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Overview

Vision
Avid readers, Eloquent speakers, Inspired writers 

Mission
To equip pupils with skills for effective communication and to encourage a love for the language

The CPS English Department is committed to building an English classroom that will produce young communicators who can articulate their ideas well; verbally and written.


For our students to grow and become successful members of our society, they must have a strong foundation in the English Language. We recognise that at the primary level, it is important that our students develop mastery in their basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. We shall nurture our students to develop a love for the language by recognising its power and use it responsibly.

On this learning journey, we engage our students in rich and rewarding experiences which will help them develop deeper knowledge and skills to be creative, critical and innovative thinkers. 

The knowledge and skills our students learn will empower them to take responsibility for their own learning; to explore with an insatiable curiosity about the world and be life-long learners.


Approach
To realise our vision, the department adopts a balanced and integrated approach in designing the English Language (EL) curriculum for the students. We combine the use of STELLAR (STrategies for English Language Learning And Reading), the core programme designed by MOE curriculum specialists with our school-based curriculum. Our approach is aligned with our department’s education philosophy to Engage, Empower and Enable. We strongly believe this approach will develop students to be confident and competent users of the English Language.

STELLAR
The STELLAR programme aims to cultivate the love of reading as well as to build a strong language foundation. It involves using age-appropriate resources and research based teaching strategies to engage our students in their learning of the language.

The key strategies used in the Lower Primary classrooms are as follows:
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1) Comprehending and interpreting stories – Shared Book Approach (SBA)
2) Learning to write – Modified Language Experience Approach (MLEA)
3) Extension of language components – Learning Centre Approach.

The key strategies used in the Upper Primary classrooms are as follows:

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1) Silent reading - Sustained Silent Reading Approach
2) Reading and understanding of text - Supported Reading Approach
3) Composition writing – Writing Process Cycle Approach
4) Differentiated learning – Differentiated Instruction Approach

School Based Curriculum 
  Apart from STELLAR, the department had also crafted a structured programme to engage, empower and enable our students to achieve success in building strong language skills.