Character & Citizenship Education
Values are taught and caught. We create a caring community in a positive environment where values can be explicitly taught, and the school community role models our ENRICH school values. Not only is it important for our pupils to think well and do well, they do good too. They serve the community and their nation, having a strong sense of belonging towards Singapore and developing the desire to serve, improve and defend Singapore. It is as such that our school’s vision is to nurture Stamfordians of competence and character, who care and contribute.
We also build a strong teacher-student relationship in order to know the child and cater to his or her needs. We build positive relationships with parents, community partners and other stakeholders to optimise the support we can give our pupils. We do this, because every Stamfordian matters to us.
The Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) curriculum aims to impart to our pupils social emotional skills undergirded by values, and to develop them to become responsible citizens of Singapore and of the world. The curriculum is delivered through three main avenues: Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP), CCE lessons and school-based programmes customised to our pupils’ profiles and needs. Both FTGP and CCE lessons explicitly teach pupils values and social emotional competencies. School-based programmes include National Education Commemorative Days and Values In Action projects.
FTGP lesson packages from MOE were revised for P1 and P2 in 2014, and for P3 to P6 in 2015. Modules relating to Protection from Abuse, Education and Career Guidance (ECG) and Cyber Wellness are now embedded within the FTGP curriculum.
FTGP is conducted at all levels once a week. At Stamford Primary, form teachers and co-form teachers work together to have “More about You (MY) Time” during FTGP. This is where they have one-on-one conversations with their class pupils throughout the year, which enhances the teacher-student relationship. Interaction activities during FTGP lessons also foster social skills and encourage peer bonding among pupils.
Working closely with a pupil’s class teachers is the school's Case Management Team when pupils are identified with special needs. This team comprises of teachers and specialised personnel such as Allied Educators in Learning and Behavioural support and School Counsellors to support these pupils. They also work closely with the school leaders, teachers, MOE, parents and external agencies to ensure that the best support is given to our pupils.
At Primary 5 and 6, specially trained teachers guide our pupils through the “Curious Minds” package, as part of the Growing Years Series, to learn how to manage the various changes and challenges they face at the onset of puberty. This package from MOE is designed to underscore the importance of character development and health. Topics include the changes involved in puberty, building healthy relationships and the importance of family, attitudes and values towards physical intimacy.
CCE lessons are conducted in Mother Tongue at Primary level. “Family Time” is an important component of CCE lessons, encouraging families to extend the lessons learnt in school to activities at home and reinforcing values to their children. The four core skills pupils learn through CCE lessons are: perspective taking, moral reasoning, responsible decision-making and reflection.
National Education Commemorative Days
National Education is infused in the school's curriculum and programmes through the commemoration of the four core events: Total Defence Day, International Friendship Day, Racial Harmony Day and National Day.
VIA (Values in Action)
The school has a structured approach to VIA whereby the main scope of contribution progresses from within the classroom (for Primary 1 and 2) to the school (for Primary 3 and 4) and to the community (for Primary 5 and 6). All VIA activities are related to school values. To encourage reflective learning, there is a focus on service learning in at least one activity at each level. Overseas service learning opportunity is given to student leaders to not only hone their leadership skills but also to develop a sense of responsibility towards the global community.
Education and Career Guidance
This programme caters to the P5 and P6 pupils as they start considering educational pathways available to them after graduating from primary school. A key resource pupils have is the ecareers portal (ecareers.sg) which they are first introduced to during their FTGP lesson. P5 and P6 pupils meet with the school counsellor at least once per year and undergo education and career guidance counselling. Stamford Primary also explores tie-ups with institutions of higher learning to raise pupils’ awareness of the programmes and style of learning offered. We carry out differentiated activities that cater to the developmental needs of pupils at different levels. We also seek to work with parents so as to create greater awareness and interest.
Cyber Wellness Day
Cyber Wellness Day is a platform to concretely flesh out the dangers of the virtual world and to additionally equip our pupils with the needed skills and sensitivities. Pupils attend an assembly programme centred on a theme and customised with an area of focus identified as an area of need for that level. Pupils also experientially learn by participating in games at a carnival held on that day.
Student Leadership Development
We believe that every child can be a leader. Class level leadership opportunities are given to every child. School level leadership opportunities are given to pupils who have shown aptitude in this area. The process of selection and appointment of prefects is rigorous and thorough, involving teachers, school leaders and pupils. CCA leaders are appointed by their respective CCA teachers too. Development of student leaders includes on-the-job training, mentoring by teachers and seniors and training workshops. To emphasise the importance of Student Leadership, we have a Student Leadership Day to highlight the key to being a student leader, that is, to take responsibility to serve for the good of the community and influence others to do the same.
Trips for International Experience (TIE) programmes
To give our pupils a taste of international travel and the opportunity for cross-cultural exchange, the school has the following TIE programmes:
- P4 Day Trip to Johor
- P6 2 day 1 night trip to Malacca.
These programmes allow pupils to reflect on the differences between different cultures and countries, so that they have a greater appreciation and understanding of other cultures and stronger sense of rootedness to Singapore.