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Chinese Language

Learning Outcomes

  1. To furnish our pupils with the fundamental skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing so as to enable them to be proficient users of Chinese in everyday context.
  2. To embed in pupils a lifelong interest in the Chinese Language and culture.

Teaching Approaches

To strengthen our pupils’ mastery of the Chinese Language, we constantly employ a range of teaching and assessment strategies through ICT, Differentiated Instruction, Making Thinking Visible, Assessment for Learning and the 5W1H to deepen their learning experience. 

Department Programmes

Keeping the objective of stimulating and sustaining our pupils’ interest in learning Chinese in mind, the Chinese Language Department has also put in place a range of differentiated enrichment activities designed to expose our pupils culturally while promoting opportunities for meaningful interaction and collaboration amongst each individual.

Department Program


Synopsis/ Purpose

Mother Tongue Fortnight



Primary 1:

Bingtang Hulu

Bingtang Hulu, also known as tanghulu, is a traditional Chinese snack of candied fruit. In this enrichment, pupils will learn origins of Bingtang Hulu and the different types of Bingtang Hulu. Pupils will also have a hands-on session to make their own Bingtang Hulu during lesson.

Primary 2:

Paper Cutting

Paper Cutting has a number of distinct uses in Chinese culture, almost all of which are for health, prosperity or decorative purposes. Pupils will learn about the basic cut out with symmetrical design and its rich culture from this enrichment programme.

Primary 3:

Chinese Calligraphy

This enrichment programme aims to cultivate interest among pupils in the appreciation of Chinese Culture. Pupils will acquire basic knowledge of Chinese brush, Chinese ink, rice paper, ink stick, ink slab and their usage. At the end of lesson, pupils will write a few Chinese characters using a Chinese brush.

Primary 4:

Chinese Language Camp

The Chinese Language day camp aims to enrich the learning of Chinese Language in authentic environment and deepen pupils' appreciation of the Chinese culture in and through visual and performing arts.

Primary 5:

Learning Journey to Tea Chapter

Pupils visit Tea Chapter, Singapore’s largest and oldest cultural teahouse. In this Learning Journey, pupils are introduced to Chinese Tea Art, the Origins of tea, classification of tea and benefits of tea drinking.

Pupils will have in-depth and meaningful understanding of the Chinese tradition of tea appreciation and build up their interest in appreciating Chinese culture with authentic tea art hands-on-session.

Primary 6:

Chinese Painting

Pupils learn the proper brush strokes, how to create shades by applying water and using black and colour pigments. At the end of the programme, pupils will be able to paint a picture using the techniques taught.




Primary 3 pupils 

Pupils will be exposed to the Chinese Culture through a stage performance. Through this they will be inculcated with the etiquette to watching a public performance, have more understanding about stage performance, and realise that each and every performance have a key message to pass on. 

Talent Development
To help realize the potential of our pupils to their fullest, we engaged them in school competitions and various prominent Inter-school competitions to widen their exposure to the Chinese Language.



Synopsis/ Purpose

Chinese Talentime 


Selected P1 to P6 

Chinese Talentime is a competition held once in a year. This platform allows pupils to promote active usage of Chinese Language and to build their confident in speaking.  With guidance from teachers, pupils exhibit their talents through Poem Recital (for Lower Primary), Singing (for Mid Primary) and Role play (for Upper Primary). 

Penmanship Competition 


P1 to P6 

Good handwriting exhibits good learning attitude and good learning habit. With the special strokes and structure of Chinese character, pupils need to exercise their learning through hand, eyes, concentration and resilience along the way. Hence, Penmanship Competition is held every term to encourage pupils to write neatly and affirmed pupils who are willing to put in extra efforts in learning.

Essay Writing Competition 


P3 to P6 

This competition encourages pupils to write and express in Chinese Language. This platform allowed student ample space for creativity and imagination in writing. With a more structured writing approaches in the department, we hope to nurture more writers in future.    

Learning Support
The modular Chinese Language curriculum structure caters to the unique needs and abilities of our pupils. To better support our pupils in learning, Primary 1 to Primary 4 pupils have been regrouped after each academic year according to the 3 different modules, namely Bridging, Core and Higher Chinese.


Time Frame


P1 – P3

In-class support for Bridging module during CL lesson

  • To  build up foundation for listening and speaking skills;
  • To provide support for character recognition in Core Module


P3 – P4

Every morning before assembly

To build a strong foundation in recognising Chinese characters and words so as to provide better support in reading

P3 – P4

After school classes on Thursday

The remedial lessons are customised to support selected pupil so that he is able to benefit from mainstream curriculum

P5 – P6

After school classes on Tuesday/Thursday

After school programme for the entire cohort, targeting at the Oracy and Writing skills

Supporting Your Child in Learning


A platform which promotes self-directed and collaborative learning amongst students through allowing students to complete home-based assignments, share journals, tell stories and exchange views on topics of interest etc. 

Xue Le 学乐 
A website that features multimedia content that complements the CL primary curriculum 2007 and interactive resources for secondary schools. 

iMTL Portal 
An online multi-media learning portal that aims to enhance students’ ability to communicate effectively through both oral and written forms through authentic language tasks, and which also encourages self-directed learning. 

On line version of the Chinese Magazine, pupils are able to access more online resources through this link, there are more reading materials for pupils to read up too.