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Key Programme & Highlights

As leaders of the future pursuing excellence, FMS(P) envisions her pupils to possess effective communication skills (enGauge 21st century skills NCREL/Metiri Group 2003) as one of the essential 21st century skills that leaders require. Effective communication skills encompass the following :

  • having a proficient level of the language
  • possessing the ability to communicate and express oneself effectively
  • possessing teaming, collaboration and interpersonal skills
  • having personal, social and civic responsibility

‘Pathways to Oracy' is one of the English Department's key programmes. The building blocks of the programme are designed to engage pupils at age-appropriate levels, challenging them to increasing levels of difficulty as they progress and finally providing them an opportunity to serve the school community at the pinnacle of their training - a special module in P6. The activities offer much scope in harnessing pupils' creativity and hence aim towards achieving excellence not only in learning, but in performance at national examinations and external competitions. A child who goes through the programme will gain both speech and drama as well as communication skills - speak to inform, speak to persuade and give opinions. Hence, developing a global outlook also forms an integral part of this Programme whereby diverse views and opinions are sought and challenged.

Pri Pathways to Oracy
Objective
1 Phonics
Pupils will be able to:
1. Identify letter sounds
2. Blend and segment letter sounds
2 Show and Tell
Pupils will be able to:
1. Respond with appropriate register to various situations,
depending on the purpose, audience, context and content
2. Experience language through role-play/drama
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3 Readers' Theatre
Pupils will be able to:
1. Read expressively independently
2. Enjoy language in context
3. Perform in front of an audience
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4 Radio Capsules
Pupils will be able to:
1. Express feelings, experiences, stories and ideas through pre produced radio clips
2. Note the importance of voice tone, pace and enunciation
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5 Debate
Pupils will be able to:
1.Develop ideas and opinions
2.Inform or persuade their audience

STELLAR: Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading

STELLAR: Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading is another highlight of the Fairfield curriculum as it seeks to promote a love for reading and cultivate a strong foundation in the English Language. With respect to STELLAR and language learning, more speaking and listening skills are used in the teaching and learning of the English Language. Students also learn reading and writing using rich and interesting books, with discussions led by the teacher. It focuses on students' interaction, is enriched with students' written language and filled with various reading materials for students' use.

STELLAR, combined with Fairfield's school-based curriculum provides a well-rounded holistic approach to the teaching and learning of the English Language.

Facilities & Infrastructure

In line with the aim to promote reading, each class has been equipped with a class library that caters to various interests and reading levels of the pupils. In addition, the Media and Resource Library also provides an even greater selection of books for the pupils.

The ICT Department also helps to support English Language Programmes such as Readers' Theatre at Primary 3 and Radio Capsule at Primary 4.

Updated as at Term 4, 2019