Critical thinkers, Confident Language Users
Developing critical thinkers and confident users of the language.
Description of Programmes
Stellar @ Changkat
A typical English language classroom at both the lower and middle primaries is filled with bursts of colours from classrooms displays, mostly handiworks of our enthusiastic language learners and of thoughtful chatter of the pupils. The vibrancy in colours and of the pupils’ conversations is mainly due to the implementation of STELLAR.
STELLAR, which stands for Strategies for Teaching English Language Learning and Reading, aims to:
a) strengthen language and reading skills and
b) promote a positive attitude towards reading in the foundational years through the use of well-established, learner-centred and developmentally appropriate pedagogical approaches using authentic children’s literature.
For more information on STELLAR visit: http://www.stellarliteracy.sg/
Writing, Reading & Oral Communication
We believe in equipping our language learners with a host of strategies to tackle various components of the English Language.
Our writing packages, which begin with the Middle Primary (P3 & P4) through to the Upper Primary (P5 & P6), teach pupils to write using an array of skills to connect with the readers. Strategies are taught in equipping our pupils with the skills to plan their story, work on plot development and strengthen the use of language skills when creating a masterpiece. At the Lower Primary (P1 & P2), the pupils learn to put magic into their writing through a simpler structure.
There are many reading strategies when it comes to interacting with a text. In CKPS, pupils are taught to be more deliberate readers; one who is able to connect with the text, the world and self. They do so through effective reading comprehension skills like annotation. Pupils learn to stop to ask questions as they read texts so as to glean a better understanding of what the author is putting across. This in turn aids pupils in answering comprehension questions better. In tackling the Oral Communication component, pupils use the EEC strategy in order to Express, Elaborate and Conclude a given stimulus presented in Stimulus-based Conversation component.
Differentiated Instruction, Formative Assessment & Cooperative Learning
Our teachers engage the pupils through the use DI, FA and CL to customise the pupils’ learning experience. Pupils are often grouped flexibly to suit the learning intentions of the lesson. CL structures such as Jigsaw, Numbered Heads Together, Rally Robin and Round Robin are commonplace in our classrooms as are FA tools such as white boarding, use of exit cards or use of thumbs up-down during lessons.
CKPS Whole School Reading Plan
We work hand in hand with the National Library Board (NLB) and our Parent Support Group (PIE Club – Partners in Education Club) in ensuring that various groups of pupils are supported in our efforts to promote a Reading Culture in Changkat.