How to achieve academic success at Sadiq Public School
Our approach to teaching and learning is based on the knowledge that learning only occurs when cognitive effort is generated to the extent that information is made into a long-term memory that can be readily recalled. We use traditional teaching methods informed by current research in education and pedagogical practices.
The Sadiq Public School approach is based on:
Teachers impart knowledge and skills using a variety of media – talking/lecturing, written notes and diagrams on a whiteboard, demonstrations, initiating practical activities for students to experience what is being learnt.
All lessons are taught on the assumption that as the course unfolds, students are creating their own class notes.
Students use one standard textbook for each subject; the book recommended by the School. Students possess and use one lined or gridded copy book per subject, into which class notes are created. (Thinner books with less pages are preferable, to minimise the weight being carried from lesson to lesson. If students require, additional copy books should be used – but always a separate book for separate subjects.
A student’s class notes are created from a combination of teacher-guided media and student-created media.
The class notes should replicate/mirror the course outline and the textbook chapter headings so that students can clearly see that their class notes match the course and the examination.
Teachers will show students how to use note-taking/making techniques such as underlining, using different colours, diagrams, lists, boxes, etc.
In general, the first half of the copy book is for class notes and the second half, indicated with some form of marker is for practice activities, e.g. homework tasks, the questions at the end of a textbook chapter, etc.
Students MUST keep a complete and neatly presented set of class notes. If a student misses a lesson, it is his/her responsibility to add in missed work. This may be done by copying another student’s copy book.
Frequently, teachers will check students’ copy books for completion, neatness, accuracy, etc., and to write personalised / individualised feedback to students.
Occasional paper handouts may be trimmed and pasted neatly into a copy book, but this should be kept to a minimum because the act of writing/drawing the class notes into the copy book is the student’s first step in learning the material being taught by the teacher. Pasting handouts into copy books teaches students how to use a glue stick and scissors; it does not teach a student anything about the material on the handout.
Writing class notes is the basis of our teaching and learning – but of course this is supported by other experiences such as demonstrations, practical activities, etc.
In the weeks before examinations, students would typically use the class notes and text book to create a set of study notes by re-writing, often in short-hand/note form, using diagrams and mnemonics etc. Doing this reinforces and consolidates the student’s class notes. Students would also complete the questions at the end of each chapter on their own. They would attend lessons and, under the teacher’s supervision, complete individual exam questions from past papers, in such a way that the teacher ‘unpacks’ a question, clarifies the demands of the question, and students and teacher collectively create ‘perfect’ exam answers – all of which models how a student would take an examination, i.e. read the question, unpack the requirements of the question, clarify key terms/vocabulary in the question, pause, think, plan an answer, and then write an answer.
What makes a Public School's curriculum different?
Public Schools understand that there is more to an education than just academics and examination results.
Sadiq Public School students learn a broad curriculum. The only way to fail is not to participate.
All Sadiq Public School students are required to participate in academics, sports, clubs & societies and community service. The core element of Sadiq Public School’s curriculum is discipline: attendance, punctuality, and positive behaviour.