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 Post subject: Upper primary
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:46 pm 
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Hi Tweet/Jennifer,
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I remember you have kids in upper primary.
Jennifer, your boy is in P6 this year ? Just spoke to my neighbour, she told me to expect more stressful time ahead in P5 as Maths & Science is very tough. Is it very jialat from P5 onwards ??

This year's SA2 for Chinese P4 has been modified, in line with P6 oral.
Memo from principal came back last week...作文 will be 15% (a drop in weightage) but more emphasis on Oral :cry: . Will get my son to read his textbook more often now.


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 Post subject: Re: P1 Exam
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php wrote:
For 5 看图造句, is it 5 sentences based on a picture or 5 different pictures?
5 different pictures.


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I do feel guilty sometimes that I have to 'outsource' tutoring my son to someone else.. but I realised that he learns better in a group, so for english we send him to British council.. other than that, I tutor on my own to keep close tabs on his weaknesses too.

BTW, that exam paper format looks scary :!: .. I don think my son is able to form sentences in chinese yet!! :cry: now I feel the pressure..


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 Post subject: Eng
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Mrsbongz wrote:
I do feel guilty sometimes that I have to 'outsource' tutoring my son to someone else.. but I realised that he learns better in a group, so for english we send him to British council.. other than that, I tutor on my own to keep close tabs on his weaknesses too.
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Same here. I outsource for Eng as I am not able to coach him for compo. But still continue to keep tab on his comprehension/vocab/grammar.


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 Post subject: Re: Upper primary
PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:29 am 
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janet_lee88 wrote:
Hi Tweet/Jennifer,
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I remember you have kids in upper primary.
Jennifer, your boy is in P6 this year ? Just spoke to my neighbour, she told me to expect more stressful time ahead in P5 as Maths & Science is very tough. Is it very jialat from P5 onwards ??

This year's SA2 for Chinese P4 has been modified, in line with P6 oral.
Memo from principal came back last week...作文 will be 15% (a drop in weightage) but more emphasis on Oral :cry: . Will get my son to read his textbook more often now.


Hi Janet

My boy is in P6. Comparing P5 and P6, he finds that P5 having more Homework, learning higher order maths for ratio,& and fraction compare to P4. However, I feel that maybe he has maths tuition this yr and he is taught how to solve challenging maths questions, futhermore with weekly tuition, it is like doing revision for him.

For chinese compo,the paper itself is over 40 marks, oral is 50 marks (20 marks for reading,20 for picture,10 marks for conversation)

Hope this helps


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 Post subject: Re: Upper primary
PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:03 am 
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janet_lee88 wrote:
Hi Tweet/Jennifer,
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I remember you have kids in upper primary.
Jennifer, your boy is in P6 this year ? Just spoke to my neighbour, she told me to expect more stressful time ahead in P5 as Maths & Science is very tough. Is it very jialat from P5 onwards ??

This year's SA2 for Chinese P4 has been modified, in line with P6 oral.
Memo from principal came back last week...作文 will be 15% (a drop in weightage) but more emphasis on Oral :cry: . Will get my son to read his textbook more often now.


Hi Janet

My boy is in P6. Comparing P5 and P6, he finds that P5 having more Homework, learning higher order maths for ratio,& and fraction compare to P4. However, I feel that maybe he has maths tuition this yr and he is taught how to solve challenging maths questions, futhermore with weekly tuition, it is like doing revision for him.

For chinese compo,the paper itself is over 40 marks, oral is 50 marks (20 marks for reading,20 for picture,10 marks for conversation)

Hope this helps


Thanks for the update...now I know what to expect next year.


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 Post subject: Re: Congrats
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janet_lee88 wrote:
The piano and abacus classes may have to be taken out, unless his piano has reached a certain level.


I am just going to start ds on abacus :tongue: ...he is doing well at MPM but as the figures get bigger, the calculation becomes tedious for him so I thought abacus will help him. Not going for the intensive type, just want him to pick up the basic technique then will stop. So hopefully by P2?

Piano is the one enrichment requested by ds and his progress is not too bad so will continue unless ds himself wants out.

:sweat: tough decision! Are there any school day in the week that is shorter?


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 Post subject: Re: Congrats
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Congrats to all parents whose kids just got into PHPPS next year! Welcome!


Thanks for the welcome! :D

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You are definitely keeping your ds really busy. :lol: I think P1/2 can still continue. By P3, most will take up at least 1 CCA and the school workload is heavier. Then really need to reconsider which to continue and which to stop. Mine stopped her ballet by mid P2, she is having piano and berries, with a CCA. These are keeping her busy this year(P3).


Thanks for sharing. I am planning to do the same, drop most of these programs by the time ds enters P3.

We space out ds's classes and really, there are not that many homework given by these centres. He works on or revises 2 subjects each day from Mon to Fri and still have time to watch tv and play pc games. Most times, I have to think of activities to keep him occupy so that he is not left with too much free time to watch tv. He really watches too much tv. :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Congrats
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:sweat: tough decision! Are there any school day in the week that is shorter?


Hi notabox,

You can expect longer days, not shorter. Although having a CCA is not compulsory for the P1/2s, they are encouraged to take up at least one. Many kids are doing that in PH. I felt it's good to start them early so that they learn to cope with schoolwork at the same time. In this way, they can learn about time-management and thus organise their time more effectively. It will be easier for them to cope at the upper primary too when workload gets heavier. They can meet expectations better. Furthermore, having a CCA is picking up a new skill and socialising with schoolmates outside curriculum time. That's how my dd makes so many friends who are not just her classmates. It's a good start to school life, important for the lower primary kids. The CCA schedules are on the website, quite unlikely to have major changes to the timings next year. It's useful to plan early.


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 Post subject: Re: Congrats
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markfch wrote:
imho, abacus is to build up foundation in math. Once the foundation is there, it is no longer nec. to continue with abacus. If you take a look at the lower pri math worksheets, they're mainly dealing with logic thinking and understanding english sentences. Not so much mental math calculation. The MOE syllabus for math is quite different from abacus. In other words, one can do very well in abacus & yet fail p1 math :shock: if the english understanding is not there.

So for my ds who is also taking abacus currently, I'll drop it once he reaches p1 as he has already achieved the basic foundation. If you agree with me, that will strike one item down your list. The other thing I'll do to save time and effort is that I'll send ds to the same enrichment ctr for both English & Math. It may mean that I compromise on the standard a bit, but I don't wish to spend my whole weekend just rushing for my kid. That's unfair to me. And that's tiring for the kid too :wink:


Hi markfch, I agreed with you that maths requires a lot more than just being able to calculate. I chose mpm instead of abacus for ds because I felt understanding the concepts is more important. I now realise both, as well as comprehension skill, are equally important. Ds's progress in mpm is hindered by his English standard and inability to work out sums comprise of big numbers. This is why I have to add abacus to the list.


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