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English Language

English Department


HOD (English)
- Mrs Katherine Wong 
   tan_nguang_leng@moe.edu.sg 


Level Head (English)
- Mrs Siva  
   shoba_jaganathan@moe.edu.sg


Senior Teachers
- Mdm Norlela Men 
   norlela_men@moe.edu.sg
- Mrs Julia Ng 
   lee_hwee_hoon_julia@moe.edu.sg

STELLA Mentors
- Mdm Yap Chai Muay  
   yap_chai_muay@moe.edu.sg
- Miss Laurene Danker  
   danker_laurene@moe.edu.sg
 


Vision

Effective and Confident Communicators

MISSION
Cultivating a rich environment for communications to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

Desired Outcomes

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All our pupils will be able to use English to express themselves.

All should attain foundational skills, particularly in grammar, spelling and basic pronunciation. They should be able to use English in everyday situations and for functional purposes, such as giving directions, information or instructions and making requests. The majority of our pupils will attain a good level of competence in English, in both speech and writing

Signature Programmes

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A) STELLAR Programme

As part of the Rosyth School strategic thrusts, the STELLAR @ Rosyth programme seeks to develop our pupils holistically with a comprehensive, stimulating and engaging instructional programme.

The objectives of the programme are as follows:

  • To employ a variety of effective teaching and learning pedagogies that focus on WHAT and HOW students are learning (i.e. more learner–centred)
  • To have a balanced and holistic assessment of our pupils.

It supports the current syllabus and is in line with the 2010 English Language Syllabus. It aims to mover learners towards independence using quality children's books and activities that motivate and engage young learners.

During STELLAR lessons, children are exposed to more speaking and listening activities. Children learn reading and writing using varied and interesting books, with discussion, enriched with children's written language and filled with various reading materials for children to use. Teachers use a variety of print and non-print resources and children are exposed to literature and different texts to promote the writing. Learning Centres are created in classroom for independent small group learning. This provides the reinforcement and extension of teacher-guided lessons and language-experiential activities. Through interdepartment collaboration, lower primary children are also introduced to early Science in the English Curriculum. At P3, the children learn about environmental care and write about it as part of Writing . In essence, this collaboration will bring about greater engagement and meaning for the learning of skills and values within the existing curriculum.


B) Bookflood Programme

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One of the objectives of the English Language programme at Rosyth is to promote reading among our students. As such, we have put in place a reading programme for all pupils from P1-P6. This programme which consists of bookflood books for all pupils aims to stimulate students’ interest in reading, increase their knowledge and widen their vocabulary through a variety of reading materials and exposure to a wide array of genres and text types. Each class is provided with a set of such books which are loaned out to students on a regular basis.

Rationale for Programme:

  • Read and respond to a variety of texts and demonstrate a positive attitude towards reading and language
  • Demonstrate knowledge about language and text types
  • Use reading strategies to construct meaning
  • Listen to/Read/View a variety of texts and demonstrate understanding of content in oral/written form
  • Read: Language for Literary Response and Expression, Language for Social Interaction and language for Information
  • Listen to/Read/View a variety of texts which can be demonstrated in oral or written form the ability to acquire and use knowledge for a variety of purposes
  • Develop pupils’ vocabulary by introducing them to a rich repertoire of vocabulary through a varied reading diet

C) Literature@Rosyth

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As part of our effort to enhance our reading programme, Literature is incorporated into the curriculum for selected pupils from Primary 3 - 5 Through this programme, we hope to provide pupils with a greater appreciation of the various literary elements in a story, deepen comprehension skills, build on vocabulary and develop a joy for reading.

P3 Text

The novel ‘Frindle’ written by Andrew Clements is selected. It is a humourous tale about a boy and his ingenious ideas related to the origin of words. The novel will enable pupils to explore themes such as friendship and teacher-pupils relationships. Apart from exploring the themes, the novel will also introduce pupils to literary elements such as plot, character analysis and point of view through discussions, which will enhance their thinking and reasoning skills.

P4 Text

The novel ‘Charlotte’s Web’ written by E.B. White is selected. It is a notable classic about the friendship between Wilbur the pig and a barn spider named Charlotte. Apart from exploring the theme on friendship the novel will also introduce pupils to literary elements such as plot, character analysis and point of view through discussions, which will enhance their thinking and reasoning skills.

P5 Text

The novel ‘Sing to the Dawn’ written by Minfong Ho is selected. It is a tale about the relationship between two siblings and the emotions they go through in deciding who gets to further their studies. Apart from exploring the theme on sibling relationship, the novel will also introduce pupils to literary elements such as plot, character analysis and point of view through discussions, which will enhance their thinking and reasoning skills.

D) Language BUZZ

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The Speak Good English Movement is a nation-wide campaign to promote the habit of using and speaking Standard English amongst Singaporeans in our daily lives . In Rosyth School, we emphasise the usage of English with correct grammar and pronunciation. We also encourage our pupils to express their feelings.

Pupils need to learn express themselves well as these are crucial for oral communication and understanding. To promote the use of good English in Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening, a host of engaging activities are planned throughout the year in the form of Language BUZZ to arouse pupils' interest in the speaking of the language. Examples of some of these activities include NLB Bulk Borrowing (Read, Swap, Share), Presentations by Reading Ambassadors and Readers’ Theatre.

Pupils are provided with opportunities to perform to their classmates, pupils in other classes as well as the general school population. This is in alignment with the student outcomes of C2015 which focus on nurturing each child into a confident person, self-directed learner, self- directed learner, active contributor and concerned citizen.

Through the various school programs, we hope that Rosythians will be able to use English to communicate well with each other and build happy relationships. Teachers and parents are especially important in this initiative as we are the main facilitators who play a very important role in the acquisition and usage of Standard English.

E) Primary 1 Moo-O PiSP (Parents-in-School Programme)

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The Moo-O programme has been incorporated into the P1-3 English curriculum in Rosyth. It uses a reading software that transforms the way stories are read and enjoyed, by involving the readers in the virtual story world as story characters. It is designed to help children read well, by letting them experience and understand how by reading fluently and expressively, they can enjoy their stories better. The software brings about the development of oracy amongst students and it is aligned to the self-directed and collaborative learning initiatives as identified in our 21st CC skills.

The programme has provided the school with the opportunity to build successful partnerships with our parents that are in the interests of our children through the implementation of the Primary 1 Moo-O PiSP (Parents-in-School Programme) during Curriculum Time. This programme aims to enhance the level of parental involvement in the school curriculum and hence, greater partnership with parents in the child’s learning.

E) Primary 1 Moo-O PiSP (Parents-in-School Programme)

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  1. Learning Support Programme

    The Learning Support Programme (LSP) is an early intervention programme aimed at providing additional support to pupils who enter Primary 1 with weak English language and literacy skills. Its objective is to equip the pupils with basic reading and spelling skills.

    Pupils are identified for the LSP through the Early Literacy Indicators (ELI), a group-screening instrument developed by MOE, at the beginning of each year. Pupils attaining low levels on the ELI (Levels 0, 1 and 2) are placed in the LSP for additional support.

  2. PREP with MUMs @ Rosyth

    PREP with MUMs @ Rosyth is a programme that aims to equip weak readers with the reading skills necessary for their daily school work. The programme also aims to help pupils cultivate good reading habits and ignite their love for reading so that in time to come, these pupils will become successful readers who will no longer learn to read but rather, they will read at more appropriately challenging levels in order to read to learn.

Achievements

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English Department Achievements -­ 2015

No. Name of Competition Achievement level
1 14th Inter-School National Scrabble Championship 2015 – Finals SENIOR DIVISION
  • Team Event – 11th position; Certificate of Participation
  • Individual Event - 3rd Position
2 Spelling Bee 2015 Zonal Round – Certificate of participation
3 29th YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards Upper Primary Category – 1st place
4 14th Budding Writers Project 2015 Certificate of participation
5 The Moo-O Awards 2016 Certificate of participation
6 Cluster Challenge – Spin A Tale organized by Seng Kang Primary School Participants: Upper Primary Category – 1st runner-up & Certificate of participation
Lower Primary Category – Certificate of participation

English Department Achievements -­ 2016 (Term 1)

No. Name of Competition Achievement level
1 14th World Children’s Haiku Contest JAL Special Prize
2 The Moo-O Awards 2016 Certificate of participation

Web Resources

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Website Brief Description
BBC Schools - KS2 Bitsize Revision Links to pages with games on reading, writing, spelling and grammar.
Advanced English Lessons Contains online English lessons & ESL / EFL resources. Learn English using the English tutorials featuring dozens of interactive exercises.
EnglishLearner.com: English Lessons and Tests English Lessons and Tests: Learners of English will find interactive tests and exercises here: grammar, vocabulary , reading, crosswords, hangman and more.
English Online. Exploring Language: A Handbook for Teachers A Handbook for Teachers: A site for English teachers which includes teaching resources, networks and research for teachers and student projects.
Guide to Grammar and Writing This site has grammar topics, interactive quizzes and PowerPoint presentations.
Learn English - Grammar Games Index Page A portal which links to all the British Council's websites for teachers and learners of English. This page contains a series of grammar games.
Learning English Kids Home Page This site is for children who are learning English, containing games, songs, stories and activities for learning English.
The Free Dictionary - Idioms and Phrases The idiom dictionary is compiled from the Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms and the Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. The Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms explains over 7,000 idioms current in British, American and Australian English, helping learners to understand them and use them with confidence.
Online Basic Skill Games This site has educational resources for K-8 students.
Funbrain.com - Curriculum Guide This is a language arts site for K-8 teachers and students.
English-Zone.com This site has links to several zones including grammar zone, reading zone, verb zone, idiom zone, spelling zone, writing zone as well as worksheets to print.
ESL Home.org - Vocabulary Sorted by Topics This site has online exercises on vocabulary sorted by topics.
The Internet Grammar of English - Contents This is an online course in English grammar written primarily for university undergraduates. It is, however, useful to those interested in the English language and does not assume any prior knowledge of grammar.
English4Today.com : Online English Grammar This site has information on different grammar items as well as links to pages on punctuation, writing tips and English tests.
EnglishClub.com : English Vocabulary - Vocabulary Awareness for ESL Learners This site contains links to useful word lists including phrasal verbs, figures of speech and idioms
IROn-line (Interactive Resources) (English) The Educational Technology Division (ETD) collaborates with teachers in the development of Interactive Resources (IRs) for teaching and learning in schools. Each web-based IR is a stand alone resource that can be reused and customized to meet the needs of teachers and pupils. The IRs developed with teachers are added to the pool of resources that can be shared and used in classroom teaching and learning.
Online Dictionary A useful online dictionary by Cambridge Dictionary. Meaning of idioms and phrases can also be easily found at this site.
Story Planning This site has writing games that helps pupils to plan their stories.
STELLAR Resources This site provides useful resources for parents whose children are undergoing the STELLAR programme in school. Suggested activities and games can also be found at this site.
Story-Telling This site provides more information on story-telling sessions organised by the National Library.