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Curricular Goal

Confident and Effective Communicators of the English Language


We are committed to develop our students into avid readers with a strong foundation in the English Language which is primarily taught through STELLAR (STrategies for English Language Learning And Reading), a research-based approach with age-appropriate materials.     

In the lower primary classrooms, students learn to read through shared reading of big books and this is followed by rich language experiences that further develop their language skills in relation to the themes. As students move up to the upper primary, they read to learn and progressively deepen their language skills through strategies like Supported Reading, KWL (what they Know, what they Want to know and what they have Learnt), Retelling, the Writing Process Cycle and Differentiated Instruction.Please click on this link www.stellarliteracy.sg  for more details of STELLAR. 

The Primary One students are choosing their favourite Big Book for shared reading.


Learning Support Programme (LSP) for Primary 1 and 2 students
This programme provides additional support for students who lack basic literacy skills to cope with the mainstream curriculum and are ‘at risk’ of failing English Language in the lower primary.  The main objective of LSP is to equip students with basic reading and spelling skills, at the same time, develop their confidence in using the English Language. 

We also have other support programmes for these students through Buddy Reading and Sparkle Mums Programmes.

 

Other Reading Support


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(1) Buddy Reading Programme (for P1 & P2 LSP students) is a one-to-one programme whereby a student from an upper level is paired with a student weak in reading to guide him/her along in reading graded books







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(2) In the Sparkle Mums Programme (for P1 & P2 LSP students), parent volunteers conduct Shared Book Reading sessions to LSP students in small groups, giving them opportunities to practise the skills learnt as well as provide more opportunities for listening and speaking in a non-threatening environment.






(3) In Support Through Active Reading (STAR), our teachers provide additional support for non-LSP P2 students who are weak in English. In STAR, the teachers engage students in active reading and reinforce their comprehension as well as oracy skills

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Reading Programme for Primary 3 and 4 students


(4) To support P3 & P4 students with special needs and have difficulty in reading, we have School-based Dyslexia Remediation Programme (SDR) in a small group setting on a regular basis (4 times a week). Structured lessons with close monitoring of students’ progress are conducted by teachers who are specially trained to reach out to this group of learners.    

(5)  Reading Remediation Programme targets P3 & P4 students who are weak in English Language but without special needs.  Structured lessons with close monitoring of students’ progress are conducted twice a week to strengthen students’ foundation and equip them with essential skills for ease of  learning in class.

 


Reading Programmes 

Studies have shown that the more children read, the better readers and writers they become.  Our students are engaged in a series of reading activities that widen their knowledge. Besides the regular DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) programme, we engage students in reading recommended storybooks and magazines using the literature approach in the classrooms.  While the lower primary students further enrich their reading experiences through ‘Moo-O’, an interactive system with a wide range of electronic books, the upper primary students subscribe to the Little Red Dot newspapers that heighten their awareness of the current affairs.


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Students are engaged in the morning reading and discussion of The Little Red Dot newspapers.

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The P2 students are reading the digital storybook in the Computer Lab and after which, they record their reading of the story aloud in the ‘Moo-O’ system.

 

Oracy Programmes
The weekly Kids Buzz is a platform for public speaking. Every week, Primary 1 to 6 students take turns to present on topics of interests during recess.


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In addition, students are engaged in Pick-and-Tell, storytelling, dramatisation as well as book talks in class.


Professional Development of Teachers

Our English teachers believe in sharpening our saws so as to reach out to our students more effectively. 


Writing Workshop 

(conducted by Master Teacher, Mr William Grosse and our teachers, Mrs Lynda Ang & Mdm Norita)

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Drama Workshop (conducted by Mdm Sapia)
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Grammar Workshop for Cluster (conducted by Dr Xavier from NIE)
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WSA-EC (Whole School Approach to Effective Effective Communication)
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English Workshops for Parents 
This year, our teachers conducted three English workshops (P1 to P6) for parents, sharing useful strategies and tips on how parents can effectively guide their children in the various language skills - reading, listening, speaking and writing.

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