Science and Maths are two subjects PSLE students often struggle with. Find out how you can help your child with his Science and Maths PSLE revision.
The PSLE is around the corner and Primary Six students in Singapore are actively getting ready for their exams.
Parents are usually quite concerned about their children’s PSLE performance because the understanding is that the scores determine which (good) secondary schools they can get into. However, what this mindset does is create a lot of stress for both parents and children.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) realises this, and is trying to re-angle the purpose of the PSLE, hopefully reducing the amount of anxiety and stress for both parents and children in the process.
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat recently said that the PSLE will not be abolished as “it is important in setting a local and international benchmark for what 12-year-olds can achieve. However, the shift to using letter grades instead of exact scores, “is a way to plan for the next stage of a student’s learning journey.”
This learning journey is one that goes beyond the confines of the classroom and into the “real world”. It is a process of acquiring skills and knowledge to help your children face the challenges of adulthood — and this is what the PSLE aims to assist children with.
Imparting real-world knowledge
Science and Maths are two disciplines that are given a lot of focus when it comes to PSLE revision — and it’s not hard to understand why.
Just imagine if your child didn’t have a basic knowledge of Science and Maths while growing up. He wouldn’t be able to understand why bread turns to toast in the toaster without knowledge about electricity. He wouldn’t be able to get the correct change at the school canteen if he didn’t understand simple maths concepts.
And when he grows up and ventures into the adult world, a good understanding of both Science and Maths will impart him with important skills such as problem solving, logical and critical thinking that will benefit him both in his work and life in general.
When it comes to Science and Maths PSLE revision, students often practise sums, equations and formulae repeatedly. While this enables them to familiarise themselves with, or even memorise the solutions to Maths or Science problems, does it really help them understand the “hows and whys” of what they are learning?
It also throws them off balance when presented with questions that don’t follow the standard “routine”. Michelle Choo, Mathematics educator and author of PSLE Strategise and Score, says that to properly master Math and expertly solve any problem, students need to understand the basic underlying concepts of this subject, regardless of the format the problem is presented in.
Ms. Choo further explains that while understanding the basic concepts of Maths is crucial, creative problem solving which requires thinking out of the box is equally important. To gain this skill, students need to be exposed to non-routine situations and appropriate mental strategies.
So how can parents help their children establish a strong foundation by picking up key strategies and ace PSLE?
To find out more about the exact books that can help your child with his Science and Maths PSLE revision, read on to the next page!