I) JOURNALING TO ENHANCE LEARNING OF ENGLISH
a. English Language Learning Experiences (ELLE) for P1 and P2 pupils
ELLE is a journal that gives pupils space and opportunities to realise that learning English is a fun experience. ELLE allows them to express their thoughts, their likes, dislikes, and feelings about every day experiences as well as their readings. Moreover, journaling provides our young ones opportunities to use Thinking Routines to link their learning to deepen their understanding of school values and social & emotional competencies.
Claire Tanady , 1 GRACIOUSNESS
Toon Zirong, 1 RESPECT
b.Tackling English Diligently (TED) for P3 to P6 pupils
TED provides pupils the platform to explore the different aspects of learning English and make it a fun and exciting experience. TED allows pupils to journal their thoughts, their views/opinions, likes and dislikes via the use of the Thinking Routines. This journaling experience provides our pupils with opportunities to read the nuances between lines and go beyond the text. Journaling opens the doors for them to make connections to school values, the social and emotional learning competencies while enjoying the enriching language learning experiences.
II) English Extensive Reading Programme include…
- LiFE (Literature For Everyone) (P1 to P4) Programme
- English Magazines (P2 to P6 pupils)
- Little Red Dot (supplementary newspapers) P4 to P6
- NLB Reading Programmes
- Moo-O e-reading Programme (P1 to P3)
- The *LiFE or Literature For Everyone is a programme conducted by the school so as to…
• enhance the learning of English Language by going beyond the Stellar Readers that are used during English lessons.
• expose pupils to different genres of writing.
• enjoy the experience of reading one book as a class and discuss various plots, characters, values depicted in the book.
• engage pupils through in-depth reading of the book and enhance pupils’ reading skills by exploring the plot, characters, scenery description and other elements of interest in the literature text through theme-based collaborative lesson planning by level teachers.
• Enrich their reading using thinking routines to explore their understanding via their ELLE and TED journaling.
• appreciate local authors and identify with local-themed plots and settings
ELLE entry on Dolphin Boy by a P2 pupil.
Moo-O e-reading Programme (P1 to P3)
BTPS takes part in the Singapore Moo-O Awards every year. On 7 April 2021, our BTPS team comprising Dylan James Rodger, Karis Eva Eisenhawer Mak and Eithan Yuen Zi Hao participated in the 2021 Singapore Moo-O Awards. This annual competition is open to all P3 pupils and supported by the Speak Good English Movement. The objectives of the competition are:
✓ To motivate students to read and speak fluently & expressively in English
✓ To cultivate a love for the English language through a fun, engaging and immersive way of reading.Our pupils demonstrated resilience, teamwork and creativity during the preparation for this competition. The results were announced on 21 April 2021 and our BTPS team received the Gold award! Only the top 5 teams out of the 45 participating schools received the Gold award and we are so proud of our pupils for their achievement.
Visit the website https://plus.moo-o.com/tma/?sel=2021-singapore to view the results, the judges’ comments as well as the link to our team’s video.
Our P3 pupils’ recording their reading.
III) English Enrichment Programme (Outside curriculum)
Master Scrabble for P2 to P6 pupils
Pupils enjoy challenging one another in this word game which help develop thinking skills, build vocabulary and put values, such as respect, integrity and graciousness into practice. Our pupils have attained awards at both National and Zonal levels but above winning awards, are the rich bonds of friendship they develop with the players from other schools as well within our own school.
IV) SUPER JOURNALING TEAM (SJT)
The Super Journaling is a special programme designed for pupils who are self-directed and love journaling. Their TED entries, which include reflection of articles, showcases their deep thinking. SJT members who are selected based on their interest in journaling and writing, would attend master classes which are conducted outside curriculum hours once every term.
They get opportunities to explore issues and topics from different perspectives with supporting evidences and reasoning. Their learning experiences are varied which include meeting a baker, a national soccer player and even exploring our neighbourhood gardens. The collaborative work by SJT pupils together with the Art Club members help create beautiful poems with wonderful artistic illustrations.