Our objectives are:
- To develop students' language abilities (4 language skills) and thinking skills (creativity and critical thinking skills)
- To maximize students’ exposure to English in and out of the classroom by introducing life-wide language learning through a variety of language development strategies. This includes co-operative learning, IT in language learning, self-access learning, project learning, infusion of language arts and adoption of a wide range of text types
- To facilitate students’ integrative and purposeful use of language in authentic contexts
- To cultivate positive values and attitudes conducive to lifelong learning
- Knowledge & Receptive Skills Development within Meaningful Contexts: New knowledge (e.g. phonics, vocabulary and grammar) is introduced and practised within the contexts of engaging and age-appropriate oral and written texts (e.g. puppetry, story books, and videos). Strategies to develop students' listening and reading skills (e.g. blending sounds and chunking words) are also taught within the contexts of these fun and exciting texts.
- Productive Skills Development through Engaging Tasks: New knowledge is practiced and improved by exercising students' speaking and writing skills whilst completing authentic and motivating tasks.
- Gradual Release of Responsibility: Students are enabled to gradually take over the primary responsibility for actively using these language skills. For the skill of reading this starts with listening to oral storytelling, which progresses to listening to books read aloud by the teachers, followed by shared reading together as a class, then guided reading in small groups and finally finishing with independent reading.
- Encouraging a Lifelong Love of Reading: Throughout the whole curriculum, students are encouraged to develop a passion and love for reading a wide range of texts, laying the foundation for life-long learning.
Reading across the Curriculum (RaC)
- By identifying knowledge structures, and related language structures and vocabulary, RaC tasks have been developed for all the levels. In some units, elements of STEM education are infused into the lessons. Students connect their learning experiences with their experiences in real life or learning in other Key Learning Areas.
- Reading input is provided to support students to conceptualise their knowledge with the help of graphic organisers, thus promoting text grammar. Phonics curriculum and reading workshops complement this, enhancing the development of reading skills.
- Learning, teaching and assessment activities are designed to engage students in appreciating the value of cross-curricular reading. Performance tasks, both linguistic and non-linguistic, are shared in writing and/or via videos online.
Grant Scheme on Promoting Effective English Language Learning in Primary Schools (PEEGS)
- Tailor-made flipped videos and learning materials were developed to address learning difficulties and facilitate self-regulated learning.
- Print and non-print texts of a variety of text types and themes were selected and used to enhance students’ motivation and confidence in English language.