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English Language Department

English Language Department

Objectives

  • To help pupils acquire the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through various curricular and co-curricular programmes and activities.
  • To listen to, read and view a range of texts.
  • To speak, write and make presentations to suit purpose, audience, context and culture.
  • To interact effectively with people.
  • To think through, interpret and evaluate a range of texts.

Programmes:

  • Guided Reading Programme for P1 and P2 Pupils
    The aims and objectives of the Guided Reading Programme are as follows:

    • To promote reading through motivating stories
    • To expose pupils to books of different genres and text types
    • To develop pupils’ abilities to handle information effectively
    • To enable pupils to increase their vocabulary, oral, grammar, reading comprehension, writing and critical thinking skills.

The series of books selected for the Guided Reading Programme are pitched at the pupil’s instructional level. At the beginning of semester 2, the P2 pupils will begin reading chapter books of a more complex nature. The books range from classics to popular children’s literature.
Pupils will hold a title for a period of 2 weeks. During this period, teachers will conduct activities to teach reading and comprehension skills. The series of books used will be rotated amongst the classes within their level and at the end of the programme, the pupils will be given two books to keep.

  • Literature Appreciation Programme for P3 and P4 Pupils

To further promote pupils’ love of reading in the middle primary, the P3 and P4 pupils will study two books in depth and complete activities related to the literary items discussed. P3 pupils will read Roald Dahl’s much loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Semester 1 and Beverly Cleary’s Beezus and Ramona from the Ramona series, in Semester 2. P4 pupils will read John Gardiner’s Stone Fox and the widely acclaimed Minfong Ho’s Sing to the Dawn as part of their Literature Appreciation Programme. The books are specially selected for its rich language and its context, which exposes our young readers to a different world from their own. The books also tie in with the themes covered in the HM Anthology. The Literature Appreciation programme includes specially designed activities which allow teachers to help pupils hone their comprehension skills.

  • News in Class for P3 to P6 Pupils

The News in Class programme for P3 to P6 pupils is designed to promote an interest in happenings around the world and enable pupils to express their opinions regarding the articles or news clips being discussed. News clips will be used for P3 and P4 pupils while P5 and P6 pupils will discuss carefully selected news articles. Pupils will be taught to read the articles objectively and state their opinions on selected portions of the articles. This will allow pupils to practice their oracy skills, which will aid them in the Oral component of the SAs.

  • Writer’s Workshop at SACPS

The EL department has customised a writing programme to suit the developmental needs of our pupils from Primary 1 to Primary 6.

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Before writing, teachers take pupils through a brainstorming process to gather ideas for writing. Next,  a specific writing skill is taught during a mini-lesson. In a single cycle of writing, pupils are taught a variety of writing skills targeted at their weaknesses. They also have one to one conferencing with their teachers to get individualised feedback on their writing. When they complete a piece, they are taught to edit and prepare their pieces for publishing. This part of the writing process is introduced to give our young writers a larger audience, motivating them to write more and write better.

  • Teddy Bear Picnic (P1)

At the end of Term 1, the EL Department organises a Teddy Bear Picnic to celebrate the end of the first term for the Primary 1 pupils. Parents are invited to this event so that they will have an understanding of what school is like for their daughters.

At the picnic, pupils showcase an oral performance for their parents and classmates and this is followed by a publishing party. Here, parents and classmates read stories written by the Primary 1 pupils during the term and provide encouraging compliments to spur them to be better writers.

During the picnic, the pupils and parents take turns to share about the soft toy they have brought for the day while munching on snacks from home.

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  • Mum & Me Day (P2)

Mum & Me Day is an event the EL department organises at the end of Term 2 for Primary 2 pupils and their mothers. Before this event, the pupils would write personal poems about their mothers to express their love for them. They will also prepare an oral performance for their mothers and classmates.

After this showcase, a publishing party is held to celebrate the various poems written by the Primary 2 pupils during the term. After a short snack time, pupils and their mothers create a piece of craftwork together. At the end of craft time, the pupils will present this token of love to their mother as Mother’s Day is celebrated in the month of May.

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  • Learning Support Programme

The Learning Support Programme is a specialised language and literacy programme that provides additional support to selected pupils in Primary 1 and Primary 2. In order to do this, a Learning Support Coordinator will conduct focused lessons daily during curriculum time. She also runs a Buddy Reading Programme to help selected P2 pupils acquire the necessary reading skills

  • Show-and-Tell

Show-and-Tell aims to provide a more formative form of English Language Oral assessment on top of the Oral Assessment that the school conducts to assess pupils’ oral competency.
Show-and-Tell also aims to provide pupils with an opportunity to use the English Language more meaningfully as they are sharing something personal with an audience. Through the Show-and-Tell programme, we can also build up pupils’ confidence of “performing” in front of an audience.

P1 and P2 pupils are assessed using a Show-and-Tell checklist that shows their level of competencies in the areas of content, language structure, independence and presentation.

  • Speech and Drama

This programme aims to help our P1 and P2 pupils gain confidence and effective communication skills through the medium of creative drama. The curriculum is specially developed and customised by SACPS teachers. Pupils explore a variety of stories, poems and scripts in an engaging and creative environment. Speech and Drama lessons also develop social skills and empathy in the pupils by allowing them to experience the world from other perspectives.

Most importantly, it makes the language come alive for our young learners, building a love for the English Language.

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