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Character and Citizenship Education

Character and Citizenship Education

DEPARTMENT FOCUS

At NCPS, values education forms an integral part of our students’ learning journey. The attached framework guides and provides key directions for the department in the planning, implementation and review of the various activities.

NCPS CCE Framework

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The school’s CCE framework is based on the school’s 3 key beliefs, Every child can learn, Every child is good and Every child is unique as well as the 4 core school values of Respect, Responsibility, Sincerity and Perseverance. This provides the key direction towards the development of CCE in our students. In school, we teach knowledge through CCE lessons, cyber wellness, FTGP, SEL and Sexuality Education. Through these platforms, students acquire the necessary knowledge (Head) on making morally upright and responsible decisions.

Next to make values learning authentic and relevant, the school leverages on ECG, VIA, CCA, PAL and school events for example the 4 major NE events, charity food donations and distribution of oranges to the neighboring residents. This enables the students to apply the knowledge that they have acquired in class and provides relevance, realism and real life experiences which are difficult to replicate in the classrooms.

As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. The school supports home school partnership towards the development of the child as well as the school’s Family Matters Centre which provides parenting workshops in order to foster closer parent and child relationships.

At the same time, values are taught through the academic subjects and the co-curricular to make learning more relevant to the students’ daily lives. A key platform where the students are also taught the desired values are the school’s 3 Golden Rules (We respect ourselves, we respect one another and we respect this place) which encompasses the school’s efforts in educating the students. These 3 rules are easy for the students to remember and constant references to them are made by the staff on relevant occasions.

Through this process, the school hopes that the students will acquire the necessary knowledge (head), skills (hand) and attitudes (heart) which will enable them to progress towards the 21st CC student learning outcomes. These multiple avenues encourage the students to do good and once they are committed to doing good (it becomes a habit to do good), internalization of values has taken place. This will enable them to acquire an internal moral compass which will help them to make morally upright and responsible decisions in the future.

KEY PROGRAMMES

During the planning of VIA activities the students’ needs at the three learning phases are considered and ensures that the age appropriateness of the activities are adhered to. The school also hopes that the knowledge, skills and values learnt can be transferred back home so that doing the right thing becomes a habit for the students. This will contribute to them becoming active contributors and concerned citizens in the future.

The school works with various partners, for example Lions Befrienders Service Association and Sembcorp, to provide real life learning experiences where students are able to apply the values that they have learnt.

Exposure Phase Experiential Phase Enhancement Phase
P1 & 2 P3 & 4 P5 & 6
Values School core values : Respect , Responsibility, Sincerity & Perseverance
CCE values : Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Care, Integrity & Harmony
3 Golden rules : Tale care of yourself, Take care of one another, Take care of this place
Knowledge ·     Understand the importance e of showing and taking care of the school as well as at home
·     Understand that one plays a role in taking care of the school as well as at home
·     Know ways to care for others
·     Understand the roles and responsibilities as a member of the school community as well as at home
·     Know ways to care for and contribute towards improving the lives of others and the environment
·     Understand the roles and responsibilities of a responsible member of society
Skills ·     Reflection
·     Able to think back and learn from one’s experience in school
·     Perspective taking
·     Recognise the thoughts and feelings of others
·     Reflection
·     Able to think back and learn from one’s experience in school
·     Perspective taking
·     Recognise the thoughts and feelings of others and be sensitive to family members
·     Reflection
·     Able to think back and learn from one’s experience in school
·     Perspective taking
·     Consider  the thoughts, feelings and different views of others in the community
Exposure Phase Experiential Phase Enhancement Phase
P1 & 2 P3 & 4 P5 & 6
Responsibilities at home ·     Keep their room tidy
·     Clear plates after meals
·     Pack school bags independently
·     Complete assigned tasks on time
·     Help to keep the home clean
·     Help to save electricity and water
·     Help in the recycling efforts as part of taking care of the environment
·     Complete tasks on time independently
·     Perform simple household chores to keep the house clean
·     Keep the neighbouring premises (along the corridors) clean
·     Promote the various ways of saving water and electricity as well as taking care of the environment to others
Values School core values : Respect , Responsibility, Sincerity & Perseverance
CCE values : Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Care, Integrity & Harmony
3 Golden rules : We take care of ourselves, We take care of one another, We take care of this place
Responsibilities in school ·     Keep the classroom clean and tidy
·     Keep the school facilities such as canteen clean and tidy
·     Observe orderly behaviour in social spaces such as queuing up at the canteen
·     Help to keep the classroom and school compound clean
·     Maintain orderly behaviour in social spaces
·     Promote the practice of positive behaviours among peers
·     Understand the rationale and participate actively in school planned VIA activities
·     Emphasize with the less fortunate and stay committed to helping them
·     Take initiative to keep the classroom and school compound clean
·     Contribute and act on suggestions to enhance the school/community environment
·     Participate in community projects that meet the needs of the community with teacher guidance
Level designated VIA activity Cleaning of the Canteen at scheduled time slots for all classes Cleaning of the school compound (P3)
Visits to Tampines SAC (P4)
Student planned VIA on either newspaper collection or Tampines SAC

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Lower primary students cleaning the canteen tables after their recess

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P4 students visiting the elderly at Tampines Senior Activity Centre

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P5 students collecting old newspapers as their VIA

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