Learning English @GESPS
Embracing all Students – Curriculum Customisation
The STELLAR curriculum is supplemented by a range of school-designed programmes to meet the varied needs, abilities and interests of our students. Through these efforts, GESPians will be equipped with the necessary language skills to confidently face the future
I. Reading Programme
At the foundational part of this programme, students in the Learning Support Programme undergo buddy reading using yet a different set of graded material. For these emergent readers, buddy reading takes place twice weekly. The EL teacher monitors their progress through regular small group reading instruction. To further encourage the love of reading, the school has collaborated with the National Library Board (NLB) since 2014.
The intensive reading curriculum is supported by a range of extensive reading efforts. Such efforts include DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time in the early morning, the School Library and the Class Library collection in every English classroom.
III. Stretching Higher Progress Learners
At the upper primary levels, high progress students have literature enrichment lessons to deepen their appreciation
of the language and enhance their enhance their analytical thinking through the study of a chapter book. In addition,
students are exposed to newspaper reading for class sharing and discussion of current events and issues. Selected
students will go through debate and creative writing lessons to challenge themselves beyond what they have learnt
in the curriculum. At the middle primary, students get to read supplementary literary magazines which are subscribed which are subscribed to arouse and sustain their interest in English.
Fostering the Joy of Learning – Special Programmes
Besides the pedagogical efforts in the school English curriculum, the school seeks to provide authentic platforms for students to demonstrate their language skills and instill the joy of learning.
A. Oracy Programme
The targeted skill focus spirals upwards from the basic oratorical skills at Primary 1 to the more complex over the years.
Curriculum (revised in 2020)
P1 - Choral Reading & Poetry Recitation
P2 - Readers' Theatre Show-and-Tell
P3 - Show-and-Tell (personal description)
P4 - Show-and-Tell (information report)
P5 - Persuasive Speech (prepared)
P6 - Persuasive Speech (prepared and impromptu)
The students are taught to use their voice more effectively as they discover new ways to create and present the language. At the end of the oracy lessons, students take turns to showcase their oratorical skills before their classmates. It is always an enjoyable time as the class plays both audience and performer for the day. Besides presenting for confidence, dialogic conversations are incorporated in English lessons to equip students with communication and dialogic skills.
|Persuasive Speech||Readers' Theatre|
B. Use of English Games
During English lessons, students are given the opportunities to play English games such as Scattergories and Bananagrams. Learning of the language is made fun and enjoyable.
|Literacy Stations||Learning Through Games ||Vocabulary Lesson using Banangram|