Character & Citizenship Education Department
The Character and Citizenship Department aims to provide our pupils with multiple opportunities to develop and acquire values, knowledge and skills through varied classroom lessons and school experiences.
The Department uses various platforms to create authentic learning experiences so that pupils will be able to put their learning into action for the internalisation of skills and values.
At West Spring Primary, every student can be a leader of character and an active global citizen through:
– Learning and mastering the competencies and skills needed to develop and positive traits
– Instilling the spirit of active citizenry in our students
ACTIVATE (Activities to inculcate the Value of Teamwork)
As part of the school’s Citizenship and Character Education (CCE) programme, all students carry out ACTIVATE (Activities to inculcate the Value of Teamwork) during recess, five minutes before dismissal and after school. ACTIVATE encourages students to think beyond themselves and to care for the people and environment around them. It is also aligned to the ‘Keep Singapore Clean’ Movement.
To reinforce this good habit for life, students are to carry out ACTIVATE at home. Form teachers and Co-Form teachers of your child/ ward will assign simple household chores through Chore Monster, a web and mobile app which makes chores fun. Students earn points by completing chores to use for rewards like signatures on the good job cards or a hug from you this good life habit of caring for the environment and the people around them in our students.
CHARM (Character Matters!)
Termly values-based lessons (CHARM) will be conducted for students in class during assembly periods. Values are explicitly taught to the students and appropriate activities are designed for them to internalize the values through practice. CHARM is part of the school’s character development programme which aims to guide each student to be a socially responsible person and equip them with self-sufficiency skills to meet life’s challenges.
VIA (Values In Action)
During CHARM lessons, West Springers will put their values in action (VIA). The details for the VIA activities for the different levels are as follows:
|Level||Activity 1||Activity 2||Remarks|
Let’s Observe Ourselves (LOO)
|Design a poster||Conduct a simple check on the cleanliness of toilets||All activities are closely supervised by teachers
|Conduct a simple check on potential mosquitoes breeding ground in the school|
Animals Rescued For Kids (ARK)
|Design toys for the animals in the ARK|
The Singapore Water Story
|Design a story montage and display it at Pang Sua Pond||In collaboration with PUB|
CLOVE (Cultivating Leaders Of ValuEs)
The school places strong emphasis on developing our students to be role models through their actions. The students will be taught the 5 practices, “Model the Way”, “Inspire A Shared Vision” and “ Challenge the Process”, “Enable Others to Act” and “Encourage the Heart” in “The Leadership Challenge1”. Students will learn about these three practices through meaningful activities in class and practise the skills associated with them during the various school activities for a hands-on approach to develop leadership skills.
BLOSSOM (Building of Support, Sharing of Moments)
The school strongly believes that quality teacher-student relationships in a classroom make the students feel important and valued. The school has created another platform, BLOSSOM (Building of Support, Sharing of Moments) for form teachers (FT), co-form teachers (Co-FT) and students to bond during recess. Besides strengthening teacher-student relationships, FT and Co-FT as good role models to their students will carry out ACTIVATE together with the students in the canteen. This is part of the school’s efforts to build character in our students.
Tillandsia Gallery and The ARK
Following a successful implementation of the Tillandsia Gallery and the ARK programmes (Animals Rescued for Kids) for Primary 2 and 3 students respectively, the school will continue to use these two platforms to inculcate the values of care and responsibility in our Primary 2 and 3 students this year.
WHY (We Hear You)
At West Spring Primary School, we believe that students’ voices are important. We are providing the W.H.Y (We Hear You) platform for students to share their thoughts on topics of concern or interest to them. This platform serves to increase students’ sense of belonging in school.
Every term, students are given a topic to consider. Students can write their suggestions/ideas and why they want the school to implement the ideas using the form provided. Each student can submit one suggestion per term. They will get a signature on their Good Job Card when they show their suggestion to their teacher and if their suggestion is accepted and implemented by the school.
Virtual Reality (VR)
West Spring is one of the five schools in Singapore which has piloted the use of Virtual Reality (VR) as a teaching tool for the Social Studies syllabus. A class of Primary 4 pupils had the opportunity to visit an offshore fish farm, a dairy farm and the National Gallery – right from their classroom during a social studies lesson, thanks to VR.
The pupils were whisked away virtually to various locations in Singapore in under an hour, by donning VR headsets which displayed a 360-degree VR video. The clip allowed the pupils to look around in all directions as if they were physically there, with educational facts being taught by a virtual guide.
Besides using VR headsets, the pupils also completed worksheets and discussed in groups to reinforce what they learnt.