During Year 5 the child will go through rapid growth. This means it will be of importance for you as their parent/guardian to speak to your child about changes in their body which they might experience. If you require help from the school administration, help can be offered from PSCD or guidance teachers in their school.
During scholastic year 2018-2019 the Half-Yearly examinations in Year 5 are being replaced by continuous assessment, conducted throughout the year. The time previously spent doing the Half-Yearly examinations will be taken over by further teaching and learning. The annual examinations of Social Studies, Religious Education and Ethics Education will also be replaced by continuous assessment.
The Annual examinations in Mathematics, English and Maltese will continue to be held. Annual past papers are available on website curriculum.gov.mt.
An annual examination in Science is being introduced. A sample annual paper for Science is available here. The annual examination marks in Mathematics, English, Maltese and Science will consist of a subject mark which combines Continuous Assessment and Annual examination marks.
In this year there will be a brief introduction to enjoying the diversity of foreign languages. A celebration of foreign languages will be enjoyed in class through the music, art and culture of different languages. This programme is referred to as Foreign Language Awareness Programme (FLAP). More information is available here.
Children gifted in Mathematics and in Athletics will be encouraged to participate in national competitions which encourage talent. The activity in Mathematics is entitled Hi5 Maths competition. The activity in Athletics will be led by the teachers of Physical Education.
Unfortunately, bullying behaviors start to emerge at very young ages. Primary school settings offer a chance for educators to prevent and stop the emergence of bullying behavior and to work on the development of positive social interactions.
If you suspect that your child is suffering from bullying, anxiety or behavioural issues with their peers, help is available. We suggest that you make contact with the school administration, who have experience in dealing with these kinds of issues and can lead you to the best way you can help your child adapt and start enjoying the beauty of school.
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One can register their child according to the locality of residence. If for example, one resides in Zejtun, then the parent needs to go to Zejtun Primary. If parents need to register the child in a school which is not within the locality of residence, they need to go to the Office of the College Principal of the school they intend to send their child to and register the child there. Since the second case is an out of locality scenario, parents will be advised on whether there is availability within their school of choice, or not.
Uniforms can be purchased from ‘Yorkie Clothing’, Triq San Giljan, B'Kara BKR 2808 (Near Mater Dei Hospital). During the summer holidays Yorkie Clothing’ collaborates with Colleges and offer to sell uniforms in one or more schools, on fixed dates. These dates will be given to parents through the schools within that particular College.
Schools give priority to the children’s well-being in a holistic manner and we believe that healthy eating is a very major part of a child’s development. Information about the healthy eating policy in schools is available at: https://bit.ly/2JuLv71
The Learning Outcomes Programme is available here.
Parents/guardians can support and complement their child’s learning experience by keeping track of the learning experience being conducted in school. Parents are encouraged to communicate regularly with their children about their daily experience at school, listen to what the children have to say and support requests for support by the children. Talking to one’s children is time well-invested. Parents should also make available additional books and other educational resources at home so that children can further expand their learning experiences. Such resources can be borrowed from public or school libraries. According to the children’s age, parents may spend time reading to their children in both English and Maltese, or encourage the children to read a variety of genres which are of interest to them.
Educational toys can also support children to delve deeper in areas that are relevant and of interest to them. Educational entertainment resources, including educational digital games, help to increase the children’s experiences. Time spent on such entertainment should be balanced out with other time spent doing physical activity and socializing.
In case of difficulties that a child may be facing at school, the parent should contact either the teacher or the Head of School to clarify any issues. Only if the parent is not satisfied with the reply received, should he/she contact the office of the College Principal.
Informal outside school activities such as participating in sports, music, arts, dance, drama, etc, or attending clubs which help the children to socialize and to widen their experiences and skills required for lifelong learning, is suggested. Physical activities such as sports, walks in the countryside and other similar activities help the children to grow healthy. This should be complemented by a daily healthy lunch and dinner, according to the children’s age.
The next scholastic year will commence on the 26th of September 2018. The mid-term holidays will be between the 1st and the 5th November. Christmas holidays will start on the 24th of December 2018 and school will start the second term on the 7th January 2019.
Carnival holidays will be on the 4th and 5th March 2019 whilst the Easter holidays will begin on the 17th April until the 25th April 2019. Annual exams will take place between the 21st and the 28th of June 2019.
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