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English Language

English Language

Vision:

Marsilians as confident & competent users of the English Language

Mission:

To lay the foundation and provide opportunities for effective language learning so as to develop both the affective and cognitive domains in the students.

Programmes:

P1 Reader’s Theatre  This programme is designed for our P1 students to engage in reading as a character of a book. Following their practice, students will put up a level performance to showcase their reading talent.
 Drama Experience This programme aims to expose our students to highly acclaimed performances such as musicals and dramas specially staged for primary schools. Students will also get a chance to enjoy the experience of being in a theatre.
Headstart I This programme aims to equip students with phonics skills to help them pronounce and make meaning at the word, phrase and sentence levels. They will develop a basic sight word vocabulary and an increased familiarity with the sound system (phonology) and the different sounds (phonetics) of the English Language.
P2 Choral Reading This programme is designed for our P2 students to enhance their reading for accuracy and fluency. Students are taught to use their voices and gestures to accentuate their choral reading performances.
 Drama Experience This programme aims to expose our students to highly acclaimed performances such as musicals and dramas specially staged for primary schools. Students will also get a chance to enjoy the experience of being in a theatre.
Headstart II This programme aims to equip students to read, comprehend a given passage and articulate using simple words and sentences. This will help them become more confident and better readers.
P3  Creative Expression This programme aims to equip our students with effective oral presentation skills, sharpening their verbal skills in the process, and build their confidence in public speaking.
P4  Creative Writing This programme aims to encourage students to think out of the box and extend their personal thoughts and observations to create interesting and engaging pieces of writing. Students will be exposed to important mechanics of writing, such as characterisation and conflict that will differentiate their work from that of others.
 Library – Read & Discover Program The school collaborates with NLB to organise activities such as:

  • NLB Library Membership
  • Book Buzz
  • Kids Lit Quiz

These programmes aim to expose our students to a wider range of literature and have access to books from the National Library. Students get to listen to talks from Librarians about interesting books that are available through activities such as book sharing of particular genres.

 Silent Reading Award This is a pre-assembly programme that encourages students to read extensively during pre-assembly. Students are encouraged to read and contribute to their class points if they are found to be reading in the morning. At the end of each term, they the class awards are announced for every level to encouraged students to work together and develop the habit of reading during their free time.
EL Fiesta This is a fortnight-long of EL based activities that will culminate in a day of fun and learning on Children’s Day celebrations. The EL Fiesta is school-wide based and the following activities are conducted at the various levels for students to enjoy the learning of the English Language.

  • Book Review
  • Spelling Bee
Learning Support:LSP

SDR

RRP

Learning Support Programme (LSP):

The LSP is a specialised early intervention programme aimed at providing learning support to students who enter Primary 1 with weak English language and literacy skills. The LSP is implemented by qualified teachers appointed by their schools to be Learning Support Coordinators. Students are identified for LSP through a systematic screening process carried out at the beginning of Primary 1. The objective of the LSP is to equip students with basic literacy skills so that they could access learning in the regular classroom. Support continues in Primary 2 for students who need it.

School-based Dyslexia Remediation:

Weekly programme to help P3 and P4 Dyslexic students. Students are identified and given help early so that they can overcome the difficulties associated with dyslexia and are better able to learn in school. The teachers will teach the students how to deal with the difficulties in reading and spelling. The strategies that they learn will help them in their learning of the subjects in school.

Reading Remediation Programme (RRP): By Primary 3 or 4, students should also be able to recognize many words on sight without having to decode them consciously. However, when these skills are not explicitly taught to English learners, problems in word recognition may appear and learners are unable to read fluently. To help these learners, a brief decoding technique found in the Reading Remediation Programme is administered to identify these specific skill deficits. In the RRP lessons, the focus is on developing word recognition and oral reading fluency. RRP instructional techniques also consist of direct and explicit explanation, teacher modelling, guided and independent practice for students to help them, so that their reading comprehension improves.

ICT-Based Information Technology in English Language (InTEL) Programme:

ICT-infused activities / programmes to support the students in their acquisition of the English Language. Students will be given opportunities to learn and improve English through the use of information technology. Through group work, students will come up with a product to show their learning.

STELLAR STELLAR is the primary school English curriculum. Its vision states ‘Children Who Love Reading and Have a Strong Foundation in the English Language’.

STELLAR aims to realise this vision by empowering teachers to teach our children the critical life skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in English through effective and engaging strategies that are developmentally appropriate.

The teaching approaches and resources are designed to deliver the outcomes of English Language Syllabus 2010 / English Language Syllabus 2010 (Foundation).

Information on STELLAR for parents:

http://www.stellarliteracy.sg/cos/o.x?c=/wbn/pagetree&func=view&rid=1143645

 

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