To enhance the rigour and richness of the teaching and learning of English Language, the school also plans customised programmes for our pupils. The table below shows an overview of English Programmes and Initiatives that are in place in Frontier.
English Department Staff
- Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading (STELLAR)
Frontier adopts the STELLAR Approach in our teaching and learning of English Language. It aims to move EL learners towards independence using authentic texts and learning activities that motivate and engage different learners. The chart below shows the cycle of which STELLAR is being used in class.
- Modified Learning Experience Approach (MLEA)
The Modified Learning Experience Approach (MLEA) is a shared experience that is linked to a STELLAR big book. This shared experience provides the context and content for the children to think and talk about; using the target language structures and vocabulary they have been exposed to in class.
- Frontier’s Approach to Communicating Effectively (F@CE)
We believe that Language is inextricably linked with thinking as a tool for constructing knowledge; content and language are not separate from each other in learning. F@CE seeks to develop all Frontierers to become effective communicators who are able to articulate their knowledge and thinking clearly and confidently through critical thinking.
We want our pupils to be able to express themselves in more than one language and in many ways. Therefore, our pupils are engaged in various forms of activities to improve their communication and critical thinking skills, from Primary 1 to Primary 6. Some of these programmes include Speech and Drama (EL and MT) classes, Literature Appreciation lessons (EL and MT), discussion of current affairs through Hot-Off-The-Press programme (English medium), Oral Performance Tasks (EL and MT), Project Work (English medium) and others.
- Learning Journeys
Our Learning Journeys are aimed at enriching pupils’ educational experience. Pupils embark on an interdisciplinary journey to visit key installations in Singapore whilst covering various subjects such as English, Mathematics, Art, Health Education and Social Studies. In Frontier, the Primary 1 pupils will have the opportunity to go on a learning journey to River Safari in the first semester. This learning journey is tied in with the STELLAR Big Book “The Crocodile Tea”.
- Speak Good English Movement (SGEM) and Book Character Day
Every year, our school plans and organises carries out the Speak Good English Movement Week (SGEM) to encourage our pupils to speak standard and grammatically correct English.
During this movement, pupils enjoyed a marvellous skit on being effective communicators and many of them dressed up as their favourite book characters. There were also various activities carried out in the school to promote the awareness of the proper use of English.