SK SUBANG Bestari 2 recently opened its doors to SK Sungai Buloh English panel head Nurhafizah Yaacob who shared her experience on using the Step Up education pullout by The Star.
The sharing session not only gave teachers new ideas to take home but also forged a good relationship between the two schools located in Selangor.
The colourful 24-page workbook-cum-activity English pullout is designed to help pupils in Years Four, Five and Six prepare for the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination.
Step Up also features Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia translations of difficult English words.
Nurhafizah recounted the days when her school began their subscription of Step Up, which comes with a copy of The Star newspaper.
“Pupils brought the newspaper home and their family felt a subtle change. All this while, they’ve never had an English newspaper in the house.
“The parents then contacted the school and suggested that teachers help pupils go through Step Up and incorporate it into lessons,” she said.
SK Subang Bestari 2 English panel head Nor Shahbinar Kamil, who teaches Year Six pupils, said that the sharing session was informative.
“The students in SK Sungai Buloh and SK Subang Bestari 2 more or less share the the same proficiency levels, so Nurhafizah’s ideas are workable.
“This enhances our usage of the pullout.
“The session has given me new ideas and the teachers here can expand the usage of Step Up. Apart from using it in class, we can also use it outside of the classroom,” she said.
Fellow colleague Siti Farah Azuah Nasir said: “It was a very good sharing session! I’m so glad that she came to our school.”
“This is a golden opportunity for teachers in this school to get insights to using Step Up efficiently.
“Aside from how to use the pullout, we also learned how to fully utilise the copy of The Star newspaper that comes with the pullout. There are so many activities we can do with the newspaper and the pullout,” she said.
“It was also a good gathering for English primary school teachers. It helped us expand knowledge in our line of teaching,” she added.
SK Subang Bestari 2 headmaster Md Hishamuddin Md Yaacob said he hopes to have more sharing sessions like this.
“It benefits both sides. In the future, we can also share our story with other schools. This is a start of a good relationship between our school and SK Sungai Buloh.”
He added that he is thankful that The Star facilitated in helping the school improve English Language teaching.
“This helped spark more ideas and showed the many ways teachers can use the pullout and newspaper.”
For more information about this English language resource for Primary schools, call The Star’s Customer Care Unit at 1-300-88-7827 from Monday to Friday (9am-5pm). Subscription is through schools only.
The pullout is endorsed by the Education Ministry.
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