Webinars for Parents and Guardians hosted by the SpLD Service

The SpLD service has announced it will be repeating a series of webinars for parents and guardians. The aim is to provide practical ways of how (parents and guardians) can better support their child with dyslexia at home. Sessions will be held at 9:30 am on Microsoft Teams, and they vary in duration between 1 – 1.30 hrs. The full timetable can be found below:

Interested applicants are kindly requested to register their interest by sending an email to
spldservice.meds@gov.mt by Tuesday 5th April 2022

Active Citizenship – Webinars for Year 8 to Year 11


The Social Studies department within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes is once again collaborating with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ to offer a series if webinars to Middle and Secondary School students. This year’s running theme is ‘Active Citizenship’ and the subjects chosen are directly related to the Social Studies
syllabus:

Year 8: Demokrazija I.S.S.A.
Year 9: Nikkontribwixxi I.S.S.A.
Year 10: Nikkontribwixxi I.S.S.A
Year 11: Nikkontribwixxi I.S.S.A

These sessions will be streamed live to students via MS Teams. The Social Studies teacher is to facilitate the streaming session in his or her classroom respectively.

Schools are to appoint a contact person (details to be included in the application) so that Aġenzija Żgħażagħ communicates with the indicated person to make the necessary arrangements. Bookings will be accepted on a first come first served basis and are to be made on the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/KyTCyTgBxC.

Aġenzija Żgħażagħ will be in touch with the person concerned three days before the booked date to re-confirm all the arrangements. Further information about the sessions can be found on the Information Leaflet here:
https://fliphtml5.com/rqmms/nahk.

Safer Internet Day – Resources for PSCD Teachers

The PSCD department within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes is once again collaborating with the Commissioner for Children, Aġenzija Appoġġ, and the Cyber Crime Unit within the BeSmart Online Project to celebrate Safer Internet Day. This year, Safer Internet Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 8 th February 2022. Safer Internet Day aims to not only promote a safer internet but also a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

The PSCD teachers are being encouraged to make students aware of this day and carry out lessons and clips prepared for middle and secondary students during the safer internet day or during that week. The lessons prepared are part of the PSCD learning outcomes syllabus and complement work already done in class and in the reflective workbooks. The toolkit created by the BeSmart Online Team includes lesson plans, video clips and other resources that can be accessed through the link https://www.besmartonline.org.mt/sid-toolkit.

Sessjonijiet Virtwali għall-Istudenti tal-Lingwi

Id-Dipartiment tal-Lingwi Barranin se jorganizza serje ta’ sessjonijiet virtwali lil studenti tal-lingwi tas-7 u t-8 Sena li huma nteressati li jużaw il-lingwi b’mod aktar attiv u li lesti li jiskopru dwar lingwi differenti minn dawk li huma familjari magħhom. L-istudenti li għandhom għal qalbhom xi lingwa jew oħra huma għalhekk imħajra li jinagħqdu ma’ studenti li jitgħallmu lingwi differenti u jattendu għal serje ta’ webinars marbutin mal-lingwi. Dawn il-webinars ser jittrattaw aspetti dwar il-lingwa, l-kultura, l-użu u t-tagħlim tal-lingwa u jipproponu attivitajiet li bihom l-istudenti jistgħu jużaw jew ikabbru l-għarfien tagħhom fil-lingwa barranija partikolari li tkun qed tiġi ppreżentata lilhom. Ser ikun hemm sessjonijiet fuq iċ-Ċiniż, il-Franċiż, il- Ġermaniz, l-Għarbi, it-Taljan u l-Ispanjol, kif ukoll xi lingwi oħra li ma’ jiġux mgħallma fl-iskejjel.

Fis-sessjonijiet l-istudenti ser ikollhom ċans jiżviluppaw ħiliet plurilingwi u jieħdu sehem f’attivitajiet diversi permezz tas-sessjonijiet offruti lilhom. Is-sessjonijiet se jsiru kull nhar ta’ Tnejn, jibdew fit-22 ta’ Novembru 2021, bejn l-4:00 u l-5:00, fuq MS Teams. Wieħed mitlub ġentilment japplika hawn: https://forms.office.com/r/APXYrTEjy6. Għal aktar informazzjoni wieħed jista’ jikteb fuq foreignlanguages@ilearn.edu.mt jew iċempel fuq 25982902.

Course for students sitting for Maltese SEC exam on Maltese spelling rules

The National Literacy Agency, within the Ministry for Education, invites students sitting for the Maltese SEC exam in 2022 to attend a short course in Maltese on Maltese spelling rules. This course is aimed at those students who would like to keep up to date with Maltese spelling and grammar rules. Due to the current situation and the containment measures in place, the course will be held online via Microsoft Teams.

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Read me a Book – Recorded Reading for Pleasure for Children Aged 0-9

The virtual video library of the ‘Read me a Book/Aqrali Ktieb’ programme of the National Literacy Agency offers recorded Reading for Pleasure sessions for children aged 0 to 11 years. These sessions are produced in English and Maltese by the reading animators of the Agency. The virtual library of the Agency is accessible to all educators and parents. Applicants may borrow up to two recorded sessions, one in Maltese and another one in English, every day. These clips, which will be provided free of charge, will be time-barred for a limited period (circa 3 hours).

Parents may choose the clips from the catalogues which can be found at: https://education.gov.mt/en/nationalliteracyagency/Pages/Resources/Lets-Read-Together.aspx. To borrow a video clip kindly send an email to kurt.lee.azzopardi.2@ilearn.edu.mt and please provide the following information:

•Title of video clip;

•Age of child (0-3, 3-7 or 7-11);

•Date and Time for viewing.

The viewing times are as follows: Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m., 12:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. A link and password will be provided through email by Mr Kurt Azzopardi. For more information please call 2598 2994.

L-Investigaturi tal-Mużika

L-Investigaturi tal-Mużika – part of the MPO’s continuous efforts to bring music closer to younger audiences – is an edutainment series of 15-minutes episodes delving into aspects of orchestral music. 

Introducing Allegra and Strauss, the two inquisitive young investigators seek to discover this genre through a number of set missions forwarded to them by ‘the expert’. Their adventures cover a wide range of subjects: composers, instruments, techniques, and genres amongst others.  

Allegra and Strauss meet The Scientist, who explains to them scientific principals involved in creating and listening to music.

This project is presented in collaboration with The Ministry of Education

MAYA FARRUGIA BEZZINA Allegra
JAYDEN MICALLEF Strauss
MARIA BUCKLE Actress 
MATTHEW MUSCAT DRAGO Video Director
SIMONE SPITERI Author
DANIEL CAUCHI Artistic Director

Resources for PSCD Educators and students on Animal Awareness

The Commissioner for Animal Welfare, Ms. Alison Bezzina, has recorded a 5-minute message (in both Maltese and English) for PSCD Educators to show their students attending Years 4 – 6 during their lessons. The messages can be downloaded here:

Verżjoni bil-Malti

English Version

Furthermore, the Office of the Commissioner for Animal Welfare has published a bilingual publication aimed at Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 to be distributed free to every child in these groups when the video clip is shown in class. Schools are to send an email to george.c.farrugia@gov.mt indicating how many copies of books are required and these
will be delivered to schools for free. Orders need to be sent by Thursday 29th April 2021 with delivery to be expected in May and until stocks last, on a first come first served basis.

Alison Bezzina, Commissioner

Our Online Work – St. Nicholas College Rabat Middle School

Due to the mitigation measures in place to counteract the dangers of the Covid-19 pandemic, this scholastic year saw large school gatherings, such as assemblies, being discontinued. In order to keep the channels of communication open, Educators and Senior Leadership Teams at St. Nicholas College, Rabat Middle Schools, used Microsoft Teams to reach all students, their parents/guardians, and all the staff.

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Online Easter Activities for KG, Primary and Middle School Students

We have compiled a list of websites with activities for Kindergarten and Primary School Students, featuring a list of fun activities that can be done with children during the Easter Holidays. Some feature online games, others have printable activities which can be done by students. For younger KG students, there are some fun craft activities, too. Click on the website names below to view access the sites!

Twinkle: Easter Activities For Kids

The Educators’ Spin on it: Activities, Recipes and Printables

Anzuk: Easter Activities for Kindergarten and Primary School Students

DTLK Sites for Kids: List of Activities, Songs, Printables, and links to other sites for Primary Years

Activity Village: Easter Crafts and Printables for Young Learners

Busy Teacher: Activities, Presentations and Printables for Primary Early Middle School Students

ISL Collective: Online Presentations and downloadable worksheets for Upper Primary and Middle School Students