Primary 4 Drama Skills Workshop Incorporating Readers’ Theatre
In Term 1, our Primary 4 pupils embarked on a literature in drama workshop series of the “Lorax”. The objectives of the programme were to raise awareness of the need for clear and expressive delivery in reading aloud and to encourage
literature appreciation through textual analysis and expression of thoughts.
The programme culminated with the pupils giving their best before an audience of their peers and teachers in a Readers’ Theatre performance. They wowed their audience with their confidence, articulation and enthusiasm. It was heartening to see how much our pupils had enjoyed their learning experience.
LEAP (Learning English Achieving Progress)
Extensive Reading Programme
The Learning Support Programme (LSP)
- Pupils are identified for the LSP through a systematic screening process.
- The School Readiness Test (SRT), a screening test developed by MOE, is administered to all pupils in P1 at the beginning of each year.
- The SRT is a paper-and-pencil test which assesses very basic language and literacy skills.
- The SRT is administered and scored by the school’s Learning Support Coordinator (LSC).
- Pupils scoring low levels on the SRT are placed in the LSP.
- LSP lessons are conducted by trained LSCs.
- The pupils are taught in groups of 6-8. The small group size allows each pupil to receive more attention from the teacher. It also gives more opportunities for practice and participation.
- The Primary One pupils attend LSP lessons for half hour daily during curriculum time.
- The Primary Two pupils attend LSP lessons twice a week for an hour each. The lessons are conducted before curriculum
- An enhanced LSP programme is being piloted in 34 primary schools in 2006. The new Enhanced Programme is implemented in all primary schools from 2007.
- The enhanced Programme is designed to provide for a more focused approach to building basic language and reading skills, so that pupils can access the mainstream English Language curriculum as soon as possible.
- It adopts a tiered approach for intervention. Pupils are grouped according to their learning needs so that they can receive differentiated intervention.
- Pupils who have very weak pre-reading skills begin with intervention to equip them with pre-reading skills before they move on to receiving support in basic reading skills while pupils with weak literacy skills begin with intervention that addresses this need.
- The progress of each child is monitored using a systematic monitoring toolkit.
- The LSP Buddy Reading Programme (BRP) provides additional support in reading for pupils.
- It adopts a structured reading approach to help pupils build confidence and fluency in basic reading.
- Reading Mums read with the pupils on a regular basis for half hour each session.
- The LSC provides training to the Reading Mums and monitors the BRP.
P3-6 Oral Workshops
The Primary 3-6 Oral Workshops have been conducted to familiarise pupils with the components in Oral Communication that they are tested in for the Oral examinations and PSLE. The workshops are conducted by experienced level teachers. Pupils are informed of the format the examination takes. They are also taken through Reading and Stimulus-based Conversation components.
During this workshop, the pupils are taught techniques to improve their skills in these areas. They also get to hear recordings made by previous pupils and gauge the marks each of them would get for Reading and Stimulus-based Conversation. This allows pupils to assess the standards they will need to meet if they want to score well in the Oral Communication component.