Knowledge and Inquiry

What Our Subject is About


Knowledge & Inquiry (KI) covers the theoretical aspects of knowledge construction (epistemology) and the questions set will require candidates to draw on knowledge they have gained during their study of the following key questions:  (1) Why ask questions? (2) What is knowledge? (3) How is knowledge constructed? (4) What makes knowledge valid? (5) How is knowledge affected by society? (6) How should knowledge be used? 

The KI paper also gives candidates the opportunity to hone and demonstrate critical reading and thinking skills by applying their knowledge and understanding of what they have studied to unseen stimulus material.

This subject also gives candidates the opportunity to select a topic of their choice, related to an area of the nature and construction of knowledge outlined in the syllabus that they have studied, and carry out independent research on that topic.



A sample of a forum discussion where Y6 KI students each week was tasked to reply to a discussion post, and respond to at least one classmate to advance the discussion. In KI, topics such as art and beauty are explored, so that students are able to understand the nature and construction of knowledge in our society. 


What We Do To Develop Students' Interest/Abilities

Candidates will be exposed to the different natures and types of construction of knowledge. Students will also be exposed to a variety of reading materials and will be expected to analyse different kinds of arguments and information, identify and evaluate assumptions and points of view, verify claims and provide reasoned and supported arguments of their own. 

For more on the syllabus, please refer to the following link:



Who We Are


The KS Teachers are known to be fun-loving and we take great pride in the subjects that we teach, and that is because these are not just mere subjects to us. We believe that what we teach are important life skills and these subjects reflect important concerns that our society is grappling with. Knowledge of these issues is crucial as students move out into the working world.


Teachers you can speak to:

Mr Adrian Tan ([email protected])


What Our Students Say

"KI has been one of the most fulfilling and rewarding subjects I have taken in RI. Our class discussions reminded me of what it felt like to be a 3-year-old all over again, back when everything was fresh and exciting and my favourite word was ‘why?’. You shouldn’t expect KI to be your best subject. But if you stick with it, you will learn the valuable skills of cutting through dogma and unravelling fallacious arguments, skills which will serve you well in this increasingly verbose and post-truth world. Take KI if you have a passion for Math, Science, Social Science, History, Ethics or Epistemology — or all of the above. Take KI if you think that current affairs are merely the symptoms of more fundamental problems, problems that are better answered by examining the musings of great thinkers, past and present. Above all, take KI only if you’re willing to accept criticism, work independently and challenge the beliefs you currently hold."

- Ng Ziqin 20S03H

"KI asks questions about knowledge that we take for granted and encourages us to view topics from a different perspective.  This made KI lessons incredibly interesting and unique.  As a student, I enjoyed the discussion-driven nature of KI classes as it allowed me to engage with the subject more deeply.  Although KI might strike some as rather “niche”, I believe that KI teaches key critical thinking and writing skills that are easily transferable across disciplines."

- Charlotte Lim 18A01A