Every GESPian an Effective and Confident Communicator.
Every teacher an Enabler of Effective English.
The English curriculum of Gan Eng Seng Primary School is based on the STELLAR (Strategies for English Language Learning And Reading) Programme developed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in 2006. Being one of the Phase 1 schools chosen to embark on this programme, STELLAR has been fully implemented in Gan Eng Seng Primary School from Primary one to Primary six since 2011.
The vision of STELLAR is to develop in children the love for reading and a strong foundation in the English Language. It aims to strengthen children’s learning of the English Language and promote a positive attitude towards reading by using engaging and age-appropriate strategies and instructional materials. Through the STELLAR training and mentoring programme, it empowers teachers to teach children the critical life skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in English.
The STELLAR programme is designed to deliver the outcomes of the English Language Syllabus 2010. English is taught through stories and texts that appeal to children, with explicit grammar instructions. Pupils are provided with opportunities to express themselves in environment where language learning can be enjoyable yet purposeful.
Revised PSLE English Language and Foundation English Language
In line with the changes in the teaching syllabus taught through the STELLAR programme, the revised PSLE English Language (EL) and Foundation English Language (FEL) will be introduced from 2015. They give a greater emphasis to the 21st century competencies by giving pupils more opportunities and wider scope for providing personal responses in speaking and writing.
As such, the department developed several in-house packages in order to support our teachers with up-to-date resources to better prepare our pupils for the revised examinations.
- Revised Writing Package
- Comprehension Package
- Oral Package
- Visual Text Comprehension Package
- Editing Package (P5 and 6)
In order to help pupils develop their vocabulary within learning contexts, these packages have been developed to be aligned with the themes for each STELLAR unit.
Additionally, the Free Expressions Programme was also rolled out since 2012 as a whole school approach to give pupils the opportunities to write freely based on a given topic and any of three different pictures. This serves to familiarise pupils with the revised Continuous Writing section for PSLE EL 2015.
Learning Support Programme
The Learning Support Programme (LSP) is an early intervention programme implemented by MOE in all primary schools at Primary 1 and Primary 2 to provide additional support for children who enter Primary 1 with very weak English Language and literacy skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). The enhanced LSP was rolled out subsequently in 2008 and focuses on five major components that international research has found to be critical in helping pupils in early primary grades learn to read and spell. The five components are: alphabetic knowledge, knowledge of sound-letter correspondences, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. By getting the basics of reading and spelling in place, the enhanced LSP also helps pupils learn in all their subjects.
Pupils are identified for LSP through a systematic screening process carried out at the beginning of Primary 1. Identified pupils are supported daily for half an hour in groups of 8 to 10 pupils. Support continues in Primary 2 for pupils who need it.
The LSP is implemented by teachers who have undergone training known as Learning Support Coordinators (LSCs).
Reading Remediation Programme (RRP)
The Reading Remediation Programme is a pilot programme from 2014 which Gan Eng Seng Primary was invited to embark on. It serves to help selected Primary 3 and 4 pupils in their word recognition, reading, spelling and reading comprehension. This programme is also a continuation of support for pupils who graduated from the LSP and other pupils weak in the English Language.
Being one of the Phase 1 schools for this programme, RRP teachers are closely guided and supported by MOE HQ to equip them with the specialised knowledge and skills required to implement the programme.
GESPian READventure: This programme, rolled out in 2014, aims to consolidate reading activities across the different programmes that promote reading in GESPS. Through this programme, pupils are encouraged to read widely and inculcate a habit of reading through the exposure to different genres of books. In addition, the READventure booklet provides opportunities, through different types of activities, for pupils to reflect on what they have learnt from the materials and books that they have read. Pupils are encouraged to complete the Missions (activities) in the READventure booklet to receive prizes and certificates during the GESPS Celebrate Success ceremony each term.
Dream Moments: Good story-telling helps to spark the interest of pupils in books that they might otherwise not have the interest to read. The Dream Moments programme makes use of a specially constructed Reading Cove corner and trains student leaders to tell stories to pupils so as to encourage them to read extensively and borrow books from the library. This also serves to develop student leaders to be fluent and expressive in reading.
With e-books gaining popularity, the programme now includes screening of e-books at the canteen during recess time in conjunction with other mass borrowing programmes.
Dream Moments is one of the programmes that have been integrated into the GESPian READventure. Four other programmes integrated into the booklet are: Reading Star Log, Read Up Literature, Little Red Dot and Books on Wheels.
Collaboration with National Library Board: Since 2014, Gan Eng Seng Primary has been on board the Read@School programme helmed by the National Library Board (NLB). Under this programme, we invite NLB staff to share with our school on different genres and titles during assembly programmes.
Other areas of partnership include:
- Mass registration of Primary 1 pupils as NLB members
- Reading Interest Profile Kit for pupils
- NLB mass borrowing sessions
- Reading Ambassadors training for Library Leaders
- KidsRead Programme
- Read, Reap, Write
Speak Good English Movement (SGEM): Through the SGEM programme in Gan Eng Seng Primary, we seek to inculcate in GESPians the importance of speaking good English. In February, we launched the SGEM for the year through a fun-filled I♥SEM week. The I♥SEM week also marks the first collaboration with the Mathematics, Science and ICT departments to roll out exciting and engaging recess games and classroom activities.
We also continued our collaboration with The Readers’ House as part of our SGEM and invite them to present on the different aspects of speaking in good English during assembly programmes followed by the ever-popular book fair for our GESPians.
GESPS Library programme: The Library programme gets all classes to visit the library during scheduled storytelling sessions. Besides telling stories, storytellers also help pupils reflect through the stories to learn from the characters and decisions that they make.
Other department programmes include:
- Fun Readers
- English Ambassadors
- Buddy Reading
- Oracy Programme
- Integrated Learning Trails
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