This week is my reading week for this term..reading week usually in Malaysia means that a week of study before your final exam but in CCCU, reading week is actually for reading! no exam afterwards..the aim of this week is actually for students to catch up with all the past readings,assignments and reorganise their academic stuff..usually reading is where my friends and i go travel elsewhere but this time i chose to stay here in Canterbury and actually do some reading and organise my files and notes..honestly,it is all because i want to save money for my euro trip next year..=)
for this entry, i am going to write about my experience in Sandgate Primary and how it is different from the primary system in Malaysia..
Firstly, i went to Sandgate Primary School, Folkestone last two weeks for my School Experience course..the next trip there will be next week on tuesday..i was placed in a year 1 class and it was a great experience..the children were so cute and so small and also so energetic..
In Malaysia,the primary students start class at 7.45am and end at 1.30pm but here in the UK, primary school starts at 9am and ends at 3pm..they have playtime and there is only one teacher that teaches every subject in the class..and there is also a teching assisstant to help out the teacher..this is totally different from the system in Malaysia as the teacher will change according to subjects.
They also have fruit time which the students are given 5-10 minutes to eat fruits they like and most of the students will choose carrots..they just eat like that..i was super impressed because i am not a fan of carrots..every day,they have around half an hour to do anything they like..such as maths,colouring,arts,reading..
the class that i went is a mixed ability class and the teacher put them into groups and gave them different task according to their ability..whereas in Malaysia the primary students are given the ssame task for everyone to do..
Lastly,is the age of when they start school..the start primary school at around 4 years old..they will have 2 years of foundation which is kindergarden in Malaysia..and they start year one at the age of 5 or 6..so they finish primary school at around 10 or 11 years old..this is different to our system which will start primary school at the age of 7 and ends at the age of 12..
here are some of the pictures of the school..we weren't allowed to take pictures of the children..pictures credit to Emira Nabila