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Vision and Mission

The vision of the English Department is to ensure that every student of Bendemeer is a confident and competent communicator. In order to realise this vision, the department has planned a six-year programme to provide our pupils with a strong foundation and exposure to rich language. The mission of the English Department is to inspire the love of learning through rich learning activities and positive role modelling.

The English department has also embarked on Strategy-based instruction as its key approach to teaching EL.


The following is an overview of the P1-P6 EL Programmes:

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Reading

Reading is crucial to a child’s success across all contexts in school. The school has embarked on the “I Read. You Read. We Read” approach to reading where teachers positively role model reading. In addition to this, there is a period set a side per week for reading. The objective of the reading period is to inculcate in pupils a love of reading. During the reading period, teachers weave in discussions based on Critical Literacy, and use newspapers to share about current affairs as well as visit the library to be immersed in the wonderful world of books.


STELLAR (Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading)

STELLAR’s vision is for all children to develop a love for reading and hence the use of interesting and engaging stories in the STELLAR curriculum. The lower primary STELLAR strategies are the Shared Book Approach (SBA), the Modified Language Experience Approach (MLEA) and Learning Centres. The strategies at the Upper Primary are Guided Reading, Supported Reading, KWL and Retelling.

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Pupils engaged in the MLEA activity of sandwich making.  

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 Students have a go at shells for their STELLAR unit “Life in a Shell’.


Oracy Proramme

The objectives of the Bendemeer Oracy Programme are to build confident and competent communicators who:

  • understand the key features of spoken language
  • craft presentations using a variety of skills and strategies, according to the purpose, audience, context and culture
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Our Speech and Drama lessons are so much fun!

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A class presentation during our Public Speaking lessons.


English Week
The objectives of English Week are to:·        
  • Arouse pupils’ interest in English Language through fun, engaging activities
  • Provide students with a platform to showcase their productions in various forms and to engage in purposeful communication with their teachers and peers
  • Engage students in various areas of English language learning (speaking, writing, reading, listening) through modes beyond the scheme of work e.g. literature appreciation and language games

Students engage in activities such as a reader’s theatre performance, journalism and English Language games. It is truly a week where students enjoy the wonders of the English Language.

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Role play during English Language Week 


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Lights! Camera! Action! Young Journalists during EL week.




Useful Links

  • Good for online stories and games

  • Good for downloading poems and teaching poetry


  • Good for teaching reading through phonics

Reference Resources
  • Dictionaries
    http://dictionary.reference.com/ (Good pronunciation feature)

  • Good for advice on Teaching English and Reading

  • STELLAR Website

  • NLB online catalogue