Strengthening Teacher-Student Relationship
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 teachers and students to bond during recess. Besides strengthening teacher-student relationships, teachers 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.
|A teacher engaging with students during Heart to Heart sessions||BLOSSOM provides teachers with weekly informal sessions to interact and build rapport with their students|
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.
A total of 13 designs were selected and featured on the LEGO Splash Wall
Cultivating Leaders of Values (CLOVE)
It is our belief that character development can be acquired through a good leadership programme. In WPS, our philosophy towards leadership is ‘A Leader in Every Child’, a leader willing to serve and aspiring to lead others by example. All students undergo training in the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership based on The Leadership Challenge® by James Kouzes and Barry Posner.
CCE Champions and our school leaders
P4 Students learning the importance of teamwork and working in harmony during their Heritage Trail
Promoting a positive and caring environment
Motivation is the key to learning and good behaviour, especially for children. The “OTTER” affirmation programme rewards students with signatures on the Good Job cards to attainment of rewards like play time on the skate scooters, FOCAL square and FOCAL green for displaying positive behaviour through their good deeds. This visual affirmation will assist in reinforcing good behaviour and more importantly, increase the students’ self-esteem.
OTTER programme is more than a ‘Gotcha!’ moment for unsuspecting do-gooders. The programme is grounded in the understanding that teachers and students can work together – throughout the year and from Pri 1 to Pri 6 – to make school life a kinder, gentler place for all.
Students redeeming their OTTER rewards after acquiring 10 Good Job signatures from their teachers
Students are given opportunities during recess to play chess at the FOCAL Square. Chess teaches students many fundamentals, like problem-solving, focus, patience and independence. This in turn help students to embrace learning in a different way.
As chess is a game that knows no physical or language boundaries, the school also aims to provide another opportunity for students to make new friends.
|Chess pieces at the school focal square||Students and teachers watching and cheering during a chess match|
|Students have a game of chess at the FOCAL Square during recess|
SPADE (Seeing into our Past, through Artefact, Discover, Excavation and Study)
Another learning space at West Spring is SPADE. Here, students learn the importance of archaeological context while engaging in the fun of discovery and analysis. Students hone their problem-solving and analytical skills while working together as a team to excavate and interpret ‘artefacts’ buried in the ground during Social Studies. This space is an exciting addition to the many vibrant learning spaces around WPS.
|Students participating in a PLAY lesson at SPADE. They work together to excavate, identify and analyse the artefacts found.|
Virtual Environment For Independent Learners (VIVID)
VIVID is an immersive learning environment to deliver the teaching of National Education/ Social Studies with a refreshed approach. It will bring the teaching and learning of Social Studies to life. E.g., Students can interact and come up close with the 3D environment through the use of panoramic projection.
Through VIVID, the school will use the blended learning approach. It will create student-centred approach to a learning experience with thoughtful integration of VR, face to face interactions with teacher and other students. VIVID adds visual elements to the lesson to increase engagement, comprehension and learning among students.
|Virtual Reality is used in classrooms to deepen students’ understanding on the subject matter.|
CHARacter Matters are values education lessons to help students acquire a suite of skills and knowledge. Values education is important for developing our young ones into citizens of good character. These lessons are based on the ‘Six kinds of best’ concept. The ‘Six kinds of best’ are Kind to Myself, Kind to Others, Kind to the Community, Kind to the Environment, Learning Kind and Achieving Kind. The varied activities in these lessons aimed at helping students gain self and social awareness, and to achieve personal objectives in their own capacity.
|Students learning to fold different types of garments||Students learning to cross the road safely|
|Students learning to be independent by tying their own shoelaces||Students learning to be independent – acquiring sewing skills|
|Students learning good hygiene habits keep themselves healthy||Students learning to gift wrap|
|Students learn to prepare a simple snack for their family.|
ACTion to Inculcate VAlue of Teamwork
As part of the school’s Character and Citizenship programme, students engage in ACTIVATE, where emphasis is placed on the importance of taking care of their surroundings. Through this programme, students are encouraged to take responsibility for the cleanliness and overall condition of their classrooms and canteen instead of leaving the job to the school cleaners.
ACTIVATE is carried during recess and five minutes before dismissal every day.
To reinforce this good habit for life, students are to carry out ACTIVATE at home. The CCE department will set differentiated tasks for each level. These tasks set are also differentiated on a 2 weeks cycle. Form teachers will then assign these simple household chores fortnightly through OurHome, a web and mobile app which makes chores. Students earn points by completing chores to use toward rewards like signatures on the good job cards or a hug from you.
Parents are encouraged to work with their child’s teachers and ensure that their child complete the assigned chores. Their teachers will also be monitoring their progress.
Before the school years closes, the whole school will be involved in the cleaning up of the school.