P4 and P5 Meet-The Parent 2020 - Fengshan Primary School
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Fengshan’s DNA School Vision Anchored Hearts, Driven Minds, Leaders of Tomorrow School Mission Loyal Individuals Strength of Character School Values Perseverance Respect Responsibility Integrity Compassion Equality
Fengshan Graduate – Champion Mindset Uses Technology Adeptly Appreciate the Arts and being Globally Aware creative Being Good and Morally Upright Citizen by Demonstrating the School Values – Effective Being Resilient PR2ICE Communicator and has the and Problem Drive to Excel Solver Team Player
Shifts in the Education Landscape "In today's changing economy, we will see career pathways becoming more dynamic and less predictable... What is critical for Singapore's graduates would be to have competencies in various areas," Professor De Meyer, SMU
Learning Joy of for Learning Mastery Preparing Our Entrepreneurial Learning for Life Dare Pupils for the Future Singapore Learn throughout Spirit Life
Our Belief Every child has a talent and can achieve In Fengshan, • We believe in our pupils • We work towards helping them to discover and develop their talents • The school provides our pupils with a variety of learning experiences
Building The Champion Mindset •Building the ‘Can Do Spirit’ – The Fengshan Spirit •Having our pupils respond to challenges around them •Strengthening pupils mental and emotional resilience
Our Focus All Round Pupil Development… Cognitive Physical and Aesthetics • Strengthen subject mastery • Platforms for creativity and exploration • Equip them with 21st CC skills • Opportunity for talent development • Learning experiences similar to the real world • Appreciation of the Arts Social and Moral Morale • Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) • Quality school experiences • Focus on student well-being • Support and thrive • Engagement and building relationships • Motivation leading to self-directedness Creativity and Innovation • Learn beyond the classroom • Platforms to think do things differently
P4 Level Programmes P4 Study Skills To equip pupils with the appropriate skills to learn effectively and efficiently; supporting in achieving their academic goals.
P4 Level Programmes Kidzania Trip (Education & Career Guidance - ECG) To develop awareness of work values/work expectations for the different occupations/industries through role-play.
P4 Level Programmes Road Safety Park To create awareness on road safety through hands-on session.
P4 Level Programmes Learning Journey to Chinatown and Little India To learn about the cultural heritage of different ethnic groups in Singapore
P5 Level Programmes Values-in-Action “Project BEG2IN” (Be a Good and Giving Neighbour) Main aim: To provide opportunity for pupils to care for their neighbourhood and keep it clean and to allow pupils to make a difference in the community around them.
P5 Level Programmes P5 Study Skills Workshop Main aim: To inculcate good study skills in pupils, introducing tools such as cluster mapping
P5 Level Programmes Science Learning Journey (Diversity of Cells) Main Aim: To understand what cells are and the application of using microscope to identify cells.
P5 Level Programmes National Education Show Main Aim: To promote sense of belonging, love and appreciation of Singapore
P5 Level Programmes NE/SS Learning Journey – Heritage Tours Main aim: To learn about the cultural heritage of different parts of Asia and what present day societies in Singapore have inherited from civilisations of the past.
PERI Holistic Assessment • Holistic Assessment (HA) and Reporting provides a fuller picture of your child’s progress and learning throughout the year. • As an extension of HA approach, the Parent- Teacher-Child Conference will focus on the Progress Report and HA Portfolio.
Assessment Structure 2020 Level Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 SA2 Bite-sized Checks (Non-weighted) P4 P4 Science P4 Math Performance Task Performance Task (Weighted) (Weighted) Bite-sized Checks SA1 (Non-weighted) Bite-sized T1 Checks (Non-weighted) T3 P5 SA2 P5 Science and Math Performance Tasks (Weighted)
Holistic Assessment Reporting 2020 Level Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Progress Report P4 Mid Year Report Book Progress Report Portfolio Year-End Report Book Parent-Teacher-Child Portfolio P5 N.A conference
Class Allocation Process Level Process Most pupils will stay in the same class. P4 At the end of P4, SBB exercise will take place (Parental choice) P5 At the end of P5, SBB will take place (School decision)
Subject Based Banding (SBB)
Why Subject-Based Banding (SBB)? • Every child is different and their needs vary. (Best fit) • To provide more flexibility to pupils with strengths and abilities that vary across subjects. • To recognise the different abilities of pupils • To encourage greater interaction among pupils with different strengths
What Subject-Based Banding (SBB) means for your Child? • Every child will be encouraged to do the subjects at the levels that best meets his or her abilities. • A recommendation on the subject combination (Standard and/or Foundation) depending on the strengths of the child.
SBB Process At Primary 4 • School recommends a subject combination based on P4 examination results • Parents to select preferred combination At Primary 5 Pupil takes subject combination chosen by parents End Primary 5 Going to Primary 6 Final decision on subject combination by school
End of Primary 5 End of P5 Pupil takes a subject combination determined by the school Pupils who meet expectations Continue with the same subject combination at P6
End of Primary 5 End of P5 Pupil takes a subject combination determined by the school Pupils who do not meet expectations • The school makes the final decision on the subject combination to be taken by the child in P6 based on P5 SA2 results. • The school may switch some or all standard subjects for the pupil to foundation subjects. • The child may have to drop HMT if he/she is not coping well.
Class Allocation Process Level Process Most pupils will stay in the same class. P4 At the end of P4, SBB exercise will happen (Parental choice) P5 At the end of P5, SBB will happen (School decision)
UPDATES ON PSLE SCORING & S1 POSTING FROM 2021 IT’S PART OF A BIGGER STORY © MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, COMMUNICATION AND ENGAGEMENT GROUP, 2019
OVERVIEW How PSLE Scoring Works All students How S1 Posting Works Presentation of results in Achievement Levels Subject-based Banding (Primary Schools) Scoring for Foundation Subjects Eligibility for Higher Mother Tongue Language taking HMTL Students (HMTL) in Secondary Schools Use of Higher Chinese Language (HCL) for Admission to SAP Schools Scoring for Mother Tongue Language (MTL)- MTL-exempt, AsL or FL students exempt students and students studying an Asian Language/ Foreign Language (AsL/FL) in lieu of an MTL 2
THE PSLE CHANGES ARE PART OF A BIGGER STORY Over the years, we have been fine-tuning the education system to help our students discover and develop their strengths and interests, while moving away from an over-emphasis on academic results. Our PSLE scoring changes aim to: Reduce fine differentiation at a young age Recognise students’ level of achievement, regardless of how their peers have done PSLE Microsite 33
THE PSLE REMAINS A USEFUL CHECKPOINT To understand where our children are at in their learning after six years of primary school Gauge their learning needs so that they can progress to a secondary school and take subjects at a suitable level 34
HOW PSLE SCORING WORKS
FROM T-SCORE TO WIDER SCORING BANDS Reflects a student’s individual level of RAW MARK AL achievement RANGE Unlike the current T-score, students’ AL 1 ≥ 90 for each subject will reflect their level of achievement, rather than how they have 2 85 – 89 performed relative to their peers. 3 80 – 84 4 75 – 79 5 65 – 74 6 45 – 64 7 20 – 44 8 < 20 36
FROM T-SCORE TO WIDER SCORING BANDS The PSLE Score replaces the T-score aggregate. It is obtained by adding the ALs of four subjects. The PSLE Score ranges from 4 to 32, with 4 being the best. Students will be placed in secondary school courses based on their PSLE score – Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical). PLACEMENT PSLE SCORE ENGLISH AL3 OUTCOME MOTHER TONGUE AL2 EXPRESS 4 – 20 EXPRESS / MATHEMATICS AL1 21 – 22 N(A) OPTION SCIENCE AL2 N(A) 23 – 24 N(A) / N(T) option 25 PSLE SCORE: 8 26-30, with AL7 or better in N(T) both EL and MA 37
IN SUMMARY… WHAT REMAINS WHAT CHANGES Same 4 subjects are The T-score Aggregate will be replaced tested, and scores are by the PSLE Score, to reduce the fine awarded to guide differentiation of our students at a young age students’ choices for based on exam scores. the next stage of their education journey Students will be assessed based on their own achievement, instead of comparing them to Curriculum is their peers. continually updated. This is not related to the PSLE scoring and S1 posting changes. 38
HOW S1 POSTING WORKS
CHOICE ORDER OF SCHOOLS WILL MATTER MORE Academic merit, i.e. the PSLE Score, remains the first criterion for secondary school posting. If two students with the same PSLE Score vie for a place in a school, the following tie-breakers will be used: 1. CITIZENSHIP 2. CHOICE ORDER OF SCHOOLS (NEW) 3. COMPUTERISED BALLOTING 40
CHOOSING SECONDARY SCHOOLS Consider your child’s strengths and interests MOE SchoolFinder when making school choices in order to find a Tool school that would help your child learn and thrive best. Each school has its own distinctive programmes, culture and niche areas. There are many ways to find out more about secondary schools’ distinctive programmes such as:- i. MOE’s SchoolFinder tool; ii. secondary schools’ websites; iii. school open houses. 41
PRESENTATION OF RESULTS IN ACHIEVEMENT LEVELS
SUBJECT-BASED BANDING (PRIMARY) OFFERING DIFFERENT SUBJECT COMBINATIONS
SUBJECT-BASED BANDING (PRIMARY) Offers students the option of Standard and Foundation Subjects, depending on their strengths. Allow students to focus on and stretch their potential in the subjects they are strong in while building up the fundamentals in the subject they need more support in. The new PSLE scoring system will not change the considerations for deciding on a student’s subject combination. 18
SUBJECT-BASED BANDING (PRIMARY) Schools will continue to recommend based on the following: Student’s aptitude, motivation and performance in each subject; Student’s ability to cope with a particular subject combination; and Whether the subject combination focuses sufficiently on literacy and numeracy, and facilitates the student’s articulation to secondary school and beyond. Offering subjects at Foundation level is not a disadvantage to the students. It enables them to focus on building up strong fundamentals in these subjects and better prepares them for progression to secondary school. 19
SCORING FOR FOUNDATION LEVEL SUBJECTS
FOUNDATION SUBJECTS GRADED IN 5 BANDS TODAY Under the current PSLE grading system, Foundation subjects are graded in 5 scoring bands from Grade 1 to U. Current System Raw Mark Grade Range 1 85 – 100 2 70 – 84 3 50 – 69 4 30 – 49 U < 30 47
FOUNDATION LEVEL SUBJECT GRADES TO BE LESS FINELY DIFFERENTIATED Under the new AL system, to reduce fine differentiation among students, Foundation subject grades will be graded in 3 scoring bands from AL A to C. Like Standard subject ALs, the Foundation subject ALs will reflect a student’s level of achievement, rather than how they have performed relative to their peers. Foundation Level Foundation Raw AL Reflected on Mark Range Result Slip A 75 – 100 B 30 – 74 C < 30 48
FOUNDATION LEVEL SUBJECT GRADES For the purpose of S1 posting, Foundation level AL A to AL C will be mapped to AL 6 to AL 8 of Standard level subjects respectively, to derive a student’s overall PSLE Score. Similar to the current PSLE scoring system, this mapping is based on the learning and assessment load of the subjects, and informs students of their readiness to access the curriculum at the secondary level. Foundation Level Equivalent Foundation Raw Standard Raw AL Reflected on Standard Mark Range Mark Range Result Slip Subject AL A 75 – 100 6 45-64 B 30 – 74 7 20-44 C < 30 8
SCORING OF FOUNDATION SUBJECTS FOR S1 POSTING A student’s PSLE Score is the sum of the four AL scores across his/her Standard and Foundation subjects. Students taking Foundation subjects are eligible for the Express Course, as long as they meet the course placement criteria. With Full Subject-based Banding in secondary schools, students may also take subjects at a higher level for those that they are strong in. PLACEMENT ENGLISH PSLE SCORE AL3 OUTCOME FOUNDATION ALB EXPRESS 4 – 20 MOTHER TONGUE EXPRESS / 21 – 22 FOUNDATION ALB N(A) option MATHEMATICS N(A) 23 – 24 SCIENCE AL5 N(A) / N(T) 25 option PSLE SCORE: 22 26 – 30, with AL7 or N(T) better in both EL and MA 50
ELIGIBILITY FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL HIGHER MOTHER TONGUE LANGUAGE (HMTL)
ELIGIBILITY FOR HMTL IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS The eligibility criteria for taking HMTL is intended to ensure that students can cope with the higher academic load, and takes reference from the current criteria. ELIGIBLITY CRITERIA FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL HMTL (i) PSLE Score of 8 or better OR (ii) PSLE Score of 9 to 14 inclusive; and attain AL1 / AL2 in MTL or Distinction / Merit in HMTL For students who do not meet the above criteria, secondary schools will continue to have the flexibility to offer HMTL to students, if they are assessed to have high ability and interest in MTL and are able to take HMTL without affecting their performance in other subjects. 52
USE OF HCL FOR ADMISSION INTO SAP SCHOOLS
USE OF HCL FOR ADMISSION INTO SAP CURRENT SYSTEM SCHOOLS New System The HCL posting advantage for entry to SAP schools will continue 1st 7 NO HCL Students will be ranked taking into 2nd 8 DISTINCTION account their performance in HCL. This posting advantage applies before 3rd 8 MERIT the tie-breakers for S1 posting. 4th 8 PASS Current System Students’ HCL grades give posting 5th 8 NO HCL advantage for SAP schools 6th 9 DISTINCTION Currently, for admission to SAP schools, students are awarded bonus T-score points based on their HCL grade: 3 points for Distinction 2 points for Merit 1 point for Pass 54
SCORING FOR MTL-EXEMPT AND STUDENTS STUDYING AN ASIAN LANGUAGE/ FOREIGN LANGUAGE (AsL/FL) IN LIEU OF AN MTL
SCORING FOR MTL-EXEMPT AND AsL/FL STUDENTS For students who are exempted from MTL or take an AsL/FL in lieu of an official MTL, their PSLE result slip will only reflect the three subjects they have taken. However, for the purposes of Secondary 1 posting, these students will need an assigned MTL score so that they have a PSLE score comprising four subjects To determine the assigned MTL score, reference is made to MTL scores of other students who have achieved similar scores in English, Mathematics, and Science. This is the same approach taken in today’s T-score system. 56
SCORING FOR MTL-EXEMPT AND AsL/FL STUDENTS In reviewing the score assignment for these students under the new PSLE scoring system, we needed to strike a balance between: Acknowledging that students have valid reasons for seeking MTL exemption or taking an AsL/FL, and Ensuring some parity between scoring for exemption, Foundation and Standard MTL. 57
SCORING FOR MTL-EXEMPT AND AsL/FL STUDENTS Under the new scoring system, the assigned MTL score will : Take reference from peers with similar scores for English, Mathematics and Science; While maintaining parity of treatment with students who take Foundation MTL (who will score between AL 6 to 8). Hence, students will receive an assigned MTL score between AL 6 to 8 in PSLE. 58
In summary IN SUMMARY FAMILIARISING STUDENTS AND PARENTS WITH THE NEW SYSTEM AND GUIDING THEM IN MAKING SUBJECT CHOICES 2019 2020 2021 Primary 4 Primary 5 Primary 6 Scoring for Foundation level School Results in Release of Indicative AL subjects – to guide students Achievement Levels (ALs) – COPs – to guide students and and parents on whether to to familiarise students and parents in making school take Foundation level parents to the new system choices subjects at PSLE Eligibility for Secondary School HMTL – to guide students and parents on whether to take HMTL at PSLE 59
IN SUMMARY Reduce over-emphasis on academic results • Achievement Levels (AL) will reflect student’s level of achievement, regardless of how his peers have done. • PSLE Scores replace T-score Aggregates, reducing fine differentiation. • Choice order is a new tie-breaker to recognise the different considerations that students and parents have in making school choices.
We want our children to: • Develop different aspects of their character. • Know that there are different kinds of talents, academic and non-academic. • Know that grades are just a part of their story. • Understand that there are many paths to a fulfilling life.
Parents Teachers Community Let us write the next chapter of this story Together…
Support of Parents • BE THERE. Spend time with your child. • Be their Pillar of Strength and Support. • Reinforce what your child learn in school Values emphasize in school (PR2ICE) Champion Mindset Bucket Filler mentality • Set targets/goals in what your child wants to achieve
How Can Parents Support? • Create the ideal environment for studying at home • Motivate and encourage your child • Monitor your child and his/her homework
Positive Parenting Programme What is Triple P? The Positive Parenting Programme is a parenting and family support strategy designed to prevent behavioural and emotional problems in children. What are the takeaways from parents? Simple and practical strategies to help parents confidently manage their children’s behaviour, develop and build healthy parent-child relationships. Why is it effective? • Backed by more than 30 years of research and implemented in 25 countries. • Offers preventive programmes of different intensity to meet parents’ needs. • Effective in reducing child behavioural problems and improve parental self-efficacy and satisfaction. (More details will be shared later in the year)
Parents Gateway Launched by Minister for Education, Mr Ong Ye Kung on 2 Jan 2019
Parents Gateway • A digital service that connects parents and schools on key administrative matters (e.g. completing travel declarations, updating contact details etc) • A one-stop mobile app (IOS and Android) for parents to better support their children’s educational journey • Parents can use their SingPass accounts, SMS 2FA or OneKey Token to gain access to Parents Gateway. • Through the dedicated account, parents will be able to receive information and perform administrative functions for their children, even if the children are in different classes or schools.
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