Anglo-Chinese School Junior Departments

By | February 6, 2017

Anglo-Chinese School Junior Departments

  • English
  • Mother Tongue
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • PE, CCA & Aesthetics
  • Character & Citizenship Education
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Special Needs

Departmental Programmes

 

English

The Read Up! Programme
This is a voluntary programme where boys record the titles that they read onto a Log Sheet. Parent Volunteers and Teachers act as Reading Mentors, and “audit” the boys’ reading, asking simple questions about the books the boys have read and discussing the content with them. If the Mentors are satisfied that the boys have read the books, one or more credits are awarded and recorded on the log sheet.

After certain numbers of credits have been attained, a Reward Card is issued to the boys. The Reward Cards come in series, and there is an incentive to complete the series by reading more books. Special cards are also earned at certain mile-stones, to keep the motivation up.

The programme has thus far received enthusiastic response, with many boys collecting forms and starting on their reading journey. Reading Mentors are on duty at all 3 recesses. Besides validating the reading efforts of the boys, the Mentors have been actively shaping the reading behaviour of the boys, steering them towards more challenging texts and quality fiction (such as Newbery/Carnegie Award winning books) and, in the process of dialoguing with the pupils, enriching their communication skills.

Remedial Reading / Oral Enrichment Programme

There are small pockets of parent volunteers who conduct weekly remedial reading classes to encourage reluctant readers across the lower primary levels to make a first step into books. This is over and above the support given by the school. Additionally, at the P6 level, we have a 10-week preparatory programme for the PSLE EL Oral for pupils who are weaker in their oral communication skills. The sessions are spread over 2 Terms (Term 2 & Term 3) leading up to the PSLE Oral. On average, both parent volunteers and teachers function as trainers and support about 20 pupils in total each year. Besides working on reading and conversational skills, parent volunteers and teachers also expose pupils to library books.

Happy participants of the Oral Enrichment Programme.

Mother Tongue

Mathematics

  1. Math Playground

The programme aims to create an interest in Mathematics among the pupils. Mathematics concepts are reinforced through the playing of Mathematics games. The programme also allows the pupils to learn to collaborate with one another to solve Mathematics problems.

  1. Thoburn Mathematics

The Thoburn Mathematics Programme seeks to stretch high-ability boys in their cognitive domain. It builds on MOE’s Mathematics framework. Topics have been selected for enrichment and tasks have been designed to extend beyond the text. It also encourages the investigation of real-life problems and boys are encouraged to make interdisciplinary connections. Many of the tasks designed require open-ended problem-solving skills and they require boys to embark on some research.

  1. Mathematics Olympiad Training

P4 to P6 pupils who have shown aptitude in Mathematics will participate in Mathematics Olympiad Training. The training aims to equip the pupils with the necessary skills and concepts to solve challenging mathematical problems that involve higher order thinking.

Science

Enrichment programmes to select locations where skilled trainers alongside our experienced teachers conduct a series of science enrichment programmes to complement Science teaching and learning done in school.

Special emphasis on the hands-on activities and experiential journeys aims to captivate their imagination while illuminating essential scientific concepts and methods.

Level Programmes
P1 Science PAL Programme
P2 Science PAL Programme
S.P.A.R.K.
P3 Science Centre – Fun With Animals
ACS Junior Professor Awards 2014: Young Newton Award
Creative Science Investigation
Learning trails at the Eco-garden and Paludarium
The University of New South Wales International Competition
P4 Science Centre – Light
ACS Junior Professor Awards 2014: Young Darwin Award
Creative Science Investigation
Learning trails at the Eco-garden and Paludarium
The University of New South Wales International Competition
P5 Science Centre – Diversity of Cells
ACS Junior Professor Awards 2014: Young Tesla Award
Creative Science Investigation
Learning trails at the Eco-garden and Paludarium
The University of New South Wales International Competition
P6 Science Centre – Aquatic Plants and Animals
ACS Junior Professor Awards 2014: Young Einstein Award
Creative Science Investigation
Learning trails at the Eco-garden and Paludarium
The University of New South Wales International Competition

P1 Science PAL Programme
This programme sparks pupils’ interest in learning Science, via specially designed multimedia presentations, group discussions and pupil-centred activities. Students engage with relevant subject matter that reinforce the foundational Science concepts and topics necessary to progress through the curriculum.

The objectives are for the pupils to understand and be able to explain the following:

  • Categorisation – Why we sort things in groups.
  • Characteristics of living things and non-living things.
  • Characteristics of main groups of living things.
    – Difference Between Plants and Animals.
    – Characteristics of the main groups of Animals – Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Fish and Insects (with specific focus on Mammals).

P2 Science PAL Programme
This programme sparks pupils’ interest in learning Science, via specially designed multimedia presentations, group discussions and pupil-centred activities. Students engage with relevant subject matter that reinforce the foundational Science concepts and topics necessary to progress through the curriculum.

The objectives are for the pupils to understand and be able to explain the following :

  • Characteristics of Amphibians.
  • Differences between warm-blooded & cold-blooded animals.

P2 S.P.A.R.K. (Recess Programme)
Science through Play, Awareness, Research and Knowledge

  • Curiosity is one of our school values and children are naturally curious about the world around them. The programme will instil the love of Science in the children and create the awareness and the beauty of Science.
  • The programme will engage the children through simple hands-on activities and research. These will enhance learning as children learn more effectively when they are actively involved and engaged in discovery processes.
  • The programme is also an introduction to the P3 Science Curriculum and cultivates the interest in Science.
  • In congruence with the P2 STELLAR, there are infusion of Science related topics whereby the pupils will acquire basic process skills like observing and comparing.

P3 Science Centre: Fun with Animals
The objectives are for pupils to:

  • learn about the physical features of a variety of animals; some with fur, wings, long ears, feathers, gills and more.
  • discover many ways of classifying animals.
  • learn specific characteristics of certain groups of animals.

P4 Science Centre: Light
The objectives are for pupils to:

  • learn that light travels in a straight line.
  • learn how shadows are formed.
  • learn that light is a form of energy.
  • learn about how different materials like different type of mirrors, lenses and other materials affect how light travels.

P3 and P4 – Creative Science Investigation (Recess Programme)
CSI promotes school values, curiosity, collaboration and excellence, through scientific investigations and discovery. Pupils are able to inquire, discover, test hypotheses and satisfy their own curiosity about things around them with hands-on activities, show and tell, puzzles, games, treasure hunt in the eco-garden etc. It is carried out during recess for 15 minutes on Tuesdays for P3s and P4s. Pupils get to work in pairs and individually and are free to complete the activity at their own pace.

P5 and P6 Creative Science Investigation (Recess Programme)
CSI promotes school values, curiosity, collaboration and excellence, through scientific investigations and discovery. Pupils are able to inquire, discover, test hypotheses and satisfy their own curiosity about things around them with hands-on activities, show and tell, puzzles, games, treasure hunt in the eco-garden etc. It is carried out during recess for 15 minutes on Thursdays for P5s and P6s. Pupils get to work in pairs and individually and are free to complete the activity at their own pace.

P5 Science Centre: Diversity of Cells
The objectives are for pupils to:

  • learn about cell diversity.
  • experience hands-on practical lab session on cell diversity including yeast, pond organisms, animal, plant and bacterial cells.
  • learn how to use the microscope to view and identify various cells, how to make a wet-mount slide preparation and how to make simple staining for identification of cells.

P6 Science Centre: Aquatic Plants and Animals
The objectives are for pupils to:

  • observe and experience a diversity of life forms from microscopic algae to pond skaters, dragon flies, tadpoles and other organisms in a pond community.
  • learn field techniques to catch and observe a variety of aquatic plants (some floating, fully submerged and partially submerged) and animals which make up the pond community.
  • learn about the aquatic plants and animals that live in and near the pond.
  • learn how these plants and animals are interdependent on each other for survival.

The University of New South Wales International Competition
The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Science assesses students’ skills in the key scientific areas of:

  • Interpreting data, including observing, measuring and interpreting diagrams, tables and graphs.
  • Applying data, including inferring, predicting and concluding.
  • Higher order skills, including investigating, reasoning and problem solving.

The papers will cover content on:

  • Earth and Beyond (incorporating the Earth Sciences and Astronomy).
  • Energy and Change (incorporating Physics).
  • Life and Living (incorporating Biology and Ecology).
  • Natural and Processed Materials (incorporating Chemistry).

ACS Junior Professor Card

The objectives of the Science Cards are to stimulate interest in Science through hands-on activities that encourage independent learning, provide opportunities for pupils to stimulate their curiosity about the natural environment and to develop skills and attitudes for life-long learning.

Self-directed activities are designed for pupils to explore the school’s Ecogarden. Pupils have the opportunity to leverage on existing infrastructure to complete their tasks e.g. Herb Garden, Ecoponds, Cactus Garden, Butterfly Garden, Fern Garden and Paludarium.

Pupils will collect a minimum number of reward stars for the completed activities. They will be presented with a certificate at the end of the year.

Environmental Programmes:

Activities Level Objectives Description
Singapore World Water Day presentation P1-P6 Water conservation In conjunction with Singapore World Water Day, a presentation was done to generate awareness of the need and ways to conserve water, a scarce and finite resource.
Earth Hour presentation P1-P6 Electricity conservation In conjunction with Earth Hour, a presentation was done to generate awareness of the need and ways to conserve electricity, in a bid to help combat global warming.
Green Week assembly presentation P1-P6 Electricity conservation To bring across the message of conserving electricity in an engaging manner, comical videos were shown to the entire school, after which there was a quiz with prizes
Green Week Journal P1-P6 Reflective learning It encourages pupils to be more environmentally conscious and reflective through the adoption of the 3Rs reduce, reuse and recycle.
Exhibits viewing @ the library P1-P6 Awareness on being green Pupils reflect on the exhibits from NEA on the concept of recycling after viewing them.
Green Week Game Carnival P1-P6 Appreciation for reusing materials School-wide participation in the Green Week Games Carnival. The games are created by pupils and hosted by Green Captains along with parent volunteers with an emphasis on using recycled materials and promoting recycling concepts.
Origami – Paper box P1-P3 Learning to reuse materials Pupils practice their motor skills and re-use paper to create origami boxes which can be used as their mini trash container for their pencil shavings or litter.
Origami – Paper balls P4-P6 Learning to reuse materials Pupils learn to create origami balls from reused paper. These versatile balls can be used to play a variety of games.

Learning trails at the Eco-garden and Paludarium Our Eco-Garden and Paludarium provide a wealth of opportunities for our pupils to observe and interact with living specimens while applying lessons from many different areas of their curriculum. Pupils can study plant anatomy and botanical life science. They can practice the scientific method by carrying out experiments in the garden and collecting data on plant growth.

Pupils learn by experiencing nature first-hand at our campus eco-garden. They learn to appreciate the variety of plants and animals. They observe and identify flowering plants, non-flowering plants, ferns herbs, the many habitats of animals and even more. Pupils investing time at the eco-garden are rewarded with a greater appreciation for the diversity, vastness and interconnectedness of living organisms.

PE, CCA & Aesthetics

Holistic Health Programme (HHP)
With a variety of assembly programmes, we encourage pupils to adopt a healthy lifestyle and take ownership for their total well-being (physical, social and emotional).

Play@Recess activities are also organized for our pupils, where they are encouraged to participate in interactive games with their classmates, peers and teachers.

Pupils have opportunities to participate in intra-school events such as the Annual Track & Field Championships, Annual Swimming Championships, Pri.1 & Pri.2 Games Day, Junior Olympics and Tennis Open. This provides pupils with the opportunity to experience competition and demonstrate values such as excellence and perseverance.

Programme for Active Learning (PAL)
PAL equips our pupils with the necessary skills and values to thrive in a fast-changing and globalised future. The programme provides exposure to our P1 and P2 pupils in two broad areas carried out on a modular basis within curriculum time:

Sports (P1) and Outdoor Education (P2)
Visual and Performing Arts (P1 & P2)

Physical Education (PE)
We aim to develop our pupils’ physical, cognitive and affective domains through a structured and progressive curriculum. By exposing them to different types of physical activities and games, they learn new concepts and hone their skills. Through PE lessons, they are also given an opportunity to practise responsibility, discipline, sportsmanship, fair-play and team-work.

Learning for Life Programme (Tennis)
All P1 to P6 pupils undergo 10 to 15 sessions of PE (Tennis). The programme aims to give every pupil the opportunity to experience tennis as a sport which builds discipline, concentration and mental strength, as well as inculcate in them our school values such as integrity, excellence and collaboration.
P3 Swimming PE Schedule

 

Thursdays Fridays
Term 1 Pri.3.4 (commence on 12 Jan) Pri.3.8 (commence on 13 Jan)

 

Term 2 Pri.3.3 (commence on 23 March) Pri.3.7 (commence on 24 March)

 

Term 3 Pri.3.2 (commence on 29 June) Pri.3.6 (commence on 30 June)

 

Term 4 Pri.3.1 (commence on 14 Sept) Pri.3.5 (commence on 22 Sept)

 


Aesthetics

We aim to develop a culture of excellence in the Arts by providing opportunities for pupils to develop skills in appreciating, creating and expression in the Arts through exposure, experience and excursions.

Enrichment programmes are incorporated into Art and Music curriculum to provide platforms for pupils to experience different art forms.

Art Enrichment Programmes

 

P3 Batik (10 sessions)

 

Pupils are introduced to the basic techniques of batik painting and given the opportunity to create their own batik artworks.
P4 Ceramics (10 sessions)

 

Pupils are introduced to the basic techniques of ceramics as well as be educated in the different aspects of artistic influences on ceramics and art such as cubism.
P5 Ceramics (5 sessions) Pupils are introduced to intermediate level of ceramics where ideas of architecture and cubism are infused.
P5 Basic Sketching Skills (10 sessions)

 

Pupils are introduced to sketching through learning the usage of different pencil grades and different sketching techniques to achieve various effects.
P6 Intermediate Sketching

(10 sessions)

Pupils are introduced to intermediate level of sketching involving use of different mediums in sketching i.e. colours, IT.
Music Enrichment Programmes

 

P1 Trumpet Programme

(10 sessions)

Pupils are introduced to basics of trumpet playing and musical understanding i.e. time signatures, note values.
P3 Dance Programme

(10 sessions)

Pupils are introduced to basic popping and locking techniques.
P4 IT Music Mixing

(10 sessions)

 

Pupils are given the opportunity to create basic musical loops infused with video clips through the usage of an IT music mixing programme.

Co-Curricular Activities (CCA)

With a wide array of CCAs, we provide every pupil with an opportunity for a meaningful experience. During the regular CCA sessions, pupils are encouraged to pursue excellence by striving for self-improvement and growth. Other than celebrating improvement in skills and knowledge, we also inculcate the necessary values and attitudes, which are essential in their preparation for future challenges. Please refer to ‘Our CCAs’ for more information.

Character & Citizenship Education

Pupil Development
At ACS Junior, we see each and every boy who passes through our gates as a unique individual, with different talents and strengths. As such, our role is to inculcate values as well as build competencies which are essential in developing each individual. This is done through various school programmes such as

  • Co-Curricular Activities
  • Creative Thinkers Programme
  • Values Education (in the Mother Tongue Languages)
  • Form Teacher Guidance Programme
  • Citizenship Education
  • Pupil Management Programme
  • Pupil Leadership Development
  • Values-In-Action Programme

Pupil Leadership
Objectives:

  • To proudly serve the society and school with integrity, respect and compassion
  • To set discipline standards and inspire the student body to achieve high standards of discipline
  • To uphold and preserve the traditions of the school
  • To lead in the organisation of school activities, and to rally the support of the student body
  • To represent the views and opinions of the pupils and to help meet their needs
  • To help integrate new pupils of the school into the ACS(J) way of life

The conceptual map showing the values of our leaders, their training and the desired outcome:

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The three guiding principles:
Principle 1
Values are at the base as they guide and provide the purpose for one’s behaviours. These values are our school core values. Actions without grounding in values would lead to inconsistency in purpose and actions

Principle 2
All ACSians can be and should be developed as a leader. Pupil leadership development needs to be intentional thus we provide structured leadership opportunities for pupils to realise their personal potential through the school CCE programme.

Principle 3
During their stint as leaders, these pupils will be empowered by the teachers-in-charge in serving their peers as leadership is an action, not a position. They will be empowered with the servant leadership attributes.

Values-In-Action
Objective:
Cultivating compassion and collaboration in order to serve others

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Information & Communications Technology

ICT-Integrated Lessons

Basic ICT skills are introduced during the ICT-integrated lessons. ICT skills like touch-typing, text-editing, spreadsheet, Internet-searching, use of multi-media in presentations and web 2.0 tools for communication, are introduced via a learning theme or topic so that the learning experiences are relevant and authentic.

ICT in THINKERS
As part of our THINKERS programme, our Primary 4 and 5 boys are introduced to basic programming software. In this module, we hope to enhance the boys’ simulation and visualisation skills as they undergo lessons that focus on creative and computational thinking and problem-solving through discovery (self-directed) learning.

ICT Pupil Leadership Programme
Our ICT Pupil Leaders champion safe and responsible use of computer technology. They are engaged in various learning activities like sharing sessions, workshops and learning trips to develop both their knowledge on cyber wellness as well as technical know-how. They guide their peers in developing necessary knowledge and skills to be responsible digital citizens.

Cyberwellness @ ACS(J)
Our school ICT motto is SAFE ALWAYS. This includes Being Smart Online To Be Safe Offline. To achieve this, a multi-pronged approached is employed to engage various stakeholders, pupils, parents, staff and educational partners, to develop awareness in the area of cyber wellness. Various activities are conducted throughout the year to help our boys pick up practical tips which they can employ to help themselves or their peers tackle potential issues, particularly those related to social media. The school cyber wellness programmes are designed around the MOE Cyber wellness framework.

a) Cyber wellness In The Classroom
To deepen understanding of the various cyber wellness topics, ICT-integrated lessons are designed to incorporate skills to promote safe and responsible use of information and communications technology. Cyber wellness issues are also discussed during FTGP, CIT and CCE lessons.

The table below is a summary of the learning at the various levels.

Topic Objectives P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6
Password Security
  • To implement procedures or guidelines for personal safety and security online
Netiquette
  • To observe Internet etiquette in communication
Intellectual Property Rights
namely Copyright
  • To recognise and abide by intellectual property rights, particularly copyright regulations
Handling Inappropriate Content
  • To recognise and avoid socially or morally unacceptable content
  • To respond appropriately when encountering disturbing materials
  • To report access to illegal or unsuitable material
Dangers with Cyber Contacts
  • To recognise potential dangers and take precautions when dealing with cyber contacts
Dangers with Cyber Contacts
  • To report unethical and exploitative situations to a trusted adult or authority
Cyberbullying
  • To know how to prevent and minimise security risks in different online situations
Game Addiction
  • To recognise the impact of games addiction and be aware of strategies to avoid it

b) Cyber Wellness Outside The Classroom

  • Cyber Wellness issues are also communicated during assembly programmes.
  • Cyber Wellness Week @ ACSJ is a week of fun and interactive activities which aims to reinforce the boys’ understanding of cyberwellness issues through games.

ICT4P

ICT4P or ICT For Parents is an initiative to involve parents in the development of our pupils to be responsible digital citizens.

Special Needs

 

The Special Needs (SN) Department seeks to nurture, develop and support learning needs by working together with the teachers, parents and/or psychologist/therapist(s).

For consultation on special educational needs and Access Arrangements for PSLE, please contact Mrs Kim Cheang (Senior Teacher/Special Needs) at quek_soo_kim@moe.edu.sg

For Access Arrangements for our internal examinations at P2 to P5, please contact Ms Angela Tan (AED/LBS) at tan_lian_hui@moe.edu.sg