Learning Outcomes

English Steps is a powerful phonics-based English programme

capable of delivering predictable results that are correlated to the EDB's Kindergarten Education Curriculum Framework 

Introduction

Reading is the foundation for learning. Early childhood is a critical stage in the developmental process. Developing a good reading habit in the early years can enhance language learning and knowledge acquisition. During this critical period, schools should seize the opportunity to develop their children's interest and competence in reading to help them prepare for life-long learning.

From the age of 3 to 6, children gradually develop from 'Learning to Read' to 'Reading to Learn'. If children learn to read during their pre-school days and find it a pleasant experience, they will love reading when they grow up. Reading is the foundation for learning. The more children enjoy reading, the better they acquire knowledge in different areas through reading. 

Correlation

In the area of literacy, our curriculum is aligned to the curriculum aims of the Kindergarten Education Curriculum Framework:

 

  • To foster children’s balanced development in the domains of ethics, intellect, physique, social skills and aesthetics

  • Good living habits and development of a strong and healthy body

  • Interest in learning, inquisitive mind and eagerness to explore

  • Positive values and attitudes  

Learning Outcomes

Here are the expected learning outcomes by year group.

K1 Learning Outcome

By the end of K1, children should:

  • Be able to recognise and pronounce approximately half of the 30 pure phonics sounds

  • Be able to identify the first sound in a word, given a choice of sounds

  • Be able to use the phonics reading skill to read words with assistance, but not independently

  • Be able to match certain core vocabulary words with pictures

K2 Learning Outcome

By the end of K2, children should:

 

  • Be able to recognise and pronounce all 44 pure phonics sounds

  • Be starting to be able to recognise some key English vocabulary by sight

  • Be able to use the phonics reading skill to read simple 3 to 4 letter words independently

  • Be starting to use the phonics spelling skill to spell words with assistance, but not independently

K3 Learning Outcome

By the end of K3, children should:

  • Be able to recognise all Dolch sight words to first grade level

  • Be able to use the phonics reading skill to read sentences independently

  • Be able to use the phonics spelling skill to write sentences independently

  • Be able to comprehend stories and use questions and discussions to gain understanding

  • Be able to speak in sentences

Extended Learning with
BE Reading Pen
and iOS/Android app

Parents will have the option to review children's phonics work at home with the support of the BE Reading Pen and companion iOS and Android app.