The English Department aims to ensure that all Westwoodians will have the confidence to be effective communicators in the English Language. All should attain foundational skills, particularly in grammar, spelling and basic pronunciation.They should also be able to use English in everyday situations and for functional purposes, such as giving directions, information or instructions and making requests.
We believe that it is only with a proficient command of the language that pupils will be armed with the confidence and ability to access and process the multitude of information that surrounds them at their young age. Coupled with the use of SmartBoards and iPads, pupils will also be able to familiarise themselves and keep abreast of the fast and ever-changing onslaught of Information Technology that they are exposed to in their daily lives.
In Westwood Primary School, a Strong Foundation will be strengthened through:
• Focus on oral communication
• Focus on enjoyment of language
• Attention to phonemic awareness, phonics and early literacy skills
• Development of word study skills
• Development of process-based writing skills
The EL curriculum will be further enriched through:
• Structured use of a variety of print and non-print resources
• Exposure to literature and informational/functional texts to promote appreciation and use of language
• Promotion of extensive reading and viewing
• Engagement in sustained, authentic and creative writing and representation of texts
• Exposure to and engagement in producing a variety of multimodal texts
Learner-Centered Environment in every classroom
Shared Book Approach (SBA)
Differentiated Support for every child
Experiential Learning for Effective Engagement
English Syllabus - Primary 1 (STELLAR)
Learning Centres are designated areas in the classroom where small groups of children at similar levels of progress can gather for the reinforcement and extension of STELLAR SBA and MLEA lessons. Teachers will demonstrate to pupils how to use these centres and pupils will thus be encouraged to work independently.
Reading – a Whole School Approach
- open up the world for children
- help children think and wonder
- increase children’s vocabulary and knowledge about the world around them
- provide good examples for reading and writing
“Learn to Read. Read to Learn.”
We strongly encourage all pupils to visit the Book-Tique to be inspired by a good book!
Holistic Assessment- Primary 1 & Primary 2
There are two forms of assessment, i.e. formative and summative, and they serve different purposes.
Formative assessments provide diagnostic feedback to improve pupils’ learning.
Summative assessments provide information on mastery and achievement on specific language skills.
Key Formative and Summative Areas of Focus:
English Language Committee
Ms Yong Lee Min (HOD EL)
Mrs Winnie Teng (SH Literacy)
Ms Tiey Huay Yong (ST EL)
Mrs Enda Chan
Mr Prasad Palamani
Ms Janice Foo
Mr Roland Tan
Ms Chong Yoke Ting
Ms Isabelle Gan
Mr Mohd Rafik Alkhatib
Mr Seet Wee Key
Mr Alan Ng
Mr Mohamad Ridhwan
Mdm Jesslyn Pang
Ms Gan Seowling
Mr Loh Chee Wei