Maths Tips

PRIMARY MATHS HACKS

 

Watch out for these tricky elements that can appear in your child’s Maths questions! Take extra care not to fall into these traps.

 

MATHS HACK #1

John had 12 lollipops. He shared them with 3 friends. How many lollipops does each person have?

Key word: Share (so John is included)

Incorrect: 12 ÷ 3 = 4

Correct: 12 ÷ 4 = 3

 

 

 

MATHS HACK #2

The total age of John and Ken is 18 years. What is the total age of John and Ken 5 years later?

Correct: 18 + 5  + 5  = 28

Key point: Add the number of years twice because there are 2 people. Add 3 times if there are 3 people.

 

 

 

MATHS HACK #3

The distance between two trees is 8m. 5 trees are arranged in a straight line along the road. What is the distance between the first tree and the last tree?

Key point: Use your hand to identify the number of gaps between trees. The number of gaps in always 1 less than the number of points.

Correct: 4 gaps x 8m = 32m

 

 

 

For our previous post on PSLE Maths tips, click here

 

Click the following links for step-by-step video tutorials on how to solve these word problem concepts:

PSLE Intensive Prgm – Sep 2019 | EL & MA

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Primary 6

Creative Writing Camp (9-13 Sep, 10.30am-12.30pm)

  • Raise your content score by improving on story flow and logic. Analyse writing samples and learn to rectify content errors.

Paper 2 Camp (9-13 Sep, 1.30pm-3.30pm)

  • Gear up for the PSLE by focusing on Reading Comprehension, Editing, Cloze Passage and Synthesis & Transformation.

Maths Camp (16-20 Sep, 2.00pm-4.00pm)

  • Gain a competitive edge for the PSLE by mastering key Mathematical concepts and practicing with actual past PSLE questions.

 

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Writing Tips: Expository Writing (Secondary)

EXPOSITORY WRITING

 

 

Tip #1

Understand the different types of expository essays

  • Definition essays explain the meaning of a word, term, or concept.
  • Classification essays break down a subject or idea into categories and groups.
  • Compare & Contrast essays describe the similarities and differences between two or more people, places, or things.
  • Cause & Effect essays delve into the reasons that cause something and then discuss its results or effects.
  • “How to” essays explain a procedure, step-by-step process, or how to do something.

 

 

 

Tip #2

Ask yourself questions when proofreading and revising

  • Does my essay give an unbiased analysis that unfolds logically?
  • Are my facts and examples relevant?
  • Do I use effective transitions between sentences and paragraphs?
  • Does my conclusion communicate the value and meaning of the thesis and key supporting ideas?

If your essay is still missing the mark, take another look at your thesis statement. A solid thesis statement leads to a solid essay.

 

 

 

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For more English writing tips on the various types of compositions students will have to write in either primary or secondary school, click on the following links below:

 

Primary School

 

P6 PSLE Oral Programme (5-8 Aug)

Boost your child’s confidence in taking the PSLE oral exam. Hone vocal delivery skills through exercises, build vocabulary and practice tips on how to prepare for the Stimulus-based conversation.

 

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Holiday Programmes June 2019 | MA & EL

Engage your child over this June holiday with our Maths and English programmes! Join us for something fun but with an academic focus.

 

Primary 3

Maths Camp (17-19 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Master model drawing, develop mathematical reasoning and learn foolproof concepts that will save you time.

Creative Writing Camp (24-26 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Become a better writer through experiential learning. Visit various places and translate the experience onto paper in the classroom.

 

Primary 4

Maths Camp (17-19 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Solidify your understanding of foundational word problem topics and learn to apply critical concepts vital for your exams.

Creative Writing Camp (24-28 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Hone your visualisation skills and descriptive writing skills through the use of various drama activities like role play.

 

Primary 5

Maths Camp (10-12 Jun or 17-19 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Excel in applying must-know concepts and in solving commonly-tested question types that many pupils struggle with.

Creative Writing Camp (17-21 Jun or 24-28 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • With elements of peer presentation and peer teaching, learn from actual pupil writing samples to improve on content.

 

Primary 6

Maths Camp (10-14 Jun or 17-21 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Gain a competitive edge for the PSLE by mastering key Mathematical concepts and practicing with actual past PSLE questions.

Creative Writing Camp (17-21 Jun or 24-28 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Raise your content score by improving on story flow and logic. Analyse writing samples and learn to rectify content errors.

Paper 2 Camp (17-21 Jun or 24-28 Jun, 12.15pm-2.15pm)

  • Gear up for the PSLE by focusing on Reading Comprehension, Editing, Cloze Passage and Synthesis & Transformation.

 

 

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2019 June Holiday Camp Schedule

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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

 

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