Students who are empathetic communicators, discerning readers and creative inquirers
Instill a love of English Language in students by providing rich and authentic learning experiences
The EL department aims to achieve its goals through planned school – wide programmes.
The main pedagogical approach used in the teaching of English Language is STELLAR (Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading). The STELLAR programme aims to strengthen language and reading skills as well as promote a positive attitude towards learning. The Modified Language Experience (MLEA) is one of the three approaches adopted in teaching English at the lower primary levels. MLEA comprises a shared experience that is linked to a Big Book that the students have read. Some of these shared experiences include students making sandwiches, blowing bubbles and going on a picnic. These fun and enjoyable shared experiences provide both the context and content for students to practise the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. With instructional scaffolding from the teacher, students think, talk, read and write about their experiences as they are guided through to make the connections between oral and written language.
Visit to Bedok Public Library
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) 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.
4) Termly Library Activities
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.
5) Little Red Dot newspapers [Primary 4 – 6]
The Straits Times weekly publication for primary school readers delivers stories to address their social and emotional learning, values education and, of course, development of English language skills including reading, comprehension, grammar, vocabulary building, etc. In each Tuesday edition, there are learning resources pegged to the news, which offer simple explanations of current affairs to young readers.
6) Speech and Drama [Primary 1]
Good communication and public-speaking skills are essential for students. Speech and drama lessons will help our students build up their vocabulary and become more articulate. They will learn to communicate their thoughts, which build a strong foundation for the skills required to speak publicly and present effectively.
7) Broadcast Journalism [Primary 4 and 5]
Broadcast Journalism is a programme carried out at Primary 4 and 5 to build up students’ confidence in self-expression, write and present his/her own scripts under the guidance of our English Language teachers. Students get to discover the process of news creation for broadcast, practise writing news scripts in standard, learn to improve communication skills and master the art of presentation to become an outstanding reporter as they explore the power of body language in communication.
Learning Outcomes• Inculcate Interests in News• Online Research Skills• Enhance Writing and Presentation Skills• Increase Environmental Awareness and Sensitivity• Build Confidence in Self-Expressions• Teamwork and Collaboration Skills