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Every Child an engaged learner, proficient and pervasive user of the Mother Tongue Language guided by values


To ignite passion in pupils to love the language though heritage and cultural appreciation

The Mother Tongue curriculum in Fuhua Primary School aims to instil in our pupils a love for the respective languages and cultures. The department has designed a broad-based curriculum, which includes the Ministry of Education Mother Tongue Syllabus and a school-based syllabus to suit the many learning needs of our pupils. We strive to develop our into confident person who is able to communicate confidently and effectively in their respective Mother Tongue languages.
To achieve these aims, pupils are engaged in creative and exciting activities such as outdoor classroom experiences, cultural camp, Mother Tongue fortnight, pictorial book and classic works reading and creative writing. Songs, short movie clips, other forms of multimedia and ICT tools are used to enrich their learning experiences.

Key Programmes

ProgrammeLanguage Skills to be DevelopedDescription
iRead@FuhuaReadingThe objective of this Programme is to instil the love for reading and improve vocabulary and writing development. And, this programme contains following components.
(Supplementary Reading Materials such as Class Library Books are provided for P3 and P4 pupils from Semester 2, 2012, onwards.)

Sustained Silent Reading Time  
Pupils use the pre-assembly time twice a week to read either Mother Tongue storybooks (including classic works) or Newspaper.

Read with my BFF!
Who are pupils’ Best Friends Forever? It could be their parents, siblings, classmates or even neighbors.
Pupils take back home the various Mother Tongue reading materials identified by teachers and read them with someone they like.

Reading Portfolio
P3 and P4 Pupils are building their own Reading Portfolio where they record the Titles of Books read, their ratings for the stories, story reviews, reflections, character study, new words learn and Readership Certificates they received.

Books Go Around Project
Currently, it is only apply to CL pupils. Pupils are exchanging their Chinese storybooks after reading. With various reading activities support, they are not only exchange books but also exchange ideas!
Proud Speaker ProgrammeSpoken Interaction, SpeakingThe objective of this Programme is to embed 21st century skills in pupils. And, this programme contains following components.

‘Speak in your Mother Tongue Language without fears!’ (Using ICT tool to leverage pupil’s interactive communication skills)
Pupils improve their oracy skills using various ICT tools, such as 10M and 10 T portal, iMTL portal and other web2.0  tools. Pupils can record their conversation and receive peers’ and teachers’ prompt feedback through these platforms.

‘Confident Like Me!’
Pupils are given guidance and opportunities to do show and tell or other oral presentation such as describing a picture, reading a short passage or giving a short speech in the classroom.

Story Challenging Workshop, News reporter Workshop and other platforms identified for the high performing pupils to showcase their proficiency in speaking the language.
iWrite@Fuhua Writing, Written Interaction The objective of this Programme is to provide pupils with the structure and experience for the development of writing skills. And the Programme contains the following components.

Pupils learn the specific writing skills in a structured approach.

Journal Writing
Pupils develop their written interaction skills through Journal Writing. They will explore in writing simple personal letter, describing events related to familiar contexts and expressing feelings and ideas.

Vocabulary Book
Pupils improve their vocabulary by taking down the new words in the vocabulary book and sharing with the peers in the classroom. 
P3 Cultural Camp Listening, Speaking and Writing 

Culture Experiential Learning
Theme: Music and Arts, the language of our Culture
Different language groups will organize the camp under the same theme and objective but use different activities. 

Chinese Language: Put on Your Mask!
Pupils will learn how Chinese Opera paintings depict the traits and characteristics of the role each actor is playing. They will also learn to use reused or recycled materials to design and make their own Chinese Opera mask. The Language aspect of this activity will be to address problems of writing in sequence. Pupils will also recall transition words they learnt and how they can use them as a road map through their writing.

Malay Language: Let’s Learn Kompang!
Pupils will learn a form of cultural performance, Kompang and its origin as well as its uses in modern context. They will also learn the theoretical aspects of Kompang, the different types of kompang, sounds it generates and how to play it as a group. While learning how to play the kompang, pupils will be also be taught how to sing to the tune played. The songs will be related to the occasion they are playing the kompang.
The language aspect of this activity will be for pupils to write their own lyrics to sing along to the tune taught.

Tamil Language: Learn Tamil through culture
Pupils will learn about a few arts-related skills in TL culture such as tying flowers, wearing a saree or dhothi. They will also learn to play traditional Indian folk games and their origin.
While learning these through station-based activities they will also learn usage of new words related to culture. They will be provided a booklet to jot down their reflection on the activities they took part in.
Mother Tongue Fortnight Listening, Speaking and Writing 

Culture Experiential Learning
The objective to conduct the MT Fortnight is to create a conducive environment to promote MTL usage and learning outside MTL class and school.

The Fortnight will be on Week 2 & 3 in Term 3. It aims "to open the eyes of our pupils to their responsibility as stewards of our culture and resources". Toward the end, our fortnight will integrate cultural rediscovery and environment education into a fun, challenging, and comprehensive education programme. 
 Mother Tongue Games Kiosk Listening and SpeakingCulture Experiential Learning
This programme is run by our pupil leaders. Every pupil receives a Mother Tongue Wonderland Points Card to accumulate points by participating the games or simple cultural activities (e.g. penship calligraphy) at the Games Kiosk.