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Physical Education

Physical Education

Department Focus

The purpose of physical education is to enable students to demonstrate individually and with others the physical skills, practices, and values to enjoy a lifetime of active, healthy living.

Goal 1: Acquire a range of movement skills to participate in a variety of physical activities.

Goal 2: Understand and apply movement concepts, principles and strategies in a range of physical activities.

Goal 3: Demonstrate safe practices during physical and daily activities with respect to themselves, others and the environment.

Goal 4: Display positive personal and social behaviour across different experiences.

Goal 5: Acquire and maintain health-enhancing fitness through regular participation in physical activities.

Goal 6: Enjoy and value the benefits of living a physically active and healthy life.

 

Physical education teachers consciously make use of movement as the primary medium to reach and teach the whole child through the following three modes:

  • education in movement;
  • education through movement; and
  • education about movement

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The lower primary level focuses on mastery of fundamental motor skills such as locomotor, non-locomotor and manipulative skills with application of movement concepts to develop efficiency, effectiveness and versatility in students’ performance. Once the foundation is laid, the upper primary level extends on the mastery of discrete skills to focus on more complex combinations and sequences of movements, and skills application in more recognisable forms of activity and games.

Programmes

PE Curriculum

P1 Gymnastics, Dance, Games and Sports, Outdoor Education and Physical Health and Fitness

P2 Gymnastics, Dance, Games and Sports, Outdoor Education and Physical Health and Fitness

P3 Gymnastics, Dance, Games and Sports, Swimming, Athletics, Outdoor Education and Physical Health and Fitness

P4 Gymnastics, Dance, Games and Sports, Swimming, Athletics, Outdoor Education and Physical Health and Fitness

P5 Gymnastics, Dance, Games and Sports/Modified Games, Swimming, Athletics, Outdoor Education and Physical Health and Fitness

P6 Gymnastics, Dance, Games and Sports, Swimming/Modified Games, Athletics, Outdoor Education and Physical Health and Fitness

 

Programme For Active Learning (PAL)

The PAL programme aims to:

  • Provide pupils with broad exposure and experiences through fun and varied activities in two broad areas:
  • Sports & Games and Outdoor Education; and
  • Performing Arts (Music and Dance) and Visual Arts.
  • Facilitate holistic development of pupils in the five domains, namely moral, cognitive, physical, social and aesthetics.
  • Provide varied avenues for pupils to develop social and emotional competencies
  • Level Camps

    The Level Camps are part of the school’s structured camp, leadership training and CCE programme. It is aligned with the school’s PE & Sports and Outdoor Education Framework and aim to provide our pupils a holistic education.

    The learning experiences for the camps are aligned with our school’s Applied Learning Programme (ALP) on ‘Developing Zhangde GIVER3S Values Through Environment Education’. The learning experiences at the camps aim to educate our pupils to care for their environment and the world we live in. The camp objectives also ties in with the CCE learning outcomes, where pupils develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve personal well-being and effectiveness. Pupils also develop social-awareness and interpersonal skills to build and maintain positive relationships. Self-confidence, teamwork and a sense of independence and interdependence are fostered through spending time with their peers and teachers and completing tasks in teams.

    P3 Discovery Camp For this camp, our P3 pupils camp overnight in the Singapore Zoo for 2 days 1 night. The pupils will: –

    • Engage in ‘behind the scenes’ activities, such as visiting the Zoo’s Central Kitchen. Pupils will learn about the types and amount of food the various animals consume that adds to their diet and nutrition as well as the food preparation process.
    • Take part in “behind the scenes’ guided tours and lessons at the Nursery for the Fragile Forest and Reptile Garden. Pupils will get to see how young animals are cared for as well as the breeding programme undertaken by the Zoo. They also learn about how the eco system is interdependent on the various organisms that live there.
    • Talks and presentations on topics relating to animal care and conservation.
    • Visit to the Night Safari and engage in lessons on behaviour of Endangered and Nocturnal Animals
    • Set up tents and camp in the zoo. Pupils will learn to work in teams interdependently.
    • Explore and engage in activities that require pupils to use their IPW skills.
    P4 Adventure Camp The P4 pupils camp overnight at MOE Labrador Campsite for 3 days 2 nights. The pupils will: –

    • Participate in a History trail where our pupils will learn about outdoor orientation, and Singapore’s history at Labrador Park.
    • Participate in the low and high elements rope challenges which aim to build the pupils’ confidence and their ability to work together as a team.
    • Engage in a night walk through the campsite. Pupils will learn to depend on each other for strength and guidance.
    • Participate in a Science Trail. Pupils will learn about the nature and eco system in the park and how they can play a part in protecting the environment.
    • Explore and engage in activities that require pupils to use their IPW skills.
    P5 Relationship Building Camp The P5 pupils camp overnight in the school for 3 days 2 nights. The pupils will: –

    • Build pupil-to-pupil and pupil-to-teacher friendships and understanding;
    • Appreciate and know Singapore;
    • Participate in heritage trails to learn about Singapore’s history and heritage in the past and present;
    • Go on learning trips to Pulau Ubin and Chek Java to understand how to conserve the environment and biodiversity in our nature reserves;
    • Broaden their experiences and appreciate Singapore’s growth, development, constraints and challenges faced in a globalized world.

    Sports Education Programme (SEP)

    The Sports Education Programme (SEP) is a collaborative partnership between Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and the Ministry of Education (MOE). The SEP aims to promote the importance of sports education, encourage sports participation in schools and increase sporting opportunities for the young. It also hopes to promote team spirit and character building, as well as arouse interest in continual sports participation amongst students.

    The Sports Education Programmes have been incorporated into the school structured PE & Sports and Outdoor Education Framework.

    P4 Sports Climbing P4 pupils learn how to climb a bouldering wall and a rock wall under this programme. The programme aims to enhance pupils’ sense of adventure and ruggedness and build pupils’ self-confidence and self-esteem. The pupils will: –

    • Learn about the basic equipment needed for rock climbing and its usage
    • Learn about the use worthiness of the equipment
    • Learn about the different types and forms of climbing
    • Learn basic bouldering and climbing skills
    • Learn about the safety in bouldering and rock climbing
    P5 Kayaking  P5 pupils learn how to kayak under this programme. The programme aims to build water confidence in pupils and the sense of activeness. The pupils will: –

    • Learn about the basic equipment needed for kayaking and its usage
    • Learn about the use worthiness of the equipment
    • Learn basic paddling skills for kayaking
    • Learn basic water survival skills
    • Learn about the safety in kayaking
    P6 Dragon Boating P6 pupils learn how to dragon boat under this programme. The programme aims to build water confidence in pupils as well as resilience when faced with challenges. The pupils will: –

    • Learn about the basic equipment needed for dragon boating and its usage
    • Learn about the use worthiness of the equipment
    • Learn basic paddling skills for dragon boating
    • Learn basic water survival skills
    • Learn about safety in dragon boating

    Lower Primary Sports Day

    The Lower Primary Sports Day is an annual event organised by the Physical & Health Education Department. It is held on the eve of Children’s Day which falls on the first Friday of October. The objective of the Lower Primary Sports Day is to showcase the skills pupils have learnt during their Physical Education lessons. The Lower Primary Sports Day also provides pupils with the opportunity to cheer and work together in camaraderie within their classes. The event showcases the skills the Primary 1 and Primary 2 pupils have learnt during their Physical Education lessons. It includes skills in the domain of Fundamental Movement such as rolling, hopping, running, leaping and jumping and Fundamental Skills such as throwing, tossing, catching, balancing, bouncing, skipping, dribbling and passing. The event encourages mass participation and every child brings home a token for their participation in the competition.  Parents are invited during the event to support and cheer their children as they compete in the races. Parents also take part in the Parent-Teacher race which aims to forge closer rapport between the teachers and parents.

    Key Programmes for Different Levels

    S/N Programme Level
    1. PAL Sports/Outdoor Education/Visual Arts/Performing Arts P1
    2. PAL Sports/Outdoor Education/Visual Arts/Performing Arts P2
    3. P3 SwimSafer Programme P3
    4. P3 Discovery Camp P3
    5. P4 Adventure Camp P4
    6. P4 SEP Sports Climbing P4
    7. P5 Relationship Building Camp P5
    8. P5 SEP Kayaking P5
    9. P6 SEP Dragon Boating P6
    10. Lower Primary Sports Day P1-P2
    11. Interclass Games P3-P6
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