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Enrichment programmes and activities for High-Ability Learners

In primary school, High-Ability Learners can participate in enrichment programmes and activities that develop their interests. Learn more about the programmes and activities.

Overview

The Gifted Education Branch (GEB) organises enrichment programmes and activities for High-Ability Learners (HAL) in English Language, Mathematics and Science. These programmes and activities are either managed and implemented by GEB or by individual schools as provisions for their students, with support and training from GEB.

English Language Programmes

Wits & Words: Inter-school Debate Championship

About the Championship

The Wits & Words: Inter-school Debate Championship builds the oral competencies of verbally talented students. It is jointly organised by the Gifted Education Branch with Debate Association (Singapore) and Raffles Institution (Secondary).

Who it is for

Primary 5 and 6 students.

When it is

  • January: Registration begins.
  • February: Preliminary rounds start.
  • First week of the mid-year school holidays: Grand Finals.

Programme details

School teams compete in 1 of 2 divisions according to their past performance, participation record, or both. Each division has separate preliminiary rounds, break rounds and final round. Corresponding Div 1 and Div 2 rounds are held on the same dates.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, Wits & Words 2020 will not be taking place. We appreciate the interest and support, and hope to welcome participants next year for Wits & Words 2021.

How to apply

Online registration for Wits & Words 2021 will open in January 2021.

Visit the Wits & Words website for more information.
Creative Writing Programme

About the programme

The Creative Writing Programme (CWP) nurtures students' creative writing skills in English. It connects students with like-minded peers and published writers through a 3-day non-residential camp.

Who it is for

Selected Primary 5 students with an interest and aptitude in creative writing in English.

When it is

  • September: Successful applicants take part in a 3-day non-residential camp during the school holidays. The camp includes writing workshops with published writers and a writers' circle. Participants may submit their writing to be considered for publication in Mementoes, a compilation of CWP students' poetry and prose.
  • November: Selected participants will be invited to return for masterclasses to further hone their writing craft.

How to apply

Online applications are currently open and will close at 5pm on Friday, 3 July 2020. Submissions have to be done through the CWP teacher in school.

Refer to the CWP application package 2020 for more information.

Mathematics and Science Programmes

Primary Mathematics Project Competition

About the competition

Jointly organised by the Gifted Education Branch and the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, the Primary Mathematics Project Competition aims to encourage students to carry out innovative and creative work in Mathematics.

There are 2 categories:

  1. Design a poster on the theme, “Mathematics is all around us!', for Primary 4 students.
  2. Design a game on the theme, “Mathematics is fun!', for Primary 5 students.

Each school may submit a maximum of 3 entries, up to 2 entries for Primary 4 and 1 entry for Primary 5.

Who it is for

All Primary 4 and Primary 5 students.

When it is

February to July.

Refer to the Primary Mathematics Project Competition website for more information.
Excellence 2000 (E2K) Mathematics Programme

About the programme

The E2K Mathematics Programme aims to develop students' mathematical reasoning skills and deepens their conceptual understanding through an inquiry approach.

Students will have opportunities to work independently or collaborate with their peers and engage in mathematical thinking through resources such as puzzles, games and mathematical explorations specially designed for this programme. The rich learning experiences offered by the programme serve to help students to:

  • Develop the habits, attitudes and dispositions mathematicians possess.
  • Gain important 21st century competencies such as critical thinking, invention thinking and effective communication skills.

Teachers who have been trained in the E2K pedagogy run the programme in schools.

Who it is for

Primary 4 to 6 students with interest and aptitude for Mathematics. Selected primary schools are invited to offer this programme to their students each year.

Excellence 2000 (E2K) Science Programme

About the programme

The E2K Science Programme offers opportunities for students to engage in scientific investigations to discover and deepen their understanding of advanced science concepts through an inquiry approach. The rich learning experiences offered by the programme serve to help students to:

  • Develop the habits, attitudes and dispositions scientists possess.
  • Gain important 21st century competencies such as critical thinking, invention thinking and effective communication skills.

Teachers who have been trained in the E2K pedagogy run the programme in schools.

Who it is for

Primary 4 to 6 students with interest and aptitude for Science. Selected primary schools are invited to offer this programme to their students each year.