Overview of Character & Citizenship Education (CCE)
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)
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.
- 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.
- Mindfulness Programme
- Values-in-Action (VIA)
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.
- Citizenship Education
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.
- 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 1||Outdoor Education||Drama||Dance||NA|
|Primary 2||Sport & Games||Outdoor Education||Visual Art (Lego)||Music|