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Physical and Health Education


An IJ girl with a positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle in order to serve self and others in life.


A culture of Sports, Health and Fitness is cultivated through Infusion, Participation and Exposure.


Inter-House games
In 2010, the planned inter-house games were based on traditional games. The pupils compete in games such as Chapteh, Relay games, etc. This year, the theme for the inter-house games will be based on Sports day games. Points of inter-house games are added to determine the Champion house of the year.

Morning run/skip
The weekly morning run/skip aims to encourage pupils and teachers to exercise regularly in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The weekly morning run/skip has been implemented for two years and it was proven that it has improved the pupils’ and staff’s fitness level.

Primary 5 Adventure camp
The aim of this camp is to develop leadership qualities, improve problem-solving and team-building skills as well as to foster esprit-de-corps among the pupils.

Primary 4 Adventure day
As part of the Character Development Programme, pupils will be exposed to outdoor activities that will help develop their team-building, leadership and problem-solving skills. Through fun and creative learning activities, the pupils will also be able to:

  • know how low self- awareness can handicap one’s action
  • increase their sense of responsibility for their emotions and behaviours
  • discover their leadership potential or other qualities that they have yet to uncover
  • appreciate the importance and the effectiveness of teamwork
  • give constructive feedback and to respond to criticism in a productive manner
  • be more aware of one’s own problem-solving process and hence improve thinking and learning skills



The grading system and points awarded for each test-item is as follows:

Performance Grade – Points

A – 5

B – 4

C – 3

D – 2

E – 1

For pupils who have passed all six test-items, an award will be given if they fulfil the following requirements:

Award – Minimum Grade for Each Test Item – Minimum Points Achieved

Bronze – E – 6

Silver – D – 15

Gold – C – 21

Certificates and collar pins will be presented to all pupils for awards that they have attained. Primary 6 pupils who have attained the Gold Award for 3 consecutive years (P4 to P6) will receive a special gold collar pin.

Medical Exemption

  • Complete Exemption

Pupils are only completely exempted if they have:

  • Severe medical problems e.g. heart problems, soft bones, as advised by the School Health Services (SHS) after the annual medical check-ups.
  • Long-term medical certificates for serious illnesses e.g. hole in the heart, cancer etc
  • Physical handicaps
  • Severely overweight problems and have yet to obtain a certification of fitness from SHS
  • Exemption for the Current Year

Pupils will be exempted for the current year if they have less than 2 months of training after recovering from:

  • Fractured limbs
  • Serious illnesses e.g chicken pox or dengue fever
  • Temporary Exemption on Allocated Test Date

Pupils in the following categories will be required to take the test on another date after they have recovered:

  • Those who report sick
  • Those who are observed to be unwell
  • Those who have medical certificates for minor illness e.g. flu, colds, coughs, diarrhoea etc.

Please note that a medical certificate or a letter from a doctor must accompany all requests for exemption.

Lower Primary (P1 & P2)

  • Fundamental Movements
    • Locomotor (running, jumping, walking etc) skills
    • Non-locomotor (bending, swaying, pushing etc) skills
  • Manipulative Skills involving the handling of small apparatus
    • Beanbags/Quoits
    • Balls
    • Hoops
    • Ropes
    • Sticks
  • Develop skills and concepts in Territorial games
  • Develop skills and concepts in Net-wall games
  • Develop skills and concepts in other games (Skipping)
  • Develop skills in NAPFA
  • Develop skills in Athletics
  • Gymnastics programme
  • Dance programme
  • PAL Programme

Mid & Upper Primary (P3 – P6)

  • Fundamental movements and manipulative skills
  • Develop skills and concepts in Territorial games
  • Develop skills and concepts in Net-wall games
  • Develop skills and concepts in Striking/Fielding games
  • Develop skills and concepts in other games (Skipping)
  • Develop skills in NAPFA
  • Develop skills in Athletics
  • Fitness Conditioning & Management
  • Cardio-respiratory fitness
  • Muscular strength & endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Intermediate Gymnastics programme (P3)
  • Tennis programme (P4&P5)

AdminAdmin & Attire

Medical Certificates or letters from parents are required if the child is not participating in the PE lesson. Pupils should only be exempted for medical reasons.


  1. Appropriate attire must be worn at during PE lessons. This includes suitable footwear.
  2. Pupils should be attired in the School T-shirt or House T-shirt tucked neatly into school shorts and school shoes for PE lessons
  3. P1 – P2 pupils will use the round-necked school T-shirt while P3 – P6 pupils will use the collared school T-shirt


During January and February, all pupils went through the Youth Olympic Games assembly programmes. After each assembly talks on YOG, pupils are to take part in a short quiz where they will contribute points to their houses. Below are the questions and answers to the quiz. It will be good for all to be equipped with knowledge of the up-coming YOG before the exciting games in 2010!

History of YOG

  1. Where did the 1st Olympic Games take place?
    Answer: Olympia , Greece
  2. Who were the Ancient Olympic Games set up to honour?
    Answer: Zeus the chief Greek God
  3. Who was the founder of the modern Olympic Games?
    Answer: Baron Pierre de Coubertin
  4. When did the Ancient Olympic Games start?
    Answer: 776 B.C

About YOG 2010

  1. What does YOG stand for?
    Answer: Youth Olympic Games
  2. Which year will the YOG in Singapore be held?
    Answer: Year 2010
  3. What is the age range of YOG athletes?
    Answer: 14 to 18 years old
  4. How many sports will be covered in the YOG in Singapore ?
    Answer: 26 sports
  5. What are the 3 Olympic values?
    Answer: Excellence, Friendship, Respect
  6. How long will the YOG last?
    Answer: 12 days
  7. What does SYOGOC stand for?
    Answer:Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee
  8. List 3 Olympic themes.
    1) History of Olympic Movement
    2) Olympism & Olympic Values
    3) Risks in Sports
    4) Well-being & Healthy Lifestyle
    5) Sports Context
    6) Involving Youth
    7) Social Responsibility
    8) Digital media
  9. How many countries will be involved in the YOG?
    Answer: 205 countries

Other facts about YOG

  1. When will the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games be held?
    Answer: Year 2012
  2. What are the 2 different categories of games in the Olympic Games?
    Answer: Summer and Winter games
  3. Where will the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games be held?
    Answer: Innsbruck , Austria
  4. How many events will there be in a Pentathlon?
    Answer: 5 events
  5. How often are the Olympic Games held?
    Answer: Every 4 years

About Austria

  1. Which country is CHIJ Primary twinned with for YOG?
    Answer: Austria
  2. What is the capital of Austria ?
    Answer: City of Vienna
  3. Name 2 sports Austria are good in.
    Answer: Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Ski-jumping, Football, Ice-hockey or Basketball


Health Education Programmes

Dental Health
Pupils from Primary 1 and 2 are given lessons on how to brush their teeth by the school dental nurse. Primary 3 to 6 pupils receive a twice check-ups with the dental nurse within the year. There are also talks from the School Dental Nurse for the pupils to further educate on ways to keep their teeth healthy and clean.

School Health Screening
School Health Screening takes place once every year where pupils receive check-ups on their eyesight, back and necessary injections.

Assembly Talks
Assembly talks by various organisations are held throughout the year to promote and further educate awareness of health issues. Talks cover topics such as myopia, dental care, menstruation, personal hygiene, the dangers of smoking and drugs among others. These talks are in line with the pupils’ physical and mental development.

Veggie Bites Programme
This is a programme that seeks to encourage healthy eating habits. Pupils are encouraged to eat more fruits and vegetables through a system of reward cards. Every time pupils consume a fruit or a vegetable in school, they are given a reward card. When the class has collected 40 of such cards, they are rewarded with a bigger card. The class who has collected the most big cards, they win prizes for being the top fruit and vegetable eating class in the school.

Tutti Fruitti Programme
This is a programme that encourages pupils to eat fruits. Every Tuesday is dedicated as Tutti Fruitti day where pupils have to bring fruits to school to consume.

Health Education Links

Singapore’s Health Promotion Board
Health Education Syllabus
KK Hospital’s Webpage
Children’s Dental Health
Overseas Websites on Health Issuesv
A website for Children to learn more about their bodies and health


CHIJ has been awarded the School Model Tuckshop. The school monitors the quality of food served in the canteen and the menu is in line with Health Promotion Board’s stipulated guidelines for canteen food in schools.

Attained Silver in the Joint HPB-MOE CHERISH Award

Silver award in NAPFA

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