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ANDventure

Overview of ANDventure

Our school curriculum innovation, ANDventure, continues to provide a holistic, collaborative and creative learning space for our students to construct and demonstrate their understanding of curriculum concepts through different art forms and ICT. The deliberate spread of platforms serves as diverse opportunities to tap on pupils’ varied interests and aptitudes, whilst enabling a level playground for self-directed exploration and discovery. The ANDventure modules are designed based on 4Es:

  1. ENGAGE students in a creative process

  2. EXCITE them to build a learning community with their peers

  3. ENCOURAGE exploration of possibilities and perspectives

  4. EMPOWER multi-modality in communications as designers of learning

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ANDventure integrates the arts and ICT into curriculum, thus providing an interdisciplinary approach which opens up a whole new dimension of experiential and authentic learning. Students develop an enduring appreciation of the different art forms, are empowered to design their final product through co-creation, and to communicate their ideas using multiple intelligences.

ANDventure is also an active arena for Andersonians to learn about values education (based on Steven Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). Furthermore, it provides an authentic environment for Andersonians to practise these values especially when they are immersed in a highly collaborative and creative process where they are called to be responsible to their teams and committed to their roles. 

Most importantly, ANDventure enables our students to embrace learning as a 'lifelong adventure'.
 

Learning Experiences

Since 2016, the ANDventure programme has expanded to bring the engaging learning experiences to all students from P4 to P6. The 3-year programme aims to cover a series of art forms and ICT skills as follows:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Primary 4
  • 7-Habits
  • Integrating Dance with the learning of Life Cycles
  • Introduction to Values Education-in-Drama programme
  • Programming/Coding ICT module
Primary 5
  • Values Education-in-Drama programme
  • Active Application in Programming/Coding ICT module
Primary 6
  • Voices of Ceramics programme
     – The Art of Energy Conversions 

Programme Sypnoses

Values Education-in-Drama Programme I (P4) 
Having an understanding of the 7-habits (based on Steven Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People), students will explore these values more in-depth by employing the use of drama conventions such as Tableaux or Freeze Frames, Conscience Alley, Hot Seating, Student-in-role, Thought-tracking and Performance Carousel in the study of ‘Green Children’, a story revolving around social issues of appreciating differences, empathy and acceptance.

Using the Create-Perform-Respond approach in drama education also provides plenty of opportunities for pupils to express their creativity, communicate their ideas and collaborate as a team while challenging the values they hold in making responsible decisions for one and others.

Values Education-in-Drama Programme II (P5) 
As an extension to the P4 programme, the VED programme at P5 takes students on a 15-week journey to produce their own drama playlets. Centered around the theme ’Kindness in the Neighbourhood’, students explore with greater focus, the elements of performance in terms of movement, expression, voice and character vis a vis learning about the important values in upholding the harmony we have and building a close-knit community. The process equips students with script-writing skills, which are aligned to the structure in composition writing. Every child also takes on a role in the drama production. Be it stage manager, prop master, lights/sound crew, main or supporting cast, being in a role reinforces responsibility and commitment. By navigating through the challenges as a team, the process of learning is indeed a fulfilling one.

These drama playlets are also staged as a public outreach once a year as part of the Anderson Arts ViA project. Titled ‘Magic In The Community’, our students promote neighbourliness by sharing these lively stories with the residents of Ang Mo Kio.

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Integrating Dance with the learning of Life Cycles (P4)  
Science comes alive as students learn to use dance and creative movements in the depiction of Life Cycles and the processes involved. This mode of learning allows students to explore their creativity by offering them a learner-centric space to construct and demonstrate their understanding of Life Cycles through physical embodiment. Elements of Dance such as body awareness, spatial awareness and improvisation are also being taught and emphasised throughout the module. Students not only experience creating their own dance moves under the guidance of the dance artists but their understanding of the concepts are further sharpened under the constant clarification provided by their Science teachers. Collaboration with peers remain an integral part of this module as students work together to put up their maiden Life Cycle Dance performance at a level showcase at the end of the term.

Voices of Ceramics programme – The Art of Energy Conversions (P6)  
Students ideate the process of energy conversions as young potters by creating their own version of ceramic artwork based on their understanding of energy and how it is converted from one form to another. Here, the art of pottery meets scientific concepts. Using techniques like handbuilding, pinching, slab construction, coiling and throwing, students have fun with clay, putting to test their understanding of Science whilst pushing their creative limits in exploring the interaction of materials in art making.