Develop confident teachers and pupils who will teach and learn the English language with a passion. They must also be equipped with the skills not only to achieve excellence in English but be innovative, creative and dare to take the language beyond the walls of their classrooms.
General Aims and Rationale
The aims of teaching the English Language in the primary school are to enable pupils to:
- acquire the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing to achieve functional literacy
- learn to use English for social communication, acquisition of knowledge and personal development
- use English Language creatively and for developing thinking skills and IT skills
- enable the learning of other subjects in the curriculum including National Education
To inculcate a love for reading and to have a strong foundation in theEnglish Language,
Montfort Junior School has implemented STELLAR (Strategies for English LanguageLearning and Reading programme) for the whole school.
In this programme, teaching and learning of English is carried out using more speaking and listening activities. Our pupils learn reading and writing using rich and interesting books, with discussions led by the teacher.
This programme focuses on children's interaction rather than on teacher talk, explicit instruction of grammar and early literacy skills while providing a rich language environment through the use of a variety of print and non-print materials which will be provided by the school.
The STELLAR lessons are made up of three major teaching strategies:
- Shared Book Approach (SBA)
- Modified Language Experience Approach (MLEA)
- Learning Centres (LC)
Shared Book Approach (SBA)
There are two parts to the Shared Book Approach. In SBA 1, the teacher introduces and shares a Big Book with the pupils. In SBA 2, the teacher teaches grammar and vocabulary explicitly, including concepts of print and phonics using the Big Book that was used in SBA 1. There are also a range of follow-upactivities such as drama and art and craft for pupils to carry out.
Modified Language Experience Approach (MLEA)
In MLEA, there will be 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 the children to think and talk about, using the grammar 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. Then they go on to do individual writing. Pupils also learn about cooperative learning as they work together in mixed-ability groups.
MLEA - Class Excursion to the Animal Resort
MLEA-Class & Group Story
The language skills learnt in both SBA and MLEA are reinforced in the Learning Centres (LC). There are three main learning centres – the Reading Centre, the Word Study Centre and the Listening Centre.
Use of Lego for Story Writing
Monthly Library Activities
The programme aims to build a reading culture amongst our pupils as it will greatly benefit them in their English Language oral and written skills. Books of different genres have been specially selected to expose pupils to awide range of reading materials. In this programme, classes will rotate boxes of books within the level. The pupils will be reading these books daily at stipulated times.
To cultivate the love for reading, we have activities on certain months to promote reading. This includes Geronimo Stilton Month in February where the pupils can get a Geronimo Stilton bookmark by borrowing 4 books (2 books for the Primary 1s).
There is also a new section in our library that caters to the Primary 1 and Primary 2 pupils so as to start the pupils early in their love for reading.Inculcating the love of reading