2019 June Holiday Camps

Primary 3

Maths Camp (17-19 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Master model drawing, develop mathematical reasoning and learn foolproof concepts that will save you time.

Creative Writing Camp (24-26 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Become a better writer through experiential learning. Visit various places and translate the experience onto paper in the classroom.

 

Primary 4

Maths Camp (17-19 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Solidify your understanding of foundational word problem topics and learn to apply critical concepts vital for your exams.

Creative Writing Camp (24-28 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Hone your visualisation skills and descriptive writing skills through the use of various drama activities like role play.

 

Primary 5

Maths Camp (17-19 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Excel in applying must-know concepts and in solving commonly-tested question types that many pupils struggle with.

Creative Writing Camp (24-28 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • With elements of peer presentation and peer teaching, learn from actual pupil writing samples to improve on content.

 

Primary 6

Maths Camp (17-21 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Gain a competitive edge for the PSLE by mastering key Mathematical concepts and practicing with actual past PSLE questions.

Creative Writing Camp (24-28 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Raise your content score by improving on story flow and logic. Analyse writing samples and learn to rectify content errors.

Paper 2 Camp (24-28 Jun, 12pm-2pm)

  • Gear up for the PSLE by focusing on Reading Comprehension, Editing, Cloze Passage and Synthesis & Transformation.

 

 

Spaces are limited, so call 6777 2468 or SIGN UP ONLINE today!

2019 March Holiday Maths Camp

Using the conceptual approach, this 2-day camp will help pupils improve their word problem solving skills by focusing on key Maths concepts.

  • P3: variety of Whole Number word problems
  • P4: Whole Number and Fraction word problems
  • P5: variety of topical word problems
  • P6: past PSLE questions, Speed and Percentage word problems

 

Spaces are limited, so call 6777 2468 or SIGN UP ONLINE today!

PSLE Changes & Model Drawing

Unsure of the latest PSLE changes and its implications? This is the perfect workshop for you. In addition, learn how model drawing can be effectively applied to make solving word problems easier for your child.

Join us at our hands-on workshop and learn from our Head of Mathematics, Mrs Edna Wong, a former HOD with more than 15 years of primary school teaching experience.

 

Click on the flyer below for workshop details.

Spaces are limited, so call 6777 2468 or SIGN UP ONLINE today!

2018 Year-end Holiday Programmes

Our year-end holiday programme schedule is out! Check out the different holiday programmes we are running for N1 to P6 students by clicking the images below.

 

N1-K2 The Big Hungry Bear

This workshop for preschoolers is not to be missed. Centered around the famous children’s book The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear, there will be storytelling, readers’ theatre, educational games, as well as a hands-on activity where children make their own Hungry Bear sandwich!

 

P1 Superheroes Writing Programme

Does your child have difficulty expressing himself/herself in writing? Taught in a safe and encouraging environment, pupils will learn how to write creatively ​on the theme​ of Superheroes. ​They will learn how to brainstorm descriptive words and phrases before putting their ideas into writing.  Using interactive activities such as storytelling, dramatisation ​and kinaesthetic games, pupils will have a chance to unleash their creative juices and expand their vocabulary.

 

P2 to P5 Holiday Camps

Looking to give your child a head start for next year? We are offering a variety of English and Maths programmes that you can choose to give your child practice in – creative writing, oral presentation, English paper 2 and Maths word problems.

 

P6 Intro to Sec 1 

How English is tested in secondary school is vastly different from primary school. This programme is designed to give your child a taste of what the secondary English papers are like, so that they start the school year with a clearer idea of what is expected of them.

A brief summary of the course contents is as follows:

  • Day 1: Editing & Situational Writing
  • Day 2: Continuous Writing
  • Day 3: Visual Text Comprehension
  • Day 4: Reading Comprehension & Summary Writing
  • Day 5: Listening Comprehension & Oral

 

Spaces are limited, so call 6777 2468 or SIGN UP ONLINE today!

Upcoming Parent Workshops

Ever wondered why your child is unable to apply the Maths concepts learnt to his/her exam paper? It is because not all students are able to bridge the gap between what is taught in schools and what is tested in the exams themselves. It is often higher-order, non-routine problem sums which students have difficulty with.

At this hands-on workshop, pick up tips and tricks and gain exposure to skills and strategies which you can immediately apply to help your child solve word problems.

 

Did you know that for secondary school Editing, unlike primary school where the errors are underlined, the errors are unmarked and students have to be able to find the errors themselves as well as identify two lines that are error free?

Did you know that secondary school Visual Text Comprehension questions test students’ critical thinking skills and their ability to evaluate the use of visuals and use of language for impact?

Get mentally prepared and find out exactly how different secondary English is from primary English by attending our workshop!

 

Join us at our hands-on Maths workshop to learn from our Head of Mathematics as she shares how model drawing can be effectively applied to make solving word problems easy. A visual means of helping young children “see” the word problem, model drawing can be a very useful tool when used the correct way.

 

Spaces are limited, so call 6777 2468 or SIGN UP ONLINE today!

Smarter Than a LiteracyPlus Student

P6 MATHS

Weiyang started a savings plan by putting 2 coins in a money box every day.  Each coin was either a 20¢ or 50¢ coin. His mother put in a $1 coin in the box every 7 days. The total value of the coins after 182 days was $133.90.

(a)  How many coins were there altogether?

(b)  How many of the coins were 50¢ coins?

 

For the answer, click here.

 

 

P6 WRITING

Can you figure out what’s wrong with the Lesson Learnt Story Ending below? Many pupils are guilty of this mistake!

After nearly being bitten by the venomous viper, I learnt that I should be careful of snakes.

 

For the answer, click here.

 

 

P6 READING COMPREHENSION

What is the main idea of the passage below?

The tide was slowly rising, and the wet border it left on the shore inched further inland with every crashing wave. At first, the advance was gentle, and the water spilled a safe distance away from the sandcastle. But soon, the waves grew bigger and more urgent. They clawed their way closer and closer, taunting the hapless edifice with a spray of salty sneers. Once the water caught hold of the most vulnerable tower, there was no turning back. The sea came in, and the poor sandcastle crumbled away.

 

For the answer, click here.

Maths Concepts Explained!

Confused by all the different Maths problems and concepts that your child has to learn? Then this is the parent workshop for you. Understanding these ‘new’ Maths problems will better equip you as a parent to help and support your child.

Concept 1: Percentages – Salary & Savings

These questions are commonly tested in exams and many pupils do not know how to solve them.

Nancy spent $800 of her monthly salary and saved the rest. In April, she increased her spending by 40% and her savings decreased by 25%. How much is her monthly salary?

Concept 2: Gap & Difference

One of the most common and basic concepts that can be applied to make solving word problems a lot easier.

A group of students took part in a Maths quiz. They found that if one of them had scored an additional 15 marks, their average score would be 88 marks. However, if one of them had scored 20 marks less, their average score becomes 83 marks. How many students were there in the group?

 

Click on the flyer below for workshop details.

 

Spaces are limited, so call 6777 2468 or SIGN UP ONLINE today!

2018 P5 Maths Camp: Jun

Word problems make up about 50% of the Maths paper. Being able to identify the concept of each question will enable the pupil to employ the correct and most effective strategy to solve the problem. The word problem concepts that will be taught in this camp are must know concepts and are commonly found in P5 exam papers.

 

 

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2018 PSLE Intensive Programmes: Jun

As part of the PSLE preparatory process, we will also be running a variety of PSLE intensive preparation programmes over the June holiday.

Each programme has 5 lessons, Monday to Friday, with lessons being 2 hours daily. All programmes have two start dates: 4 June & 18 June.

The programmes are designed to gear pupils up for key components of the PSLE and give them an edge in their exam preparation.

 

PSLE Oral Intensive Programme

Boost your child’s confidence in taking the oral exam. Hone vocal delivery skills through exercises, build vocabulary and practice tips on how to prepare for the Stimulus-based conversation.

 

PSLE Writing Intensive Programme

Give your child an edge in Paper 1. Learn how to generate relevant and specific elaborative detail, techniques to reveal character traits, and how to avoid writing abrupt story endings.

 

PSLE EL Paper 2 Intensive Programme

The programme focuses on tackling reading comprehension, grammar cloze and comprehension cloze. Practice answering interpretive comprehension-level questions and applying cloze passage tips.

 

PSLE Maths Intensive Programme

Build your child’s familiarity with the variety of word problems that will be tested on the PSLE. Topics such as Area & Perimeter, Whole Numbers, Fractions, Percentage and Speed & Ratio will be covered.

 

Spaces are limited, so call 6777 2468 or SIGN UP ONLINE today!

Changes to the PSLE Maths Paper

CHANGES TO THE PSLE MATHS PAPER

 

1. Duration of paper

Paper 1

  • Increased from 50 mins to 1 h
  • Attainable score increased from 40 marks to 45 marks

Paper 2

  • Decreased from 1h 40 min to 1 h 30 min

Pupils are not allowed to use calculators for Paper 1 so speed and strong mental computation skills are important. As a time management guide, pupils should spend roughly 90 seconds on every mark that a question is worth. For example, for a 1-mark MCQ, pupils will need to read the question, formulate a solution, work out the answer, and shade the Optical Answer Sheet all within 90 seconds!

 

2. Focus on logical reasoning

Let’s look at the following question.

The average of 3 different 2-digit numbers is 21. Of the 3 numbers, find the largest possible number.

Step 1: Total of the numbers → 21 x 3  =  63

What to do next? The logical reasoning must come in here.

  • Think:

If I want one of the numbers to be the largest possible number, the other 2 numbers must be as small as possible.

  • Consideration:

They are all different 2-digit numbers.

  • Conclusion:

The other 2 numbers will have to be 10 and 11.

Step 2: 63 – 10 – 11  =  42 (Ans)

 

3. Focus on applied learning

There is greater emphasis on application of mathematics in the real world. The following is the 2017 PSLE maths question which generated a lot of buzz last year:

Jess needs 200 pieces of ribbons, each of length 110 cm, to decorate a room for a party.

Ribbon is sold in rolls of 25 m each.

What is the least number of rolls of ribbon that Jess needs to buy?

 

Solution 1:

Total length of ribbon needed → 200 x 110  =  22 000 cm

1 roll → 25 m  =  2500 cm

Number of rolls → 22 000 ÷ 2500  =  8.8

8 + 1  =  9 (Ans)

 

Solution 2:

Number of pieces of ribbon she can cut from each roll

→ 2500 ÷ 110  =  22 (remainder 80 cm)

Number of rolls → 200 ÷ 22  =  9 (remainder 2)

9 + 1  =  10 (Ans)

 

Which solution is correct? Solution 2 is correct. The logic is that each roll of ribbon cut will result in a remainder of 80 cm. Jess will not be able to use these remaining pieces.

 

For those parents who attended the workshop, we hope you found the session useful, especially learning about the 3 types of Remainder Concept methods. Incidentally, the 2017 PSLE Maths paper tested 2 types of Remainder Concept questions – Type 1 and Type 2.

For an example of each of the 3 types of Remainder Concept questions, click the image below.

 

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