We often use conditionals (if-clauses) in our speech but did you know that there are four different conditionals in English? Extending from our previous post on conditionals, I will be exploring this question type that commonly appears in both Grammar and Synthesis with you! Do watch it if you are keen to find out more!Read More
While this component is only introduced in schools at Primary Five, but once you master what you need to have in your writing and show accuracy in your work, the 15 marks is actually pretty easy to bag! So let me share with you five things all students should pay attention to when they attempt a formal piece of writing.Read More
Welcome to my fourth blog post! The new term has started and things are going to be fast and furious, especially for the Primary 6 pupils. Since the PSLE Oral examination is round the corner, I have decided to focus on the Reading Aloud component in this post. For readers who are parents with P3 to P5 children, this post will still be relevant since essentially, this component is tested across all levels.Read More
With the prelims and PSLE Oral looming ahead, we are starting to prepare the children for their oral examination. Today's post seeks to answer 5 common misconceptions that children and parents have regarding the examination. During my conversations with parents and children, I realise that these 5 misconceptions often create unnecessary fear and are even stumbling blocks for children during their attempt of the examination. Let's see what they are today!Read More
Hello again! I hope that the previous post has been helpful in illustrating to your child the difference between telling and showing (describing) in a story. In this second post, we are going to learn about how to start our stories. Just like how breakfast is an important meal that kick-starts the day, how we begin our story is very important too.Read More
Visual Text Comprehension makes up 8 marks in Booklet A of Paper 2. It is absolutely possible to secure the 8 marks in this section. One important thing is for children to be able to understand the what the visual text is saying as well as what the questions are asking for. In order to do that, it is vital to know the vocabulary that are commonly used in the visual text and in the questions posed. Here is my essential list of 13 words for this section!Read More
This year, being our jubilee year, has brought about a "SG50 wave" in everything around us. There has been quite a bit of speculation about whether this topic will indeed be tested in PSLE. Hence, I decided to prepare a SG50-related topic for my pupils to practise on, just in case PSLE is celebrating SG50 too (: It may not be the exact picture but at least if a similar topic about our jubilee is to be tested, the children would have had some practice on the different stories that they can share about this topic of National Day and SG50. To be honest, no one will know for sure the topic that will be tested. However, even if the topic does not appear, I hope that the resources provided for all of you will provide a clearer idea on the steps to take in order to tackle some questions.Read More
In the past few weeks, we have been discussing about oral at length (you can drop by our archive to take a look at our previous oral tips!) to prepare for PSLE oral this year. The section which is causing most parents and children anxiety is the stimulus-based conversation. I have stressed about how having a conversation is basically a session of sharing stories. As I revised with my pupils these few weeks, I feel that it is necessary to highlight how by simply using the 5W1H, your children will be able to lengthen their stories (hence, the conversation!) and pack in the details to paint a fuller picture to engage the examiners.Read More
The new PSLE format provides a theme and three pictures in the question. Candidates are required to use the theme and at least one picture. As these pictures will not provide a complete story flow to the candidates, it becomes challenging for the pupils to think of a storyline and a problem in it.
Hence, we are going to look at
1. How thinking of the problem starts from the theme.
2. How a COM statement will give a story idea to aid coming up with a problem
3. Stuck? How we can use the 5 types of problems to think of one.
To help my children handle this part of the examination, I have broken down some pointers into 5 parts: BLARE. To blare means to make a loud, harsh sound. Of course, we are not asking for the children to be rude but we definitely want them to capture the examiner's attention and engage them. BLARE stands for Body Language, Language (Vocabulary and Structures), Accuracy, Response and Engagement. Here are some instructions again about using the checklist.Read More
Based on the comprehension questions in examination papers from various schools, I have broken down and identified the different types of questions that can be tested. The following question types are analysed according to examination papers set in the latest PSLE format and I believe this update will aid parents and children in their preparation for this section. Knowing what to expect will allow you to know what to prepare. Here goes!Read More
In all honesty, I think someone in curriculum planning for English at MOE is really giving children a fairer chance with the new format in comprehension assessment. With the variety in questions, children are given a greater chance to display their understanding of a passage. This is done through different possibilities offered for responding to the passage such as numbering of events according to sequence and direct transfer of a sentence from the passage (compared to the previous requirements to put the quote in a full sentence i.e. The sentence is "...". Punctuation marks are often deducted for such responses if the child is not careful.).
However, questions set in the new table format still requires practice and understanding.Read More
She sells seashells on a seashore.
If only our oral examination is judged based on our ability to say that favourite tongue twister of many! Until then, here are some tips to help you prepare and score for the reading component of your oral examinations.Read More
If you are thinking about the introduction or beginning of a composition when you read the title of this post, you are wrong. Writing a composition begins from the point when you are reading the question. Only with understanding of the question requirements that we are on our way to success with the composition.Read More
Are you still unsure of the new PSLE 2015 format for English? Fret not, here is a breakdown of the components for the new format!Read More