Teaching & Learning Approach
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 five main domains of PLAY (Purposeful Learning Activities for the Young) learning approach – Physical PLAY, Dramatic PLAY, Object PLAY, ICT PLAY and Sand PLAY.
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 experience allows students to write meaningful recounts of the activity.
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 performance using their hand-made animal face masks.
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 ice-cream.
Object PLAY: Students using LEGO to build a scene from the Stellar book.
The use of ICT in English lessons allows students to explore, observe, engage, solve problems and make exciting discoveries for themselves. It stimulates collaboration and interaction amongst peers and also between students and teachers. ICT PLAY makes teaching and learning more effective and fun for everyone involved.
ICT PLAY: Students using IWB to work on their vocabulary.
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.
Delightful Experience in Learning and Interaction (DELI) @ WPS
Primary 4 students making Milo ice cream.