English Language Department
- 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.
- 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.
Show-and-Tell in the lower primary aims to provide student with an opportunity to use the English Language more meaningfully as they are sharing something personal with an audience. Through Show-and-Tell programme, we also hope to build up students’ confidence level.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 in depth one book a semester and complete activities related to the literary items discussed. Books are specially selected for its rich language and its context that expose our young readers to a different world from their own. The Literature Appreciation programme includes specially designed activities which allow teachers to help students hone their comprehension skills and literature appreciation like the diorama project that they complete over Term 1 holiday.
- Spelling Bee Competition (P3 and P5)
P3 and P5 students have an interclass competition annually to compete against each other for the title of the “Best Speller” of the year. This is an initiative to make spelling more fun for all to enjoy and at the same time, appreciate the intricacy of English words.
- Storytelling Competition (P4)
P4 storytelling competition aims at providing students an opportunity to enjoy telling a story in their own way and at the same time, learn how storytelling communicate ideas and emotions. This competition provides a creative platform for students to express themselves through story and at the same time, find joy in her learning of English Language.
- Little Red Dot
To help promote an interest in happenings at home and around the world, the P3 to P6 students are given an issue of the Little Red Dot regularly. Teachers use the articles in Little Red Dot to engage the students and help them think critically and express their opinions.
- 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.
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.
- Thematic R.E.A.D @ the Library
To help encourage the reading culture in school, the school library rolls out different themes in different months with accompanying activities at the library. This is done so that reading will continue to be an appealing activity to students. Students are also further encouraged to read more with a reading reward card.
- Learn Through Play @ the Library
Once a week during the Learn Through Play period, P1 to P4 students have the option to go to the library to experience EL-related activities and games. Students can also choose to read aloud to their peers or simply enjoy a quiet period of reading.