Lorna Whiston Preschool and English Enrichment Centres
Primary

Our primary enrichment programmes cover every aspect of English language aligning directly with the Ministry of Education's syllabus.

Since Lorna Whiston was established in 1980 we have been ensuring the academic success of thousands of children island-wide.

  • For children 6 to 7 years old
    Class duration:
    Weekday - 1.5 hours
    Weekend - 2 hours
    Class size:
    Weekday - 10 children per class
    Weekend - 12 children per class

    From Primary 1, students attempt basic, factual writing, cloze passages and reading comprehension passages, and learn how to read books confidently and retell a story in their own words.

    Building a strong foundation in the English language, children are involved in 7-8 different language activities each lesson, to ensure that they are suitably stimulated and engaged.

    Upon completion of Primary 2, students can speak clearly and confidently in show and tell activities, write and edit their own compositions, have a basic grasp of tenses, grammar and punctuation, and work cooperatively to brainstorm, problem solve and present ideas.
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  • For children 6 to 7 years old
    Class duration 2 hours

    This Primary 1 level of Focus on Composition is suitable for true beginners to aspiring writers. Students will start with personal writing and single picture compositions in Term 1, progressing to picture guided compositions (four pictures) in Term 2.

    Writing is modelled and scaffolded by the teacher so each individual child receives the support they need. Each student’s progress is monitored carefully and lessons differentiated by ability, to ensure that all students are stretched to become the best writers they can be!

    Avid readers will enjoy the shared reading sessions and reluctant readers will begin to appreciate literature and the practice of storytelling and role-play.  

    Students will be introduced to aspects of the writing traits as they learn skills such as starting a story with a ‘bang’, linking ideas together, using colourful language, varying sentence structure and following grammar and punctuation rules.

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  • For children 6 to 7 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours

    United Square:
    Class size - 12 children per class

    Parkway Parade:
    Class size - 10 children per class

    Students work collaboratively to devise group dramas and presentations.

    At this level, the students learn to vary their voice for greater expression, and learn to control the pace at which they speak.

    Towards the end of Term 3 and throughout Term 4, students are directed towards developing materials and skills in order to achieve success with the Trinity Level 1 Communication Skills Exam.
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  • Speaking, Presenting and Articulating

    Lorna Whiston’s Speaking, Presenting and Articulating (SPA) programme is a place where creativity and confidence take centre stage.

    SPA is best suited for students with a keen interest in performing on stage, whether it’s performing scripts and dramas or presenting ideas in clear, confident and fluent speech. In this course, they’ll develop their talents while expressing themselves in a new and exciting way, as well as learning various aspects of stage craft—from movement to acting conventions.

    Learning materials (such as scripts and presentation topics) are tailored to each age group’s strengths.
     
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  • For children 7 to 8 years old
    Class duration:
    Weekday - 1.5 hours
    Weekend - 2 hours
    Class size:
    Weekday - 10 children per class
    Weekend - 12 children per class

    Lorna Whiston's Primary 2 English Programme focuses on building upon the children's vocabulary and developing proficient reading and writing skills. In addition, there is a strong oral language component to the programme which ensures that the children are well prepared for the oral exams.
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  • For children 7 to 8 years old
    Class duration 2 hours

    This Primary 2 level of Focus on Composition builds on and extends the skills introduced in the Primary 1 level. Students will start with personal writing and picture guided compositions (four pictures) in Term 1, progressing to picture guided compositions (3 pictures and 1 question mark) by Term 3.

    Writing is modelled and scaffolded by the teacher so each individual child receives the support they need. Each student’s progress is monitored carefully and lessons differentiated by ability, to ensure that all students are stretched to become the best writers they can be!

    Students will practise aspects of the writing traits as they learn skills such planning a story, eliciting ideas for the ending of a story, character description, writing dialogue, using powerful verbs, varying sentence structure and following grammar and punctuation rules.

    Shared reading, discussion and role-play is incorporated into lessons to extend vocabulary and model sequencing and story structure.

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  • For children 7 to 8 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours

    United Square:
    Class size - 12 children per class

    Parkway Parade:
    Class size - 10 children per class

    Students are taught to grasp more sophisticated speech techniques such as emphasis and pitch. They are guided to structure their presentations and dramas with more logic and regard for the overall message they are trying to convey to their audience.

    In Term 3 and 4, students are directed towards developing materials and skills in order to achieve success with the Trinity Level 2 Communication Skills Exam.
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  • Speaking, Presenting and Articulating

    Lorna Whiston’s Speaking, Presenting and Articulating (SPA) programme is a place where creativity and confidence take centre stage.

    SPA is best suited for students with a keen interest in performing on stage, whether it’s performing scripts and dramas or presenting ideas in clear, confident and fluent speech. In this course, they’ll develop their talents while expressing themselves in a new and exciting way, as well as learning various aspects of stage craft—from movement to acting conventions.

    Learning materials (such as scripts and presentation topics) are tailored to each age group’s strengths.
     
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  • For children 8 to 9 years old
    Class duration:
    Weekday - 1.5 hours
    Weekend - 2 hours
    Class size:
    Weekday - 10 children per class
    Weekend - 12 children per class

    In Primary 3, we lay the groundwork for the material that students will study when they reach Primary 6 and take the PSLE.

    We develop the four main areas of language (reading, writing, speaking and listening) while expanding student vocabulary and grammar understanding. We encourage good study habits and skills so that students can cope with their syllabus and study effectively.

    We introduce new genres of writing, such as poems and letters, and by the end of Primary 3 students should have strong reading comprehension and writing abilities, as well as be able to confidently participate in group discussions and presentations using standard English. These skills will serve students well for life.
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  • The lower intermediate P3 level of the Creative Writing Programme stretches students’ creativity and writing skills to the fullest, as they engage in themed activities such as writing science fiction, autobiographical pieces, animal antics stories and movie synopses, as well as designing cartoons.

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  • For children 8 to 9 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours

    United Square:
    Class size - 12 children per class

    Parkway Parade:
    Class size - 10 children per class

    Students learn how to structure persuasive speech and individual presentations. They receive guidance on how to make an impact when performing a variety of texts, including stories, poems, advertisements and newspaper reports.

    Towards the end of Term 3 and throughout Term 4, students are directed towards developing materials and skills in order to achieve success with the Trinity Level 3 Communication Skills Exam.
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  • For children 8 to 9 years old
    Class duration - 90 mins

    Verbal communication is a vital skill in our ever-changing and rapidly advancing society. Speaking allows us to build connections, exchange ideas, influence decisions and motivate change. With effective communication skills, your child will have the necessary tools for school, work and life in general!

    In Speak Up! for Primary 3, we focus on the foundations of strong communication: clear, fluent and accurate expression; pitch, pace, pause, projection and emphasis; the ability to think quickly; and the general art of conversation through appropriate eye contact and body language.

    With careful guidance and encouragement, we help students overcome their fears of public speaking. At the end of the course, students are offered the option of taking a Trinity College London Communications Exam.

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  • Speaking, Presenting and Articulating

    Lorna Whiston’s Speaking, Presenting and Articulating (SPA) programme is a place where creativity and confidence take centre stage.

    SPA is best suited for students with a keen interest in performing on stage, whether it’s performing scripts and dramas or presenting ideas in clear, confident and fluent speech. In this course, they’ll develop their talents while expressing themselves in a new and exciting way, as well as learning various aspects of stage craft—from movement to acting conventions.

    Learning materials (such as scripts and presentation topics) are tailored to each age group’s strengths.
     
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  • For children 9 to 10 years old
    Class duration:
    Weekday - 1.5 hours
    Weekend - 2 hours
    Class size:
    Weekday - 10 children per class
    Weekend - 12 children per class

    Lorna Whiston's Primary 4 English Programme helps students move into the upper primary years with confidence, by providing them with the necessary skills to succeed in school.

    We focus on developing skills in the four main areas of language learning: speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as guidance and instruction in the areas of vocabulary and grammar usage.

    One important feature we introduce at this level is a strong focus on study skills ensuring students understand not only taught how to cope with syllabus content, but also how to study effectively.
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  • The upper intermediate P4 level of Creative Writing introduces students to advanced techniques, such as persuasive writing, and poetry analysis.

    While students are still supported by the teacher, they are expected to develop more as independent writers and begin to show more of their own voice in their written work.  

    Engaging themes and activities include writing legends, animal poetry, and stories about mythical creatures, as well as creating posters.

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  • For children 9 to 10 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours

    United Square:
    Class size - 12 children per class

    Parkway Parade:
    Class size - 10 children per class

    Students are encouraged to shake off their performance phobias and to speak on the spot without any prior preparation.

    They work on a whole range of speech techniques to help their presentations and performances become more polished and convincing.

    Towards the end of Term 3 and throughout Term 4, students are directed towards developing materials and skills in order to achieve success with the Trinity Level 4 Communication Skills Exam.
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  • For children 9 to 10 years old
    Class duration - 90 mins

    Verbal communication is a vital skill in our ever-changing and rapidly advancing society. Speaking allows us to build connections, exchange ideas, influence decisions and motivate change. With effective communication skills, your child will have the necessary tools for school, work and life in general!

    Speak Up! Primary 4 continues the development from the previous year, with added focus on grabbing and sustaining an audience’s attention, as well as adapting to new and unique speaking situations.

    As always, our primary goal is to instil a sense of confidence that students will carry with them through school and into the rest of their lives. At the end of the course, students are offered the option of taking a Trinity College London Communications Exam.
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  • Speaking, Presenting and Articulating

    Lorna Whiston’s Speaking, Presenting and Articulating (SPA) programme is a place where creativity and confidence take centre stage.

    SPA is best suited for students with a keen interest in performing on stage, whether it’s performing scripts and dramas or presenting ideas in clear, confident and fluent speech. In this course, they’ll develop their talents while expressing themselves in a new and exciting way, as well as learning various aspects of stage craft—from movement to acting conventions.

    Learning materials (such as scripts and presentation topics) are tailored to each age group’s strengths.
     
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  • For children 11 to 12 years old
    Class duration:
    Weekday - 1.5 hours
    Weekend - 2 hours
    Class size:
    Weekday - 10 children per class
    Weekend - 12 children per class

    Lorna Whiston's Primary 5 English Programme helps students move into the upper primary years with confidence, by providing them with the necessary skills to succeed in school.

    We focus on developing skills in the four main areas of language learning: speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as guidance and instruction in the areas of vocabulary and grammar usage.

    We also continue to have a strong focus on study skills ensuring students are guided on how to study as effectively as possible in order to manage their time and maximize their chances of success in the school exams.
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  • Students at the P5 level of the Creative Writing Programme take their passion for writing to new heights as they master the creative writing process!

    At this stage, students are expected to mature as writers in developing their own style and voice
    and writing persuasively.

    Engaging themes and activities include writing plays, book and movie reviews, advertisements, emails and news stories, as well as designing a website.

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  • For children 10 to 12 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours

    United Square:
    Class size - 12 children per class

    Parkway Parade:
    Class size - 10 children per class

    Students are given more complex material as inspiration for their dramas and expressive presentations. They fine-tune their speech skills in order to become highly effective communicators and we challenge them to bring all the elements of speech and communication together.

    Towards the end of Term 3 and throughout Term 4, students are directed towards developing materials and skills in order to achieve success with the Trinity Level 5/6 Communication Skills Exam.
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  • Gone are the days of students only being required to make class presentations; now more than ever, students are tasked with delivering public speeches and school events and seminars.

    At Lorna Whiston, we provide a positive, non-threatening environment that instils confidence in our students’ ability to speak publicly, as well as nurturing the skills required to deliver polished presentations.

    In Confident Communicators, students learn to speak with expression and purpose, and how to effectively communicate their message to their audience. Our Confident Communicators course prides itself on having a global focus, using current events and issues as the basis for each student’s presentations.

    For Primary 5 and 6 students, we set the essential groundwork necessary for academic presentations as they prepare for secondary school, which involves critical thinking, problem solving and public speaking skills. At the end of the course, students are offered the option of taking a Trinity College London Communications Exam.

    primary-5-confident-communicators
  • Speaking, Presenting and Articulating

    Lorna Whiston’s Speaking, Presenting and Articulating (SPA) programme is a place where creativity and confidence take centre stage.

    SPA is best suited for students with a keen interest in performing on stage, whether it’s performing scripts and dramas or presenting ideas in clear, confident and fluent speech. In this course, they’ll develop their talents while expressing themselves in a new and exciting way, as well as learning various aspects of stage craft—from movement to acting conventions.

    Learning materials (such as scripts and presentation topics) are tailored to each age group’s strengths.
     
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  • Our curriculum for this year is comprehensive and challenging; it was developed to cover all areas of the English language syllabus, and we deliver lessons through interesting themes designed to motivate students and help them utilise smart study habits.

    At the end of the year, students will be able to successfully plan, draft, write and edit compositions, discuss a picture in detail, complete reading comprehension exercises from a variety of texts, and use a broad, expressive vocabulary in speech as well as writing.
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  • This short course commences at the conclusion of P.S.L.E Express. After months of preparing for their final exam, primary 6 students have the opportunity to learn business skills, become more tech-savvy and express themselves more creatively with their writing in this project-based learning course.

    Each Young Journalist class will learn project management, collaboration and organization skills as they work and meet as a team to produce their own magazine from start to finish.

    Students will experiment with many types of writing such as journal articles, short fiction, reviews, opinion pieces and cartoons on various topics such as pop-culture, technology, sports, history and fashion.
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  • For children 10 to 12 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours

    United Square:
    Class size - 12 children per class

    Parkway Parade:
    Class size - 10 children per class

    Students are given more complex material as inspiration for their dramas and expressive presentations. They fine-tune their speech skills in order to become highly effective communicators and we challenge them to bring all the elements of speech and communication together.

    Towards the end of Term 3 and throughout Term 4, students are directed towards developing materials and skills in order to achieve success with the Trinity Level 5/6 Communication Skills Exam.
    primary-6-trinity-6
  • Gone are the days of students only being required to make class presentations; now more than ever, students are tasked with delivering public speeches and school events and seminars. 

    At Lorna Whiston, we provide a positive, non-threatening environment that instils confidence in our students’ ability to speak publicly, as well as nurturing the skills required to deliver polished presentations. 

    In Confident Communicators, students learn to speak with expression and purpose, and how to effectively communicate their message to their audience. Our Confident Communicators course prides itself on having a global focus, using current events and issues as the basis for each student’s presentations.

    For Primary 5 and 6 students, we set the essential groundwork necessary for academic presentations as they prepare for secondary school, which involves critical thinking, problem solving and public speaking skills. At the end of the course, students are offered the option of taking a Trinity College London Communications Exam.

    primary-6-confident-communicators
  • Speaking, Presenting and Articulating

    Lorna Whiston’s Speaking, Presenting and Articulating (SPA) programme is a place where creativity and confidence take centre stage.

    SPA is best suited for students with a keen interest in performing on stage, whether it’s performing scripts and dramas or presenting ideas in clear, confident and fluent speech. In this course, they’ll develop their talents while expressing themselves in a new and exciting way, as well as learning various aspects of stage craft—from movement to acting conventions.

    Learning materials (such as scripts and presentation topics) are tailored to each age group’s strengths.
     
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