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English Language & English Literature

The English Language and Literature curriculum in Unity Secondary School is anchored by the Active Learning @ USS approach. In Unity Secondary School, the English Language and Literature lessons are designed to equip students with the 21st century competencies across all areas of language learning.

School-wide Reading Programme
To facilitate extensive reading and cultivate good reading habits, the English Department has implemented a comprehensive school-wide reading programme aimed at providing a conducive learning environment where Unitians are encouraged to be engaged, critical and informed readers. Through use of curated reading materials designed by our EL and Lit teachers, students learn to be discerning readers while building good general knowledge and comprehension skills. At the same time, students are given the autonomy and agency to choose reading materials from digital repositories such as Libby (NLB), making reading engaging and accessible to them.

Pedagogies & Modes of Teaching

The Active Learning Approach for English Department

In Unity Secondary School, the English Department aims to make every English Language and Literature class a Student-Centred, Self-Paced and Blended learning class. Through mapping of the CLEARR framework to the Active Learning Process, lessons are designed in a structured manner to activate learning, promote thinking and discussion, facilitate demonstration of learning and lastly, monitor and provide necessary feedback. To ensure objectives are met and executed seamlessly, English lessons in Unity are designed with the Department Baseline Pedagogies for Reading, Writing and Speaking in mind.

There is a pedagogical emphasis on Multi-literacies, Metacognition and Inquiry through Dialogue as students practise Blended Learning using their Personal Learning Devices (PLDs) in the classroom. Students are given opportunities to craft their learning experiences and make thinking visible through collaborative work. This encourages co-construction of knowledge and allows them to enjoy self-paced flipped classroom experiences via Student Learning Space (SLS).

Differentiated Instruction (DI) is a teaching approach catered to students’ interests, preferences, strengths and struggles. Through DI, learning environments and experiences are tailored to suit all students’ learning needs while focusing on the same learning goal. In Unity Secondary School, DI may come in the form of flexible small grouping and reciprocal learning to maximise students’ learning. 

Key Programmes & Activities 
  • Performance Tasks
  • Leaders of English Programme (LEP)
  • Poetry Expressions Workshop
  • Learning Journeys


The Music Programme at Unity Secondary School aims to develop in students an appreciation for music. Students gain an awareness of and appreciation for music of various cultures and the role of music in daily living. They also develop ability for creative expression through music making. We hope the Music Programme will provide the basis for students to develop an informed and life-long involvement in music.

The Music Programme is offered to all students and it serves as a platform for students to experience music through listening, performing and creating. The modular structure of the Music Programme allows the students to acquire skills in instrumental playing (Keyboard and Ukulele), singing as well as compositional skills (song cover and EDM creation). We use Experience-Concept-Application (ECA) and Active Learning as our main pedagogical approaches for the learning of music concepts and acquisition of musical understandings.

Programme Outline




Module Outcomes



Drum Studies

Read drum notation

Learn different drum grooves
Create a variety of rhythms to accompany pop songs

World Music  - Drumming


Keyboard Studies

Read lead sheets
Develop aural skills such as playing by ear
Playing 4-chord progression

South East Asian music appreciation


Ukulele Studies

Read ukulele chord charts
Play a variety of strumming patterns and styles

(*Students to purchase their own ukulele so that they can practise at home i.e. HBL-blended learning)

3 & 4

Pop Band

Put all the instruments learnt in the year to form a pop band
Create a music cover for a pop song of their choice



Battle of iBands


Create a music cover for a pop song of their choice with GarageBand applications on ipads 

(Classes will take part in an interclass competition)


Electronic Dance Music (EDM Creation)


Create dance music using Garageband loops
Expand vocabulary of instrumental timbres and musical textures
Build aural awareness and ability to listen critically

3 & 4

NE Song Cover

Re-create a NE (Songs of Singapore) song cover based on elements of Lyrics, Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, and Instrumentation on Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) i.e. Bandlab.com

Aesthetics Education Modules (AEM)

Unity Secondary School was awarded the National Arts Education Sparks Award in 2013. Since then, the School continues to implement arts programmes and students in lower secondary levels are given access to a range of activities across various art forms.  

Our Aesthetics Education Modules (AEM) is a two-year enrichment programme which aims to nurture all Secondary 1 and 2 students to become confident persons with creative and inventive thinking by developing arts appreciation, showmanship and communication skills.   Students also develop qualities of resilience, confidence and creativity as they participate in these activities.  There are even experiential platforms for students to showcase the skills they have acquired, from performing on Stomp instruments, Cajon, world percussion instruments, dancing to Hip Hop or K-pop, to exhibiting their work of Art in Manga drawing or Brush Calligraphy.

Objectives of Aesthetics Education Modules (AEM)

i) Students acquire discipline and commitment by being enriched in an aesthetic art form.
ii) Students develop basic competence in at least one aesthetic form.
iii) Students develop the joy of learning in the Aesthetics through the exposure of experiential and appreciative platforms.

Students practising their calligraphy techniques in Brush Calligraphy class.

Students practicing their Hip Hop dance routine

Students learning world percussion drumming with authentic world instruments

Students practising their calligraphy techniques in Brush Calligraphy class.