English Language

Approach

STELLARSTrategies for English Language Learning And Reading

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)

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)

Lower Primary Strategies
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)

Upper Primary Strategies

 

Key Programmes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Into its 9th 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 writing.

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To motivate children at the P1-3 levels to read fluently and expressively, the school engages 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.

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.

Upper primary students subscribe to a students’ news tabloid, ‘What’s Up!’. 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 and JK Rowling.

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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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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Organisation Chart

Head of Department/EL

Miss Elizabeth Tay

Subject Head/English

Miss Shalini

Lead Teacher/English

Miss Grace Foong

 

Senior Teacher / English

Mdm Ong Poh Leng

Members

Mdm Indra

Mdm Haniza

Mdm Kalpana

Mrs Sharon Choo

Mdm Zuraidah Buang

Mr Jeremy Ker

Miss Su Yen Leng

Mdm Jane Seah

Mr Ignatius Lim

Mrs Caryn Ong

Mdm Kavitha Marimuthu 

Miss Geraldine Tiew

Miss Santi Lin Supramaniam

Miss Jeya Devi (MRL Coordinator)

Mrs Winnie Chan

Mdm Hilwah

Miss Tan Ying Rui

 

Useful Links

National Library Board TumbleBook Library

www.nlb.gov.sg