2Welcome address by Principal Matters pertaining to Primary 1Talk on transition to Primary 1Briefing on School rules, expectations and regulationsTalk on dental health services in schoolCompletion of Pupil Data FormFetching of child from classroom
4Starting Primary School Starting school can be liberating as well as daunting for both of you.
5PreparationYour child will face new places, people, rules and relationships. This can be both exciting and frightening.You can help by familiarising your child with his/her new school environment right from today.Point out the school whenever you pass it.Tell stories about what you enjoyed at school and the fun things you did.Find out about the daily routine from the teacher and let your child know what to expect.
6“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
7Shuqun Primary School School Vision A vibrant learning community, rooted in values and ready to serve.School MissionTo nurture a star in every Shuqunite, who places community above selfSchool Core Values‘I CARE’ Values –Integrity, Care, Adaptability, Respect and Excellence
8C2015 Student Outcomes Self-directed Learner Confident Person Thinks independentlyCommunicates effectivelyHas good inter-personal skillsSelf-directed LearnerTakes responsibility for own learningQuestions, reflects, perseveresUses technology adeptlyConcerned CitizenIs informed about world and local affairsEmpathises with and respects othersParticipates activelyActive ContributorExercises initiative and takes risksIs adaptable, innovative, resilientAims for high standards8
9School Direction and Focus A, B, C Strategic ThrustsA – A Star in Every ShuquniteAcademic Excellence , Leadership andCharacter Development , Healthy LivingB – Best Place to Learn & WorkCapacity Building and Vibrant LearningEnvironmentC – Community for Us, We for the CommunityService Learning , Community Partnerships
10Student Outcomes: Engaged Learner , Rooted in Values & Ready to Serve Shuqun Primary SchoolStrategic Plan ( )MissionVisionValuesA Star in EveryShuquniteBest Place toLearn and WorkCommunity for Us,We for the CommunityStrategic ThrustsSub ThrustsAcademicExcellenceLeadership&Character DevtHealthyLifestyleCapacityBuildingVibrantLearning EnvCommunityServiceCommunityPartnershipsLong Term GoalsImprovedAcademicResultsPupilsrecognised forLeadershipandGood behaviourPupils activelyengaged inhealthy lifestyleImproved StaffEngagementIn ProfessionalGrowthImprovedPupilEngagementin LearningActive pupilParticipationinEnvironmentalEducationand ServiceLearningEffectivepartnershipsQSE: 3.3SurpassComparableSchs for PSLECDACHERSIH:SilverSustainedpartnershipswithSelectedorganisationsBiytes: Above 3RecognitionBENS: PeopleEV Score:Upper Band 2Green Audit:LotusOE NicheSportsTop 4 placing for2 SportsSch ClimateEngagement: CSYFSilver & GoldNE DevtAwardKPIsStudent Outcomes: Engaged Learner , Rooted in Values & Ready to ServeRESOURCESASSESSMENT& REVIEWVersion 3 : May 2013
11What goes into SQPS school life ? A wide range of CCAsStructured Student Leadership ProgrammesSTAGE Curriculum to customise curriculum ( Basic /Stretch / APEX)Academic and Non Academic Enrichment ProgrammesLeadership and Character Devt through Outdoor EducationLearning Support ProgrammesLevel based Learning Journeys and OE CampsDevelopmental programmes forSocial & Emotional LearningTalent Development Programmes
12Parents as Partners in Education Be involved in your child’s education and developmentEnsure school attendance is not compromisedBe in communication with your child’s teachersMake routines of checking homework , packing bag according to time-table, reading letters and notifications from schoolKnow your child’s school schedule , upcoming events etcCheck Pupil Diary EVERYDAY and monitor progress
13Things to take note of … Monthly Letter from the principal Termly letter from the Head of Level . This will include calendar of events for the termAssessment Workplan and other relevant assessment informationAny other programme or event , either a Notification letter or Consent FormWhen in doubt , consult the school /teachers !
14Primary 12014Welcome to the Shuqun family and we look forward to an engaging partnership with you. We hope to give your children an enriching experience in their 6 years with us.
15Contact: email@example.com Mdm Morni Bte AhmadLevel Head of P1Contact:(S QPS)A ClusterB ClusterC Cluster1A11B11C11A21B21C21A31B31C3My name is Mdm Morni and will be the overall-in-charge of the P1 level. It is my responsibility to oversee the smooth conduct of all key programmes pertaining to the level, oversee staff and students in the level, covering all aspects including academic, non-academic and parental issue. There are 9 classes of P1 next year. The classes are grouped in clusters as shown in this table.
16Supporting Your Child’s Transitions to Primary School Terrific Transition:Supporting Your Child’s Transitions to Primary SchoolSlide 1 – “Terrific Transitions: Supporting Children’s Transitions to Primary School”The SERVE Regional Educational Laboratory has developed this PowerPoint presentation in order to provide research-based information regarding children’s transitions into kindergarten. This presentation is most beneficial to an audience of people who are interested in improving transitions.The slides can be printed on overheads or used as a PowerPoint slide show. The notes pages contain script that can be used by the presenter. Simply click “Notes Pages” under the “View” menu to access them.If you need assistance with accessing this program, have any additional questions, or would like to be added to our mailing list for available and future publications on transitions, please call Lynn Amwake at the SERVE Regional Educational Laboratory.Phone - (800) or (850)Fax – (850)–SERVE ‘s website:Ms Cristin OhAllied Educator (Counselling)
17What do we mean by “transitions”? It is a process of adapting to changes.Slide #3 – “What do we mean by ‘transitions’? It is a process of adapting to change.”Exactly what do we mean by transitions?The word transitions typically refers to change. There are transitions that almost everyone experiences, such as going off to college, getting married, or having a baby.However, transition also can be thought of as a process. Throughout childhood, as children grow and develop, they move or transition from one learning environment to another. Often, these transitions involve a process of change that requires learning to adapt and prepare for new experiences.Slide #3
18Terrific TransitionThe move from preschool to Primary School is one of the most important transitions a child will make.Slide #7 – “The move from preschool to primary is one of the most important transitions a child will make.”The move from preschool to kindergarten is one of the most important moves a child will make. While it is an occasion for new opportunities and challenges, it is often a time of stress when the child and family are encountering new people and unfamiliar places. How educators handle the transition process lays the foundation and sets the tone for future expectations and experiences.Slide #7
19Terrific Transitions: Strong Connections Between Home and School Can Help Ease Children’s Transition Into School.Slide #2 – “Strong connections between home and school can help ease children’s transition into school.”If you have ever moved away from home or separated from friends, you know just how difficult change can be. Moving from an environment where you feel safe and secure to one that is new and unfamiliar can be very stressful and uncomfortable. This is often how children feel when they move from preschool to kindergarten. Knowing how change affects you can provide a basis for understanding what children and their families are experiencing.The primary purpose of this presentation is to help educators learn how to better support children and families preparing for and experiencing transition into school.Slide #2
20What Transitions means to Parents? It means :making sure that accurate information about the child is given to the new school,meeting and communicating with new teachers,attending school programs,adapting to school policies .
21What Transitions Mean to the Child? For young children, the transition to school is much more than simply changing buildings or settings. It meansadapting to new sets of rules, regulations and behaviours,adjusting to a new peer group, and getting to know new teachers,learning to play and cooperate with other children,paying attention for longer periods of time,developing independent work habits.
22Benefits of Facilitating Transition Children will like school and look forward to school.Children will show steady growth in academic skills.Parents will become actively involved in their children’s education.Ramey & Ramey, 1994 Slide #5 – “Benefits of Facilitating Transition”What are early signs of a successful transition to school?According to Ramey & Ramey (1994), some signs of successful transitions are:Children will like school and look forward to going to school.Children will show steady growth in academic skills.Parents will become actively involved in their children’s education—at home, in school, and in the community.Classroom environments will promote positive feelings for both teachers and children.Teachers, staff members, and families will value one another.Schools and programs will celebrate cultural diversity in their communities.Developmentally appropriate practices will be visible within the classroom.The community will show consistent investment in the education of children and will strive to increase available learning opportunities.Slide #5
23School Anxiety Separation Anxiety Common Difficulty faced during Transition:School AnxietySeparation Anxiety
24During transitions, children may feel SadConfusedAnxiousUncertainOverwhelmedInsecureSlide #8 – “During transitions, children may feel sad, confused, anxious, uncertain, overwhelmed, hopeful, or insecure.”As children and their families transition to school, this will evoke a range of feelings, and each child and family member will react differently to the process. For example, some children and their families may feel excited and hopeful, while others may feel anxious and overwhelmed.How children and their families cope with the transition may depend on a number of different things. For example, for children, their ability to handle the transition may depend on factors such as temperament and previous preschool experiences. How well other family members cope with the transition may depend more on the degree to which programs communicate and share important information in advance.Slide #8
25I don't want to go to school today …… Maybethey may feel ill or really tired because they didn't have a good sleep.they feel worried about something at home or at schoolthey want to stay in their own house and forget about everything else.someone is giving them a difficult time.
26What Can Parents & Families Not Say? “How can the school be insensitive to my child?”“You’re just a baby, how can they not allow you to do …”It was such a short time ago when you were just a baby!”“He’s too little to ride the school bus!”
27What Parents Can Do…1. Know and manage your own wants and expectationsSupport regular school attendance & attend school eventsDiscuss the link between success in school and success in life .(e.g. relate to movies, news articles, etc.)After being inform of some common learning difficulty, how are we going to help the child. So before you help your child, know and manage your own expectation. Support the school but ensuring regular attendance and possible attend school events if not at least read the school correspondence. Discuss link between success in school and life.
28What Can Parents Do?Talk about the new routines and expectations e.g. longer school hours, no play all the time, no more afternoon naps, silent readingTeach them what to do in case of emergency e.g. missing school bus, forget to bring pocket $$$.Teach them how to handle money and make friends.Teach independence skills e.g. tying of shoe laces, taking care of own belongings.If the two environments are different or incompatible, children may have difficulty learning the new routines and rules, making new friends, and functioning in the new settingsWhen children begin school, parents can draw from previously learned skills and behaviors to help them adjust.Talk to your child about the new routines and expectations he/she will be going through everyday, such as flag-raising and lowering, recess, assembly, school bus drop-off and pick-up points, timetable, and wearing of the school uniform, longer school hours, no play all the time, being punctual for school as well as keeping quiet when the teacher is speaking and during silent reading sessions..
29Encourage your child EARLY Remember his needs and habits.Plan together with your child i.e. develop a new routine for school and homeworkDiscuss and agree on rewards and consequences, along with reasonable rules.Emphasize positive aspects of school i.e. early familiarization of school environment during holidays
30Continuity OccursTo ensure continuity, it is important that schools and home help create connections that support children during the transition to school.Slide #9 – “Continuity occurs when there is a strong connection between the services and programs provided and when children and their families receive the support they need.”The goal of continuity is to make transitions appropriately challenging and smooth, so children experience change less abruptly and easily see and understand links between one setting and another.Continuity occurs when the new environment builds on the previous experiences of the child. For example, if the new environment maintains similar routines or activities—things that are familiar to the child—there is a sense of continuity. Similarly, when the new environment provides information and supports parent involvement, there is continuity of experience for parents.Slide #9
31Self-Help Groups (CDAC, Mendaki and Sinda) Contents:PERIShuqunSTELLARPSGSelf-Help Groups (CDAC, Mendaki and Sinda)I will be covering on PAL, PERI, STELLAR, PSG and self-help groups.
32HOLISTIC ASSESSMENT LOWER PRIMARY P E R IPrimary Education Review and ImplementationThe Primary Education Review and Implementation (PERI) Committee was formed in October 2008 to study ways to enhance primary education. We want our children to grow up to be confident persons, able to work well in teams, and be able to communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively. They should also be self-directed learners who see education as a life-long process. In this globalised world, our children should also be innovative and enterprising, have the ability to cope with ambiguity and adapt well to change. These skills and dispositions are best built and developed in the formative years during primary education.HOLISTIC ASSESSMENTLOWER PRIMARY
33Teaching the Whole Child in SQPS EnglishMathematicsMother TongueSing songsListen to storiesRead aloudRead fluently and confidentlyPresent their ideasWrite stories/journalsSolve problems using different strategiesExplore numbers and patternsMake use of manipulatives to enhance learningRead fluentlySpeak confidentlyWrite correctlyUnderstand cultureAt Primary 1 and 2, when your child is just beginning school, a key focus should be on building his confidence and desire to learn. In Shuqun, your child will be exposed to different learning strategies that will enable him to become a better learner.
34Holistic Assessment English Mathematics Mother Tongue Listening tasks EnglishMathematicsMother TongueListening tasksReading tasks (oral/ running records/ poetry recitation/ show and tell)Picture discussionWriting tasksMini TestsPerformance Based AssessmentListening TaskReading TaskPicture ConversationPoetry RecitationAssessment is an important part of learning and teaching and helps provide useful information to your child, your child’s teachers and you. Assessment is generally carried out for two main purposes – to measure students’ attainment and report evidence of learning in different learning areas and to support classroom teaching and student learning.At Lower Primary levels, single-point assessments such as semestral examinations will be deemphasized. Instead bite-sized forms of assessments such as tropical tests, short writing, reading and performance tasks will be used to provide young students with more opportunities to experienced success and build their confidence and desire to learn. Teachers will also use a range of assessment strategies such as questioning, conferencing and peer and self-assessment to support your child’s learning.The various forms fo assessment for the subjects are as shown here:
35Feedback on your child’s progress Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 41. Pupil’s Portfolio2. Holistic Report Card2. Mid-Year Report Card1.Pupil’s Portfolio2. Year-End Report CardYou will continue to receive information about your child’s progress as shown in this table.Portfolio contains a sample of your child’s work and performance tasks in all subjects with rubrics (graded / non-graded) and teacher’s qualitative comments/feedback. Holistic Report Card contains rubrics to indicate key learning outcomes for English, Maths and Mother Tongue, PE, Health Education, Music, Art and Craft, National Education, Shuqun and Character Development.In summary, Holistic assessment aims to provide more balanced information on your child’s performance in both academic and non-academic areas to better support their holistic development.
36ShuqunShuqun is our school’s initiative for the Programme for Active Learning under PERI’s recommendations. It is to address the increased emphasis on holistic education and development of life skills. It provides a smooth transition for children from pre-school child to primary education. Through Shuqun, students blossom and grow as they play, learn and create through the Sports, Outdoor Education, Visual and Performing Arts modules.36
37Objectives of PAL @ Shuqun Performing ArtsOutdoor EducationVisual ArtsSportsIn Shuqun, emphasis is placed on experiential learning. The hands-on experiences reinforce students’ learning, and allow them to explore, discover, generate further thinking and express their ideas.PAL @ Shuqun provides a broad exposure of experiences to our students in the 4 modules, Sport & Games, Outdoor Education, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. It offers a balance between the academic and non-academic areas in the school, and facilitates holistic and well-rounded development of the students.Broad exposure & experiences through fun and varied activities37
38Modules Planning For Primary 1 students PAL Modules Sports Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4SportsOutdoor EducationVisual ArtsPerforming ArtsIn 2013, P1 students covered Outdoor Education, Visual Arts and Performing Arts modules.
39Modules Planning For Primary 2 students PAL Modules Sports Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4SportsOutdoor EducationVisual ArtsPerforming ArtsWhile P2 students covered Sports, Outdoor Education and Visual Arts modules. In every lesson, time is set aside for both indiviual and team work. Students are given the opportunity to reflect their experiences and feelings in the different contexts set up for that lesson.
40Timetable Time Lunch Normal Timetable For Primary 1 and 2 students MondayWednesdayFriday10 a.m. to 12 noonEng/Maths/ MTA ClusterB ClusterC Cluster12 noon to p.m.Lunch1 p.m to p.m.Normal Timetable4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.PAL LessonThis year, PAL lessons for P1 and P2 students are scheduled in 3 days as shown in the table here. Students had to report in at 9.45 a.m. for their normal curriculum and then had their PAL lessons from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
41Admin Things to note: Make transport arrangements with the bus company LunchExtra pocket moneySince students have to report in at 9.45 a.m., parents needs to make transport arrangement for their children and gave extra pocket money for lunch or provide food for lunch and recess break.
42Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading STELLARStrategies for English Language Learning and ReadingSTELLAR aims to strengthen children’s language and reading skills as well as promote a positive attitude towards learning in the foundational years.The STELLAR VisionChildren Who Love Reading and Have a Strong Foundation in the English Language
431. Shared Reading Experiences STELLAR at Lower Primary1. Shared Reading Experiences3. Language Activities in Learning Centres2. Shared Writing ExperiencesSTELLAR aims to realise this vision by empowering teachers to teach our children the critical life skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in English through effective and engaging strategies that are developmentally appropriate. In Shared Reading Experiences, children read storybook with the teacher and engage in oral discussions with teachers and peers. In Shared Writing Experiences, teacher modules writing using children’s language. Children engage in writing together and in writing independently. In Language Activities in Learning Centres, teacher prepares mini lessons based on specific needs of children to prepare them for reading and writing activities.
44LSM – Learning Support Programme for Mathematics Early support and intervention for P1 students who are identified to be weak in basic numeracy skills. Students who are identified for LSM will be taught on basic mathematical concepts and skills to build good Maths foundation. LSM aims to build students’confidence and positive beliefs about their ability to do Math.LSP – Learning Support Programme for EnglishEarly support and intervention for P1 students who are identified to be weak in Literacy skills. LSP focuses specifically on the basic literary skills needed to help students learn to read and spell. By getting the basics of reading and spelling in place, the LSP also helps students learn in all their subjects.
45Parent Support Group (PSG) Parents’ Support Group (PSG) work in partnership with the school towards achieving a healthy and fun-learning environment for the students. The members meet regularly for discussions on programmes and events, which include talks, outdoor events, parent-child bonding worskhsops and many more. The aim of PSG is to enable parents to support one another and to work with the school as one big family to make Shuqn Primary a better place for the students. It is the PSG hope that more parents will join the group in organising meaningful activities for the students in enriching their learning beyond classroom learning.
46How can you contribute as a PSG As Member of the PSGVolunteer in school programmes/projectsNetwork with other like-minded parentsHave a better understanding of the school and its programmesLearn & share skills through workshopsHow can you contribute as a PSGAttend / support school eventsProvide constructive feedback for the betterment of the schoolOffer professional & personal expertise to the PSGOrganise workshops for parents & studentsSupport and advocate the school’s mission & visionYou are cordially invited to visit the PSG booth if you are interested to join in as a member of the Parent Support Group.
47SELF-HELP GROUPS 65 Tanjong Katong Rioad (436957) Main Line: 6841 4889 Your child’s education is a paramount to our country as he is our future generation that will steer Singapore in years to come. There are several self-help groups that you can tab on such as the Mendaki, CDAC and Sinda. All these organisations offer education programmes for the students with minimal fees. Please visit the booths setup below if you are interested to know more of the programmes offered by the 3 self-help groups.Singapore Indian Deveopment Association (Sinda)No 1. Beatty RoadSingapore 20994Main Line:51 Kee Sun AvenueSingaporeMain Line:
49What Parents Need to Know Welcome to ShuqunWhat Parents Need to KnowStudent Development Department
50School Hours Arrival Time : 12.30pm On Alternate Tuesdays - 1.30pm (i.e. Even weeks: Wk 2,4,6,8 & 10 of each term)On PAL days, school starts at 10.00amDismissal Time : 6.30pm (Mon-Fri)Recess timings for P1 : 3 to 3.30pm
51DismissalTeachers will lead students out to the void deck of Blk 470Teachers will carry signs indicating the classWait for your child/ward patiently at the void deckPlease do not pull your child/ward out from the class line as he/she moves to the void deckNo parking available for parents in the school premises.1B1
52Dismissal Please be punctual in fetching your child/ward at 6.30 pm. Parents who are late need to fetch their children from the General OfficeStudents who are taking the school bus will wait for the bus at the concourse area
53Student Handbook All students must purchase the student handbook Contains all important information such as:School contactsHolidaysAcademic informationSchool rules etc.
54School RulesThe school rules can be found in detail in the Students’ HandbookSome rules to take note:Only plain white shoes/socks (covering ankles) are allowedOnly plain black hair accessories are allowedOnly simple gold/silver ear studs/earrings are allowedAll shirts, blouses and PE t-shirts must have a name tag sewn on (to be ordered through bookshop)
55School RulesSome rules to take note:Handphones are not allowed
56Communication Between Parents & School School Communication FilePurple fileSchool letters are filed inParents to initial on top right hand corner as acknowledgementMay be checked periodically by teachers
57Communication Between Parents & School Student HandbookAll students are to purchase the Student Handbook.Both parents and teachers can write notes in the handbook as a form of communicationaddress:SQPS website:Telephone calls via the office:
58Entering the School Report to the security post Get a visitor pass Notify the General Office of your purpose of visit and the staff will assist youReturn the visitor pass before you leave the school
59How to Contact a Teacher Leave a message with the General Office (Response may not be immediate)the teacherAn introductory letter with teachers’ addresses will be issued within the first week of school
60First Day of School 2 Jan, Thurs Parents are allowed to bring their children into the school hall for the assembly starting from p.m. [only on this day]All parents must leave the school premises after the assembly.
61First & Second Day of School Recess Arrangement [2, 3 & 6 Jan]2.30 – 3.00 pm: 1A1, 1A2, 1A3, 1B1,1B23.00 – 3.30 pm: 1C1, 1C2, 1C3, 1B3P5 buddies will guide the P1 students for the 1st THREE days (2, 3 & 5 Jan) during recess.Parents are allowed to enter the school to view their children during recess only on first & second day (2 & 3 Jan).
62First & Second Day of School GuidelinesAllow your child to buy food on his/her own with P5 buddies’ guidanceStay within the cordoned areaLeave the premises after recessWe seek parents’ cooperation and understanding to adhere to the guidelinesIf you need help, please approach the teacher on duty
63Parenting Workshops 2 Jan, Day 1 - “Transition to Primary School” 3 Jan, Day 2 – “Parenting with Confidence”Parents may register your interest at the booth located in the concourse
64Helping Your Child to Prepare for School Ensure your child wears the name card issued by the school till end of Term 1.If your child is taking the school bus, ensure the bus number is written clearly on the name tagYou may want to write your contact number on the reverse side of the name tag
65Helping Your Child to Prepare for School Maintaining a manageable bag loadAvoid using trolley bags as they are heavier and harder to manage, especially along staircases.Teach your child to read the timetable and pack their bags everyday.Bring only necessary items.Classroom lockers are assigned to students. Your child may need a padlock.Avoid carrying large drink bottles. Fill the drink bottle in school.P1: Not more than 3.0kgP2: Not more than 3.5kg
66Helping Your Child to Prepare for School Label your child’s belongings with name and classInsoles of shoesWallet/pursesBooksWater bottlesPencil case
67Helping Your Child to Prepare for School School AttireOn days with PE lessons, students can be in their PE attire all day long (skirts are not required for girls)On days without PE lessons, students are to be in their formal school uniformName tags to be sewn on the uniform/PE T-shirt.1-finger space above pocket (boy’s shirt)1-finger space above school crest (Girl’s blouse & PE T-shirts)
68Helping Your Child to Prepare for School Home monitoringPlay an active role in monitoring your child’s daily work and progressPutting structures in place at homeA proper study areaA timetable for work and playAlways emphasize the importance of attending school regularly
69Importance of School Attendance The Compulsory Education Act (Cap 51)Absences may be covered by medical certificates from doctors or letters from parents (in certain cases)Absences without valid reasons may affect child’s conduct grade and eligibility for awardsDuring exams/tests, absences MUST be covered by medical certification by doctors
70Importance of School Attendance The following examples of reasons for absences are considered non-valid:Going on tours during school daysStaying at home to take care of siblingsOversleptMissed the school bus