SPECIALISED ENGLISH PROGRAMME
In Term 1, students will be focusing on their reading skills. Word families, rhyming and blending CCVC words will be the key components. Students will build up their vocabularies such as CCVC and sight words.
In this term, they will practice on filling words in sentences.
For grammar, they will be working on objective pronouns and type of sentences to prepare their future writing skills.
For numeracy, students will be working on greater numbers within 20. They will be learning new concept of array 2x2 / 3x3 to build up their spatial awareness.
Under the logical thinking component, they will enhance on their patterning skills.
In Term 1, students will learn commonly confused phonics concepts to aid in reading fluency and spelling.
They will also learn about the parts of speech to help them with grammar components. For listening and comprehension, they will learn to visualise to enhance understanding. They will also learn to identify question words and answer literal questions.
For writing, they will learn to edit for punctuation. They will also learn the parts of a basic sentence, as well as how to construct sentences.
In Term 1, students will be taught spelling rules. They will be introduced to morphology (prefix, root, suffix) and continue to work on more complex two-syllable words. They will also learn key grammar concepts.
For comprehension, they will review CUB-Hi and learn strategies for factual and inferential questions. They will build on previously learnt skills to tackle more complex texts.
For writing, they will learn about story structure (Story Mountain), paragraphing and how to start their story.
In Term 1, students will learn a suffixing rule and review spelling rules. They will work on key grammar concepts at the Primary 3 level.
For comprehension, they will review question types (factual, inferential, pronoun referent and sequencing), hone their answering techniques and check for errors in their answers.
For writing, they will learn about story proportion and review key concepts on story structure.
They will learn to enhance their writing, focusing on the introduction and build-up.
In Term 1, students will continue to learn more advanced phonics and morphology concepts alongside key grammar concepts.
For comprehension, they will review learnt strategies and work on tackling a new question type in upper primary—providing reasons for True/False questions.They will also get to hone their Vocabulary Cloze skills in a longer task.
For writing, they will revisit learnt concepts on story structures and language but for more advanced themes. They will also learn how to brainstorm unique and relevant story ideas, an increasingly important skill in upper primary.
In Term 1, students will learn key grammar concepts and Synthesis & Transformation structures.
The focus in Primary 5 will shift away from just synthesising sentences to transforming parts of speech—they will be taught morphology concepts to aid with this.
Students will also learn advanced phonics concepts and sight words to help them in the Editing and Vocabulary components of Paper 2.
For comprehension, they will learn to identify key question types and learn strategies for each question type. They will also hone their Vocabulary Cloze skills using our in-house C.H.I.P.S. strategy.
For writing, they will learn to brainstorm unique and relevant story ideas in accordance to the story structure taught. They will work on both language (e.g. transition words, show not tell) and content aspects (e.g. story proportion).
They will also learn to edit and enhance poor writing.
*Comprehension and writing will be taught thematically to strengthen their vocabulary.
(Start date to be announced)
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).