially aware and relevant. JAP is compulsory for DSA Visual Arts students.

  • Josephian Arts Programme (Music)
    JAP Music is a four-year academic programme designed for Josephians in Years 1 – 4 who demonstrate aptitude in music to pursue a deeper and more comprehensive study of it. JAP is compulsory for DSA Music students.

    Level 2 Learning: Academic Extension (Years 1 & 2 Programmes)

    Building Understanding of the World Through Inquiry & Nurturing a Sense of Wonder and Curiosity

    • Academic Discovery Modules (ADM)
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    To inquire about the world or the self through a process guided by teachers. This process will get students to adopt lenses of the discipline in order to answer essential questions. As an example, this will give them opportunities to think and act like a scientist or historian.

    • Independent Study Modules (ISM)
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    To inquire about a topic of great interest through an independent research. Students get to pose any inquiry questions (E.g. What kind of lives do celebrities lead? Why do frogs croak after rain?) which may arise in their daily lives, and go through an independent research process to answer these questions. They will then do an oral presentation in order to communicate their learning.

    • Josephian Innomakers Programme

    The Josephian Innomakers Programme aims to provide students with the opportunities and platforms to learn through play, and through this playful learning, learn to be agents of change by innovating in service to the community. Creative Problem Solving framework and Design Thinking will be integrated into the curriculum to encourage students to Think, Make, Do and Share. Students will be introduced to the 21st-century workplace as they learn skills like coding, building robots, 3D printing, video-making and cardboard modelling. Skills and dispositions aligned with the IBDP Approaches to Learning (AtL) will be developed as the learning experiences challenge students to communicate, collaborate, self-manage, research, and think creatively as well as critically.

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    Level 3 Learning: Academic Application (Years 3 & 4 Programmes)

    Systematic Inquiry to Address Issues or Problems in Service to Community

    • Applied Learning (IP 3 & 4)

    Offered only to Upper Secondary IP students, the modules under ‘Applied Learning; aim to prepare students for the IBDP Extended Essay (EE). It offers in-depth study to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity. Students will have the opportunity to write research papers under guidance.

    • Signum Fidei Programme (IP 3 & 4)
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    Signum Fidei Programme (SF) aims to achieve the goal of allowing Josephians to integrate and transform their learning into practical solutions. Through the design thinking processes, the students will innovate beyond their existing paradigm and offer a fresh perspective into real-world issues which they are passionate about.

    In Year 3, students will learn the theoretical underpinning to design thinking, needs analysis, research methodology, communication, presentation, interdisciplinary approaches etc. This knowledge will be useful when students work in groups to investigate the needs of a local organisation assigned to them and will propose and present meaningful solutions/prototypes to the organisation. If possible, students will be invited to actualise their proposal with the organisation.

    From the previous experience and learning, the students will once again be exposed to the needs of the community but will use the lens of innovation and enterprise to apply their learning. There are 2 anchor programmes at Year 4: Innovathon (competition for innovation and creativity) and SFgives (students will use their innovation and enterprising spirit to contribute to a charity).