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P1-2 English / 19 August 2019 / Class 2 / Tuesday / Craft Writing

The Enormous Carrot – a spin off from The Enormous Watermelon, a familiar title used in most Primary Schools in Singapore. We showed a short clip for prior knowledge, and got them to decorate their story templates. A short story was also weaved related to the story, and we had lots of fun coming up with carrot related food – carrot cake, carrot chips, carrot fries, carrot soup, carrot rice, carrot noodles, carrot ice cream! The list could go on, and a child’s imagination is delightful! We were impressed when they just took a chair to set up the stage for a puppet play. This was impromptu and we did not plan to do this. As time was running out, we promised to give them air time to perform the following lesson.


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P1-P2 English / 19 August 2019 / Tuesday / Class 1 / Craft Writing

Every young child loves to play dress up and this is a great chance to give them to play and work at the same time! A doll template is given to our students, and they have the freedom to cut and paste clothes for their dolls. It was a fun experience. After the craft, they had to write a story about “Myself”, which is appropriately tied to their craft work. Last of all, an oral presentation to boost their speech too.


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How To GROW Your Writing Skills

Composition writing is one of the teething areas to work on, and students who have been with us can testify so. We are thankful most of our parents understand that writing takes time and like a seed, needs space and room to bloom and GROW!

With this mission in mind, we are going to share a simple peek in on how we teach our students to write a composition that they are confident in.

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Number 1: Read the title of the given question immediately. Brainstorming starts at this point of time. In this case, the title is about A Fire.

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Number 2: Look at the pictures and link them to the title. In this case, there is a picture about a cloth, some candles and some newspapers, and the title is on A Fire.

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Number 3: Now, choose the pictures to form in your story. Many students still have the misconception to choose ALL pictures, otherwise they will lose out. This is further from the truth. Choose only the pictures that work to your advantage, otherwise, you will be stuck with the ‘compulsory’ pictures and stuck with nothing to write about.

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Number 4: After choosing your pictures, dive right in the concept mapping / brainstorming etc that your teachers have taught you. In this case, we chose a cloth and some candles, with the title A Fire in mind. A simple mind mapping tool is our hardy W+H questions to guide our students. Planning is necessary to help our students keep to their story plots as much as possible, and they are encouraged to tweak their story plots along the way, if needed.

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Number 5: Introduction. We challenge our students to start, write and end their stories differently, and this is no easy task, if a student is not a strong reader to begin with. Thus, we expose our students to many scenarios as possible, to help them bridge their writing abilities. In this sample, there was no mention of weather description, a too overused opening. Instead, the setting went straight into describing the joys of displaying lanterns with candles – a recipe for disaster.

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Number 6: Climax. We encourage our students to insert as many descriptive phrases as possible, to make their stories engaging and alive. A good gauge will be three to four descriptive phrases per paragraph. In this sample, ample descriptions are used describe the fire, and someone used a cloth (chosen from the picture) to help extinguish the fire.

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Number 7: Conclusion. We like to introduce various ways to end our students’ stories too, one of which is a cliffhanger. From the sample, the characters escaped and did not own up, and this made the reader wonder if they would ever be caught for their actions. This suspense is realistic and is still within the given title.


If you are keen to boost your child’s composition writing, do write to us and find out how.

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SBC Oral Sample 3

natural disasters

*PSLE English SBC Preparation*

We believe you have grasped our 3 tips: BIG PICTURE, INFORMATION and SHARING.

Let us try this next topic on ‘Natural Disasters’.

Below is a sample of how a student should prepare himself/herself while waiting.

1) Big Picture:
– natural disasters

2) Information:
W+H:
– What do I know about natural disasters?
– Why are there natural disasters?
– Who are affected by the natural disasters?
– Can natural disasters be avoided? How?

3) Sharing:
– think of another angle while preparing this topic. The usual questions students tend to think are “WHAT is a natural disaster? HAVE you encountered a natural disaster and WHY? Then they are stuck, with no more questions to ask.

–  that is why we also like to expose our students to as many topics/contents/ideas to increase their “storage space” so they can retrieve any information at the snap of their fingers.

– for this example, we swing our students to think along the line: natural disasters è impact of destruction, types of natural disasters, what to do when natural disasters strike.

– sample conversation: “I have not encountered any natural disasters before, and definitely will not want to face any now or in the future. Natural disasters can be frightening. From the news I have read, homes are destroyed, lives are lost, and families are separated. I read a news article before that some families in Hong Kong had to tape their windows securely so that the strong typhoon winds would not shatter the windows” This approach makes the conversation more engaging and impressive.

Attached is a video link on a strong typhoon in Hong Kong. Watch this to have ideas on oral discussion or for general knowledge.


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Oral, SBC Checklists

PSLE Oral Checklist:
For parents who are helping to prepare their children with their PSLE Oral, we will like to share these checklists with you.
We ourselves use these to guide our students.

For Oral Reading, take note of the PEAR acronym:
P – punctuation
E – expression
A – accuracy
R – rate
For Stimulus Based Conversation, take note of the POET acronym:
P – prediction
O – opinion
E – eye contact
T – tenses

The checklist is simple. You can get your children to read a short passage and a given picture, then put the ticks accordingly. Vary the learning by getting your children to self assess too. One way is to record using a smartphone and playback. This gives a clearer channel to assess using the PEAR and POET guidelines.

Oral,SBC Rubric
Oral,SBC Rubric 2

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SBC Oral Sample 2

superheroes

*PSLE English SBC Preparation*

We believe you have grasped our 3 tips: BIG PICTURE, INFORMATION and SHARING.

Let us try this next topic on ‘Superheroes’.

Below is a sample of how a student should prepare himself/herself while waiting.

1) Big Picture:
– superheroes

2) Information:
W+H =>
– What do I know about superheroes?
– What can superheroes do?
– Why are there superheroes?
– Who are superheroes?
– How can I be a superhero?

3) Sharing:
– think of another angle while preparing this topic. The usual questions students tend to think are “WHAT is your favourite superhero and WHY? Then they are stuck, with no more questions to ask.

–  that is why we also like to expose our students to as many topics/contents/ideas to increase their “storage space” so they can retrieve any information at the snap of their fingers.

– for this example, we swing our students to think along the line: superheroes => selfless acts. Based on a student’s prior knowledge on superheroes, a superhero fights evil and protects the weak in movies. Think how can a superhero be real to you?

– sample conversation: “I like superheroes as they are strong and defends the weak and feeble. Although there are really no such superheroes like Superman or Batman, there are real humans who are superheroes in their own right. I have seen articles / watch videos about a group of volunteers dressing up as superheroes and visiting children in hospitals. As the children are sick with illnesses, these volunteers bring cheer to the children…” This approach makes the conversation more engaging and impressive.

We will share more oral tips. Do save and share around.

Attached is a video on a group of volunteers giving their time. It is not in English, but there are subtitles. Share this with your children to have ideas on oral discussion or for general knowledge.


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P5 Science / 30 July Tuesday / 2019 / Seed Dispersal Part 2

Part 2, following our previous lesson on observing real seeds, it was their turn to complete a hands on activity on mimicking how a seed is dispersed by wind via a seed template. While they had fun exploring the different heights released, they also understood how and why plants need to reproduce – to ensure continuity of their own kind. Great job!

PS: safety measures were in place when they stood on the chairs under adult supervision. Do not attempt to do without an adult around.


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P1-2 English / 30 July 2019 Class 2 / Tuesday / National Day Craft Writing

Our Class 2 also got themselves in the celebration mood as they scrambled for the coloured markers to add colours to their wooden crafts. It is really heartening to witness the enthusiasm of our students, and we hope this generation will rise up to protect, defend and lead Singapore for the next 54 years. We love their interpretation of their artwork – all ready for Singapore!

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P1-2 English / 30 July 2019 / Class 1/ Tuesday / National Day Craft Writing

Singapore’s BIG day is coming! As citizens of our home, it is our responsibility to instill a sense of belonging to our next generation. To kick start our lesson, we played a short video clip on what National Day is about and why do we celebrate this special day and ended off with viewing spectacular fireworks in our screen before the crafts. Our students were excited to hold on to their wooden aeroplane crafts. They already knew how to get about decorating and could not wait. They were humming and singing national day songs as they got to work. The end result was fabulous. This is home – truly.

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