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Head of Department: Mdm Lim Chye Hoon
Level Head: Mdm Yeow Puay Geok
Senior Teacher: Mdm Liu Jing
Mdm Tan Shih Ray(P1/2 Year Head)
Mrs Gan-Toh-Hui-Bok
Mrs Han-Tay-Seok-Kuan
Mdm Jia Wei
Mdm Julie Xie Xiaofang
Mr Kwok Wai Fung
Mdm Lin Haizhen
Mdm Li Nan
Mdm Li Pei
Mdm Low Shu Fen Jayne
Mdm Serene Tay
Mrs Chong-Wong Peh Yan
Mdm Toh Chiew Hoon
Mdm Wong Peh Yan

Vision To make the language learning Fun and Engaging

Goals / Objectives

  • To provide pupils with fun, enjoyable and engaging experiences in the learning of Chinese language.
  • To nurture pupils to become Active Learners and Proficient Users of Chinese Language
  • To inculcate good values in pupils
  • To enhance pupils' appreciation of the Chinese culture.

Programmes in 2019

‘STEP’ Orientation– Cooperative Learning
Term 1 Week 1 & 2
HYPY (HanYuPinYin) Teaching
- flash cards and activities
Term 1 & Term 2
P4 & P5
Inter-Class C-Idioms Game Competition
Term 3
 P1 to P6Inter-Class Chinese Games Competition  
 P4 to P6Inter-CLass  Chinese Language Competition 
Chinese Modular Approach
Whole year
Mother Tongue Fortnight
Term 1 Week 9 & 10

 P4-P6Mother Tongue Fortnight Term 3 Week 9 & 10
Book Fairs
End of Term 1, Term 3
Oral skills enhancement-oral package
Whole year
Writing skills enhancement-composition package
Whole year
Learning Tapestry-Problem-based Learning
P1 & P2 Term 2 Week 9 &10
P3 Term 1 Week 9 & 10
P4 Term 3 Week 2 & 3
P5 Term 1 Week 10
Term 2 Week 1
P6 Term 4 Week 4


“文化随意门”计划 (Cultural Performance Exposure Scheme)

4月2日,我们学校的五年级和四年级的学生浩浩荡荡地出发参加教育部文化随意门的活动。我们这次 去观看了儿童剧《成语变变变》。参加这次活动的学生通过转轮盘学习六个成语。儿童剧通过生动有趣的 表演,再加上与学生的互动,让观众轻轻松松地学起成语。 在节目还没开始前,学生还有机会在流动博物馆贴心为大家准备的布景拍照留念。 淡马锡小学的学生很幸运地有两次转轮盘学成语的机会。学生都很踊跃,都希望是自己上台转轮盘。 三个表演者通过深入浅出的方法,把成语的内容和重点演出来让学生明白各别成语的意思。每解释一 个成语后,还会让学生大声朗读,非常具有娱乐性和教育性。为了让学生更有参与感,表演者时不时和学 生互动,让现场的气氛都欢腾起来。 我们希望通过类似的活动,能让学生对学习华文更感兴趣!

In support of MOE’s continuous effort to motivate students and to develop their love for the Chinese Language, our Primary 4 and Primary 5 Chinese students were given the opportunity to watch a Chinese drama titled ‘Cheng Yu Gu Shi Bian ! Bian ! Bian!’ on 2 April 2019.

The highlight of the Chinese Drama was when the student got to spin the Cheng Yu Lun Pun(Chinese idioms Spinning Wheel) to decide which Chinese idiom was to be presented. Even though there were only three actors, they were able to bring all these Chinese Idioms alive. The stage settings and props were simple but effective in explaining the meaning of these idioms.
This enhanced the performance and the actors were able to keep the students engaged and sustained their interest throughout the show. The students were totally captivated by the actors’ charismatic performances.

Towards the end of the show, the actors went about explaining the meaning of Hua Long Dian Jing (画龙点睛). Just as the actor was putting a finishing touch on the drawing of the dragon, the mythical creature literally came alive as part of the performance and danced around the auditorium. Students were able to grasp the meaning of this Chinese Idiom instantly.

Due to the interactive performance, our students enjoyed themselves immensely and are motivated to regard the learning of mandarin as interesting and fun.

For this year, after the watching of the performance, we will plan interesting and engaging activities for the students to deepen their understanding of the chinese idioms. Stay tune for more highlight soon!

2018 Cultural Camp


The annual cultural camp for Primary 2 students was held on 6 September 2018.  Despite that it was a school holidays, the response for the cultural camp was overwhelming with more than half of the Primary 2 cohort participated.  

The theme of the cultural camp was “Filial Piety”.  During the camp, the students learnt about the importance of filial piety in the Chinese culture via Di Zi Gui, a Chinese classical.  The students who participated had expressed that they will strive to be a filial child to their parents in their daily life. The students also get to experience different traditional Chinese art form such as clay making and beans art.


Mother Tongue Fortnight 

为了创造学习母语的良好环境,并通过不同的活动让学生认识自己的文化,我校一年一度的母语双周在三月份拉开了帷幕。今年的主题是“扎根文化,促进融合 ”。我们除了在自己的母语部展开一系列的活动,也让不同种族的学生互相交流,学习彼此的文化。



Mother Fortnight activities for 2019 will be a bi-annual event.  The activities for Primary 4 to Primary 6 students were in March while the Primary 1 to Primary 3 activities will be conducted in July.

The Mother Tongue Language Fortnight activities for the Primary 4 to Primary 6 students was held from 6 March till 13 March 2019. The purpose of this school-wide event is to create an immersive environment for the learning of Mother Tongue languages, through various activities to raise awareness for students to know more about their culture.  This year’s theme is ‘Deepening Roots, Strengthening Ties.’  

Chinese Culture has a rich heritage and history and filled with wisdom and knowledge. In orders to broaden the students’ horizon and having a deeper understanding of one’s culture, the Chinese department has planned 6 different cultural themes for various levels as below.

Primary 1Shadow Puppets
Primary 2Traditional
Primary 3Chopstick Culture
Primary 4 Ancient Chinese Inventions
PrImary 5 Traditional Chinese Festivals
Primary 6 Ancient Art

Local author Mr Josef Lee came to school to share with the students where he got the inspiration.  In the photograph below, Mr Lee is demonstrating to students how to draw his popular teddy bear from his latest book entitled ‘Wo De Shou Hu Xiong’.

The instructor is introducing the Dragon Boat Festival and the meaning behind racing Dragon Boat. The students are working on getting their Dragon Boat model painted in class.

Under the guidance of Parents Volunteers, students were able to experience how to make rice dumpling. They learned the steps on how to secure the rice dumpling without letting the ingredients fall out from the leaf. This activity attracted a lot of students to participate.

Students used iPads to answer various question regarding Chinese culture

After learning about the Chinese Idioms, students went on to have fun tossing the hook into the correct Chinese idiom.

Through “Bian Pang She Ji Le”, students have deeper understanding with the knowledge of the various radicals in Chinese vocabulary.

Calligraphy Experience enables students know how to use the calligraphy brush to write Chinese words neatly and beautifully.

The compass is one of the four greatest inventions by the ancient Chinese. Students are learning how to use the compass.

Exhibition of Children Work :  Chinese Fan and Kite

Students are encouraged to use their own imagination to create their own Chinese Fan.

Comic Compositition Writing Programme

This programme was initiated by the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning in 2018. The 
purpose was to help students to gain confidence in composition writing and instill a greater interest of learning the Chinese language through comic. A total of 20 Primary Four students participated in this programme in July 2018. As the comic writing coach will use lively 4-panels comic to stimulate the students’ imagination, encourage them to think and create their comic work in Chinese, it help the students to be more creative in their writing.

2016 Chinese New Year celebration

During Chinese New Year celebration,some of the Temasekians displayed their talents in the concert and they have displayed our school core values, Responsibility, Perseverance and Self-Confidence by putting in extra efforts in practicing for their performance. Classroom activities like On-The-Spot Colouring Contest for Primary 1 and Primary 2 pupils and Chinese New Year Card Making Contest for Primary 3 to Primary 6 pupils are also held on that day.


Chinese writing camp for Primary 5 and Primary 6 pupils in 2015 March holidays

The purpose of the 1-Day writing camp in March Holidays is:
a) To impart specialised writing skills and strategies to upper pupils.
b) Harnessing the power of stories, this camp aims to develop creative and confident writers. With the use of high quality storytelling/literature, the camp helps to develop the sensory abilities of our students, cultivate their narrative abilities and unleash their creative potential.

Chinese Language Learning Game 2015

With the revised Chinese syllabus and change of thematic focus in textbooks, pupils have limited exposure to Chinese idioms and proverbs till they are explicitly taught at the upper primary level. The Chinese Language Learning Game is an innovative way to engage every pupil in the learning of Chinese vocabulary while playing the mind challenging board game, designed by the CL teachers.

This Chinese Language Learning Game is designed with the belief that effective learning takes place when pupils are being challenged. Through our Chinese Language Learning Game, pupils are able to develop their interaction skills, self-confidence, and enrich their language exposure through this fun-filled experience. Instead of rote-learning, pupils can play with their friends in school, and at home with their families. You will be amazed at how fast they learn new words and idioms through play! The Chinese Department h as organized the C-IDIOMS Game Inter-Class Competition since 2005. The overwhelming response from pupils’ participation in the competition was encouraging. This year, coming in Semester 2, we will also be organising the Competition with our newly enhanced Chinese Language Learning Game. 

2015 Chinese Language Game Competition for P4 & P5

The much anticipated Annual C-idioms Interclass competition for Primary Fours and Fives were held on 11 and 14 August respectively in the PAL room. The C-Idiom Game’s Team from the Chinese Department had revamped the game and the new version of the board game was launched this year.

Participants had to go through a few rounds leading up to the semi-finals where the champion would emerged from the game of four finalists. After the pre-game briefing, the room was filled with excitement and energy where everyone tried their best to outwit their opponents to advance in the game. After several rounds of intense competition of wits and knowledge of the Chinese Idioms and sayings, Khoo An Xian of 5E and Darrius Lam of 4C emerged as champion for their level. A big congratulation to all winners and a big thank you to all who had helped in making this competition a success. See you next year!

我校一年一度的华文成语游戏又来了。我们的游戏也在今年改版了,名为《天才西游》,棋盘和棋子是以《西游记》为主题。四,五年级的64位参赛者分别在8月11日和8月14日下午进行了一场紧张刺激的比赛。参赛者都竭尽所能,希望能够打败对手,晋级到大决赛, 成为冠军。最终,5E班的邱安贤及4C班的蓝智恒脱颖而出,成为冠军!

Pupils listened attentively to the pre game briefing P4s and P5s participants enjoying themselves while battling it out in the game!

The Primary Five Winners and the teachers. The Primary Four winners and the teachers.

Culture Camp 2015

2015 P4 Learning Tapestry Mobile Learning

In this year Learning Tapestry, the P4 Mother Tongue pupils embarked on an exciting new learning journey. They did mobile learning first time in their Mother Tongue classes. Armed with the iPads, the pupils work in teams and went all over the school to look for important information for their project, “Caring for the Physically-challenged”. While they are beamed with excitement about the new learning tool, iPad, they never forget about their project and many teams complete their projects well ahead of schedule. Many of the pupils feedback that they wish to participate in more mobile learning in their Mother Tongue lessons in the future.