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Monday, February 4, 2013

UPSR: Tips for Teaching Section A in Paper 2 (1)

   With the implementation of KSSR, KBSR will soon be demolished. That is, in three years time. There are still three batches of pupils who must go through UPSR and fortunately(?) I am lucky enough to have been selected to teach Year 6 this year. Yayyy!! (pumps hand into the air while trying very hard to ignore how much it's shaking).

   Alhamdulillah, I've been blessed with the fact that my mentor in school (who also happens to be the PK HEM) is an expert on UPSR answering techniques for English. He has traveled quite extensively around Gua Musang to give talks to pupils and teachers alike, and from what I've seen (I've had the privilege of accompanying him once or twice) the teachers and pupils all like his method as it helps them to have a system for answering the questions.

   A day or two before, a friend asked if I could share some tips on how to teach pupils to answer Section A of Paper 2. I must tell you that I don't know much myself, but I have learned from a person I consider to be an expert on this matter. Insya-Allah, I hope to share what I've learnt from him with you in this blog, together with a few tips and tricks that I've managed to come up with as I teach my pupils. I hope this will help and benefit you! All the best!

NOTE: Please remember that different teachers will have different strategies or answering techniques. This is what my mentor taught me, and he has managed to help many pupils succeed in scoring for the exam, so I take that as a good sign.

   There are 3 sections in Paper 2. The first is Section A for which pupils must produce five sentences based on the picture given. For example, for the picture below, pupils can compose the five following sentences:
UPSR 2012

1. There are many people doing various activities at the toy shop.
2. The man who sits on the bench is reading a newspaper.
3. The man who wears a collared-shirt is looking at some badminton rackets in the display area.
4. The woman who sports shoulder-length hair is looking at the baby in the pram while another woman who wears a head scarf is holding the handle of the pram.
5. The girl who wears a t-shirt and a pair of trousers is showing a doll to a man.

1. This is a toy shop.
2. There are many toys in the toy shop.
3. A man is looking at the badminton rackets.
4. A/Another man is reading a newspaper.
5. A girl is holding a doll.

   There are many other possible answers or sentences that may be produced, but the ones I've provided are examples to help you see the possible sentence structures for the picture. Weak students may not be able to produce such sentences, so other options need to be explored. I shall provide step-by-step instructions that will help you to help your pupils to prepare themselves for answering Section A. I have decided to separate the steps into different posts so that it is easier for you to follow and understand them. (It also helps me prepare blog entries more easily as a long post would take a very long time to be composed.)

   Please follow the links below (will be updated gradually. Stay tuned!

Step 1
Step 2


  1. I cant click d link.. please update.. looking forward for ur tips.. tq

  2. Mohd Nafis: Sorry I haven't had time to update my blog. Swamped with work as usual. I'll try my best to do it. Thanks for dropping by!

  3. TQ Sumaiyyah.. Very helpful. Dptlah k.yus menolong anak2 kecil ni mula membina ayat mudah..

  4. Hey everyone thanks for leaving comments. Sorry I have not kept my promise to post more on this. Teaching Year 6 takes a LOT of time for a newbie like me and so does writing a post on it. I wish I could keep my promises :(


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