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    BEHAVIOUR AND CLASSROOM

    MANAGEMENT

    (EDU 3104)

    TUTORIAL WEEK 13:

    Information on Gifted Education

    Programme (GEP) in Singapore

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    Mission & Vision of GEP

    MISSION

    The mission statement of the Gifted EducationProgramme is to provide leadership in the education ofthe intellectually gifted. The programme is committedto nurturing gifted individuals to their full potential for

    the fulfilment of self and the betterment of society.VISION

    The vision is to make the Gifted Education Programmea model of excellence in the education of theintellectually gifted. This will be achieved by providingprofessional expertise and exemplary resources todevelop intellectual rigour, humane values andcreativity in gifted youths to prepare them forresponsible leadership and service to country andsociety.

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    GEP Enrichment Programmes and Activities:

    Chinese Language Camp

    AimThe aim is to enhance pupils interest in learning Chinese, throughparticipation in activities related to Chinese Language and culture; and tocreate a platform for pupils to demonstrate their creativity and talentsthrough using Chinese as the medium of communication.

    Description

    This is a one-day camp that is held annually during the March holidays. Itis organised by the Gifted Education Branch for all Primary 5 mixedChinese Language class pupils (GEP and their non-GEP classmates) inthe GEP schools.

    At the camp, pupils have the opportunity to learn Chinese through culturalworkshops and speech & drama lessons. There will also be a skit

    competition which will require them to perform their own creativeadaptations of a script.

    Target Group

    All Primary 5 GEP pupils, as well as their classmates in the mixedclasses.

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    GEP Enrichment Programmes and Activities:

    Chinese Language Poem Writing and Recitation

    Contest

    Aim

    The aim of the contest is to enhance pupils interest in learningChinese, through exposure to poetry and multiple ways ofpresenting poetry.

    Description

    This is a half-day event that is held in July. It is organised by theGifted Education Branch for all Primary 4 mixed Chinese Languageclass pupils (GEP and their non-GEP classmates) in the GEP schools.Pupils are taught to appreciate classical and contemporary poems

    during their Chinese lessons. This contest is a platform for pupils toshowcase their ability in poetry writing and recitation as a result ofthose lessons.

    Target Group

    All Primary 4 GEP pupils, as well as their classmates in the mixedclasses.

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    GEP Enrichment Programmes and Activities:

    Science Carnival

    AimThe carnival aims to provide a platform for learning Science beyondthe classroom for P4 gifted and high-ability pupils.

    Description

    The Science Carnival is organised by the Gifted Education Branch

    and the Science Centre Singapore to promote interest in Science. Itallows pupils to explore and experience Science through hands-onworkshops and activity stations. The Carnival provides a platformfor gifted and high-ability pupils to interact with peers from otherschools. For the SBGE students who help out with the event byleading groups and managing activity booths, the Carnival also

    offers them opportunities to serve their younger peers.The Carnival is held at the Science Centre Singapore.

    Target Group

    All Primary 4 GEP pupils

    Selected High-ability Learners (HALs) in Science

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    GEP Enrichment Programmes and Activities: Creative

    Arts Programme (Primary)

    AimThe programme aims to nurture budding young writers at the Primary5 level. By offering them guidance in the art of creative writing, theprogramme hopes to help young writers improve their writing craftand enhance their literary understanding. CAP activities thus provide aplatform for like-minded pupils who are passionate about the arts and

    about writing to meet and mutually develop their interests.

    Description

    The camp comprises the following:

    writing workshops with published writers

    peer critique sessions with writing peers

    hands-on sessions with arts practitioners to experiment with art forms

    Target Group

    Selected Primary 5 pupils (both GEP and HAL) who have interest andaptitude in creative writing (in English).

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    GEP Enrichment Programmes and Activities:

    Actitude P5 Leadership Camp

    Aim

    The aim of the camp is to provide leadership training forselected potential leaders from GEP schools through anoutdoor adventure programme.

    DescriptionDuring the camp, authentic situations are planned to allowpupils to develop and apply leadership skills. The three-dayresidential camp includes an expedition to Pulau Ubin. Pupilsalso engage in group and individual reflection so that they canthink about their camp experiences and gain insights toenhance their leadership capacity.

    Target Group

    Selected GEP pupils and High-ability Learners (HALs) from the9 GEP schools. Participants are selected based on acombination of self-assessment and teacher-assessment.

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    GEP Enrichment Programmes and Activities:

    Mathematics Trail (GEP)

    AimThe aim is to provide opportunities for pupils to apply mathematical skillsto solve real-life problems. Through complementing the content ofMathematics taught in the classroom, the Trail hopes to help pupilsdevelop an appreciation and enjoyment of Mathematics in everydaysituations.

    DescriptionThe activity is usually conducted within the school compound, schoolneighbourhood, or at various parks or places of interest. The MathematicsTrail provides a good opportunity for pupils to experience the relevance ofMathematics in real life. It emphasises skills such as estimation andmental calculation.

    At the Trail, pupils will use creative thinking skills to design feasiblemethods of solving real-life problems. They will also employ mathematicalskills to make good estimates of the measurements needed.

    Target Group

    Primary 5 GEP pupils

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    GEP Enrichment Programmes and Activities:

    Primary Mathematics Masterclass (PM2)

    AimThe aim is to challenge pupils who have demonstrated exceptional abilityin Mathematics by exposing them to topics beyond those covered in theGEP Primary Mathematics curriculum. The pupils will be exposed to thethinking that is characteristic of a mathematician and learn tocommunicate mathematical ideas fluently.

    DescriptionThis is held over three days in the June holidays. Based on results in aselection test, about 30 Primary 5 pupils from the 9 primary GEP schoolswill be selected to attend the Masterclass. There will be an emphasis ondeveloping problem-solving skills through interesting and challengingproblems. After the Masterclass, some pupils will be selected to

    participate in the Primary Mathematics Masterclass Mentorship.Participants will have the opportunity to be mentored by a mathematicianand do research in Mathematics. The selection of participants for thementorship programme will be based on their interest as well as learningattitude.

    Target Group

    Selected Primary 5 GEP pupils and pupils who have high ability inMathematics.

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    GEP Enrichment Programmes and Activities:

    Science Activity with NParks, A Walk in the

    Park Aim

    The activity aims to provide exposure to science contentoutside the syllabus, develop pupils love for nature, as wellas allow pupils to apply their scientific knowledge to real

    issues. Description

    This activity is organised in collaboration with NParks.Pupils will embark on a guided tour to one of the parks ornature reserves to learn about the rich biodiversity of flora

    and fauna found in Singapore. They will learn about theimportance of conserving our natural heritage and the partthey can play to care for our environment.

    Target Group

    All Primary 5 GEP pupils

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    GEP Enrichment Programmes and Activities:

    Advanced Mathematics Enrichment Classes

    AimThe aim is to provide enriching learning experiences beyond the corecurriculum to pupils with exceptional abilities in Mathematics. The AdvancedMathematics Enrichment Classes encourage the pupils to explore broader anddeeper mathematical concepts, and allow the pupils to focus their energies onenriched and advanced work in Mathematics over an extended period of time.

    Description

    The 2-hour long classes are conducted outside curriculum time once a week.

    Pupils who have demonstrated even higher ability will be selected toparticipate in Mathematics competitions such as the RI Primary MathematicsWorld Contest, Singapore Mathematical Olympiad for Primary Schools andNational Mathematics Olympiad of Singapore.

    In the Advanced Mathematics Enrichment Classes, pupils will be exposed to

    various challenging advanced mathematical problems. They will discuss andexamine these advanced mathematical conce