High Ability English

GATE English Programme® – 6-9 years old
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 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 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 English syllabus. 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)
GATE English Programme® – 9-11 years old
Programme Scope:
  • Core Content – 60%
  • Enrichment Content – English Competitions/Global Assessment – 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 high ability curriculum.

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 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 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 – 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, Trinity College London Graded Communication Skills Examination)