English Language Department
Building a strong foundation, nurturing confidence and instilling the love of learning.
CHIJ (Katong) Primary uses both STELLAR (the national English Language curriculum) and our school-based curriculum to achieve the outcomes specified by MOE’s English Language Syllabus.
The English Language Syllabus focuses on the development, reinforcement and extension of language skills in the primary years through an enjoyment of the language and the promotion of extensive reading; and leveraging oracy, reading and writing skills to develop knowledge and independent use of the language.
STELLAR (Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading)
It includes the following teaching and learning programmes:
P1: Speech and Drama
P2: Readers’ Theatre
P4: Public Speaking
Applied Learning Programme (ALP): Competent, Confident and Respectful Communicators
The aim of the ALP is to give students opportunities to apply their learning to the real world. We hope to nurture innovation and creativity and more importantly, to prepare our children for the future. Our focus is on communication. These are some of the outcomes which we hope to achieve:
- Competent: Able to
use language effectively for self-expression (e.g. drama; story-telling) and for
persuasion / advocacy (e.g. presentation)
- Confident: Able to
stand up in front of an audience to speak rationally, with substance and clarity
- Respectful: Able to be tactful, understanding the nuances of the language; able to listen with respect, having empathy and cross-cultural understanding
Students are given various platforms to apply the skills that they have acquired. Some of these include performances during EL Week, emceeing for school assembly programmes or school concerts, and our P1 & P2 concert.
Emcees for Arts Week
Character Parade (Characters from The BFG by Roald Dahl)
Readers’ Theatre Performance
Literacy Support Programmes
We have various literacy programmes to cater to girls who require additional support. These include LSP (P1 & P2), RRP (P3 & P4) and SDR (P3 & P4). These programmes are conducted by trained teachers who are equipped with skills to provide the necessary remediation for reading through a comprehensive teaching package and guidelines developed by the Reading Unit of EL Curriculum Planning and Development Division (CPDD).
Students who are good in verbal and writing skills are identified, nurtured and given showcase opportunities through competitions such as the PESA, Creative Writing Competitions, HAIKU Poetry Writing Competitions, National Spelling Championship, National Lit Quiz, Junior Orators and Wits & Words.
Identified students attend enrichment programmes to further hone their skills. These include programmes like Journalism for Kids, Debating Skills and Public Speaking.