In the STELLAR programme (which is implemented up to Primary 5 in 2014 and P6 in 2015), textbooks are not used for teaching. Instead, we teach children language skills using children’s books and MOE-developed teaching texts. The stories and texts for STELLAR are provided for teachers’ use and are not recommended for use at home. This is to enable teachers to carry out prediction and other activities to develop children’s thinking and reading skills.
To support the child in the STELLAR programme, we recommend that parents read with their child. Parents may want to refer to the following MOE-approved supplementary materials: STELLAR Literacy Readers, STELLAR Handwriting books (P1-3), Marshall Cavendish P3, P4 and P5 Pupil Books and Pupil Workbooks.
You can find more information on the STELLAR programme at our website and about the supplementary materials under ‘Optional Enrichment Materials’ here.
There is no stipulation of a specific word list in English Language Syllabus 2010. We promote balanced learning of the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) complemented by the study of grammar and vocabulary.
To get an indication of the language appropriate for the level, age-appropriate materials include Pupil Book and Pupil Work Books for P3, P4 and P5 published by Marshall Cavendish, which are supplementary resources approved by MOE here. Other resources include Fry’s First 100 Words and the Dolch List (available on the Internet). The recognition of high frequency words is a good start but children will need to read widely to build up their vocabulary.
Parents can refer to the press release on the Revised PSLE English Language papers for more information.
Annex A of the press release provides information on the EL syllabus while Annex B summarises the changes to the PSLE. The weighting for the four papers (Oral Communication, Listening Comprehension, Language Use & Comprehension, and Writing) in the revised PSLE in 2015 remains unchanged.
The Prime Minister’s Book Prize (PMBP) recognises the excellent bilingual performance of pupils at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). The selection criteria for the PMBP are based upon the pupil's overall performance in the PSLE, with emphasis given to his or her performance in the EL and MT subjects.