Curriculum FAQ

Will there be a book list published for older learners? 
For most of the subjects that your child learns at Nexus we draw our resources from such a wide range of media, including books, schemes of work and The Internet that we do not require parents to purchase textbooks as such. However in some of the language options parents may be asked to provide textbooks. The language teachers will supply the list. For IPC themes there are a number of recommended websites and books, which teachers draw upon. The lists can be found on our website under Curriculum - primary - IPC research resources. Each year group site may also provide links for research resouces that are specifically needed for a unit of work. Please note that this is not a complete list of the resources that teachers use nor should it be taken as a substitute for the curriculum goals. 


Is there a home-school communication book and will it be checked?
Some year groups use the communication book as a way of communicating between home and school. However it is important that learners are told when there is a message to give to the teacher and they are not automatically checked each day as learning starts straight away and teachers don’t have time to check all blue books. An email is generally a more reliable and quicker form of communication. In Years 1, 2 , 5 and 6 prefer to use only email. Each year group also maintains a website where specific year group information can be disseminated. The sites can be accessed from our intranet at: https://sites.google.com/a/nexus.edu.my/nexus-parent-portal/primary 


Do Nexus have a reading scheme?
Yes and learners use it when they are beginning readers and as they develop their reading skills. However once learners are proficient at reading (usually around Year 5) they will be guided to choose an appropriate ‘Free reader’. Class teachers and librarians monitor the reading books that learners choose.


Is there a library session?
Yes each class is timetabled to spend 40minutes in the library each week. The library will of course be open at other times and learners are encouraged to use it as and when required.


What languages are offered for the Primary Learners?
Spanish, Mandarin or Bahasa Malaysia are offered as focus languages for Years 3 to 6 (3 sessions per week). In Years 1 and 2 the learners can choose from either Mandarin or Bahasa. All children will have one Bahasa Integration session per week. (Please contact the class teacher if you are not sure what this is).


Where can I get information about music, PE or Language lessons?
The subject specialist teachers can all be contacted via email (check the website for addresses). Alternatively the class teacher can help you to make contact with the subject specialist teachers.


What IPC topics will my child be learning this year?
We try to give as much information as we can in the Curriculum letters that are sent to parents each term. In addition you will receive a letter detailing the learning goals that will be addressed before the beginning of each new topic. An overview of the yearly curriculum maps can be found on the website. The whole school, IPC route map is also displayed in the school.


How can I see what my child has been doing in class?
Our learners on generally excellent at talking about their own learning so ask them - “What have you learnt today?” or “What challenged you today?” Teachers are also available to talk with you at many times, we just request that you make an appointment first. Many of the classes have wonderful displays both inside the class and outside in the corridor so do have a look. Also the year group sites showcase your children’s learning so please keep checking.


What subjects will home-learning be given in?
Home-learning will be given in English, Maths, the subjects covered in IPC and the Language Other Than English (LOTE) studied. The duration of time that each learner spends on home learning varies between year groups - please see the class teacher for details.


Is Home learning customised to the level of each learner?
As much as possible home-learning is differentiated in order to challenge each learner. The purpose of home-learning is to improve learning not just to keep children busy and so if the home-learning is too easy or too difficult for your child he/she should discuss this with the class teacher.


How does Nexus evaluate the learners?
Assessment is fundamental to learning at Nexus. Formative Assessment or Assessment for Learning means that we are constantly working with the learners to find out what they already know, what they are learning and what they need to learn next. We, as teachers have several tools to help us with this: Some of these tools are the Recording Learner Progress grids (RLPs) and the AFL online tool from the IPC.

We also use several standardised tests in order to forecast how each learner could be achieving and then to give us an idea of how they have achieved compared with their forecast and with other learners of the same age around the world. These tests are conducted at the beginning and the end of the school year.

Reports are sent to parents on a regular basis. A copy of the Assessmment for Learning progress is sent to parents at the end of each IPC theme and termly progress reports are sent to parents for Prersonal Goals, Maths, English and LOTE. We use the assessment markers of beginning, developing and mastering.


What will the learners miss when they take part in the music programme?
Two sessions of general music are offered every week for all primary learners. There is also a more specialist music programme for those who choose it, which takes part during the school day. These lessons offer a great opportunity for the learners to learn how to play an instrument with a specialised teacher, but it is inevitable that the learners will miss something from the rest of the curriculum. It is up to parents and learners to weigh up the costs and benefits for the learner and decide whether or not to take up the opportunity. If you would like to hear more about this then please contact the Performing Arts department (address on the website).


What activities are available for learners during morning exercise?
Between 8.25am and 8.45am we expect all learners to be actively involved in exercise. Morning exercise starts at 8.25am each morning and the table below shows what is on offer for the different year groups. 
 
Where Who What
MPR Year 2-4 Dance
Courts Year 4-6 Relays
Sports Hall Year 2-6 Fitness
Field Year 2-6 Being Active