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Curricular Objectives

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


English Programme

Learner-Centered Environment in every classroom

Lower Primary

Shared Book Approach (SBA)

Guided Writing

Learning Centres


Middle Primary

Supported Reading

Writing Process


Differentiated Support for every child

  • Learning Support Programme
  • Reading Remediation Programme
  • School-based Dyslexia Remediation Programme
  • Literacy Loft

Experiential Learning for Effective Engagement

  • Learning Journeys
  • Shared Learning Experiences
  • ICT-infused lessons
  • Choral Reading

Holistic Assessment


  • Performance-based task (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • Semestral Assessments

English Syllabus - Primary 1 (STELLAR)

Learning Centres

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:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing


English Language Committee

Ms Yong Lee Min (HOD EL)

Mrs Winnie Teng (SH English)

Mr Mohamad Ridhwan (P1 EL Rep)

Mrs Enda Chan (P2 EL Rep)

Mr Premnath Chandran (P3 EL Rep)

Ms Jurveen (P4 EL Rep)

Ms Isabelle Gan (P5 EL Rep)

Ms Janice Foo (P6 EL Rep)

Ms Chong Yoke Ting (Learning Support Coordinator)

Mr Mohd Rafik Alkhatib

Mdm Jamaliah

Mrs Yvette Oo

Mdm Ralleeah

Mr Alan Ng

Mr Prasad Palamani

Mr Loh Chee Wei

Ms Eliza Tan

Mdm Jesslyn Pang

Ms Gan Seowling

Mr Eleazhar