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Values In Action

Objectives of Woodlands Primary School VIA Programme

• To provide learning experiences that support students’ development as socially responsible citizens who contribute meaningfully to the community, through learning and application of values, knowledge and skills.

• To provide opportunities for pupils to have ownership over how they contribute to the community and to reflect on their experience, the values they have put into practice, and how they can continue to contribute meaningfully.

Pupil Outcomes

• To cultivate a sense of social responsibility and provide pupils with opportunities to care for one another and the less fortunate as well as the environment

Approach

Values-In-Action (VIA) forms an important part of citizenship education. VIA aims at building social cohesion and civic responsibility. Students are to be nurtured into good citizens, conscious of their responsibilities to family, society and country.

VIA provides a platform for students to be nurtured as leaders in life-long volunteerism. Active involvement in the life of the community helps develop a strong social conscience and a sense of belonging and commitment to lead and serve the community.

Our VIA activities focus on self, family, school, society, community, nation and world. Pupils will put values into practice within the context of real-life situations in the family, school and community.

Overview of 6 year level – based VIA Programme

Primary 3

Let’s Keep Woodlands Clean

The importance of caring for environment is the focus for our P3 pupils. It is important that the pupils begin to appreciate the environment at an early age so it will be easier to correct their habits. In order to appreciate the cleanliness that they enjoy, pupils will need to see the impact of their actions on the environment.

This programme aims to create an awareness of the importance of cleanliness through a presentation in the classroom. During this presentation, the pupils are taken back to the early days of Singapore where public hygiene was a cause for concern. Through this, the pupils will learn about the consequences of taking cleanliness for granted. Pupils will also perform litter-picking duties in the neighbourhood. The neighbourhood is chosen because these are the areas that the pupils frequent and this experience gives them the opportunity to reflect upon the next time they return to this place. Through this programme, the pupils will be able to reflect and put the values they have learnt – accountability and respect, into practice.

Primary 4

Interaction With Woodlands Garden School

Woodlands Garden School (WGS) is a school under the MINDS Organisation. It is located about 5 minutes’ drive from Woodlands Primary School. WGS serves the educational needs of the children with intellectual disabilities. We have been partnering with WGS since 2013 to provide meaningful experience for pupils from both schools.

Through this programme, WDP pupils are able to interact and connect with the less fortunate amongst us. Pupils are more aware and understand the needs and challenges of children with intellectual disability. The interaction activity is planned by the pupils themselves under the guidance of Form Teachers and Co-form teachers. The pupils plan meaningful interaction activities and have a very enriching experience.

Primary 5

Let’s Save Electricity and Water

The conservation of electricity and water are two areas the pupils are able to carry out while they are at home. Both resources are valuable, especially in the context of Singapore, where these resources are scarce. Electricity and water are topics that are covered in the pupil’s P5 Science Curriculum and hence this activity helps to extend the pupils’ learnings beyond the textbooks.

Through this programme, the school intends to cultivate good habits of conserving our resources and hopes to develop the pupils into responsible members of the society who cares for the environment. Pupils also share the experience with family members. This outreach to the family members creates an awareness within the community itself.

Primary 6

SWAMI Home Visit

In order to provide experiences that support pupils’ development as socially responsible citizens who contribute meaningfully to the community, the school organises a visit to SWAMI Home for all Primary 6 pupils. Through this programme, we hope to foster pupils’ ownership over how they can contribute to the community and in the process, help pupils learn important values such as respect, compassion and empathy.

The visit aims to encourages pupils to make a difference to the community and Support pupils’ development as socially responsible citizens through the learning and application of values, knowledge and skills. It also provides opportunities for pupils to reflect on their experience, the values they have put into practice and how they can continue to contribute meaningfully.