Monday, June 5, 2017

June Holiday and Semester 2 preparation

The Math folder that was given to your just before the June holiday contains the following:
  1. Common Test paper (corrections should have been completed)
  2. Common Test paper review (this is an error analysis paper based on the mistakes made by the students - they have to identify the mistakes made by circling them in green ink and stating the source/cause of errors.
  3. 2 timed practice papers (they have re-attempted the paper for selected questions) (these papers have been graded)
  4. Personal Reflections (Post Common test 2017) (They should review what they have written and have been told to set a feasible strategy for semester 2)
  5. Bridge to Algebra (Practice puzzles for essential skills) (set of worksheets to test their fundamental concepts of Arithmetic and Algebra - to be written in their exercise book with full working shown.)
  6. S1 June Holiday Engagement - sample questions from OECD's PISA ASSESSMENTS (refer (B))
  7. Practice Questions based on GCE papers (suggest timed practice: 1mark = 1.5 minutes) (will be graded by teacher)
  8. Geometrical constructions (note) (refer to (C))
  9. Geometrical constructions (assignment 1) 
  10. Geometrical constructions (quiz)

June Holiday Engagement - Consolidation and Revision

Through the lessons and assessments, your child would have realised by now that, all the knowledge and skills learned are inter-connected and they lay the foundation to subsequent topics. It is, therefore, important for them the master new skills and strategies though sometimes they could apply skills and strategies they already know to (in primary school). They have to recognise the need to expand their repertoire of skills.

During the June holiday, we hope that students could take some time to unwind and rest. 
On the other hand, we would also like them to keep in touch with what they have learned so that it would be easier for them to pick up the momentum when the new term starts in 5 weeks' time.

Based on the analysis of their test performance as well as global trends, we have put together selected questions from the sample questions from the OECD's PISA assessment (which are related to the S1 topics) as the June Holiday Engagement Challenge. 
  • The questions will require students to apply reasoning skills and articulate their train of thought clearly in the written form, which are competencies that 21st-century learners need to develop. 
The set is included in the Holiday work folder. On the whole, the task should not take more than 4 hours. They are advised not do all questions in a single attempt. They may stagger the tasks over a few days and attempt the tasks in any order. 
  • Submission: Term 3 Week 1 (to be attempted on the PISA paper provided and may use own paper where necessary)
  • Softcopies of the handout is available via the GoogleSite (login required). 
Please advise your child to manage his/ her time well as it could be very stressful if he/ she is going to cramp all the work to be completed just before the school reopens.

Planning Ahead

In Term 3, the following topics will be covered:
  1. Geometrical Construction
  2. Functions and Linear Graphs
  3. Data Handling
To prepare ahead, students can refer to the textbook for the above topics to read ahead.
Reading resources from the Ace-Learning will be assigned (optional) - for those who would like to preview the topics before Term 3 starts.

For Geometrical Construction
  • The topic was introduced last week when the class was briefed on the expectations and preparation needed before school reopens.
  • Study notes for this topic were given last week. 
  • Softcopy of the notes and resource materials are available at the GoogleSite.
  • This is a partial-Self-Directed Learning (SDL) topic. Video clips to guide construction skills are available in the GoogleSite.
For Data Handling and Functions and Linear Graphs
  • Study notes for this topic will be given in Term 3.
  • Data Handling begins with solving simple problems with 4 statistical representations that they learned in Primary School.
  • Functions and Linear Graphs will require them to apply knowledge and skills learned in Algebra, and they are required to plot graph.
  • No task on this topic is assigned.

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