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Character & Citizenship Education (CCE)

Our Programmes

In our school, CCE is integrated with both Instructional Programmes (IP) as well as the Non-Instructional programmes (non-IP), co-curricular programmes, CCA, Values-In-Action (VIA), Student Leadership Development and other school programmes. In this way, CCE is part and parcel of the school experience of our students. Through CCE, our school aims to nurture gracious E’Lights who are morally upright and concerned citizens. This is achieved by inculcating values and building SE competencies in our students. This in turn will develop them into persons of good character and concerned citizens in our rapidly changing and globalised world. We believe that every student should have an equal opportunity to develop his/her potential. We aim to achieve this by, not only offering a balanced, holistic curriculum that challenges students, but also by providing care, support and guidance to each and every student. The department focuses on Character Education, which is one of the main pillars of the school curriculum. Character Education in East Spring anchors on the six SPRING values. With a team of experienced, caring and enthusiastic teaching as well as non-teaching staff, we aspire to meet the needs of each pupil with the hope of building a lasting relationship grounded upon the values of respect, optimism, care and mutual trust.

  • Pastoral Care

    The students’ well-being is well-looked into through the provision of guidance and counselling programmes. The school believes in building quality relationship between the staff and students. Through the Student Interaction Time (SIT) programme, teachers spend time talking with their students, in an effort to get to know them better. Other programmes that look into the development of social-emotional learning competencies include the Sexuality Education (P5 & 6), Cyber-wellness programmes, Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP) and Educational Career Guidance (ECG).
     

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    Students on learning journeys to LLI  Conversation with an entrepreneur 

  • National Education / Social Studies

    NE aims to develop national cohesion, cultivate the instinct for survival as a nation and instil in our pupils confidence in our nation's future. It also emphasises on cultivating a sense of belonging and emotional rootedness to Singapore. National Education is pervasively implemented through Social Studies lessons, Learning Journeys, NE Commemorative Events and CCAs.
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    Food Rationing Exercise on Total Defence Day National Day Celebration 

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     A parade of national costumes on International Friendship Day

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    Recess fringe activities during Racial Harmony Day

  • Values-In-Action Programme
Values-in-Action (VIA) Programme is one of the key programmes that has been put in place to inculcate values and build competencies in our students to develop them into good individuals and useful citizens. It forms part of the school’s Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) which has always been at the heart of education in Singapore. The programme aims to strengthen the school’s commitment in civic and moral responsibility towards the community. It further supports the school’s mission in nurturing caring citizens and building strong character in our students. The following are some of the programmes that the school has planned for the students:

Donation Drives

The school collaborates with the Compassion Fund, an organization formed to help students whose next-of-kins may have experienced financial difficulty due to health or other unforeseen adversities. In our annual collections done in Semester 1, students and staff gave outright donations. 
The school also collaborates with the organization, Fairprice, in a food donation drive, Walk for Rice. The food donated would reach out to the less privileged individual and families in the community through a food distribution programme. Through this project, the school hopes to instil in the students the values of ‘Caring and Sharing’ and develop them into gracious E’Lights

Taking Care of Our Environment

In support of the ‘Green Efforts’, the school makes a concerted effort to ensure that the environment is clean and conducive for learning. The school conducts the ‘Use Your Hands Day’ cleaning programme twice a year. Students do their part to ensure that the areas assigned to them are kept clean. Students bring their rags and cleaning cloths from home and together as a class, do their part to ensure that the school environment is clean and conducive. In class, teachers reinforce the values that the students will learn through this experience.


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            Doing out part on 'Use Your Hands Day'

            All students are involved in the school-wide cleaning up programme -  ‘Clean Up Time!’ which is carried out during the first five minutes of their recess. In addition, all Primary 4 to Primary 6 students are involved in the maintenance of the cleanliness of the canteen once a week after recess.

            Celebrating with the Elderly
             Annually, the school invites the grandparents of P1-P3 students to join us in the joyous celebration of Chinese New Year. These elderly folks join the school in the concert were presented with oranges as a gesture of goodwill.

            VIA@ St Luke’s
            As part of their VIA programme, Primary Five students and teachers visit St Luke’s Eldercare Centre and engage the elderly in a number of activities such as Sing-a-long, Art and Craft work and the making of plant terrarium project.

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            Entertaining the folks at St Luke’s Eldercare Centre

            Community Outreach
            Since 2018, the P6 students started a community outreach programme, whereby they presented festive gifts (oranges, dates and murukku) to the residents in the neighbourhood during the main festive celebrations.

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            Community Outreach during festive occasions

            Sexuality Education

            Sexuality Education

            • MOE’s Sexuality Education in Schools
            • Overview of East Spring Primary School's Sexuality Education Programme 2020
            • Information For Parents

            MOE’s Sexuality Education in Schools

            1. Sexuality Education (SEd) in schools is about enabling students to understand the physiological, social and emotional changes they experience as they mature, develop healthy and rewarding relationships including those with members of the opposite sex, and make wise, informed and responsible decisions on sexuality matters. SEd is premised on the importance of the family as the basic unit of society. This means encouraging healthy, heterosexual marriages and stable nuclear family units with extended family support. The teaching and learning of SEd is based on respect for the values and beliefs of the different ethnic and religious communities in Singapore on sexuality issues.
            2. The goals of Sexuality Education are:
              1. To help students make wise, responsible and informed decisions through the provision of accurate, current and age-appropriate knowledge on human sexuality and the consequences of sexual activity;
              2. To help students know themselves and build healthy and rewarding relationships through the acquisition of social and emotional skills of self-awareness, management of their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, development of empathy for others, possession of effective communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills; and
              3. To help students develop a moral compass, respect for themselves and for others as sexual beings, premised on the family as the basic unit of society, through the inculcation of positive mainstream values and attitudesabout sexuality.
            3. The key messages of Sexuality Education are:
              1. Love and respect yourself as you love and respect others;
              2. Build positive relationships based on love and respect (which are the foundation for strong families);
              3. Make responsible decisions for yourself, your family and society; and
              4. Abstinence before marriage is the best protection against STIs/HIV and unintended pregnancies. Casual sex can harm and hurt you and your loved ones.

            You may click here for more information on MOE Sexuality Education.

            Overview of East Spring Primary School's Sexuality Education Programme for 2020

            1. Sexuality Education is delivered in a holistic manner through the school curriculum. The content for Sexuality Education is grouped into five main themes: Human Development, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Health, Sexual Behaviour, and, Culture, Society and Law. You may click here for more information on the scope of Sexuality Education in the school curriculum.
            2. The subjects that incorporate topics on sexuality include:
              1. Science
              2. Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)
              3. Health Education
              4. Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)

            Growing Years (GY) Programme: "Curious Minds (2nd Edition)" (Primary 5 & 6) Teaching & Learning resource package

            1. The upper primary years mark the onset of puberty. With better nutrition and improved health care, children are reaching puberty at a younger age and have to grapple with physical, emotional and psychological changes in themselves. The implication is that our children are becoming biologically ready for sexual activity sooner without necessarily having the corresponding cognitive or emotional maturity to modulate their behaviours. “Curious Minds” is a response to these challenges.
            2. The Primary 5 & 6 Growing Years (GY) package, “Curious Minds (2nd Edition)”, aims to meet students’ developmental needs, give emphasis to the teaching of skills and values, and focus on helping students navigate changes, build healthy relationships, especially online relationships, and exercise safety.

            At EAST SPRING Primary School, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme for Primary 5 and Primary 6 pupils will be taught in 2020

            Primary 5

            UNIT

            LESSONS / DURATION

            Lesson Objectives

            At the end of the lesson, pupils will be able to:

            TIME PERIOD

            Gosh! I Am Changing

            What Is Happening To Me?

            (30 min)

            • know what puberty is
            • identify the physical changes during puberty

            Term 4 Week 9

            What Can I Do? (Part 1)

             (30 min)

            • identify the stresses caused by physical and emotional changes during puberty
            • describe healthy ways to manage the stresses caused by physical and emotional changes during puberty
            • describe the emotions caused by physical changes during puberty
            • recognise that one’s identity does not change even when one’s body is experiencing change due to puberty

            Term 4 Week 9

            What Can I Do? (Part 2)

             (30 min)

            • identify the stresses caused by physical and emotional changes during puberty
            • describe healthy ways to manage the stresses caused by physical and emotional changes during puberty
            • describe the emotions caused by physical changes during puberty
            • recognise that one’s identity does not change even when one’s body is experiencing change due to puberty

            Term 4 Week 9

            Main Task

            (30 min)

            Description of the Main Task:

             

            Pupils are to play the role of an Uncle/Aunt Agony to help a peer address his/her experiences during puberty. They will consider the situation from the point of view of the peer and share ways to help him/her cope with the changes he/she is going through.

            Term 4 Week 9

            Where I Belong

            What Are Families?

            (30 min)

             

            • know that there are different types of family structures
            • know that every family is unique
            • state that the three basic functions of families are to provide love, protection and guidance
            • identify the right sources of help to turn to when in need

            Term 4 Week 9

            What is My Role?

             (30 min)

            • know that gender is about being male or female
            • choose not to stereotype by gender

            Term 4 Week 9

            How Do I Keep Myself Safe?

            What is Safety?

            (30 min)

            • know what sexual abuse is
            • know that there are laws in Singapore that can protect them from sexual abuse
            • know their rights in keeping themselves safe from sexual abuse

            Term 4 Week 9

            Stop It! Run! Tell!

            (30 min)

            • protect themselves by resisting and removing themselves from harm and seeking help from a trusted adult
            • know their responsibilities in minimising the risk of sexual harm

            Term 4 Week 9

            Primary 6

            UNIT

            LESSONS / DURATION

            Lesson Objectives

            At the end of the lesson, pupils will be able to:

            TIME PERIOD

            Are We More Than Friends?

            Who Are My Friends?

            (30 min)

            • identify the qualities of a healthy friendship
            • recognise the importance of making wise choices in friendship

            Term 1 Week 2

            Am I A Good Friend?

            (30 min)

            • identify the qualities that they have as a friend
            • recognise the importance of developing in oneself the qualities of a good friend

            Term 1 Week 2

            What is Love?

            (30 min)

            • identify the characteristics of love and infatuation
            • distinguish between the characteristics of love versus infatuation

            Term 1 Week 2

            Am I Falling In Love?

            (30 min)

            • identify strong feelings arising from infatuation.
            • manage strong feelings arising from infatuation
            • identify ways to manage and cope with teasing from peers

            Term 1 Week 2

            Main Task

             (30 min)

            Description of the Main Task:

             

            Pupils are to play the role of a game designer who wants to create a board game to help pupils of their age learn more about the Big Idea of Relationships, specifically on family, friendships, love and infatuation. They will consider the issues that their peers would face and craft questions and answers that they believe their peers would benefit most from knowing.

            Term 1 Week 2

            Friends or Foes?

            Are You Really My Friend?

            (30 min)

            • identify the pros and cons of forming relationships through social networking websites
            • know ways to keep themselves safe when using social networking websites

            Term 1 Week 2

            Is It All Safe?

            (30 min)

            • know that some information (like pornography) received through the Internet may be harmful
            • know ways to keep themselves safe when using the Internet

            Term 1 Week 2

            Main Task

             (30 min)

            Description of the Main Task:

             

            Pupils are to apply their understanding of Safety in a variety of scenarios where the main character could be in a precarious situation. They will consider the situation from the point of view of the main character, discuss what they think and feel about the situation and what they will do or say to ensure their safety.  These scenarios will provide pupils with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of Safety and that safety is a right and a responsibility.

             

            Term 1 Week 2

             

            Information For Parents

            1. Parents may opt their children out of the Growing Years programme, and/or supplementary sexuality education programmes by MOE-approved external providers.
            2. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Growing Years (GY) programme need to complete an opt-out form. This form will be distributed to parents at the start of the year and is also downloadable here. A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by 28 October 2020.
            3. Parents can contact the school at 67866192 or www.eastspringpri.moe.edu.sg for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.
            4. Parents, who wish to attend the school sexuality education programmes, should contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.