Whole-School Approach to Effective Communication (WSA-EC)
WSA-EC aims to help our teachers and pupils become effective communicators of English. We would like to raise awareness on the importance of good English, both in the spoken and written forms. As such, we carry out activities in class, during recess and post-examination periods for our pupils. We also have contact time activities for our staff to promote the use of Standard English in the school.
Teacher-in-charge: Mdm Ida Nonanseh
P1 - P5
Guided Reading Programme
The programme started in 2012. It aims to arouse pupils’ interest in reading and expose them to a wide variety of narrative texts. The books selected are based on pupils’ interest, story plots and writers’ style. By the end of Primary 5, pupils would have read a variety of narratives which will deepen their understanding of what makes a good writer.
Books are also carefully selected based on the age-appropriateness of the text, the values they teach and the varied styles of writing. They help to create awareness of social issues, relationships and perceptions. Pupils will be able to understand that issues raised and lessons learnt are applicable in their everyday life.
A guided reading and literature lesson requires pupils to use their analytical skills to take a closer look at characters’ thoughts and feelings, intricate story plots and the writer’s intentions. Pupils are encouraged to show their understanding of the story through various class activities such as ‘Hot Seat’, drawing of a mind-map, role-playing, and class discussions. They are allowed to take on different points of view and encouraged to see things from different perspectives. They are also encouraged to agree or disagree with the characters’ actions and give reasons to justify their views. In addition, pupils can be as creative as possible when asked for alternative endings to a story.
Teacher-in-charge: Mdm Ida Nonanseh
P1 - P2
Reading Warriors Programme
Reading Warriors is an early intervention programme aimed at providing support to P1 to P2 pupils to strengthen their literacy skills. The Reading Warriors programme helps pupils improve their literacy skills through reading. Early literacy research shows that children who lag behind in early years in reading and writing development encounter considerable difficulties later as texts get longer and more complicated (Myrberg, 2007). As such, the Reading Warriors programme sets out to develop pupils into fluent readers in three phases: Decoding, Independent Reading and Comprehension. For each phase, pupils are taught different skills through highly structured processes adapted from the Toe by Toe scheme and the Orton Gillingham Approach.
Teacher-in-charge: Mrs Jovina Lee
P2 Amazing Race
This learning journey ties in with the themes of community, neighbourhood and occupations. Pupils learn about the type of services provided in a community. The learning of English Language is also integrated with Mathematics in topics like money, measurement, graph and patterns. Life skills like using public transport, reading signs, budgeting and team work are also introduced. Pupils make use of iPads to collect and process data.
Teacher-in-charge: Mrs Hoong Xiu Qin
P4 - P6
These are English enrichment activities carried out for selected P4 to P6 pupils.
a) Wits and Words: Inter-school Debate Championship
This programme aims to:
- provide verbally talented pupils with a foundation in debate so that those interested in debating can further hone their skills and take part in competitions at the national level;
- develop research and critical thinking skills through the rigour of a formal debate;
- develop confidence in oral communication.
To develop the love for the English Language, the department has planned language-rich activities to motivate our students. For examples, the P3 students will be exposed to Reader’s Theatre while the P4 students to write haikus.
Teacher-in-charge: Mr Colin Sim