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Overview of Character & Citizenship Education (CCE)

Character & Citizenship Education (CCE) has always been at the heart of education in ALPS.

The CCE programme at ALPS takes reference from MOE’s Framework for 21st Century Competencies and Student Outcomes (See Fig. below). It emphasises the learning of core values, social and emotional competencies (middle ring) and 21st century competencies necessary for the globalised world (outer ring), that are critical in the character and citizenship development of our students. Together, the knowledge, skills and values learnt will enable our young to live meaningfully, capitalise on the rich opportunities of the new digital age, while keeping a strong Singapore heartbeat. The aim is to develop in every Singaporean child, a confident person, a self-directed learner, a concerned citizen and an active contributor.


Framework for 21st Century Competencies and Student Outcomes


Knowledge and Skills must be underpinned by values. Values define a person's character. They shape the beliefs, attitudes and actions of a person, and therefore form the core of the framework of 21stCentury Competencies.

The middle ring signifies the Social and Emotional Competencies- Skills necessary for children to recognise and manage their emotions, develop care and concern for others, make responsible decisions, establish positive relationships, as well as handle challenging situations effectively.

The outer ring of the framework represents the emerging 21st Century Competencies necessary for the globalised world we live in. These are: Civic Literacy, Global Awareness and Cross-Cultural Skills; Critical and inventive Thinking; Communication, Collaboration and Information Skills.

Together, these competencies will enable our young to capitalise on the rich opportunities of the new digital age, while keeping a strong Singapore heartbeat. The aim is develop in every Singaporean child, a confident person, a self-directed learner, a concerned citizen,and an active contributor.

Overview of ALPS CCE Programmes

To achieve ALPS mission and vision to help students grow and glow to become reflective learners, empathic designers and inspiring leaders, CCE adopts a whole-school approach. The foundation is a culture of love and care, built on strong positive relationships that will provide a safe and caring environment for students to learn. There are various authentic platforms and opportunities for children to learn, apply and embody the values, knowledge and skills learnt. CCE is also explicitly infused into the teaching and learning of all subject areas. The diagram below gives a pictorial overview of the CCE programmes in ALPS.


CCE Department Programmes & Activities:

  •  Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP) and CCE lessons (in MTL)
     The FTGP and CCE lessons are integral parts of the CCE programme. The lessons provide a         platform for teachers to have quality interactions with students as well as to teach the socio-            emotional competencies (i.e. self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship     management and responsible decision-making) through discussions of authentic and relevant         contexts which are differentiated according to the age of the pupils. Lessons on Cyber Wellness     (CW) and Education and Career Guidance (ECG) have also been incorporated into the FTGP         package. 

  •  Form Teacher Interaction Time (FIT)
           FIT provides a platform for teachers to build strong rapport with students through Circle Time                   dialogue and other group activities, and helps to cultivate a close-knit and supportive class                       community.

           Students learn to apply a user-centred approach to design their classrooms and spaces in the                   school through a series of design thinking activities.  They also take turns to share their hobbies,               interests and talents with their classmates. 

Circle Time dialogue in progress

P4 students design their classrooms using lego

    • Values-themed Assembly Programme & Celebration of Character Champions
      The weekly assembly programme is focused on inculcating the HER3OIC values in students.       Different departments take turns to present an item which is related to the value for the                   term. 

              On a termly basis, students who have been exemplary in displaying the HER3OIC values are                  recognized as Character Champions.

    2017 Respect Champions

    2017 Responsibility Champions

    • Mindfulness Programme       
              The Mindfulness Programme aims to enhance the psychological, mental and emotional well-being           of ALPS students. Through lessons on mindfulness and regular daily practice of mindful breathing,           students develop greater self-awareness and mental equanimity, and are thus better equipped to              regulate their emotions, manage stress and cultivate positive social relationships. Students also              develop better focus and concentration, which allows them to participate more meaningfully in                  various school activities.

    • Values-in-Action (VIA)
              VIA at ALPS provides opportunities for students to live out the HER3OIC values and to develop              social responsibility through meaningful contributions to the family, school and the community.                 Through the process, the aim is for students to develop a sense of ownership and confidence in              creating a positive impact on others in future. To this end, the VIA programme adopts a spiral,                  progressive approach to develop and reinforce the values learnt at each level.

              The key platforms revolve around “Care for the Environment”, and include (i) Use Your Hands                  campaign, and (ii) Environmental Education. As part of the Use Your Hands campaign, all students           are involved in daily cleaning of the canteen and their classrooms. Middle primary students were              tasked to brainstorm ideas to advocate the cleanliness of a particular area in school.

    Student involved in cleaning canteen table

    • Citizenship Education
              In line with the goal of strengthening the Singapore Spirit, Citizenship Education in ALPS aims to              develop in students an awareness of the facts, opportunities and circumstances facing Singapore           as well as a strong sense of emotional belonging, pride and respect for the community and nation.

             The ALPS Citizenship Education programme adopts the Head, Heart and Hands approach, with an           emphasis on experiential learning and active participation. It is implemented through both formal              and informal curricula, which include:

             (i)    Social Studies (SS) curriculum – The curriculum seeks to cultivate in students an                                     understanding of the basic facts of Singapore society and the interdependence of people of                     different races and occupations;        

             (ii) Little NE Ambassadors – P1 to P4 students are involved in pledge-taking and flag-bearing                        daily;

             (iii)  Commemoration of NE Core Events (i.e. Total Defence Day, International Friendship Day,                        Racial Harmony Day and National Day) – For each event, students are explicitly taught key                    NE messages and the significance of various events, and are given opportunities to apply                        their learning through hands-on activities; 

             (iv) Experiential Learning Journeys (LJs) – In 2017, the P3 LJ to Tiong Bahru and P4 LJ to                            Kampong Glam seeks to complement the Social Studies and English curriculum by giving                        students a direct, sensory experience of Singapore’s rich history and heritage. 
    Assembly sharing on Total Defence Day

    Learning station during International Friendship Day

    • Student Leadership 
      At ALPS, we believe that every student can be a student leader. Taking reference from the Social Change Model (Komives and Wagner), we emphasise that leadership is a purposeful, collaborative, values-based process that results in positive social change, and can be undertaken though both positional and non-positional roles.

      All students are given leadership opportunities in class to hone their leadership competencies. Selected students are provided further platforms to contribute at a higher level as student councillors or school ambassadors. 

    • Programme for Active Learning (PAL) 
      PAL seeks to facilitate the holistic development of students through a greater emphasis on non-academic programmes for Primary 1 and 2 students. Through the various activities in PAL, students learn to be confident, curious and to cooperate with others. 

      In ALPS, all PAL modules are crafted by a dedicated team of teachers and are teacher-led. Students explore varied activities in 2 broad areas: Sports & Games and Outdoor Education, and Performing & Visual Arts. The learning is experiential, fun, enjoyable and provides opportunities for students to create. The ALPS HER3OIC values are also incorporated into the modules to further strengthen the inculcation of these values in students. At the end of each lesson, students are asked to reflect and share their learning experiences with the class. This reinforces students’ learning of core values and social and emotional competencies. 

      The PAL modules for Primary 1 and Primary 2 are outlined below:   

    Primary 1Outdoor EducationDrama DanceNA
    Primary 2Sport & GamesOutdoor EducationVisual Art (Lego)Music

    Visual Art (Lego)