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Programme For Active Learning

In 2014, the school formally embarked on Programme for Active Learning (PAL). This programme is an initiative of MOE. The purpose of PAL is three-fold:

  1. It provides pupils with broad  exposure and experiences  through fun and  varied activities in Sports & Games, Outdoor Education, Performing Arts and  Visual Arts.
  2. It facilitates the  holistic development  of pupils in the five domains of  physical,  cognitive, social, aesthetics and moral.
  3. It provides varied avenues for pupils to develop  social-emotional  competencies.

There are 3 periods set aside each week where pupils will be exposed to broad learning experiences in the 4 domains:

  1.  Outdoor Education
  2. Visual Arts
  3. Performing Arts (Music & Dance)
  4. Sports & Games

Keeping these in mind, PAL@Springdale is experiential in nature and incorporates learning in a creative, fun and enjoyable way. The packages for the various modules are customised according to the needs and profile of our students. Applying the learner-centred approach to impart social-emotional skills within the context of the four domains, these school-based curriculum provides a wide range of learning experiences for students through a variety of pedagogical strategies such as cooperative learning, inquiry-based learning and reflective learning. Opportunities are created for students to apply the attitudes, skills and knowledge acquired during the lessons and learning journeys.

As we believe strongly that every teacher must be involved in character building, both Form Teachers (FT) and Co-Form Teachers (CFT) conduct the PAL lessons. All staff were also trained in facilitation skills to draw out the SE competencies in students during lessons.

At Springdale Primary, PAL domains have been renamed as Junior Sculptor for Visual Arts, Junior Artistes for Performing Arts, Junior Athletes for Sports and Junior Explorer for Outdoor Education. 

Besides these domains, the school has also customised a school-initiated I Can Programme for our pupils. This programme seeks to impart important life skills to the pupils. They include modules such as ICT skills and collaboration skills. 

Level Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Primary 1 I Can! ProgrammePart 1(school-initiated programme) Junior Explorer Part 1(Outdoor Education)  Junior Sculptor(Visual Arts) Junior Artistes
Part 1(Performing Arts / Drama)
Primary 2 Junior Athletes(Sports & Games) Junior Artistes
Part 2(Performing Arts / Music)
Junior Explorer 2(Outdoor Education) I Can! Part 2(school-initiated programme)

The school focuses on specific Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies at different levels, with a focus on Self-Awareness and Self-Management in Primary 1 and Self-Management, Social Awareness and Relationship Management in Primary 2.Through these programmes, besides building their character and social skills, we hope students will also discover their interests and develop their talents.