Form Teacher Guidance Period
In line with the Primary Education Review and Implementation (PERI) recommendations and key strategies for ‘Strategies to Ensure More Attention to Individual Pupil Development throughout Primary School Life’ (SEAIP), the school has fully implemented the Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP) from Primary 1 to 6.
Form Teachers (FT) play a central role in shaping the development of our students, and thus, it is important for us to strengthen the provision of pastoral care by leveraging on this structured time to create stable and positive Teacher-Student Relationships.
FTGP is held on the first period every Friday for FTs to engage in quality interactions with our students and to help students strengthen their SE competencies. During these sessions, there would be play activities between the FTs and students to enhance bonding as well as the teaching of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills - SEL teaches our students the need to handle themselves, relationships, and work, both effectively and ethically.
PPS has embraced The Growth Mindset as a belief system that students can improve in their intelligence, ability and performance. As mindset is malleable, we can help our students to learn more effectively and efficiently. We have introduced the Mindset Matters booklet to integrate the learning and mastery of the skills of reframing the mind into our FTGP scheme of work.
In the foundational years of Primary 1 and 2, we introduce to them the Growth Mindset and allow them to be encouraged through personal stories of successful people. In Primary 3 and 4, the students are taught The Power of the Brain and how their actions affect others. Finally in Primary 5 and 6, they are taught to The Power of Positivity and also how to reframe mistakes. Students are guided to set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound) and thought how to reframe their mindset towards success.
Lessons on Cyber-wellness (CW), Education and Career Guidance (ECG) and protection from abuse are incorporated in FTGP lessons to address specific issues, reinforce core values and SEL to enable our students to apply them to specific contexts.
Our PPS form and co-form teachers also take turns to converse with our students during FTGP to make our students feel important and valued. Through these quality conversations where FTs can Connect Hearts and Thoughts (CHAT), understand pupils' needs, character traits, dispositions and attitudes which enables the teachers to give necessary guidance and assistance.