Learn the English Language
Master the language for effective communication with others
Succeed in becoming an effective and confident user of the English Language
At West Spring, our students find enjoyment in the learning of the English language through the 5 main domains of PLAY (Purposeful Learning Activities for the Young) learning approach – Physical PLAY, Dramatic PLAY, Object PLAY, ICT PLAY and Sand PLAY.
Physical PLAY in English lessons
Learning through Physical PLAY is engaging and purposeful for our students. It helps develop their motor skills and muscle and eye coordination. More importantly, it facilitates the learning of social skills and communication skills. This will have an impact on students’ language development through their interaction with others.
Physical PLAY: Students blow bubbles as a pre-writing activity. This first-hand experiences allows students to write meaningful recounts of the activity.
Dramatic PLAY in English lessons
Dramatic PLAY is an integral part of English lessons at West Spring. Dramatic play allows students to fit the reality of the world into their own interests and knowledge. It contributes strongly to the intellectual development of children (Piaget, 1962) and forms a necessary part of a child’s language development (Edmonds, 1976).
Dramatic PLAY: Students putting up a Reader’s Theatre performance after practising together as a group
Dramatic PLAY: Students get the opportunity to dramatise and retell the books in through the use of hand puppets and props.
Object PLAY in English lessons
During English lessons, students are provided the opportunity to pick up, explore and manipulate objects such as plasticine and LEGO bricks. This form of PLAY provides endless learning opportunities for the students. According to research, students who are adept at manipulating and using objects in imaginative play will become adults who are successful problem-solvers.
Object PLAY: Students using LEGO to build objects for a grammar lesson on adjectives
Sand PLAY in English lessons
Similar to Physical PLAY, Sand PLAY promotes physical and social skills development of students. They hone their imagination by taking on important roles associated with what they have learnt from their favourite Big Books.
Sand PLAY: Students creating a river for river animals by digging, pouring, sifting and scooping sand after reading their favourite Big Book “My River”.