Science topics - Different school, different topics. Why?

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Science topics - Different school, different topics. Why?

Postby mwchua » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:26 pm

I always have this problem with Science, so wish to seek some kind advice here.

Even though broadly speaking there are only 5 topics in both lower & upper block: Diversity, Cycles, Interaction, System, Energy, but different schools will cover different topics in P3 & P4, as well as P5 & P6.

As a result, when I want to give test papers for my girl to practise, I have to ask her to strike out those questions that she has not covered yet in school. Also, if I send her for enrichment class, the centre might also cover different topics.

Just wondering how do you all cope with this? Also don't understand why can't MOE standardize the topics to be covered by all schools? Why leave it to the individual schools' decision?

Thanks.

rgds,
ming

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Re: Science topics - Different school, different topics. Why

Postby AtoZ » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:32 pm

Same problem and wondering why?

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Re: Science topics - Different school, different topics. Why

Postby TheAnswer » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:18 pm

I'm teaching science both private tuition and group tuition. Sadly it's hard to manage the group tuition when all the schools doing different topics at the same time. Not just that, they also examine on different topics sometimes. This makes revision during group tuition challenging. For P5/6 science and sec 1/2 science same issue when u go to tuition centers.

When I give them test papers, I need to sieve out the relevant questions. How I wish MOE will do sth about it soon.

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Re: Science topics - Different school, different topics. Why

Postby Laura02 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:01 pm

I would hope that the teachers in my dc's school decide on the sequence of topics to cover based on how they think that they should present the concepts in a logical, digestible manner. But dc does not go for science tuition. I like that schools are given the leeway to teach according to what they think suits their students and situation best. I do not think that all schools should follow a certain fixed sequence for students who go for tuition.

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Re: Science topics - Different school, different topics. Why

Postby HAPPYH » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:25 am

Laura02 wrote:I would hope that the teachers in my dc's school decide on the sequence of topics to cover based on how they think that they should present the concepts in a logical, digestible manner. But dc does not go for science tuition. I like that schools are given the leeway to teach according to what they think suits their students and situation best. I do not think that all schools should follow a certain fixed sequence for students who go for tuition.


Yes, you r right to say that schools do not need to follow the tuition centres. However, when we use the top school papers for revision, it becomes troublesome although it is not difficult to cross out the questions. When it happens to me, bit irritated too.

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Re: Science topics - Different school, different topics. Why

Postby cindyll » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:43 am

Is that one of the reason why most of the kids are not able to score well in Science?

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Re: Science topics - Different school, different topics. Why

Postby SAHM_TAN » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:46 am

I don't mind the inconvenience if the bigger picture is served.

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Re: Science topics - Different school, different topics. Why

Postby SAHM_TAN » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:46 am

cindyll wrote:Is that one of the reason why most of the kids are not able to score well in Science?


Is it so that most kids don't score well?

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Re: Science topics - Different school, different topics. Why

Postby sleepy » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:57 am

I noticed that since P3. Don't find it a major problem le. Just strike out those topics not covered yet.

My dd doesn't do other schools exam papers though, only attempt past year papers from her own school, given by her school teacher before exam.

Also, if school taught a topic before tuition center, then treat as revision during tuition. No harm revising? Eventually will cover all topics anyway

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Re: Science topics - Different school, different topics. Why

Postby jedamum » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:00 am

cindyll wrote:Is that one of the reason why most of the kids are not able to score well in Science?

:skeptical: meaning no tuition, so most kids not able to score well in science? :scared:

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