Welcome to Shuqun Primary School Primary 1 Orientation 2013 • Welcome address by Principal • Matters pertaining to Primary 1 • Talk on transition to Primary 1 • Briefing on School rules, expectations and regulations • Talk on dental health services in school • Completion of Pupil Data Form • Fetching of child from classroom P1 Orientation 2013 Starting Primary School Starting school can be liberating as well as daunting for both of you. Preparation • Your 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. “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Shuqun Primary School School Vision A vibrant learning community, rooted in values and ready to serve. School Mission To nurture a star in every Shuqunite, who places community above self School Core Values ‘I CARE’ Values – Integrity, Care, Adaptability, Respect and Excellence C2015 Student Outcomes Confident Person Thinks independently Communicates effectively Has good inter-personal skills Concerned Citizen Is informed about world and local affairs Empathises with and respects others Participates actively Self-directed Learner Takes responsibility for own learning Questions, reflects, perseveres Uses technology adeptly Active Contributor Exercises initiative and takes risks Is adaptable, innovative, resilient Aims for high standards School Direction and Focus A, B, C Strategic Thrusts A – A Star in Every Shuqunite Academic Excellence , Leadership and Character Development , Healthy Living B – Best Place to Learn & Work Capacity Building and Vibrant Learning Environment C – Community for Us, We for the Community Service Learning , Community Partnerships Shuqun Primary School Strategic Plan (2011-2015) Mission Vision Strategic Thrusts Long Term Goals Best Place to Learn and Work A Star in Every Shuqunite Leadership Sub Thrusts Academic & Excellence Character Devt Improved Academic Results Values Healthy Lifestyle Pupils Pupils actively recognised for engaged in Leadership healthy lifestyle and Good behaviour Capacity Building Improved Staff Engagement In Professional Growth Vibrant Learning Env Improved Pupil Engagement in Learning QSE: 3.3 Recognition Surpass Comparable Schs for PSLE CDA CHERSIH: Silver BENS: People OE Niche Sports Top 4 placing for 2 Sports Sch Climate Engagement: C Community for Us, We for the Community Community Community Service Partnerships Active pupil Participation in Environmental Education and Service Learning Biytes: Above 3 EV Score: Upper Band 2 SYF Silver & Gold Green Audit: Lotus Effective partnerships Sustained partnerships with Selected organisations NE Devt Award KPIs Student Outcomes: Engaged Learner , Rooted in Values & Ready to Serve RESOURCES ASSESSMENT & REVIEW Version 3 : May 2013 What goes into SQPS school life ? A wide STAGE Curriculum to customise curriculum ( Basic /Stretch / APEX) Structured Student Leadership Programmes Leadership and Character Devt through Outdoor Education Level based Learning Journeys and OE Camps range of CCAs Academic and Non Academic Enrichment Programmes Learning Support Programmes Talent Development Programmes Developmental programmes for Social & Emotional Learning Parents as Partners in Education • Be involved in your child’s education and development • Ensure school attendance is not compromised • Be in communication with your child’s teachers • Make routines of checking homework , packing bag according to time-table, reading letters and notifications from school • Know your child’s school schedule , upcoming events etc • Check Pupil Diary EVERYDAY and monitor progress Things to take note of … • Monthly Letter from the principal • Termly letter from the Head of Level . This will include calendar of events for the term • Assessment Workplan and other relevant assessment information • Any other programme or event , either a Notification letter or Consent Form • When in doubt , consult the school /teachers ! Primary 1 2014 Mdm Morni Bte Ahmad Level Head of P1 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 65637129 (SQPS) A Cluster 1A1 1A2 1A3 B Cluster 1B1 1B2 1B3 C Cluster 1C1 1C2 1C3 Terrific Transition: Supporting Your Child’s Transitions to Primary School Ms Cristin Oh Allied Educator (Counselling) What do we mean by “transitions”? It is a process of adapting to changes. Slide #3 Terrific Transition The move from preschool to Primary School is one of the most important transitions a child will make. Slide #7 Terrific Transitions: Strong Connections Between Home and School Can Help Ease Children’s Transition Into School. Slide #2 What 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 . What Transitions Mean to the Child? For young children, the transition to school is much more than simply changing buildings or settings. It means adapting 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. Benefits of Facilitating Transition Slide #5 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 Common Difficulty faced during Transition: School Anxiety Separation Anxiety During transitions, children may feel Sad Confused Anxious Uncertain Overwhelmed Insecure Slide #8 I don't want to go to school today …… Maybe they may feel ill or really tired because they didn't have a good sleep. they feel worried about something at home or at school they want to stay in their own house and forget about everything else. someone is giving them a difficult time. What 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!” What Parents Can Do… 1. Know and manage your own wants and expectations 2. Support regular school attendance & attend school events 3. Discuss the link between success in school and success in life . (e.g. relate to movies, news articles, etc.) What 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 reading Teach 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. Encourage your child EARLY Remember his needs and habits. Plan together with your child i.e. develop a new routine for school and homework Discuss and agree on rewards and consequences, along with reasonable rules. Emphasize positive aspects of school i.e. early familiarization of school environment during holidays Continuity Occurs To ensure continuity, it is important that schools and home help create connections that support children during the transition to school. Slide #9 Contents: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. PERI PAL @ Shuqun STELLAR PSG Self-Help Groups (CDAC, Mendaki and Sinda) • • • • Sing songs Listen to stories Read aloud Read fluently and confidently • Present their ideas • Write stories/journals • • • Solve problems using different strategies Explore numbers and patterns Make use of manipulatives to enhance learning • • • • • Listen to stories Read fluently Speak confidently Write correctly Understand culture Holistic Assessment English Mathematics Mother Tongue • Listening tasks • Performance • Reading tasks Based (oral/ running Assessment records/ poetry • Mini Tests recitation/ show and tell) • Picture discussion • Writing tasks • Mini Tests • Listening Task • Reading Task • Picture Conversation • Poetry Recitation • Mini Tests Term 1 1. Pupil’s Portfolio 2. Holistic Report Card Term 2 1. Pupil’s Portfolio 2. Mid-Year Report Card Term 3 1.Pupil’s Portfolio 2. Holistic Report Card Term 4 1. Pupil’s Portfolio 2. Year-End Report Card PAL @ Shuqun Integrity, the Foundation . People, our Focus . Learning, our Passion . Excellence, our Pursuit 36 Copyright © Ministry of Education, Singapore. Objectives of PAL @ Shuqun Outdoor Education Performing Arts Visual Arts Sports (1) Broad exposure & experiences through fun and varied activities 37 Modules Planning For Primary 1 students PAL Modules Sports Outdoor Education Visual Arts Performing Arts Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Modules Planning For Primary 2 students PAL Modules Sports Term 1 Term 2 Outdoor Education Visual Arts Performing Arts Term 3 Term 4 Timetable For Primary 1 and 2 students Time 10 a.m. to 12 noon 12 noon to 12.30 p.m. 1 p.m to .4.30 p.m. 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Monday Wednesday Friday Eng/Maths/ MT A Cluster Eng/Maths/ MT B Cluster Eng/Maths/ MT C Cluster Lunch Normal Timetable PAL Lesson A Cluster PAL Lesson B Cluster PAL Lesson C Cluster Admin Things to note: 1. Make transport arrangements with the bus company 2. Lunch 3. Extra pocket money STELLAR Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading The STELLAR Vision Children Who Love Reading and Have a Strong Foundation in the English Language STELLAR at Lower Primary 1. Shared Reading Experiences 3. Language Activities in Learning Centres 2. Shared Writing Experiences LSM – 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 English Early 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. Parent Support Group (PSG) As Member of the PSG • Volunteer in school programmes/projects • Network with other like-minded parents • Have a better understanding of the school and its programmes • Learn & share skills through workshops How can you contribute as a PSG • Attend / support school events • Provide constructive feedback for the betterment of the school • Offer professional & personal expertise to the PSG • Organise workshops for parents & students • Support and advocate the school’s mission & vision SELF-HELP GROUPS 65 Tanjong Katong Rioad (436957) Main Line: 6841 4889 www.cdac.org.sg 51 Kee Sun Avenue Singapore 457056 Main Line: 6245 5555 www.mendaki.org.sg Singapore Indian Deveopment Association (Sinda) No 1. Beatty Road Singapore 20994 Main Line: 62985911 THANK YOU Welcome to Shuqun What Parents Need to Know Student Development Department School 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 10.00am • Dismissal Time : 6.30pm (Mon-Fri) • Recess timings for P1 : 3 to 3.30pm Dismissal • Teachers will lead students out to the void deck of Blk 470 • Teachers will carry signs indicating the class 1B1 • Wait for your child/ward patiently at the void deck • Please do not pull your child/ward out from the class line as he/she moves to the void deck • No parking available for parents in the school premises. Dismissal • Please be punctual in fetching your child/ward at 6.30 pm. • Parents who are late need to fetch their children from the General Office • Students who are taking the school bus will wait for the bus at the concourse area Student Handbook • All students must purchase the student handbook • Contains all important information such as: – School contacts – Holidays – Academic information – School rules etc. School Rules • The school rules can be found in detail in the Students’ Handbook • Some rules to take note: – Only plain white shoes/socks (covering ankles) are allowed – Only plain black hair accessories are allowed – Only simple gold/silver ear studs/earrings are allowed – All shirts, blouses and PE t-shirts must have a name tag sewn on (to be ordered through bookshop) School Rules • Some rules to take note: – Handphones are not allowed Communication Between Parents & School • School Communication File – Purple file – School letters are filed in – Parents to initial on top right hand corner as acknowledgement – May be checked periodically by teachers Communication Between Parents & School • Student Handbook – All students are to purchase the Student Handbook. – Both parents and teachers can write notes in the handbook as a form of communication • E-mail address: email@example.com • SQPS website: http://www.shuqunpri.moe.edu.sg • Telephone calls via the office: 65637129 Entering 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 you • Return the visitor pass before you leave the school How to Contact a Teacher • Leave a message with the General Office (Response may not be immediate) • Email the teacher – An introductory letter with teachers’ email addresses will be issued within the first week of school First Day of School 2 Jan, Thurs • Parents are allowed to bring their children into the school hall for the assembly starting from 12.15 p.m. [only on this day] • All parents must leave the school premises after the assembly. First & Second Day of School Recess Arrangement [2, 3 & 6 Jan] • 2.30 – 3.00 pm: 1A1, 1A2, 1A3, 1B1,1B2 • 3.00 – 3.30 pm: 1C1, 1C2, 1C3, 1B3 • P5 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). First & Second Day of School Guidelines • Allow your child to buy food on his/her own with P5 buddies’ guidance • Stay within the cordoned area • Leave the premises after recess • We seek parents’ cooperation and understanding to adhere to the guidelines • If you need help, please approach the teacher on duty Parenting 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 Helping 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 tag • You may want to write your contact number on the reverse side of the name tag Helping Your Child to Prepare for School • Maintaining a manageable bag load – Avoid 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 3.0kg P2: Not more than 3.5kg Helping Your Child to Prepare for School • Label your child’s belongings with name and class – Insoles of shoes – Wallet/purses – Books – Water bottles – Pencil case Helping Your Child to Prepare for School • School Attire – On 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 uniform – Name 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 Tshirts) Helping Your Child to Prepare for School • Home monitoring – Play an active role in monitoring your child’s daily work and progress • Putting structures in place at home – A proper study area – A timetable for work and play – Always emphasize the importance of attending school regularly Importance 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 awards During exams/tests, absences MUST be covered by medical certification by doctors Importance of School Attendance • The following examples of reasons for absences are considered non-valid: – Going on tours during school days – Staying at home to take care of siblings – Overslept – Missed the school bus Have a wonderful day!