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Briefing for Primary 4 Parents 2011. 7 April 2011 5.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. Key Personnel: Mrs Chin Shin Wea - Principal Mdm Sharida- Vice-Principal Mrs Jemima Lam - HOD/English Language Mdm Neo Bee Leng - HOD/Mathematics Mrs Hanna- HOD/Science Mdm Yong Chin- HOD/Mother Tongue

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Briefing for Primary 4 Parents 2011

7 April 2011

5.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.


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Key Personnel:

Mrs Chin Shin Wea - Principal

Mdm Sharida- Vice-Principal

Mrs Jemima Lam - HOD/English Language

Mdm Neo Bee Leng - HOD/Mathematics

Mrs Hanna- HOD/Science

Mdm Yong Chin- HOD/Mother Tongue

Mdm Ong Su Hui- Level Head/CL

Mrs Hesheam- Subject Head/ML

Mr Richard- Subject Head/TL


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Primary 4 Form Teachers:

Miss Cheng Liyin - 4A1

Mdm Kasthuri- 4A2

Miss Loh Jun Qin- 4B1

Mr Francis Koh/- 4B2

Mdm Tham Lai Mei

Miss Lim Su Bing- 4B3

Mr Calvin Tan- 4B4

Mr Ho Eng Gay- 4C1


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Primary 4 Mother Tongue Teachers:

Mdm Liu Yan - 4CL1

Mdm Tay Li Ping- 4CL2

Miss Zhang Fang- 4CL3

Miss Lim Hui Khooh- 4CL4

Miss Jenny Ang- 4CL5

Mdm Sarimah- 4ML1

Miss Noor Sahida- 4ML2

Mdm Radhiah- 4ML3

Mdm Rahayu- 4ML4

Mdm Usha/Miss Durga- 4TL


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Programme

Address by Principal

Briefing on Subject-based Banding

Supportive & Enrichment Programmes

English

Mathematics

Science

Mother Tongue


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Address by Principal


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School Vision

  • Every Kranjian will be

  • Knowledgeable

  • R espectful

  • A ppreciative

  • N oble

  • J oyful

  • Innovative


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School Mission

We are committed to create a warm and friendly environment which offers a well-balanced all-round education and encourages the development of desirable social skills and moral values in our pupils


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Core Values

  • We uphold the values of

  • Perseverance

  • Responsibility

  • Compassion

  • Integrity


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School Objectives


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  • School Objective 2: Nurturing Talents in Sports & Aesthetics

  • School Objective 3: Promoting Well-Being and a Healthy Life-Style

  • Aesthetics (KAJ)

  • Healthy Lifestyle (KAJ)

  • Academic Pursuit (K)

  • Strategic Thrust 1: Nurturing the Whole Child

  • School Objective 4: Inculcating School Core Values through School Curriculum

  • School Objective 1: Developing Academic Competence

  • Character Development (RAN)

  • School Objective 9: Promoting Work-Home Balance

  • School Vision

  • Every Kranjian will be:

  • Knowledgeable

  • Respectful

  • Appreciative

  • Noble

  • Joyful

  • Innovative

  • Staff Well Being (AJ)

  • Strategic Thrust 3: Enhancing Collaboration, Sharing and Team Spirit

  • School Objective 5: Developing an Enterprising Culture

  • Innovation & Enterprises (KIJ)

  • Strategic Thrust 2: Desire for Continuous Learning & Innovation

  • Partnerships (RAI)

  • School Objective 6: Infusing Differentiated Teaching Methodologies

  • School Objective 8: Promoting School-Community Partnership

  • Joyous Learning (IJ)

  • Creative Teaching (KIJ)

  • School Objective 7: Enhancing Inter-Disciplinary Collaborations


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Important Dates

  • Term 4 Week 3

    ( 26 to 30 September 2011 )

  • - Oral / Paper 1 / LC

  • Term 4 Week 4

    ( 3 to 6 October 2011 )

  • - Written Papers


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Subject-based Banding


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What Subject-based Banding means for your child?

  • Every child will be encouraged to do the subjects at the levels that best meet his abilities

  • Removal of streams in Primary 5 and 6


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Why introduce Subject-based Banding?

  • To provide more flexibility to pupils with strengths and abilities that vary across subjects

  • To encourage greater interaction among pupils with different strengths


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Education System – Primary Level

Foundation Stage:

SEED

SEEDLINK

Subject Based Banding

Primary 3 to 4

Primary 1 to 2

Parental Option

Orientation Stage:Primary 5 & 6

PSLE

P5/P6: Mother Tongue, English Language, Math, Science, Higher Mother Tongue, Foundation EL, Foundation Math, Foundation Science, Foundation Mother Tongue


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How does Subject-based Banding work?


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Subject-based Banding in Kranji Primary School


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Selection Criteria

  • Pupil must achieve at least Band 2 (70marks and above ) in Mother Tongue and English Language.


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Selection Criteria

  • Pupil must pass all 4 subjects at 50 marks and above.


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  • Passes at least 2 subjects

Selection Criteria

  • 35 marks and above for each of the remaining 2 subjects

  • 20 – 34 marks  Based on past performance of pupil and recommendations by subject teacher


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  • Passes only 1 subject

Selection Criteria


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  • Fails in all 4 subjects

Selection Criteria


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Subject Combinations


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Semester Assessment 2

30% Basic Items for all subjects

  • 70% of the total marks consist of questions that are aligned with the syllabus

  • 30% of the total marks are basic items

  • Basic items are short, simple and straightforward.


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Semester Assessment 2

30% Basic Items for all subjects

  • If pupils do not demonstrate mastery of this basic content, in any of the subjects, English, Math, Science and Mother Tongue, it is better to offer them Foundation English/ Foundation Math / Foundation Science / Foundation Mother Tongue.

  • discretion will still be with the school/or parents when deciding subject combination

  • decision should be based on all relevant information such as their overall performance.


Guidelines for movement after p5 for pupils taking at least 1 standard subject

Guidelines for Movement After P5For pupils taking at least 1 Standard subject:

  • Pass at least 1 standard subject at the end of P5  same subject combination at P6

  • Fail all subjects at the end of P5  switch to a less demanding subject combination at P6


Guidelines for movement after p5

Guidelines for Movement After P5

  • For Pupils taking examinable foundation subjects only

    • Regardless of performance  proceed to P6


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ENGLISH LANGUAGE


Format of paper

Format of Paper


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Support Programmes

  • Differentiated and individualised Reading Programme – SRA Reading Lab

  • Weekly Supplementary Class

  • Daily Reading Programme (small-group) to support struggling readers to increase their

    - sight vocabulary

    - ability to understand story read

    - ability to retell

  • Daily Parallel Teaching for the class in need to ensure a more optimal teacher-pupil ratio so as to better support pupils with greater learning needs


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Enrichment Programmes

  • Mini-Literature for ‘A’ band classes – Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

  • Differentiated Writing Enrichment Class (Term 3)

  • Post SA2 enrichment class - Newspaper as an alternative genre (in preparation for newspaper-reading in P5 and 6)


30 basic items

  • Vocabulary MCQ : 3 marks

  • Grammar MCQ : 6 marks

  • Grammar Cloze : 4 marks

  • Comprehension MCQ : 4 marks

  • Comprehension Open-ended : 4 marks

  • LC – Picture-Matching : 4 marks

  • LC – Note-taking : 5 marks

  • Total : 30 marks

30% Basic Items


Basic tips

Basic Tips

  • Broad based reading of both fiction and non-fiction texts

  • Engage in oral discussion of texts or what they have observed or experienced in daily living

  • Practice via assessment books is encouraged but should not be excessive and should go beyond ticks and crosses – encourage active discussions of passages or vocabulary/grammar


Mathematics

MATHEMATICS


Format of paper1

Format of Paper


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Support Programmes

  • Differentiated Learning Programme

  • Banding of pupils by Mathematics abilities

  • Differentiated worksheets and activities

  • Excellence Programmed

  • Thinking skills booklet, Investigative/ Discovery activities


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Enrichment Programmes

  • Use of Calculators and Thinking Skills

  • - (Term 4, Post Exam activity)

  • - Pupils will be taught how to use

  • scientific calculators.

  • Math Olympiad training (for excellence pupils)


30 basic items1

30% Basic Items

  • Assess the basic concepts and skills in 2 topics:

  • Numberand

  • Geometry


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Use of Calculators in Primary Mathematics

RATIONALE

Achieve a better balance between emphasis on computational skills and problem solving skillsin teaching and learning and in assessment;

Widen the repertoire of teaching and learning approaches to facilitate the use of investigation and problems in authentic situations;

Help students, particularly those with difficulty in mathematics, develop greater confidence in doing mathematics.


Use of calculators in primary mathematics primary 5 6

Use of Calculators in Primary Mathematics(Primary 5 & 6)

PSLE FORMAT

  • Paper 1 is the non-calculator component to ensure that important computational skills continue to receive emphasis

  • Paper 2 is the component which allows the use of calculators.

  • The two papers will be taken on the same day with an administrative break between the papers.


Basic tips1

Basic Tips

  • Understand concepts, not just doing exercises

  • Practise Maths problem sums daily

  • Practise Mental Maths Skills (number bonds and multiplication tables)

  • Checking of answers using working forward and alternative methods

  • Good time management during examinations


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SCIENCE


Format of written paper

Format of Written Paper


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Support Programmes

  • Hands-on & Experiments @ Science Labs, Science Hub, Emerald Garden

  • Weekly Supplementary/Remediation

  • Differentiated Strategies:-

    • Concept Cartoons / Concept Maps

    • IT - Inspiration/Kidspiration/Mindclicks

    • Debunking misconceptions

  • Science Lab Apparatus Immersion Programme (dataloggers, microscopes)

  • Mass Lectures on Techniques in Answering Process Skills Questions

  • Kranji Challenges & Inter-disciplinary Project Work

  • Science Process Skills Practical Diagnosis (Practical Test in Term 3)


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Enrichment Programmes

  • Workshop at Science Centre on Light & Heat

  • Amazing Paper Plane Cluster-Based Workshop

  • A-Star Science Workshop for Excellence Pupils

  • Participation in external competitions

  • Participation in activities organized by external institutions (Secondary schools, institutions of higher learning, science centre)


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30% Basic Items (SA2)

  • Item types

  • 10 Multiple choice questions @ 2 marks each (20 marks)

  • 5 Structured questions @ 2 marks each (10 marks)

  • Total 30 marks (30%)

  • Skills

  • Observing, comparing, classifying, using apparatus and equipment and communicating


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30% Basic Items (SA2)


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Basic Tips

  • 1) Grasp basic concepts :

  • MUST Read Textbooks – P3 to P6

  • SHOULD read other (assessment) books

  • SHOULD visit suitable (Science) Websites - Learncraft, BBC, MC Online, How things work

  • Practise on answering questions :

  • Multiple-Choice Questions & Open-ended questions

  • Adopt various tools to understand concepts, address misconceptions or doubts

    • concept maps or concept cartoons

    • short notes

    • discussion with family/friends

    • Read science magazines


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MOTHER TONGUE


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Format of Paper


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Format of Paper


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Support Programmes


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Enrichment Programmes


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30% Basic Items


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Basic Tips

  • Expand reading horizon: newspaper, story books, e-books, magazines etc

  • Exposure to different genre of reading texts

  • Acquire good comprehension answering skills through additional practices

  • Build up vocabulary list

  • Use the composition and oral resource compilation for practice

  • Exposure to good MT television programmes

  • Parental support and involvement in child’s learning of MT at home.


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Thank you


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