Tuesday, September 30, 2008

HSS SA2 Revision Q&A

Social Studies SA2
SBQ (45 mins)
1a. b. c. d. (compulsory)
SEQ (45 mins)
2a. b., 3a. b., 4a. b. (choose ONE)

You can download compilation of SEQ for your practise:
Chapter 2: Understanding Governance & Transport/Population
Chapter 3: Provision of Healthcare Services
Chapter 4: Ethnic Conflicts in Sri Lanka & Northern Ireland
Chapter 5: Bonding Singapore
*Topics not hyperlinked are new; there are no database of SEQ.
** Most of these questions are compiled from days of old syllabus. While the basics are still the same, the details may not be found in new text. If it's not in new text, then leave it out.

You can post questions under COMMENTS.
Pls review to ensure your questions have not already been asked/answered

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sec 4H Consulation Schedule

Mon 29 Sep 08 1445-1730
Zhiyang, Dev, Ian, Junming, Keith, Jayme, Michael, Azmeer, Hasif, Stanley, Zhicong, Jon, Matt, Jiarong

Tue 30 Sep 08 1430-1630
Bastien, Yibing, Daniel, Ken, Clement, Mervin, Yuanhao, Cedric, Shuliang

Please note changes of dates
Wed 8 Oct 08 1430-1530
Nicholas, Poh, Teng Yau, Zhiwei, Mingyang, Eugene

Mon 13 Oct 08 0900-1300
Zhiyang, Dev, Ian, Junming, Keith, Jayme, Michael, Azmeer, Hasif, Stanley, Zhicong, Jon, Matt, Jiarong

Tue 14 Oct 08 0900-1300
Samuel, Dominic, Peixiang, Dexter, Fernando, James, Travis

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Population hits 4.84m

THE sense of a growing squeeze in shopping malls, MRT trains and hawker centres has been borne out by figures released by the Government on Friday.

Singapore's population grew by a record 5.5 per cent last year, the highest annual spike since Census figures were collected in 1871.

This means that as of June, there are 4.84 million people living in this country, up from 4.59 million last year.

Of these, the number of foreigners - fuelled by a fast-trotting economy last year - expanded the most rapidly, by a whopping 19 per cent, swelling their numbers to 1.2 million.

In contrast, the number of citizens grew by 1 per cent, while the number of permanent residents climbed 6.5 per cent. Together, they add up to 3.64 million residents.

The figures were released by the National Population Secretariat (NPS), under the Prime Minister's Office, which is tasked with overseeing Singapore's population policies.

The nation's total fertility rate (TFR) is still low but more births were registered.

The resident TFR rose slightly from 1.28 in 2006 to 1.29 in 2007. There were 18,032 resident births registered in the first six months this year, compared with 17,325 births a year ago. The increase is primarily due to more first-order births.

With the recent enhancement of the Marriage and Parenthood (M&P) Package, the Government hopes to support more Singaporeans in getting married and having children.

Singapore also welcomed more new permanent residents and new citizens. There were more foreigners becoming PRs and citizens, with 34,800 granted PRs and 9,600 granted citizenship in the first six months, compared to 28,500 and 7,300 in the same period in 2007.

More Singaporeans are also going overseas for work and study.

As of June, there were about 153,500 overseas Singaporeans (OS) compared with 147,500 a year ago.

The countries with a high concentration of overseas Singaporeans are Australia, the UK, the US and China.

Mr Roy Quek, Director of the NPS, who also heads the OSU, noted that 'having more Singaporeans go overseas is not a problem per se, so long as they stay engaged and connected with Singapore'.

'The fact that many Overseas Singaporeans have done well in other countries attests to the success of the Singaporean system in producing top students, professionals and entrepreneurs who can succeed outside of Singapore,' he added.

'We should celebrate their successes and help them stay connected to home, so that they remain Singaporeans in their hearts and minds even when they are physically away from the rest of us'.

The new statistical publication, 'Population in Brief' can be downloaded from www.nps.gov.sg.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sec 3 Mock Exam Suggested Answers

Modern World History
mock exam on Nazi totalitarian state & SEQs can be downloaded here.
Social Studies
mock exam on Bonding Singapore can be downloaded here.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Youths in Chinese Films after 49 [2]

Date: 24 Sep 2008
Venue: National Museum Gallery Theatre
Time: 730-10pm
Anyone interested pls let me know

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Youths in Chinese Films after 49 [1]

Date: 19 Sep 08
Time: 730pm-930pm
Venue: National Museum Gallery Theatre
Price: FOC
14 tickets only.
Sign up under comments.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Movie Review

Many of you have appealed for your quiz participation after 7 Sep to be counted. I appreciate the enthusiasm and am not averse to finding ways to reward your support. But we'll have to do this without being unfair to those who kept the deadline.

So here is my proposal: In the last 3 weeks, you have watched at least 2 very meaningful films. I know some of you have blogged about it. I am interested to hear how you felt after watching Nanking & Hiroshima/White Light Black Rain. How has it affected-impacted you. I know it's being a while for Nanking. Like the making of the docu-movies, it will be all the more valuable to capture your thoughts now than later before the impact is completely forgotten.

Write your feelings about watching the films in the space below. Pls do not do this just for the credits. It'll be too contrived. Instead, find the inner thoughts that caught your attention, trained your eyes, and engrossed your feelings throughout. Own it before you lose it. So for those among you who want your quiz participation counted, do this simple task. The rest, they say, is history.



White Light Black Rain

Thursday, September 11, 2008

SEQ Combinations

In SA2, there are 2 sections: SBQ & SEQ. In the SEQ section, there are 3 questions and you choose ONE. Each SEQ has 2 sub-parts a. and b. So you will have 1a. b., 2a. b. and 3a. b.

Many have asked about the distribution of SEQs for SA2. Here is a table showing the possible combinations (in green) and the not-possible combinations (in red) of the a. and b. parts.

Pls note the table is only an example of possible and not-possible scenarios. It does not mean that these questions will be tested in SA2.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

MWH3.4.1 War in the Pacific

Topic: War in the Pacific
Essential Question: Who was responsible for the outbreak of the Pacific War?

  • complete worksheet evidence & links. Refer to slides on Pacific War.
  • Complete online quizzes 1-5.
  • Participation top-up for 30% component ends on 7 Sep. Quiz completed after 14 Sep incurs penalty deductions to 30% component.
  • Why was Japan become expansionist by 1920?
  • Why was the military important after 1920
  • Why was the failure of LON significant?
  • Why did Japan invade China?
Understanding goals:
  • Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbour?
  • Why was Japan defeated in 1945?
  • Lookin at the online quizzes: What are the variations in the SEQ types?
  • Watch Hiroshima & White Light Black Rain.
  • 3D: worksheet will be checked on Thursday.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

End of the Pacific War

The Japanese military losses in the Pacific battles contributed to her impending defeat but it did not at once bring about an end to the Pacific War. Arguably it was the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima & Nagasaki that made the military surrender hence an end to the war in the Pacific.

You can follow the story of the development of the atomic bomb to the bombing of Hiroshima at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

Hiroshima then

Hiroshima now

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

War in the Pacific

Previously, we saw how the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour bought them time to launch their invasion of Southeast Asia. It was not longer before the US declared war on Japan and fought back.

Quiz 5: Here are several reasons responsible for Japan's defeat in the Pacific War. Which do you think contributed the most?

Find out more about the key battles in the Pacific from this interactive.

credit: http://historyanimated.com/pacificwaranimated/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=26

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Japan's Attack on Southeast Asia

Previously, we saw Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour to prevent US intervention to her expansion in the Pacific. With US forces crippled on 7 Dec 1941, Japan began her invasion of Southeast Asia immediately the next day.

Follow the animation to find out more about Japan invasion of Southeast Asia.

credit: http://historyanimated.com/pacificwaranimated/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=22&Itemid=34

You have had a number of practises with Explanation-Ranking (a) type SEQs in the 3 previous quizzes. This time, try a Explanation-Judgment (b) type SEQ:

Quiz 4: Here are two reasons why Japan invaded Southeast Asia in 1941: Economic supplies and Ideological drive. Which do you think was more important?

Monday, September 01, 2008

Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour

Previously, we saw how the Japanese military took advantage of the situation in China to invade Manchuria in 1931 and China in 1937. Allied to Germany & Italy in 1940, the Japanese made the fateful decision on 7 Dec 1941, to attack the Americans at Pearl Harbour starting the war in the Pacific.

Quiz 3: Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbour?

Follow the animation to find out more about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.

credit: http://www.discoverychannel.co.uk/ww2_home/pearl_harbour/pearl_harbour.shtml