Year 1-4

Core Subjects

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  • General Art Programme
  • General Music Programme
  • Geography
  • History
  • Literature
  • Social Studies
  • Computer Studies
  • Design Thinking Programme
  • Raffles Philosophy Programme
  • Research Education
  • English Language
  • Higher Mother Tongue & Mother Tongue Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science (Year 1-2)
  • Biology (Year 3-4)
  • Chemistry (Year 3-4)
  • Physics (Year 3-4)

Key Programmes

Key Programmes

GAP Semester (Year 4)
Rafflesians are encouraged to be open-minded, world-ready, and sensitive to diverse social
and cultural perspectives. We also aim to inspire Rafflesians to make a contribution to the
global community. To this end, we provide a range of international immersion programmes
for students to gain global experiences, especially during the GAP Semester in Year 4.

Year 4 boys will spend the latter half of the year to pursue an exciting, self-directed curriculum, guided by teachers.

This unique portion of the Raffles Programme is aimed at helping students to:

- Gain perspective and find a direction that will give their next two years in RI (and university life) meaning and focus
- Develop greater maturity and independence, by joining professional communities as a volunteer or intern
- Attain a deeper understanding of other cultures and our global society
- Pursue one or more fields of interest, to test or define a career path

Each student will get to design his own GAP Semester experience by putting together a combination of the following:

1. International Courses
2. Work Attachment Programmes
3. Singapore Courses
4. Student-Initiated Courses

What is common across our GAP Semester courses is how students will be engaged in a powerful curriculum, where they receive structured mentoring, and gain knowledge of both local issues and global solutions. Through these courses, we hope that they will have fun, learn and grow while discovering what is truly meaningful and significant to them.


Singapore Courses

Below is a sampling from more than 50 courses offered in different disciplines/areas of interest:

- Advanced Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
- Mangroves − Not a Wasteland
- Beat Box − All from the Mouth
- Navigate from Cartesian to Polar
- Cold War: Of Powers and Proxies
- Rock-Climbing Course
- Fairy Tales Revisited
- Scuba Diving
- Financial Mathematics and Inferential Statistics
- Shakespeare Films
- Food in History: What We Eat and Drink
  - Soar to be a Pilot
- Fun with Logic and Paradoxes
- The RI Creative Capstone Programme
- Introduction to Nanotechnology
- TOP Gear Racing (Mechanics)
- Introduction to Pharmaceutical Chemistry
- Transnational Corporations: A Look into Economic Geography
- Investment 101
- Unleash the Sherlock in You − Forensic Science
- Journalism 101: The Power of Words and Images
- Video Game Programming

Student-Initiated Courses
Students can choose from Singapore Courses, Work Attachment Programmes, International Courses or initiate their own course that meets their own learning needs.

Work Attachment Programmes
We offer more than 300 vacancies in 90 different attachments to over 30 companies and organisations

- Attachments to government departments, SMEs and voluntary welfare organisations
- Hands-on experience in the IT industry and Finance sector
- Opportunity to experience frontline and support centre work in the food and beverage industry
- Shadowing doctors, engineers, lawyers in their work

International Courses
We offer 12 or more international GAP Semester courses every year. Here’s a sampling:

- A Tale of Two Cities: An Exploration of National Identity in Hanoi and Singapore
- History and Geography Field Trip to Vietnam
- Bicultural Programme to China
- Humanities Exchange Programme with a High School in Tokyo, Japan
- Conservation and Community Development in Terengganu, Malaysia
- Looking Through My Eyes: Photography and Homestay in Taiwan
- Close Approximations: Comparing Representations of Hong Kong and Singapore
- The Kobe Science Research Experience in Japan
- Forests in the Face of Global Change: A Field Research Course in Malaysia
- Tobacco-Free Generation: Student Ambassadors’ Programme

Note: The above are examples of GAP Semester courses conducted in recent years. Courses vary every year and may not be repeated.

Raffles Boarding Programme (Year 3)

The Raffles Boarding Programme promotes the vital spirit of communal living and community building. Through a residential stint at RI Boarding, students learn life skills essential for independence, inter-dependence and service to community. A structured programme with a balance of workshops, talks, experiential activities and reflections, RBP provides an effective platform for personal growth and leadership development.

Music Elective Programme
The six-year RI Music Elective Programme, one of the Ministry of Education’s Special Programmes, offers a comprehensive and holistic experience for academically able students with an aptitude for music to pursue the study of music. Through music history, analysis, composition and performance, the programme aims to develop music students to become independent and sensitive thinkers as well as outstanding pioneers in the national and international arts scene.

As globalisation brings with it cultural diversity, it is increasingly important for music students to extend their remit beyond the confines of Western art music. The programme imparts to students a broad perspective on the range of music from the ASEAN region and beyond in order to encourage a more rounded and comprehensive outlook on music and a wider understanding of one’s identity in a lattice of shared cultural links.

Programme Highlights

Music Writing
— Foundation of tonal music and counterpoint
— Connecting written theories (writing and analysis)
— Composition focusing on local and Asian contemporary composers and culture

Music Studies
— History of Western Art Music from the Renaissance to modern day focusing on musical,
historical and cultural settings
— Study of World Music reflecting the dynamic and exciting changes in our local and regional
community and beyond

Music Performance
— Performance practices from the Baroque period to contemporary performance
— Ensemble performance classes that introduce cutting-edge music by living composers, jazz and percussion music alongside the classics.

Computer Elective Programme (Year 2-4)
Living in a modern world that is increasingly being shaped by computer algorithms, it is pertinent for students to have a grasp of fundamental techniques that power these automations, and develop an understanding of which part of life’s processes are best executed algorithmically and which require human decision makers.

The modules in the Computer Elective Programme aims to prepare students with the right skills set and mindset to develop impactful solutions for real-world problems using computational techniques.

Galileo Programme (Science) (Year 1-2)
The Galileo Programme is an enrichment programme that provides an opportunity for exceptionally able Year 1 and 2 students, who are passionate about Science, to extend their learning beyond the Raffles Programme curriculum. The two-year programme affords students a broader and deeper exploration into Science. It also offers learning experiences that characterise how scientific knowledge is constructed and demonstrate how science can positively impact the community. Further to classroom engagement, excursions to relevant research or industrial settings, dialogues with experts in the field, and more sophisticated laboratory work are featured to offer an authentic and in-depth learning experience.

Regional Studies Programme
The Regional Studies Programme (RSP) equips students with an understanding of Southeast Asian culture and contemporary society, and enables them to be comfortably conversant in the Malay Language.

Third Language
Third Language offered here are:
French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia and Arabic.
Leadership Development
Students are given a diverse range of opportunities to develop the skills for leading teams, handling diverse perspectives and contributing their strengths. These range from class to CCA to House leadership, as well as school leadership in the form of prefects and student councillors. Students are also encouraged to step up and spearhead initiatives that promote the well-being of their peers as well as contribute to the vibrancy of campus life.

Art Elective Programme
From painting to printmaking to photography, our Art Elective Programme provides students with a fundamental understanding of art history, theory and criticism, and the chance to explore a wide range of media in the studio. We emphasise hands-on experiences in making art, and much of our students’ learning will be done in our dedicated facilities, which include an art gallery, drawing studio, painting studio, print-making studio, and ceramics studio.

Programme Highlights
— Elements of Art and Principles of Design
— Fundamentals and Experimental Drawing
— Acrylic and Oil Painting
— 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional Design
— Ceramics
— Mixed Media, Materials and Structures
— Individual Studio Practice
— Study of Visual Arts
— Annual Visual Art Showcase

Bicultural (China) Programme (Year 3-4)
Comprising talks, modules and an immersion trip in Year 3–4, the Raffles Bicultural Programme (China) equips students with the skills and competencies needed to operate in China, an emerging global power. Guest speakers from organisations such as Singapore Press Holdings and the universities are invited to conduct talks and modules for the students, focusing on an in-depth understanding of the culture and history of China and the contemporary issues she faces.

Euler Programme (Maths) (Year 1-2)
The Euler Programme offers an advanced curriculum that stretches students talented in Mathematics. It is carried out during curriculum time in the form of a pull-out class. Designed to combine rigour with intellectual enjoyment, students are cognitively challenged to solve problems in creative ways. In the course of the two-year programme, students learn a wide range of problem-solving heuristics and approaches. In addition, they will participate in intensive competition trainings, research and exciting Mathematics enrichment programmes.

Raffles Academy (Year 3-4)
At the Raffles Academy, we conduct special pull-out classes offering an enriched and accelerated curriculum for students who demonstrate particular talent and passion for a specific subject.

Students who are gifted in Science and Mathematics may apply to join the Galileo and Euler programmes respectively.

Students who enjoy studying Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Geography, History and Literature may apply for Raffles Academy at Year 3–4. At Year 5–6, students may apply to join the Humanities programme for Literature and History/Geography. Raffles Academy is offered for Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The content and skills imparted in Raffles Academy classes are more advanced and conceptually challenging. Students may also pursue special projects and mentorship programmes with leading tertiary institutions, research institutes and corporations, and take part in international attachment opportunities. Specialised training, interaction with experts in related fields and intense intellectual sparring with peers are significant features that you can expect in these programmes.

Many students from the Raffles Academy are selected to join other talented Rafflesians to represent the school at national and international academic competitions. These include the Olympiads in Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Informatics and Mathematics, the Young Physicists Tournament, and conferences such as Model United Nations.

Malay Special Programme
(Pending Info)

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