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Mother Tongue


The department believes in nurturing our pupils into effective communicators of the Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) so as to empower our pupils to become useful citizens of the 21st century. The curriculum for the MTL has 2 main goals: to equip our pupils with the essential language skills and to mould them into active learners and proficient users; to develop in our pupils an awareness of their cultural identity and to cultivate an appreciation of their rich cultural root.

Programme (CL)

The curriculum is structured to enable every pupil to achieve as high a level as he/she can. Pupils who demonstrate exceptional language ability and a strong interest in the subject will be recommended to maximize their potential through the learning of Higher Chinese (HCL).Currently, HCL is conducted from Primary 2 to Primary 6.

Mother Tongue Language Fortnight 19 March - 30 March

Cultural Appreciation Week: 9 July – 13 July

This year, the Chinese department chose the theme: Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival (Huan Qing Zhong Qiu 欢庆中秋). The main objective was to enable pupils to familiarise themselves with the Mid-Autumn Festival – its legend and myths, history and origin, its significance and the way Chinese community all around the world embrace and celebrate the occasion. In support of the school’s Recycling Programme, the Chinese Language Department organised a lantern-making competition using recyclables. The competition in keeping with the traditional practice, also raised environmental consciousness and promoted artistic creativity in our pupils. The Primary 5 and 6 pupils were also given the opportunity to make and consume their own snowskin mooncake.

Programme (ML)

Our curriculum is structured to engage our pupils in various classroom as well as outdoor learning experiences so as to maximize pupils’ learning. Teaching and learning is designed to realize the vision of Arif Budiman – the learned person who contributes to society. Pupils learn the Malay Language through a responsive curriculum through the use of Tahap (levels of achievement) at key stages to reflect the differentiated learning outcomes for pupils of different abilities in each of the language skills. This is aligned to the school’s approach to holistic assessment which takes the form of bite-sized formative assessments such as Show & Tell, presentations, quiz, group work and topic conversation throughout the year.

Our approach to teaching is to develop in our pupils a passion for ML and enhance their proficiency in especially spoken Malay. Through our Extensive Reading Programme (ERP), pupils are exposed to a variety of books which cater to their interest and are appropriate to their reading age. The ERP hopes to instill in our pupils the love for reading and life-long learning. We emphasize the Baku pronunciation and correct intonation and thus create opportunities for pupils to speak eloquently through oral practices, conversations, songs and role-plays.

Mother Tongue Language Fortnight 19 March-30 March

Our cultural programmes create an immersive environment for pupils to appreciate the rich ML culture and heritage. Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Fortnight is a new initiative by MOE to further enhance pupils’ awareness of their cultural identity through the interesting cultural as well as language based activities conducted within a period of 2 weeks. A special assembly for all pupils taking ML as a 2nd language has been conducted since 2010. Yr 2012, a showcase on traditional musical instruments used in dikir barat, singing of Malay children’s songs, dikir barat performance and poem recitations were put up during the assembly.

Cultural Appreciation Week: 9 July – 13 July

This year, the Cultural Appreciation Week was conducted in Term3. The theme ‘Malay Wedding Celebrations’ was chosen for this year’s event. Classroom activities such as bunga manggar making for P1-P2, collage on Malay traditional costume for P3-P4 and Malay wedding card designing for P5-P6 were conducted during ML classes throughout the week. A recess activity was conducted for all pupils. A dais was made by the ML teachers for pupils to learn the ‘tepong tawar’ practice for the bride & groom. ‘Bunga telur’ was given away to the pupils too. With the assistance of the ML teachers and a few ML ambassadors, pupils of all races had the opportunity to do the traditional ‘bunga rampai’ by themselves. ‘Berkat’ or gifts given to the guests who attended a Malay wedding reception were displayed and given to the pupils.

Programme (TL)

Our curriculum focuses on the speaking, reading, listening and writing skills of the pupils. In line with the Ministry of Education’s recommendation, greater emphasis is given to spoken Tamil. Teaching is designed to engage all learners actively in the learning of Tamil so that pupils develop an interest and love for the language. Pupils are encouraged to speak and write good Tamil and to read widely for knowledge. Internal and external competitions, and language and cultural activities are organized by the Tamil department to enrich pupils in the Tamil language and culture.

Mother Tongue Language Fortnight: 19 March-30 March

The TL department held its MTL Fortnight activities in Term 2. A wide range of activities were organized for the pupils. Various levels participated in the Singing, Word Formation, Story-telling, Drama or Essay Writing Competitions. In addition, a Colouring Competition for P1 and P2 pupils, and a Slogan Writing and Poster Making Competition for P3 to P6 pupils were organized. The top three winners of each competition were awarded trophies. An hour-long Language and Cultural assembly programme was the highlight of the fortnight. Pupils were given collar pins to commemorate the event.

Cultural Appreciation Week: 9 July – 13 July

The Cultural Appreciation Week was organized in Term 3. This week of cultural activities provided opportunities for the pupils to learn and appreciate one another’s culture. The TL department had kolam designing, henna drawings and tying of flowers activities for all pupils in school during recess. The response was overwhelming and encouraging. As part of class activities, the P1 and P2 Tamil pupils made ‘Thoranam’ and hung them in class. P3 and P4 Tamil pupils drew designs on clay pots while P5 and P6 Tamil pupils were engaged in a cultural workshop which involved traditional outdoor games such as ‘Kabadi’ and ‘Uhri Adithal’.