All our pupils will be able to use English to express themselves.
All should attain foundational skills in grammar, spelling and basic pronunciation.
They should be able to use English in everyday situations and for functional purposes, such as giving directions, information or instructions and making requests.
The majority of our pupils will attain a good level of competence in English, in both speech and writing.
STELLAR, which stands for Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading, is the pedagogic model that we use to strengthen both language and reading skills as well as to promote a positive attitude towards reading through the use of authentic children’s literature.
Shared reading, shared writing
are the key strategies adopted by our teachers in Primary 1 and 2 classrooms while approaches like
supported reading, KWL strategy
are typically used by our teachers in Primary 3 to 6 classrooms.
The national initiatives of National Education, thinking skills, and the use of information and communication technology (ICT) are woven into the syllabus. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), cyber wellness and economic and financial literacy are also incorporated by teachers in the delivery of the curriculum, where applicable.
Pupils at the listening centres for an audio session of the books they are reading
To complement and enrich pupils’ English Language learning experiences, we have designed programmes not only to equip pupils with basic literacy skills but also provide them with the opportunities to develop soft skills required for the 21
Accelerated Reader and STAR Reading Programme
This web-based reading programme is a diagnostic reading package that allows our pupils to determine their reading age and check their understanding of the books read. It encourages our pupils to read regularly and work towards different levels of reading proficiency by awarding them points for each reading quiz. Certificates are given to pupils based on the number of points they have accumulated.
Pupils doing their reading quizzes on STAR Reading portal
There is an EL Class Library in every classroom to excite and engage pupils in reading. The books are rotated among the classes to ensure that pupils get a fresh collection of books to read all year round!
Once a year, we organise a book selection session for our pupils. Each class is given an opportunity to select up to two books from a few book vendors and these books are then purchased to become part of the school library collection.
Speech and drama activities are incorporated into our English lessons to develop our pupils’ oratorical skills and confidence in a fun and meaningful manner. Pupils shed their inhibitions in using the language as they dramatise and assume the identities of the characters in the fictional world.
A dramatisation session
To train our young pupils to stand up and speak with confidence in front of their friends, we provide them with the opportunity to present a topic that interests them during Show and Tell at the Primary 1 and 2 levels. The variety of topics and the myriad of interesting items that are brought to class never fail to captivate the attention of everyone. It is also a good class bonding session for all. Our pupils learn more about the things that are meaningful to their classmates. They also gain experience in public speaking and recognise the importance of respecting each other’s turn to talk.
A pupil doing Show and Tell in the library
To write well, you have to first learn to spell
correctly, which is our purpose of organising the Spelling Bee contest for our
Primary 1 and 2 pupils. The contestants are selected through a preliminary
test. Each class sends their top three spellers to compete on level basis.
P1 Spelling Bee contest
Learning Support Programme (LSP)
The LSP is a specialised early intervention programme aimed at providing learning support to pupils who enter Primary 1 with weak English language and literacy skills. The objective of the LSP is to equip pupils with basic literacy skills so that they could access learning in the regular classroom. The LSP classes are run by qualified Learning Support Coordinators (LSCs). Pupils are supported daily for half an hour a day in groups of 8 to 10 pupils. Support continues in Primary 2 for pupils who need it.Useful
Primary School Library Catalogue
- Longman English Dictionary
- Cambridge Dictionaries