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English Department

Vision: Affective Learners, Effective Communicators
Mission: To provide a condusive environment for the learning and use of the English Language
Tag Line: Today A Reader, Tomorrow A Leader


Our Programmes


• Reading Programme [Vitamin E]

      

Vitamin E encompasses all the reading programmes planned for our E’Lights. These include discussions of current affairs in the English classrooms, introduction of differentiated magazines for every class as well as scheduled library periods to bring books closer to our students.   


E stands for English and we hope that through these programmes put in place, students’ language competencies will be strengthened, just like how vitamins are essential nutrients for healthy living.   


In order to provide authentic reading materials that extends beyond the curriculum, the department has adopted various reading materials. These include The Little Red Dot (for Primary 4 to 6) and an array magazines such as I Love Reading, I- Magazine, Whiz magazine, Ace magazine & Inspire magazine. These reading resources are targeted for different primary and progress levels and are well-liked by students for the interesting content, relevant topics and colourful graphics.   


We hope that Vitamin E would help to inculcate the joy of reading in all our students. 


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A new initiative has also been implemented since 2019 to encourage students to engage in meaningful conversations on current affairs through articles in the Little Red Dot newspaper. Through the rich discussions held in class, students become critical thinkers by reflecting on topics and questions posed. Through this initiative, we hope to develop the 21st century competencies in our students whereby each student is a concerned citizen who has a strong sense of civic responsibility, is informed about Singapore and the world, and takes an active part in bettering the lives of others around them. Students are also supported by reading programmes organised by the school’s Media Resource Library (MRL), where monthly reading activities are held to encourage more readership. Activities include book quizzes, making bookmarks, writing book reviews and so forth. In alignment with these library activities, all classes also have their own mini-class library where students donate their own books to be shared with their classmates. The school also liaises with the National Library Board (NLB) to hold the biannual “Books To Go” event. Books from the NLB are brought to the school where students can easily have access to browse and borrow them. The school hopes to build in all students a love for reading and aims to build a vibrant reading culture in the school
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  • P3 Theatre Experience

The Theatre Experience is an English programme that aims to provide Primary Three students with a holistic learning experience that is essential to students’ development. By bringing students to watch a play, the programme aims to give students exposure to the performing arts. As students sing along with the actors in the play, they get to practise their oracy skills, learn about language expressions as well as expand their vocabulary.

In previous years, students have watched entertaining and educational plays entitled Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, The Ant and The Caterpillar and Three Little Pigs. Students also learned about the etiquettes of being a good audience when watching a play.

  • Pizzamania Learning Journey

As part of the school’s English Programme, all Primary One students will embark on an educational learning journey to Pastamania annually where they will attend a pizza-making workshop. Learning beyond the classroom allows students to build new knowledge through the stimulated environment. Students will take part in hands-on activities and learn the procedural language of making a pizza in a fun and engaging manner. Aside from bringing home their pizzas, they will also learn useful vocabulary words, and write about their experience, guided by their respective English teachers after the learning journey.

  • P4 Readers’ Theatre (Collaboration with Dunman Secondary)
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This annual collaborative programme with Dunman Secondary School aims to introduce students to the world of Readers’ Theatre. This invaluable experience teaches students the importance of oral literacy. Reader's Theatre offers an entertaining and engaging means of improving fluency and enhancing comprehension. Secondary Two students from Dunman Secondary will put up an interactive Readers’ Theatre session for our Primary Four students. At the end of the session, our Primary Four students will be engaged in an interactive craft session where they will reflect and discuss about the values in the stories. The objective of this collaborative programme is to provide a platform to develop public speaking skills in the Primary Four students and for our school to foster closer ties with partners in the community.

  • P1 & P2 Celebrating Talents

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Primary One and Primary Two students are given this platform to showcase their performing talents. Each class will perform a short skit in a form of a song, poetry recitation or Readers’ Theatre based on their collective consensus. This whole-class involvement will give students an opportunity to learn to collaboratively work together and showcase their different linguistic skills.


• External Competitions

In order to give exposure to our students to compete at a national platform, selected students will be given the opportunity to participate in external English competitions. Previous competitions that E’Lights have taken part it include the Babble and Speak Competition and National Straits Times Spelling Bee Competition. Students will be given ample training and practice to build up on their linguistic skills prior to the competitions. We hope through these platforms, students will learn to become confident, self-directed learners who learn important life skills such as perseverance, hard work and sportsmanship.

  • English Week

English week was a platform created for students to learn and love the language. The theme for last year was ‘fairy tales’. Through various fringed activities conducted in class and during recess, students were actively engaged and experienced the joy of learning. Activities were created to suit the needs of the diverse learners in school that were age-appropriate for their understanding. These included charades, crossword puzzles, spelling bee competitions and even a treasure hunt in the school library.

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Important Links:

http://www.nlb.gov.sg

http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/Main/