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2022 PSLE ORAL SBC REFLECTIONS

2022 PSLE ORAL SBC

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I am so glad I pushed for my Oral SBC Finale Webinar on National Day. Credits to Kainetik (Kai Meng, Eric, Jun Hong), I was able to put my materials together in a short time frame and the rest is history.

DAY 1

Parents flooded me with messages, expressing their gratitude and happiness that their children were prepared for the topic and questions given (check out the testimonials below). One of the questions was on recycling, and that hit the sweet spot for all who attended my webinar. 

DAY 2

Again, I was stoked by the influx of text messages poured in. Based on the recount from my students (NOTE: not the actual PSLE questions asked), the two questions that I covered came out. 

Recount Question 1: monitoring phone usage (My version: screen time)

Recount Question 2: are study schedules useful? (My version: cultivate good study habits)

I am flattered that many parents thanked me for predicting the questions, but that is far from the truth. I do not predict questions, nor trend set any topics, etc. Call me old school, but I prefer to expose my students to a wide variety of topics instead, to prepare them that come what may, they are able to handle any situation. As the saying goes, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”. 

Additionally, I do not believe in ‘model answers’ for Oral SBC conversations, as that would not make conversations ‘engaging’, ‘authentic’, and ‘reliable’. As summarised by a parent, my skills teach them to be society-ready, a real-life skill. 

We are so glad the PSLE Oral is over! Let us move on to the next phase of PSLE, and continue to roar, little tigers of 2022!

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WS An Act of Kindness

BY SOWING SEEDZ

SUPPORTED BY TF CREATIF

A Kind Act

Write a composition of at least 150 words about an act of kindness.

The scenes are provided to help you think about this topic.

Your composition should be based on one or more of these scenes.

Consider the following points when you plan your composition:

  • What was the act of kindness?
  • Who were the people involved and how did they feel about it?

You may use the points in any order and include other relevant points as well. 

  • Happiness
  • Anxiety
Happiness

Her face glowed with pride, happiness when the teacher announced that she passed the examination with flying colours.

Her eyes twinkled merrily.

She beamed with pride / happiness.

She gave us a radiant smile.

Her joy / happiness knew no bounds.

She was engulfed by clouds of delight/ sheer happiness.

She was as happy as a lark.

He burst into fits of laughter.

The winner jumped for joy.

Her eyes glittered with tears of joy.

A wide smile flickered across her face.

She broke into a smile, flashing her pearly white teeth.

They broke out into peals of laughter.

A smile spread over his face.

 They were saturated with happiness.

He was smiling like a contented old man.

He poured out his gratitude profusely.

He was all smiles when he saw the results.

They roared with laughter on hearing the joke.

She kept a straight face but inside she was giggling like mad.

Our hearts were full of joy when we heard the good news.

Anxiety

Beads of perspiration trickled down my face.

My mouth became very dry.

My heartbeat seemed to stop.

My heartbeat quickened.

I could hear the loud thumping of my heartbeat.

She was tortured / gripped by nail-biting anxiety.

He searched/ rummaged frantically for his gold chain.

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A KIND ACT

Written by Shirleen Tan

“Grrrrrrrrrrr. . .” I blushed a deep shade of red and covered my growling stomach instinctively as I made a quick sweep around the classroom. No one heard my cry of hunger. “Whew!” I sighed with relief under my breath and wished the lesson would be over. Looking at my watch, I jumped with joy. Two more minutes! Mrs. Wong's monotonous teachings suddenly became music to my ears.

“Alright, class, you may be dismissed!” Mrs. Wong ended her teachings just as the shrill bell signaled the end of the lesson but the start of recess. Chairs scraped loudly across the hard ground, and pens clattered noisily on the tables. I haphazardly assembled my desk and dashed out of the classroom. I had already contemplated what to order, and I wanted to eat NOW! “Out of my way!” I playfully shoved my classmates as I inched my way to the canteen.

One could smell the tantalizing aroma of the wide diversity of mouth-watering food wafting all over the perimeter of the canteen. I took a deep breath, and my stomach rumbled uncontrollably once more. As if on cue, my legs subconsciously walked me over to my all-time favorite stall – wanton noodles. I tapped my legs impatiently as I waited for my turn.

“Auntie Ling, one bowl of wanton noodles, more soup!” I reached into my pocket instinctively, as usual, to fish for my wallet. To my utmost horror, there was none. My face turned pale with worry, and my heart rate palpitated anxiously with each breath. I recalled that I had forgotten to bring my wallet along with me in my rush to head for school that morning! I face-palmed myself and was utterly upset over my carelessness. 

My face grew redder with embarrassment as a few students in the queue were mumbling among themselves, whispering, and pointing at me. I was about to cancel my order and runoff, when I heard a voice behind me. “Hello Auntie, I will pay for my friend, together with my order.” I spun around, and the kind soul was Narvesh, my class's new student.

“Hmm…” I was at a loss of words when Narvesh pressed the cash into Auntie's hands, took the tray with two bowls of noodles, and shooed me to find a place to sit.

I was touched deeply by the turn of events. I thanked Narvesh profusely, and as we conversed while having our meals, I realized that we had a lot more in common. We had an enjoyable time over recess that day. Who knows a random act of kindness would garner a friend in exchange?

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A KIND ACT

Written by Tiara Farzana

“Grrrrrrrrrrr…….” I blushed a deep shade of red and covered my growling stomach instinctively as I made a quick sweep around the classroom. No one heard my cry of hunger. “Whew!” I sighed with relief under my breath and wished the lesson would be over. Looking at my watch, I jumped with joy. Two more minutes! Mrs. Wong's monotonous teachings suddenly became music to my ears.

“Alright, class, you may be dismissed!” Mrs. Wong ended her teachings just as the shrill bell signaled the end of the lesson but the start of recess. Chairs scraped loudly across the hard ground, and pens clattered noisily on the tables. I haphazardly assembled my desk and dashed out of the classroom. I had already contemplated what to order, and I wanted to eat NOW! “Out of my way!” I playfully shoved my classmates as I inched my way to the canteen.

One could smell the tantalizing aroma of the wide diversity of mouth-watering food wafting all over the perimeter of the canteen. I took a deep breath, and my stomach rumbled uncontrollably once more. As if on cue, my legs subconsciously walked me over to my all-time favorite stall – wanton noodles. I tapped my legs impatiently as I waited for my turn.

“Auntie Ling, one bowl of wanton noodles, more soup!” I reached into my pocket instinctively, as usual, to fish for my wallet. To my utmost horror, there was none. My face turned pale with worry, and my heart rate palpitated anxiously with each breath. I recalled that I had forgotten to bring my wallet along with me in my rush to head for school that morning! I face-palmed myself and was utterly upset over my carelessness. 

My face grew redder with embarrassment as a few students in the queue were mumbling among themselves, whispering, and pointing at me. I was about to cancel my order and runoff, when I heard a voice behind me. “Hello Auntie, I will pay for my friend, together with my order.” I spun around, and the kind soul was Narvesh, my class's new student.

“Hmm…” I was at a loss of words when Narvesh pressed the cash into Auntie's hands, took the tray with two bowls of noodles, and shooed me to find a place to sit.

I was touched deeply by the turn of events. I thanked Narvesh profusely, and as we conversed while having our meals, I realized that we had a lot more in common. We had an enjoyable time over recess that day. Who knows a random act of kindness would garner a friend in exchange?

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*ANNOUNCEMENTS*

Nov-Dec 2022 Schedule

Dear parents,

I am offering two programmes concurrently, B.T.S Nov-Dec Holiday Programme 2022, and 1-1 Consult. 

I understand many are traveling or have family plans, me included, thus, the schedule below may cater to most.

I apologise if none of the dates are suitable.

Do click here to have more details about it

and register for your children.

The dates and timing from the

Nov-Dec 2022 schedule given are open for 1-1 Consult. This programme is suitable if your child needs the maximum focus and attention to plug any gaps before 2023. My 1-1 Consult can either be adhoc for the holidays, or regular through 2023. 

Click below to drop me a whatsapp

and enquire about the 1-1 consults!


3rd February 2022

Dear parents,

It is time to review the lesson delivery. I have been giving serious thoughts as quite a few parents are asking about the resumption of face-to-face classes, and these are my constraints:

a) If I were to resume face to face, I would need to enforce some measures as I have young children in my place, and I need to consider their safety. I am also the sole teacher, and if anything should happen to me, I will be down, and no replacement teachers will cover my lessons. I will feel primarily responsible should any students get infected or affected in one way or another.

b) Lesson rates will be higher than the current rates (I will revert to those who chose this option when f2f classes are allowed) due to the risks exposed by my family and me.

c) ART swabs to be done and shown to me before lessons.

d) Preference for students to be vaccinated. (My husband, helper, and I have our booster jabs while my two sons have gone through their first jabs).

e) In case of any close contact or covid case notification from my boys’ schools or any of your children’s schools, I will have to suspend lessons immediately and send them back. They are to wait outside my unit if helpers or other caregivers pick them up. As such, attendance is still considered as present, and there will be no offset of lesson fees.

f) As I will need to physically ensure students are well, do note time is used to manage safety measures as well.

My sincere apologies for enforcing the above, as my situation is tricky due to the 5 pax rule per house per day, and my boys’ schools and my husband’s workplace also have had recent covid cases.

I understand we need to live as an endemic society, but simply put, I do not have any resources or admin help to manage any situation. And the time used to ensure the safety and well being of students physically, I would rather use the time to teach. Pre-covid days were just come, attend classes and leave. Now the SOP is come, take temperature/check art kits/trace together/wipe down (easily 20-30 min gone).

Thus, for parents who prefer face-to-face, I am so sorry I am unable to provide at the moment, considering the safety of my family members, and the reluctance to waste unnecessary time during lessons for the safety measures. I do understand some children are not suitable for zoom, or parents have a strong preference for f2f classes. In this case, you may wish to look for alternatives to provide a better learning environment for your children. For parents who choose to stay and partner with me over zoom, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I will strive my best and stay committed to ensuring your children benefit the most from zoom lessons, and the more important factors, to see improvement in terms of results and good study habits.

Moving on with the government measures, when the pax per day is more relaxed, or the situation turns better, I will definitely have the option of resuming face-to-face for those who wish to.

Pls, reach out to me if you have any other concerns.

Thank you for your time, and once again, happy new year!

Warmest

Shirleen 🌱

Check out my testimonials for my PSLE batch done over Zoom.


28th Dec 2021

Dear parents,

Please refer to the text via whatsapp on important announcements regarding 2022 lessons.

As mentioned, materials are chargeable. You may check them out here.


Dear parents,

After weighing my options, I have decided to move my lessons over to Zoom and review termly. My initial plan is to start physical classes from Jan 2022 slowly, but I decide to hold any plans with the new Omicron variant. I understand some tuition centres or even small group home classes are starting physical lessons.

Below are my reasons:

1) I run and manage everything, from lesson preparation – printing, sorting, materials, to teaching and marking.

2) In case of any Close Contact Tracing orders or Covid positive cases from my family or my students, I do not have the logistics or manpower to handle trace calls or inform parents, unlike bigger tuition centers. Also, if any student or my family member is affected, I will have to place all classes over zoom, and I foresee the logistics and lessons will be disruptive. With regards to this, I sincerely do not want anything to happen to my students, especially there is no vaccination for children under 12 yet.

Thus, I will review the situation termly and adjust accordingly.

Henceforth, parents whose children are in my existing classes or making inquiries, please note you have to be comfortable with my decision. While Zoom is not the best form of lesson delivery, I stay committed to ensuring your child benefits from all lessons and stays engaged.

Check out my testimonials for my PSLE batch done over Zoom.

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Listening Comprehension Skills Guide PDF

Listening Comprehension Skills Guide

Many schools are shifting in their areas of test mode, one of which is testing students on their

Listening Comprehension skills. Attached is a more detailed Listening Comprehension

skills guide, not exhaustive, and students are encouraged to all more

details to grasp a larger variety of text types tested.

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Listening Comprehension Quick Tip

Listening Comprehension

Quick Tip

A quick tip Listening Comprehension infographic to learn and revise on the go!

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2019 sbc prelim topics discussion

We are going straight to the point. We have created a quick PDF on the previous year’s SBC topics. We believe this is relevant to preparing our students for the PSLE oral, as well as ideas for composition topics.

A quick recap. You will be seeing P.E.G on our notes. What does this mean?

P stands for PREDICTION. Predict what your examiners will ask you. Pre-empt as many questions as possible and stay prepared.

EENGAGE with your examiners throughout. Maintain eye contact with them and show enthusiasm.

GGIVE personal recount as much as possible. It is always good to share personal experiences and give your own point of view. That gets you an advantage and sets you apart from the rest.

Feel free to save and download a copy to revise with your children as well!

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2018 – P3 P4 SC testimony

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18 March 2019 / P5-P6 Biography Activity

Simple English activity that I had done with our p5s and p6s. We usually aim to do something different over the holidays as a break from the usual classes. We were glad to touch on biographies of historical people, which only 2/10 know who the said figure was. It was a lesson worth spending to teach the next generation the past glories.

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