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English Language




To develop enthusiastic readers and effective communicators


4 Key Areas of Language Learning 


  • Reading

  • Writing

  • Speaking

  • Listening


Holistic Assessment (HA)


Assessment plays a pivotal role in teaching and learning. It supports the holistic development of pupils. Teachers use a range of assessment tools which include written and performance tasks (e.g. Oral Reading and Show and Tell) to provide feedback on individual pupil’s mastery of concepts and skills. Rubrics are commonly used to chart the strengths and targeted areas of improvement for each pupil.


STELLAR (STrategies for English Language Learning And Reading)


STELLAR aims to strengthen pupils’ language and reading skills as well as promote a positive attitude towards learning in the foundational years. The programme uses research-based teaching strategies and age-appropriate materials to engage pupils in the learning of English. 


Language Learning through Dramatisation, Games and Learning Journeys



Lower Primary Strategies

  • Shared Book Approach (SBA): First, the teacher introduces and shares a Big Book with the pupils. In the second part, the teacher teaches language items, structures and skills explicitly, including concepts of print, phonics and grammar. There is a range of follow-up activities such as drama and art and craft for teachers to select according to their pupils’ learning needs.


  • Modified Language Experience Approach (MLEA): In MLEA, there is a shared experience that is linked to the Big Book that has been read during Shared Reading. The shared experience provides the context and content for pupils to think and talk about, using the target language structures and vocabulary they have been exposed to in SBA. With the help of the teacher who transcribes the children's input, the pupils come up with a piece of class writing. This becomes the basis for group writing, when the children work in small groups, before they go on to individual writing. The whole process is scaffolded for success and pupils also learn about cooperative learning as they work together in mixed-ability groups.


  • Learning Centres (LC): The language skills learnt in both SBA and MLEA are reinforced in the Learning Centres (LC). In LC, activities are planned and differentiated for the pupils in three main learning centres – the Reading Centre, the Word Study Centre and the Listening Centre. Pupils have the opportunity to re-learn, revisit or extend what they have learnt at their own pace and in differentiated ability groups.


Upper Primary Strategies




More information on STELLAR can be viewed at http://www.stellarliteracy.sg/.


Modified Language Experience Approach (MLEA)



Buddy Reading Programme


Twice a week, Reading Champions and their Reading Buddies get together in the morning for reading. This Buddy Reading Programme harnesses peer support in improving reading proficiency among pupils.




“Be Enthusiastic About Reading (BEAR)” Scheme





The BEAR Scheme aims to inculcate good reading habits in pupils in the foundational years. Pupils are each given a Reading Log to record their book loans.





English Books from R.Cove or the National Library

Number of Book Reviews to be submitted

(Book Review templates can be found in R.Cove)

Pri 1 to 4 

Owl Reader



Giraffe Reader

Continue on to 100


Elephant Reader

Continue on to 150


Lion Reader

Continue on to 200


Champion Reader

Continue on to 600



R.Cove (School Library)


R.Cove is the school’s signature facility for fostering a culture of Reading, Research and Reflection. R.Cove provides a print-rich environment to ignite the love of reading in pupils. R.Cove runs monthly themes (e.g. International Friendship Month and Herge’s Birthday) and organises recess activities for pupils. Storytelling sessions are also conducted during recess to excite pupils about books and reading.


Opening Hours

7.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.

1.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Borrowing Privileges

Up to 4 books at any one time

(English Language or Mother Tongue)



R.Cove Bustle