In Yuhua Primary School, The Tamil Departments aims to provide a holistic learning environment for our pupils, working towards moulding our pupils hearts and mind through various pedagogies and activities. Yuhualites learn and experience speaking and writing Tamil Language in fun and interactive ways, enabling our pupils to learn the language beyond the curriculum.
- ICT – we use extensive ICT tools and approaches enabling our pupils to enjoy the language beyond textbooks. Usage of Ipads for lower primary pupils, use of social learning wall to encourage written and the typing of Tamil Language, Mconline Oral Buddy and etamil portal and Ipad typing for lower primary are examples of ICT tools we use to bring Tamil Language beyond classroom and textbooks.
- Language and Culture – enables pupils to go see and experience the Tamil Language and culture beyond the school and curriculum. Pupils are exposed to our culture, tradition and history and are able to learn more about Tamil Language. Our Mother tongue fortnight activities and learning Journeys are aimed to instil a sense of belonging to our pupils and love for the language.
Subscription of weekly Tamil Murasu and Monthly Chutti Mayil Magazines for our pupils increases their general knowledge and instils reading habit in them. Our buddy reading programmes also promotes reading and improves oral skills in our pupils.
Tamil Language Competitions
We conduct Tamil Language Competitions for all levels every semester. These competitions aims at the pupils speaking and writing skills, enabling them to
We focus on the individual learning needs of our pupils and apply differentiated teaching strategies to cater to each student. We also send our pupils for external competitions organised by community centres and expose them to the community outside, boosting their self-esteem and confidence.
We expose our pupils to various cultural programmes and literature workshops for them to understand the Tamil Language and culture better. Our pupils are brought out of the school premises to watch famous musicals or dramas that take place in the Indian community for the pupils to have a better and good understanding of the Tamil Language and its history. Yuhualites also got for learning journeys to get exposed to the Indian culture and tradition which enables them to understand and appreciate the Indian culture better. Examples of the learning journeys we attend annually would be the TamilFest organised by Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre and annual pongal celebrations organised by Lisha.
MTL Fortnight activities
Our Mother Tongue fortnight activities are conducted annually to commemorate the beginning of the Tamil New Year in April. In these 2 weeks, all the levels from primary one to primary 6 pupils will be educated on Tamil Language, Indian Traditions and culture. Our lessons and programmes for these 2 weeks will be planned ahead and twigged to embed and include the teachings of the Indian culture and the rationale behind our tradition. Examples of our activities include, making of Indian sweets and savouries, Fancy Dress Competitions on famous literature characters, introduction to cultural games.
Our Assessment focuses mainly on the four skills which are reading, writing, listening and speaking. Pupils are given ample practice to develop these skills.
Holistic Assessment for the lower primary pupils
Following closely with the MOE guidelines, the school’s Tamil department has embarked on Holistic assessment methods the lower primary pupils. Holistic Assessment refers to bite-sized tests that are given to our pupils at different junctures of a term. Termly bite-sized tests for Holistic Assessment focus on the four language components namely, speaking, writing, listening and reading. A higher weightage and importance is given to speaking the second language to ensure it stays relevant and useful in the upcoming generation. With more importance given to speaking and reading, pupils will be prepared to be confident Tamil Language speakers and would be able to love the language. Activities such as ‘Show and tell’, conversational topics, singing of rhymes and songs, watching Tamil Language videos prepare the students to be able to communicate well and understand the language. This ensures pupils’ ability to use Tamil Language on a daily basis, preparing them for life and not just for examinations. Moreover, with such an exposure to the Tamil Language, pupils become confident speakers and are able to excel well in Speaking and Reading. Other language components include termly listening comprehension, spelling tests and Language Review.
Assessment for the Upper Primary Pupils
As the school embarks on Holistic Assessment for the lower primary with the focus on spoken Tamil Language, the weightage on written Tamil Language increase as the pupils progress to upper primary levels, still maintaining the importance of spoken Tamil Language. The upper primary pupils are encouraged to speak in Tamil increasing their vocabulary content and using them effectively. Proper intonation, expression and pronunciation are emphasized for reading at all levels. To help the pupils to sharpen their listening skills, they are exposed to various recordings of different genres like advertisement, conversation and news reading in class
New language components such as essay writing, comprehension, cloze passage, vocabulary and other language components are tested in the upper primary levels. Focused revision on each examination component is given to pupils from Primary 3 to Primary 6. This exposes them to various question types, thus giving them confidence to tackle such questions. Pupils are also given revision papers to help them prepare for examination and time-management is emphasized in the process.