Maths Video 1

CONCEPT: GAP & DIFFERENCE

 

Have a look at how our Head of Mathematics, Mrs Edna Wong, explains and breaks down how to apply the Gap & Difference Concept on a Primary 5 word problem.

 

We hope you find it useful!

 

Writing Tips: Narrative Writing

NARRATIVE WRITING

 

Tip #1

Pre-Writing (8-10 minutes)

  • Understand the requirement of the prompt that you are given.
  • Know who your audience is.
  • Plan and organise your ideas by using:
    • Word / Idea Webs to generate the kind of vocabulary you will be using.
    • Other visual organisers (tables, time-lines, flow charts) to classify, order and further develop your ideas.
  • Group your ideas into ‘chunks’ so that you can develop them as paragraphs.
  • Decide which group of ideas will be used for maximum effect.

 

 

 

Tip #2

Writing (35 minutes)

  • When writing out your composition, try to link your ideas as smoothly as possible with linking words and phrases as well as develop your events.
  • Don’t worry too much about spelling and punctuation. You can check on these later. The main thing is to get your ideas fleshed out on paper first.

 

 

 

Tip #3

Revising & Editing (10 minutes)

When you reread your composition:

  • Does it make sense?
  • Is your handwriting neat and legible?
  • Are proper nouns capitalised and does each sentence begin with a capital letter?
  • Does each sentence end with the correct punctuation mark and has punctuation been used correctly throughout your composition?
  • Are your ideas grouped into paragraphs? Did you indent before each paragraph?
  • Is your spelling correct?
  • Do your subjects and verbs agree?
  • Are your tenses consistent?

 

Maths Tips: PSLE Maths

PSLE MATHS

 

Tip #1

Know what topics are tested and plan your revision accordingly.

In general, topics can be grouped into 7 categories:

  • Numbers (Whole Numbers; Fractions; Decimals)
  • Measurement (Time; Volume; Area & Perimeter; Rate)
  • Data Analysis (Bar Graphs; Line Graphs; Pie Charts)
  • Geometry (Angles; Nets; Symmetry; Tessellation)
  • Ratio & Percentage
  • Speed
  • Algebra

 

 

 

Tip #2

Do NOT just revise P6 topics.

There is a tendency to focus on what is taught in P6. However, topics covered in P4 and P5 are also tested in the PSLE. For example:

  • P4 – Factors & Multiples
  • P5 – Average

Revise topics taught in P4 and P5 that are not covered in the P6 textbooks.

 

 

 

Tip #3

Take note of details in the questions.

It is often easy to overlook small details that are important to the question.

 

Oral Tips: Show and Tell

SHOW AND TELL

 

Tip #1

Make Eye Contact

When you look at the audience you are talking to, it shows that you are trying to connect with them and they are more likely to pay attention to you.

If looking at someone’s eyes while talking makes you nervous, look at the spot between the eyes.

 

 

 

Tip #2

Good Posture

Stand firmly with 2 feet on the ground and your shoulders back. If you are using notes, make sure they do not cover your face.

Do not:

  • Stand stiffly like a soldier on a parade
  • Sway from side to side
  • Lean against anything
  • Shift your weight from foot to foot

 

 

 

Tip #3

Speak Clearly

Speaking clearly makes it easier for your audience to understand what you are saying.

Remember the 5 P’s when speaking:

  • POWER – loud or soft
  • PACE – fast or slow
  • PITCH – high or low
  • PAUSE – a break or rest in speaking
  • PRONUNCIATION – the way a word is spoken

 

Oral Tips: SBC

STIMULUS-BASED CONVERSATION

 

Tip #1

Formulate responses around an opinion (e.g. I think that littering is extremely irresponsible), then lengthen and spice up the conversation by giving a personal account or an example to support their opinion (e.g. I’ve witnessed so many people throwing their cigarette butts on the ground while rushing to board a bus).

However, it is important that points brought up are still relevant to the conversation topic. Students sometimes get carried away with their personal accounts and end up going on about irrelevant points.

 

 

 

Tip #2

Anticipate the examiner’s questions and prepare answers to these questions before being prompted. Students can guess at the topic of the Stimulus-based Conversation after going through the Reading Aloud section as the two will share a common theme. By doing so, the student is less likely to be blindsided by a prompt that could take the conversation in a direction he/she is less prepared for.

 

 

 

Tip #3

Using fillers is one way to stall for time. One way to do this is to repeat the question stem at the start of the answer. For example, if the question was ‘Why do you think a healthy diet is important?’, students can begin their answers with ‘I think a healthy diet is important because…’. Don’t overuse fillers though, as they can be distracting, make the conversation more tedious than it should be, or make you come across as hesitant or unsure.

 

Oral Tips: Reading Aloud

READING ALOUD

 

Tip #1

An important thing to watch out for is clear and proper pronunciation.  Students should avoid speaking too quickly, mumbling, or trailing off at the end of their sentences.

They should also pay attention to how they pronounce word endings. Leaving out end sounds, e.g. the ‘s’ in ‘students’; ‘t’ in ‘paint’ and ‘ed’ in ‘cooked’, is a common mistake.

 

 

 

Tip #2

It is important to remember the different ways of saying ‘the’. When ‘the’ comes before words beginning with a vowel sound, it should be read as /thee/ and not /thuh/. It is the sound that matters, not the letter used in writing the word.

Examples when we pronounce ‘the’ like /thee/:

  • ‘the ant’ = /thee ant/
  • ‘the egg’ = /thee egg/
  • ‘the HDB flat’ = /thee aich-de-bee flat/

Examples when we pronounce ‘the’ like /thuh/:

  • ‘the boy’ = /thuh boy/
  • ‘the car’ = /thuh car/

 

 

2017 PSLE Intensive Programmes: Sep

As a final tune-up for the PSLE, we will also be running a variety of PSLE preparation programmes over the September holiday.

Each programme has 5 lessons, Monday to Friday, with lessons being 2 hours daily.

The programmes are designed to gear pupils up for key components of the PSLE and give them an edge in their exam preparation.

 

P6 PSLE Intensive Programmes

 

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

English Usage Tips: Vocabulary

VOCABULARY

 

  • hand in OR hand up?

Incorrect: I somehow managed to hand up the assignment on time. 

Correct: I somehow managed to hand in the assignment on time. 

When you give a piece of written work to a teacher, you hand it in: ‘Remember to hand in your exercise books before leaving the room.’

 

 

 

  • fetch OR take?

Incorrect: Eventually, I had to get a taxi to fetch me to the hospital.

Correct: Eventually, I had to get a taxi to take me to the hospital.

If you fetch someone, you go somewhere to get them and then bring them back again: ‘At what time do you fetch your children from school?’

 

 

 

  • raise OR raise up?

Incorrect: The government wishes to raise up the standard of health.

Correct: The government wishes to raise the standard of health.

Adding up after raise is redundant.

 

2017 PSLE Intensive Programmes: Jun

As part of the PSLE preparatory process, we will also be running a variety of PSLE intensive preparation programmes over the June holiday.

Each programme has 5 lessons, Monday to Friday, with lessons being 2 hours daily. All programmes have four start dates: 29 March, 5 June, 12 June and 19 June.

The programmes are designed to gear pupils up for key components of the PSLE and give them an edge in their exam preparation. The Maths Intensive will focus on topics such as Area and Perimeter, Whole Numbers/Fractions, Percentage, Speed and Ratio.

 

P6 PSLE Intensive Programmes

 

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

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