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English


Head of Department
Mdm Pauline Toh (HOD)
EL Committee Members 
 Mdm Azreenah Bte Kamit (Stellar/SEED Coordinator) [P1]
Miss Fiona Khim [P1] 
 Mrs Irene Neo [P2]
 Mrs Susan Chia (ST) [P3]
 Mdm Zaimasni [P4]
 Mrs Ivy Tan (MRL Coordinator) [P5]
 Mrs Uma Rama (HOD Pastoral Care) [P5SBB]
 Mrs Pramila Nayar [P6]
 Miss Lim Wan Cheng (ST/LSC)
 Mrs Diana Tan (LS/EL)
 Mrs Goh Chye Bin
Mdm Eva Enek 
 Miss Eileen Ho
 Mrs Elaine Wong (SH/NE & SS)
Miss Reetha 
Mdm Wiu 

Vision :

"Making English the Preferred Medium of Communication."

Mission :

"To Create a Conducive and Stimulating Environment for the Learning of English in order to Develop Confident and Proficient Communicators."


Speak Good English Movement

The English Department aims to develop confident and proficient communicators. The curriculum provides an array of platforms for pupils to meaningfully engage in the use of Standard English inside and outside the class. The Speak Good English Movement, the Zero Period English Activities are some examples of these platforms.

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S. G. E. M. 2012



Collaboration with NLB

Pupils are encouraged to read widely to improve their language competency. Pupils are exposed to a variety of texts, print and non-print media to inculcate their love for reading through the school’s six-year reading programme. Weekly reading programmes run by the Parent Support Group [PSG] is also another initiative which is well-received by pupils. Collaboration with the National Library Board [NLB] has further supported the department’s efforts to inculcate pupils’ love for reading. The mobile library programme and KidsRead are some examples of these collaborations.

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Philosophy For Children


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This initiative has been expanded to include the other five S1 Cluster primary schools in 2009. The six primary schools in the S1 Cluster collaborated, designed and implemented P4C lessons for the Primary Four level. To date, the programme has been implemented in selected P4 English language classes in the S1 Cluster primary schools.

Teachers use a variety of media, print and non-print, to discuss philosophical issues with pupils.

The P4C lessons consciously help pupils to see broader perspectives, to inculcate co-operative skills like listening to others and treating others with respect, and to develop open-mindedness to alter native opinions.

P4C has helped the pupils to enhance their reflective capacity. During the P4C lessons, pupils are encouraged to be more proactive so as to facilitate their own learning. The P4C lessons serve to enhance pupils’ capacities as independent learners.


The First S1 Cluster Spelling Bee Competition

Jing Shan Primary, together with the other five primary schools in the S1 Cluster, organised the 1st S1 Cluster Spelling Bee competition for Primary 4 and 5 pupils on 4 September 2009. The objectives for organising the competition were: (1) to highlight to pupils that spelling is important in their literacy development, (2) to provide a platform for P4-P5 pupils from the six schools to interact with one another and (3)to provide a platform for pupils to pit their spelling skills against one another.

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Pupils had to activate their working knowledge of phonemes and syllabication to facilitate their spelling competency during the competition. Pupils’ vocabulary was widened as they were exposed to many different words during the competition. The enthusiasm and co-operation of teachers and participants from the various schools were evident in making the 1st Spelling Bee Competition a success. It was a great learning journey for both the organizers and participants of the competition and they had gained much from the experience.

Let’s Decode Training for P1 and P2 EL Teachers in S1 Cluster9

Jing Shan Primary hosted the Let’s Decode workshop for 80 P1 and P2 teachers from 6 S1 Cluster primary schools on 5 June 2009. The workshop was conducted by the EL Department’s key personnel from the 6 primary schools in the cluster. These key personnel had undergone training in the programme in Perth, from 14-20 March 2009. The Let’s Decode programme aims to raise the literacy ability of our young pupils by facilitating their decoding skills to enable them to improve on their reading and writing competencies. The programme has been trialed in Term 3 and 4 in the six primary schools. A review of the programme will be conducted in Term 4 to allow the fine-tuning of the Let’s Decode processes in 2010.

The South Zone Learning Support Programme (LSP) Reading Competition 2009

The semi-finals for the South Zone Learning Support Programme (LSP) Reading Competition was held on 14 August 2009 at Jing Shan Primary School. 34 schools took part in eight reading events for both Primary One and Two pupils in the Learning Support Programme.

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The aim of the LSP Reading Competition was to raise the competencies of LSP pupils in oral reading with fluency. It also provided the opportunity for LSP pupils to showcase their oral reading skills.

A total of 225 LSP pupils participated in the competition. They had been selected and well-trained by the Learning Support Co-ordinators. At the semi-finals, participants showed enthusiasm, confidence and teamwork in reading. They read with accuracy, speed and prosody. Eight of our better P1 and P2 LSP pupils participated in the event. Winners at the semifinals will participate in the Finals to be held on 17 November 2009 at Hong Wen School.

The South Zone Reading Competition Committee would like to thank our principal, Miss Azizah, vice principal, Mrs Corinne Kwan and HOD EL, Mdm Pauline Toh for their assistance and support in making the Reading Competition a success.