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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Weekend Class On How To Make And Fly Your Own Remote Control Aeroplane

Hi parents, we wish to highlight an exciting weekend event that is currently on our website. The course is on this weekend 10-11 October 2015.

Title of Program: 

How To Make And Fly Your Own Remote Control Aeroplane

Who Is This Course For?

This course is for anyone who loves remote control gadgetry. It is for ages 13 to adult. A great weekend activity for father and son or father and daughter.

What You Will Learn

Not only will you get to have fun playing with a remote control aeroplane, you will get the chance to actually build it! When designing, your teens will learn about aerodynamics and electronics as they cut,  put together and adjust the plane before flying it.

How Much Is The Program

The course is over 2 days from 1 pm to 6 pm. The normal fee is RM900 + Cost of Materials RM300. Currently there is a promotion of RM690 for 1 Pax or RM590 each for father and child + (cost of materials RM300)

Where Will It Be Held

The program is run by CAD Design School. This program will be held at their Puchong Training Venue
Address: 3rd Floor, No 27 Jalan Puteri 4/6, Bandar Puteri 47100 Puchong, Selangor

How To Sign Up?

There's still time to register. Three ways to sign up:
  1. Call 012-2737190
  2. email
  3. Contact CAD Design School on Facebook
Mothers take note. This is great for father and child to bond while you sneak off for some me time or you can just join in the fun too!

Here is a sneak peek at the course on How To Make And Fly Your Own Remote Control Aeroplane

English Idioms Infographics, Slides, Videos and Printables For Kids And Other English Learners

One of the most fun ways to learn English or any other language for that matter is learning through idioms. In this post, we will share with you several resources online for English Idioms and other learners of English young and old.

What is the best way to learn idioms? Through pictures of course. So in this post, we will share with you the best English Idioms Infographics, slides, videos and printables for kids learning English.

1. Everyday Idioms - made easy a YouTube video from the APPU series. Watch this 14 minute video on Everyday Idioms for a quick and fun way to learn English Idioms for kids

2. If it is Idiom printables you are looking for, then head on over to You will find plenty of idioms worksheets to download and print.

3. English Idioms Infographics with fun cartoons can be found at Kaplan International including Time Idioms, Weather Idioms, Food Idioms, Body Idioms, Color Idioms, Music Idioms, Happiness Idioms, Money Idioms and more. For your easy reference, we will take you straight to the idioms search page from Kaplan International on this link. You can have fun looking at the cartoons together with your child and explain the meaning of the idioms to them. Each idiom page shows you how to use the idioms with example sentences. Great stuff!

Kaplan International

4. iSL Collective has some idiom slides uploaded by members. You can find some fun and colorful idioms shared by the members including this one, a five page slides on people idioms. This member also has a 4 page anger idioms.

5. Here is another English Idioms infographic. This one on Animal Idioms is from They also have great Infographics for Idioms including Love Idioms, Christmas Idioms, Idioms about life, relationships and friends, musical idioms, springtime idioms, idioms about money, idioms about time and idioms about home. The themes here are more adult but some are still good for kids like this one on Animals. Like before, we'll take you straight to the search for idioms on so you can get to these fun infographics easily. The posters are downloadable and each Idioms page comes with explanation of the idioms and examples on how to use them.
Infographic provided by
6. From iSL Collective again, this time, are slides from user Robby. Besides these weather idioms, Robby also shared body idioms and animal idioms.

7. One more infographics before we complete this post. This time from English For Pleasure dot com. This is a blog for learning English. Posts are mostly on vocabulary but we found this fun idiom to share.

English for Pleasure 

A big thank you to all those who provided these wonderful infographics which must have taken a lot of effort to create. Thank you!

After going through all these infographics, posters, slides, videos and printables, are you now convinced that learning English through English idioms is indeed a fun thing? Remember to bookmark this page so you can find the links to these wonderful resources easily all in one page.

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Friday, October 02, 2015

Auditions For Footballers

Hello Parents, we have interesting news for those who love to play football. EPS Brazil Football Academy is looking for football talent to send to Brazil to be tested and trained by the premier league teams such as Sao Paulo FC and Corinthians in March 2016. Wow! Sounds like an incredible opportunity for football fans.

Who is eligible?

  • Your child must be between 13-16 years old
  • Must be fit and played in local tournaments
  • Must be available to go to Brazil and stay for 2 weeks in March 2016
Auditions are currently being held. Here is the registration page for the auditions.

Closing date for this round of audition is on 1st November 2015. Final selection will be in February 2016 led by Waldir Peres ( Goalkeeper Brazilian National Team 1982). He is also  the manager who will accompany the selected players to Brazil.

More details on the poster below.

At the same time those with teens take note:

EPS Brazil Football has launched its new teen program. So if you have any teenage children who are interested in football (or whom you'd like to get out of the house, away from gadgets and into a new get fit routine with more exercise), you can call them  at 60123316372 for more details.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

UPSR 2016 Chinese Paper Format - What's New

I have done the UPSR 2016 analysis for BM, English, Math & Science and left the Chinese paper last because I am Chinese language challenged. My kids study in Chinese school but I am Mandarin illiterate. I know a little from the years of teaching them or helping them with homework using e-dictionaries and free apps but not enough to make a good analysis of the questions. So we'll just take a look at the format in general.

Old UPSR Chinese Paper Format - Pemahaman Paper or Paper 1 is as follows:

Time Allotted: 50 minutes
Marks = 40 marks

Q1-Q30 = Multiple Choice
Q31- Q35 = Passage followed by multiple choice questions
Q36- Q40 = Passage followed by multiple choice questions

New UPSR Chinese Paper Format (2016 onwards) Pemahaman Paper is as follows

Paper is divided into 2 parts ie Part A and Part B

Time Allotted = 1 hour 15 minutes
Marks = 50 marks

Part A (20 marks)
Q1-Q4 = Multiple Choice
Q5-Q12 = Passage followed by multiple choice questions
Q13-Q20 = Passage followed by multiple choice questions

Part B (30 marks)
Q21 (a,b,c,d) = Subjective questions
Q22-Q25 = Passage with subjective questions

What's Different About The Chinese Pemahaman Paper for UPSR 2016
  • Time increased from 50 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes
  • More subjective questions
  • 3 passages instead of 2

Old UPSR Chinese Penulisan Paper Format - Penulisan Paper or Paper 2 is as follows:

Time Allotted = 1 hour 15 minutes
Marks = 60 marks

Paper is divided into 3 parts

Part A
Fill in the blanks 5 spaces - 10 marks

Part B
Composition 80 words - 20 marks

Part C
Essay (Choose between 3) 120 words - 30 marks

New UPSR 2016 Chinese Penulisan Paper Format - From Year 2016 onwards

Time Allotted= 1 hour 15 minutes
Marks = 50 marks

Based on the sample paper, the Chinese Penulisan paper  is divided into 3 parts

Part A
Guided composition with one picture 40 words - 10 marks

Part B
Composition 80 words - 15 marks

Part C
Essay (Choose between 2) 150 word - 25 marks

What's Different About The Chinese Penulisan Paper From 2016 Onwards
  • Marks reduced from 60 marks to 50 marks
  • Part A is a guided composition now instead of fill in the blanks
  • Part B is the same, only less marks
  • Part C, less choices (from 3 to 2), more words required (from 120 to 150) and less marks (from 30-25
  • In the new format students will be required to write 3 compositions, 40 words, 80 words and 150 words in 1 hour 15 minutes

Related Posts:

UPSR 2016 New Format Including What's New in BM Paper
UPSR 2016 English Paper Format - What's New
UPSR 2016 Math & Science - What's New

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

UPSR 2016 Math & Science - What's New

Overall, for all of the new format UPSR in 2016, you can clearly see a shift towards subjective types of questions with more marks and time allocated for these questions.

For the UPSR 2016 Science Sample Paper, this is we noticed.

UPSR Old Format                                                       UPSR New Format (from year 2016)

  • Sains 1 paper only 
  • Time allotted: 1 hour 15 mins 
  • Paper was divided into 2 sections     
  • Part A = 30 marks for 30 multiple choice questions
  • Part B = 20 marks for 5 subjective questions
  • Sains - 2 papers but considered as 1 subject
  • Time allotted = 1 hour each for Paper 1 & 2
  • Paper 1 = 40 multiple choice questions
  • Paper 2 = 8 subjective questions 40 marks

That means now there is more emphasis on Science plus greater emphasis on subjective type questions.

For the UPSR 2016 Math Sample Paper, this is what was observed.

UPSR Old Format                                                        UPSR New Format (from year 2016)

  • Paper 1 
  • Time Allotted: 1 hour   
  • 40 multiple choice questions  
  • 60 marks
  • Paper 2 
  • Time Allotted:  40 minutes
  • 20 subjective questions  
  • 40 marks
  • Paper 1
  • Time Allotted: 1 hour
  • 40 multiple choice questions
  • 40 marks
  • Paper 2
  • Time Allotted: 1 hour
  • 15 subjective questions
  • 60 marks                                    
 * According to a reader, although Math Paper 2 looks like it has fewer questions, each of them have 2 sub-questions at least so total is around 30 questions. Thanks for pointing it out, Michelle.                     

Notice the shift in the marks with more marks given for the subjective questions and with lesser questions than before.

We won't analyse the questions. From the marks, time allotted, number of questions etc. you can see that there is a shift towards more HOTS types of questions.

Related Posts:

UPSR 2016 New Format Including What's New in BM Paper
UPSR 2016 English Paper Format - What's New
UPSR 2016 Chinese Paper Format - What's New

UPSR 2016 English Paper Format - What's New

UPSR 2016 will see the addition of an extra English paper for all candidates. Students will now have to sit for
  1. English Paper 1 (Comprehension/Pemahaman)
  2. English Paper 2 (Writing/Penulisan)
Perhaps it is inaccurate to say that there is an additional paper. There are not extra papers. Students continue to sit for 2 papers, only now they will be counted as two separate subject passes instead of one.

* Both papers are 1 hour 15 minutes each.

Let's have a look at the sample papers provided on the Portal Rasmi Pemeriksaan in greater detail. You can download the pdf of the sample papers from the portal.

Firstly, note that the samples are not split for SK, SJKC and SJKT. Only one sample is given.

English Paper 1 UPSR 2016 (Pemahaman)

Like the BM Paper which we wrote about in our article UPSR 2016 New Format, the English paper 1 has two parts:

English Paper 1 Part A comprise 20 multiple choice questions. 1 mark for each. Total 20 marks.

English Paper 1 Part B has 5 questions totaling 30 marks. They are subjective questions with varying levels of difficulty and include a passage, a poster and a chart with an average of 4 questions each after the given passage/poster. You will see a mix of easy and hard questions for example:

Q24 (a) Imran and his eight-year-old sister are at the supermarket on the first day of the sale. His sister will get a.....
  • present
  • 10% discount
  • free ice-cream
(Tick the correct answer)
(1 mark)

Q25 (b) Imran's grandmother loves outdoor activities. Suggest an item for her birthday present and give reasons to support your suggestion.
(2 marks)
English Paper 2 UPSR 2016 (Penulisan)

Do note that the English Paper 2 is not a new paper. Previously students sat for an English Paper 2 as well. The only difference is now it will be counted as a separate paper. 

For the UPSR 2016 English paper 2, only one sample is provided. It looks neither like the SK or SJKC one. 

The English Paper 2 has 3 parts ie Part A, Part B & Part C

English Paper 2 UPSR 2016 Part A is fill in the blanks based on given notes. 10 marks for 5 spaces.

English Paper 2 UPSR 2016 Part B comprise transfer of information (3 marks) and composition of 50-80 words (12 marks). In the sample paper, the student is required to write an email to a friend. Eg. shown below

English Paper 2 UPSR 2016 Part B (ii)
Image Credit: Portal Rasmi Pemeriksaan
English Paper 2 UPSR 2016 Part C - Part C is 25 marks and students are required to write a story/guided composition with pictures and words given as guides, similar to the previous papers for SK as well as SJKC. Students can choose 1 of 2 questions.

So what's new for the UPSR English 2016? 

  • Students still sit for 2 papers but now it will be counted as two separate subjects
  • Paper 1 will now be part objective and part subjective with higher weightage on the subjective part ie Objective 20 marks plus Subjective 30 marks
  • Under the UPSR old format Paper 1 was 50 minutes, now it is 1 hour 15 minutes. Paper 2 remains the same at 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Will SK and SJKC/SJKT now sit for the same paper? We have to wait for the announcement on that (Should SJKC use this paper format, then there will be no more sentence making type of questions)

Related Posts:

UPSR 2016 Math & Science - What's New
UPSR 2016 New Format Including What's New for the BM Paper
UPSR 2016 Chinese Paper Format - What's New

Public Speaking Vs Speech & Drama, Which Is Better?

The ability to present and communicate effectively is an important ingredient for success. As a parent knowing this, you wish to give your child extra exposure in this area but which is better?

Public Speaking classes or Speech and Drama Classes? We spoke to the people behind BluBricks who runs both types of classes and this was what they told us.....

At Blubricks, we teach both Public Speaking as well Speech and Drama classes. Both share many similarities but also significant differences, which we will talk about to allow you to gain a better understanding of the two.

Speech and Drama classes at our centre are open to kids aged 4 years and above, all the way up to adults! As the word ‘drama’ implies, theatre activities such as role playing are carried out in these classes. The kids get to play all sorts of different characters:  from being a princess or a pirate to being an astronaut or even a ferocious fire-breathing dragon. All these roles allow them to show their individual interpretations of the characters, which encourages creativity and builds up their confidence in performing for an audience, be it just their classmates or during a production where there is a larger crowd watching. Every year, our teenage drama students put up an hour-long production that is open to the public. They all look forward to it very much as they get hands on experience about producing, devising, rehearsing and putting together a performance in an actual theatrical space.

Public Speaking is recommended for kids aged 8 years and above, open to adults too. The classes are about how to deliver a speech, and deliver it well. Kids are given specific topics to speak about and are trained to speak about them in depth and at length. For the teens, these topics can include current global issues such as slavery, abortion, natural disasters etc. Our older ones also learn to pitch ideas to potential clients, which is good training for their future. An understanding and knowledge about the topic is necessary, therefore they learn to develop creative and critical thinking while simultaneously building confidence in addressing an audience. One of the important objectives of Public Speaking is to learn to effectively structure a talk that is both informative, entertaining and persuasive. This is coupled with techniques of how to engage an audience when speaking, so that the message of the speech is properly delivered while the audience's interest is maintained all throughout. Being able to speak in public well is nothing short of an essential life skill, as it is required more and more in today's world where people are increasingly encouraged to voice out.

To wrap it up, Speech and Drama is the path we start our younger ones off on. They have fun playing anything they want, which we hope will pique an interest that lasts a lifetime. Eventually, this path meets the Public Speaking one, where there is a more serious approach and more skills are picked up. Both paths develop confidence and encourage creativity. At the end of the day, it is up to the child to decide if they want to continue with drama for the rest of their lives, or focus on Public Speaking or do both! The wonderful thing is that you don't have to choose between the two.

Photo Credit: Photos on this page are provided by BluBricks

Monday, September 28, 2015

UPSR 2016 New Format

Source: Portal Rasmi Peperiksaan
According to local Malaysia news the UPSR 2016 new format is out.

You can read some of the news from these sites:
SK students will now have to sit for 6 papers while SJKC/SJKT students will have to sit for 8 papers. The extra paper being English Paper 2. 

You can download the UPSR 2016 paper formats and sample UPSR 2016 question papers from the Portal Rasmi Peperiksaan

We managed to download the "Format Mata Pelajaran" but we weren't able to download the sample papers and got a "No Data Received" or "Failed-Network Error" message. However, after several attempts, we finally managed to download the BM paper.

First, note that different sample papers were given for Math and Science ie Matematik SK and Matematik SJKC plus Matematik SKJT. Similarly for Mata Pelajaran Sains, there were different sample papers but not for the language papers. Does that mean that all schools will be sitting for the same language papers now?

For UPSR 2016, every subject has 2 papers ie Paper 1 and Paper 2.

For Math and Science, both papers are 1 hour each.
For the languages BM, English, BC and BT there will also be two papers each too being Pemahaman and Penulisan. Both papers are 1 hour and 15 minutes each.

The significant difference is the Paper 1 (Pemahaman) for the language papers. 

We will analyse the BM paper we downloaded.

Whereas previously it used to be fully objective, now it is part objective and part subjective. Paper 1 (Pemahaman) will be split into two parts ie Bahagian A and Bahagian B. Bahagian A is 20 multiple questions with 1 mark each. 

Bahagian B of Paper 1 is the major difference. For Bahagian B of Paper 1, there will be 5 subjective questions which carry 30 marks overall. We had a look at the BM paper. It includes, fill in the blanks, matching, write the dialog based on picture, state the peribahasa with picture given. In addition, there are 2 petikans (passages) and 1 pantun (poem). About 4 subjective answers each are required at the end of the passages and poem.

Paper 2 is divided into 3 parts as before however the significant difference is in Part C.

Though still testing on moral values or "Nilai Murni" it is no longer as before. Previously students were given a passage and required to find and write out 4-5 nilai murni. Now in Part C, students are given a choice. In the sample paper the choices were...

1. Write a speech about the ways to respect a teacher. (Cara-cara menghormati guru)
2. Based on given lyrics of a song, write a story about the love of a mother. (Tulis cerita tentang kasih sayang seorang ibu)

We'll do an analysis of the other papers once we are able to download them. Stay tuned.

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