Our Distinctive Programmes
Growth and benEfit mindset
A Growth Mindset refers to the belief that a person’s abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work. According to Dr. Carol Dweck – the professor of psychology who coined the term and studied the scientific effects of a Growth Mindset for thirty over years. While someone with a fixed mindset believes in innate strengths, someone with a growth mindset believes that the brain is malleable and hence effort and experience can lead to higher achievement outcomes. Students who believe that they can learn more and can become smarter through hard work and perseverance indeed learn more, learn faster and learn more thoroughly. Such students perceive challenges and mistakes as opportunities to improve their learning and abilities. As such, they have a love for learning and the resilience necessary for great accomplishments.
The school values of Self-discipline and Integrity underpin a Growth Mindset.
Technology is used to enhance the learning of our pupils. Starting from Semester 2 in the P1 year, ICT lessons are conducted for 2 periods a week. Over the course of their 6 years at Waterway Primary School, pupils will learn how to use application software to source, integrate and synthesise information for learning as well as presentations to engage an audience when presenting. They will also learn cyber wellness to develop their instinct to use technology ethically and to keep themselves safe when using the internet.
Waterway Primary School adopts Flipped Classroom, an approach used in many parts of the world, to promote learning beyond the classroom. Teachers prepare lessons and upload them for pupils to learn at their own pace or to relearn the lessons when needed. Teachers may also direct pupils to access some resources on the internet which can then be used for lively discussions in the classroom. While some of the learning is done outside of class lessons, teachers can use classroom lesson time to focus on higher order or more complex learning processes such as applying, analysing, evaluating, creating, etc. How Flipped Classroom helps learning in school is shown in the video.
An example of flipped classroom learning – Teachers uploaded resources so that pupils could learn more about the Rio 2016 Olympics at home. They came back to class and presented games such as volleyball, gymnastics and water polo. Everyone in the class was familiar with the games having watch them at home. In the class, teachers and pupils had adequate time to work on organising the presentations, writing the presentation and presentation skills.
Orators@Waterway is a key programme aimed at nurturing our pupils into gracious persons, engaging communicators and confident leaders. Recognising the need for our pupils to be socially and culturally competent in an increasingly globalised world, we seek to equip them with the listening, thinking and speaking skills critical for thriving in the 21st century.
The six-year programme adopts a whole-school approach and is underpinned by the school values – responsibility, integrity, self-discipline and empathy (RISE). These are emphasised in the pupils’ daily routines and interactions so that our pupils are concomitantly exemplary leaders and role models.
For two curriculum periods every week, our pupils participate in lesson activities involving experiential learning, peer learning, role-modelling and coaching from mentors. At the individual level, they learn to interact with others in a positive, respectful and culturally appropriate manner; conducting themselves well, practising active listening, maintaining eye contact with their communication partners, speaking clearly and being neat in appearance. As they present to crowds, our pupils learn to structure their presentations, to effectively engage their audience, and to speak with poise and confidence. Throughout their six years with us, they will receive training in areas such as drama, storytelling, topical sharing, news writing, literature appreciation, programme hosting, persuasive speaking, debating, and interview skills – all with a view to enable our pupils to use the English language and their body language skilfully to communicate their ideas.
The Orators@Waterway Programme lessons are supported by multiple public presentation and performance platforms which empower our pupils to grow in confidence. Beginning from Primary One, our pupils learn to stand up in front of the school to speak, to read, to sing and to lead in morning assemblies. Other platforms include skits, class presentations and dramatisation.
Orators@Waterway is supported by MOE as an Applied Learning Programme. Funds are provided for learning resources and for students to enjoy speech and drama lessons and theatre experience. A broadcasting studio has also been set up to enhance students’ learning opportunities.
Within a secure and encouraging environment, each pupil is progressively groomed to reach his or her personal peak of excellence.
Computational Thinking Skills (CoTs)
Computational thinking is an analytical thinking skill to solve problems in a systematic way. In computational thinking, problem formulation is an important step to problem solving. Students are taught cognitive strategies such as breaking down tasks or problems, identifying patterns and hypothesising so as to plan the coding actions.
The desired student outcomes of teaching and learning Computational Thinking Skills (CoTS) are:
Developing positive learning dispositions as students develop cognitive strategies and articulate their thinking.
Developing metacognitive skills as hypothesising, predicting and testing out possibilities make thinking visible.
CoTs is taught to all students through ICT based lessons and PAL modules for lower primary and modular CCA for P3 to P6 students. For a smaller group of interested and talented students, CoTs is further developed through Robotics and Infocomm and Media interest CCAs.
Students’ CoTs learning experience include:
P1 and P2
Basic coding with block codes for Dash and Dot Robots and Strawbees for simple robotic functions such as playing music, moving and exploring terrain, animation of 3d-straw designs
Coding Microbits with IMDA propriety program for household gadgets.
P3 and P4
Modular CCA (for all)
Intermediate block coding (more levels of control than basic) for Wedo and Mindstorm Robots.
Creating videos and images with Adobe suite
Web page design
Interest CCA (a smaller group)
Advance block coding (more levels of control and functions) for robotics and animation
Programming Language with Python
Good Morning School
Every morning before the start of school, teachers share on a wide range of subjects such as current affairs, world events, science, art and music to expose pupils to the world outside their classroom and Singapore. Examples of sharing include high-speed rail to be built between Singapore and KL, Formula One, Our neighbourhood in Punggol, Time zones and seasons at different parts of the world, Children and teachers going hungry in other countries.