Stories Of Yesteryear – Old School TV

The National Archives of Singapore presents Old School TV, a selection of Educational Television (ETV) programmes produced by the Curriculum Development Institute of Singapore (CDIS) and its predecessors from 1967-1983. ETV represented a milestone in Singapore’s education system. It introduced a new dynamism in education through the use of educational broadcasting by the government and pioneered new learning approaches and fresh teaching ideas for both students and teachers. Digitised recordings from this series that are preserved at the National Archives will be streamed from April 2022. This series is produced by the National Archives of Singapore, an institution of the National Library Board.

The National Archives of Singapore presents Old School TV, a selection of Educational Television (ETV) programmes produced by the Curriculum Development Institute of Singapore (CDIS) and its predecessors from 1967-1983. ETV represented a milestone in Singapore’s education system. It introduced a new dynamism in education through the use of educational broadcasting by the government and pioneered new learning approaches and fresh teaching ideas for both students and teachers. Digitised recordings from this series that are preserved at the National Archives will be streamed from April 2022. This series is produced by the National Archives of Singapore, an institution of the National Library Board.

Ep 1 Adventures In Swimming: Back Stroke Part I
15 mins

This programme is targeted at primary school students. It teaches beginners how to perform the backstroke technique, through demonstrations on the arm and leg movements and visual diagrams and exercises.

Ep 1 Adventures In Swimming: Back Stroke Part I

This programme is targeted at primary school students. It teaches beginners how to perform the backstroke technique, through demonstrations on the arm and leg movements and visual diagrams and exercises.

Ep 2 Home Economics - A Vital Force: Homemakers Of Today
25 mins

This programme talks about homemaking in a HDB flat and how with proper planning and management, a family can live happily. Examples include having simple furniture for a comfortable home, being friendly and co-operative with neighbours, and sharing household chores among family members. Better planning and organised homemaking will help save time for entertaining visiting relatives and friends, and the pursuit of personal hobbies.

Ep 2 Home Economics - A Vital Force: Homemakers Of Today

This programme talks about homemaking in a HDB flat and how with proper planning and management, a family can live happily. Examples include having simple furniture for a comfortable home, being friendly and co-operative with neighbours, and sharing household chores among family members. Better planning and organised homemaking will help save time for entertaining visiting relatives and friends, and the pursuit of personal hobbies.

Ep 3 Home Economics - A Vital Force: Stretch Your Dollar (I)
24 mins

In this part of the 'Stretch Your Dollar' programme, we will see how the Lee family manages their money. This teaches students to plan a household budget.

Ep 3 Home Economics - A Vital Force: Stretch Your Dollar (I)

In this part of the 'Stretch Your Dollar' programme, we will see how the Lee family manages their money. This teaches students to plan a household budget.

Ep 4 Home Economics - A Vital Force: Stretch Your Dollar (II)
22 mins

In this second part of the 'Stretch Your Dollar' programme, It features Linda, who often spends more than what she can afford. On the other hand, May is prudent and very careful about spending. This teaches students to make an informed decision before buying. This can ensure that they are getting their money's worth.

Ep 4 Home Economics - A Vital Force: Stretch Your Dollar (II)

In this second part of the 'Stretch Your Dollar' programme, It features Linda, who often spends more than what she can afford. On the other hand, May is prudent and very careful about spending. This teaches students to make an informed decision before buying. This can ensure that they are getting their money's worth.

Ep 5 Home Economics - A Vital Force: The Family Circle
23 mins

This programme discusses several family issues such as communication with parents, sharing individual problems, and taking care of the elderly family members.

Ep 5 Home Economics - A Vital Force: The Family Circle

This programme discusses several family issues such as communication with parents, sharing individual problems, and taking care of the elderly family members.

Ep 6 Literature And Life: Lady Precious Stream By S.I. Hsiung Part One
22 mins

Targeted at Secondary 1 students, this programme introduces viewers to Chinese Opera - its background, history and features. It enacts the play 'Lady Precious Stream' by S.I. Huang, which was written in English for Western audiences but intended to be performed in the style of Chinese Opera. Introduced by Elizabath O'Rourke.

Ep 6 Literature And Life: Lady Precious Stream By S.I. Hsiung Part One

Targeted at Secondary 1 students, this programme introduces viewers to Chinese Opera - its background, history and features. It enacts the play 'Lady Precious Stream' by S.I. Huang, which was written in English for Western audiences but intended to be performed in the style of Chinese Opera. Introduced by Elizabath O'Rourke.

Ep 7 Adventures In Swimming: Back Stroke Part II
14 mins

This programme is targeted at primary school students. It continues the lesson on the backstroke, focusing on breathing and teaching how to combine limb movement with breathing while swimming. Presented by Ong Siew Guat with Lisa Lim.

Ep 7 Adventures In Swimming: Back Stroke Part II

This programme is targeted at primary school students. It continues the lesson on the backstroke, focusing on breathing and teaching how to combine limb movement with breathing while swimming. Presented by Ong Siew Guat with Lisa Lim.

Ep 8 Adventures In Swimming: Breast Stroke I
19 mins

This programme is targeted at primary school students. It teaches the basics of the breaststroke in swimming. The programme provides demonstrations of the breaststroke and the sequence of movements needed for the arm pull and leg kick. Presented by Ong Siew Guat with Lisa Lim.

Ep 8 Adventures In Swimming: Breast Stroke I

This programme is targeted at primary school students. It teaches the basics of the breaststroke in swimming. The programme provides demonstrations of the breaststroke and the sequence of movements needed for the arm pull and leg kick. Presented by Ong Siew Guat with Lisa Lim.

Ep 9 Adventures In Swimming: Breast Stroke II
15 mins

This programme is targeted at primary school students. It continues the lesson on the breaststroke by teaching how to coordinate the arm and leg movements, as well as when to breathe during the breaststroke. Presented by Ong Siew Guat and Lisa Lim.

Ep 9 Adventures In Swimming: Breast Stroke II

This programme is targeted at primary school students. It continues the lesson on the breaststroke by teaching how to coordinate the arm and leg movements, as well as when to breathe during the breaststroke. Presented by Ong Siew Guat and Lisa Lim.

Ep 10 Adventures In Swimming: Front Crawl Part II
15 mins

This programme is targeted at primary school students. It continues the lesson on the front crawl by teaching how to breathe while swimming. The programme also teaches how to perform the elementary dive. Presented by Ong Siew Guat.

Ep 10 Adventures In Swimming: Front Crawl Part II

This programme is targeted at primary school students. It continues the lesson on the front crawl by teaching how to breathe while swimming. The programme also teaches how to perform the elementary dive. Presented by Ong Siew Guat.

Ep 11 Look To The Future: Careers In Factories Part I
19 mins

This is part one of the 'Careers In Factories' programme. The programme, which is part of the 'Look to the Future' series is targeted at Secondary 2 students. It features a book printing factory and a chocolate factory. The presenter shows the letterpress printing process and the people involved in the process. He then shows how chocolates are made in the factory, and the people working there. He lists the jobs available in the printing and ...

Ep 11 Look To The Future: Careers In Factories Part I

This is part one of the 'Careers In Factories' programme. The programme, which is part of the 'Look to the Future' series is targeted at Secondary 2 students. It features a book printing factory and a chocolate factory. The presenter shows the letterpress printing process and the people involved in the process. He then shows how chocolates are made in the factory, and the people working there. He lists the jobs available in the printing and ...

Ep 12 Look To The Future: Careers In Motor Vehicle Trades
25 mins

This 'Careers in Motor Vehicle Trades' progamme in the 'Look to the Future' series is targeted at Secondary 2 students. The programme visits a repair workshop to look at the jobs available in the motor industry, such as process technicians and quality control men. The presenter then shares the educational pathways for students who are considering a career in the motor industry.

Ep 12 Look To The Future: Careers In Motor Vehicle Trades

This 'Careers in Motor Vehicle Trades' progamme in the 'Look to the Future' series is targeted at Secondary 2 students. The programme visits a repair workshop to look at the jobs available in the motor industry, such as process technicians and quality control men. The presenter then shares the educational pathways for students who are considering a career in the motor industry.

Ep 13 Exploring Science: Life in Fresh Water
14 mins

Targeted at Primary 1 students, this programme finds and identifies living things in a fresh water pond, such as water hyacinth, bladderwort, water skater, daphnia and microscopic organisms like the spirogyra, water boatman, mayfly larva, amoeba, vorticella and paramecium. Presented by Charles Symons and Catherine Chan.

Ep 13 Exploring Science: Life in Fresh Water

Targeted at Primary 1 students, this programme finds and identifies living things in a fresh water pond, such as water hyacinth, bladderwort, water skater, daphnia and microscopic organisms like the spirogyra, water boatman, mayfly larva, amoeba, vorticella and paramecium. Presented by Charles Symons and Catherine Chan.

Ep 14 Maths - Another Look: Circles
17 mins

Targeted at Primary 5 students, this programme teaches the history of circles, where they can be found, and terms that are associated with circles like diameter, radius and circumference. A rudimentary calculation of pi is demonstrated as well. The formulas for the circumference and area of a circle in terms of pi are introduced. Presented by Juliana Low with Martin Lee.

Ep 14 Maths - Another Look: Circles

Targeted at Primary 5 students, this programme teaches the history of circles, where they can be found, and terms that are associated with circles like diameter, radius and circumference. A rudimentary calculation of pi is demonstrated as well. The formulas for the circumference and area of a circle in terms of pi are introduced. Presented by Juliana Low with Martin Lee.

Ep 15 Maths - Another Look: Graphs
15 mins

Targeted at Primary 5 students, this programme introduces graphs as a way to visually present data. As an example, the mode of transportation of a class is represented in a histogram and pie chat. A line chart is also used to show the duration of journeys. Presented by Juliana Low with Paul Kwee.

Ep 15 Maths - Another Look: Graphs

Targeted at Primary 5 students, this programme introduces graphs as a way to visually present data. As an example, the mode of transportation of a class is represented in a histogram and pie chat. A line chart is also used to show the duration of journeys. Presented by Juliana Low with Paul Kwee.

Ep 16 Maths For You: Parallels And Perpendiculars
17 mins

Targeted at Primary 4 students, this programme teaches the concept of averages. Using a story of aliens flying off to another planet, the programme calculates the average number of passengers on the spaceship, and the average amount of rainfall on the planet. Voiced by Hazel Low, Lim Chen Chong and Ong Soh Chin.

Ep 16 Maths For You: Parallels And Perpendiculars

Targeted at Primary 4 students, this programme teaches the concept of averages. Using a story of aliens flying off to another planet, the programme calculates the average number of passengers on the spaceship, and the average amount of rainfall on the planet. Voiced by Hazel Low, Lim Chen Chong and Ong Soh Chin.

Ep 17 Exploring Math: Numbers
20 mins

Targeted at Secondary 1 students, this programme introduces the concept that numbers are abstract ideas, and that the numerals we use are symbols. The definitions of ordinal and cardinal numbers are also given. Presented by Jessie Quek.

Ep 17 Exploring Math: Numbers

Targeted at Secondary 1 students, this programme introduces the concept that numbers are abstract ideas, and that the numerals we use are symbols. The definitions of ordinal and cardinal numbers are also given. Presented by Jessie Quek.

Ep 18 The 14 Cases Of Defective English: Defective English Case Four
20 mins

This is the fourth episode in the series 'The 14 Cases of Defective English', targeted at Secondary 1 students. It features a game using adjectives and adverbs. The teacher explains the meaning of an adjective and an adverb. She then shows sentences with the correct use of adjectives and adverbs in positive, comparative and superlative forms.

Ep 18 The 14 Cases Of Defective English: Defective English Case Four

This is the fourth episode in the series 'The 14 Cases of Defective English', targeted at Secondary 1 students. It features a game using adjectives and adverbs. The teacher explains the meaning of an adjective and an adverb. She then shows sentences with the correct use of adjectives and adverbs in positive, comparative and superlative forms.

Ep 19 The 14 Cases Of Defective English: Defective English Case Five
21 mins

This is the fifth episode in the series 'The 14 Cases of Defective English', targeted at Secondary 1 students. In this programme, Detective English helps a man with his sentences. The man can write well; however, when he reads his sentences, they do not make sense. This is because the Wrecker changed the punctuation in his sentences after they were written. The teacher explains the use of punctuation in sentences, such as the fullstop and ...

Ep 19 The 14 Cases Of Defective English: Defective English Case Five

This is the fifth episode in the series 'The 14 Cases of Defective English', targeted at Secondary 1 students. In this programme, Detective English helps a man with his sentences. The man can write well; however, when he reads his sentences, they do not make sense. This is because the Wrecker changed the punctuation in his sentences after they were written. The teacher explains the use of punctuation in sentences, such as the fullstop and ...

Ep 20 The 14 Cases Of Defective English: Defective English Case Eight
20 mins

This is the eighth episode in the series 'The 14 Cases of Defective English', targeted at Secondary 1 students. At home, Lily practises her speech for Class President in correct English. On stage, the Wrecker makes her use wrong pronouns that cause the listeners to leave the hall. The teacher then explains the function of a pronoun, and gives examples of sentences with the correct personal and relative pronouns.

Ep 20 The 14 Cases Of Defective English: Defective English Case Eight

This is the eighth episode in the series 'The 14 Cases of Defective English', targeted at Secondary 1 students. At home, Lily practises her speech for Class President in correct English. On stage, the Wrecker makes her use wrong pronouns that cause the listeners to leave the hall. The teacher then explains the function of a pronoun, and gives examples of sentences with the correct personal and relative pronouns.

Ep 21 The Language Experience: Coherence
26 mins

This 'Coherence' programme in 'The Language Experience' series is targeted at Secondary 3 students. In this lesson on composition writing, students are taught to use link words to create a more coherent story. The programme features a story of Song Tek, who is very excited to welcome his parents home at Paya Lebar airport. However, he gets stuck in a traffic jam on the way to the airport. There is no conclusion to the story - students are ...

Ep 21 The Language Experience: Coherence

This 'Coherence' programme in 'The Language Experience' series is targeted at Secondary 3 students. In this lesson on composition writing, students are taught to use link words to create a more coherent story. The programme features a story of Song Tek, who is very excited to welcome his parents home at Paya Lebar airport. However, he gets stuck in a traffic jam on the way to the airport. There is no conclusion to the story - students are ...

Ep 22 English For You: Festivals 1
18 mins

Targeted at Secondary 1 students, this programme describes the different festivals like Hari Raya, Chinese New Year and Deepavali, and the customs and rituals associated with them. The programme uses a conversational format between children to teach English.

Ep 22 English For You: Festivals 1

Targeted at Secondary 1 students, this programme describes the different festivals like Hari Raya, Chinese New Year and Deepavali, and the customs and rituals associated with them. The programme uses a conversational format between children to teach English.

Ep 23 English For You: Old Singapore 2
17 mins

Targeted at Secondary 1 students, this programme explores heritage areas and buildings in Singapore like Raffles Place, the Singapore River, the Armenian Church of Saint Gregory, Masjid Hajjah Fatimah, Sri Mariamman Temple, and Thian Hock Keng Temple. Using a discussion between a teacher and her students, various English words and sentences are taught. Presented by Olive Chay, Rujina Md. Hussain, and Bharatkumar Patle.

Ep 23 English For You: Old Singapore 2

Targeted at Secondary 1 students, this programme explores heritage areas and buildings in Singapore like Raffles Place, the Singapore River, the Armenian Church of Saint Gregory, Masjid Hajjah Fatimah, Sri Mariamman Temple, and Thian Hock Keng Temple. Using a discussion between a teacher and her students, various English words and sentences are taught. Presented by Olive Chay, Rujina Md. Hussain, and Bharatkumar Patle.

Ep 24 Happy Mix: We Need Them
15 mins

This programme 'We Need Them' is part of the 'Happy Mix' series. Targeted at Primary 1 students, the programme introduces some specialised jobs in Singapore. It features the daily work routines of postmen, policemen and firemen. The programme also features a story set in HappyVille, where the citizens switch their jobs with one another for a day.

Ep 24 Happy Mix: We Need Them

This programme 'We Need Them' is part of the 'Happy Mix' series. Targeted at Primary 1 students, the programme introduces some specialised jobs in Singapore. It features the daily work routines of postmen, policemen and firemen. The programme also features a story set in HappyVille, where the citizens switch their jobs with one another for a day.

Additional Information

Stories Of Yesteryear – Old School TV
Broadcasted2022
Genresarts and heritage, documentary, education, historical, info-ed
Seasons1
Parental guidance advised for young children