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English Department

Key Personnel                                                                          

 

Head of Department :    Ms Chua Siew Kheng
Senior Teacher :  Mrs Lee-Hah Lee Wha

 

 



Department Aims and Objectives

 

Our aim is to nurture confident and competent communicators who have a strong foundation in and love for the English Language. 

                                                          

 

Key Programmes

 

Read@SKGPS Programme

 

We believe that reading helps build pupils’ language, thus the reading habit and the love for reading should be cultivated since young. To this end, we have planned for various reading programmes and activities to get our pupils engaged, and motivated to read.

 

Happy Readers at the Media Resource Library
  

 

NLB Read@School

 

To promote a reading culture among our young learners, we collaborate with the National Library Board (NLB) in the Read@School programme. Some of the reading activities we organise for our pupils include:

  • storytelling sessions
  • Book Buzz (book talks introducing pupils to various genres)
  • Books ‘R’ Us (interactive classroom sessions that aims to raise the curiosity and interest of reluctant readers by exposing them to books suitable for them)
  • Books 2 Go (pupils browse a wide variety of books from the NLB and borrow them on the spot)
  • School Reading Ambassadors (students are trained to promote reading through storytelling)
  • Raising Readers workshop (where parents of Primary One pupils get the opportunity to learn how to instil a love for reading in their children).

 

 

Reading Logs and “I am an Excellent Reader” Card

 

 

 

To provide variety and interest for our pupils and to help them develop a love for reading, we have designed two reading reward schemes.

Our Primary One and Two pupils record the titles of English books they have read in a reading log. They will receive a reward for every 15 books read in a term and when they finished reading 60 books in a year, they will receive a reading badge.

Our Primary Three and Four pupils are encouraged to develop curiosity, initiative and creative thinking as they complete self-directed activities to receive reading badges. They will receive a reading badge when they complete the “I am an Excellent Reader” Card to the required number of stars which can be found on the card itself.

 

 

Reading Buddy Programme (NEW)

 

This is an initiative in which older pupils participate in a paired reading activity with younger pupils, particularly those in the Learning Support Programme (LSP). The programme offers pupils one-on-one guided reading time to improve their reading and comprehension skills.

 

 

Supplementary Reading Programme

 

To promote a positive attitude towards reading in the foundation years, we provide access to quality fiction and non-fiction texts for all our pupils. An inviting reading corner where pupils can look forward to reading a wide variety of books is set up in each class . In addition, our pupils subscribe to magazines and newspapers such as Ranger Rick Junior, National Geographic Young Explorer and Little Red Dot. These reading materials are used by English Language teachers to teach language skills in class.

 

 

Speech and Drama Programme

 

All our P1 and P2 pupils engage in weekly speech and drama lessons during curriculum time to develop communication, problem-solving and group dynamics skills. The Speech and Drama programme aims to excite our pupils in language learning by creating an environment that promotes the use of imagination and creativity. Our pupils especially enjoy having the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents in a class performance with their parents as their enthusiastic audience.

The Speech and Drama curriculum is aligned to the school’s Learning for Life programme (LLP) as it provides our pupils with real-life experiential learning to develop their character and values, cultivate positive attitudes, self-expression and strengthen their people skills. 

 

P1 pupils rehearsing for their Speech & Drama Showcase

 

P2 pupils performing on stage for their parents on the day of their Speech & Drama Showcase

 

 

The C3 (Confident and Competent Communicators) Programme

 

We aim to develop our identified linguistically-talented pupils who also demonstrate interest and enjoyment in drama activities in their intellect and creativity through the C³ Programme. This is a four-year programme from Primary Three to Primary Six in which the pupils will continue with their speech and drama lessons to further develop their speech and performance skills. Through the lessons, they will be trained for the Trinity Guildhall Drama grading examination.

In addition, pupils are introduced to literature study as part of the C3 programme. “Stone Fox”, a story by John Reynolds Gardiner, is the literature text selected for Primary Three pupils and “James and the Giant Peach”, a Roald Dahl book, is used at Primary Four. Through the study of literature, our pupils can learn about the purpose of reading - understanding and appreciating a writer's use of language. We teach our pupils to identify and comment on how the writer has presented information in the text, how he or she has used language to make points or for effect. 

 

Assessments

Primary 1

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Non-weighted Assessments

  • Sound Discrimination
  • Running Record
  • Poetry Recitation
  • Mini Test

 

Non-weighted Assessments

  • Mini Test

 

Non-weighted Assessments

  • Running Record
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Individual Writing

Weighted Assessments

  • Running Record
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Individual Writing
  • Mini Test

 

Weighted Assessments

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Running Record
  • Poetry Recitation

 

Weighted Assessments

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Mini Test

 

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20%

30%

50%

 

 Primary 2

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Non-weighted Assessments

  • Show-and-Tell
  • Mini Test

Weighted Assessments

  • Show-and-Tell
  • MLEA Individual Writing
  • Mini Test

Non-weighted Assessments

  • Reading Aloud
  • Stimulus-based Conversation

 

Semestral Assessment 2 (Weighted Assessment)

  • Paper 1 – Writing
  • Paper 2 – Language Use & Comprehension
  • Paper 3 – Listening Comprehension
  • Paper 4 – Oral Communication

 

Weighted Assessments

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Reading Aloud

               

                                               

Weighted Assessments

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Individual Writing
  • Mini Test

 

10%

20%

20%

50%

 

Primary 3

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Non-weighted Assessments

  • Reading Aloud
  • Story Retelling

 

Semestral Assessment 1 (Weighted Assessment)

  • Paper 1 – Writing
  • Paper 2 – Language Use & Comprehension
  • Paper 3 – Listening Comprehension
  • Paper 4 – Oral Communication

 

Non-weighted Assessments

  • Readers’ Theatre
  • Individual Writing

Semestral Assessment 2

(Weighted Assessment)

  • Paper 1 – Writing
  • Paper 2 – Language Use & Comprehension
  • Paper 3 – Listening Comprehension
  • Paper 4 – Oral Communication

 

 

Weighted Assessments

  • Mini Test

Weighted Assessments

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Mini Test

10%

30%

20%

40%

 

 Primary 4

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Non-weighted Assessments

  • Reading Aloud
  • Story Retelling

 

Semestral Assessment 1 (Weighted Assessment)

  • Paper 1 – Writing
  • Paper 2 – Language Use & Comprehension
  • Paper 3 – Listening Comprehension
  • Paper 4 – Oral Communication

 

Non-weighted Assessments

  • Group Presentation
  • Individual Writing

Semestral Assessment 2

(Weighted Assessment)

  • Paper 1 – Writing
  • Paper 2 – Language Use & Comprehension
  • Paper 3 – Listening Comprehension
  • Paper 4 – Oral Communication

 

 

Weighted Assessments

  • Mini Test

Weighted Assessments

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Mini Test

10%

30%

20%

40%

 

 


 


Key Events of the Year

The English Department organises the following events to enrich the learning experiences of our pupils.

 

English Fiesta!

 

The annual English Fiesta is held to allow our pupils to simply enjoy and celebrate the English language in its many forms. We organise many hands-on language activities for the pupils over one week and they especially enjoy the gameshows and level competitions. Some of these fun and meaningful activities include tongue twisters and nursery rhymes competitions, a spelling bee, language gameshows that teach accurate pronunciation of commonly mispronounced words and good grammar, as well as poetry writing sessions.

 


 

P1 pupls reciting nursury rhymes during English Fiesta 

 

 

Learning Journeys

 

Learning journeys are important learning experiences that pupils embark on to extend and enrich their learning. The learning journeys planned for our pupils are intended to inject meaning to their learning so that it becomes real and concrete. Some of these learning journeys include visits to the Science Centre, Singapore Zoo and Butterfly Park. These learning journeys are planned with an emphasis on a multi-disciplinary approach and they are an integral part of the curriculum to enhance the learning experience of our pupils.