The EL Department supports the school’s vision Stamfordians of Competence and Character, who Care and Contribute by having the following foci:
Our Vision: Every Stamfordian, A Confident and Effective Communicator
Our Mission: To empower Stamfordians to use the English Language for learning, living and connecting.
(a) ‘Competence’ - We want to develop pupils to be:
I. Confident, effective and gracious communicators
II. Passionate readers
III. Active listeners
(b) ‘Character’ – We aim to groom pupils to:
I. Demonstrate sound moral and social values in words and actions
II. Be caring collaborators who contribute to community growth
III. Be compassionate listeners
1. Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading (STELLAR)
STELLAR, aligned to the 2010 EL Syllabus by the Ministry of Education, provides a framework for the teaching and learning of the English Language and aims to strengthen both language and reading skills, as well as promote a positive attitude towards reading in the foundational years through the use of wellestablished, learner-centred and developmentally appropriate pedagogical approaches using authentic children's literature. (Source: http://www.stellarliteracy.sg )
2. TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
The SPS EL Talent Development programme aims to:
- acquaint students with things happening in Singapore and in the world.
- encourage students to think independently and reflect on issues happening around them and express their opinions on them. In so doing, develop in students a sense of right and wrong.
- develop students in habits of intelligent behaviour which include being:
- Curious through asking deep and thought-provoking questions
- Collaborative through engaging in thoughtful discussion
- Critical through giving reasons and evidence
- Creative through generating and building on ideas
- Caring through developing awareness of self and care of others
The programme aims are achieved by introducing the current affairs curriculum to the Talent Development classes. The newspaper has been a timeless and rich supplementary material used to broaden students' knowledge of current affairs as well as enhance students' exposure to good language use. The current affairs curriculum is infused into the English lessons because the newspapers offers a living curriculum (Rhoades and Rhoades1980). The newspaper provides students with raw, unfiltered data that they must process themselves. The experience in gathering, sieving and translating data helps students develop analytical skills that influence their abilities to learn in the classroom and to make practical and value-oriented decisions in their everyday lives (Short & Dickerson, 1980).
3. Learning Support Programme
The Learning Support Programme (LSP) is an early intervention programme aimed at providing additional support to students who enter Primary 1 with weak English language and literacy skills. Students are identified for the LSP through a systematic screening process. They attend special parallel EL lessons with trained personnel to engage them in activities to help them attain the level of language skills as their peers. Students are discharged from LSP when they meet both of the following criteria: A pass in the school's English Semestral Assessment, Attainment of age-appropriate reading age.
4. English Language Week 2012
The annual English Language Week was held from 3 to 11 Jul 2012. Activities conducted aim to promote the usage of standard spoken English and spread the joy of learning the language in a fun manner. The students enjoyed tremendously the activities conducted for them.
The following were some of the activities conducted:
- Spelling Bee
- Poetry Recitation
- Grab Scrabble
- A Tale to Tell
- Rap Writing and Performance on Speak Good English
- Graffiti Writing- where students express themselves freely on how they feel about the activities on boards placed in the canteen
The culmination of the English Language Week was the prize-giving ceremony on 11 July 2012 whereby prizes were awarded to our Top Readers, Avid Readers and winners of the various activities conducted during this short but meaningful and enriching English Language Week.
5. My Out of Classroom Activities (MOCA)
MOCA are targeted at Primary 1 and 2 pupils. Embarking on learning journeys to the Zoo and Bird Park respectively, the MOCA trips aim to enrich students by creating opportunities for interactions and discussions amongst their peers, in an out of classroom setting. They also provide an authentic learning experience and expose students to the vocabulary associated with the themes learnt during Big Book Reading. Lastly, they engage the students in looking for information, making observations and recording their observations in an activity sheet which is an integration of the various subjects such as English, Mathematics, Art, Social Studies and even on matters related to conservation.
6. Class Library Programme
The Class Library Programme aims to ignite the passion for reading in every Stamfordian by giving each student a story book to read at all times. Age-appropriate titles are made available to the students during their EL lessons. Every week, they will change of their story books with their peers so that everyone will get to read a variety of books. Follow-up activities are conducted during EL lessons with the teachers.
7. English LANGUAGE AND Motivational Camp
The Primary 6 English Language and Motivational Camp (June holiday) is designed to enhance students' skills in reading comprehension and answering techniques. The camp also seeks to enthuse and motivate the students for PSLE by teaching them how to set targets for themselves and having a concrete plan to achieve these results.
8. EL Curriculum - Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading (STELLAR)
Teachers use STELLAR to teach the critical life skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The aim is to strengthen pupils’ language and reading skills as well as promote a positive attitude towards learning in the foundational years.
Teachers use a myriad of activities to engage pupils and scaffold language learning. Examples of activities:
a) Class discussions to explore a diversity of perspectives and develop habits of collaborative learning:
b) Group and individual presentations to inculcate public speaking skills:
(c) Class games to get pupils’ minds going!
(d) Storytelling sessions to develop a love for reading: