Introduction to camera, lights, and action programme (CLAP)
Greenridge Secondary School believes in the importance of providing real world and authentic developmental opportunities that are catered to the needs of the Greenridgeans so as to fulfil the school’s vision of developing “Dynamic Thinkers, Inspiring Leaders and Contributing Citizens” and to prepare Greenridgeans for the future.
The school’s Camera, Lights, and Action Programme (CLAP) takes on a multi-modal approach towards language learning. CLAP uses problem based learning to encourage students to be concerned citizens, taking interest in the community they are a part of. It prompts them to investigate an environmental problem within the community and propose a plan of action in an attempt to resolve the problem. This is also in line with the ministry's call for students to display civic literacy where they participate actively and initiate change in their community. As students work in groups, CLAP would allow for the development of socio-emotional competencies where students learn to allocate and negotiate their roles, and manage any disagreement that may arise. They will learn the importance of listening to others and maximising each member's strength in the completion of their task.
CLAP would also provide for an authentic context in the learning of EL, thereby fostering greater motivation in students to learn EL when they can see the meaning in it and how it is applicable in their everyday life. CLAP would also equip Greenridgeans with the skills and competencies to critically process the vast amount of information, and, at a higher level, to produce these media messages effectively. Among others, the students would be exposed to various research tools such as conducting surveys and interviews as well as searching and evaluating resources from both print and non-print media.
Wei Zhi and Nicole (Class 2/4 of 2015) working behind the scenes
History of CLAP
Greenridge Secondary School is one of the 29 schools that MOE partnered under the Teach Less, Learn More (TLLM) initiative, in order to bring about school-based curriculum innovations. Ms Shirley Tham, then HOD EL, was appointed as a Research Activist in July 2006. She spent time doing research on a curriculum innovation. Her research area is titled ‘Developing greater student engagement and interaction in the classroom through the Camera, Lights, and Action Programme (CLAP)'.
CLAP brought broadcast technology and video production into the English lessons. The students learnt English Language skills through scripting, storyboarding, and directing the production of new stories. The school obtained the LEAD ICT school fund which encourages experimentation and engagement in research projects to push the frontiers of using ICT in teaching and learning.
In 2013, then Minister of Education, Mr Heng Swee Keat announced that by 2017, all schools would have to develop two niche areas – Applied Learning Programme (ALP) and Learning for Life Programme (LLP). The Applied Learning Programme will serve to connect academic knowledge and skills with the real world. The emphasis is on the application of thinking skills, connecting knowledge across subject disciplines, stretching the imagination and applying these in authentic settings in society and industries. Our school’s Camera, Lights, and Action Programme (CLAP) was approved as our school’s ALP in 2014. With it, the programme went through a series of reviews to better align the objectives of the programmes to the English Language Syllabus 2010 as well as the 21st Century Competencies.
Mr Victor Lee, then SH ICT, modelling the process of filming to Greenridgeans.
Diagram explaining the need for all secondary schools to have two distinctive programmes – Applied Learning Programme (ALP) and Learning for Life (LLP)