Punjabi Language Programme

The Punjabi language programme spans from Nursery & Kindergarten Levels, through through Primary Education and post-secondary Education.

Nursery and Kindergarten Levels

Key focus at the Nursery and Kindergarten levels is provide pupils with an environment to appreciate the Punjabi language and to be immersed in a Punjabi speaking environment. Through play, rhymes and other engaging activities, pupils are provided with a learner-centric environment to appreciate the language and culture. Pupils are also provided with an induction into Sikhi and these is complemented by the learning journeys to Gurdwaras.

Our Kindergarten teachers have prepared resources such as books and games to engage our children. Some of these resources are available at the Silat Road office for parents who wish to extend the learning to the home.

Primary Level Education

Instructional materials for all pupils from the Primary level onwards are prepared by the Board of Teaching and Testing of South Asian languages (BTTSAL).

Primary 1 and 2 Levels

In line with the directives from the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore, weighted assessments are not conducted for pupils in Primary 1 and Primary 2. Focus at these levels is to develop pupils oracy skills as well skills of reading with understanding. Non-weighted assessments are conducted at the end of each semester to surface pupils progress in the development of four main skills, namely Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. Feedback is provided through parents through competency ratings that are discussed at our PTMs at the end of each Semester.

More information on the expectations of P1 and P2 assessment is available on the BTTSAL assessment pages (please click on the following links):

Primary 3 Level

Primary 3 students will have no mid-year examinations from 2020 onward and this will be extended to the Primary 5 level in 2021. In its place, a weighted assessment model will be put in place to allow pupils to be immersed in experiential and collaborative learning. The assessment plan that has been developed by BTTSAL is as follows:

The Individual project for Term 1 requires pupils to create a scrapbook on “My Family”. Pupils will be required to make a two minutes presentation to their classmates.

Focus for P3 will continue to be on developing pupils reading and writing skills. More details on the assessment process are available on the BTTSAL link:

Primary 4 and 5 Levels

Pupils in P4 and P5 will continue to have mid-year and year end examinations in 2020. P5 students will have have mid-year examinations replaced by weighted assessments in 2021. Pupils will be banded at the end of P4 into standard and foundation streams with recommendations being made by SSEF Punjabi school to the mainstream school with regard to subject based banding.

Primary 5 students will be graded at the end of the examinations based on the new PSLE Achievement Levels. More information on the new PSLE scoring system is available on MOE’s website.

A summary of the Achievement Levels is shown in the following diagrams together with eligibility criteria for secondary school streams:

The key intent of the new scoring system is to widen the scoring bands so as to reduce the fine differentiation that is inherent in the current T-score aggregate that is computed. The emphasis is also on how well the student has learnt, and not how well he has done compared to others.

More information on the assessment for P4 and P5 is available on the BTTSAL website:

P6 Level

The focus at the P6 Level will continue to be on preparation for the mainstream examinations. Please refer to the Calendar of Activities for information on additional classes that will be conducted prior to BTTSAL examinations and PSLE.

More information on the assessment is available on the BTTSAL website:

Sharing of PSLE examination format and preparation for PSLE was carried out for all P6 pupils and their parents by Mdm Manjeet Kaur, retired Principal of Unity Primary School and Mr Jasbir Singh, Principal SSEF Punjabi School. The following slides are embedded for reference.

Secondary Levels

At the secondary levels, focus continues to be on preparing students for BTTSAL assessments as well as national exams such at the end of Secondary 4/5 and JC.  At the secondary 1 level, mid-year examinations have been replaced by weighted assessments. The distribution of weightings for the overall assessment in Secondary 1 is as follows:

The focus of assessments as highlighted in the BTTSAL assessments are as follows: