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Physical Education and Aesthetics


A physically or aesthetically educated child with character.


Creating a holistic learning environment in art, music or physical sports for our students so that each child will enjoy success in his/her area of interest and at the same time developing good character.


To achieve its mission, the PE, Aesthetics and CCA department adopted the following in planning its programmes and activities: 

  • Mass Participation in physical activities to inculcate the love for an active and healthy lifestyle. 
  • Exposure to different sports and games 
  • Exposure to the different art form and musical instruments. 
  • Interaction amongst peers to promote emotional learning and social integration. 
  • There are different CCAs that will cater to students’ interest and abilities. 
  • Development in character and values. 
  • Identification and development of talents.


Physical Education Curriculum in the primary levels provides the students with a platform to develop their motor skills, understand game concepts that will allow them to enjoy and play different games and sports. 

P1 and P2 students learn a variety of locomotor and non-locomotor skills as part of the fundamental movements that are important to children at this age group. P3 and P4 students extended the complexity of the locomotor and non-locomotor skills through interesting activities with the introduction to basic game concepts. Manipulative skills through modified games are introduced at this stage. P5 and P6 students learn and demonstrate an understanding of concepts and skills acquired in various modified games. 

Our PE programmes cover eight broad areas as follows: 
1. Sports and Games
2. Gymnastics
3. Dance
4. Physical Health Education
5. Athletics
6. Swimming
7. Outdoor Education

The lower primary levels focus on fundamental movements, educational gymnastics and dance which develop students' psychomotor skills, control and co-ordination. These activities will lay the foundation for further learning of more advanced psychomotor skills, sports and games.

Programme for Active Learning (PAL) is now incorporated into the P1 and P2 curriculum. PAL is an initiative by the MOE to have a greater emphasis on non-academic programmes within the curriculum and focuses less on content knowledge but more on the necessary skills and values to strive in a fast-changing and globalised future. 

SwimSafer Programme is introduced to P3 students. A total of 8 - 1.5 hrs sessions are conducted by qualified swimming instructors approved by SSC. In this programme, students will develop water confidence and learn basic swimming and drowning prevention techniques. Lower Primary Sports Day has held annually for P1 to P3 students to apply their skills and competes in a carnival-like competition.


The upper primary levels focus on the further development of fundamental movements and psychomotor skills through a wide range of physical activities such as educational gymnastics, modern dance, modified sports and games and athletics. Upper Primary Sports Day has held annually for pupils to compete in athletics events and learn Olympics values such as respect, excellence and friendship. The P5 Camp is an annual 3-day camp for Primary 5 pupils. Its aim is to bring about social and emotional learning through outdoor education. Pupils will experience activities rock climbing, abseiling, high-rope obstacles, kayaking and sea rafting. Intra-class games continue to take place during PE lesson and the P6 pupils will have a chance to compete in the Inter-class captain’s ball competition after their PSLE.

P5 Camp
P6 Captain's Ball

Sports Education Programmes is to promote the active lifestyle by exposing students to popular outdoor sports. This allows the students to carry learning this new sport at their own free time. Sports offered this year include inline skating, sports climbing, archery and dragon boating. These programmes are conducted by SSC endorsed service providers.

Inline Skating

Health promotion activities are also conducted to complement the Physical Health Education to help students manage their weight through an active lifestyle and proper dietary choices.

All students are given the opportunity to learn and appreciate different dance throughout their 6 years at Pioneer Primary School. This aligns with our school Learning for Life Programme in “Graciousness and Fitness through Dance”. The dance programmes offer to our students are as follows:

P1 and P2 – Creative Dance
P3 and P4 – Cultural, Folk and International Dance
P5 and P6 – Modern Dance


Programme for Active Learning (PAL)

We believe in nurturing the whole child. PAL balances the acquisition of knowledge with the development of skills and values for P1 and 2 pupils. When children are just beginning school, we need to nurture their desire to learn, to be engaged in and enjoy what they learn, and develop a sense of competence and confidence. The social sphere of children also broadens beyond their immediate family, requiring them to interact with their peers. Children must have social skills and appropriate dispositions for interaction and cooperation with others from different backgrounds.

Our PAL modules provide pupils with broad exposure in four main areas — Sports & Games, Outdoor Education, Performing and Visual Arts. These PAL modules are experiential in nature and incorporate learning into a creative, fun, and enjoyable way. We hope that PAL will support the development of pupils to ensure that they experience a holistic education.

In a nutshell, PAL contributes to the development of soft skills in our pupils such as the ability to communicate clearly and cooperate with others and having a lively curiosity about the world they live in and a belief in their ability to accomplish a task or deal with a challenge. PAL also broadens the learning experiences of our children and opens up our pupils’ access to and positively influences their future experiences.

PAL Outdoor Education

PAL Outdoor Education provides students with the opportunity to move out of their comfort zone and be flexible in their thinking to achieve their target.

Students were able to work cooperatively in teams and to communicate effectively. In addition, through working with others, students were able to appreciate diversity and respect others.

PAL Visual Art

Students were engaged during their group work and most of them were able to work well together. During the group work, issues like teamwork, turn taking and being fair to one another would surface as each child wanted his or her views to be heard. Thus, I had to seize these teachable moments and get the class to pause and stop their discussions and to reflect on their actions as well as to get them to recall the values they have learnt during the previous lessons.

PAL Performing Arts

Students enjoyed the PAL drama lessons a lot. In this lesson, students had to work in their groups to form the stars in space. They practised the skills of turn-taking, listening and valuing each other’s opinion and working together.  They had fun watching each other’s performance and giving each other positive feedback and encouragement and also did a reflection of their activity. They look forward to more PAL lessons.

PAL Sports and Games

These students have always been very active and enthusiastic in looking forward to the lessons. Besides learning games skills, they used these lessons to improve their body coordination when they engaged themselves in the various movements.  The lessons allow them to play and be themselves outside the normal classroom. Besides having fun, they learnt teamwork too!



In P1 and P2, students are introduced to percussion instruments. Playing percussion in a group is tremendous fun. Students have to identify the different sounds made by the different percussion instruments and they have to listen to the rhythm and beats so that they know when to play their part. Students are more focused and learn about teamwork while trying to complement one another during their singing and music making sessions.


In P3 and P4, students learnt how to play the recorder. Students have to identify the different notes and fingerings on the recorder as they learn a repertoire of songs from classical to pop. Students work in groups to practice their individual parts before they combine to play together as a class.

In P5 and P6, students learn another musical instrument, the ukulele. From this programme, students learn the basic ukulele chords, strumming methods, and learn to play some songs while accompanying with singing. They also get opportunities to form their pop band and have opportunities to perform as a class.


Music Assembly Programme 


The music Assembly programme provides opportunities for students to be exposed to different music genre and art forms.  Professional musical groups are invited to our school to perform. This fosters engagement and enjoyment and also allows students to build connections with community and culture. There are interactive sessions where students can try out with the musicians on stage to boost their confidence in music.

Art and Music Week 

The Art and Music Week is a week full of exciting Art and Music events to promote the vibrancy of the Arts and culture in school. During the different recesses, students participated in a variety of activities. 

For Art, students had doodling art and Glow-in-the-dark Art, where they experience art in a totally new format. 

For Music, we had Recorder performances by the P3 and P4 classes to showcase what they have learnt during music lessons, students performing solo on a keyboard as well as singing. The P3 students also get to showcase the Folk Dance that they learnt during their PE lessons.


SING Competition 


Pioneer’s Got Talent Competition is a highly anticipated event for Primary 4 to 6 pupils. Pupils will undergo auditions and selected pupils will enter the finals where they will be able to showcase their individual talents in areas like Singing, Instrumental playing.

This competition is not only a platform to display the talents, but also a good learning experience for the contestants as they build up their confidence and stage presence.


Our art programme is aligned with MOE’s revised art syllabus which comprises the three focus areas: 
Self and Immediate Environment
Singapore Past, Present and Future
World and Region Around Us

Throughout the six years, apart from examining the artworks by famous world artists, students will also learn to appreciate artworks by our local artists. Selected local students’ SYF art pieces will also be brought into context. Students will learn in authentic settings through one of the core learning experiences, the exhibition in curriculum and are encouraged to be self-directed e.g. through portfolio assessment where students learn to collect, select, reflect and connect as part of their art learning. We also have specially-designed programmes that aim to cultivate our students’ interest in art throughout their six years of primary education. 

P1 & P2 Drawing and Painting

In this programme, students will explore lines and colours. They will use oil pastels to blend colours and create shades and tones. They will illustrate sketches with a variety of lines and then complete their artwork using both the mediums.  Simple art vocabulary will be taught as well so that through art appreciation, they can express and talk about their artwork.


P3 and P4 Ceramics


Our ceramic lessons for P3 and P4 are designed to take pupils through a fun journey of exploration in four basic hand-building techniques such as coiling, pinching, slabbing and hollowing.

Our students will experience and gain an understanding of the process of creating a finished ceramic art piece collaboratively and independently. They exercise their creativity and practise the basic techniques taught in their different artwork.


P4 Watercolour Pencil Drawing

Watercolour pencils are a unique medium for creating art. They combine drawing with painting in a manner that no other medium can replicate. Watercolour pencils give our students the best of both worlds of painting and drawing.  Students will learn how to control the colour intensity and different simple techniques to create their own watercolour painting. 


P5 Mixed Media

Mixed media refers to an artwork of which more than one medium has been used. Many interesting effects can be achieved by using mixed media because it allows for greater versatility and a rich viewer experience.  Students will use recycle objects in conjunction with traditional mediums like paints, oil pastels and collage to express their thoughts and feelings in an artwork. 


P6 Batik

The introduction of this programme provides students with an understanding of batik painting and its cultural heritage. Students will have the opportunity to explore both wet and dry wax, the dying of cloth, the process of batik painting and also the different techniques and tools used. Through batik painting, students will learn that Batik is an alternative avenue for creative and artistic expression.