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Cognitive Development Programmes

Levels of Learning at SJI (Year 1 - 4)


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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 these knowledge in service to 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.




Cognitive Development: Academic Foundation
Level 1 Learning (Year 1 - 4)

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.

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

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The Josephian Innomakers Programme is offered to all SJI Integrated Programme students starting in 2019. It 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.



Cognitive Development: Academic Application (Years 3 & 4 Programmes)
Level 3 Learning: Systematic Inquiry to Address Issues or Problems in Service to Community


  • Curriculum+ (OP 3 & 4)

Curriculum+ aims to develop and to prepare our students to be ready for a dynamic and complex world through living the Josephian mission. The three main broad components are:
Self Development: Strengthening social-emotional competencies of resilience, self-regulation and confidence.
Skills Focus: Honing future-ready skills of problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity.
Making Connections: Enhancing community-mindedness through collaboration and service orientation.

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  • 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)
An in-house innovation and thinking programme to empower SJI students to deal with complexity, diversity and rapid changes, so that they can make a difference in our globalized world.

This programme provides an experience-based education for our students and serves as a catalyst for student learning through passionate pursuit of innovation and design ideas with a multi-disciplinary mindset. It also aims to provide opportunities for students to address social issues in Singapore and learn the process of deliberating and actualising their plans on issues of local and global significances.
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* subject to changes from 2019.