Welcome to the English Department of Punggol Green Primary. Our school has adopted the Whole School Approach to Effective Communication (WSA-EC) in our English Language (EL) Programme. The WSA-EC is an initiative by the English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS). With the rising trend of students using non-Standard English, we hope to encourage our students to use Standard English by raising the awareness of the use of Standard English as opposed to non-Standard English (Singlish).
The WSA-EC programme aims to achieve the desired outcome of effective communication in English for everyone in the school, including our staff and students. The programme aims to highlight the importance of good English and its role in effective communication. This is achieved through customised school-based programmes and activities that would meet the needs of the teachers and students for EL and all English-medium subjects.
Here are some of the school-based programmes we will introduce in 2014.
Setting the English curriculum for a STELLAR Success
In Punggol Green Primary, English is taught using the STELLAR approach. The aim of STELLAR (STrategies for English Language Learning And Reading) is to strengthen both language and reading skills. It also promotes a positive attitude towards reading in the foundational years through the use of well-established, learner-centred and developmentally appropriate pedagogical approaches using authentic children's literature.
The strategies used in STELLAR are:
Reading to Learn - The Shared Book Approach (SBA)
Writing as Process - The Modified Language Experience Approach (MLEA)
Differentiated Instructions - The Learning Centres (LCs)
The Shared Book Approach (SBA)
The Modified Language Experience Approach (MLEA)
Learning Centres (LCs)
Please refer to the link below for a detailed explanation on the STELLAR approach.
School Based Drama Curriculum
To develop self-confidence, public speaking ability and 21 st Century Communication skills in our students, the school will introduce Drama as part of the English curriculum in 2014. Drama exists as a means of verbal and physical expression. It serves a variety of purposes and it enables students to understand themselves, the people around them and the world in which they live.
The skills gained through learning different Drama techniques cross many disciplines and can improve a student's overall personality and self-awareness.
- Vocal and physical confidence by way of group interactions through games and theatrical exercises.
- Developing self-confidence and SEL competencies through teamwork and role-play.
- Developing voice control and physical awareness, as well as the understanding of emotion and expression.
- Enhancing their skill in diction, rhythm and fluency in the English Language
- Exposure to various text-types such as poems, choral pieces, myths and fables, short stories and plays.
- Learning the basics of acting, stage etiquette and stage performance.
Speak Good English Movement (SGEM)
The Speak Good English Movement (SGEM) is a government programme to encourage Singaporeans to speak grammatically correct English that is universally understood. The purpose of the SGEM is to ensure that Singaporeans recognise the importance of speaking Standard English and to encourage its usage.
The school will tap on the SGEM to help our students and teachers recognise the difference between Standard and Non-standard English used in Singapore. Starting from Term 2, students will perform short skits during assembly to highlight common errors in English. The corrected sentence structures would be highlighted and published on the English notice board.
The standard of English of the teachers would also be honed through fortnightly emails or sharing sessions during staff meetings to highlight common errors in English usage such as: raise up , blue colour.
Multidisciplinary Learning Journeys
Learning Journeys are means by which teachers and students extend their learning outside of the confines of the classroom and the school. They provide the students with opportunities to learn and apply the English language within an authentic context. The learning journeys embarked on by the students and teachers are also multidisciplinary in nature. A particular learning journey may be under the auspices of the English department; however, the rest of the departments such as Math, Mother Tongue and ICT would tap on this experience to enhance the learning of the students.
The students would be expected to complete an ICT, Mother Tongue and/or a Math related project during their leaning journeys. After the learning journey, they would embark on various follow-up activities by presenting their findings either in writing or orally through classroom presentations.
P1 learning Journey to the Zoo
P2 Learning Journey to Oh's Butterfly Farm
Storytelling based on our core values in Punggol Green
Since the days of our ancestors, stories are often shared around a campfire. To date, nothing strikes a chord with people like a good story about values! In Punggol Green Primary, we engage our students and get them thinking about our core values (Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Integrity, Care and Harmony) through the use of thought provoking tales and storybooks without being preachy or dry.
Starting from Term 2, we will be inviting professional story tellers such as Mr Roger Jenkins, Ms Rosemarie Somaiah and Ms Sheila Wee to share their tales with our students. By listening to the storytellers weave their captivating stories, the students not only learn about the core values, but they also learn how the English language is used in a fun-filled manner.
Mr Roger Jenkins and the Crocodile story
Ms Sheila Wee imitating a gorilla
Stay tuned to this page for more updates throughout the year!