English for P4-P6 GEP students

Updated: Jun 24, 2021

For Primary 4 students joining the Gifted Education Programme, the transition from mainstream to GEP track is one that is fraught with many challenges.

In general, the subject that many GEPers find difficult in achieving the same scores as they were getting in lower primary years is English. Fresh GEPers in Primary 4 may still be able to achieve 80s or even 90s for Mathematics and Science, but few are able to repeat the feat for English. Indeed, a score ranging in the 70s for English is common.

Why is scoring in GEP English difficult?

One of the main reasons is the introduction of literary elements in the English curriculum.

Students who have not been reading extensively will have little interest in character analysis, poetry, figurative language and creative writing. In the long term, for students to really do well, they need to develop a love for the English language.

At Joyous Learning, we have designed a GEP English enrichment programme that bridges the gap between what is required for PSLE and what is required to ace GEP English.

How do we do this?

GEP English Enrichment Programme @ Joyous Learning

Comprehensive Coverage

Covers all the components that are tested in the PSLE English examination

o Paper 1: Situational Writing, Continuous Writing

o Paper 2:

· Booklet A: Grammar, Vocabulary, Vocabulary Cloze, Visual Text Comprehension

· Booklet B: Grammar Cloze, Editing for Spelling and Grammar, Comprehension Cloze, Synthesis and Transformation, Comprehension Open-ended

o Paper 3: Listening Comprehension

o Paper 4: Reading Aloud, Stimulus-based Conversation

· Paper 4 makes up a significant 15% of the English Paper. Therefore, doing well in this section is critical to securing a good grade.

· Students will undergo biweekly practice sessions for Stimulus-based Conversation where they are trained to speak with confidence and to think on their feet.

Covers components specific to the GEP English syllabus

o Literary analysis

· Literary devices

· Character analysis

o Poetry

· Poetic structure and form

· Understanding imagery and metaphors

· Reading with expression

o Persuasive Writing strategies

Literary Appreciation & Extensive Reading Programme (ERP*)

The curriculum is enriched with material that will expose students to literature. Students will be equipped with the skills to undertake their ERP assignments in school.

Components covered include:

o Themes and messages

o Context and authorial intent

o Creative expression

o Conveying ideas and evoking emotion through language

o Writing book reviews

*The ERP seeks to expose students to fiction of different genres, biographies and autobiographies to complement class work. A reading list will be provided and students will complete an ERP assignment to develop their confidence in responding to books.

Speaking & Articulation

One of the objectives of the GEP is to produce students who are able to think independently, form informed opinions on a range of issues and express them clearly. To help students develop these skills, students will be exposed to current affairs and trained to think critically about issues.

Students will be trained to:

o present ideas and opinions spontaneously in front of an audience

o use verbal and non-verbal cues to augment their speeches

o make persuasive speeches from opposing perspectives

Skills-Based Learning

Students will develop

o close reading and critical analysis skills for Comprehension texts and questions

o inference skills that are critical to Comprehension and Cloze exercises

Content-Based Learning