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Every pupil is an effective and confident communicator with a love for the English Language
Good English Matters!
Whole School Approach to Effective Communication
We are committed to creating a strong and pervasive culture where everybody speaks internationally acceptable English!
STELLAR stands for Strategies in the Teaching of the English Language Learning and Reading. Central to the STELLAR programme is reading, and anchored through the wide variety of interesting books, are the teaching of the various language skills as well as the development of social skills such as teamwork and opportunities for pupils to work independently. Through this programme, pupils have become avid readers and are more proficient, and confident, EL communicators
STELLAR PEDAGOGIC FRAMEWORK (P1 - P3)
STELLAR PEDAGOGIC FRAMEWORK (P4 - P6)
Partnership with NLB for Whole School Reading Programme
We have been collaborating with the National Library Board in promoting reading in our school. Apart from Mass Book Borrowing and Assembly Talks, there are activities like Storytelling, Reading Interest Profiling, BookCross@Schools, Dare to Read, Dewey’s Amazing Library Race and Book R US Club.
Reading Journey (P1)
This is a programmme to encourage our P1 pupils to read widely. Pupils read to our Parent Volunteers, complete a short and simple review based on the books that they have read and share them with the Parent Volunteers. These reading sessions have proven effective in promoting reading amongst our young ones. Reading sessions are conducted weekly during LIP periods in the library.
Book Flood (P1 – P6)
A set of books is available in P1 – P2 classroom to encourage every pupil to read widely and frequently. The pupils also take the books home to read to their parents. This allows for bonding between the child and parents through such a meaningful activity. P3 – P6 pupils also borrow books from the school library for their silent reading daily.
Subscription to the Little Red Dot and Straits Times (P4 – P6)
All P4 to P6 pupils subscribe to the Little Red Dot, which is available only to schools. EL teachers use the newspapers as a resource in creating forums for discussions. Pupils also get to keep up with current issues and learn the language using authentic resources.
Subscription to National Geographic Magazines (P1 – P6)
To encourage extensive reading in pupils, the school encourages pupils to subscribe to National Geographic Magazines in the hope to expand pupils’ repertoire of reading materials especially those of non-fiction texts.
ORAL COMMUNICATION PROGRAMMES
Talking Point! (P1-P6)
Every week, EL teachers will spend 1 period discussing with pupils current events or NE issues using the newspapers (Straits Times and Little Red Dot) as a resource. This will encourage pupils to be more forthcoming in voicing their opinions and builds confidence and self-esteem.
I Am a Confident Communicator Programme:
In this programme, different strategies such as Drama, Storytelling, Basic Journalism and Public Speaking are used to sharpen pupils’ language and communication skills, build their confidence, promote teamwork as well as explore ICT skills. Pupils are also provided opportunities and platforms to showcase what they have learnt through the following programmes.
- Show and Tell and Speech & Drama (P1)
- Show & Tell and Speech & Drama (P2)
- Storytelling (P3)
- Producing an Instructional Video (P4)
- Basic Journalism (P5)
- Public Speaking (P6)
Junyuan Broadcast @ Studio 91
Pupils are provided with opportunities to broadcast upcoming school events, share their personal stories of the events they experienced in the school or outside school or even interesting information or facts on the various subjects that they learn in school. This provide pupils to learn in an authentic environment as they get to prepare scripts about current issues or topics and speak to a real audience
Modular Writing Package (P1-P6)
Every pupil will go through the modular writing approach in the learning of EL. Writing skills are taught in a structured 2-year in-house programme (P1 to P2, P3 to P4 and P5 to P6) so that the pupils' learning is progressive. It also incorporates the Writing Process Cycle where teachers model through Class Writing and follow up with Group or Individual Writing. This approach also takes into account the different learning abilities of our pupils, so the instruction is designed to meet their needs.
Pupils who display poise and confidence in the language are also selected to be part of the Drama Club. These pupils are further groomed to be resident deejays for the weekly Junyuan Broadcast as well as pupil emcees or roving reporters for school events such as Sports Challenge or Annual Prize Giving.
NSW for High Ability Learners
Pupils are exposed to a range of texts from varied genres such as novels, poems, playscripts, letters, diary entries and advertisements in the NSW EL papers. Through such texts, pupils are taught reading skills in understanding texts so as to be able to locate, identify, analyse, infer and synthesise information in the texts.