PE teachers gear up for new syllabus

PE teachers gear up for new syllabus
Yio Chu Kang Primary pupils play handball during a PE lesson. The revamped PE curriculum will be introduced at the lower primary and secondary levels from next year.

SINGAPORE - To get ready for next year's revamped syllabus, around 600 Physical Education (PE) teachers became students themselves in a two-day workshop.

Called the Enhancing My School's PE Curriculum workshop, these teachers were taught how to plan their lessons to meet the challenges of the new syllabus, which makes it compulsory for all secondary school students to take part in at least three friendly matches with schoolmates.

That means students need to be able to pick up the fundamentals of a chosen sport within a 10-week school term, said Victoria Junior College PE head Tan Yew Hwee, who took part in the workshop in August.

"At the end of the 10 weeks, I have to make sure they can play, for example, a three-on-three basketball game. We can't teach everything, so we just teach the necessary skills to play a small basketball game," he told The Straits Times.

To help PE teachers understand what students need to learn, the workshop went beyond lectures.

As one group of participants played games, such as basketball, another group observed the different skills that were used during the exercise - noting the critical ones which students will need to be taught.

To make sure that these skills are picked up progressively, PE lessons will require more structured learning outcomes.

"For example, in a ball game, what do you do when you have the ball? How do you get away from the defender, and how do you receive the ball?" said Mr Teng Tse Sheng, programme manager at the Physical Education and Sports Teacher Academy (Pesta), which conducts the workshops.

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