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The Vision

Passion for the Arts

The Mission Statement

To develop the Arts through the mastery of techniques, aesthetic appreciation and creativity

The Aesthetics Department vision and mission of ‘Passion for the Arts’ and ‘To develop the Arts through the mastery of techniques, aesthetic appreciation and creativity’ respectively enable Art and Music teachers to develop the pupils our students with the basic aims of Arts Education – such that every child be visually/musically literate and able to appreciate the Arts. 

At CHIJ (Katong) Primary, all Music, Art and Performing Arts programmes are aligned to the “Experience, Enrich and Excel” approach. All students have the opportunity to be exposed to the Arts through the various activities in school. There are also enrichment programmes planned to further enrich their Arts experience. Opportunities are given to those who have the aptitude to further develop their talent.         


The 3E Approach for Aesthetics Development

Assembly Programme

Recess Programme

Arts Week PAL (Dance) 

P1/P2 Showcase (Concert and Art Exhibition)
Learning Journeys for all levels  

Arts Monitor Workshop/Training 

Platforms for performance in school for students not in the Performing Arts CCAs
Arts Monitors represent school in cluster, IJ, national or international events, exhibitions, concerts 

Talented students to be recommended for the SOTA Junior Academy
ArtArt Curriculum Art Club

Art Exhibition / Art Auction

Art Workshops Art Outreach (Art Appreciation)
National Art Competitions

International Art Competitions

SYF Art Exhibition 

MusicMusic Curriculum Enrichment Lessons (Hand Chimes, Ukelele, Guitar, and Garage Band) for P2,4,5 & 6

Platforms for performance in school: - P1/P2 EOY Concert - talent showcase of students taking music lessons outside school
Platforms for performance locally and overseas 

 Zonal, National and International Competitions Examinations 
Performing Arts CCAs 
CCA training sessions 

Watch local and overseas performances 

School platforms 
Exchanges with local schools /workshops

External (local/overseas) platforms

Exchanges with overseas schools

SYF Arts Presentation

Competitions (Non-SYF Year)

Examinations (Certification)

Direct School Admission Exercise

Talented students to be recommended for the SOTA Junior Academy 

Ms Christina Lie



Mrs Alice Ng                                                    



Ms Angeline Grace Bitgue

Music Co-ordinator                                                               


  • P1 to P2 Art Curriculum based on MOE Art Syllabus 2018; P3 to P6 Art Curriculum based on MOE Art Syllabus 2009
  • Briefing on Arts Programme for all teachers in December 2018
  • Briefing and Art Workshop for art teachers in January 2019
  • Ceramics Enrichment Programmes for all P2 to P3 students
  • Art Appreciation (1 session) conducted by parent volunteers for Art Outreach for P3 students

Art Syllabus Content P1 to P6

The learning content outlines the knowledge, skills and values that pupils will acquire to achieve the learning outcomes.


  1. Art Forms e.g. 2D & 3D Fine Art, 2D & 3D Design and Digital Media
  2. Elements of Art and Principles of Design


  1. Art Techniques
  2. Visual Inquiry Skills
  3. Research & Processing Skills
  4. Communication Skills


  1. Art captures imagination (P1 & P2)
  2. Art expresses human emotions (P1 & P2)
  3. Art communicates ideas (P3 & P4)
  4. Art has purposes and functions (P5 & P6)

Students’ Art Assignments

The number of assignments to be completed varies with each level. Art teachers ensure that the activities include a variety of media.

Activities & Events

• Collaboration with English Department for Arts Week activities

• Collaboration with CCE Department for P5 NE Show

• Collaboration with P6 Level for P6 Malacca Learning Journey

• Ad-hoc National / International Art Competitions

Music Programme

In the music programme, our students learn to be more observant and appreciative of the environment and be developed and stretched to their optimum potential. Music education also builds the aural abilities of a child and thus empowers her to appreciate, perform and create music, thereby enhancing the quality of life.

Music Framework P1 to P6

Framework for the teaching and learning of the General Music Programme [GMP]

  1. Listen and Respond to Music
  2. Perform Music
  3. Create Music

Objectives (Student Outcomes)

  1. Develop ability for creative expression and communication through music.
  2. Develop awareness and appreciation of music in local and global cultures.
  3. Provide the basis to develop an informed and lifelong involvement in music.

Music in CHIJ (Katong) Primary

  1. Music lessons (Music Syllabus)
  2. Music Enrichment – IT Programmes

        • Creative Music – P2 to P5
        • Garage Band – P6

3. Music CCA (Handbell Ensemble, Choir and Dance) 

4. Music Curriculum based on MOE Music Syllabus 2015

5. Learning to play musical instruments - By the end of P6, students would have learnt to play 5 different instruments:

        • P1 – Simple Percussion instruments
        • P2 – Hand Chimes
        • P3 – Recorder
        • P4 – Ukulele
        • P5 – Guitar

6. GMP contributes to the quality of students’ holistic education and plays a part in nurturing them to become informed audiences for the Arts.

Music Programme

1. Students will complete their music syllabus using the modular system.

2. Students will be taught the different aspects in modules and will be tested at the end of each module. 

      • E.g. P4 – Term 2 – They will learn to play the ukulele. At the end of Term 2, they will be assessed to see if they have managed to master the basics of playing the ukulele using rubrics.


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4


Singing and Rhythm

Simple Percussion

World Music

Create Music


Music Elements

Hand Chimes

World Music

Create Music


Music Elements


World Music

Create Music


Music Elements


World Music

Create Music


Music Elements


World Music

Create Music


Music Elements

Garage Band

World Music

Music Genres

Teaching Approaches and Delivery

  1. Thematic and Concept Approach
  2. Kodaly Method – Promotes musical literacy and active understanding of music through singing, folk music and music of artistic value, hand signs and music games.
  3. Dalcroze Eurhythmics – Utilizes physical movement and musical rhythms to teach and reinforce musical concepts. The approach connects music, movement, mind and body.
  4. Orff Approach – Engages children’s minds and bodies through a mixture of singing, dancing, acting and use of percussion instruments.


Both Summative and Formative Assessment – Assessments are carried out through a variety of ways, such as through listening and responding activities, music presentations (performing), improvisation or composition tasks (creating),  written assignments or reflection journals

The link between the aims of the General Music Programme and the 21st Century Competencies is shown below.

Emerging 21st Century Competencies

Corresponding aims in General Music Programme

Civic Literacy, Global Awareness and    Cross-cultural skills

Develop awareness and appreciation of music in local and global cultures.

Provide the basis to develop an informed and life-long involvement in music

Critical and Inventive Thinking

Develop ability for creative expression and communication through music.

Communication, Collaboration and Information Skills

Develop ability for creative expression and communication through music

Special Objectives of Music Programme in CHIJ (Katong) Primary

Students are given the opportunity to learn the different instruments for a term, so that they can get the chance to discover their musical talent or interest in playing a particular musical instrument. They can further their interest by signing up for extended classes for the next level.

Students are also given special attention in singing, dancing and Hand chimes playing in P1 and P2, so that the talented students can be chosen for choir, dance and Handbell Ensemble [CCA] when they reach P3.

Activities & Events

  1. P1 and P3 concert
  2. Ad-hoc Zonal / National competitions