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Vision

Proficient, competent and versatile users of the English Language

Approach

The key approach to the teaching and learning of the English Language in Juying Primary is through the STELLAR (Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading) Approach. In line with the Department’s philosophy, STELLAR aims to build in children a love for reading and a strong foundation in the English Language. At the heart of the STELLAR programme is the belief that enjoyment is a fundamental aspect of shared reading and writing experience. Through STELLAR, we hope that our pupils will come to love the English language and be motivated to read and learn even when school is over.

Underpinning the STELLAR model are the teaching strategies: Shared Book Approach, Modified Language Experience Approach and Learning Centres. The diagrams below show who a STELLAR lesson look like.

Lower primary STELLAR lesson structure

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Upper primary STELLAR lesson structure

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Key Programmes

Learning Support Programme (LSP)
The LSP is a specialised early intervention programme aimed at providing learning support to pupils who enter Primary 1 with weak English language and literacy skills. Pupils are identified for LSP through a systematic screening process carried out at the beginning of Primary 1. The objective of the LSP is to equip pupils with basic literacy skills so that they could access learning in the regular classroom.

Every January, the School Readiness Test is administered to all pupils in Primary One to assess their basic language and literacy skills. Pupils who are weak in these skills are identified for the LSP. Pupils are supported daily for half an hour a day in groups of 8 to 10 pupils. Support continues in Primary 2 for pupils who need it. Pupils are withdrawn from their English lessons for focused lessons with the Learning Support Coordinator. At the end of every academic year, the pupils are assessed to ascertain if they require continued support where they will remain in the programme. If they have met the expectations for that level, they may graduate from the programme.

 

Extensive Reading Programme @ Juying (ERP)

Recognising the importance of inculcating the habit of reading in our pupils, the ERP aims to help them achieve reading fluency and create enjoyment in the reading process. Our Primary 1 and Primary 2 pupils are engaged in 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading twice a week. The immediate aim of ERP is to increase fluency. We have adopted a fun but meaningful theme for our ERP. We want our pupils, the little “pirates”, to discover that “there is more treasure in books than in all of the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island” (Walt Disney).

A good reading programme is not one that simply teaches children to read for the purposes of passing examinations in school but also one which encourages children to read beyond their primary, secondary and tertiary years. Together with the EL teachers, ERP is carried out by a group of very dedicated volunteers who have called themselves ‘Reading Mums and Dads’. These parent volunteers provide in-class support for pupils who struggle with their reading.

 

School-based Dyslexia Remediation Programme (SDR)

School-based Dyslexia Remediation Programme is a two-year intervention programme for Primary 3 and 4 pupils. These pupils 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 our trained school personnel using a remediation curriculum designed by MOE Reading Specialists.

To find out how you can also support children with dyslexia, you may wish to visit
https://www.schoolbag.sg/story/how-parents-can-support-children-with-dyslexia#.V72jGEZ97IU

 

Reading Remediation Programme (RRP)
The Reading Remediation Programme is aimed at supporting P3 pupils who still face consistent difficulty in reading in the English Language despite having completed the LSP in P1 and P2. The programme exposes the children to a range of coping strategies for reading comprehension which will enable them to better manage their daily learning.

 

 

Pyjama-Rama

In Juying, we seek to create a reading culture amongst our pupils. Every year, we have our very own Pyjama-Rama, an evening which see parents coming back to school with their children dressed in pyjamas and with teddy bears in tow to enjoy a night filled with thrilling adventures. Pyjama-Rama not only provides an opportunity for parents and children to bond, it also encourages our young ones to discover the world through stories. The main objectives are to develop in pupils a love for books and for reading. Our parent volunteers also play a part in enticing our pupils to read, helping out with the props and playing a role in story-telling.

 

English Language Week

“I Love English Language” week is held in the month of April. The objective of this event is to promote the love of English Language through various exciting and meaningful activities. EL is the most widely used or spoken language in the world and its long history of absorbing words and cultural influences from all over the world gives it its huge vocabulary today. “I Love English Language” celebrates the language, quirks and all!

Partnership

nlbPartnership with National Library Board (NLB)

At Juying Primary, we believe that competence in reading is the key to independent learning.  Success in reading has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum and is crucial in developing children’s self-esteem, confidence and motivation. It is for this reason that we place a heavy emphasis on reading and have been collaborating with NLB on a “Whole School Approach to Reading” project to promote reading amongst our pupils.

 

At Juying Primary, we believe that competence in reading is the key to independent learning.  Success in reading has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum and is crucial in developing children’s self-esteem, confidence and motivation. It is for this reason that we place a heavy emphasis on reading and have been collaborating with NLB on a “Whole School Approach to Reading” project to promote reading amongst our pupils.

Librarians from NLB conduct activities in the school to promote a love for reading among the students. Some of the programmes are:

  • Books 2 Go
  • Dare to Read
  • Book Buzz
  • Read, Reap and Write
  • Storytelling

 

 

Useful Links

National Library Board’s Reading Resources
http://www.nlb.gov.sg/discovereads/
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/eReads/

The Speak Good English Movement in Singapore
http://goodenglish.org.sg/improve-your-english 

STELLAR
www.stellarliteracy.sg.

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