- 小四到小六仍将有两次学期测验（CA1 and CA2）和两次考试（SA1 and SA2）
Letter to Parents
First of all, teachers in the Chinese department would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year ahead! In this New Year, we look forward to seek your continuous parental support and involvement in your child’s learning of Chinese Language and we strive to nurture your child to excel academically and at the same time learn more about Chinese culture and its values.
Looking back, in 2012, our school celebrated her 100th year anniversary. We believe that the “Ai Tong” spirit of Xiao Ai, Xiao Tong, Xiao Cheng and Xiao Yi will continue to live and embed in everyone’s hearts. On the whole, our students achieved stellar performance for Chinese Language in the 2012 Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE).
Moving forward this year in 2013, the Chinese department will continue to focus on MOE’s directions in bringing forth a Values-Driven education and we strive to bring the school’s achievements in Chinese Language into greater heights.
Keeping this in mind, to provide further understanding and information on the teaching and learning of Chinese language in our school, we would like to give a brief introduction of the direction the Chinese department is heading towards in 2013:
1) Teaching and Learning
The department will streamline our pedagogy according to the requirements laid down by the Ministry of Education (MOE). Apart from the syllabus taught, we strive to nurture our students’ capability in both self-directed and collaborative learning.
The department will also focus on the training of oral communication, reading comprehension and composition. We will be implementing the PERI holistic assessment for Primary 1 to 3 students. Primary 4- 6 students will be undergoing a systematic preparation for the national examination. The department will enhance the student’s comprehension ability and general knowledge through reading activities and subscription of reading materials. Our department will also collaborate closely with the Chinese Culture department to organize cultural activities and conduct Civics and Moral Education (CME) for inculcating the correct values and understanding Chinese culture.
2) Assessment and Examinations
In order to lay a strong foundation and promote interest in the learning of Chinese language amongst the lower primary students, the department will be using formative assessment to track their learning progress. The department will be focusing on the learning needs of Primary 1-3 students, where formative assessments’ test items and rubrics will be set.
Additionally, the CL teachers will also provide immediate and constructive feedbacks which are aimed to assist your child in meeting the learning objectives stated.
According to revised requirements of the assessment:
- Primary 1: There will only be formative assessments for the whole year.
- Primary 2: There will be formative assessments for Term 1, 2 and 3 and students will only sit for one End-of-Year examination (SA2)
- Primary 3: There will be formative assessments for Term 1 and 3. Students will sit for the Mid-year (SA1) and End-of-Year (SA2) examinations.
- Primary 4 to 6 students will be taking 2 termly tests (CA) and 2 Semestral Assessments (SA).
To help students better prepare for the examinations and do a self-check on their learning and motivate them to learn further, we request that students, under the assistance of their teachers and parents, to do a target setting based on their academic readiness, at the same time coming up with an action plan to achieve their targets.
3) Homework Matters
Homework for Chinese usually includes completing exercises from the students’ activity books, writing book, composition, learning of spelling and worksheets for revision. We strive to ensure that students are given sufficient time to complete their Chinese homework. At the same time, we will continue to monitor and improve to ensure that the content of the homework given are interrelated and complement each other to achieve the purpose of consolidation of learning. Therefore, the words, phrases or sentences that students practice writing are all from the spelling list. The sentences in the spelling list that requires students to memorize are good phrases that the students can use in their Chinese compositions. The other sentences from the spelling list comes their activity books or worksheets for revision.
To emphasize the importance of writing legibly and neatly in Chinese, we have also added in the component of grading the students’ overall neatness and handwriting in the spelling test. To encourage students to study well for their spelling, a reward for students who scored full marks and graded an A or B for their neatness in handwriting in their spelling test will be that they will not be required to write the writing exercise for the next lesson. However, if the students themselves or parents would want them to write for the next lesson, the students are encouraged to do so. Homework forms the basis of consolidating the outcomes of students’ learning in the classroom and it is very important in students’ learning. We seek the cooperation of parents to assist our teachers in ensuring that your child completes his/her homework and hands in his/her punctually.
4) Subscription of Reading Materials
This year, the school has ordered the “Xin Lie Che” series and “Thumb’s Up” reading materials. We hope to use these reading materials to arouse learning interest of Chinese Language, enhancing knowledge base and instill the habit of reading regularly amongst our students. As for the exercises inside these reading materials, we hope that parents can assist your child to be selective and precise when choosing the questions. This is to help students become a self-directed learner by taking ownership of their own work. The teachers will also arrange their teaching schedule so as to use the reading materials for classroom teaching. Based on different learning needs, teachers will select relevant questions and topics to discuss in class. In addition, students who subscribe to the “Xin Lie Che” series will also have access to an online account on an e-learning platform to complete revision exercises that comes with interesting animations and stories.
5) E-Learning Platforms
The school sees the use of ICT in teaching and learning as an important tool of learning. The Chinese department has come up with a detailed plan on ICT in education, where students will be provided with sound and practical online resources for self-directed learning and supplementing their own learning needs. The different online platforms focus on the needs of different levels of students and we believe students will find them very useful.
All in all, with the students, teachers and parents working hand in hand together to cultivate the interest in learning Chinese, we believe that your child will have a fruitful year ahead.
If you have any queries, feedback or suggestions, feel free to contact us, thank you!
Ai Tong School Chinese Department