In River Valley Primary, the English curriculum is based on the STELLAR (Strategies for English Language Learning And Reading) Programme developed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in 2006. STELLAR has been fully implemented from Primary One to Primary Six in RVPS. STELLAR’s Vision is to develop in children the love for reading and a strong foundation in the English Language. It aims to strengthen children’s learning of the English Language and promote a positive attitude towards reading by using engaging and age-appropriate strategies and instructional materials.
The EL teachers at the Upper Primary level seek the best way to scaffold students’ learning and development in writing. After analysing the data to identify the actual learning gaps, teachers decided that students should use character traits to develop their story in order for it to be more descriptive and compelling. The descriptions of a character’s appearance, behaviour, emotions, ways of speaking or thinking and the actions or mannerisms need to be explicitly portrayed in a narrative writing piece; the first or third person’s point of view, can be given an explicit ‘voice’ to tell the story in a compelling way.
As such, the acronym ‘HEART’ was devised to guide students to elaborate and add details to their writing pieces using Happenings (actions), Emotion(feelings), Appearance, Response (dialogue) and Thoughts of the characters in their story.
The teachers then decided to use good exemplary narrative text to guide the students to infuse the HEART in their stories. It soon became clear that Mentor Texts is a practical solution for designing systematic writing lessons in the classrooms. The use of Mentor Texts to guide and develop student writing was started in the Primary Five and Six classes in 2016. It was a conscious effort to make an impact on students’ learning of writing crafts involved in narrative or information narrative texts.
At RVPS pupils are taught oral through the strategy, SEP ( State, Elaborate and Personal experience). SEP guides students in their oral planning and provides them with a structure to work with. This strategy is taught from P1 to P6 and reinforced through our oral booklets prepared for each level.
The P6 pupils are given extra oral practice sessions in the morning before the start of school in the hall. These sessions gives teachers the time to provide students with one-to-one feedback.
Reading @ RVPS
In RVPS, we equip every child with knowledge on how to leverage on ICT to support learning. Enrich every child with authentic learning experiences, and empowers every child to use ICT enhance learning in a responsible way.
Hence, teachers infuse ICT into EL classroom to promote an environment that allows self-directed learning and co-construction of new knowledge through exploration take place.
- Touch typing
- Using Microsoft Words for writing
Learning Portal for class blog
Companion in AsknLearn Portal
- Use of Padlet, NEARPOD and AsknLearn portal for
discussion, feedback and sharing