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Our Goal:

Every pupil a competent, confident & empathetic communicator with discernment in thought & creativity & clarity in expression

Our School-based Programmes:

  1. Reading
The reading programmes aim to nurture the love of reading in our pupils. We provide pupils the exposure to a wide variety of genres and teach them skills to become avid and proficient readers.

1a. Reading Prog:

Objectives:
    1. To expose pupils to different genres
    2. To ensure comprehension of text read through follow up activities

Reading of a Fractured Fairy Tale in class
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Towards Independent reading!
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Resources Used:

  • Step into Reading (P1&2)
  • Story Time (P3)
  • I magazine (P4)
  • ACE magazine (P5&6)

1b. Extensive reading prog:

Objectives: 
    1. To nurture a habit of reading in the pupils
    2. To expose pupils to a variety of genres

Resources Used:

  • Leisure Reading booklet (P1) – collection of short stories, riddles, poems and jokes
  • NLB’s Reading Journal (P1 to 6) – a list of suggested reads by NLB which are tagged to the themes of STELLAR readers
  • Suggested list of books by genres (P5&6) – a list of suggested books categorised by genres
  • Drop Everything And Read aka DEAR Week where activities related to reading such as Readers’ Theatre and Book Characters Parade are conducted to encourage pupils to read widely

 
Dr Seuss comes alive during DEAR week!
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Pupils dressed up as various book characters
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Even teachers dress up as book characters during DEAR Week!
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1c. Critical Reading Prog: Literature prog

Objectives:

    1. To allow pupils to engage with a longer text
    2. Expose pupils to good literary texts
    3. Learn story telling techniques used by writers
    4. Develop language skills through drama activities

Resources & Focus Areas:

LEVEL LITERATURE TEXT
AREA OF FOCUS
P3
The BFG
plot development
P4
James and the Giant Peach
characterisation
P5
Holes
Literary technique – use of irony


2. Skills-based programmes

Throughout their six years in PHPPS, pupils are explicitly taught the 4 macro language skills. They are also given various opportunities to apply what they have learned thus making the learning process a joyful and meaningful one. Our EL skills-based programmes (eg. 5 MINDS lessons, Writing packages) focus not only on the learning of a language skill but applying it for a purpose.

2a. Writing:

P1 -2:

Objectives:

    1. Explicitly teach sentence structures
    2. Build sentences from word to sentence
    3. Expand a topic sentence to a paragraph
    4. Narrative structure – introduction, body and conclusion

P3 -4:

Objectives:

    1. Reinforce the narrative structure – introduction, body and conclusion
    2. Build content (ideas) and vocabulary using Show not Tell and Topic Blast strategies

P5 -6:

Objectives:

    1. Deepen understanding of the narrative structure – 5 Elements of a narrative 
    2. Teach strategies to hook a reader eg Story starters
    3. Teach strategies to enhance characterisation eg TALES strategy
    4. Teach strategies to expand the plot eg 3Cs & 3Ss strategies

Let’s write our pair story together!
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2b. Howard Gardner’s 5 MINDS for the Future lessons

Howard Gardner’s 5 MINDS for the Future is adopted by PHPPS to better prepare our pupils for the volatile, uncertain, changing & ambiguous (VUCA) world. We use the 5 MINDS for the Future as a guiding principle when we craft our lessons.  Through these carefully crafted 5 MINDS lessons, we aim to equip pupils with the mind-set to be flexible in their thinking and to employ all tools and skill sets at their disposal. The 5 MINDS lessons are carried out in the Writing and Literature modules of the EL curriculum.

5 MINDS Skills
Disciplined Mind
  • Skim for gist / main idea
  • Scan for details
  • Use contextual cues
  • Sequence details 
Synthesising Mind
  • Make inferences
  • Distinguish between cause and effect, compare & contrast, identify fact vs opinion, make simple generalisations, draw conclusions
  • Identify & compare themes & provide evidence to support points stated
Creating Mind
  • Respond to a text with reasons, judgment, personal interpretation
Respectful Mind
  • Able to see others’ viewpoints
Ethical Mind
  • Being objective, drawing conclusions after analysing all data
  • Able to realise how one’s action has an impact on others


3. Harnessing ICT in EL learning

Learning is fun and engaging with the help of technology. At PHPPS, teachers harness ICT to facilitate learning and make English language learning an engaging experience. 

In the recent SLS Design Challenge organized by MOE, PHPPS was awarded “Quality Lesson Design” Award. 

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Having fun learning with ICT tools!