Primary school curriculum time

Published Date: 02 November 2020 09:00 PM

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NAME AND CONSTITUENCY OF MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

Miss Cheryl Chan Wei Ling, East Coast GRC

QUESTION

To ask the Minister for Education in respect of Primary 3 to 6 students (a) how many hours are dedicated for new Mathematics and Science subjects in each year and by each level; (b) how much time is set aside for revision of concepts previously learnt in earlier years; and (c) whether the school curriculum allows time for students to have leisure reading time.

RESPONSE

1. At Primary 3 to 6, schools are recommended to provide about 5 to 6 hours of curriculum time per week for Mathematics and 2 to 2.5 hours per week for Science. The exact amount will depend on the grade level of the students and whether the subject is offered at the Standard or Foundation level at Primary 5 and 6.

2. The Mathematics and Science curricula are designed to allow previously learnt content to be revised and reinforced before new concepts are introduced at higher levels. The curriculum time allocated to the subjects caters for this revision and consolidation of topics learnt. The amount of curriculum time set aside for this is not hardwired but would depend on the professional judgment of teachers based on the learning pace and mastery level of their specific profile of learners.

3. Reading is important for the holistic development of our students. The school curriculum encourages and creates opportunities for students to read widely, beyond the recommended texts. Many schools set aside time to encourage students to read for pleasure, such as by allocating one period a week within the primary English language lessons for reading. Schools also organise other activities to encourage students' interest in reading English and Mother Tongue Language books for leisure.

4. MOE reviews the curriculum regularly for balanced and holistic development of students. This includes ensuring sufficient time for student learning while balancing the need for them to still have time for exploration and leisure.

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