Confident students who are competent users of the English Language
The EL department aims to instill the love for language and create an EL culture by:
- providing opportunities to students to develop their oracy and communication skills
- integrating the different components of EL and deepening their experiences through contextualisation and
- inculcating good reading habits through the reading programmes
The EL department aims to achieve its goals through planned school – wide reading programmes.
1) READ (Read Enjoy Appreciate Discover) Programme
Every term, students get to bring home a select choice of books to read. These books include award winning titles such as Toto Chan, or popular classics like Treasure Island. Through pre and post reading activities, students will discover and appreciate a wide variety of book genres, writing styles and writers.
2) AVID Readers’ Programme
To promote the love of reading, awards will handed out every semester to recognise avid book readers. Students are encouraged to set a target of the number of books they aspire to read every semester in a card and strive towards achieving it.
3) Damai Reading Train
In a school wide initiative to encourage borrowing and reading of school library books, reading targets are displayed in the form of a train. For every 500 books borrowed and read by our students, a train carriage will be added to signify what has been achieved.
4) STELLAR Reading journals
The department collaborated with NLB in a programme where students are encouraged to borrow and read books found in the journals. Students then choose selected activities such as a book review or character study to complete after reading the books. These books are linked to the STELLAR themes and can be found both in the school library and the National library.
5) Termly library activities for the levels
Students participate in activities that are based on themes. The activities encourage them to make use of books from the library and the completed pieces are featured in the library.
6) What’s Up newspapers for P4 – P6
To help students become informed and responsible citizens, every child will get their hands on a What’s Up newspaper. They will discuss selected articles with their teachers and complete related activities. Through this approach, students can keep in touch with current affairs and be exposed to global issues beyond their school and home environment.
Other EL Programmes
1) Speech and Drama
The speech and drama programme for the P1s to P4s are an extension of the curriculum. It provides a platform for students to express themselves and learn to speak with confidence.
2) Oral Enrichment for P6
P6 students undergo an oral enrichment programme which has been differentiated according to abilities. This is to help them hone their communication skills and prepare for the upcoming PSLE examinations.
3) English Week
The EL department plans and implements an EL Week in Term 3. Through the course of the whole week, students are involved in several NLB collaborated reading activities. Creative and engaging English activities will also be set up to instil the love of learning the language.