Our primary school programme is aligned with the new English syllabus (2020) that prepares students from Primary One through to Primary Six, and is based on the current PSLE format. Classes are conducted in small groups via a hybrid blended learning formula of in-person and online classes which actively involve our students experientially in the academic learning process, and in tandem with the education of the future.
Our young learners are taught to listen, read and view critically as well as to interpret informational and functional texts with accuracy and a clear understanding of purpose. They are also taught to speak and write with clarity, grammatical accuracy and fluency for different contexts, audiences, cultures and purposes. Reading remains an important and integral part of learning the language and it is pivotal to the learner’s acquisition of a wide range of powerful vocabulary. As such, we are committed to instil a love for reading in our young learners through role-modelling the reading habit, book and newspaper discussions and exposing them to a wide genre of literary texts, as well as press coverage of current affairs and events.
Students are also taught how to stay within the rubric of examination requirements when handling situational writing as well as graphic stimuli writing by using component skills and integrating them through regular practice. We firmly believe that children learn best when they enjoy what they are learning. To achieve this, our pedagogical approach to mastering the English language includes making the learning journey an interesting, purposeful and holistic one in a nurturing environment.
This, coupled with imbibing metacognitive skills and correct learning attitudes, has proven to be effective for our learners. The good results and learning outcomes achieved by our students at the milestone PSLE examinations speak for themselves.
Education and mastery of the English language does not end at the PSLE examinations. After graduating the primary level with us, our Shine students go on to become confident lifelong readers and lifelong learners, wherever their calling.