2011 PSLE Preparation Workshop

On 16 July, LiteracyPlus conducted its annual PSLE preparation workshop for parents whose children are in Primary Five and Six in 2012.

Mrs Sylvia Soh, a current teacher at a top secondary school who teaches in our Primary Five and Six classes, was the main speaker at the event. She shared important skills and strategies used to help students score in the Reading Comprehension, Cloze and Writing components of the English paper. She also talked about her personal experiences in helping her own children prepare for the PSLE, reminding parents to create incidental learning experiences for children.

Sylvia sharing strategies with parents Parents hard at work on a
Reading Comprehension paper
Sylvia sharing a light-hearted moment with parents

“At Home” Vacation Ideas for the June Holidays

Check out the following ideas to have a fun and educational time with your family this holidays!

1. Visit a museum.
The National Museum of Singapore has put together a new creative platform for children this June holidays called the PlayDome. Enjoy fun play activities including rhythm song workshops, free open-air evening movieshands-on artworkdiscovery trails and much more! Alternatively, check out the new ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. Current exhibitions include Dali: Mind of a Genius and Van Gogh Alive. Creative workshops include baking, ceramics, painting and much more!

To get in the mood for a visit to a museum, your child could read one of the following books: The Field Mouse and the Dinosaur Named Sue by Jan Wahl, or From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg.

2. Read aloud tales from around the world.
The holidays are a good opportunity for reading aloud together as a family. If you have younger children, then you’ll be doing most of the actual reading. If you have older children, then everyone in the family can take turns. What better way to experience new places than to choose a selection of folktales from around the world?

Read from your family’s favourite folktale collection or try one of these suggestions: Chinese Children’s Favorite Stories by Mingmei Yip ; and One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale by Demi.

3. Enjoy the great outdoors.
We’re sure many parents would agree that too many Singaporean children spend their leisure time watching television and playing computer games. The holidays are a good opportunity to go on a treetop canopy walk at MacRitchie Reservoir, go bird watching (or art sessions) at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve or doing something more adventurous like exploring Sentosa or Pulau Ubin. Pack a picnic lunch, make sure to bring lots of hydrating cold drinks, and don’t forget your mat to sit on!

Some books to help get your family in the mood for an outdoor adventure are: Pet Bugs: A Kid’s Guide to Catching and Keeping Touchable Insects by Sally Kneidel; TarBeach by Faith Ringgold, and My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.

4. Do something different – make a time capsule.
Leave your day-to-day routines behind by reading about time travel and then making a time capsule. Suggest your child read or listen to A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, The Magic School Bus, Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, or another book about time and space travel.

To make the time capsule:
1. Select the container for the capsule.
2. Have your child pick the items to put in the time capsule (e.g., drawings; a newspaper; a toy; a list of favourite music, movies, or books; some photographs).
3. Talk about whom the time capsule is for. (It could be for your child to open in five years, or for a sibling or for an unknown person in the distant future.)
4. Your child could write a letter to his or her future self or to someone else in the future to include in the future. You could even write a letter for your child to be opened in the future (if the capsule is for your child).
5. Make a label for the outside of the capsule: “Not to be opened until 2016”.
6. When finished, put the time capsule someplace no one goes, like in a safe deposit box, or an out-of-the-way closet, or in the basement of a house (but don’t forget where it is, you will need to open it when the future arrives).

All books mentioned above are available at our public libraries.

June Holiday Programmes: Ice Cream Delight & Dinosaurs and Volcanoes

During the June holidays, LiteracyPlus conducted holiday programmes for Kindergarten and Lower Primary students:

1. Ice Cream Delight

Sounds of laughter filled the corridor as children and adults mixed the ice cream ingredients, added their toppings and ate their delicious ice cream, right at the LiteracyPlus Enrichment Centre.

The Ice Cream Delight Holiday Programme was held over 2 Saturdays in June and saw 18 children and their parents learning about the history of ice cream and participating in making, designing and colouring their very own ice cream. Programme highlights below:

Ice Cream Delight June 2011

2. Dinosaurs & Volcanoes

The holiday programme introduced pupils to the world of dinosaurs and discusses why dinosaurs have become extinct. Children got to make models of dinosaurs and saw a ‘volcanic eruption’ right before their eyes! Check out the photos below:

2011 June Holiday Programmes

For 2012 June Holiday Programmes, please click here.

For detailed information on the Holiday Programmes, you may download this brochure. To register, please call us at 6777 2468.

Holiday Programmes for Kindergarten & Lower Primary Students

Ice Cream Delight!
Date: Saturday, 28 May (K1 & K2) and Saturday, 4 June (P1-P3)
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Take a peek into the world of Science and learn how to make instant ice cream. Get to know the history of ice cream and also participate in making, designing and colouring your very own ice cream!

Check out the video from the Ice Cream Delight Holiday Programme here.

Of Dinosaurs and Volcanoes
Date: Saturday, 11 June (P1-P3)
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

This programme introduces pupils to the world of dinosaurs and discusses why dinosaurs have become extinct. Children will get to make models of dinosaurs and see a ‘volcanic eruption’ right before their eyes!

Holiday Programmes for Upper Primary Students

1. Writing with Style! (For Better Writers Only)
Dates: 30 May – 3 June (Mon – Fri)
Time: 9.00am – 11.00am

Course Outline:
Pupils will hone their writing skills as they study and emulate the writing styles of children’s authors such as E B White, Roald Dahl, Gary Paulsen, Katherine Paterson and J K Rowling. This course will give pupils an extra edge in writing A* compositions!

2. Effective Writing Skills
Dates: 30 May – 3 June (Mon – Fri)
Time: 9.00am – 11.00am or 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Course Outline:
This programme focuses on key writing skills and improving sentence structures. Pupils are given lists of descriptive phrases, sample Story Starters and Endings as well as samples of effective writing.

3. Improving Oral Communication Skills
Dates: 20 June – 24 June (Mon – Fri)
Time: 9.00am – 11.00am

Course Outline:
This programme will train pupils to be more confident and eloquent speakers of the English language. Pupils will receive rigorous training in Oral ReadingPicture Discussion and Conversation. They will have opportunities to practise in pairs, as well as individually.

4. Improving Grammar & Cloze Skills
Dates: 20 June – 24 June (Mon – Fri)
Time: 9.00am – 11.00am or 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Course Outline:
This programme focuses on teaching grammar skills (e.g. parts of speech, tenses, subject verb agreement) and cloze strategies (e.g. context clues, sentence structures, punctuation markers) tested in the PSLE English Language Paper 2.

Holiday Programmes for Secondary Students


Secondary 4 ‘O’ Level English Oral Exam Preparatory Course
Dates: 13 – 16 June (Mon – Thurs)
Time: 9.00am – 11.00am

Course Outline:
This programme will provide pupils with oral skills training in preparation for the 3 components of the ‘O’ Level Oral English Exam: Reading AloudPicture Discussion and Conversation. Students will be taught skills and strategies to score and also to have appropriate posturefacial expressiongestures and eye contact.

For our 2012 June Holiday Programmes, click here.

November 2010 Parents Workshop

We held a PSLE preparation workshop on 15 November which received very positive feedback from parents whose children are in Primary Five and Six in 2011.

Mrs Sylvia Soh, a former teacher at Raffles Institution (in the Gifted Education Programme) who teaches in our Primary Five and Six classes, was the main speaker at the event.

Sylvia shared insightful tips on how to improve scores in each component of the English paper. She also talked about her personal experiences in helping her own children prepare for the PSLE, reminding parents to always enjoy English as a living language and not just as a subject to be passed on an exam.

LiteracyPlus-NLB Workshops

For the first time, LiteracyPlus brought our programmes to the public at Jurong Regional Library and Bukit Merah Public Library! Check out the happy faces of the children (and parents) below!

(a) Ice Cream Delight

Children learnt the history of ice cream and participated in making instant ice cream. They also enjoyed designing and colouring their own very own ice cream poster. Every child walked away with an ice cream cone and a special prize!

(b) Literature Comes Alive!

Children were introduced to C S Lewis’ famous tale The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as they journeyed alongside the four Pevensie children to battle the White Witch and her forces of evil. Children were treated to Turkish Delight and two lucky children walked away with a prize from LiteracyPlus!

Children were introduced to C S Lewis’ famous tale The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as they journeyed alongside the four Pevensie children to battle the White Witch and her forces of evil. Children were treated to Turkish Delight and two lucky children walked away with a prize from LiteracyPlus!
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