Specialised English Programme - GRIT

Dedicated teachers in our Orton-Gillingham inspired English programme (GRIT) make phonics, morphology, comprehension and writing strategies systematic, sequential and fun for your child. With practical and hands-on language activities in our curriculum, your child will not just acquire literacy concepts but also develop GRIT—to help them achieve and succeed in life.

G

GAIN

R

Raise

I

Improve

T

Train
Programme Information

SPECIALISED ENGLISH PROGRAMME

Both GAIN and RAISE cater for students with emergent literacy skills (those who are working on letter recognition, initial word reading, phonological skills and rudimentary writing skills).

Students will learn
  • Phonological (e.g. rhymes), phonemic awareness skills and phonics (e.g. consonants, digraphs, vowels, starting and ending blends).
  • Letter tracing and recognition (in conjunction with fine motor control and handwriting skills).
  • Listening comprehension and oracy skills.
  • Introduction to basic comprehension and basic grammar for writing (e.g. punctuating simple sentences).
  • Literacy concepts via hands-on activities (e.g. craft, magic tricks, DIY shopping lists)
Students will learn
  • Phonological, phonemic awareness skills and phonics (e.g. vowel teams, multi-syllabic words).
  • Basic morphology concepts (e.g. suffixes).
  • To differentiate similar looking letters and enhance fine motor control and handwriting skills.
  • Oracy skills and grammar (e.g. tense, subject-verb agreement) as a foundation for writing.
  • Basic comprehension skills (built upon listening skills) and sentence construction.
  • Literacy concepts via hands-on activities (e.g. craftwork, rewriting classics, DIY posters).

IMPROVE caters for primary school students who can read and spell independently but need additional support for literacy skills, including grammar, comprehension and writing. This level comprises three sub-bands, catering to finer differentiation of students’ abilities and unique learning needs.

Students will learn
  • Phonemic awareness skills (blending and segmenting) and phonics (e.g. vowel confusion, spelling rules).
  • Morphology concepts (e.g. prefixes, roots and suffixes).
  • Comprehension strategies (e.g. visualisation, making inferences) and basic question types (e.g. factual, inferential, sequencing).
  • Narrative writing strategies, both content (e.g. story structure and proportion) and language (e.g. Show Not Tell).
  • To express their opinion (via opinion writing and oracy tasks).
  • Strategies to proofread and check their work.
  • Literacy concepts via hands-on activities (e.g. drama, escape room, DIY booklet).

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TRAIN is targeted at secondary students who have adequate reading and spelling abilities but need additional support for advanced literacy concepts (largely focusing on comprehension and writing). This level comprises three sub-bands, catering to finer differentiation of students’ abilities and learning needs.

Students will learn
  • Advanced phonics (e.g. choosing between phonograms with multiple spellings, such as homophones).
  • Advanced morphology concepts (e.g. prefixes, roots and suffixes, with a focus on Latin and Greek roots and suffixes).
  • Comprehension strategies (e.g. summarising, annotation), question types (e.g. vocabulary, inferential) and answering techniques (e.g. paraphrasing).
  • Narrative writing strategies, both content (e.g. evaluating story ideas for relevance to the theme) and language (e.g. figurative language).
  • Expository writing strategies.
  • Strategies to proofread and check their work.
  • Exam and study techniques (e.g. note taking, ticking off answers).
  • Literacy concepts via hands-on activities (e.g. participating in events, escape room, DIY books).

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