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Teaching Through the Arts Project (TTAP) – a collaboration with the National Arts Council 
The Teaching through the Arts Programme (TTAP) is a programme launched by the NAC in 2012 which supports schools that are interested to explore arts-based pedagogy as an approach to engaged learning. 

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Dance artist illustrating Forces through movements 

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Drama artist facilitating a classroom discussion 

TTAP in MFPS started in 2012 as part of our school’s Learning In and Through the Arts (LINTA) approach. It aims to help students develop a deeper understanding of Math and Science concepts through drama and dance techniques. This is in line with our strategic thrusts Holistic Learning, Our Quest and Aesthetics, Our Niche. The integration is done through consultations ad co-designing with experienced Drama and Dance artistes appointed by the NAC. MFPS is privileged to work with Ms Peggy Ferroa, President of the Singapore Drama Educators Association, and Ms Wong Wai Yee, Founder of Moving Arts Studio.

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P2 Multiplication and Division TTAP Experience 

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P6 pupils creating movement pieces to make Forces come alive

Through TTAP, our pupils enjoy Arts Integrated learning experiences in the following learning areas: 
Level
Subject
Topic
Art form
P2
Math
Multiplication and division 
Drama
P3
Math

Science
Fractions

Life Cycle of Animals and Plants
Drama

Drama
P4
Math 

Area and Perimeter

Fractions
Drama
P5
Math 

Science 
Fractions 

Problem solving 

Water Cycle 
Drama 

Dance 
P6
Math 

Science 
Circles 

Forces
Drama

Dance 

Through drama strategies such as tableau, hot-seating, role-play and process drama and dance concepts such as space, body and energy, pupils get to break away from classroom chalk and talk and are encouraged to create, imagine and envision possibilities. They are guided to apply the concepts beyond the classroom to make the subject / topic relevant to their lives and have the opportunity to think creatively and divergently to solve a problem. 

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Pupils experiencing movement concepts of body, pace and time as part of TTAP 

In making their thinking visible, pupils present their ideas as they explore and investigate problems. They verbalise misconceptions and generate new knowledge. As a result, their learning becomes authentic and enduring. Teachers also observe that the pupils become better listeners, problem solvers and active learners.