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Our design of the English curriculum and programmes has been guided by the 2010 EL syllabus and principles of Holistic Assessment. The school curriculum and STELLAR work hand in hand to prepare our students to be confident users of the language. Taking into consideration the students’ cognitive development and the background knowledge that they bring with them, the curriculum has been designed to stretch the students’ learning while respecting their differences.
Framework Source: moe/cpdd(englishunit)
A sound reading programme is crucial for language learning to be effective. Through the different foundation stages, our students are exposed to various genres of literature. Independently, students have been flooded with reading materials that they take with them for a period of two weeks. Respecting their space, the school implements the uninterrupted silent and sustained reading on a daily basis.
- P1 and P2
Special teachers promote language through the Extensive Reading (ER) programme. By ensuring that the ER teachers are in no way their subject teachers, students are more relaxed and are able to enjoy the discussions. Learning accelerates because the environment is safe and relaxed. Written work is an absolute taboo in these classes.
- P3 and P4
The reading programme is extended into mini book clubs where students periodically share their views of the books they have read. Classes have been equipped with a rich supply of books of different genres. The school has also deliberately selected award-winning books to add to our supply.
- P5 and P6
Upper primary students are introduced to Literature through discussions and in-depth study of a classic. We have over the years varied our materials. Some of the titles that we have included are Bungee Cord Hair and Free me.
- A great focus is also given to writing. In order to nurture prolific writers, the school is embarking on creating a writing community.
- P3 to 6 students are actively recording their ideas in their writers’ journals. Through a structured, whole school approach, the students are taken through the writing journey to build up fluency.
This strategy has a two-fold objective:
- Students will learn to brainstorm and build up on their ideas through the use of various strategies such as Quick Write.
- Teachers are able to provide constructive feedback on their students’ strengths and weaknesses.