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    Learning through Shared Experiences

    In building language and literacy skills, children should be active participants in language acquisition. As they participate in meaningful experiences together with their peers, they experience and learn together, constructing language in the process. 


    In West View Primary School, pupils go through a myriad of experiences as a springboard for them to use and explore the language for different purpose, audience, context and culture. 


    In our effort to enhance pupils’ language acquisition and development, the English Department has taken a holistic approach to develop the pupils not only in their academics but also in their social-emotional competencies. 


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    Primary 1

    Pet Showcase

    To ignite the interest and excitement of our Primary 1 pupils before they visit the zoo for their learning journey, a Pet Showcase was organised. This pre-learning activity aimed to provide the pupils with a shared learning experience so that they can learn the meaning of being a responsible pet owner.
     
    Teachers and parents of pupils were encouraged to bring their pets to school for a day. The response from both teachers and parents were terrific. On the day itself, there were dogs, cats, hamsters, a rabbit, fishes and a tortoise on display. The pupils had a wonderful time getting to look at the animals in real life and listening to the pet owners share on how they take care of their pets. Pupils of the other levels were also invited to take part in the Pet Showcase. Everyone enjoyed themselves!

    This shared experience was used in the classroom when the English Language teachers did a class writing with their pupils using the Modified Language Experience Approach (MLEA). Pupils were more engaged and contributed ideas actively as they had the context and content to think and talk about. They were also able to write personal recounts based on the learning journey to the zoo. 

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    Pupils listening to a talk about how to take care of animals and what they would experience in the zoo.              Pupils getting up close and personal with the animals.
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    Primary 3

    The Primary 3 pupils embarked on a learning journey to Gardens by the Bay. This learning journey aims to provide them with a shared learning experience. Through this learning journey, pupils were expected to learn about teamwork. They were tasked to find different types of leaves and share their findings with their peers. It also encouraged them to learn about teamwork and to reflect on their personal experiences. 

    Pupils had the opportunity to explore the Supertrees Grove and Heritage Gardens. They were also allowed to touch and feel various plants. Through this experience, they learnt about the various uses of the plants and were able to appreciate nature as well.  

    After the learning journey, pupils shared about their personal experiences in front of their classmates and then, they wrote individual recounts. 
    It was definitely an enriching learning experience for the pupils as amidst the fun that they had outdoors, they were also able to find out more about nature. 

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    Primary 4

    Term 1

    Earlier this year, the Primary 4 pupils embarked on a learning journey to the River Safari to find out more about the endangered animals. While they were there, the pupils learnt more about the different endangered animals and the measures taken to conserve them. 


    The pupils, in their working groups, were then required to write an information report to educate their readers about the endangered animals and the measures needed to help them. This was done to heighten the awareness on animal conservation. 

    Pupils learnt how human actions can positively or negatively impact the animals and their habitat. 


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    Term 3

    For Term 3, the focus of the Holistic Assessment was to ‘Plan with an End in Mind’. Having done their research on Weebly on the various flavours of ice cream and resources needed to make ice cream, the Primary 4 pupils wrote down the various steps for the ice cream making process. This collaborative writing effort exposed pupils to the writing of a procedural text and eventually, they came up with their own recipes in groups.


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    Pupils also learnt how to plan a budget and worked on an ice cream shaker that would be a poor conductor of heat. They then experienced a day as ice cream makers and made their ice cream from scratch in the school canteen, turning their recipes into reality. Even though not all their final products turned out to be successful, they still took pride in them. Most importantly, they learnt that having a plan is a vital component in ensuring that everyone attains success when they strive towards it.

                                                                                                                                                             

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                      Our final products!                                                                                 Measurement Stations





    Primary 5

    After going through the shared experiences in 2016, the Primary 5 pupils were further challenged in the shared experience this year. The Primary 5 pupils learnt the concept of efficiency through various experiences and a memorable one would be the Handball Competition. They learnt to work efficiently as a team and on the feedback given to them.

    Apart from the game, they were tasked to convince their audience, through a speaking task, on the current situation that Singapore is facing – the efficiency of the local transport system.


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    Pupils enjoying their Handball competition.


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    Pupils persuading their audience with their views on the topic