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.
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.
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.
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.
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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