The Malay department aims to develop pupils who can communicate effectively and confidently in their Malay language; who are able to appreciate the language and culture and understand that the Malay language and culture is part of Singapore’s multi-racial society.
Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) Fortnight
MTL Fortnight held each year aims to create a learning environment where pupils learn more in depth about their culture. During the two week programme, pupils will have the opportunity to experience the Malay Language as a living language through the various hands-on activities.
|Batik Making||Creating Bunga Rampai|
|Creating Wau/Traditional Kite||Wayang Kulit/Gamelan|
|Traditional Malay Kuih/Cakes||P3 Cultural Camp|
Conversational Malay Language
The Conversational Malay Programme is introduced as an enrichment programme for non-Malay pupils who are interested in learning Malay language and culture. Pupils will be able to converse in simple everyday Malay Language. This programme will also help pupils to enhance their rapport with Malay-speaking friends.
Structured Reading Programme
The aim of the structured reading programme is to develop pupils’ interests and reading habits as well as to increase student awareness and appreciation of their own culture. Through extensive reading, the pupils will be able to master the language and also broaden their vocabulary. Suitable reading materials and activities are selected to enhance their learning of the language.
Internal and External Competitions
Internal competitions are conducted during the Mother Tongue Fortnight Week. Pupils, who are keen to participate, will be able to showcase their abilities and competencies in the Malay Language. These competitions also provide additional opportunities for all pupils to further strengthen their language abilities
Aside from the school based competition, pupils are also encouraged to participate in external competitions. This will help pupils to build up their confidence and contribute to their repertoire of experiences.
Language skills that will be assessed are listening, speaking, reading, writing, spoken interaction and written interaction skills. Mastery of these skills will enable the pupils to communicate and interact with confident, efficient and effectiveness.
For Primary One to Primary Three pupils, bite-size forms of assessment are used to help build confidence and desire to learn. After a new topic is taught, the pupil will be assessed to ascertain how much has been learnt. Necessary steps will be taken to improve on their learning. Assessment such as Show and Tell will provide a more holistic feedback on their development and skills acquisition.
Practice papers are also provided for the pupils. The practice papers furnish pupils with practical insights of the format of the forthcoming examination, identifies the style of the exam questions and also the topics included in the examination.
Listening and speaking skills
Pupils will be exposed to different genres of writing such as short stories and poetry. They will then respond to questions based on the texts. Oral packages are designed specifically for the different levels. The package aims to help pupils to communicate confidently, in clear and fluent standard Malay Language.
Reading skills and writing skills
Through reading widely and extensively, pupils will be able to develop good reading and comprehension skills. P5 and P6 pupils subscribed to Berita Harian newspaper while P3 and P4 pupils subscribed to Mari Membaca magazine. Activities assigned will help pupils to broaden their knowledge and increase their vocabulary. Information and knowledge gained from the activities will be beneficial during composition writing. Oral Writing packages are also provided for Primary Three to Six pupils.
Spoken interaction and written interaction skills
Interactive conversational skills enable the pupils to respond to questions, participate in discussion, and develop others’ ideas. Pupils exchanged roles as listeners and speakers during the activities.
Interactive writing skills focus on the pupils’ ability to engage in spontaneous written communication for a specific purpose and audience.
Mother Tongue Fortnight