The overarching aim of the EL Syllabus 2010 is to develop effective language use. Pupils’ language use will be affected by the purpose, audience, context and culture (PACC) and their proficiency in language use is assessed by their attainment of the learning outcomes.
To achieve the overarching aim of the EL Syllabus 2010, a two-pronged approach of building a strong foundation and providing rich language for all will be adopted.
From 2020, a new English Language Syllabus has been introduced, starting from Primary One. The EL Syllabus 2020 focuses on the skills needed for the 21st Century, developing students as critical inquirers, discerning readers and empathetic communicators. The curriculum framework is shown on the right.
Integrated Learning Journey to Zoo for P1
The department takes charge of the yearly Learning Journey (LJ) to the zoo where students learn interesting facts about the animals and spend a meaningful time bonding and creating memories with their classmates and teachers. The Learning Journey also incorporates Mathematics and CCE activities, helping students to see connections between the different subjects.
Opera News by P6 Pupils
Across two assembly sessions, Primary 6 students put together engaging and interesting presentations as a class to the rest of the students on global issues, drawing upon their reading of the What’s Up newspapers. Issues covered in Opera News sessions include environmental issues, gender equality and developments in science and technology.
In 2019, the department collaborated with the Mother Tongue Department to organise its inaugural Language Week at the end of Term 1. The theme was “Books Come Alive” and a series of exciting, interactive activities were planned for students to experience the joy of language learning. Students were engaged in activities like creating their own digital storybook in Moo-O for Primary 1 and 2 students and Readers’ Theatre showcases for Primary 3 to Primary 5 students. The Primary 6 students were introduced to the basics of debating. During recess, there were book sales and language booths set up in partnership with the Opera Parents’ Club. The school also partnered National Library Board for storytelling sessions, both in Mother Tongue and English and invited Eliza Teoh, author of the popular local series “Ellie Bellie” for an “Author Assembly” where she shared the inspiration and hard work behind her stories.
An extension programme targeting mainly Primary 4 and 5 students who display strong language skills and positive disposition towards learning. The programme involves weekly training sessions where students will develop 21st Century Competencies like research skills, critical thinking through the crafting of logical and convincing arguments as well as communication skills. Some students will get the opportunity to participate in competitions like Wits & Words and the Primary School Debate Open.