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Whole-School Approach to Effective Communication(WSA-EC)
WSA-EC aims to help our teachers and pupils become effective communicators of English. We would like to raise awareness on the importance of good English, both in the spoken and written forms. As such, we have held assembly talks, recess activities, post-exams activities for our pupils, and learning journeys and contact time activities for our staff to promote the use of Standard English in the school.

Teacher-in-charge: Mdm Ida Nonanseh

P1 - P5

Guided Literature and Reading Programme
The programme started in 2012. It aims to arouse pupils’ interest in reading and expose them to a wide variety of narrative texts. The books selected are based on pupils’ interest, the story plots and the writers’ style. By the end of Primary 5, pupils would have read a variety of narratives 
which will deepen their understanding of what makes a good writer. 

Books are also carefully selected based on the age-appropriateness of the text, the values they teach and the varied styles of writing. They help to create awareness of social issues, relationships and perceptions. Pupils will be able to understand that issues raised and lessons learnt are applicable in their everyday life.

A guided reading and literature lesson requires pupils to use their analytical skills to take a closer look at characters’ thoughts and feelings, intricate story plots and the writer’s intentions.  Pupils are encouraged to show their understanding of the story through various class activities such as ‘Hot Seat’, drawing of a mind-map, role-playing, and class discussions. They are allowed to take on different points of view and encouraged to see things from different perspectives. They are also encouraged to agree or disagree with the characters’ actions and to give reasons to justify their views. In addition, pupils can be as creative as possible when asked for alternative endings to a story. 

Teacher-in-charge: Mdm Ida Nonanseh

P1 - P2

Reading Warriors
Reading Warriors is an early intervention programme aimed at providing support to P1 to P2 pupils to strengthen their literacy skills. The Reading Warriors programme helps pupils improve their literacy skills through reading. Early literacy research shows that children who lag behind in 
early years in reading and writing development encounter considerable difficulties later as texts get longer and more complicated (Myrberg, 2007). As such, the Reading Warriors programme sets out to develop pupils into fluent readers in three phases: Decoding, Independent Reading and Comprehension. For each phase, pupils are taught different skills through highly structured processes adapted from the Toe by Toe scheme and the Orton Gillingham Approach.

Teacher-in-charge: Mrs Angeline Yung


P2 Amazing Race
This learning journey ties in with the themes of community, neighbourhood and occupations. Pupils learn about the type of services provided in a community. English is also integrated with Math in topics like money, measurement, graph and patterns. Life skills like using public transport, reading signs, budgeting and team work are also introduced. Pupils make use of iPads to collect and process data.

Teacher-in-charge: Mrs Zahara Osman

P4 - P6

2) RHB – The Straits Times National Spelling Championship
The spelling championship aims to develop a greater appreciation of the importance of spelling among primary pupils. Pupils from P4 to P6 are given the opportunity to take part in a pen-and-paper Spelling test at the preliminary round. Pupils who do well in the test will move on to the next stage of testing. The school nominates eight pupils (Primary 4 to Primary 6) to take part in the competition.

Teacher-in-charge: Mr Benedict Yap

P4 - P6
These are English enrichment activities carried out for selected P4 to P6 pupils. 

a) Wits and Words: Inter-school Debate Championship
This programme aims to:
  • provide verbally talented pupils with a foundation in debate so that those interested in debating could further hone their skills and take part in competitions at the national level; 
  • develop research and critical thinking skills through the rigour of a formal debate; 
  • develop confidence in oral communication. 

The school nominates five pupils from Primary 5 and Primary 6 to participate in the competition.

Teachers-in-charge: Ms Harsharenpal Kaur

b) Young Authors’ Scheme
This is a 16-hour Post-exam Enrichment Programme to stretch the potential of about 30 pupils who have been identified for their high fluency in writing. It is a platform for pupils to be able to develop a story under the tutelage of expert mentors (ratio of 1 mentor to 15 pupils). The school engages an external vendor with the expertise to run a writing workshop as well as a publishing house to publish the pupils’ stories.

This programme aims to:
  • expose pupils to an advanced level workshop facilitated by established foreign and local writers
  • equip pupils with advanced writing techniques for structuring narratives
  • serve as a platform for pupils to put together their own story book so that they get a sense of achievement from seeing their names in print

Professional editing includes bringing the pupils’ work up to publishing standards in 6 months. The outcome will be 2 published copies of the book, one for the young author and one for the school.

Teacher-in-charge: Mdm Josephine See