Lorna Whiston Preschool and English Enrichment Centres
English Enrichment

Lorna Whiston’s English Enrichment courses build a strong academic foundation that equips students with strategies to help them learn better and instill soft skills and values essential for success, through authentic and meaningful learning experiences.

The teaching methodology used to deliver our Real Learning Curriculum (TM) involves the students in collaborative, inquiry-based tasks that foster real understanding and develop a natural curiosity for seeking knowledge. Language skills are taught progressively in a multisensory environment.

Through our Individualised Reading Programme, students develop a wide variety of vocabulary and an understanding of the nuances of language that enables them to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


  • For children 18 months to 3 years old
    Class duration - 2 hours
    Class size - 10 children per class

    Our Little Explorers programme encourages children to learn through multi-sensory learning centres. These centres help children make sense of the world around them, developing their cognitive skills, their social skills and their ability to communicate and express themselves verbally in English.

    Little Explorers provides young learners with a safe and stimulating learning environment where they:
    • Get into a routine and become familiar coping with transitions in lessons
    • Develop their independence while instilling safety and security in them
    • Hone their cognitive and social skills
    • Learn how to take turns and share with their classmates
    • Listen to the instructions from their teacher
    • Explore, discover and express themselves verbally
    • Develop a love for songs and rhymes
    • Strengthen their gross motor skills

    Through one-on-one interaction with our early year teachers and collaborative play, our youngest learners develop the love for English and the ability to communicate and socialise with others.
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  • For children 3 years old

    Class duration:
    Weekday - 1.5hours
    Weekend - 2 hours


    Class size:
    Weekday - 10 children per class
    Weekend - 12 children per class


    Our Nursery 1 students enjoy experiential learning in a secure and stimulating environment. We approach language learning with these very young learners through carefully selected stories, songs, rhymes and a wide variety of hands-on learning activities that will appeal to the children’s interest and suit their relatively short concentration spans.

    Our teachers go to great lengths to ensure that each child’s abilities and needs are taken into consideration and differentiate activities based on that.

    By the end of our Nursery 1 programme, we aim for our students to be able to:
    • Recognise and name some of the letters of the alphabet
    • Recognise their own name, recognise rhythm and recite familiar songs, finger plays and poems
    • Appreciate stories and respond verbally to a simple picture story
    • Relate to other children well through parallel play, and express themselves in a way that is socially acceptable
    • Learn appropriate behaviours on managing emotions, listen to others and participate co-operatively in group activities
    • Work on pencil grip to draw, and to form lines and circles
    • Attempt fine motor skill activities (eg. threading, jigsaws, colouring, painting, playdough)
    • Share their personal experiences with others in simple sentences
    • Use simple vocabulary to name objects and convey wants and needs
    • Understand simple directions and common phrases used in routine situations, and complete classification activities (eg. colours, shapes and objects)
    • Display and emerging awareness of the 21st Century skills of communication and collaboration
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  • For children 4 years old

    Class duration:
    Weekday - 1.5hours
    Weekend - 2 hours


    Class size:
    Weekday - 10 children per class
    Weekend - 12 children per class


    Our Nursery 2 students enjoy experiential learning in a secure and stimulating, language rich environment. We approach language learning with these very young learners through carefully selected stories, songs, rhymes and a wide variety of hands-on learning activities that will appeal to the children’s interest and suit their relatively short concentration spans.

    Our teachers go to great lengths to ensure that each child’s abilities and needs are taken into consideration and differentiate activities based on that.

    By the end of our Nursery 2 programme, we aim for our students to be able to:
    • Recognise and name the letters of the alphabet and identify letter sounds (phonics)
    • Recognise rhythms and recite familiar songs, finger plays and rhymes
    • Appreciate stories and to be able to retell a simple story in their own words
    • Relate to other children well and express themselves in a way that is socially acceptable
    • Listen to others and participate co-operatively in group activities
    • Use a pencil correctly to draw, and to form letters and numbers
    • Develop improved fine motor control skills
    • Understand and follow simple instructions
    • Communicate about their personal experiences
    • Use a sufficiently broad vocabulary to be able to express themselves clearly
    • Sort and classify objects accordingly to one or more attributes
    • Display and emerging awareness of the 21st Century skills of communication, creativity and collaboration
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  • For children 5 years old

    Class duration:
    Weekday - 1.5hours
    Weekend - 2 hours


    Class size:
    Weekday - 10 children per class
    Weekend - 12 children per class


    Our Kindergarten 1 programme aims to nurture a foundational love of books and reading. Each lesson is based on a theme and an exciting story. The children enjoy a whole host of language development activities based on the story.

    Our teachers go to great lengths to ensure that each child’s abilities and needs are taken into consideration and differentiate activities based on that.

    By the end of our Kindergarten 1 programme, we aim for our students to be able to:
    • Recognise a range of high frequency words
    • Read simple books with understanding
    • Identify all of the initial letter sounds (phonics) and be starting to blend sounds together
    • Appreciate stories and to be able to retell a story in their own words
    • Listen to others and participate readily in group work and class discussions by acting as responsible decision makers
    • Use a pencil correctly to draw and write simple sentences in their own compositions
    • Have a knowledge of simple spelling patterns when writing
    • Use a sufficiently broad vocabulary to be able to express themselves clearly
    • Understand how to use pronouns
    • Use personal experiences to conduct show and tell
    • Display an emerging awareness of the 21st Century skills of communication, creativity and collaboration
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  • For children 6 years old

    Class duration:
    Weekday - 1.5hours
    Weekend - 2 hours


    Class size:
    Weekday - 10 children per class
    Weekend - 12 children per class


    Kindergarten 2 is an exceptionally important year for our students, as it is the year when they start preparing in earnest for their transition to Primary 1. Lorna Whiston School’s K2 programme aims to give children a true grounding in the language and literacy skills they will need to succeed in primary school. Books and stories are used to engaged children’s interest in our thematic based lessons. Our K2 children enjoy the highly interactive nature of our programmes and gain confidence in their own abilities as a language learner.

    Our teachers go to great lengths to ensure that each child’s abilities and needs are taken into consideration and differentiate activities based on that.

    By the end of our Kindergarten 2 programme, our students are equipped with the following skills for Primary 1:
    • Read and spell a range of high frequency words
    • Read age-appropriate books with understanding and be able to predict a simple storyline
    • Use phonic sounds and blends to assist with decoding and spelling
    • Appreciate stories, retell a story in their own words and sequence the main events of a story
    • Listen to others and participate confidently in group work and class discussions by acting as a responsible decision maker
    • Write a short story consisting of five simple sentences
    • Understand and apply basic punctuation conventions
    • Use a sufficiently broad vocabulary to be able to express themselves clearly
    • Recognise the difference between present tense and past tense verbs
    • Use personal experiences to conduct show and tell
    • Display an understanding of the 21st Century skills of communication, creativity, collaboration
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  • For children 7 years old

    Class duration:
    Weekday - 1.5hours
    Weekend - 2 hours


    Class size:
    Weekday - 10 children per class
    Weekend - 12 children per class


    Our Primary 1 programme focuses on developing oral language skills, vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and composition. Children are taught these skills through a wide variety of engaging themes. Our weekly lessons alternate between a focus on composition writing and comprehension. Other skills are integrated throughout the lesson. A formal oral language activity (show and tell/ stimulus based conversation) and listening comprehension will be undertaken at the beginning of every term.

    Our teachers go to great lengths to ensure that each child’s abilities and needs are taken into consideration and differentiate activities based on that. We provide regular training for our teachers so that they are aware of the Ministry of Education English Language Syllabus.

    By the end of our Primary 1 programme, we aim for our students to be able to:
    • Use Standard English to be able to express themselves verbally and take part confidently in show and tell activities
    • Listen to and respond to stories, poems and other literary stimuli
    • Read age-appropriate books confidently and with understanding
    • Use initial sounds and blends to assist with decoding and spelling
    • Appreciate stories, retell a story in their own words and sequence the main events of a story
    • Write a composition with guidance
    • Attempt basic, factual writing
    • Understand and apply basic punctuation conventions
    • Use a broad, age-appropriate vocabulary to express themselves clearly
    • Listen to others and participate confidently in group work and class discussions by acting as a responsible decision maker
    • Attempt simple cloze passages using helping words
    • Attempt reading comprehension passages (full sentences and multiple choice)
    • Have a deeper understanding of tenses and simple grammar rules (e.g. prepositions, conjunctions, nouns, verbs and adjectives)
    • Use personal experiences to conduct show and tell
    • Display an understanding of the 21st Century skills of communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking
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  • For children 8 years old

    Class duration:
    Weekday - 1.5hours
    Weekend - 2 hours


    Class size:
    Weekday - 10 children per class
    Weekend - 12 children per class


    Our Primary 2 programme focuses on building upon the children’s vocabulary and developing proficient reading and writing skills. Our weekly lessons alternate between a focus on composition writing and comprehension. Other skills are integrated throughout the lesson. A formal oral language activity (show and tell/ stimulus based conversation) and listening comprehension will be undertaken at the beginning of every term.

    Our teachers go to great lengths to ensure that each child’s abilities and needs are taken into consideration and differentiate activities based on that. We provide regular training for our teachers so that they are aware of the Ministry of Education English Language Syllabus.

    By the end of our Primary 2 programme, we aim for our students to be able to:
    • Understand the importance of using Standard English to take part in a show and tell or a stimulus based conversation activity
    • Collaborate in groups to plan, brainstorm, problem-solve and present ideas
    • Read age-appropriate books confidently and with understanding
    • Summarise a book in their own words and comment on aspects of the book
    • Plan, write and edit their own narrative compositions
    • Understand the importance of purpose, audience and context when doing situational writing
    • Understand and apply general punctuation conventions including direct speech
    • Use a broad, age-appropriate vocabulary to express themselves confidently
    • Complete cloze passages on a variety of themes
    • Attempt reading comprehension passages and become more aware of strategies to use when answering a range of comprehension questions
    • Have a sound understanding of tenses (present, past, future) and grammar rules (e.g. irregular nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, comparatives, superlatives, modal verbs, imperatives, subject-verb agreement)
    • Complete synthesis and transformation exercises with understanding
    • Have an increased awareness of self-management and relationship management
    • Display an understanding of the 21st Century skills of communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking
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  • For children 9 years old

    Class duration:
    Weekday - 1.5hours
    Weekend - 2 hours


    Class size:
    Weekday - 10 children per class
    Weekend - 12 children per class


    Our Primary 3 programme focuses on building upon the children’s vocabulary and developing proficient reading and writing skills. Our weekly lessons alternate between a focus on composition writing and comprehension. Other skills are integrated throughout the lesson. A formal oral language activity (stimulus based conversation) and listening comprehension will be undertaken at the beginning of every term.

    Our teachers go to great lengths to ensure that each child’s abilities and needs are taken into consideration and differentiate activities based on that. We provide regular training for our teachers so that they are aware of the Ministry of Education English Language Syllabus.

    By the end of our Primary 3 programme, we aim for our students to be able to:
    • Be confident users of Standard English to take part in a stimulus based conversation activity
    • Build on social awareness by collaborating in groups to plan, brainstorm, problem-solve, give opinions and present and review ideas
    • Read age-appropriate books confidently and infer meaning from contextual clues
    • Summarise a book in their own words and comment on aspects of the book
    • Plan, write and edit their own compositions and situational writing
    • Understand the importance of purpose, audience and context when doing situational writing
    • Plan, write and edit narratives and expositions by understanding writing traits
    • Understand and apply general punctuation conventions including direct speech
    • Use precise vocabulary to express themselves clearly
    • Complete vocabulary, grammar and comprehension cloze passages on a variety of themes
    • Succeed with reading comprehension passages based on different text types and become more aware of strategies to use when answering a range of comprehension questions
    • Have a sound understanding of tenses (present, past, future) and grammar rules (e.g. uncountable nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, modal verbs, imperatives, subject-verb agreement, conditionals)
    • Complete synthesis and transformation exercises with understanding
    • Critically analyse the meaning of texts
    • Have an increased awareness of self-management and relationship management
    • Display a sound understanding of the 21st Century skills of communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking
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  • For children 10 years old

    Class duration:
    Weekday - 1.5hours
    Weekend - 2 hours


    Class size:
    Weekday - 10 children per class
    Weekend - 12 children per class


    Our Primary 4 programme focuses on building upon the children’s vocabulary and developing proficient reading and writing skills. Our weekly lessons alternate between a focus on composition writing and comprehension. Other skills are integrated throughout the lesson. A formal oral language activity (stimulus based conversation) and listening comprehension will be undertaken at the beginning of every term.

    Our teachers go to great lengths to ensure that each child’s abilities and needs are taken into consideration and differentiate activities based on that. We provide regular training for our teachers so that they are aware of the Ministry of Education English Language Syllabus.

    By the end of our Primary 4 programme, we aim for our students to be able to:
    • Be confident users of Standard English to take part in a stimulus based conversation activity
    • Build on social awareness by collaborating in groups to plan, brainstorm, problem-solve, give opinions and present and review ideas
    • Listen to and respond to a variety of aural stimuli based on different genres
    • Develop study skills that will help them to manage their workload in upper primary
    • Read age-appropriate books confidently with understanding and infer meaning from contextual clues
    • Read both fictional and factual texts for understanding
    • Summarise a book in their own words and comment on aspects of the book
    • Plan, write and edit their own compositions and situational writing
    • Understand the importance of purpose, audience and context when doing situational writing
    • Plan, write and edit narratives and expositions by using writing traits
    • Understand and apply general punctuation conventions including direct and indirect speech
    • Use precise vocabulary to express themselves clearly
    • Complete vocabulary, grammar and comprehension cloze passages on a variety of themes
    • Succeed with reading comprehension passages based on different text types and become more aware of strategies to use when answering a range of comprehension questions
    • Have a sound understanding of tenses (present, past, future) and grammar rules (e.g. uncountable nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, possessive and relative pronouns, relative clauses, articles subject-verb agreement)
    • Complete synthesis and transformation exercises with understanding
    • Critically analyse the hidden meaning of texts
    • Have an increased awareness of self-management, relationship management and responsible decision making
    • Display a sound understanding of the 21st Century skills of communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking
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  • For children 11 years old

    Class duration:
    Weekday - 1.5hours
    Weekend - 2 hours


    Class size:
    Weekday - 10 children per class
    Weekend - 12 children per class


    Our Primary 5 programme is both challenging and comprehensive. It is delivered through the vehicle of interesting themes designed to capture the students’ interest and motivate them to want to learn. Our weekly lessons alternate between a focus on composition writing and comprehension. Other skills are integrated throughout the lesson. A formal oral language activity (stimulus based conversation) and listening comprehension will be undertaken at the beginning of every term.

    Our teachers go to great lengths to ensure that each child’s abilities and needs are taken into consideration and differentiate activities based on that. We provide regular training for our teachers so that they are aware of the Ministry of Education English Language Syllabus.

    By the end of our Primary 5 programme, we aim for our students to be able to:
    • Be confident users of Standard English to take part in stimulus based conversation activity
    • Build on social awareness by collaborating in groups to plan, brainstorm, problem-solve, give opinions and present and review ideas
    • Listen to and respond to a variety of factual and visual texts
    • Share opinions and ideas on a range of current affairs
    • Develop study skills that will help them to manage their workload in upper primary
    • Read age-appropriate books with understanding, analyse characters’ motives and infer meaning from contextual clues
    • Read both fictional and factual texts for understanding
    • Present and oral summary of their book in their own words and comment on aspects pertaining to the plot development, climax, antagonist, protagonist
    • Plan, write and edit their own compositions and situational writing
    • Understand the importance of purpose, audience and context when doing situational writing
    • Confidently plan, write and edit narratives and expositions by using writing traits and understanding of frameworks
    • Understand and apply general punctuation conventions including direct and indirect speech
    • Use precise vocabulary to express themselves clearly and accurately
    • Confidently use figurative language when writing (eg. idioms, metaphors, similes)
    • Complete vocabulary, grammar and comprehension cloze passages on a variety of themes
    • Succeed with reading comprehension passages based on different text types and use strategies confidently when answering a range of comprehension questions
    • Have a developed understanding of tenses (present, past, future) and grammar rules (e.g. uncountable nouns, verbs, relative clauses, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, possessive and relative pronouns, relative clauses, articles subject-verb agreement)
    • Complete synthesis and transformation exercises with a deeper understanding of the rules that govern the use of correlative, coordinating and subordinating conjunctions
    • Critically analyse the hidden meaning of texts
    • Have an increased awareness of self-management, relationship management and responsible decision making
    • Display a sound understanding of the 21st Century skills of communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking
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  • For children 12 years old

    Class duration:
    Weekday - 1.5hours
    Weekend - 2 hours


    Class size:
    Weekday - 10 children per class
    Weekend - 12 children per class


    Primary 6 is the most important academic year for Singaporean students and we want our students to be successful in achieving their academic goals. Lorna Whiston School’s Primary 6 programme has been specifically designed to empower students with the necessary skills that they need to succeed with the Primary School Learning Examination.

    Our P6 programme is both challenging and comprehensive. It is delivered through the vehicle of interesting themes designed to capture the students’ interest and motivate them to want to learn. Our weekly lessons alternate between a focus on composition writing and comprehension. Other skills are integrated throughout the lesson. A formal oral language activity (stimulus based conversation) and listening comprehension will be undertaken at the beginning of every term.

    Our teachers go to great lengths to ensure that each child’s abilities and needs are taken into consideration and differentiate activities based on that. We provide regular training for our teachers so that they are aware of the Ministry of Education English Language Syllabus.

    By the end of our Primary 6 programme, we aim for our students to be able to:
    • Be confident users of Standard English to take part in stimulus based conversation activity
    • Build on social awareness by collaborating in groups to plan, brainstorm, problem-solve, give opinions and present and review ideas
    • Listen to and respond to a variety of factual and visual texts
    • Share opinions and ideas on a range of current affairs
    • Develop study skills that will help them to manage their workload in upper primary
    • Read age-appropriate books with understanding, analyse characters’ motives and infer meaning from contextual clues
    • Read both fictional and factual texts for understanding
    • Present and oral summary of their book in their own words and comment on aspects pertaining to the plot development, climax, antagonist, protagonist
    • Plan, write and edit their own compositions and situational writing
    • Understand the importance of purpose, audience and context when doing situational writing
    • Confidently plan, write and edit narratives and expositions by using writing traits and understanding of frameworks
    • Understand and apply general punctuation conventions including direct and indirect speech
    • Use precise vocabulary to express themselves clearly and accurately
    • Confidently use figurative language when writing (eg. idioms, metaphors, similes)
    • Complete vocabulary, grammar and comprehension cloze passages on a variety of themes
    • Succeed with reading comprehension passages based on different text types and use strategies confidently when answering a range of comprehension questions
    • Have a developed understanding of tenses (present, past, future) and grammar rules (e.g. uncountable nouns, verbs, relative clauses, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, possessive and relative pronouns, relative clauses, articles subject-verb agreement)
    • Complete synthesis and transformation exercises with a deeper understanding of the rules that govern the use of correlative, coordinating and subordinating conjunctions
    • Critically analyse the hidden meaning of texts
    • Feel empowered with skills and strategies to succeed with their Primary School Leaving Examination and to manage their time wisely during the examination
    • Have an increased awareness of self-management, relationship management and responsible decision making
    • Display a sound understanding of the 21st Century skills of communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking
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