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LLP (Learning for Life Programme)

Character Development through Outdoor Adventure Education (OAE)

 

1.      Purpose of the programme


i.              To provide deliberate and purposeful opportunities for students to display the school’s values, which are Care, Integrity, Resilience       and Responsibility

ii.             To equip students with outdoor skills, knowledge and values and apply them in authentic experiences

iii.            To develop 21st Century Competencies in the students through OAE programmes 


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2.      Quality OE in PE Curriculum


Hougang Primary School (HGP) has a comprehensive and structured programme to provide every HGPian with a multi-disciplinary and varied experience of Outdoor Adventure Education (OAE) that suits the ability of each child. Over the six years of education in HGP, students spend an average of about 20 hours per year on OAE experiences. The OE in PE curriculumand P1/P2 PAL OE provides the foundation for every HGPian from P1 to P6. Students develop appropriate outdoor skills through physical activities while cultivating an attitude of care and appreciation for the environment, and thoughtful consideration of the risks and safety of self and others.The OE in PE curriculum is supplemented by the OAE curriculum that the school has crafted from P3 to P6to enhance the learning experience. Besides equipping the students with outdoor skills, knowledge and experience, the main focus of OAE is to imbue in every child good character values that will serve them well for the future and helps them make the right decisions.

 

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3.      Signature OAE Programme for Every Level


Level-wideprogrammes are planned for mass participation so that every student, from P1 to P6, is given the opportunity for exposure and to ignite their interest. The P4 to P6 OAE Enrichment Programme, P4 Artificial Caving Activity, P5 Outdoor Adventure Camp and P6 Kayaking Expedition are some of the examples that provides students with the skills, motivation and encouragement towards life-long participation in such healthy activities.

 

To augment the level-wide programmes, students with specific interests, skills and talents are given the opportunity to develop further through specific programmes, such as overseas learning journeys and sport climbing competitions. Please see the table below for the description of some of these programmes. 

  

Activity

Character Development

§  P1 SEA Aquarium Learning Journey (Conservation of Marine Life)

 

Studentslearn interesting facts about marine life and the impact of human on these sea creatures and plants

 

 

Objective(s):

i)              Students to be able to develop empathy and compassion for marine animals and appreciate the impact of human activities on marine life 

Outcome(s):

Students imbued with the values of Care and Responsibility (Concerned Citizen)

§  P2 River Safari Trail

Students are given the opportunity to go on an outdoor trail where they are expected to apply knowledge learnt in class to real life.

 

Joy of Learning – First hand interaction with the animals while going on a learning trail.

 

 

 

Objective(s):

i)              Developing a sense of place and manage and assess risks of self and others.

ii)             Students to be able to learn interesting facts about animals.

iii)            Students  to develop empathy and compassion for animals and understand the impact of human activities on them 

Outcome(s):

Students imbued with the values of Care and Responsibility (Concerned Citizen)

§  P3 Snorkelling

Students are given the opportunity to learn snorkelling which gives them even more confidence in water. Snorkelling also provides an avenue for them to be able to explore the underwater world. This is an extension of the P3 Swimsafer Programme that they have learnt in the beginning of the year.

 

Entrepreneurial Dare -  Being out of their comfort zone and trying something new that most students at that age have not done before

 

Objective(s):

i)               Students’ confidence in water to increase

ii)              Students to be able to learn how to snorkel, and understand and practise safety awareness during the snorkeling activity.

iii)             Students to be able to work in small groups through games to enhance SEL skills

iv)            Students to be given the opportunity to exhibit the school values of Resilience and Responsibility

 

Outcome(s):

Students imbued with the values of Resilience and Responsibility (Confident Person)

§  P4 Artificial Caving Activity

§  The caving activity is physically less challenging, but requires flexibility of the mind as the students manoeuvre tight tunnels and places while finding objects that have been assigned to them. Teamwork, communication as well as problem-solving skills are developed through this.

 

Entrepreneurial Dare – In teams, students go through challenges in the dark and gain self-confidence and trust in their friends.

Objective(s):

i)              Students to be given an opportunity to experience and learn effective communication, constructive risk-taking, empathy for others and leadership.

ii)             Students to develop SEL and 21st CC Competencies such as Communication, Collaboration and Information Skills

iii)            Students to be given the opportunity to compete in a team race fairly

 

Outcome(s):

Students imbued with the values of Resilience, Responsibility, Integrity and Care (Confident Person and Active Contributor)

§  P5 Outdoor Adventure Education Camp 

§  This a 3D2N camp where they experience camp-life with their peers and away from the comforts of home.

Entrepreneurial Dare – Physical and mental challenges in teams

Objective(s):

i)              Students to be actively involved in a fun and rugged Outdoor Adventure Camp that encompasses the 4 core values of the school.

ii)             Students to develop leadership and team-building skills as well as confidence through participating in a series of challenging activities.

iii)            Students to apply topics learnt in the classroom into the activities.

 

Outcome(s):

Students imbued with the values of Care, Integrity, Resilience and Responsibility

§  P6 Kayaking Expedition

§  Students are given the opportunity to experience an expedition that incorporates sea expedition in Singapore. The sea expedition provides exposure to new challenges which may not be encountered on land. This is a progression from the water activities of Swimming and Snorkeling that the children undergo in P3.

 

Entrepreneurial Dare – Physical and mental challenge especially when things do not go their way. For many primary school students in Singapore, they do not have a chance to kayak at that age.

Objective(s):

i)              Students to be equipped with kayaking knowledge and skills

ii)             Students to develop SEL and 21st CC Competencies such as Communication, Collaboration and Information Skills

 

Outcome(s):

Students imbued with value of Resilience

§  P3 – P6 OAE Enrichment Programme

The OAE Enrichment Programme provides all students with the opportunity to challenge themselves through participation in activities like the Challenge Pillar, Zipline, Rock-climbing, Abseiling and High Rope Elements.

 

Entrepreneurial Dare – Physical and mental challenge

Objective(s):

i)              Students’ confidence to be developed through the high ropes courses and learning of belaying techniques.

ii)             Students to be given the opportunity to lead and exhibit the school values of Resilience and Responsibility

iii)            Students to develop SEL and 21st CC Competencies such as Communication, Collaboration and Information Skills

 

Outcome(s):

Students imbued with the value of Resilience

§  National Primary Schools Sport Climbing Championships

§  To ignite interestin sport climbing and to provide an avenue for sport climbers to pit their skills against one another with the objective of learning from one another and spurring one another on to greater heights of performance, the school organises the Primary School Sport Climbing Championship annually.

§  Talented students are given the opportunity to compete with the best from different schools. The values of integrity, fair play, perseverance, courage and hard work are inculcated through this platform.

§  The organisation and participation rate has shown tremendous progress as the competition only started with 8 schools in 2012 and has grown to 32 schools by 2016.

Entrepreneurial Dare and Joy of Learning – Making new friends through the spirit of competition.

 

Objective(s):

i)              Primary school students to be given the opportunity to compete with their peers from other schools.

ii)             Cultivation of the values of Integrity and Resilience and promotion of the Olympic values of Respect, Excellence and Friendship.

 

Outcome(s):

Students imbued with value of Resilience


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