English for Primary and Secondary School
At Curious Thoughts Academy, children learn to be curious, critical thinkers with our through-train English curriculum for children aged 2.5 to 16 years old.
Our flagship programme is the P1 Preparation Programme that helps children with reading difficulties to transition from pre-primary to primary school, helping them get ready for the MOE primary school syllabus. These programmes lay the groundwork for students to have strong reading, writing and comprehension skills.
The secondary level takes things up a notch, focusing on comprehension and critical thinking, teaching them to derive meaning from text and making inferences.
Our Primary and Secondary classes are taught by Mr Yao Shuohan, former MOE teacher of top SAP school with over 10 years of teaching experience for primary and secondary school students. Read more about him here.
We believe that the key to transforming struggling students is to foster a curious, critical mind and to spark a passion for reading. After mastering independent reading, we groom students to be strong English writers. However to reach the pinnacle of English mastery, we believe that all students need to be trained in the art of comprehension and articulation to be true critical thinkers and communicators.
Through rigourous exposure to reading, speaking and writing skills, students are trained to improve their proficiency in the English language. The course also introduces literary elements to supplement learning, developing students’ interest in literature and the English language. Students should learn the following:
1. Readers question the text, contemplate various perspectives and search for author’s bias.
2. Writer’s make deliberate choices that are aimed to produce a desired effect on the reader.
3. Writers link reader to the text by creating relationships and conflict between literary characters that parallel real-world relationships and conflicts.
1. Writing is a tool for thinking; for exploring issues, constructing questions and addressing inquiry.
2. Writers use elaboration and detail to make their ideas clear to audiences.
3. Word choice conveys a level of formality, sense of style and tone.
4. Ideas in writing can be organised in many different ways depending on the author’s purpose.
5. Research is the process of gaining information from a variety of sources.
6. Word choice conveys a level of formality, sense of style and tone.
7. Writer’s make deliberate choices that are designed to produce a desired effect on the reader.
8. Writers connect reader to the text by creating relationships and conflict between literary characters that mirror real-world relationships and conflicts.
Speaking, Listening and Viewing
1. A speaker selects a form and organisation pattern based on the audience and purpose.
2. Effective communication involves active listening and observation.
3. Oral language is a tool for communicating, thinking and learning.
4. Non-verbal language (body language and gestures) is an essential component of speech.
5. Active listeners process information received based on their own experiences and prior knowledge.
6. Writers and speakers use detail and elaboration to make ideas clear to their audiences
7. Writers and speakers organize what they have to say to make their meaning clear to their audience.
8. Critical listeners question information received to clarify.