Mother Tongue Languages Department
The Mother Tongue Department aims to instil in our pupils a love for the respective languages and cultures. We strive to develop our pupils into confident person who is able to communicate confidently and effectively in their respective Mother Tongue languages.
To achieve these, besides the Ministry of Education Mother Tongue Syllabus, pupils are encouraged to acquire their mother language and learn more about our diverse cultures through fun and exciting events/activities, such as Mother Tongue fortnight, cultural cum CME camp, Reading Marathon, CME project, enrichment lessons, etc.
Reading Marathon 2015
Since 2013, the Mother Tongue Department has launched the reading programme “Reading Marathon”. It aims to instil in students a love of reading. Through this programme, students are able to accumulate points and redeem prizes after they have read a Chinese book and written a review. Attractive prizes which range from stationery to electronic dictionary are on display outside the school library waiting to be redeemed. In addition, to promote students' interest in Chinese stories, story-telling competitions are held twice a year. Students are given the chance to build up their self-esteem and showcase their talents through this platform. Let’s join in the fun and discover new things through reading!
The Reading Marathon program has effectively encouraged students to read widely. ----- Mdm Ong Kok Fong
The Reading Marathon program has increased the students’ interest in reading Chinese story books. ----- Mdm Soon Meiling
Story Telling competition has increased the students’ interest and participation during Chinese lessons. ----- Mdm Soon Meiling
I love Reading Marathon because I can redeem gift, and I love those gifts displayed in the cabinet. ---- P1B/ Seah Sze Chen
I love Reading Marathon because I can learn Chinese character, I have memorized all the Chinese characters in my text book. -----P1B/Randal Siow Yi Xuan
P3 & P4 Mother Tongue Cultural Camp 2015
One day cultural camp which is organized by Mother Tongue department. This is to provide an immersion environment for students to learn and use MTL. To let students from different racial background understand their own and each other’s culture and traditions, and to appreciate the respective MTL cultures through hands-on tasks.
MTL Fortnight 2015
The Mother Tongue Department organized the Mother Tongue (MTL) Fortnight 2015 from 29 June to 10 July. Various activities were conducted for the three Mother Tongue Languages to provide our pupils the opportunities to use their own Mother Tongue Language more frequently. P1 and P2 pupils had a fun time in singing Chinese, Malay and Tamil songs during the morning assembly. P1 to P6 pupils took part actively in various Quizzes. Pupils were awarded tokens for their participation.
P1 and P2 had a brief introduction to Chinese Dance. They learnt some basic movements of Chinese Dance and enjoyed the dance session very much. Furthermore, an interesting Story-telling session was conducted for the P1 students.
P3 students were exposed to Chinese culture through a Paper Cutting session. They cut some beautiful patterns such as lanterns.
P4 pupils had the opportunity to learn Chinese Painting. Pupils were taught the basic concepts of Chinese Painting and they drew an orchid at the end of the course.
P5 Chinese pupils had a better understanding of the Chinese culture through a Tea Appreciation Course. They got to know the various types of tea leaves and the art of brewing tea.
In general, many students and teachers felt that the various courses conducted were fun and interesting. They would like to have similar courses next year.
The Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Fortnight activities were conducted for Primary 1 to 5 Malay students. The theme for this year’s MTL Fortnight was Malay Folklore.
All levels watched a Malay classic drama or movie. Students were also encouraged to borrow and read classic Malay stories. Quizzes were carried out to engage the students.
The Primary 1 and 2 students learnt 2 folk songs titled ‘Tanya Sama Pokok’ and ‘Nenek Si Bongkok Tiga’. They also did puppets based on the characters from the classic Malay stories they watched or read.
The Primary 3 students learnt to recite poetry and participated in an interactive folktale story-telling session. Students got to dress up and role-play with their classmates.
The Primary 4 and 5 students composed poetry as part of their MTL Fortnight activity. In addition, the Primary 4 students role-played scenes from the Malay stories with their classmates while the Primary 5 students recreated an existing classic story with a different twist.
Students enjoyed the activities that were conducted and learnt the moral values behind the Malay folktales. They also got to interact with their classmates and boost the usage of Malay Language.
Mother Tongue Fortnight has been part of the long tradition that BPPS holds in celebrating the three different languages and embracing the respective cultures. As such, for the Tamil Department this year was nothing short of exhilarating activities and competitive events that allowed students to participate actively. Students had shown so much interest in participating in the quiz that was conducted on the famous poets in the Tamil history till today. The upper primary students have also agreed that this quiz has helped to recall these poets whose poems are part of their syllabus. Moreover, the Quotes that they had to learn in order to complete an activity sheet, gave them an opportunity to learn new phrases that can be used in their compositions. Students also expressed their enthusiasm in participating in the Tamil inter-class competition that was tied to the fortnight activities in which they could exhibit their talent and gain self-confidence. The vendor programme for P1-P2 on Puppetry, P3-P4 on Language games and P5-P6 on learning to play hand-held folk instruments gave them a great exposure in learning the rich culture and speaking the beautiful language. The highlight was the puppetry, the traditional Indian art, which was taught by four renowned puppeteers from Kerala, South India. Teachers could also cultivate and encourage the habit of reading through the passport activities for the lower primary students. Students were engaged with many hands-on activities and were very delighted to have participated in the various activities.