Our programmes at a glance
In Qihua, we believe that success in language is the cornerstone to achievement in all areas. We adopt the 3E (Enable, Engage, Enrich) approach to cater to the learning needs of all learners and to help them achieve their potential.
Programmes to ENABLE learners:
1) Learning Support Programme (P1 & P2)
2) Reading Remediation Programme (P3 & 4)
3) School-based Dyslexia Programme (P3 & 4)
4) Mastery-based Learning (P1 to 4)
5) I CAN READ Morning Buddy Programme (P1 & 2)
Programmes to ENGAGE learners:
The department adopts STELLAR (Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading) which encompasses the use of MLEA (Modified Language Experience Approach), learning centres, supported reading etc. Under MLEA, students learn English through a variety of shared experiences such as learning journeys, sandwich-making and bubbles-blowing activities.
2) Reading and Library Programme
Our school collaborates with the National Library Board to conduct mass-borrowing and assembly programmes. The department strives to instill the good habit of reading through school library visits and reading-related class activities. The department also works closely with parents to encourage our students to read through reading challenges.
3) Inter-disciplinary Project Work (IPW)
All Primary 3 to 5 students are involved in IPW through which students pick up the skill of writing a specific genre and learn to be effective communicators.
4) Online Reading Tool
Through the use of the online reading tool, all our primary 2 to 5 students are able to have their reading ability assessed in terms of the Lexile level. Students are then recommended a list of appropriate reading materials available in the school or national library. By reading books that are suitable for them and taking part in quizzes, students find the motivation to read and improve in their literacy skills.
5) Daily Modelling of Speaking Skills
Every morning, our Qihuaians listen to a story or an article shared by their teachers or schoolmates. This is an effective platform to inculcate values in our students and to keep them updated of the current affairs. Most importantly, through observing the presenters, our students can pick up the skills of communicating effectively.
6) English Fiesta
This yearly event consists of activities that provide students with joyful learning experiences. Students get the chance to apply their language skills in a fun and authentic way.
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Programmes to ENRICH learners
1) APEX – High Achievers Programme
Primary 3 to 5 students are selected to take part in enrichment programmes which include debate and persuasive writing, journalism and fractured fairy tales. These programmes, apart from being aligned and relevant to the English curriculum, extend students’ learning of the English language beyond the classroom.
2) Literature Appreciation Programme for Primary 4 and 5
In Qihua, we broaden the scope of English learning for our students by giving them the opportunities to think critically and creatively. The literature programme tailored for selected Primary 4 and 5 students expose our students to rich texts. and introduce them to a range of literary devices.
3) What’s Up Newspaper
Students from Primary 4 to 6 subscribe to the Whatsup newspaper which supports their learning of the English language. Through meaningful activities and discussions, students keep abreast of current affairs and expand their vocabulary.
4) External Competitions
Every year, students are chosen to participate in external competitions such as Wits and Words, PESA etc.