Physical and Health Education
Every Pupil acquires the physical skills, knowledge, practices and values to pursue and enjoy a lifetime of active, healthy living and develop themselves to be a person of good character and a useful citizen of Singapore.
Through a dynamic team, opportunities are created & provided for every pupil to be effectively engaged in the development of their physical skills, knowledge, practices and values so that they will be inspired to lead a lifetime of active, healthy living so as to be a useful citizen of Singapore.
Physical development through the PE curriculum
The school physical education programme aims to provide a range of movement experiences to strengthen the students’ body, mind and soul. It also aims to help to develop a foundation and interest for an active lifestyle. The lower primary level curriculum focuses on the teaching and mastery of fundamental motor skills and concepts. The school believes the complete spectrum of fundamental motor skills and concepts are important building blocks for the learning of specialised skills across a variety of physical activities. The upper primary levels focus on further refinement of basic movement patterns and the development of the combined skills to help them move with increasing complexity, variety, and versatility to take on more challenging movement activities and tasks.
The motor skills and movement concepts framework identifies the three different fundamental motor skills and the four broad aspects of movement concepts. The school designs the PE curriculum based on this framework to promote students’ competence in motor skills. More importantly, we combine the skills, movement concepts and principles to enhance understanding , mastery and application of movement skills.
Motor skills and Movement Concept Framework
Character development through the PE curriculum.
The PE curriculum framework comes in the shape of a sail boat as we believe the development of our students through the PE curriculum is more of a journey rather than the destination. It is through the process of learning that the pupils’ body, mind and soul are strengthened. The shape of a sail boat also depicts the need to adapt to the winds
of change ever so prevalent in the 21st century landscape and to acquire the emerging 21st century competencies. However, as the pupils embark on the journey towards mastery of change and steer through the seas of change, they must be guided and grounded with strong core values. The PE curriculum aims to provide an authentic setting for the pupils to learn and practice values and ideals, develop appropriate social interaction skills, and express as well as control emotions that support the development of character.
The table below shows how the various socio emotional and Emerging 21st competencies predominantly serves as prerequisites as well as outcomes of the PE goals, and what desired outcomes to be derived from the goals.
Enriching the school experience through the sports and health related programmes.
The PE department constantly seeks to provide opportunities for students to develop their characters and enrich their school experiences through the school’s sports, outdoor education and health related programmes. P1-6 Youth Olympics, Sports Education Programmes , P2 Swimsafer programme , P4 Adventure Camp cum IP Trail, 28th SEA Games Experience and Weight Management Programme, are implemented with the following objectives:
Desired Learning Outcomes
- Promotion of social cohesion
- Developing sound attitude
- Expanding students’ mindset
- Developing the sense of perseverance
- Understand and apply teamwork & leadership qualities
- Build self-reliance and discipline in our students
- Expanding the students’ creative approach to challenges
- To equip the students with life skills to meet future challenges
The department adopts the Outdoor Experiential Learning Approach for Life Skills and Character Development in planning and implementing the programmes. Such an approach places emphasis on applying their skill, cognitive and socio emotional learning in their daily lives.
Steps of the Experiential Process:
1. Experience- the training they plan with minimal guidance from the teachers, except for safety and time requirements.
2. Share – the results, reactions and observations publicly.
3. Process- analyze the process and the results, improve on the training and the performance with teachers’ guidance
4. Generalize- to connect the life skills learnt to the larger world/ realities of living.
5. Apply- the new life skills learned to other parts of their lives.
Through a balanced and well-designed curriculum, delivered through appropriate and effective pedagogies and meaningful assessment, the department strives to motivate the students to acquire the knowledge, skills and values to live active and healthy lives, which is at the apex and the purpose of the PE curriculum. The purpose and the values will serve as rudders which will help pupils to navigate through the whitewater of change in the 21st century.
Health Education Programmes
The Health Education Department has a vision that every pupil of Zhenghua is personally and socially responsible for the health and well-being of others and the environment. We also believe that every pupil should be equipped with the process skills and knowledge on health related matters regarding oral hygiene, environment hygiene, nutrition and physical fitness. They are personally and socially responsible for their own health conditions and those around them.
Our pupils can refer to the Health Education Board in the canteen and the Health Cart for important and latest information on health related matters. Updates on school health events can be found monthly on the school newsletter, The Homelink. An article from the Health Education Department will also be attached to it once a term for our parents’ reading pleasure.
In our efforts to promote quality learning with TLLM, the department organised assembly programmes, like talks on Nutrition and Eye Care. The school dental nurse gave a talk on proper tooth brushing techniques to our Primary 1 pupils. Our HE Ambassadors also gave a talk on HFM disease to the Primary 1 pupils and taught them the proper technique of washing hands. A drug skit sponsored by the Central Narcotics Board was also planned for the upper primary pupils.
Learning Journeys to the Healthzone for the Primary 1 and 2 gave the pupils a chance to look at health exhibits and attend workshop conducted by professionals. It also provided them hands-on activities and games related health issues. The pupils had a lot of fun and excitement.
Several health events are organized for the pupils throughout the whole year.
1. Eye Care Week that promotes outdoor activities. Games are planned to encourage pupils to give their eyes a break. Pupils also made posters and bookmarks to promote eye care.
2. Fruitty Day is conducted once a term whereby the pupils are given free fruit to encourage them to eat more fruit and vegetables.
3. Fruittie Veggie Bites Programme encourages pupils to eat fruit and vegetables regularly. They will get a small card each time they make such purchases from the canteen. The classes will combine their efforts to exchange for the big cards. This promotes teamwork.
4. Dental Programme promotes proper oral care, schedules the Primary 1 and 2 pupils for tooth brushing exercises. This allows their teachers to check their tooth brushing techniques.
5. HEEP (Healthy Eating and Exercise Programme: This programme empowers pupils as well as their parents to make the right decisions in preparing and consuming healthy food. Together with Health Promotion Board, this programme comprises of nutrition talk by the HPB vendor, followed by playing the various games which promotes healthy lifestyles.
Competitions and leadership workshops provide opportunities for the pupils to stretch their abilities.
1. Eye Care Monitor's Briefing shares the roles and responsibilities of the Eye Care Monitors have in their classes.
2. Restroom Ambassadors Workshop is conducted by the Restroom Association (Singapore), explaining to these pupils the importance of toilet hygiene and etiquette.
3. HE Ambassadors' Meetings
In all, the Health Education Department strives to enhance the well-being and character development of every pupil in Zhenghua Primary School through a dynamic school culture and a caring environment so that he/she is nurtured and his/her potential developed.
Eye Care Week 2016
The school organises several activities during the Eye Care Week as part of the National Myopia Prevention Programme. Eye Care information is shared to all pupils to reinforce the importance of good eye care habits. As the theme for NMPP 2015 is “Keep Myopia at Bay, Go Outdoors and Play!", hand-eye coordination games were available for pupils to participate in during recess. Pupils made Eye Care bookmarks or design Eye Care posters to participate in the intra-class art competition.
In line with holistic education, we promote good dental habits for our Primary 1 and 2 pupils to keep their teeth pearly white and clean. The school dentist conducts oral workshop to several groups of pupils from P1 and P2 to share information of the correct way to brush their teeth as well as oral care.
Healthy Lifestyle - Fruity Day
Fruit Selfie anyone? Pupils bring their own fruits to school as part of the Fruity Day programme, and will then take a group picture with their form teachers. At the same time, they are reminded to stay healthy by having 2 servings of fruit and 2 servings of vegetables every day.
Fruittie Veggie Bites Programme
This month-long activity encourages pupils to consume 2 servings of fruit and 2 servings of vegetables. A card will be given to pupils who purchase fruits or vegetables, and the highest number of cards collected by the classes in each level will win tokens for their class.
P2 SwimSafer Programme
The P2 SwimSafer Programme is part of our Ignite & Enrich Programme as well as a core PE Programme for our P2 students. It is one of 7 compulsory Learning Areas in the new PE syllabus 2014.
The SwimSafer Programme is a national water safety programme which is designed to teach a child to swim in a fun and safe way. The programme aims to help our student to gain confidence and develop independence in the water, as well as learn general and deep-end water safety.
Here are some photos to share how happy our P2 students are during SwimSafer programme.
Sports Outreach Programme - TCHOUKBALL
The Physical Education department aims to provide knowledge and skills to empower students to lead healthy lifestyles and take responsibility for the health and well-being of others and the environment. It also aims to provide students with the opportunities to develop and practice good health habits and attitudes.
This programme aims to raise the students’ awareness about the importance and benefits of being physically active apart from eating a variety of fruit and vegetables and maintain a balanced diet. We hope that the targeted group, overweight and severely overweight students, are more open to the idea of be physically active in a fun way and to also form closer bond with their friends.
1. To provide students with basic knowledge, skills, and understanding of Tchoukball in an interesting and interactive way.
2. To help develop one’s reaction, physical and build up their team work.
3. To get overweight and severely overweight students to be physically active in a fun way.
The Physical Education Department A.L.I.V.E. Total well-being framework which refers to Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social (PIES) well-being
Intellectual well-being – students learn the benefits of being physical active by playing tchoukball, learn basic knowledge, skills, and understanding of Tchoukball
Physical well-being – the programme helps students be fit and lead healthy lives
Emotional well-being – experience of an individual and the satisfaction felt when he / she is able to be engaged in a physical activity
Social well-being – closer bond with friends is formed
Outcome of the Programme
1. To have basic knowledge, skills, and understanding of Tchoukball.
2. To be able to apply basic knowledge, skills and techniques when playing Tchoukball.
3. To be able to develop teamwork.
4. To be able to continue playing and be physically active.