Our children are growing up in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambigious world. To thrive in such a future, we believe our pupils need to be equipped with the 21st Century Competencies (21CC) as identified by MOE (i.e., Civic Literacy, Global Awareness and Cross-cultural Skills; Critical and Inventive Thinking; and Communication, Collaboration and Information Skills).
In line with our school’s mission of developing all children to their fullest, we equip 21CC in our students through our identified 7 domains of student development (Metacognitive, Cognitive, Character, Social & Emotional, Leadership, Physical, Aesthetics). Besides ensuring an all-round or holistic development for our students, this approach also allows students to develop their character, strengths and interests. Our school policies and programmes for these domains are designed to bring about engaged learning in these domains so that our students will experience the joy of learning and see learning as fun, interesting and rewarding. With this, we lay the foundation for our students to be lifelong learners and future-ready.
Conducted within the Math curriculum, our Primary 1 to 5 pupils are trained in investigative and spatial problem solving skills by using manipulatives such as pattern blocks, tangrams, geo-shapes and the Cuisenaire rods. Their visual spatial skills are developed through this visually stimulating and challenging programme.
In order for our students to think critically about how they are thinking and how they should be thinking, we need to stimulate curiosity from our children and inculcate the discipline of inquiry through careful observations of their world around them. To do so, we first need to make their thinking visible and develop good thinking habits in them. See-Think-Wonder is one of the key thinking routines adopted by the school in our lessons. This is used across different subjects for consistency and familiarity to our students. For example, in Art (xxx). This routine is used to explore concepts in Math, and incorporated with other thinking routines to share ideas and self-reflection.
The school’s VIA Framework is a spiral and progressive curriculum aligned to the 6 domains in the CCE Framework namely, Self, Family, School, Community, Nation and World. Our Northviewans put the values that they have learnt in action through participating in meaningful and age-appropriate activities.
Whole School Approach – Happy Classroom Award
Happy Classroom Award is part of our school’s Values-In-Action (VIA) Programme. It is a whole school approach where pupils from P1 to P6 cultivate good habits and practise values such as care and responsibility by keeping their classrooms clean and inviting. The award is given away to the class which earns the highest score per level every term.
P1 VIA – My Holiday Time-table
This P1 VIA programme aims to inculcate the value of responsibility in pupils. Through this activity, pupils understand how they can show responsibility for their own learning at home by coming up with their own personal time-table for their June holidays.
P2 VIA – Acts of Appreciation Towards Family Members
In this activity, our P2 pupils understand that care for one’s family can be displayed through acts of appreciation. Besides the thank-you card for their fathers from the “Dads for Life” kit, pupils also show their appreciation to their mothers/a motherly figure at home by personalising a thank-you card and pen words of appreciation. They also suggest an action to be taken at home in order to show their appreciation.
P3 VIA – Posters For Keeping School Environment Clean
P3 pupils design posters to encourage their peers to adopt a positive attitude towards caring for the school environment. Not only do the pupils learn that they are demonstrating responsibility when they show care for the school environment, they also understand that they need to show empathy towards others such as our school cleaners.
P4 VIA – Creating Art Together With The Elderly
This P4 VIA Programme is a collaboration between CCE Department and Aesthetics Department. It is an inaugural project arising from our Primary Four pupils’ Values-in-Action (VIA) programme at our partnered Old folks’ homes – Sunshine Welfare Action Mission Home and Sree Narayana Home for the Aged Sick – where the featured artworks are products between the pupils and the elderly. Through this, the pupils learn the aesthetic outcomes for the art exhibition, but more importantly, learn values such as respect, care, empathy and sincerity through the experience of art making with the elderly and our community.
P6 VIA – Recycling Programme
As part of our school’s ongoing efforts to conserve and protect the environment, all pupils in North View Primary School are encouraged to donate recyclable materials such as old newspapers, magazines and old clothing. The P6 pupils help to sort out the donated items as part of their Values-In-Action Programme for the year. The recycling programme provides an opportunity for our pupils to learn the importance of environment conservation and how they can play their part by recycling used materials.