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The Changkat Value Proposition

As the only primary school in the Changi-Simei constituency, Changkat Primary is well regarded by parents for its provision of an all-round, student-centric and values-driven education. The numerous school and student achievements in areas such as Sports and Games, and Performing Arts as well as positive outcomes in the Quality of School Experience Survey administered to graduating classes in the last few years, speak volumes about the good work put in by the school staff to provide our pupils with a quality school experience.

Pupils who study in Changkat Primary will enjoy a unique school experience through the provision of the following:

 

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Differentiated Instruction as a design philosophy with Cooperative Learning as the school-wide pedagogy

Differentiated Instruction (DI) is adopted as a philosophy in the school’s curricular and co-curricular designs.

Cooperative Learning is the school-wide pedagogy that has been identified to support DI .

ICT is leveraged on as a tool to enable Self-Directed and Collaborative Learning . ICT also serves as a tool to enrich pupils’ learning experience.

Embedded within the learning process is the use of in-Class Formative Assessment strategies that allow teachers to gather information about student learning in real-time so as to make timely adjustments to teaching and be more responsive to learner needs.


Core Curriculum covers the academic subjects such as the languages whereas Co-curriculum covers the non-academic subjects such as Physical Education , Character and Student Leadership development.

Cooperative Learning emphasizes on interdependent learning.

An example where ICT is used to enrich the learning experience involves the use of Apps such as Padlet, which, when used with the Cooperative Learning Strategy, “Think-Pair-Share”, builds up pupil confidence and ability to give better quality responses to questions posed by Teachers.

Examples of in-Class Formative Assessment strategies include “Thumbs Up/Down” and use of “Exit Cards”.  

Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) programme

The key foci of the school’s Character Development framework comprise personal and social development, leadership development and, community and citizenry.

Changkat’s PRIDE Award recognizes the everyday efforts of pupils who demonstrate the school values.  PRIDE dovetails into the annual ECHA (Edusave Character Award) in which pupils who demonstrate exemplary character, are recognized during the annual prize giving ceremony. The school also emphasizes Habits of Mind (HoM) for the development of student thinking.

CKPSA* programme provides pupils with a platform to share their views and ideas. Each term, pupils pen appreciation notes to different groups of people. They also offer suggestions in response to problems/concerns posed by the CCE department.

The school’s Motivational Programme forms part of the repertoire of key strategies to build Teacher-Student Relationship (TSR) and serves to deepen pupils’ sense of belonging, first to the class, and then to the school.

Behavioral indicators for school values, namely, Patriotism, Resilience, Integrity, Discipline and Empathy , make explicit the learning outcomes to the pupils.  

There is a structured approach to developing student leadership . All pupils are provided with the opportunity to take up at least one leadership role each year.  

Under the CKPSA* programme, the best Appreciation Note and Suggestion from each level is read out at assembly to the rest of the pupils.  

TSR building is a cornerstone in the school’s work on student centricity. A trusting and warm Teacher-Student relationship will allow teachers to better support the children’s developmental and learning needs. The school also believes that a strong TSR translates to high student motivation and morale which in turn translates to positive outcomes in the academic and non-academic arenas.


 

4 Overseas Learning Journeys


  • Cultural Immersion trips to China and Malaysia
  • Student Leaders Exchange Programme
  • CCA Exchange

 

 

The Overseas Learning Journeys target Pr 5 pupils and have the following broad objectives:

  • Develop in our pupils the 21CC of global awareness and cross-cultural skills and sensitivities;
  • Expose pupils to Asia and the world and sensitise them to the place of Singapore in the world; and
  • Deepen pupils’ commitment and rootedness to Singapore  

Selection of pupils is based on pupils demonstrating desirable work attitude and behavior in school. With 4 trips each year, at least 60% in each cohort get an opportunity to go on an overseas learning journey as compared to MOE’s target of at least 15% of each primary school cohort

Modular Co-Curricular Activities (MCCA Pr 3-6) and Programme for Active Learning (PAL Pr 1-2)

MCCA and PAL are enrichment activities that supplement Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) . MCCA is offered to all pupils from Pr 3 to 6 while PAL is offered to all pupils from Pr 1 and 2.

Activities for MCCA and PAL span 3 domains, namely Sports and Games, Outdoor Education and the Aesthetics.  

MCCA and PAL take place during school hours. In particular, activities that are not offered under CCA may be offered during MCCA and PAL. This in effect enlarges the range of activities that pupils get to experience during their primary school education with Changkat Pr.  

Examples of enrichment activities include Rock Climbing and Hip Hop Dancing.

Co-Curricular Activities (CCA)

On offer are activities from 3 clusters, namely Sports and Games, Visual and Performing Arts, and Clubs/Societies. The school’s niche CCA is basketball. The core CCAs comprise of Track and Field, Wushu, Dance, Choir and Guzheng. The rest of the CCAs are recreational in nature.

The niche and core CCAs have both the excellence and recreational arms. Pupil in the school teams, which make up the excellence arm, are provided with Academic and Emotional Support through the deployment of additional teachers. 

 

Parents who put their children in Changkat Pr School are supported in the following ways:

 

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Parent Support Group- PIE(also known as Partners in Education)

PIE is an active organization in Changkat. Members are involved in the planning and running of many school programmes and events eg setting up of and running games stations during Readers’ Connection for Pr 1 and 2. Pass-it-On, a bi-annual event that is wholly owned and carried out by PIE focuses on environmental conservation and promotes family togetherness through recycling.

In addition, equipped with more information gleaned from their participation in Coffee Sessions with the school principal, PIE members are able to provide advice and clarification on school matters to other parents. During the Coffee Sessions, PIE parents also bring to the Principal’s attention issues and concerns, which are taken into consideration for formulating school policies and operational processes.


PIE members have quarterly meetings with the school principal. These meetings are known as Coffee Sessions. The coffee Session is an avenue for the school principal to engage parents and gather feedback as well as to clarify school policies and operations.









Parents’ Workshops

Workshops for Parents fall under 2 categories:

1.    Parenting Workshops

Parenting workshops come under School-Family Education. These are organized throughout the year and take place on Saturdays and certain weekday mornings to cater to stay at-home-Parents.

2.    Academic-Based Workshops

Parents are introduced to skills and strategies used by teachers in the classroom.

In addition to the 2 types of workshops described above, the school organizes a Pr 1 Orientation Programme for Parents on the first 2 days of school.


Parents of new Pr 1 pupils attend subject briefings as well as specially designed parenting workshops while waiting for recess time to see their young ones having food with their classmates in the canteen as well as school dismissal to pick up their children.

Weekly Communication between School and Parents

The school keeps parents informed of school policies, programmes and events through the Weekly Notification .

The Weekly Notification also includes short parenting tips for parents’ reference.

Weekly Notifications as well as letters and consent forms (if any) are issued to parents on Wednesdays, also known as Communication Day .