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Approach

The English Language department adopts a holistic approach to language learning, with the aim of nurturing competent and confident users of the language. Supporting the department’s vision and mission is a series of programmes, language-experience activities and curriculum approaches, including a key pedagogy known as Strategies for English Language Learning And Reading (STELLAR).

   

Programmes

Effective Communicators

Students develop their confidence and oratorical skills through speech and drama, public speaking and debating programmes. They get to showcase their talent through internal performances and participation in national competitions.

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Library and Reading Programme

Cedar has a vibrant library programme which seeks to make books accessible to all students and to develop a school-wide reading culture. The year-long programme includes book and author promotions, genre talks, quizzes and activities, mass borrowing sessions and book fairs. A Reading Support Programme, which includes KidsRead and Buddy Reading, is also in place to help our younger readers level up their reading proficiency. 


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English Week & Learning Fest

Introduced in 2012 with the objective of nurturing enthusiastic readers, Cedar’s English Week, currently part of the broader Cedar Learning Fest, is a signature programme in the school’s English curriculum and an annual highlight for students. The themes through the years capitalise on students’ interests and topical issues.

2017: We are Publishers!

2016: Great English Writers

2015: Celebrating Local! (SG50 theme)

2014: Print to Screen

2013: Creativity at Work, Language at Play


The programme comprises author talks, grade-level activities, movie screenings of book adaptations, performances, storytelling sessions and book sharing sessions. We are also fortunate to have the National Library Board as our partner for the past few years and they have played an invaluable role in sharing the joy of reading with our students and making books more accessible. Through these, we hope that Cedarians’ love for reading will contribute to their development as effective communicators, both orally and in writing.

2016 Achievements

o   Debating

o   Gifted Education Branch Wits and Words debate competition

§  3rd Runner-Up (National Division 2)

o   Primary School Debate Open

§  Best Speaker: Wong Kenn Foonn, P5-Adaptability

o   RI Invitational Debate - Participation

 

o   SOTA Creative Writing Competition 2016

o   Finalists

§  Nigel Ng Ngan Siang, P6-Adaptability

§  Noland Ng Ngan Kiat, P6-Courtesy

 

Participation

o   National English Writing Competition 2016

o   Moo-O Awards 2016

 

o   International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (English) –   5 Distinctions, 25 Credits (out of 72 participants)

 

o   International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (Writing) –   2 Distinctions, 7 Credits (out of 23 participants)


Recommended Websites for English Language Learning

1. MOE STELLAR

This website provides details of the STELLAR approach, tips on how parents can support their child as well as resources such as online games.

2. National Library Board (NLB) 

Within this website, there are plenty of electronic-resources and electronic-books available online for free for existing NLB members. Members simply need to go to the following NLB website http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/index.aspx and apply online for access.

3. Starfall 

This website provides a wealth of resources for the learning of letter sounds to online stories. It is most useful to the lower primary pupils.3. 

4. Oxford Dictionaries & Learner's Dictionary