Character and Citizenship Education
Student Leadership Development Organisational Structure for Prefects
Vision: Anchoring on Values, Inspiring Others
Beliefs : Every individual from Yishun Primary School will be an asset to the society,
The school’s and CCE core values are the guiding principles towards the planning of the departmental programmes. It is committed in ensuring that pupils experience diverse programmes which will develop them holistically anchoring on values and positive characters.
Total Defence Day 2017
Yishun Primary School commemorated Total Defence Day on Monday, 15 February 2017. The theme was “Together We Keep Singapore Strong”. Keeping Singapore strong is vital due to the uncertainties, threats and changes which are continuously taking place around us. On this day, pupils were reminded that they each have a role to play in building Singapore into a strong and secure nation.
The day started with a talk to the pupils. The presentation gave emphasis on both military and social defences. As Singapore is celebrating her 50th Anniversary of National Service (NS), pupils were also made aware of the progression and the changes that had been done through the years of Nation Service.
Pupils trying out the artefacts on display.
Pupils viewing the artefacts on display.
International Friendship Day 2017
Pupils trying out the traditional game of ‘Zero Point’ and Pupil trying out the traditional game of ‘chapteh’.
Pupils in the different ethnic clothes
National Day 2017
National Day was celebrated in Yishun Primary School on Tuesday, 8 August 2017. The annual celebration was in commemoration of Singapore's independence from Malaysia in 1965.
National Education (NE) Show 2017
During the NDP preview, our P5 pupils were privileged to join in with pupils from other primary schools to celebrate our nation’s birthday through the various segments of the show. They were enthralled by the Dynamic Defence Display, the parachuting performance by the Red Lions, the Military Tattoo segment and the five F-15SG fighter aircrafts performing the signature bomb burst. Our P5 pupils were truly awed by the show of technology, military might and splendour. The pupils also enhanced the celebratory mood by singing NDP songs, past and present with much gusto and pride.
The Grow and Glow (GG) Activity Card for the Primary 1, Primary 2 and Primary 3 pupils were prototyped in 2015 in alignment to the Character and Citizenship syllabus launched by MOE. The performance tasks are designed based on the mapping of both the school core values and the CCE values. Moving forward, the department has reviewed and refine the performance tasks for the Primary 6 level much to the approach adopted for the Glow and Grow Card Activity Card.
On the other hand, Primary 4 to Primary 6 pupils, are given the ‘I am a Champion’ activity cards where activities are designed in accordance to our school core values. These cards serve as a record of the values put into action by our pupils.
Garden of Values
Procedure and Impact:
Values In Action - VIA
Integrated Approach to VIA
At Yishun Primary School, Values In Action (VIA) is carefully weaved into the main curriculum of the Instructional Programmes to give a holistic understanding of the relevance of the issues (as presented across the different subject disciplines) to the pupils instead of regarding it in isolation. Such approach allows greater sustainability of knowledge with structured way of lesson delivery, thus impacting the learning by the pupils. VIA is anchored by the BIG theme ‘Environmental’. Pupils look into the various aspects of Environmental Science such as recycling, composting, overcoming haze, scarcity of land and pollutions. At the end of the day, pupils would be able to make meaning of their learning and able to apply the knowledge in their day to day activities.
Measuring the learning outcomes of the pupils require them to pen down their thoughts in the reflections booklet. Pupils’ reflections are guided by answering the different questions under the components of: Analysis, Critical Thinking and Decision Making.
Kolb (1984) defines learning as “the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience” (p. 38). He asserts that people perceive information through one of two primary modes:
1. Abstract conceptualization or
2. Concrete experience.
Students process information through either the reflective observation or experimentation stage. Kolb describes learning as a four-step cycle that includes the following elements:
1. Concrete experience,
2. Reflective observation,
3. Abstract conceptualisation, and
4. Active experimentation.
All learning processes include some sort of concrete experience that leads to a period of reflective observation. From this reflection, students begin to conceptualise their learning in abstract terms and enter into a period of active experimentation in which they test the generalizations that resulted from reflection. This experimentation, in turn, leads cyclically into more concrete experiences.
Using the Kolb’s Learning Cycle, the school paths its journey towards VIA in a more structured and meaningful manner. Schemes of work are carefully thought through by level teachers, focussing on the clear learning outcomes of the pupils’, knowledge and skills which centred towards the inculcation of both the R^3ICH and INSPIRE values.
Classroom Cleanliness Competition 2017
The objectives of the cleanest classroom competition are to:
1. provide opportunities for pupils to work as a team, develop good values and character, and understand that every pupil has a role to play in keeping the classroom clean.
2. develop a conducive learning environment in the classroom.
In this monthly VIA activity, individual level’s classrooms would be assessed for cleanliness by the CCE’s assessors. Points would be awarded based on the set of rubrics used for assessment. The classroom from each level (P1 to P6) with the most number of points accumulated would be conferred as The Cleanest Classroom for that month. A nicely framed certificate would be presented to the winning classes during assembly and hung outside these classes as a form of recognition for their great effort.
Through this VIA activity, it helps to inculcate important values such as teamwork, respect, independence and excellence in our pupils. It also provides an opportunity for them to hone their social and emotional learning (SEL) skills as our future leaders and concerned citizens to make Singapore a cleaner and greener city for all of us.
Visit to All Saints’ HomeThe P5 pupils’ VIA @ All Saints Home programme was organized by the CCE Department with two main objectives:
To arouse the awareness in our pupils in helping the elderlies through the visit; and
To provide opportunity for pupils to bond by doing meaningful charitable work.
During the visit, the pupils learnt to handle and manoeuvre the wheelchairs as they were required to transport the residents to the hall for the VIA activity.
Thereafter, the pupils sang and danced as a way of entertaining the residents. Some played games, while others interacted with the elderlies. As a follow-up, the P5 pupils would do a reflection in the Pupil’s Handbook on their key learning points.
The programme is aimed to inculcate good values such as sincerity, respect, and independence in our pupils. It also creates a good platform for them to learn to be proficient leaders, concerned citizens and active contributors for Singapore.
The annual Career Talk forms part of our post examination activities for our Primary 6 pupils with the objective of equipping pupils with the knowledge, skills and values to make informed decisions at each key education stage for successful transition from school to further education or work. This will hence manage their career pathways and lifelong learning throughout their lives.
The sharing covers several aspects such as the expectations, the knowledge, values and skills needed for the job. The sharing is aligned to the school’s core values as well as towards developing the 21st century competencies of the pupils. This year the school was fortunate to have two of the talks conducted by renowned Chef Celebrity, Chef Mel and our very own Mr Chou who was a former officer in the army.
Pupils were truly excited to learn about the career as a chef. They learnt the amount of hard work required to be a successful celebrity chef. Pupils were very inspired by the courage the blade runner has and how he exemplify the virtues of perseverance.