NAC-AEP Programmes Endorsed for 2019 to 2020

We are pleased to announce that the following LiteracyPlus programmes have been endorsed by the National Arts Council Arts Education Programme (NAC-AEP) for 2019-2020:

  • Literature Alive! Poetry Appreciation: An Introduction to Poetry for P3 to P6 pupils
  • Literature Alive! (Short Story) for P3 to P6 pupils
  • Literature Alive! (Novel) for P3 to P6 pupils
  • Literature Alive! (Drama) Introduction to Shakespeare for P5 to P6 pupils
  • PoetryPlus! for P1 & P2 pupils

The programmes above are eligible for NAC-AEP’s 50% Tote Board Arts Grant Subsidy. Pupils need only pay 50% of the course fees! Call 6777 2468 or send an email to schools@literacyplus.com.sg for more details.

Click here to view the full range of Literature Appreciation programmes we offer.

English Usage Tips: Grammar

GRAMMAR: CONTRACTIONS

 

  • “They’re” is short for “they are”.

Incorrect: Their going to be home soon.

Correct:  They’re going to be home soon.

 

  • “Their” is the possessive form of “they” and indicates something belonging to someone.

Incorrect: Can we borrow they’re car?

Correct: Can we borrow their car?

 

  • “Thererefers to a particular place that is not where you are. We also use “there” to show something exists.

Incorrect: Their is a new shop next door.

Correct: There is a new shop next door.

 

PSLE Reading Comprehension Marking Changes

 – No 1/2 marks given or deducted

 – Reduced emphasis on language to help weaker pupils

 – Minor language errors that do not interfere with meaning will have no marks deducted

 

 

 

Minor Language Errors vs Major Language Errors

 

Minor Language Errors

  • Spelling incorrect but phonetically similar and does not spell another word
  • Tense incorrect but does not change the meaning of the sentence

 

Major Language Errors

  • Spelling incorrect, not phonetically similar and/or spells another word
  • Tense incorrect and changes the meaning of the sentence

 

 

 

Example of Minor and Major Language Errors

 

Minor Language Error Example

The software is still in the early stages of deevelopment.

  • Phonetically similar, does not spell another word

 

Major Language Error Example

Tommy guest that my birthday was in January.

  • Phonetically similar, spells another word

 

Succeed in the Maths PSLE

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.

 

Click on the flyer below for workshop details.

 

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

English Usage Tips: Punctuation

PUNCTUATION: APOSTROPHES

 

  • Apostrophes indicate possession – something belonging to something or someone. 

Incorrect: Jennifers horse is over there.

Correct: Jennifer’s horse is over there.

To indicate something belonging to one person, the apostrophe goes before the ‘s’.

 

Incorrect: The postman delivered the parcel to the Ng’s flat.

Correct: The postman delivered the parcel to the Ngs’ flat.

To indicate something belonging to more than one person, put the apostrophe after the ‘s’.

 

 

 

  • Apostrophes are never used to make a word plural, even when a word is in number form, as in a date.

Incorrect: We received a Chinese New Year card from the Lee’s.

Correct: We received a Chinese New Year card from the Lees.

Incorrect: My parents like to listen to music from the 1970’s.

Correct: My parents like to listen to music from the 1970s.

 

 

  • Apostrophes are also used to indicate a contraction.

Contractions are two words made shorter by placing an apostrophe where letters have been omitted. For example, “let’s” uses an apostrophe to indicate that the word is missing the “u” from “us”.

 

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

 

English Usage Tips: Grammar

GRAMMAR: 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

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