Learning for Life (LLP) in Environmental Education (EE)
To touch the hearts and engage the minds of pupils to contribute to society in an environmentally sustainable way
In line with our school’s Learning for Life Programme (LLP) in Environmental Education, Juying Primary School strives to nurture our pupils’ innate curiosity about the world they live in, and develop a lasting appreciation and strong stewardship for the environment through a host of programmes that are school-wide, level-specific or as an enlargement of duties.
Environmental Integrated Project Work (EIP) programme
The six year Environmental Integrated Project Work (EIP) programme is a hands-on and minds-on approach in helping our students know about the environment, for the environment, and in the environment. In line with MOE’s call to scale and simplify, the school leverages on the Integrated Project Work (IPW) platform to strengthen the integration of various subjects/disciplines with environmental inquiry as the enduring thrust while existing learning journeys and immersion trips were made key features in EIP in providing experiential learning.
EIP is a curriculum innovation which allows for environmental education to be integrated progressively and seamlessly into the curriculum for greater depth in students’ learning. A cohesive pedagogical 6 year framework ensures students unpack environmental topics like pollution, climate change and global warming in a structured approach.
Underpinning EIP are principles of environmental inquiry; Inquiry-based learning, Integrated learning, Experiential learning and Stewardship. At the same time, EIP delivers the key outcomes of IPW where students would acquire the ability to synthesize knowledge, communicate effectively, collaborate in teams and reflect on their learning. Through these, we hope to nurture a sense of wonder in our students of their environment, and above all, equip our students with the necessary competencies to thrive in the 21st century.
Overview of EIP with Principles of Environmental Inquiry
Overview of EIP with Domains of Project Work
As part of school-wide recycling programme, pupils take on the responsibility of recycling newspaper and Tetra Paks of their drinking cartons on a daily basis. Level specific programmes such as Aquaponics and Hydroponics offer invaluable opportunities for our pupils to learn about environmental sustainability in urban farming. In addition, pupils from Environmental Club participate actively in environmental care projects in partnership with organisations such as SWCDC, Sembcorp Marine and Senoko Energy as part of their enlargement of duties.
On top of the recent set up of the Hydroponics, Juying is embarking on two other green infrastructure, namely the Rainwater Harvesting System and Food Waste Management. Through the installation of these green infrastructure, we hope to educate our pupils on the importance of harvesting the use of water as a precious resource and to reduce and recycle food waste as part of the plans under the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint’s goal towards becoming a Zero Waste Nation.
As part of the school’s partnership efforts, the school constantly seeks opportunities to collaborate with external partners to boost our green efforts. For our P4 EIP programme, the school partners a Research Scientist under the Office of Education Research department at National Institute of Education (NIE), to conduct a research study on our Primary 4 students on collaborative learning activities in the classroom. The purpose of this study is to better understand how different methods of collaborative learning activities help students to learn. Through this research study, students’ collaborative skills have shown improvement for better learning.
Our school partners South West Community Development Council for our Primary 5 students to embark on a cleaning trail outside the school, spreading the message of environmental responsibility and cultivation of good habits towards a clean and litter-free environment on 13 Aug 2016. This novel litter-picking initiative complements the school’s emphasis in caring for the environment. Their selfless act did not stop there. Back in school, our pupils hosted an appreciation ceremony for a group of community and school cleaners to show their gratitude. The event was featured in the Sunday Times, 14 Aug.
1st Prize and Viewer’s Choice Award for National Climate Change Competition 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muhVxeKzBcs