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EL Support Programmes

Key Programmes

The various school-wide reading programmes ensure that every Dazhong pupil is a reader today, ready to succeed tomorrow.

Joy to Read

Reading is fundamental to building pupils’ language.  Therefore, 30 minutes is set aside every week for the whole school to engage in the pleasure of reading an English book. Classrooms are stocked with age-appropriate materials to create an environment conducive for reading and learning.   

Read to Achieve (ReAch) Programme – P1 and P2

Recognising that our P1 and P2 pupils come in at different entry levels, the P1 and P2 ReAch programme serves 3 broad categories of readers to achieve 3 different objectives:
  • To level up ‘struggling’ readers;
  • To improve fluency and strengthen phonemic awareness of the average pupils;
  • To expose proficient readers to richer and longer texts and engage them in critical thinking

Pupils waiting in eager anticipation to see what performance their peers are going to put up during Library Week. 

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Choral Reading performance by P1 pupils.

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Enrichment Programmes

Literature Programme (P1 to P6)
(a module of Arts Education Programme)

Through the Literature programme, we inspire our pupils by introducing to them the works of good writers while equipping them with different “lenses” to examine and appreciate texts.  Writers’ craft and intentions are discussed and pupils are guided to read critically.  

Taking the read text to the next level, P1 to P5 pupils would translate their understanding and appreciation of the text to a dramatic portrayal of the book.

Level Genre
P1 Fables, fairy tales and children’s classics
P2 Pourquoi tales, autobiographies and children’s classics
P3 Children’s literature
P4 Folk tale, adventure, comedy
P5 Realistic contemporary fiction
P6 Realistic contemporary fiction

Speech and Drama (P1 to P5) and  Oral Communication Skills (P6)
All P1 to P5 pupils attend 12 hours of Speech and Drama lessons during curriculum culminating to a performance to showcase what they have learnt.  Through Speech and Drama lessons, pupils develop confidence and effective oral communication skills. Creativity, imagination and critical thinking are also harnessed.

Pupils at work during Speech and Drama

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Progression of Speech and Drama Skills from P1 to P5
Level Area of focus
P1 Introduction to Drama Basic Improvisation Voice – Power and Clarity Choral Speaking Presentation Skill
P2 Introduction to Drama Basic Improvisation Voice – Power and Clarity Choral Speaking Presentation Skill
P3 Introduction to Play Speech Improvisation Vocal Expression Tableaux Physical movements Basic acting
P4 Introduction to Musical Play Characterization and motivations Improvise dramatic pieces, given stories Dramatize a story through acting, singing and dancing Staging a performance
P5 Understanding the script and scripting Characterization Improvise dramatic pieces, given stories Dramatize a story through acting, singing and dancing Staging a performance
P6 Voice projection Impromptu speech Speaking with purpose, audience and context in mind