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Dazhong Total Curriculum

The school is committed to provide student-centric holistic education driven by values and competencies. It seeks to develop the C2015 outcomes, in particular the sense of curiosity for life-long learning, confidence and co-operation (3Cs) through the Total Curriculum@Dazhong. The Total Curriculum@Dazhong comprises rigorous programmes in academic, arts education, character and citizenship education (CCE), and sports education.

Academic

The Dazhong Curriculum Design Framework(DCDF) guides the school in the design of its curriculum which seeks to provide a rigourous academic programme that will motivate pupils in their learning through authentic learning experiences. The framework is based on the PETALs(Pedagogy, Learning Experience, Tone of Environment, Assessment, Learning Content and Student-Centricity), with adopting Constructivist Theory of Learning as its key pedagogy to enable pupils to make meaning of their learning, ‘Understanding by Design (Ubd)’ to guide teachers in the selection of content(content knowledge, skills, attitudes) to ensure that concepts are not in silos but enable pupils to see connections to make learning meaningful for them and holistic assessment to maximise pupils’ learning. To ensure that the potential of pupils is maximised, the school provides a differentiated curriculum through the Achievers’ Programme.

Philosophy:

English Language is a key communication vehicle both locally and in the global scene. Being competent in the English Language not only enables the pupils to communicate effectively in the language but will also value add to the pupils’ learning capability in all other areas. Language is not only taught but must be caught as well.

Believing that language is not only taught but must be caught as well, the school seeks to adopt a multi-pronged approach to enable pupils to be competent in the use of the language in the four domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Key Programmes:

Reading Programme (Joy To Read and ReAch Programme)
Believing that reading is fundamental to language acquisition, the school seeks to equip all pupils with reading skills and develop in pupils a life-long love for reading through the ReAch and Joy To Read Programme respectively. The ReAch programme seeks to ensure all Primary 1 and 2 pupils are equipped with reading skills and pupils who are reading well beyond their chronological age are provided opportunities to read extensively and critically. The Joy To Read programme is a whole school approach reading programme during which all English Language medium teachers and pupils will read together once a week, with the teachers role-modelling in the pleasure and importance of reading. The school hopes that through this, the school will build a culture of reading and the pupils become life-long avid readers.

Speak with Purpose
The school seeks to enable the pupils to use the language effectively and confidently in their oral communication through the ‘Speak with Purpose’ programme, in addition to the standard curriculum. The oral communication programme seeks to encourage pupils to use the language in a fun manner at the lower primary and equip pupils with communication skills such as oral presentation and role-playing at the upper primary. The programme comprises of spiralling skills and all pupils would have undergone at least 60 hours of the oral communication programme at the end of their 6-year education in Dazhong Primary School.

Write with Purpose
The school believes that for pupils to be engaged in their learning, they must find meaning and purpose in the task. The ‘Write with Purpose’ programme is a school-wide writing programme which adopts the ‘Understanding by Design’ framework to guide the school in the selection of its content for pupils to learn in context and hence makes learning meaningful for the pupils. It is centred around the big ideas of writing as well as other elements of the English Language such as grammar and vocabulary to enable pupils to see the interconnectedness among these elements. It focuses on a set of progressive skills to be developed in the pupils from Primary 1 to 6. To ensure that pupils internalise the learning, the school adopts the Constructivist Theory of Learning and hence scaffolds the pupils learning to enable them to create new knowledge and apply it for themselves

Literature Appreciation
To further inspire pupils in their pursuit of the language, the school introduced the ‘Literature Appreciation’ programme to enable the pupils to appreciate the beauty of the language by introducing them to the works of good writers. In addition, the school also hopes that through literature, their world of imagination will be further lit up and  the pupils be more closely connected to humanities and gain a deeper understanding about their identity, relationships and choices which are the three key big ideas of Character and Citizenship education.

Words-Worth Programme
The Words-Worth programme seeks to maximise the potential of pupils who show an inclination to excel in the language.  It aims to deepen our pupils’ understanding and appreciation of reading, writing and speaking. The intrigue of language develops values in our pupils and that serves to prepare them for service to the community.

In addition, Words-Worth aims to inspire in the high-progress pupils a genuine and enduring love for learning – to teach them to think critically, and instil in them the capacity for both independent and collaborative action, and to educate them to explore and understand the natural, social and cultural worlds in which they live.

English Language Camp
The camp serves to provide additional support to identified pupils to enhance their competency in the use of the language in oral communications. It seeks to provide additional platform for pupils to be exposed to standard English language and encourage them to use the language through fun and authentic learning experiences.