English Language

Curriculum Framework




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.


Reading Champions

Teachers from both the English and Mother Tongue department often conduct story-telling sessions during recess at the Reading Cove. Students come by for rich and engaging experiences of story-telling, often involving lots of movement and interaction as well.

In addition to these story-telling sessions conducted by teachers, the department also collaborates with National Library Board for termly Story-Telling Sessions in the Media Resource library. These sessions are highly engaging and well-received by students.


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.

Language Week

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.

Support programmes

Learning Support Programme (LSP) (P1-P2)

A specialised early intervention programme aimed at providing learning support to pupils who enter Primary 1 with weak English language and literacy skills. Pupils are identified for LSP through a systematic screening process carried out at the beginning of Primary 1. The objective of the LSP is to equip pupils with basic literacy skills so that they could access learning in the regular classroom.

School-based Dyslexia Remediation Programme (SDR) (P3-P4)

A two-year intervention for Primary 3 and 4 students who are identified through a systematic screening process for dyslexia conducted at the end of Primary 2. The programme is conducted in small groups by trained school personnel using a remediation curriculum designed by MOE Reading Specialists. The curriculum has been designed taking into consideration the students’ learning profile and the contents of the mainstream English language curriculum.

Reading Remediation Programme (RRP) (P3-P4)

An intervention programme for Primary 3 and 4 students who did not meet the discharge criteria for LSP and who do not have dyslexia at the end of Primary 2 LSP. The RRP focuses on improving (i) word recognition and spelling, (ii) fluency, (iii) vocabulary and (iv) reading comprehension in the students.

Extension programmes


Debate (P4-P5)

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.

OEPS Main and Swing Team at PSDO 2019


Selected students will represent the school in a range of competitions covering areas like literature, writing and oracy. The school takes part annually in the Moo-O awards as well as the POSB-NLB Kids Lit Quiz. Examples of writing competitions students have taken part in include the National English Writing Competition in 2018 and the SOTA Primary 6 Creative Writing Competition. This year, students were also selected to take part in the i-Speak competition, where they prepared a two minute video recording on why their school is the best.


iSpeak 2019 videos

5D 2019 Nicole: https://youtu.be/UZncKMZ9DOE

5I 2019 Sanjana: https://youtu.be/bfl9hdsXgdg

5G 2019 Kaejay: https://youtu.be/xcXO42qryeA

5H 2019 Uzayr: https://youtu.be/5Ezx9czbmnw


Useful Websites

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