Our key programmes are as follows:
Mother Tongue Fortnight
Mooted in 2011, this 2-week long event is a platform for students to actively learn the MTL, to kindle students’ interest to use MTL and experience it as “living languages”. During the Mother Tongue Fortnight, students will be given the opportunities to participate in cultural activities. The MTL department organized fun and cultural activities for all levels from P1-P6 during the MT Fortnight Week. The students will learn valuable information about the local culture and will also have exciting hands-on activities.
Figure 2: Chinese Poetry and Painting becomes a fun way for students to learn Chinese language and culture.
Figure 3: Students get to learn the proper way of making Bunga Manggar and appreciate the Malay culture, roots and tradition.
Figure 4: Fun and engaging activities held for Tamil students: Learning the Kolattam dance
Students are taught to appreciate Singapore’s vibrant ethnic cultures and traditions through engaging and authentic learning experiences: e.g. Lunar New Year, Pongal Celebration & Hari Raya Celebrations etc.
Figure 5: Students rejoice in singing “Gong Xi Gong Xi” to each other during the Chinese New Year Celebration held in the school hall.
Figure 6: Our Tamil students go on a Learning Journey to Little India to witness the celebration
of Pongal Festival. They dressed in traditional Indian dress and enjoyed a host of activities planned for them.
Figure 7: Students learning about Malay customs and traditions during the Hara Raya Celebration.
Figure 8: Parents and students dressed in traditional costumes and performed during
Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Reading Programme
The MTL Reading Programme is a school based curriculum aimed at promoting a reading culture in SKPS through structured curriculum reading periods, morning reading on every Thursday, reading cum reflection journals and various reading activities for all students. The reading of MTL stories, many of which are rich in cultural content, would in turn engender a love for the language and culture.
Figure 9: MTL reading programme aims to inculcate reading skills and the
enjoyment of reading amongst students and encourage them to read widely and at least one MTL book every month.
In addition, the MTL Reading Day is organised once every year to promote reading of Mother Tongue storybooks amongst pupils, as well as to increase their confidence in using their own Mother Tongue.
Interactive and fun activities were planned to encourage pupils to read MTL storybooks. These include exhibition of students’ work; a prize redemption booth for pupils to redeem prizes based on the number of books read recorded in their own reading logs.
Overseas Immersion Programme
Every year, our school organizes an overseas school immersion programme to our partner schools, Shengpu Experimental Primary School and Chefang Experimental Primary School in Suzhou Industrial Park, China.
Participants of the programme will have the opportunity to experience school life in a different cultural setting, make new friends of another nationality and learn alongside their peers in Suzhou primary schools. The application for the immersion programme is open to all Primary 5 students.
Figure 10: Our partner school in Suzhou Industrial Park, China: Chefang Experimental Primary School (left) and Shengpu Experimental Primary School (right).
Figure 11: During the school visits to our partner schools in Suzhou, our students made new friends and developed a deeper sense of understanding, empathy and connection with the local students in Suzhou schools. They also gained a better understanding of Chinese Language and its culture.
Figure 12: Students learned how to make Chinese dumplings at Nanxiang Ancient Town, Shanghai.
They also had fun tasting and eating their delicious dumplings made by their own hand.
Figure 13: Students learned how to make and fly their Chinese kites at Nanshan, Suzhou. In addition, they were also provided the opportunities to pick and taste the thick and flesh loquats themselves.
Figure 14: Seng Kang Primary School playing host to teacher-leaders and students from our partner schools in Suzhou, China. Our guests were given chance to attend lessons during their visit to the school. Our teachers conducted lessons for their students and they had a wonderful learning experiences in our classes. In addition, our students had a meaningful time interacting
with each other.