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!

LiteracyPlus Tidbits: P6 vs S1 English

 PRIMARY 6 vs SECONDARY 1 ENGLISH

 

Editing

Primary 6

  • All errors underlined
  • Includes spelling errors

Secondary 1

  • All errors unmarked
  • Only grammar-related errors
  • Need to identify 2 error-free lines

 

Continuous Writing

Primary 6

  • 1 prompt
  • With supporting visuals & helping questions
  • Pupils usually write narratives

Secondary 1

  • Choose 1 out of 4 topics to write about
  • No supporting visuals & helping questions
  • Topics may cover different text types

 

Visual Text Comprehension

Primary 6

  • More text than visual
  • MCQ

Secondary 1

  • More visual than text
  • Open-ended
  • Tests critical thinking skills & ability to evaluate use of visuals and language for impact

 

Reading Comprehension

Primary 6

  • 1 x narrative text
  • Reference to text by line number

Secondary 1

  • 1 x narrative text & 1 x non-narrative text
  • Questions organised by paragraph
  • Includes summary writing

 

Oral

Primary 6

  • Read fluently for Reading Aloud
  • Stimulus-based Conversation is a discussion based on a prompt

Secondary 1

  • Assume character/role or person stated for Reading Aloud
  • Spoken Interaction is a discussion based on a picture

 

LiteracyPlus Tips: Prepositions

PREPOSITIONS

  • on OR in OR at?

A:  Listen – is this right: ‘I live on 99 Bishan Road’?

B:  No, that’s wrong! You live in 99 Bishan Road.

C:  Both wrong! You live at 99 Bishan Road.

Who is right? In is generally used when we talk about a location ‘inside’ something (in the house, in the theatre). On is used for a location ‘on top of’ something (on the table, on the floor), and at is used for a location which is a point on a horizontal or vertical surface (at the end of the drive, at the window). The problem is that there are different ways of looking at the same location.

But C is right.

At is used when street numbers are mentioned because we think of a particular point along the street, namely No. 99.

 

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!

Singapore Education System Changes in 2019

Reducing the Number of School-based Assessments

P1 & P2

  • Removal of all weighted assessments

S1

  • Removal of the Mid-Year Exam

From P3 to S4/5

  • Schools to conduct no more than one weighted assessment per subject, per school term (this is in addition to the Mid-Year Exam and Year-End Exam)

 

Refreshing the Holistic Development Profile (Report Book)

P1 & P2

  • Qualitative descriptors will be used to report students’ learning

All Levels

  • Report books will no longer present class and level positions of students
  • Grades will no longer show decimal points
  • Failed subjects will not be underlined or indicated in a different colour

 

Revising the Criteria of Edusave Academic Awards for Lower Primary

Edusave Merit Bursary for P1 & P2

  • Edusave Merit Bursary (EMB) will be adjusted to award students who consistently demonstrate good learning orientations
  • The monthly household income must not exceed $6,900 (or per capita income not exceed $1,725)
  • Good conduct will continue to be a criterion

Edusave Good Progress Award for P2 & P3

  • Edusave Good Progress Award will be awarded to students who do not qualify for EMB, but who have shown improvement in learning orientations within the year
  • Good conduct will continue to be a criterion

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!

LiteracyPlus Tips: English Paper 2 (Pri)

ENGLISH PAPER 2 (PRIMARY)

 

Primary 2

When writing your answer for MCQ Comprehension:

  • Circle the question numbers you’re unsure about. When you’re done with the whole paper, go back to the circled questions and cross out the wrong answers.

When writing your answer for Open-Ended Comprehension:

  • Grammar: Check that you have used the correct tense.
  • Punctuation: Make sure your sentences begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop. Remember to include quotation marks if you are asked for a specific word.
  • Spelling: Double-check the spelling of all key words in your answer against those in the passage because those key words are likely found there.

 

Primary 3 & 4

How to Figure Out the Meaning of New Words

Context clues are very useful when you are trying to figure out the meaning of words that are new to you. Usually, in a sentence, paragraph or text, there is at least one clue to the meaning of the word. An easy way to remember the types of clues would be S.E.A.: Synonym, Examples, Antonym.

  • Synonym: a word or phrase with the same meaning

Bamboos are not very nutritious, so the amount of bamboo pandas have to eat in 12 hours to stay healthy is up to 15 percent of their body weight.

  • Examples: a few examples of the word are given

Some catastrophes cause a huge volume of water to be shifted, such as earthquakes, landslides or volcanic eruptions.

  • Antonym: a word or phrase with the opposite meaning

It is always joyous when a cub is born, but devastating when one dies.

 

Primary 5

Synthesis & Transformation

  • Check that you did not omit or misspell any words.
  • Underline all key words that need to be changed. This is especially helpful when you’re changing the sentence from direct to indirect speech. Look out for Tenses, Pronouns and words related to Time and Place. For example:

Qn:     “I will investigate the cause of the blackout that happened in these areas yesterday,” he announced.

Ans:    The spokesman announced that he would investigate the cause of the blackout that had happened in those areas the previous day.

  • Learn to convert between nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. For example:

Qn:     The students apologised to the principal. They did so reluctantly.

Ans:    It was with reluctance that the students apologised to the principal.

LiteracyPlus Tips: English Paper 2 (Sec)

ENGLISH PAPER 2 (SECONDARY)

 

Summary writing is one of the most dreaded components of Paper 2. But it doesn’t always have to be that way! Use this 3-Step Strategy to guide you along.

 

Step 1: Identify the points

Before you start, mark out the paragraphs that you need to summarise (e.g. draw a line above and below these paragraphs).

  • Identify at least eight key points to summarise. Use dotted lines if you are unsure of your points and edits as you re-read and count the number of points you have chosen.
  • Every paragraph should contain at least one point.
  • Number your points
  • Underline only the key words, instead of underlining the whole sentence.

 

Step 2: Paraphrase the points

Understand each main point before rephrasing it. Be clear and concise!

  • Think of synonyms.
  • Eliminate phrasal verbs where possible (e.g. instead of “carry on”, use “continue”).
  • Eliminate “empty words”: redundant words without which the sentence is still grammatical (e.g. I think that the lecture was boring).
  • Change the sentence structure if necessary.

 

Step 3: Organise the points

Reorder the points in a logical way (e.g. compare-contrast / cause-effect / problem-solution).

  • Use connectors and transition words to signal the relationship between ideas. For example:
    • Compare-contrast: unlike, while, similarly, likewise
    • Cause-effect: since, as, thus, consequently
    • Additional related point: moreover, furthermore, additionally
  • Link related ideas together to further reduce the word count.

LiteracyPlus Tips: PSLE Reading Compre

PSLE READING COMPREHENSION

 

Learning how to paraphrase your answers is an important and required skill for the reading comprehension portion of the exam as marks get deducted whenever answers are lifted from the passage. Here are some tips on paraphrasing:

 

Tip #1

Select synonyms

Replace the key verbs, adjectives and adverbs with synonyms. You may need to use a phrase instead of a single word sometimes.

 

Tip #2

Mention the main idea

Focus on stating the main idea in your own words.

 

Tip #3

Structure it differently

Don’t let your Synthesis & Transformation skills go to waste! Use them to change the sentence structure (e.g. active to passive voice).

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