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PAL

P1 and P2 Programme for Active Learning (PAL)

 

UNDERSTANDING PAL

The Programme for Active Learning (PAL) consists of modules of activities in the two broad areas, Sports & Games and Outdoor Education, and Performing Arts and Visual Arts. It is a non-academic programme carried out within curriculum time for all P1 and P2 pupils.

 

Philosophy of PAL@FPS

In Frontier, we believe in nurturing the whole child. Our pupils should be self-directed learners, to be actively engaged in and enjoy what they learn, helping them to be confident personsThey should be socially and emotionally competent in life, enabling them to work well in teams and for interaction and cooperation with others. They should also be creative and innovative individuals who are able to communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively.  Our pupils should have a lively curiosity about the world they live in and have the resilience to cope with ambiguity and adapt well to change.  Character and national values should be inculcated in them as guiding principles as they grow up to be morally sound and responsible people who will contribute actively to society.

 

Objectives of PAL @ FPS

  • To provide pupils with broad exposure and experiences through age-appropriate, fun-filled activities
  • To facilitate the holistic development of pupils in the physical, cognitive, social, aesthetic and moral domains
  • To provide varied avenues for pupils to build values, develop 21st century and social-emotional competencies
    • Values: Responsibility, Respect, Resilience and Care
    • Social Emotional Competencies: Self-Awareness, Social-Awareness, Self-Management, Relationship-Management and Responsible Decision Making
    • 21st Century Competencies: Civic Literacy, Global Awareness and Cross-Cultural Skills, Critical and Inventive Thinking, Information and Communication Skills.

 

Learning Outcomes of PAL in FPS

The design and delivery of PAL activities in Frontier aim to achieve the following learning outcomes (LO):

Every Frontierer will… …

LO1: Exhibit confidence in what they do and express themselves effectively

LO2: Exhibit creativity and innovation in the learning process

LO3: Exhibit joy in learning through group experiences and teamwork

 

LO1: Exhibit confidence in what they do and express themselves effectively
Through activities and experiences within the primary school years, pupils develop a sense of competence so that they are confident of their ability to accomplish things.

LO2: Exhibit creativity and innovation in the learning process
Our pupils are encouraged to express their thoughts and feelings in response to their experiences. They will be able to connect ideas and express them creatively in a variety of forms and contexts. They will be able to extend their learning.

LO3: Exhibit joy in learning through group experiences and teamwork
With mastery of social skills, our pupils will be adept at working in teams and acquire appropriate dispositions for cooperation with others from different backgrounds.

 

The Five Characteristics of PAL Modules

  • Experiential in nature– PAL modules are designed to provide pupils with meaningful engagement through experiential learning in a non-judgemental and authentic environment. PAL provides kinesthetic and tactile experiences that will reinforce pupils’ cognitive and conceptual learning. Reviewing and reflection time are included, building confidence in communication.
  • Encompasses learning in a creative way– Children are inquisitive and curious learners who enjoy inquiry and want to know more. Providing children with the space within PAL to explore and apply skills, concepts and ideas to new situations will allow them to deepen their learning and enable new self-discoveries.
  • Provides opportunities for children to create– Each child is different and expresses creativity in their individual ways. Time and space will be provided during PAL activities for pupils to create and express their ideas.
  • Incorporates values education and social & emotional learning– Through the individual and group activities, pupils are able to learn about themselves and understand how to better relate to and work with others, which is an important competency to thrive in a fast changing and globalised world.
  • Fun and Enjoyable–Pupils are provided with opportunities to discover the world around them and expand into new areas that are both enjoyable and challenging so that they are able to make connections and appreciate the process of learning.

 

PAL Schedule for 2015

Level/Term Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Pri One (8 Classes) Asian Games DaMo SCATA Mother Tongue LanguagesSpeech and Drama
Pri Two (8 classes) RhyMo PAL Drama Senses In Exploration (SE) English LanguageSpeech and Drama

 

 

 

Level Domain Modules Objectives
Pri One Sports & Games Asian Games Pupils will explore the various traditional games that are of different Asian origins. These games have been modified to make them age-appropriate for our Primary One pupils. Through the programme, pupils will learn sportsmanship, turn-taking and build character values as they stay active and have fun together. Provides opportunity for Social Emotional Learning.
Visual Arts SCATA (Stories Come Alive Thru Art) Pupils will gain creative insight through the development of visual perception and usage of fine motor skills. They will produce an illustration with the use of clay modelling (jumping clay), based on a STELLAR SBA book story. The creation process will enable students to confidently extend their creativity into physical and illusionary space. Provides opportunity for Social Emotional Learning.
Performing Arts DaMo (Dance & Movement) In this module, pupils’ awareness and interest in dance are heightened through a kinetic, creative, intellectual and social experience. Pupils will understand the meanings behind various dance steps and appreciate the cultural significance of dances and moves learnt. Pupils will be engaged in the technical, spatial, dynamic and rhythmic domain and have opportunities for Social Emotional Learning.
Pri Two Outdoor Education Senses In Exploration (SE) Pupils will cultivate an appreciation for nature and a caring spirit through learning activities outside the classroom. Inter-disciplinary in nature, it includes photography, outdoor experiential learning & leadership development. Pupils’ character, leadership and 21st Century Competencies will be developed in this module.
Performing Arts PAL Drama Pupils will take on various roles and act out short stories portraying friendship and conflict, The programme aims to assist them in learning to manage their responses, and to develop their communication skills through drama.
Performing Arts RhyMo (Rhythm & Movement) Pupils will be introduced to different countries and develop a creative musical sense through the learning of different cultures’ Music and Dances while working in groups.