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English Language

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Mission

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

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


Mrs Mumtaj Menon-Ibrahim
Head of Department
Email: mumtaj_mohamed_ibrahim@moe.edu.sg

“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.”


Members of the Department

Mrs Jessi Siva (Lead Teacher)
Ms Angela Merici John (Senior Teacher)
Mrs Alice Tan
Mrs Carlene Foo
Mrs Catherine Yeo
Mdm Connie Chua
Miss Du Yiling
Ms Ethel Cheng
Mdm Fang Mei Teng
Mdm Hidayah
Ms Irene Kwok
Mrs Ivy Oh
Mr John Chia
Ms Junity Tay
Ms Kat Quek
Mr Lee Boon Kee
Ms Myra Khoo
Mrs Roberta Irene Piadasa
Mdm Salyna Mohd Sahir
Mdm Sharifah Mariam Syed Ibrahim
Mrs Sharon Liang
Mrs Sim Xin Yi


Programmes


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STELLAR Curriculum
The school adopts the Strategies for English Language Learning And Reading (STELLAR) curriculum  in the teaching of English Language from Primary 1 to 6. This aims to strengthen the students' foundation in literacy skills through a variety of learner-centered and developmentally appropriate pedagogical approaches using authentic children's text.

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


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

What is P4C? 

Thinking skills are explicitly taught and students are given opportunities to question and reason. It is a student-led, enquiry-based approach to learning where students work in Communities of Inquiries (COI). It builds on higher order thinking, speaking and listening skills as it improves students’ critical and creative thinking skills. This also builds on the students’ own wonder and curiosity about ideas or global philosophical concepts.


Since 2013, Huamin Primary School has been using Philosophy for Children (P4C) as a key pedagogic approach to develop critical thinking skills in our students.


Seeing the challenge of our students being passive receptors of information, there is a need for students to “develop and effectively apply critical thinking skills to their academic studies, to the complex problems they face, and the critical choices they will be forced to make a result of the information explosion and other rapid technological changes” (Oliver & Utermohlen, 1995).


When students are involved in inquiry, they learn first-hand as they co-construct and use language purposefully to explore thematic ideas, language features and multiple perspectives. Such an approach foregrounds the development of oral communication skills, mutual respect, exploratory talk, peer engagement and constructive feedback. As part of exploratory talk, teachers will facilitate student collaborative learning, either in pairs or in groups, and engage learners through a diverse range of strategies, including the use of questioning techniques and thinking routines. This collaboration can strengthen both receptive and productive skills during active knowledge construction when appropriate classroom behaviour and supportive team roles and peer support become part and parcel of classroom routines. (Extracted from syllabus 2020)


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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.

P1 & P2 Speech & Drama Programme
The lower primary 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 showcase their performances.


MLEA Experiences (Primary 1 - 3)
Students get to experience an outdoor lesson with their teachers and peers and write about them. With activities ranging from bubble blowing to sunflower planting, students work collaboratively to experience the joy of learning.

Reading Literacy Programmes at various levels
Through a variety of reading programmes, students are immersed in a world of reading and fun. Reading activities are then extended to discussions to stretch students’ learning beyond books.

  • D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read)
  • Class Libraries
  • Reading Circles
  • Book Talks
  • Little Red Dot

Intervention Programmes

Learning Support Programme (LSP) - Primary 1 & 2

The LSP provides additional support for students with weak literacy skills. Students attend lessons one period a day in small groups, and are taught by specially trained teachers using strategies that will improve their reading ability.

School Dyslexia Remediation (SDR) - Primary 3 & 4
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.

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.

Adapted Reading Programme - Primary 5 & 6 Foundation EL
The adapted Reading Programme is aimed at supporting P5 & P6 FEL students who experience difficulties in the English Language classroom. Through this programme, students exposed to a range of coping and reinforcement strategies which will enable them to better manage their daily learning in the classroom.



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

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Integrated Project Work (Primary 5)
Our Primary 5 students embarked on their IPW Journey this year. Using Designs Thinking, students conducted a simple survey to understand difficulties faced by commuters during an MRT breakdown. Aligned to their STELLAR unit, Ride On, students went on to complete video interviews to showcase their findings and create an awareness.

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.

STAR Enrichment Programme (Primary 4 – 6)
Selected students were exposed to a variety of writing, speaking and presentation workshops to extend their learning in real life situations.

Little Red Dot & Straits Times (Primary 4 – 6)
Little Red Dot is a special publication for students by the Straits Times. It facilitates the discussion of current affairs and world events in the classroom. The class discussions encourage practical application of knowledge in real-world contexts, and strongly support our focus on developing 21st century competencies and values in our students.


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.

2018

1) NSW Global ICAS 2018
Name Of StudentClassType Of Award
Teo Qian Yu5 RespectHigh Distinction
Lee Xinyu, Nicole
6 Respect
Distinction
Lim Chee En Caleb5 RespectDistinction
Ansa Tng En5 Respect Distinction 
Ahrsheya Menon4 RespectDistinction 
Tan Kai Jun Aidan3 Respect Distinction 
Gregorio Daniel3 Respect Distinction 
21 StudentsP3-P6 Merit
17 StudentsP3-P6
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2) 32nd YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA) 2018
Name Of StudentClassType Of Award
Sophia Bte Noor Hirdani
3 RespectSemi-Finalist
Stephen Liew Zhen Yue 5 RespectParticipation
Nurfasyarina Binte Abdul Mimi Ishammudin5 HarmonyParticipation
Nadirah Aleeya Binte Danial Abdullah5 ExcellenceParticipation










3) National Writing Competition 2018
Name Of StudentClassType Of Award
Shannon Pow
4 RespectParticipation
Muhammad Naufal Afiq Herman4 RespectParticipation 
Azra Nur Natasha Abdul Halim 4 Respect Participation
Jaaziel Leong5 RespectParticipation 
Ansa Tng En5 RespectParticipation 
Zafyrah Raihan5 RespectParticipation 
Sim Pei Xuan Peri5 Respect Participation 
Lee Ning Xuan5 Respect Participation 













2017

1) Participation NSW Global ICAS 2017
Number Of StudentsType Of Award
1High Distinction
9Distinction
38Credit 
11Merit 










2) 31st YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA) 2017
Name Of StudentClassType Of Award
Stephen Liew Zhen Yue
4 RespectTop 8 Finalist







3) 
National Writing Competition 2017
Name Of StudentClassType Of Award
Kyit Lim Zee Kit
6 Respect19th Place
Tan Ping Wei6 RespectFinalist
Siti Amirah Binte Haji Hasnadi6 RespectFinalist









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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