Wednesdays have never been the same for the Year Four, Five and Six pupils of SK (P) Pudu 2 since the school started using The Star's NiE (Newspaper-in-Education) activities in the classroom.
Not only are the children eager to try the different activities listed in each week's pullout, they literally wait for the newspaper to be delivered each Wednesday so they can start work!
Said the school's English and Science teacher Mimi Saliza Abdul Rahman, “My students are very eager to use the newspaper, and I find that it is very good and helpful, especially for Science.”
The school's Maths and English teacher Chen Lai Meng said, “It’s good to expose students to the newspaper as it is an excellent way to widen their knowledge and vocabulary. My students are always very excited to receive the newspaper every Wednesday.”
The school, located next to the busy Jalan Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur, has an enrolment of 146 students. More than half of these students – 75 Year Four, Five and Six pupils – subscribe to The Star weekly.
According to the school's head of English Thendral Sivabalan, newspapers have always played an important part in English lessons here. The school's English department decided to use The Star this year and include the Year Four and Year Five students, after looking over samples of the NiE.
Thendral said, “We initially wanted the Year Two and Year Three students to subscribe to it as well, but decided to limit it to the upper primary students after getting feedback from parents. Still, some Year Three pupils actually ask me ‘why don’t we get the newspaper as well?’”
According to her, using the NiE “is a change from the syllabus” and “stimulates questions” from the students.
Year Six student Lee May Koon said, “I love it! Reading the NiE supplement is so much fun. I really like the cutting and pasting activities because it’s just like a treasure hunt!”
Sisters Nur Syaziela Rosmen, Year Five, and Nur Syazwanie Rosmen, Year Six, like the newspaper for the information it provides.
Nur Syaziela said, “I read the whole newspaper, and my favourite sections are Metro and NiE because there are lots of interesting articles there.”
Year Four student Anne Mary Ryan Arul finds the NiE supplement helpful in her studies, and the questions interesting and challenging. She enjoys the articles in Stuff@School because it “tells what happens to students like us”. She would love it if they could use the newspaper everyday.
Year Six student Christina Mary Louis said she really likes the topics and that the articles make her want to read more.
Christina hopes that they will continue using the NiE in class, and that her Year One and Year Two juniors will also get to use it.