Read to Learn (Primary 3B to 6)
As the students advance in skills, they are exposed to more genres of fiction and non-fiction texts through Fuchun Reads, Get Lit! and Oral Book Reviews. Students acquire skills like critical thinking, summarizing and discerning falsehood from truth through these programmes.
Opportunities for collaborative learning and demonstration of creativity can also be observed in English lessons through the group discussions and creation of products from the reading programmes.
It is no wonder that Descartes once said, “The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest (people) of the past centuries.”
Learning Support Programme (LSP – for P1 and P2)
The Learning Support Programme (LSP) is an early intervention programme aimed at providing additional support to students who enter Primary 1 with weak oral and reading skills. Its objective is to equip these students with basic reading and spelling skills so that they can learn in the regular classes. Students are identified through the Early Literacy Indicators, a group screening instrument developed by MOE, at the beginning of each year. LSP lessons are conducted by trained Learning Support Coordinators (LSCs). Lessons are held daily for 30 minutes per session.
Students are grouped according to their needs for intervention. The group size is about 6 to 10 students. The 3-tiered curriculum focuses on phonological awareness, alphabetic knowledge, alphabetic principle, oral reading of connected text, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Students’ learning progress is monitored regularly. Extensive reading for the LSP learners is also conducted once every week for 1.5 hours to aid the students in their retention of what was taught in the lessons.
Reading Remediation Programme (P3 – P4)
The Reading Remediation Programme provides support for Primary 3 and Primary 4 students who still have difficulties reading the English Language despite having completed the Learning Support Programme (LSP) in Primary 1 and Primary 2. The programme exposes students to a range of word-level and text-level strategies for reading comprehension which helps them cope with learning in the classrooms. It is conducted every Monday and Thursday for 45 minutes.
Banded Remediation (P3 – P6)
Remediation is conducted for our students to support them in their learning. Students are separated into smaller progress groups so that the teacher would be better able to address the needs of the students in a targeted manner. Students will do a revision of what has been covered in their EL lessons.
NLB-KidsRead (for P1 – P2 students)
NLB KidsRead is a collaboration between the National Library Board (NLB) and our school to introduce a multitude of books to the students each week. The objective of this programme is to excite the students about reading and story-telling. Students have the opportunity to listen to stories told by teachers and parent volunteers and participate in exciting activities related to the stories. It is currently conducted every Monday for 1 hour.
Our very own school-wide reading programme aims to inculcate the love of reading. Our students are exposed to various genres of texts which include wordless books, fiction books about values and specially curated sets of books which have been picked out for our students. After which, the students complete fun activities like role-playing, making masks and rhyming.
Primary 4 students read one book per month with their class and they will complete a mini book review either orally, drama or other written forms like enjoyable crossword puzzles. Books are then rotated among the classes to ensure that there is a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles for the students to dig into.
Primary 5 and 6 students have access to the What’s Up Newspaper which is issued every month for 10 months. Teachers will read certain articles with the students and complete activities based on the current affairs with the students in lessons. They are also encouraged to write a journal based on one of the articles that have been discussed in class and use the Head, Heart and Hands framework to reflect on the article. Students also have access to the online portal of What’s Up and can read the digital copy of the newspaper if they are unable to access the physical copy.
Students are encouraged to read each day before school starts. Read@Fuchun begins each day before school starts. Book Trucks with books are rolled out for students who do not have access to books to loan each day. Fun activities are also carried out in the library like Don’t Judge A Book by its Cover where books are wrapped up and students get to choose a random book to read. The element of surprise often encourages the students to read more books!
Share-A-Book/Article Fridays allows for an integration of reading and oracy skills when the students share about the book or an article which they have read in the newspapers with their peers. There is a sense of ownership and it promotes confidence when students get the opportunity to present their ideas and articulate their thoughts in front of their peers. Teachers also jump on the bandwagon and show the students how the sharing session can be done.
Speech and Drama Programme (P1 and P2)
As part of our efforts to develop our pupils into lifelong learners who are able to articulate their thoughts fluently, drama and oracy are incorporated into our Primary 1 and 2 English Language lessons. As such, our Applied Learning Programme (ALP) – Speak Up! for Primary 1 and Primary 2 classes comprises of Speech and Drama lessons conducted during English Language lessons.