English Usage Tips: Grammar



  • “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



  • 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

  • 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



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


  • 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


  • 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


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