Children begin to build the foundations for fluency in English through the development of the skills of listening, speaking and early literacy. The English Language curriculum aims at enabling children to actively communicate with others in their immediate environment as well as develop an enjoyment of the language through the use of stories, rhymes, poems, songs and games. Through language play they will also imagine and recreate experiences.
Vocabulary development will be facilitated through exposure to and use of language related to familiar experiences and things in the environment as well as simple selections from children literature. Language development will be supported through the use of context including objects from the real world, pictures, puppets and other props so that language experiences will be meaningful. English will also be learnt actively through meaningful interactions with others. Listening and speaking will include verbal and non verbal communication including the use of body language, facial expression and eye contact. Language activities will also facilitate the development of emergent literacy. Children will be exposed to written language through a variety of materials such as word cards, books including big books, charts, labels, signs and posters.
The English Language curriculum aims at enabling children to:
- Listen actively with understanding;
- Express themselves orally in simple English;
- Read common words and simple sentences independently; and
- Write words and simple sentences.