We provide our students with a vibrant learning environment, supported by carefully created resources that truly encompasses all areas of mathematical mastery.
Our primary curriculum design process aims to:
• Comprehensively prepare and reinforce students’ Mathematical knowledge
• Expose students to real-world applications of Mathematics
• Customise learning through customised lesson plans and materials
Our teachers cater to each student’s needs through some consultation sessions that provide the avenue to clarify Mathematical misconceptions. The pace and flow of each class is dependent on the abilities of its students, thus providing the opportunity for each student to catch up or gain a head start in a foundational concept or a new topic of the Mathematics syllabus.
The Primary School Curriculum
Combining a primary mathematics curriculum that is catered to school needs with carefully crafted materials to reinforce basic conceptual skills, problem solving skills and critical thinking skills, students are trained to be skilled in time-management and in becoming effective self-directed learners. Students learn the concepts of every topic, and continue to build an understanding and apply the concepts learnt through the continual practice provided. The curriculum also aims to expose students to interesting higher-order thinking questions to prepare them for secondary education.
The Secondary School Curriculum
The Mathematics program for secondary school students aims to improve their academic performance in Math based on school and national exam. We focus on fundamental techniques, higher-order thinking and mathematical principles and we use materials that are specially created to give students from all streams a competitive edge. Basics in arithmetic are quickly introduced, with more challenging concepts covered in topics learnt in school. We hope to stretch students further and stimulate their interest in the subject by infusing real world application of math.
Mr Chua helms our upper primary and secondary mathematics classes. An experienced and resourceful educator, Mr Chua was a Senior Teacher in a prestigious school, specialising in mathematics and science. He has conducted many workshops for teachers and parents. Mr Chua is known for his knack for numbers, formulas and concepts, and his passion for teaching and learning. The great combination has endeared Mr Chua to his students.
Ms Pang has a wealth of experience in teaching children, and of course, motivating them to succeed in lower primary mathematics. She deepens the passion of children who love Mathematics, leading them on the path to excellence. For children who have a fear of the subject, Ms Pang has been able to dispel the negative feeling, and foster a positive attitude towards the subject.
We believe that Science is a subject where students must be given opportunities to discover and construct knowledge instead of learning by rote. Our learning outcomes are aligned closely to those specified by the MOE for Science education in primary schools and our teaching pedagogy has been customised to cater to the learning needs of the students, thereby making our Science lessons an enriching experience.
The PAL Science Programme aims to mentor students to be inquisitive learners and active participants in the classroom.
Our Science programme not only focuses on building up existing content knowledge but process skills too and is infused with various elements such videos, demonstrations, hands-on activities and carefully crafted notes and worksheets. Our curriculum uses inquiry-based learning as the main methodology which helps students make connections of relevant science concepts in daily life. We adopt a spiral approach where the basic facts on a topic is introduced first through hands-on experiments where applicable. Conducting simple experiments to verify what students have read from books reinforces their understanding of the underlying principles. Through time, more subject knowledge and content are progressively added through topical worksheets, targeting open-ended questions, to build on students’ existing knowledge.
Students will be active participants in the learning process to acquire conceptual and answering technique skills. Besides enabling students to effectively tackle their school science examinations, these allow the basics to be captured in the students’ long-term memory and the learning of scientific concepts to match their cognitive development.
Ms Pang leads our primary science in Pal Learning. She has served previously as a key personnel in a reputable school, focusing on the improvement of teaching, learning and assessment. She is deeply familiar with the plethora of concepts and skills in science, and is adept at setting exam questions and of course, spelling out and teaching the answering techniques. Dedicated and understanding, Ms Pang is the perfect teacher for young learners.
Mr Chua is passionate about Science and has been teaching upper primary science. He is known for teaching concepts to pupils and linking it to the questions using concept maps. His passion for the subject and his jovial personality has led him to teach concepts to students not by drilling but deepening their understanding of the concepts through the use of authentic real world situations. This has resulted in his pupils being able to apply the concepts to demonstrate their learning in various higher order thinking questions
Language must be acquired in a holistic manner and children learn best through themes as these provide a context for their learning. Developed around common themes and topics, the programme aims to provide students with the chance to learn English in an authentic environment. Our programme focuses on extending the child’s linguistic abilities that are essential for writing and communicating effectively. The focus of the programme is in three of the most complex sections of the English Exam paper.
Themes are integral in the writing component. Students are provided with three pictures and are expected to write about the theme based on at least one of the pictures. This requires that students develop the right skills, vocabulary and content to write coherently based on the given theme. Thus, it is vital that students are exposed to a variety of themes so as to develop sufficient content and acquire the appropriate vocabulary to meet the requirements of the writing task.
Situational writing, which is a component in the PSLE Paper 1 will also be included on a regular basis. Skills taught in this component includes identifying the information from the stimulus and using appropriate vocabulary to connect the information into a coherent piece of writing.
Comprehension skills are taught through passages that complement the theme of the composition. This two-pronged approach provides students with the necessary exposure to various themes as well as the skills to better understand the text and synthesis the information in order to answer the various types of comprehension questions that students are tested in.
3. Comprehension Cloze
Completing a comprehension cloze is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Passages are also selected based on the writing task so as to continually expose students to content and vocabulary in a thematic approach instead of in silos. Students are taught the necessary skills that are required to decipher the clues from the given passage in order to arrive at the appropriate answers.
Apart from the three components above, students will have ample opportunities to practice and improve their oral skills through the discussions and opportunities to collaborate with their peers.
After her graduation from the National Institute of Education in 1992, Ms Lee was posted to Ai Tong School. She taught the upper primary classes (P4-P6) and was appointed Head of Department (HOD) in 1997. As an HOD, she planned, implemented and reviewed the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to enhance classroom teaching in the school.
Parallel to her appointment as ICT Head, she was also charged with leading the lower primary teachers (P1-P3) in reviewing the curriculum to include Strategies for Effective and Engaged Development in English Language (SEED-EL).
Ms Lee was seconded to the MOE HQ from 2007 - 2010. Her role entailed providing consultancy for principals, Heads of Departments and English Language teachers in the use of ICT.
After her term in MOE HQ, she specialised in the teaching of English in the primary school. She led staff from a mission school in various training programmes, including action research in formative assessment in English.
As the name suggests, it is where one can freely mix passionate Reds with splashes of creative Yellows and a generous expanse of emotive Blues. We value individuality and respect that every student is unique and has their own special flair when it comes to drawing and design. Thus we DO NOT adopt a run of the mill approach when it comes to teaching.
Core learning objectives:
A. Every lesson has a component that enforces fundamentals of drawing like strokes, shading, scale and proportion, colour and contrast. These are exercises that sharpen the fine motor skills of the students and are critical to the future development and pursuit of the fine arts.
B. Every student will also be given maximum exposure to the various art styles and media type so as to identify the ones they can truly excel in.
C. Most importantly, we encourage students to be proactive and engage in constructive dialogues with the teachers and eventually be confident in delivering their ideas and works of art.
Courses available: (Students will be recommended to appropriate course after assesment)
The Yellow Fledglings
Students will also get to experience a myriad of media types and drawing styles with no specific focus but simply general exposure to pinpoint their fortes.
This is the most basic tier where students will be closely guided in the first 45 min of every lesson so as to get their fundamentals right. The remaining time will see the teacher facilitate students in using what they have learnt to form their own individual works of art.
The Red Barons
The intermediary tier where students are required to have cleared the Yellow Fledgling Promotion test before signing up. Students in this tier are deemed to have a firm grasp of the fundamentals and thus their focus is on exploration, adaptation, and variation.
They are also supposed to have ascertained their preferred individual media type and style.
Students will be assigned individual and group projects to complete. Lessons will be in the form of presentations followed by critic sessions.
The Blue Bloods
This is for the free spirited individuals who are naturally gifted in aesthetics and require minimal guidance. This is definitely a place for inspiration to flow and is excellent for those who are looking for a channel to draw, paint, create.
Driven solely by his passion for design, architecturally trained Mr Lee helmed digital design giant Crystal Computer Graphics as the Vice President of Operations and Head of Design Training in a mere 5 years.
Firmly believing in promoting creativity amongst local talents, Lee worked closely with the Interactive Digital Media Office of MDA in spearheading multiple collaborations with giants like Industrial Light and Magic Singapore (Lucas films company which does Starwars), HP, Singtel, ST Singapore, etc to create interactive digital media content like the Virtual World Odyssey game for Youth Olympics Games Singapore.
Having seen the lack in local design talents, Lee embarked on his teaching journey, left the corporate world and created Artpod, a place to nurture young design artists who will be equipped with skills and the correct mindset to meet the ever changing and demanding corporate world.
After a decade of teaching, PALette will be the new pod in which Lee will introduce omni-directional learning across multiple fields centred around the core of design principles and philosophies in hope of creating a new generation of talents.
What is 'steAm'?
Ideal for 6-8 year olds or Primary 1-3 in 2017/2018, steAm is a complete package that uses Art as a catalyst and integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Using art as a catalyst, engaging hands-on projects in steAm enable students to connect their learning in these critical areas and refine their problem solving skills.
steAm@PAL removes limitations and boundaries in learning and replaces them with wonder, critique, inquiry, and innovation.
The course aims to inculcate
• Omni-directional thinking
• Independent learning
• Creative problem solving
With 'steAm' we can make a difference.
Contact No: 9846 5606 / 6285 7200
1) SteAm Open House - For ages to 6 to 8 years old.
2nd September & 21st October 2017
1000 to 1130 | 1130 to 1300 | 1300 to 1430 | 1430 to 1600 | 1600 to 1730
Draw it. Make it.Present it.
Our home, Planet Earth will be over-populated in the near future. Leading scientists from all over the world are trying to explore space in search of suitable planets we can call home. You have been invited to join this team of scientists.
The 1.5hr-long activity will be split into 3 parts:
An example of a model built using recycled materials
Build and customize your very own spaceship!
2) steAm Trial Classes
Unable to make it for the Open House ? Worry not! Trial classes are available to give your child an experience of what 'steAm' is..
4th to 8th September, 10am to 12.30pm (Select one)
19th,20th,23rd,24th October, 10am to 12.30pm(Select one)