High Ability English

GATE English Programme® – Primary 1-3
Programme Scope:
  • Core Content –  30%
  • Enrichment Content – 60%
  • Current Affairs Content – 10%

Current Affairs Content
Our current affairs content comprises of news, information, awareness and comprehension on all that is happening in the world – it is related to every walk of life. It covers all topics ranging from business, sports, money, politics, education, employment, crime, and ethics so on and forth. It may be about rising onion prices, sugar tax, or a terrorist attack. Students are explicitly taught vocabulary within the context of each article.

Core Content
We strongly believe that a strong foundation goes a long way in cultivating a love for the English Language. Hence, we teach grammar in context to our students through a rigorous and in-dept reading curriculum. Grammar rules and conventions are further emphasized through the reading of texts and writing. Every week, new challenging words are integrated into the texts and revision is done regularly to ensure that students are building up a strong vocabulary bank.

The core content builds students’ grammar skills by exposing them to intensive practice of grammar rules, synthesis and transformation conventions, grammar cloze passages and editing exercises.

Enrichment Module
Our Gifted English programme P1-P3 focuses on the development of critical reading and reasoning skills which will enable students to use higher order thinking strategies to analyse and comprehend different genres of challenging passages which have been carefully selected from National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, and award winning books. We incorporate the best of reading comprehension strategies from experienced MOE language teachers and the Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Programme.

Jacob’s Ladder is a reading program that students will engage in an inquiry process that moves them from a lower order to higher order thinking skills. Starting with basic literary understanding, students will learn to critically analyse texts by determining implications and consequences, generalizations, main ideas and creative synthesis.

Our enrichment writing content is aligned with the latest Primary English syllabus as well as the new PSLE format. We adopt a systematic and concise approach that will expose students to a variety of writing techniques. Some of the techniques that will be taught to the students include crafting a climax, a memorable conclusion, focus on dialogues, adding meaningful twists to a story.

 

Specially designed for:

High-ability learners who will benefit from an effective and challenging English curriculum.
It prepares students for:

  • Challenging Comprehension Cloze, Comprehension (MCQ and open-ended) and Composition
  • English competitions for Specialized Language Talent Development (Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competitions, UNSW English Language, Global Assessment, Book Publication)
  • GEP (Gifted Education Programme) screening and selection test
GATE English Programme® – Primary 4-6
Programme Scope:
  • Core Content –  PSLE & GEP curriculum combined – 60%
  • Enrichment Content – English Competitions/Global Assessment/DSA via English as Subject Talent – 30%
  • Current Affairs Content – 10%

Current Affairs Content
Our current affairs content builds on the strengths of our P1- P3 program. More in depth discussion on the current affairs topics ranging from global political scene to local social issues. It may be about election, education system, or nuclear plant. Students are explicitly taught vocabulary within the context of each article.

Core Content
GATE English program is designed for high ability learners who have the aptitude to master both PSLE and high ability curriculum modelled after GEP English. GATE English programme covers the exam syllabus based on both GEP PSLE requirements.

Enrichment Content
In our enrichment content, we focus on nurturing our students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills through a rigorous training of application of critical reading strategies to challenging and interesting articles selected from National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Straits Times, New York Times, and award winning books.

Our reading comprehension component seeks to help students build language competency not only for the PSLE examination, but also for their secondary school and junior college education. To rouse students’ curiosity and pique their interests, students will interact with age-appropriate and thought-provoking articles. We centralise our articles on mainly:

  • Current Affairs
  • Historical Events and their impact on our society
  • Introduction to Scientific Developments and their impact on our society
  • Introduction to the Arts (literary devices in poems, short stories and novels)

Our enrichment writing content builds on the strengths of our P1- P3 program in offering a systematic spiral progression for our students. Students will be taught to write creatively using vivid descriptions and create unconventional plots, settings and characterisation.

Suitable for:

High ability students who wants to excel and be challenged in English
It prepares students for:

  • Challenging English components in school exams (both GEP and PSLE) – Comprehension, Comprehension Cloze and Composition Writing
  • Literary approach adopted in Secondary school and Junior College Education
  • International & Local English Language competitions (Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition, UNSW English Language/ICAS English Writing Competition, Authors at Work! – GATE’s Book Writing Competition, December 2017 NSW English Camp, Trinity College London Graded Communication Skills Examination)
  • DSA via English as subject talent
GATE Elite Emglish Programme® – Primary 4-6 (By Invitation)
Programme Scope:
  • Enrichment Content –  English Competitions/Global Assessment/DSA via English as Subject Talent – 50%
  • Core Content – PSLE & GEP curriculum combined – 40%
  • Current Affairs Content – 10%

Students in our Elite English class will complete the core, enrichment and current affairs content as of our GATE English Programme. These modules will sharpen our students’ skills to excel in their school examination English papers 1 and 2.

Additional Content for Elite English Programme

Literature Module
Our literature module
gives our students the opportunity to read, analyze, interpret, evaluate and think critically about renowned classical works of fiction such as Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Lois Lowry’s Number the Star, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Through in- depth studying and practicing of the different methods of approaching literary texts, students explore the diverse social, cultural, and historical contexts of the great literary world.

Intensive work on International, Local English Language Competitions & Global Assessments
Students in our English Elite Programme are constantly challenged to participate in various international English language competitions, such as our local Young Author Award, Common Wealth Essay competition and ICAS English Writing Competition. Through the process of preparing for these competitions, students embark on valuable learning journeys where they will engage themselves in deep research and learn how to do meaningful reflections for future successes.

Suitable for:

High-ability students who have a strong foundation in English Language and are committed to write more extensively and explore various famous literary works.

It prepares students for:

  • International & Local English writing competitions (Commonwealth Queen’s Essay Writing Competition, UNSW English Language/ICAS English Writing Competition, Authors at Work! – GATE’s Book Writing Competition)
  • International & Local English Language competitions  (December 2017 NSW English Camp, Trinity College London Graded Communication Examination)
  • Literary approach adopted in Secondary school and Junior College Education
  • Writing a book and publishing the book
  • DSA via English as subject talent
Comparison of GATE English & Elite English Programme® – Primary 4-6

Our upper primary English programme at GATE caters to the learning needs of high-ability learners (GEP as well as non-GEP).
Due to the diversity of talents, interests and priorities among our students, we provide two types of math programmes to match their learning needs:

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Our English ProgrammesGATE English ProgrammeElite English Programme
(by Teachers' Recommendation)
PSLE
- Complete all topics by the end of P5
- Intensive practice papers starting from P6
GEP Topics
DSA via English as Subject Talent
Writing CompetitionsThe Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition20-30%
Bronze, Silver Awards & Above
NSW English Language & Writing Competition70 to 80%
Distinctions Above
40-50%
High Distinctions & Above
Workload ModerateHeavy
Intensive Writing Activities
Self-learning in AdvanceOptionalCompulsory
Target and GoalsStellar achievements among same age peersStellar achievements among children with strong foundation and passion in English.
Suitable ForHigh ability students who wants to excel and be challenged in English, but have other commitments or need more time to explore various interestsHigh-ability students who have a strong foundation in English Language and are committed to write more extensively and explore various famous literary works

*Consistent with challenging examination components in GEP and top schools.