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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 Language Programmes / Events Levels Time
Mother Tongue Language Fortnight
Activities and Competitions include:
Chinese Cultural and Language Camp
Learning Carnival
Chinese Calligraphy
Chinese Mask Painting
Pen Calligraphy
Poetry / Chinese songs Recitation
Puppet Making
Tea- Appreciation
P1 – P6 Curriculum Time
Festival Celebrations – Chinese New Year All Levels Curriculum Time
Cultural Performance Exposure Scheme P3
School Hours
Reading Programme P1 – P6 Curriculum Time
JoyReader Subscription & Reading P1 – P6
Time / After School Hours
Magazine Subscription & Reading P1 – P6 Curriculum Time
iMTL / SLS Portal P1 – P6 Curriculum Time
Integrated Sentence Making Package P1 – P2 Curriculum Time
Integrated Paragraph Writing Package P3 – P4
Integrated Composition Writing Package P5 – P6 Curriculum Time
Integrated Reading Comprehension Package P1 – P6 Curriculum Time
Intensive Oral Package P3 – P6 Curriculum Time
Remedial Programme Selected students After School Hours
Mother Tongue Support Programme (ABLE) P3 and P4 selected students Curriculum Time
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 organized by cluster schools and/or external organizations.

Mother Tongue Language Fortnight

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Festival Celebrations – Chinese New Year

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2015 Primary School Chinese Language Curriculum & Instructional Materials

  • Rolled out starting with Primary 1 in 2015
  • Whole roll-out process completed with Primary 6 being the last level to implement the change
  • 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

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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.

The PLC discussion focus will be on 3 of the 6 teacher development areas spelt out in the Work Plan Seminar, namely Assessment Literacy, Differentiated Instruction and E-Pedagogy. 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.

Parents’ Workshop

Our teachers engage our parents with workshop annually. Each year, we will organize workshop for parents so as to provide them with better understanding of the Chinese Language curriculum and assessment. Through the workshop, parents learn how to partner us in their child’s journey in learning the Chinese Language. We also share with them tips on encouraging their children to use the Chinese language as a living language at home.mIt was very heartening to see parents take time off to attend the workshop and participate actively with us.

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