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Character and Citizenship Education

Pioneer Primary’s Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) Curriculum takes reference from MOE’s CCE 2021 Curriculum Framework (see Figure 1). The school-based programming also considers the school’s Vision, Mission and Core Values. Our CCE programmes aim to nurture our students to become confident and resilient individuals who act with integrity and graciousness in their dealings with others.
image1.pngAbundant learning opportunities are curated and integrated in the school’s academic, non-academic and school-based CCE programmes. We provide a series of customised student-centric and values education programmes so as to equip students with the essential skills, knowledge and dispositions to manage self and relationships. Different experiential learning platforms and opportunities are also made available to enable students apply their learning in practice and strengthen their socio-emotional competencies. 

Our Approaches

The curriculum content of CCE is based on the three big ideas of Identity, Relationships and Choices, and focused on developing a sense of purpose in our students. CCE programmes are curated centering on the principles of the 3Hs - Educating the Heads, Engaging the Hearts and Empowering the Hands. The six CCE domains - Self, Family, School, Community, Nation and Global also play an integral role in the planning and coordination of all CCE programmes. 

Enactment of CCE

We adopt a whole school approach to broaden and deepen students’ experiences in character and citizenship education. There are several learning platforms where CCE is enacted with intentionality. These include CCE lessons during curriculum time, key student development experiences beyond the classroom, school-based initiatives and teachable moments during subject lessons and learning opportunities beyond the school. 

CCE Lessons

These lessons provide the time and space for relationship building between teachers and students. Through in-depth discussions and effective facilitation, students get the opportunities to acquire skills and knowledge, analyse issues and evaluate case studies using a critical and empathetic lens.


Broadly, there are three ways CCE lesson time is used:

Explicit Teaching

Focus on the holistic learning and developmental needs of students through explicit teaching of values and social and emotional skills, knowledge and competencies via platforms including Form Teacher Guidance Programme (FTGP), CCE (Mother Tongue) and Sexuality Education.

Contextualised Learning

Emphasise the importance of understanding real world contexts and development through National Education, Cyber-Wellness Programme, and Education and Career Guidance.

Relating to the World

Generate awareness about current realities by discussing contemporary issues related to national, regional and/or global contexts. Through platforms like National Education programmes and Values in Action, teachers facilitate discussion and critical thinking, and encourage student voices which help them to develop the 21CC related to citizenship.

Sense Making Through CCE Experiences

Sense making is important for CCE learning to become meaningful for students. Through authentic learning opportunities both within and beyond school, students develop the habit of self-reflection and gratitude. CCE provides the skills and knowledge to help students make sense of their life experiences, and the language to express their learning and development.  
We offer the following to all students:
  • Student Leadership Development (SLD) Programmes (provide hyperlink to Student Leadership Development subpage in Pioneer Enrichment)
  • National Education (NE) (provide hyperlink to NE subpage)
  • Values in Action (VIA) (provide hyperlink to VIA subpage in Pioneer Enrichment)
  • Internationalisation (provide hyperlink to Internationalisation subpage in Pioneer Enrichment)
  • House System (provide hyperlink to House System subpage in Pioneer Enrichment)

Providing a Caring and Enabling School Environment

We place great emphasis on providing our students with a nurturing and caring school environment that promotes a growth mindset and sense of belonging. We intentionally create platforms to allow students to experience competence, exercise autonomy and build strong relationships with others, and feel psychologically and emotionally safe. Our programmes are designed with the following features to meet student needs:
  • Consistent and Coherent Messaging – Eg. Morning/Level assemblies with School Values
  • Positive Teacher-Student Relationships – Eg. House System, CCA (provide hyperlink to CCA subpage in Pioneer Enrichment)
  • Peer Support and Relationships – Eg. CARE@Pioneer (provide hyperlink to CARE@Pioneer subpage in Pioneer Enrichment), PAL
  • Student Voice and Ownership – Eg. FT Periods, Circle Time

“Catch Me Doing Good”

This is a platform for teachers to spot students doing the right thing in school. For every good behaviour and demonstration of positive learning disposition, students are given a stamp on a card. Rewards are then awarded to students according to stamps earned. Through this, we hope to encourage good behaviour, and help students see the link between their positive behaviour and outcomes.  We hope more of our students will model the way to influence and encourage others to be gracious and uphold our school values.

Student of the Semester Award

The Student of the Semester Award acknowledges and affirms students who exemplify the school values - R2ISE. These students model the way and/or demonstrate positive learning dispositions by exemplifying observable character traits in their daily practices. Form teachers will nominate the model student of his/her class at the end of each semester according to pre-determined selection criteria.

Our Programmes

Whole School Level Based
  • CCE Lessons

  • Education and Career Guidance 

  • Cyber Wellness 

  • Peer Supporters 

  • CARE@Pioneer 

  • National Education (NE Commemorative Events)

  • Form teacher Guidance Period (FTGP) 

  • Habits of Mind

  • Class Time

  • Sexuality Education (SEd)  - P5 and P6

  • My Skills Future

Customised Experiences
  • Peer Supporters Training

  • Transition and Integration Programme for transfer-in students

  • Integration Programme for International Students

  • National Education (NE) Commemorative  Events 

  • Learning Journeys

  • Values in Action (VIA)