‘Language is the most powerful tool in the development of any human being. It is undeniably the greatest asset we possess. A good grasp of language is synonymous with a sound ability to think. In other words language and thought are inseparable’ (Vy- gotsky 1986).
"We want our students to be world citizens able to actively use, improve, and be involved in their surrounding environment. Additionally we aim to be adaptable to change and share with others in the English language."
By the time students graduate from grade 1, they will have achieved an understanding and awareness of sight words, known topics, greetings, weather, animals, colors, structure of a home, furniture, clothing, hobbies, numbers 1-100, months, days of the week, and seasons. They will also be able to demonstrate literary devices such as rhyming words, synonyms, antonyms, singular and plural distinction, and do so with confidence.
We will incorporate a circle time during the first and last English lessons of the day to ease the transition from kindergarten to primary school. Circle time will include stories, games, songs, and drama, with support from visual resources, to facilitate language and literacy skills. This will help them express their wants and needs, tell time, and build their confidence in English speaking.
Students will have learned to recognize letters and their associated sounds, allowing them to write phonetically and read basic sight words in short sentences. A continued passion and enthusiasm for reading and writing will be encouraged through the use of the "look, cover, write, check" tool to enforce spelling patterns, aiding in the development of confidence in a student's reading and writing skills.
By the time students graduate from grade 2, they will have achieved the strategies to use basic English sight words to form sentences and phrases. They will be able to include emotional responses, understand, relate to, and write about modern daily life and their surroundings. Students will have learned to distinguish and categorize objects and activities at school, home, and in their communities.
Students will be able to interview and report on events through modern communication services and technologies, work on sentence-building and expanding, and using the correct words to form proper sentences. This will include the comprehension of spoken and silent letters to develop an understanding of phonics and pronunciation.
Students will learn the finer points of grammar and syntax through written and oral language skills, enforced reading comprehension through analysis of texts, dramas, and journals. They will also have a basic understanding and exposure to free writing, giving them the ability to express their emotions and ideas in a more complex manner.
By the time students graduate from grade 3, they will have achieved an ability to read, comprehend, listen, speak, and write in informative and developed styles. Students will be able to ask and answer complex questions using past, present, and future tenses with ease. They will also be able to distinguish and differentiate what they and their classmates have been able to accomplish and which areas need more development.
We will be using technology for incentive activities, such as projects, presentations, and games, to reinforce stories and topic-based themes. Students will also build on their vocabulary through weekly word banks, proper spelling, and more intensive reading and use these skills to develop character analyses, understand the main idea and plot points of storybooks and written texts. They will also have learned how to start planning and developing presentations, provide their classmates with feedback and critique their own written work.
Students will have established an understanding of long and short vowels, different sounds and writing styles, short consonant groups, and the proper way to write phonetically. They will also have discovered the meaning behind homophones, allowing them to read aloud with proper understanding, intonation, and clear speaking skills.
Students will also have learned how to use more complex versions of past, present, and future tenses, prepositions, singular and plural nouns, adjectives, action words, and verbs to enhance their writing and reading skills. This will allow them to present a full research project at the end of the year so each individual can demonstrate their written and oral abilities.
By the time students graduate from grade 4, they will have achieved an ability to read short chapter books with ease, as well as summarize and have an opinion on the reading. They will also be able to provide a written evaluation, in the form of a book report, about assigned texts.
Students will also be able to utilize their listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills through using the most appropriate forms of expression according to different situations. They will have an improved note-taking style and critical listening and thinking skills.
Students will now have the means to spell correctly and combine sentences to form paragraphs by finding the main idea of a story or written piece on their own. This will help them express their opinions on written texts, as well as develop character analyses.
They will be able to compose multiple paragraph reports on a single topic, write a biography, review films, and write poetry (color, shape, riddles), and incorporate complex literary devices, such as similes, metaphors, and hyperboles. This will give them the opportunity to further express themselves through text and oral presentations.