English

Organisation Chart


Head of Department/EL
Miss Grace Foong
Subject Head/EL
Miss Shalini D/O Venkiteswaran
Senior Teacher/EL
Mdm Ong Poh Leng
LSP Coordinators
Miss Tan Swee Nai
Mrs Winnie Chan
Library Coodinator
Miss Jeya Devi Nadesvaran
Level Representatives
Primary 1
Mdm Mahalingam Indra
Primary 2
Mdm Haniza Baharin
Primary 3
Mrs Aw Lee San
Primary 4
Mrs Mano-Zuraidah Buang
Primary 5 (EL)
Mdm Kalpana Kannadhasan
Primary 5 (FEL)
Miss Shalini D/O Venkiteswaran
Primary 6 (EL)
Miss Su Yen Leng
Primary 6 (FEL)
Mdm Jane Seah

Members
Mr Ignatius Lim (SSD)
Mrs Sharon Choo (SH/Partnerships)
Mrs Catherine Koh (SH/CE, SS & Art)
Mr Rajinikanth Naidu (SH/Discipline)
Mrs Caryn Ong (AYH/P5)
Mdm Kavitha Marimuthu
Miss Geraldine Tiew
Miss Santi Lin Supramaniam
Mr Jeremy Ker


Approach

STELLAR: ST rategies for E nglish L anguage L earning A nd R eading The STELLAR Vision Children Who Love Reading And have a Strong Foundation In the English Language  STELLAR aims to strengthen children’s language and reading skills as well as promote a positive attitude towards learning in the foundational years. The programme uses research-based teaching strategies and age-appropriate materials to engage children in the learning of English.

Teachers are empowered to teach our children the critical life skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in English through effective and engaging strategies that are developmentally appropriate.  
 
The teaching approaches and resources are designed to deliver the outcomes of English Language Syllabus 2010 / English Language Syllabus 2010 (Foundation).

The STELLAR pedagogic model for lower primary is made up of three major teaching strategies: 
  • Shared Book Approach (SBA) 
  • Modified Language Experience Approach (MLEA)
  • Learning Centres (LC) 

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The STELLAR pedagogic model for upper primary is made up of the following  teaching strategies: 
  • Supported Reading (SR) 
  • Know - Want to Know - Learnt (KWL) 
  • Writing Process Cycle (WPC) 

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Key Programmes

Reading and Book-related Programmes

We believe that reading is key to the acquisition of the English Language. To nurture students with a love for reading, a variety of activities and programmes are planned for them throughout the year. 

The Primary 1 and 2 students engage in weekly Share-A-Story cum Library Activities. In addition, these young students are given a list of recommended print titles and e-books to read each term. Participation by parents is encouraged as they are urged to discuss the stories read with their children and acknowledge the stories read by them. Primary 3 and 4 students participate in a novel reading programme where they read books carefully selected for them by the English Language teachers. To create excitement for reading, these students participate in inter-class reading quizzes at the end of each term. Upper primary students subscribe to a students’ news tabloid. To hone their skills in thinking about what they have read, these older students are required to reflect on selected articles read. Primary 4 students commemorate the birthdays of their favourite writers. They are excited when they go on a library trail to discover interesting facts about and books written by their favourite writers, one of whom being popular author, Roald Dahl. 

To create a vibrant environment to promote reading among the students, different themes are conceptualised for the book displays and book-related activities in the school library. Some of these themes include ‘Adventures and Mysteries’ and ‘What’s Brewing?’, among others. Students are encouraged to visit the library and browse through the books of varied genres. To commemorate the first death anniversary of our Founding Father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, and remember his legacy, a display of books on this luminary figure is being held at the school library.

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To further immerse the students in books and provide them with varied sources for books that would excite them, the school collaborates with National Library Board (NLB) every year. Book Buzz Talks have been held in the school during assemblies over the years. Toa Payoh Library also conducts termly mass borrowing sessions in the school. All students are given the opportunity to select from a wide range of books specially selected and brought in by NLB personnel for them. 

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A Daily Dose of Grammar & Vocabulary

As part of the school’s effort to implement a whole-school approach to effective communication in the English Language, fun quizzes are posted on a daily basis on the school-wide message board. These enthuse both students and staff in learning, albeit in a different mode, the common errors made in the use of grammar and spelling, as well as expose our students to new vocabulary.

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EL Week@KCS 

This event has been held annually since 2010. The main objectives are to arouse the students’ interest in learning the English Language, as well as highlight the use of good spoken and written English in the school. During EL Week, students are exposed to a variety of activities such as Spelling Bee, word games and skits, which require them to speak or use the language, hence rendering the activities more meaningful and enjoyable for both the students and their teachers.

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Pre-assembly Storytelling Focusing on Values

Teachers in the English Language Department conduct storytelling sessions on Monday mornings before assembly. The aim is to enthuse students in stories and imbue them with the values as portrayed in each story. Since 2014, more students are trained by their English Language teachers to assume the task of storytelling to their peers in the mornings.
    
Drama-in-Writing Programmes
The EL teachers conduct drama-in-writing sessions for their students in Primary 1 and 2. This is an interactive approach which boosts the fun element in learning to write, engages the students with whole-class participation and improves students’ confidence. Students engage in simple dramatization to enable them to immerse themselves in the story they will be writing. They feel and verbalise the actions and feelings of the different characters through process drama techniques.

Literature Appreciation Programmes

To enable our students at Primary 3 and 4 who show aptitude in the English Language to further appreciate the language and further stretch their English Language ability, these selected students read and analyse texts as part of their literature appreciation programme. Watching musicals adapted from well-known fiction forms part of their annual ritual.

Primary 1 & 2 Learning Support Programmes, Primary 3 & 4 Reading Remediation Programmes and Buddy Reading Programmes
These programmes provide additional support for our students who are weak in their basic literacy and reading skills. The content and instructional methods are catered to these students and helmed by teachers who are specially trained to conduct these specialised programmes. Due to their small class sizes, the students receive more attention and help from their teachers, enabling them to learn better, boosting their confidence in the process. Some of the activities which the Primary 1 & 2 students in the programme are engaged in include daily pre-assembly reading programmes. Students who are not in the Reading Remediation Programme receive greater support in reading in the pre-assembly reading programme for Primary 3 and 4 students.

EL Publication, ‘SPIN-A-YARN’
Into its 7th issue this year, this publication is a collection of literary works written by our students in the year. The writing featured serves as very good models for the students to read, enjoy and emulate.

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Moo-O

To motivate children at the P1-3 levels to read fluently and expressively, the school will be engaging the students in using the fun digital courseware, Moo-O. This allows the readers to be immersed in the story that they are reading, transforming them into the story characters via their webcams and microphones. Our students clinched the 4th place out of 40 participating schools and did Kheng Cheng proud for our maiden effort in 2015.


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Scrabble Club

The Scrabble Club was established in 2012 with a group of enthusiastic students who were keen to pitch against one another in a friendly battle of words, strategy and determination. Members are given the opportunity to take part in two competitions annually - the Inter-School National Scrabble Competition (ISNSC) and South Zone Scrabble Tournament.

Year Achievements
2012 Participated in Inter-schools National Scrabble Championship
2013 Participated in Inter-schools National Scrabble Championship & South Zone Scrabble Tournament
2014 11th placing @ Inter-schools National Scrabble Championship; participated in South Zone Scrabble Tournament 
2015 10th placing @ Inter-schools National Scrabble Championship; 4th placing in South Zone @ South Zone Scrabble Tournament
 2016
Awards garnered at the 15th Inter-schools National Scrabble Championship:
2nd place Cup Division
1st place Bowl (I) Division

Achieved 2nd place South Zone at the 6th SUPER Zone Scrabble Championship 2016 


Useful Links

MC Online

National Library Board TumbleBook Library