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English Language

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go."

-Dr Seuss-

Mission and Vision:

We believe that every Blangahnite can and wants to excel in their learning of the English Language.
We want every child to develop a strong foundation in the English Language.
We aspire for our students to have strong language and literacy skills, love reading and be confident communicators.

 

Our Curriculum

We seek to provide every Blangahnite with a joyful learning environment and inculcate the love for reading in them.

The school uses STELLAR (STrategies for English Language Learning And Reading) in our curriculum. Age-appropriate materials are used together with research-based teaching strategies to engage every Blangahnite in the learning of the English Language. Our students are exposed to a variety of texts and reading materials. We encourage all our students to make reading their passion and increase their knowledge about the world around them.

At upper primary, we provide Blangahnites with opportunities to respond to children’s literature creatively and learn to appreciate their own as well as the culture of others. Our students learn about how authors make characters come alive. They also learn how to develop and share their opinions.

We invite local authors to conduct “Author’s Talks”. In these sessions, our students meet with the authors face-to-face and hear first-hand their inspiration behind their books as well as their personal experiences. Alois, a Primary 6 student, shared, “I never thought I would get a chance to see the author up close!”

Nabilah, another Primary 6 student, added excitedly, “I was really excited when Ms Sharon Ismail picked me to ask a question and she answered it!”

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Besides Sharon Ismail, Neil Humphreys, one of Singapore's most prolific writers, conducted an assembly talk where he shared with the school his secret to writing a good story, which was to use their personal experiences. In addition, Neil conducted a two-day book signing session where he interacted with our students during their recesses.

In his parting encouragement to our students to aspire to be the best they want to be, Neil said, “I was once you, and so anybody from any background, from any school, can become a writer or author, if they really want to.”

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Our Stretch Programmes

Our students are given opportunities to enhance their love for the English Language through Scrabble and debating. They get a chance to participate in national competitions such as Wits & Words (Debating) and Scrabble. In 2019, our students did us proud by clinching the Silver in the Bowl Category of the Inter-School National Scrabble Championship!

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This year, Neil Humphreys and Jon Gresham, director of the Singaporean literary community, Singlit Station, ran a series of writing workshops for some of our students. During the writing workshops, students learnt about the elements of good writing and focused on making their characters come alive. Imaginations ran wild as our students wrote their short stories! Aarav, a Primary 5 student, said, “I felt that the lesson was the most engaging and funny! His stories made me laugh like a mad man! Now I’m looking forward to the next session.”

Jon Gresham encouraged the students, “Do not be afraid to get things wrong and be messy. You can revise and fix it later.”

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We use drama, music and movement to inculcate in each child the importance of creativity, excellence and confidence in using the English Language. The importance of drama and the performing arts in education is significant as it can be the agent through which a variety of emotions can be learned, rehearsed and practised. At times, our students can find it challenging to express their emotions, so drama provides the outlet for them to explore a wide range of feelings.

This year, eight drama students from Primary 3 to 5 participated in the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) 2019 celebration entitled Play! at Tampines Hub on 6 July 2019. Under the guidance of Ms Ruth Leong, students crafted a fractured fairytale based on the two Asian stories – The Firebird and the Story of Nian. The play was selected for public performance.

In this story, students showed how man and beast could live harmoniously together if they sought first to understand each other and then were proactive to help one another. In that way, the orchard was nurtured into prosperity and both Nian and the man were never poor or hungry again.

Two of our students were awarded the SOTA Arts Development Award 2019. We congratulate Tiara Ketysha and Nur Humaira for their remarkable achievements in theatre!

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Our Support

We provide language and literacy support to our Primary One and Two students who need the additional boost. In Middle Primary, selected students are also supported under the School-based Dyslexia Remediation Programme (SDR) as well as the Reading Remediation Programme (RRP) so that the students can acquire reading, spelling and comprehension skills.