Mother Tongue Languages

Department Goals

To equip our pupils with the knowledge, skills and imbue them with values, attitudes and ethics.

To develop our pupils to be confident users of their Mother Tongue Languages and be passionate about these languages.

Approach

The Mother Tongue Languages Department aims to provide pupils with a holistic approach to the learning of the various Mother Tongue Languages and adopt core values. Our programmes seek to enable pupils to become confident and enthusiastic learners.

The Mother Tongue Languages Department designs differentiated instructions to cater to pupils with different abilities. Through various fun and engaging programmes, we promote authentic learning experiences for the pupils. ICT-infused lessons are incorporated into the curriculum to enhance pupils’ learning.

The Mother Tongue Languages Department organises programmes and events which are closely linked to Asian cultures to promote awareness and appreciation for pupils’ ethnic values and National Education, for example, the MTL Culture Camp and the MTL Fortnight.

Programmes

The Mother Tongue Languages Department organises fun and exciting activities for every pupil at each level to increase their exposure to Mother Tongue Languages. Through various approaches and learning programmes, we seek to develop pupils to be proficient in the usage and appreciation of the language, as well as to cultivate their love for the language.

Lower Primary Programme
Primary 1 • Reading Programme during curriculum hours
• Poetry Recitation and Singing session• Game-based activity
Primary 2 • Reading Programme during curriculum hours
• Poetry Recitation and Singing session• Game-based activity
Primary 3 • Reading Programme during curriculum
• Learning MTL through Drama
• Structured Oral Skills Training

Lower Primary MTL Lessons: Learning MTL through Drama

In Term 3, all Primary 3 pupils will go through a drama course comprising of interactive group and individual activities conducted by professional drama coaches. The drama course will revolve around the attainment of confidence in oral communication skills, social skills and concentration. At the end of the course, each class will then put up a drama performance either based on fictional stories with themes such as caring for the environment, or is adapted from the texts in their textbook which helps to foster interest in their studies.

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 Upper Primary  Programme
 Primary 4 • Reading Programme during curriculum
• Structured Oral Skills Training
 Primary 5 • Reading Programme during curriculum
• Structured Oral Skills Training
 Primary 6 • Reading Programme during curriculum
• Structured Oral Skills Training

Upper Primary MTL Lessons: Focus on Oral Skills Training

To help pupils develop proficiency in oral skills, the MTL Department conducts structured Oral programmes to provide various platforms for them to practise interacting with one another in real life situations.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Guangyang Primary School ushered in the year of the Rat with a Chinese New Year Celebration on 24 January 2020. Few weeks before the celebration, P2 and P5 pupils created colourful Chinese New Year cards during their art lessons. Three top entries from each P2 and P5 classes were selected and the winners received tokens of appreciation and certificates for their creativity.

Chinese New Year decorations were also put up in prominent places in the school, which added vibrancy and colour to the premise. Parent volunteers also carried out Chinese New Year craft activities with the pupils during recess.

On the day of celebration, pupils and staff were dressed in their ethnic costumes. The form teachers shared with their classes on Chinese New Year celebration in Singapore before proceeding to the hall.

During the concert, the school leaders were ushered into the hall by Guangyang Primary School very own Lion dancers. Our pupils and staff displayed their colourful costumes at the Fashion Parade. During the celebration, pupils also learnt about Nian and enjoyed the performances by the Wushu members and Angklung group. They also sang Chinese New Year songs lead by the talented music teachers. The school leaders also gave out oranges to the staff for well wishes.

The highlight of the celebration was the much awaited lion dance performance by Kuo Chuan Arts and Cultural troupe. Pupils and staff were excited to watch the Lions and the mascots performing on stage.

It was indeed a joy celebrating Chinese New Year together!

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P6 Mother Tongue Learning Journey

16 March 2018

On 16th March 2018, our P6 pupils went for a learning journey to Live Images of Singapore and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. The objective of this learning journey was to enable pupils to learn their Mother Tongue languages in a more authentic and engaging way beyond the classroom setting. With the learning journey, pupils were exposed to different kinds of vocabulary, which they might not have learnt in their textbooks.

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With the Live Images of Singapore, pupils acquired knowledge related to the historical events which took place as well as significant figures in Singapore’s past.
The MTL Learning Journey proved that the learning of one’s Mother Tongue could happen beyond the classroom walls but one could also learn through the use of technology. Keeping abreast with 21st century skills, pupils utilised tablets to answer the questions through NearPod during the learning journey.
Teaching and learning of Mother Tongue languages need to be kept relevant so as to cater to the needs of IT-savvy pupils.

MTL Fortnight Finale and Showcase

04 April 2019

This year, the Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) Department had designated two weeks for MTL Fortnight. A wide range of activities related to Mother Tongue languages and their cultures were conducted. To create an immersive environment for the learning of MTL, there were planned activities for different levels of pupils. The activities included recitation of poems, tongue twisters, story-telling, book mark making, creating advertisements and fun with idioms. Cultural camps were also organised to provide pupils with an immersive environment to learn and use the language. During the MTL fortnight showcase on 5 April, pupils performed were treated to a day filled with joyful and meaningful activities.

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Hari Raya Celebration

23 May 2019

Guangyang Primary celebrated Hari Raya Adilfitri on 29th May. In conjunction with the celebration, the P1s took part in colouring competition. The best entries won prizes which was presented to the winners during the celebration.

On the day of the celebration, the school looked very vibrant and festive as the pupils came in their colourful ethnic costumes. The pupils enjoyed the Hari Raya songs and the dance performance put up by the Malay dancers. The pupils also participated in the quiz segment where they learnt the significance of celebrating Hari Raya. Through the celebration, the pupils gained insights on multiculturalism in Singapore.

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Deepavali Celebration

11 Nov 2019

This year, Guangyang Primary School celebrated Deepavali on 4 November 2019. A few weeks before the celebration, P2 pupils created colourful kolam designs during their Art lessons. 3 top entries from each P2 class were selected and the winners received tokens of appreciation and certificates for their creativity.

Deepavali decorations were also put up in prominent places in the school, which added vibrancy and colour to the premise.

On the day of celebration, pupils and staff were dressed in their ethnic costumes. Pupils and staff then showcased their colourful costumes in the Fashion Parade. During the celebrations, pupils also learnt about the origin of Deepavali.

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The highlight of the celebration was the mass dance lead by the talented. The whole school danced a simple Indian dance item together and we had so much fun!

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The celebration ended with the school leaders giving out goodies to the staff and senior citizens from Bishan East CC. It was indeed a joyous celebrating Deepavali together!

P4 and P5 Mother Tongue Learning Journey

7 Nov 2017

On 7th November 2017, our P4 and P5 pupils went for a learning journey to Live Images of Singapore and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum as well as S.E.A Aquarium respectively. The objective of this learning journey was to enable pupils to learn their Mother Tongue languages in a more authentic and engaging way beyond the classroom setting. With the learning journey, pupils were exposed to different kinds of vocabulary, which they might not have learnt in their textbooks

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With the S.E.A aquarium, pupils were exposed to various marine wildlife and environment. As for Live Images of Singapore, pupils acquired knowledge related to the historical events which took place as well as significant figures in Singapore’s past.

The MTL Learning Journey proved that the learning of one’s Mother Tongue could happen beyond the classroom walls but one could also learn through the use of technology. Keeping abreast with 21st century skills, pupils utilised tablets to answer the questions through NearPod during the learning journey.

Teaching and learning of Mother Tongue languages need to be kept relevant so as to cater to the needs of IT-savvy pupils.

Christmas Celebration 2019

16 Nov 2019

Guangyang Primary School celebrated Christmas on 16th November 2019. A week before the celebration, Christmas decorations were put up and the school was immersed in the festive atmosphere.

On the day of the celebration, pupils and staff were dressed in their Christmas themed clothing. During the celebration, pupils enjoyed the Christmas Carols and the performance put up by the GYPS strings members. They also participated actively in the quiz segment. In conjunction with the celebration, the P1 pupils took part in the Christmas card design competition. 3 top entries from each P1 class were selected and the winners received tokens of appreciation for their creative art pieces.

The highlight of the celebration was the Recycled Costume Competition whereby every class competed within the same level to create the most interesting Christmas themed costume using recycled materials. Through this activity, pupils were given opportunities to showcase their creativity and talent by designing costume using recycled materials. Most importantly, the pupils were working cohesively in this competition which displayed one of the school core value TEAMWORK.

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