(A) School English Language Objectives:

  • To facilitate the development of effective reading skills and good reading habits to enhance students’ critical thinking skills and creativity.
  • To adopt a wide variety of teaching strategies, and employ leveled learning tasks, school-based materials and activities to address the diverse learning styles and needs of students.
  • To develop students’ generic skills, values and attitudes by providing meaningful learning experiences.
  • To nurture student’s motivation, as well as facilitate self-directed learning and problem-solving skills through meaningful language learning experiences that help develop capabilities for lifelong learning.
  • To promote assessment for learning through greater use of different kinds of assessments, and feedback to inform students of their performance and how to make progress.
  • To create a language-rich environment for students to build up student’s confidence in using English.

(B) Curriculum:

Primary Literacy Programmes in Reading and Writing(PLP-R/W)

PLPR/W is a literacy program in which reading and writing are integrated and taught holistically. English Phonics is an essential element for robust English language development. We integrate this element into our curriculum so that children can read with confidence at an early age. During individual and small group reading sessions, students are encouraged to attempt ‘sounding-out’ of unknown words. A Home Reading Bag, which consists of a small book and a letter book, is given to students for self-learning at home.

In P1, students learn letter sounds by using actions and songs. In P2, the initial and ending blends, long vowels, digraphs and diphthongs are taught. Each sound has an accompanying action and song, helping to cater for different learning styles. In P3, the emphasis is on using phonemic skills in spelling and reading activities. Known sounds are emphasized in dictation words, as are syllables and high frequency words. The P1-P3 forms participate in a Fun, Fun Phonics competition towards the end of each year.

English Enhancement Grant Scheme (EGGS)

The implementation of the EEGS started in 2010/11 to help cater

for student diversity in the following ways:

- Enhance the learning motivation and language foundation of the lower achievers

- Build students confidence in using English

- Strengthen students reading, writing and presentation skills

- Develop students’ creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving and self-learning skills

- Develop school-based learning and teaching materials that cater for diverse learning styles

- Enhance teachers’ professional development by introducing innovative teaching techniques

- Empower the teachers to adapt their own school-based program

    1. a) Language Arts

During Language Arts lessons (for elite classes), the teachers create authentic settings for the students to speak and listen to English. Through drama activities the students’ develop fluency and confidence in articulating English.

    1. b) P1-6 e-Story

Ten e-Stories per grade level have been developed along with related vocabulary and grammar activities. These are undertaken primarily in the pupil’s own time although four books per grade will be taught as lessons.

    1. c) P1-6 e-Vocabulary and grammar

The main objective is to develop a systematic school-based language enrichment program for P1 to P6 to strengthen students’ vocabulary, language use, grammar and writing skills. The program will further expand high achievers’ language proficiency and build low achievers’ language foundation.

Reading and Writing Text Type Booklets (P1-P6)

In the reading booklets, question types have been labeled along with strategies and hints to help answer the questions. Highlighting key words and phrases is also practiced to ensure the pupils read the text carefully before answering the questions. The writing booklets also define the text types and state the key features. Models of the text type are provided as well as planning formats and self-learning checklists.

Overall Objectives:

-To expose different text type examples to the students on a regular basis

-To familiarize the students with the names, features and general layout of different text types

-To emphasize the diverse purposes of different text types and their audiences

-To provide opportunities for the students to practise reading and writing different text types on a regular basis

-To highlight reading and writing strengths and weaknesses of individual students in order to better prepare for extension and revision

-To ensure the students have access to well written models to help support their own writing

-To provide for the student’s self-evaluation through text type checklists so they can better understand the perceived learning outcomes of each text type in order to monitor their own learning

Building the English environment

In order to enrich the English language environment in school, we conduct different English activities like English Week and Drama Club etc. We also have two NETs in our school. They create the opportunities and language environment for our students to enrich their literacy experiences and the language learning environment both inside and outside the classroom.