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English Language

Department’s Mission

Create a dynamic learning environment where pupils cultivate a learning passion for English so that they will blossom into competent critical readers and listeners, expressive and skillful writers and speakers.

Department’s Vision

Passionate Learners and Effective Users of Good English (PEG for Life)! 

English is a key language used in Singapore and is used in everyday situations. It is also used for functional purposes, such as giving directions, information or instructions and making requests. It is therefore important that our students be equipped with these skills in language learning:

  • Listening & Viewing
  • Reading & Viewing
  • Speaking & Representing
  • Writing & Representing
  • Grammar Skills


Members of Department


Miss Junice Ong 
HOD, English Language
  
"The English language is nobody's special property.
It is the property of the imagination:
t is the property of the language itself." - Derek Walcott

Mrs Mumtaj Menon
Level Head, English Language 


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. 
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” – Dr Seuss


Email: mumtaj_mohamed_ibrahim@moe.edu.sg


  1. Mrs Jessi Siva
  2. Miss Kat Quek
  3. Mrs Angela Shasi
  4. Mdm Salyna Sahir
  5. Miss Myra Khoo
  6. Miss Du Yiling
  7. Mrs Ivy Oh
  8. Miss Irene Kwok
  9. Mr Lee Boon Kee
  10. Ms Junity Tay
  11. Mrs Catherine Yeo
  12. Miss Irene Kwok
  13. Mrs Roberta
  14. Ms Ng Xin Yi
  15. Mr John Chia
  16. Mdm Sharifah Mariam
  17. Mdm Norhidayah Ahmad
  18. Mdm Fang Mei Teng
  19. Ms Carlene Yeo
  20. Mrs Alice Tan

Programmes


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1)  

STELLAR Curriculum

The school adopts STELLAR in the teaching of English Language from Primary 1 to 6.

 

The objectives of STELLAR are:

- Teachers to develop effective and engaging strategies in English lessons

- Students to acquire the critical life skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in English

- Students to have a strong foundation in the English Language

 

More information on STELLAR can be found at http://www.stellarliteracy.sg/

2)   Core Pedagogy for English Language : Philosophy for Children (P4C)

In P4C, a community of inquiry is built by engaging students in meaningful philosophical reflection in order to be critical thinkers and effective decision makers.

 

The objectives of P4C @ Huamin are:

•        Students are engaged in critical, creative and rigorous thinking

•        Students develop higher order thinking skills

•        Students develop attitudes and dispositions necessary for good thinking

•        Students hone their communication skills 

•        Students learn to work with others

 

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Activities


Good English Week

Good English Week is an annual department event held over a week to promote the love of English Language through various exciting and meaningful activities. During the week, the school is abuzz with a wide array of activities through pre-assembly, assembly and recess programmes. The students are encouraged to participate in the games and quizzes which are specially planned.

 

P2 Speech & Drama Programme

In Term 2, the Primary 2 students undergo a Speech and Drama Programme which is aimed at building their oracy skills. The programme also allows the students to build their 21st Century Competencies like communication and collaborative skills through the language activities. The students also get the opportunity to exercise decision-making for the props that they choose to make for their class showcase. Good English Week

 Intervention Programmes
1) LSP

2) School Dyslexia Remediation (SDR)
The MOE's School-based Dyslexia Remediation programme is a two-year intervention programme for Primary 3 and 4 students. These students are identified for support through a systematic screening process for dyslexia conducted at the end of Primary 2. The programme is conducted in small groups by trained school personnel using a remediation curriculum designed by MOE Reading Specialists. This programme is held four times a week after curriculum hours.

 3) Reading Remediation Programme (RRP)
The Reading Remediation Programme is aimed at supporting P3 students who still face consistent difficulty in reading in the English Language despite having completed the Learning Support Programme in P1 and P2. The programme exposes students to a range of coping strategies for reading comprehension which will enable them to better manage their daily learning. This programme is held in conjunction with the remediation programme for the students at P3 after school.

4) Adapted Stellar Supplementary Programme
The adapted Stellar Supplementary Programme is aimed at supporting P1 & P2 students who experience difficulties in the English Language classroom. These identified students do not attend the Learning Support Programme. Instead, they attend this progamme who are exposed to a range of coping and reinforcement strategies which will enable them to better manage their daily learning in the classroom. This programme is held in conjunction with the remediation programme for the P1 & P2 students after school. 

NLB Collaboration
The school collaborates with National Library Board (NLB) to create a reading culture through the Whole School Reading Programme (WSRP). Librarians from NLB conduct activities in the school to promote a love for reading among the students. Some of the programmes are:

  • Books to go
  • Read, Swop and Share
  • Read, Reap and Write
  • Dare to Read
  • Book Buzz
  • Molly Bus
  • Storytelling

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Integrated Learning Journeys
‘Watch a Play’ initiative at Primary 1 & 2

Our Primary 1 & 2 students are provided with the opportunity to enhance their literary knowledge, tolerance, and empathy among their schoolmates when they go on a learning journey to watch a play. During the play, students also practise theatre etiquette while enjoying the songs and dance numbers incorporated into the play.


Achievements


We are constantly on the look-out for opportunities to expose our students to recognised English Language competitions that will provide them with platforms to excel in their written and spoken language skills. Our students will also get to interact and build on their existing knowledge with students from other schools.
 

2017

1) Participation in The Big Spell

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2)Participation in Kids’ Lit


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Participation in Moo-O Awards


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Participation in Newsmaker Competition


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Participation in Bilingual Olympiad 

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2016

1)   Participation in National Spelling Championships 2016

In our efforts to inculcate spelling skills and a love of the English language for life, our Primary 5 students participated in The Big Spell, organised by RHB Banking Group and The Straits Times, in partnership with the Ministry of Education.

2)   Participation in Kids’ Lit 2016

In our efforts to recognize and encourage students to read widely, our Primary 4 and Primary 5 students took part in the Kids Lit Quiz organized by the National Library.

 

3)   Participation in Moo-O Awards 2016

In our efforts to motivate students to read and speak fluently and expressively in English and to cultivate a love for the English language through a fun, engaging and immersive way of reading, the school adopts the Moo-O software for the P1-3 level. Our Primary 3 students also participated in the Moo-O Awards organized by CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel.

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Useful Tips for Parents

 

TIP 1

Engage your child in your daily activities. Ask open-ended questions such as the “How” and “Why” questions to have him share his experiences, opinions and suggestions with you! In time to come, with such scaffolding, it will help shape your child in his organisation of thoughts and expressing of ideas.

TIP 2

Role-model to show positive attitude towards learning of the English language by sharing some articles or even comic strips that you find interesting.  Cultivate the habit of checking out the dictionary by looking up the definition whenever you come across a difficult word. 

TIP 3

Create opportunities to read by surrounding them with a wide variety of books. When reading together, ask relevant questions to help process their thinking skills. This will help them to comprehend the storyline better. 

  • Pre-reading
    • What do you think the story is going to be about?
    • Looking at the cover of the book, who do you think are the characters involved?
  • During reading
    • What do you think is going to happen next?
    • Did you expect this to happen? Why/Why not?
  • Post reading
    • What do you like/not like about the ending?
    • Who is your favourite character and why?

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