The silent revolution in S'pore's education system

Woodgrove Primary pupils using storybooks in a mathematics class under the school's literature-based approach to the subject. The school has also turned its library into a MakerSpace, where pupils can sign up for sessions such as 3D design, stop-moti
Woodgrove Primary pupils using storybooks in a mathematics class under the school's literature-based approach to the subject. The school has also turned its library into a MakerSpace, where pupils can sign up for sessions such as 3D design, stop-motion film-making and coding for robots.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

The library at Woodgrove Primary has been turned into a MakerSpace. After regular lessons end at around 2pm, pupils sign up for sessions such as 3D design, stop-motion film-making and coding for robots.

Instructors leave the children to it once they have explained how things work. The overall message is that it is okay to fail, says a teacher.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 16, 2018, with the headline 'The silent revolution in S'pore's education system'. Print Edition | Subscribe