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English

Department Goals

  • To develop skills in listening, speaking, writing and reading in English.
  • To develop an appreciation for the English Language.
  • To develop confidence in using the language and pride in work.
  • To make learning of English fun.

The school adopts the STELLAR (Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading) approach in the teaching of the English Language. STELLAR aims to strengthen children’s language and reading skills as well as promote a positive attitude towards learning in the foundational years. The programme uses research-based teaching strategies and age-appropriate materials to engage children in the learning of English.

The main strategies in STELLAR include the Shared Book Approach, Supported Reading, KWL and Retelling which help to promote reading for understanding and enjoyment. The focus on explicit teaching of language items, structures and skills, Learning Centres, Modified Language Experience Approach and the use of the Writing Process Cycle cater to differentiated learning, setting the stage for a well-rounded curriculum for the teaching and learning of the English Language.

The English Department is strongly supported by:

  • The Media Resource Library which promotes reading through various platforms.
  • The Learning Support Programme which identifies children who need help and provides early intervention.
  • LDDS which identifies talented children and provides them with the platform to hone and showcase their oral communication skills such as debates, storytelling and drama.
  • Parents who enthusiastically volunteer their time to help in the various Learning Journeys, the Reading Mum programme and Spotlight, a show-and-tell programme.

Key Programmes

P1 and P2 : READ WELL and STAGE TROUPER, a reading / phonics and speech & drama programme

This programme aims to equip students with phonemic awareness and essential decoding skills which are essential for acquiring reading fluency and comprehension skills.

It also aims to develop the skills of speaking clearly, expressively and effectively and provide opportunities for creative thinking, aesthetic and self-expression, enhancing social skills and the ability to work collaboratively with others.

P3 : Story-telling

Research has shown that active participation in storytelling results in increased language development and comprehension. All P3 students are trained in the techniques of story-telling through fun and enjoyable ways to help students improve their oral communication skills.

P4 : Media Literacy Programme

Media Literacy Programme is designed to raise students’ awareness of media intent. Students learn to interpret media messages and critique the effectiveness of the media. They also learn to examine the media without prior prejudice and follow certain supervised steps to analyse, decipher and re-construct the message behind the media.

P5 : Young Journalist Programme

The Young Journalist Scheme uses the NewsMaker software to help students improve their writing and presentation skills through storytelling and reporting. Opportunities are created to immerse students in open dialogue and interviews to hone their communication skills.

 

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