Character Development Programme
Innova Primary School places great emphasis in inculcating strong values and building character in our pupils. Specially designed and catered for our pupils, our Character Development Programmes are carried out in a fun, engaging and meaningful manner to bring across different values and principles.
i. Our Character Development Programmes:
- Learning for Life Programme (LLP)
- Moral Education/ Family Time
- Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)
- Character Leadership Education (CLE)
- Values in Action (VIA)
- Sexuality Education
- Education and Career Guidance ((ECG)
- Cyber Wellness
- Life Skills and Enrichment Programme
- Home-School-Community Partnership
- Intergenerational Learning Programme (ILP)
ii. Our Signature Programmes:
Pupils beautifying and decorating litter bins during the ‘Keep Singapore Clean Movement’
'Learning for Life Programme’ is a community service programme that provides an opportunity for our pupils to step outside their familiar settings and widen their horizons. It strengthens their sense of civic engagement, leadership and nationalism and broadens their developmental goals.
Moral Education, also known as CCE lessons, aims to teach values, knowledge and skills for CCE and develop the moral, social and emotional well-being of pupils in Mother Tongue Languages. ‘Family Time’ is a new feature in the CCE lessons which provides suggested family bonding activities. These activities introduce character and citizenry values, encouraging parents to partner with the school on this meaningful journey of inculcating values in the children.
Parents engaging in family bonding activities
Our Teacher facilitating the FTGP lesson
FTGP is introduced to all primary schools in 2010, in alignment with recommendations by the Primary Education Review and Implementation (PERI) committee.
The central idea and purpose behind FTGP is to provide time within the curriculum for form teachers to engage in quality interactions with pupils and for them to help pupils strengthen their social and emotional competencies
During FTGP, the following activities will take place:
- Play activities between the form teacher and pupils so as to build a safe classroom environment for pupils and to enhance bonding between form teacher and pupils
- Teaching of social and emotional learning (SEL) skills
- The “My FTGP Journal” is a tool for our pupils to record their experiences and interactions with their form teachers and classmates, and document their Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Parental Involvement in the FTGP Journal:
- Parents play an active and important role in the pupils’ learning journey. They are strongly encouraged to journey together with the form teacher in guiding the children in their development of social and emotional competencies. Parents can pen down thoughts and feelings into their children’s journal where appropriate and required. In addition, some of the follow-up activities in the SEL lesson plans require the parent and child to work together to complete a task.
Teacher guiding the pupil on identifying his strengths during the CLE lesson
Our Character Leadership Education (CLE) is based on our school’s I-STAR Values and also on Kouzes and Posner’s (K & P) ‘The Leadership Challenge’ model.
This model believes that everyone has their personal best and is capable of being a leader. Thus, we believe that all Innovians has the potential to be a leader in their own ways. Based on the K & P Model, we have embarked on a whole-school approach in teaching leadership to our students in Term 3 and Term 4. We aim to help the pupils to realise their own leadership potential through our CLE period, which falls on the first period of every Monday.
During the June Holidays, the teachers go through a workshop on the Character Leadership Education, understanding what leadership is about and also sharing their personal best with one another. They will have first-hand experience of what and how their pupils are learning during the CLE lesson.
Pupils and stakeholders engaging in our VIA programme
Values in Action (VIA) are learning experiences that support our pupils’ development as socially responsible citizens who contribute meaningfully to the community, through the learning and application of values, knowledge and skills.
Innova’s VIA Programme aims to nurture pupils to have civic mindedness and a sense of responsibility towards the community. VIA fosters pupils’ ownership over how they support and contribute to the community too.
As part of VIA, they reflect on their experiences, the values they have put into practice, and how they can continue to contribute meaningfully.
INNOVA PRIMARY SCHOOL: MOE 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:
i. 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;
ii. 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
iii. 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 attitudes about sexuality.
3. The key messages of Sexuality Education are:
i. Love and respect yourself as you love and respect others;
ii. Build positive relationships based on love and respect (which are the foundation for strong families);
iii. Make responsible decisions for yourself, your family and society; and
iv. 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 INNOVA Primary School's Sexuality Education Programme for 2017
4. 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.
5. The subjects that incorporate topics on sexuality include:
b. Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)
c. Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)
Growing Years (GY) Programme: “Curious Minds (2nd Edition)” (Primary 5 & 6) Teaching & Learning resource package
6. 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.
7. 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 Innova Primary School, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in 2017:
Information for Parents
8. Parents may opt their children out of the Growing Years programme, and/or supplementary sexuality education programmes by MOE-approved external providers.
9. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Growing Years (GY) programme need to complete an opt-out form. This form had been distributed to parents at the start of the year in the fortnightly letter dated 15 January 2016. It is also downloadable here .
10. Parents can contact the school at 6894 4693 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.
11. Parents, who wish to attend the school sexuality education programmes, should contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.
(The above information is updated on January 2016)
Pupils exploring different career options
Research has shown that Education and Career Guidance (ECG) programmes can help pupils make good education and career decisions, and can positively impact their academic performance and well-being. Our pupils are encouraged to learn more about the world of work across different industries, and take positive steps to achieve their aspirations. ECG plays a critical role in preparing them for the world of work by preparing them with the skills to stay relevant in the global economy and lead purposeful lives. It helps to guide our pupils make future education and career decisions based on their interests, abilities and passion, while considering current and future career opportunities
Pupils attending the Cyber Wellness programme
Cyber Wellness refers to the positive well-being of Internet users. It involves an understanding of online behaviour and awareness of how to protect oneself in cyberspace.
The Cyber Wellness curriculum aims to equip our pupils with life-long social-emotional competencies and sound values so that they can become safe, respectful and responsible users of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The main platforms for the delivery of the lessons are via the Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP). Key Cyber Wellness topics are also incorporated into the formal curriculum through subjects such as English and Mother Tongue Languages where appropriate and through the Sexuality Education programme where relevant.
Pupils practising the life skills learnt during the school’s Open House
The Life Skills and Enrichment Programme aims to inculcate values and equip pupils with social-emotional skills and 21st century skills through the CCE classroom component. This covers the core modules and includes experiential learning activities in elective modules and differentiated programmes.
The CCE Curriculum has adopted the approach of explicit teaching - sharing and self-reflection on ways to enhance personal effectiveness, to relate well with others and the community as well as to make responsible decisions.
Partnership between the school and the Singapore Civil Defence Force
It takes a whole village to educate a child. Innova Primary School has established a close working partnership with the pupils, their families and the community, so that we can provide the best possible resources and expertise to enhance the education of our pupils.
The resources provided by community partners are used to support the teaching and learning of CCE. For example, the National Environment Agency provides learning materials for the ‘Clean Singapore Learning Trail’ to help students gain an appreciation of what it takes to keep Singapore clean, the consequences of littering and how their behaviour affects the environment.
The Intergenerational Learning Programme (ILP) is one of the Learning for Life programmes in Innova Primary School. ILP was initiated by Council for Third Age to promote lifelong learning and to forge intergenerational bonding between youths and the seniors. In each ILP session, the youths teach the senior or help to facilitate the elderly training usually on a one-to-one basis. Through this interaction, the youths learn important values and life lessons while the seniors gain new knowledge and skills.
This year, our Primary 4 and 5 student leaders embarked on teaching the senior citizens an application, “Sketchbook Express” on the iPad to create a digital invitation card. The student leaders facilitated the seniors’ learning of the application. Before the actual run of the ILP, our student leaders went through a 3-hour soft skills training session. This session helped them to gain better understanding of the ageing process, dispel myths & stereotypes about ageing, address unspoken fears and questions about seniors and to improve communication skills for intergenerational interactions before they were able to facilitate the seniors in their learning.