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Character and Citizenship Education

Curriculum

Character Education

The school’s Character Education leverages co-curriculum programmes such as FTGP, SAP, CCE, NE, VIA, PAL, CCA and student well-being in the development of values, knowledge, skills and competencies to drive and nurture character and leadership development in our pupils.

Citizenship Education

The Pei Chun Citizenship Curriculum encompasses the following components: National Education (NE), Values in Action (VIA), and Social Studies. It is anchored on the school Vision, Mission and Values that are aligned to MOE’s desired outcomes of education, SEL competencies, 21CC as well as the R3ICH values of respect, responsibility, resilience, integrity, care and harmony.

Character Education

Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)

FTGP is conducted weekly by form teachers to provide quality teacher-student interactions and develop Social and Emotional (SE) competencies in our pupils.

The lessons include the following:

  • SE lessons which focus on topics such as self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship management and responsible decision making;
  • Interaction activities and meaningful play that strengthen pupil-teacher relationships;
  • Cyber Wellness;
  • Education and Career Guidance (ECG);

CCE (Mother Tongue)

CCE lessons (好品德 好公民) are conducted by the Chinese Language teachers. The new CCE syllabus is anchored on core values, social and emotional competencies, and skills related to character and citizenship development. CCE lessons are based on the life experiences that our pupils go through, drawing out values and skills appropriate at their developmental stage.

Pei Chun Leadership Programme

Citizenship Education

National Education (NE) Core Events

NE develops national cohesion, cultivate the instinct for survival as a nation and instil in our students, confidence in our nation’s future. It also emphasises the cultivation of a sense of belonging and emotional rootedness to Singapore. National Education is part of a holistic education. It aims to develop national cohesion, cultivate the instinct for survival as a nation and instil in our students, confidence in our nation’s future. It also emphasises on cultivating a sense of belonging and emotional rootedness to Singapore. Every year, the school commemorates four NE Core events: Total Defence Day, International Friendship Day, Racial Harmony Day and National Day, with focus on ‘Cherishing the Past’, ‘Celebrating the Present’ and ‘Creating the Future’. ‘Cherishing the Past’ allows our pupils and staff to understand the importance and significance of these events. ‘Celebrating the Present’ makes us take stock of how far we have come and indeed celebrate our progress. ‘Creating the Future’ empowers our pupils and staff on what they can do to ensure that we as a country can continue to make progress and scale a higher level.

Social Studies (SS)

The Social Studies curriculum aims to develop the civic competencies of our pupils. Civic competencies, which encompass the body of knowledge, skills and values expressed in the Philosophy of SS, will empower students to be informed, concerned and participative citizens.

To be in line with the Social Studies Curriculum, Learning Journey / Field-based Learning are designed to meet the learning needs of our pupils at different levels.

  • P1 and P2: Home and School.
  • P3 and P4: School and Community.
  • P5 and P6: Country and the World.

Values-in-Action (ViA)

Values-in-Action is a critical part of Citizenship Education as it strives to build social cohesion and inculcate civic responsibility. ViA aslo provides the platform for all Pei Chun students to demonstrate their leadership competencies. The school has developed a 6-year ViA Curriculum that seeks to develop knowledge, skills and values progressively in each domain from P1 to P6, and at the same time, growing their leadership competencies from self to social and to thought leadership.

P1 I Love My Family Self Leadership
P2 I Love My School
P3 I Love My Environment Social Leadership
P4 I Love My Community
P5 I Love My Nation Thought Leadership
P6 I Love My World

Instruction

Character Education

The school adopts a whole school approach to broaden students’ experiences in character, citizenship and leadership development. The CCE Curriculum focuses on using the 3Es (Educating the Minds, Engaging the Hearts and Empowering the Hands) approach to equip pupils with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes/values necessary to develop them to be Passionate and Collaborative Learners, Patriotic and Caring Citizens, Proactive and Creative Leaders. Age-appropriate learning experiences are created for pupils to apply the values they have learnt, make decisions and act on them in a responsible way.

Social Studies

Social Studies aims to prepare our pupils to be citizens of tomorrow by helping them to understand the interconnectedness of Singapore and the world we live in. Through inquiry and authentic learning experiences, we seek to inspire mental egaerness and ignite a curiosity to inquire about real world issues that concerns their lives. With opportunites to involve our pupils in investigating and inquring during lessons, our pupils will gain better understanding on the complexities of the real world, the Social Studies curriculum equips our pupils with the knowledge, skills and values that would allow them to succeed at becoming effective citizens, workers and leaders in the 21 century.

Field-based learning allows the pupils to contextualize their learning experience in an authentic real-world setting, thus enabling the relational learning of concepts and content. Pupils would also be able to conduct hands-on exploration in a focused area of study, thus being engaged in multi-sensory modes. As part of engaging pupils’ interest in inquiry, field-based learning would also motivate and sustain their interest in the subject matter as pupils would learn to explore, construct new knowledge and make connections to the topic being studied.

The table below shows the venues for Field-based Learning (NE/SS Learning Journeys) at the different levels.

Primary 1 The Neighbourhood Walk
Primary 2 The National Orchid Garden
Primary 3 “I am a Little Town Planner” at Singapore Discovery Centre
Primary 4 Kampong Glam
Primary 5 Little India & National Education (NE) Show
Primary 6 Singapore Zoological Garden

Assessment

Through the use of assessment tools such as self assessment, rubrics, checklists and reflections, assessment of Character and Citizenship Education includes monitoring and providing developmental feedback to pupils’ on their understanding and acquisition of knowledge, skills and values.

Teachers provide feedback to every child using the Values Matrix, which forms the basis of assessment of the Conduct Grade that is assigned to every child at mid-year and the end of year, as well as the Personal Qualities grading that is assigned at the end of the year. In addition, P3 to P6 students are required to complete a self-assessment using the Values Matrix to reflect on their development in each of the Pei Chun values. This promotes ownership and responsibility on the part of the students in their character and leadership development.

Social Studies

SS is a non-examinable subject at the primary level. Assessment is, however, important to help monitor pupils’ progress in their learning of Social Studies. To evaluate and support pupils’ learning, the methods of assessment used are Assessment for Learning (AfL), and Assessment of Learning (AoL).

AfL refers to the use of assessment to support learning. It is used to shape teaching and learning in ways that help pupils master learning goals and teachers improve practices. For these reasons, it is formative in nature, takes place all the time in the classroom and is a process that is embedded in instruction.

AoL refers to the use of assessment as a means to evaluate if curricular outcomes have been met. It is used primarily for accountability purposes – grading, ranking and certification. For these reasons, it tends to be summative in nature and is carried out quarterly.

For the purpose of reporting, a letter grade will be awarded for the assessment of SS at the end of each semester. The table below shows the letter grades and the corresponding weightings.

Programmes

  • Values in action
  • Learning Journey(Local)
  • P5 Student Leadership
  • Total Defence Day
  • International Friendship Day
  • Racial Harmony Day
  • P5 NE show

Updated on 07 September 2018.

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