Latest news and updates for our Kuala Lumpur Young Learner parents - Jan 2017

Parents’ Welcome Talk

For all parents of PP1-6 level students, there will be a talk during the last 15 minutes of your child’s lesson. We ask that you could kindly be on time to this, as there will be little space in the classrooms, and we have lots of information to give you.

The teacher will be able to introduce themselves to you, give information about the course and studying at the British Council, and show you the new Primary Plus portal, which you and your child will be able to use as of week 3.

If you would like help to set up your Primary Plus portal account, which is different from last year, you can bring your tablet/smartphone to the welcome talk, where the teacher will be able to talk you through the process step-by-step.

We look forward to meeting you all!

Storytelling

Our resident storyteller, Keats, will be back again in week 3 to tell stories based around the theme of Chinese New Year to our Young Learners. The stories are appropriate for our Primary Plus students and space is limited, so participation will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Storytelling will take place in the placement test area on the ground floor, and will run from 1:20pm-2:00pm.

It would be lovely to see you all there!

Reading Challenge 2017: The Big Friendly Read

The popular reading challenge is back at the KL teaching centre!

Is your child an avid reader? Or would you like to inspire them to read more? Then join this year’s Reading Challenge. Open to all Primary Plus and Upper Primary students, the challenge is to read six books by the end of term. Simply choose a book from the Reading Challenge Corner, sign it out, read it and complete a special record sheet. When you return your book, you can choose another one. Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a special certificate.

*This challenge will be moving to the Damansara centre in Term 2*

Parent workshops

We will have two Parent workshops this term. Workshops take place in room 17 from 1:20-2:00pm and space is limited, so we recommend parents arrive on time to get a seat. There will also be a film showing in room 18 for children to watch while parents attend the talk.

The first parent workshop, which will be in week 5 (11th and 12th February) will be ‘Welcome to the British Council’. Here you’ll learn important information about the British Council, our teachers, our classes and how you can help your child get the most from their lessons. All parents are welcome, though parents of new students will get the most benefit from it.

The second workshop, in week 8 (4 and 5 March) will be on the topic of ‘How we assess Older Young Learners’. In this workshop we will look at how we assess our Upper Primary and Secondary students. We will show you examples of our writing assessments and how we provide feedback to the students. This workshop is for parents of Upper Primary, Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary students.

Osbourne the Owl

Osbourne the Owl is back for Primary Plus!

Do you want to encourage your child to practice their writing? Osbourne the Owl is waiting for their letters. Collect a letter template from near the library, write a letter to Osbourne the Owl and he will reply to your child in 2 weeks.

Last year we had a fantastic response to Osbourne the Owl project and it helped many of our younger students get excited about writing in English. So grab a letter template and get writing today!

How can you help your child remember?

Helping our children to review and memorise their school work is often a challenge; long study sessions and repetitive exercises can be tiring and demotivating. Thankfully, modern ideas about how to improve our memories show that by making some small changes, we can make a big difference to our children’s ability to remember their school-work, as well as making the process more engaging.

  • Make a Small Change: We often think of consistency as important for study, however, every time we do something different we make the memory richer and easier to recall in the future. Any small change has a huge benefit to learning: listening to music, studying in the park, anything!
  •  Avoid the Fluency Trap: The ‘Fluency Trap’ is where we believe that we will ALWAYS know something because we know it NOW. Our children may suffer from this problem when choosing what to study, so we should encourage them to revise all their class work a couple of weeks afterwards, and space out the study sessions so that they will see where the gaps in their knowledge are.
  • Testing IS Studying: The act of recalling a memory in a test situation requires a lot more brain power than sitting and memorising, and this makes the memory stronger. Try giving your child quick 5 minute tests on the work they have studied that day, or show your child websites such as learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org, where they can quickly complete short tests after each study session.
  • Take a Break: If your son or daughter is struggling with an exercise, encourage them to rest, play sports, sit down for a meal; the activity isn’t important, it’s the break from the problem which helps. In this time, their subconscious steps in to start working on the problem, and when they start again, they should have a clearer idea of how to work it out.

 

At the British Council, our teachers put these theories into practise to aid your child’s memory of the material studied in class, as well as giving them study skills which are transferable to all of their future studies. Getting students to move in the classroom, constantly reviewing work to avoid the fluency trap, and encouraging students to work with their classmates, all enrich their memory of English and make the classes more enjoyable as well!