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What happens in the WV English Classroom?

In the WVPS English Language classroom, we engage and excite pupils with a variety of teaching methods to hone the four important language skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking. These skills allow our pupils to be fluent communicators, ready for the world.  Our English Language teachers are equipped with a rigorous Scheme of Work (SOW) which structures daily lessons to meet the syllabus objectives and demands. We ensure that our pupils have fun while they learn and eventually prepare themselves for the future. 

Here is a closer look at some of our programmes that cater to building the language skills of West Viewans: 

Speakingthe vocalised form of language that that most language learners wish to perfect as soon as possible. It can be planned and/or rehearsed, as in the delivery of a speech or presentation. 

Show & Tell

Show and Tell is conducted in the lower primary classroom and it aims to build confidence in pupils’ when speaking. Standing in front of an audience, our little speakers address the crowd on a variety of topics and engage them in listening to them. Pupils go through a few lessons prior where by speaking skills are taught explicitly in the classroom to prep pupils for the stage.


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Holistic Assessment P5
For our upper primary pupils, ‘free speaking’ sessions are conducted frequently in the classroom to ensure that public speaking skills (i.e.: body language, pronunciation, tone) are revisited constantly. In class, pupils go through a few sessions of planning via class and group discussions to come up with content for the presentation. Sessions on improving speaking skills are also conducted. The final session would be when pupils present their scripts to their classmates in a formal public speaking setting.

 

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Writing the activity of producing a variety of cohesive and coherent texts using conventions and rules.

Prewriting Activities 
We recognise the importance of preparing our pupils for writing. We adopt prewriting strategies for all levels to help our young writers produce wonderful and creative pieces of writing. At lower primary, the activities are mostly teacher guided, at middle primary, the activities are slightly independent and at upper primary, the activities are skewed to both class, group and individual writing. Each writing class is different and it keeps West Viewans on their toes!


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Reading word recognition, comprehension, fluency, and motivation to enjoy a text, all in one. 

Key Links 
Key Links is a complete toolbox for the explicit teaching of reading. Implemented at the lower primary classroom, Key Links is introduced via an ICT platform, a tablet, to pupils. The teachers conduct protected reading lessons that allow for shared, guided and independent reading by pupils. Also, pupils are allowed the freedom to choose their book titles and to enjoy the process of reading. Reluctant readers are easily converted to excited readers through these lessons.

 

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Library Time!

Whatever the level, all pupils are brought to the library for ‘free reading’ sessions. For lower and middle primary pupils, an hour is set aside and for upper primary, thirty minutes is dedicated per week to this programme. Pupils are allowed the autonomy to select books that appeal to them and read or borrow them. The teacher can also choose from carefully selected ‘bulk borrowing’ boxes that contain award winning books for class discussions. This ignites a sense of loving to read; something lacking in today’s youth.


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Listening - receiving language through the ears. Listening involves identifying the sounds of speech and processing them into words and sentences.

Learning Centres

In the lower primary classroom, learning centres are established as a self-contained section of the classroom in which students engage in independent and self-directed learning activities. Here, all four language skills are given the opportunity to be developed. Listening skills are practiced meticulously through engaging tasks that aim to get the young ones to focus and improve listening stamina.


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