Late last year, before we left for our term break, the PREP 2 PSLE (P2P) team embarked on a new initiative called the Readiness Test. This assessment is meant to identify a child’s strengths as well as difficulties in coping with challenging components of the English exams. For our inaugural mass assessment on 29th November 2019, we received an encouraging number of 47 parents who expressed their interests by signing their child up to participate in this initiative. The Bishan branch was bustling with activities from 9 am as the queue started to form before the readiness test took place. Our Prep2PSLE curriculum specialists were all raring to go as we took on our respective roles. We had a total of two sessions for that day, the first being from 9.30 am to 12.00 pm and the second was right after lunch, from 1.30 pm till 4.00 pm.

P2P PSG Talk

While students sat for the readiness test, parents were invited to attend a Parent Support Group (PSG) talk entitled Gear Up for Upper Primary English. This is followed by a consultation session where our Educational Therapists shared their observations based on how the students did for the test as well as address the concerns highlighted by parents about their children’s academic struggles or language abilities.

For our talk, right off the bat, we have managed to capture our parents’ attention as they were faced with the assessment format, the breakdown of the different components in an English paper as well as their respective percentage. It was definitely something that parents were concerned about especially seeing the percentage for components that their children have displayed struggles in. With Paper 2 taking almost 50% of the overall marks, it became clearer as to why P2P programme was formed in the first place. We acknowledge the difficulties, we have highlighted the areas of concern and we want to help our struggling learners.

As we went through the PSG talk, it was definitely encouraging witnessing the parents’ enthusiasm attempting to answer the chosen questions and understanding the rationale behind how that is the answer. It was heartening to see that the parents were present and really wanted to support their child’s learning. More often than not, our usage of the English language has been taught and internalized to be correct as long as it sounds correct. However, our dyslexic learners learn differently. Our curriculum aims to follow systematic patterns that ensure a structured, sequential and cumulative approach in teaching. It is our hope that our step-by-step approach allows our students to commit what is taught to memory much easier as well as understand the rationale as to how to systematically derive an answer.

Readiness Test1 Readiness Test2

It was indeed a fulfilling day for the PREP2PSLE team as we wrapped up with 30 new sign-ups before the term break. More importantly, this means 30 new students with dyslexia being supported in their English Paper 2. The readiness test also gave us the opportunity to be up close and personal with our dyslexic learners’ parents to learn more about their concerns as well as assure them that we are always here to help our learners succeed. For more information on PREP2PSLE click here.

By Nur Ashikin Binte Kamaruddin, Senior Educational Therapist