Mother Tongue Chinese

Guiding Idea

A dynamic Mother Tongue Languages curriculum which builds a strong foundation in the languages among our students while providing them with a rich language learning environment to develop a love for learning the languages and appreciating the cultures.

Key Programmes

Chinese Programmes / Events Levels Time
Mother Tongue Language Fortnight


Activities and Competitions include:

Pen Calligraphy Competition

Chinese Calligraphy / Painting

Poetry Writing & Recitation

Essay Writing Competition

Puppet Making

Tea- Appreciation

P1 – P6 Curriculum Time
Cultural Performance Exposure Scheme P3 After School Hours
Reading Programme P1 – P6 Curriculum Time
JoyReader Subscription & Reading P1 – P6 Curriculum Time / After School Hours
Magazine Subscription & Reading P1 – P6 Curriculum Time
iMTL Portal P1 – P6 Curriculum Time
Integrated Writing Programme P1 – P2 Curriculum Time
Integrated Composition Writing Programme P3 – P4, P6 Curriculum Time
Integrated Comprehension Programme P4 – P6 Curriculum Time
Intensive Oral Package P5 – P6 Curriculum Time
Remedial Programme P3 – P6 (selected students) After School Hours
Intensive Programme P6 June Holidays


Other than these school-based activities, the department aims to stretch students’ capabilities and cultivate their love for the Chinese language through externally organised activities such as international online writing competitions, calligraphy competitions, drama workshops organized by cluster schools and/or external organizations.


2015 Primary School Chinese Language Curriculum & Instructional Materials

  • Greater emphasis on spoken & written interaction skills
  • Greater focus on authentic activities to better engage students and develop their communication skills
  • Continue to expose students to culture & values through CL learning
  • Story characters set in real-life situations that students can relate to, so as to better engage students in their learning of CL
  • Greater use of ICT e.g. videos, animations, digital interactive games etc.


Level Roll-out Year Remark
Primary 1 2015  


Roll-out completed


Primary 2 2016
Primary 3 2017
Primary 4 2018
Primary 5 2019 Will be ready before the start of each academic year, i.e. 5A by the end of 2018, 6A by the end of 2019.
Primary 6 2020


Professional Learning Communities


Through PLC, we hope to develop our teachers’ competencies in the teaching and learning of Chinese Language in their respective levels or classes. Through lesson design and collaboration on teaching and learning practices based on the Singapore Teaching Practice (STP), we seek to bring about improvement in a common area of concern such as pedagogy, teaching strategies and assessment, within the Chinese Language curriculum. We want our teachers to share best practices and carry out deep reflection on their craft, so that there is continual improvement made in students’ learning progress and their learning experiences.