The parents were brought to another set of classrooms for an online presentation about the school and its programmes. They went for a school tour and watched their child taking part in their first recess in a primary school.
The parents also took part in a simple makerspace activity where they made a simple craft for their child. It was a packed day of activities for both the students and parents alike.
First day of school and SIR
On the second day of Term 1, we welcomed back the rest of the school population for the new school year. The students went through 3 days of Start It Right (SIR) programme to prepare them for the academic year. Here are some photos of our students returning back to school.
P3-P6 Student Leadership Training
On 5 February 2021, the school started its first student training of the year for our P3 to P6 student leaders - Prefects, Class Monitors, Eco Monitors and Cyber Wellness Monitors. In our effort to nurture confident students with a heart to serve, the school provides opportunities for students to take on leadership roles within the classrooms as well as the larger school community. The unique situation caused by COVID-19 led to the first group of Student Leaders ‘coming together’ remotely via Zoom. This was followed by a training session held by the respective departments for their student leaders.
Total Defence Day
Safer Internet Day 2021
Across the globe, we celebrated the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day on 9 Feb 2021. The theme this year is “Together for a Better Internet”. Everyone has a role to play in creating and maintaining a better online world. To mark this day, the school engaged TOUCH Cyberwellness on 10 Feb to share via Zoom about Gaming Disorder – From Attraction to Addiction during the FTGP period to educate our students about the dangers of online gaming.
Chinese New Year Celebrations 2021
Chinese New Year was celebrated this year with various interesting classroom activities, where students enjoyed learning more about the Nian Monster, Yu Sheng and the rationale for eating some festive food during Chinese New Year.
Many teachers and students were dressed in red or their traditional costume for this special occasion.
This Chinese New Year celebration was unique as it was conducted entirely online. Many wonderful and eye-opening performances were put up that day, like the drum and skit performance by our students, in which students learn more about the Chinese New Year customs. Our Music teachers also prepared a body percussion session, where teachers and students got up and moved their body rhythmically to the festive songs. Even though parents were not able to join us this year in our concert this year, they prepared a video to wish all staff and students a great year ahead. Class monitors gave out oranges to their form teachers, and wished their form teachers using some of the new greetings that they had just learnt. The concert ended off with classroom decoration results announcement, where the two best decorated classrooms at each level were presented with a certificate by school leaders.
Yio Chu Kang Primary School wishes each and every one a prosperous and Happy Chinese New Year!
Crime Advisory Talk by Singapore Police Force
During the assembly programme on 1 March, the school engaged officers from the Singapore Police Force (SPF) to share via ZOOM on Crime Advisory. This is a yearly engagement session that the school has in partnership with the Hougang Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC). In the past, the community police officers would came down to the school hall to conduct a face-to-face assembly programme for our students. The session this year resumed online with one of the officers who spoke to our students on crime prevention and cyber awareness. The students were also taught how to help the police when reporting crime.
P5 ESTEM Project Work (EPW) and Learning Journey
The P5 EPW and a learning journey trip to the NEWater Visitor Centre were organised for the P5 students in Term 1 Week 10. EPW is part of the school’s Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in Environmental Science - ESTEM@YCKPS, which stands for ‘Environmental STEM-based applied learning at Yio Chu Kang Primary School’. Through the EPW, our students learn to cooperate and share in teams to analyse a problem faced by Singapore. This project raises their awareness about water conservation in our resource-scarce nation and the challenges we face as a small country.
Our P5 students also learnt Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) skills such as identifying keywords to improve online search results and learning to use Microsoft Excel to create simple graphs. They used thinking tools for reflection and our English Department’s S.T.A.G.E. framework to present their projects.
Personal Device for Learning Programme (PDLP) Pilot
are one of the five primary schools identified by MOE to be on the Personal
Device for Learning Programme (PDLP) Pilot for Primary Schools this
year. The Primary 4 Tamil, Mathematics and Science teachers will
be going through 3 Design Cycles throughout this year where they will come
together to learn and design technology enabled lessons with MOE
HQ personnel for our students. They will learn how technology can fit into the
curriculum and how it can be used meaningfully to enrich our students’
learning. They would also have their classrooms opened for observation and support
MOE’s research in this area. Here are some photos of the Mathematics and Science
lessons in progress.
Prize Giving Ceremony 2020
On Friday 5 March 2021, 31 graduands from the 2020 Primary 6 batch were invited back to their alma mater to attend the annual Prize Giving Ceremony. These ex-P6 students clinched the top academic prizes for class, level and the PSLE. Some of them were also recognized for having outstanding character traits of excellence, resilience and service. They were awarded the prestigious School Advisory Committee (SAC) Student Recognition Awards; namely the Student of the Year Award, Youth of Character (Resilience) Award and Keen to Serve Award.
Due to the Covid-19 situation, the event was only limited to invited guests of the SAC and representatives from the Parent Support Group (PSG). Our SAC Chairman, Mr Thomas Choong, graced the occasion as the Guest-of-Honour. All attendees had to adhere to the Safe Management Measures (SMM) for the entire duration of the ceremony. After the ceremony, in the absence of parents and loved ones, the award winners took photos with the SAC and PSG members.
Selected P2 to P4 students started their Nurture Programme in the afternoon of 26 March 2021. The Nurture Programme is conducted weekly in partnership with Central Singapore CDC. The programme is for children who needed a bit more learning support and its outcomes are:
• Build confidence as communicators
• Develop as effective problem solvers and
• Become motivated and self-directed learners
The lessons are designed to be activity-based. In the first lesson, the students set Nurture class rules aligned to our school values. They also created emotion plates and shared their feelings. The students had a fruitful and engaging session. They are looking forward to their weekly sessions with their lead teachers and SMU volunteers.
Mother Tongue Fortnight (Chinese Language)
Our annual fun-filled two-week Mother Tongue Fortnight programme created an opportunity for the students to infuse the learning of the Chinese Culture into the learning of the Chinese Language. This year, the students learnt about the various Chinese Cultural Performing Arts, such as Wushu, Chinese Dance, Acrobatics, Puppet Show, Shadow Play and Chinese Opera.
Students meaningfully engaged in the Digital Learning Trail, as an tuning-in activity for the MTL Fortnight programme.
Hands-on learning to craft the props
for the different Chinese Performing Arts.
Sharing their take-aways from the MTL Fortnight
Mother Tongue Fortnight (Malay Language)
Mother Tongue (MT) Fortnight kicks off every year in term 2 with various interesting activities organized for the students. The 2-week long event aims to create an immersive environment for the learning of MT languages. During the two consecutive weeks, a wide range of activities related to Malay Language (ML) and its culture were conducted. These activities provided authentic opportunities for pupils to use their mother tongue language and experience the culture.
P1 – The P1 students had an experiential learning on batik painting.
P2 – The learning package for P2 incorporated enriching learning experiences outside the classroom, where they had to complete a digital trail to learn more about the Malay Traditional Kueh.
P4 & P6 – The lesson package for P4s and P6s focusing on the Malay Folktale ‘Singapura Dilanggar Todak’ and Mahsuri respectively leveraged on the technology to provide innovative learning experiences for the students.
P3 & P5 – The P3s and P5s had an amazing time learning about and playing the Malay Traditional Games!
Mother Tongue Fortnight (Tamil Language)
The Mother Tongue (MT) Fortnight is a platform for students to engage in exploring new knowledge and deeper learning in a fun and engaging manner that ignites and enhances their experiences in Tamil Language (TL) and its cultural activities. This year’s TL theme is `Indian Traditional and Folk Dance Forms` and we got the students engaged in exploring traditional and folk dance forms through rich sharing of the various key traditional dance forms and its nuances. They had their knowledge put to test through fun kahoot quiz games, colouring activities and hands on experience in learning simple folk dance moves, namely, Kollattam and Oyillattam.
P1 and P2 students engaged in their
P3 to P6 students playing the kahoot game quiz.
P3 and P4 students learning Oyillattam.
P5 and 6
students learning Kollattam.
International Friendship Day
On 5 April 2021, our school commemorated International Friendship Day to strengthen the bond between people of diverse backgrounds from ASEAN countries.
The day’s programme started with our International students’ putting up
a beautiful rendition of the song “It’s a Small World” in their
respective mother tongue languages. Two of our ASEAN students, together with
their parents, shared graciously about their culture to the whole school. One
student from Myanmar demonstrated some practices observed during their New
Year. Another student from Philippines, shared their special food culture. The assembly talk also drew relevance to real life examples of cross national friendship by showing the solidarity our Singaporean community helping one another during the COVID-19 pandemic. The commemoration ended on 7 April, with an interactive quiz on Kahoot hosted by teachers from the Character and Citizenship Education team where our students had an enjoyable and meaningful time!
On 9 April, international students from Primary 1 to Primary 5, together with their local buddies, attended the Integration Programme to know more about Singapore. The session started off with the students playing an ice-breaking game to know each other better. After the ice-breaking game, they participated in a series of popular traditional game, consisting of Chapteh, Goli (glass marbles), Five stones, Kuti Kuti and Tok Kah (one-legged catching). These games gave these international students, who had only came to Singapore in the recent years, a platform to build an emotional connection and friendship with their local buddies. At the same time, it also provided our Singaporean students the opportunity to play host and interact with their buddies.