Grade 5 will sit the Cambridge Young Learners exams on Monday, 5th November. This will be done in school hours at school and the exam fees are being paid for by SPH.
YLE (Cambridge Young Learners English Tests)
These tests are an enjoyable and non-threatening way of assessing the English of children between the ages of 7 and 12. There are three levels:
Grade 5 will sit the Flyers level.
The tests provide a gentle introduction to public exams and research shows that children find the tests highly motivating. They aim to:
sample relevant and meaningful language use
measure ability accurately and fairly
present a positive impression of international tests
promote and encourage effective learning and teaching
What do the tests involve?
Reading and Writing
This is a paper and pencil test which lasts for 40 minutes (Flyers). Texts are short and constrained by a specified set of words and structures. Children perform simple operations such as selecting and ticking, writing words and phrases in gaps, or answering open-ended questions. Papers are sent to Cambridge ESOL for marking.
This is also a paper and pencil test which lasts for 25 minutes (Flyers). As with the Reading and Writing paper, texts are limited in the language assessed to what is specified in the test specifications. Children listen to short recorded dialogues involving both child and adult speakers, and perform simple operations such as drawing lines, selecting, matching and colouring. Papers are sent to Cambridge ESOL for marking.
This is a face-to-face test which lasts between 5 and 10 minutes with suitably qualified, experienced and trained Examiners. Children perform various activities in response to prompts from the examiner using visual prompts, and give simple information about themselves. Mrs. Jane is a registered examiner and will prepare the students for all of these tests.
Every child who attempts all three components will receive an Award showing a number of shields (Cambridge crests) up to five for each component. For example, a child may obtain three shields for Reading and Writing, four shields for Listening and five shields for Speaking. The minimum Award for children who have attempted all three components is an Award with one shield for each component.
Marking is completed at Cambridge ESOL within two weeks of receiving the children's completed answer booklets. So children should receive their Awards within one month of taking their test, allowing for despatch time.
Once awarded Cambridge ESOL YLE certificates are valid for life.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Well done Grade 5. You had a lesson drawing a Picasso sketch upside down. Here are some of the students' work. These drawings were done upside down so that the students would learn to 'see' with their right brain. The knight comes from a sketch done by a sixteenth-century German artist.
Here are some of the drawings done yesterday:
Monday, October 1, 2007
Here are some before and after drawings from people who have done the real course from 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' in America. I will be interested to see your development Grade 5. These people attended a 5 day intensive workshop that went for 8 hours a day. It will take us a lot longer as we don't have as much time to do this in.
Hi Grade 5, I'm just marking your Beatrix Potter reports. They are really, really good! I need you to post your final copy to your blog. Remember to include a picture to make the post more interesting. You have earned a couple of special drawings lessons. I hope that you are ready? You will need to bring some A3 sized paper and your graphite pencil. I have made some view finders for you which you can buy from me. They are Rp 20.000 each. I had to go to Bogor to get a special kind of hard plastic as it is safer for you to use than glass.
You will also need a drawing board. I have some at school but there was only enough board for 9 people. The size is about 70cm X 50cm or just a little larger than your drawing paper. You might prefer to have your own so you can bring it home to practice on. Your first task tomorrow will be a drawing test so you will need to bring a small hand held mirror.