Oral Tips: SBC

STIMULUS-BASED CONVERSATION

 

Tip #1

Do not give one word ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answers. Instead, elaborate your answers when responding.

Don’t stop after saying something general. Remember the 5Ws and 1H (who, what, when, where, why & how) to help you elaborate.

 

Tip #2

Carry on your conversation with the examiner until he/she asks you to stop. When you close your conversation, remember to go back to the topic in your conclusion (e.g. Singapore will be a more gracious society and a happier place in which to live if we are all kind to the elderly. After all, we will all grow old one day too!).

Oral Tips: Reading Aloud

READING ALOUD

 

Tip #1

When reading the test passage, pronounce words clearly and correctly. 

  • Know the difference between the short vowel ĭ and the long vowel ē sound.

e.g.  chĭck / cheek      slĭp / sleep      fĭll / feel

  • Pronounce end consonants clearly.

e.g.  Tom wants (not ‘want’) to play football.

e.g.  Do your best (not ‘bess’) later.

  • Know how to pronounce thcorrectly.

e.g.  This (not ‘dis’) is the way to school.

e.g.  My father (not ‘fah-der’) drives a taxi.

 

Tip #2

Read expressively so your reader does not get bored.

  • Vary your pitch, making sure that your voice goes up and down.

e.g.  Where are the children? (questions end on a high note)

e.g.  It’s time for dinner. (affirmative statements should end in a level pitch)

  • Stress the important words.

e.g.  Let’s eat children.   vs.   Let’s eat, children.

  • Adjust your volume so you don’t speak in a monotone.

e.g.  Soft to Loud: whisper–mutter–state–announce–demand–exclaim–shout

 

Tip #3

Practice chunking phrases to develop fluency.

  • Focus on reading groups of words, or phrases, rather than individual words.
  • Practise using slashes (/ /) to group words into phrases. Remember to pause when you see a full-stop or comma.

When the starter fired his gun, / the competitors dashed off with John in the lead. / Ben followed closely behind, / waiting for the right time for his final sprint. / At the last bend, / he began to pull ahead. / Finally, / he reached the finishing line / two full seconds before his classmate. / He had won the race!

LiteracyPlus Tidbits: Literature

THE VALUE OF LITERATURE

 

The very word ‘Literature’ brings to mind dusty, difficult books stacked in a rarely frequented corner of the library, or long hours spent dissecting Hemingway, Conrad, or the sonnets and plays of Shakespeare.

But Literature does not have to be boring, or stuffy, or ‘only for the bright kids’. It is for everyone.

 

Literature opens up new worlds to children. It teaches them about people and places, both real and imaginary. It teaches them to empathise, feel and explore emotions. It teaches them values and what it is to be human.

 

Literature can be used to illustrate the many forms writing can take—personal narrative, exposition, poetry, fantasy, and so on. Hence, it is greatly encouraged for a child to read widely to gain that exposure.

 

Literature provides children with a variety of narrative structures that can help them become better writers. Children can borrow from these models as they shape their own pieces, adapting story structures to their own needs and imitating patterns other writers have created. Through such modelling and adaptation, children will start picking up writing styles, vocabulary and plot ideas, and begin developing their own writing styles.

 

Building a child’s interest in Literature can be done in a myriad of interesting ways: through reading aloud, dramatisation, choral reading, games, journal response, the TV/movie connection, and art & craft activities. The possibilities are endless.

 

English Usage Tips: Punctuation

PUNCTUATION: COMMAS

 

  • Using commas with appositive phrases – An appositive phrase is a noun phrase that identifies or adds detail about the noun right next to it.

Incorrect: Mr Khoo, who is a professional magician performed at my sister’s birthday party.

Correct: Mr Khoo, who is a professional magician, performed at my sister’s birthday party.

Incorrect: Mr Khoo, a professional magician is well known in Singapore.

Correct: Mr Khoo, a professional magician, is well known in Singapore.

 

  • Use commas, not colons, when punctuating dialogue

Incorrect: Before doing his trick, Mr Khoo said: “Hey, presto!”

Correct: Before doing his trick, Mr Khoo said, “Hey, presto!”

 

Smarter Than a LiteracyPlus Student

P6 MATHS

Weiyang started a savings plan by putting 2 coins in a money box every day.  Each coin was either a 20¢ or 50¢ coin. His mother put in a $1 coin in the box every 7 days. The total value of the coins after 182 days was $133.90.

(a)  How many coins were there altogether?

(b)  How many of the coins were 50¢ coins?

 

For the answer, click here.

 

 

P6 WRITING

Can you figure out what’s wrong with the Lesson Learnt Story Ending below? Many pupils are guilty of this mistake!

After nearly being bitten by the venomous viper, I learnt that I should be careful of snakes.

 

For the answer, click here.

 

 

P6 READING COMPREHENSION

What is the main idea of the passage below?

The tide was slowly rising, and the wet border it left on the shore inched further inland with every crashing wave. At first, the advance was gentle, and the water spilled a safe distance away from the sandcastle. But soon, the waves grew bigger and more urgent. They clawed their way closer and closer, taunting the hapless edifice with a spray of salty sneers. Once the water caught hold of the most vulnerable tower, there was no turning back. The sea came in, and the poor sandcastle crumbled away.

 

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LiteracyPlus Tidbits: Short Stories

THE VALUE OF SHORT STORIES

 

Short stories incorporate many basic literary elements.

Main character, setting, conflict, plot, symbols and theme are examples of story elements which appear not only in novels and chapter books, but also in short stories. However, determining these elements in a short story takes less time, for the reading experience is shorter.

 

Input and feedback are immediate.

As a parent, your child’s questions about and reactions to the short story can be dealt with on the spot because of the length of the story. You can immediately assess your child’s oral reading and literary, discussion and comprehension skills.

 

The short story form gives children a realistic writing model.

By sharing and analysing language and literary elements as they appear in short stories, children can find examples which they can use as models for their own compositions.

 

Collections worth collecting…

The short story genre can include fairy tales, folktales, fables and even picture books. Famous traditional authors include Aesop, Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm. For Upper Primary pupils, Newbery Award-winner Avi has two well-received collections: Strange Happenings: Five Tales of Transformation and Best Shorts: Favorite Short Stories for Sharing selected by Avi with Carolyn Shute. As Katherine Paterson writes in her afterward, “Do read these stories with your family, your friends or your classmates. Try reading one aloud, your ears catching details that your eyes skipped over.”

 

English Usage Tips: Punctuation

PUNCTUATION: HYPHENS

 

  • When do you use hyphens in numbers?

Incorrect: There are three-hundred-sixty-five days in a year.

Correct: There are three hundred sixty-five days in a year.

Use a hyphen when writing out the numbers twenty-one to ninety-nine in words. Do not use hyphens for other numbers.

 

Incorrect: France has a 35 hour working week.

Correct: France has a 35-hour working week.

Incorrect: The ten year old boy wanted to become an archaeologist.

Correct: The ten-year-old boy wanted to become an archaeologist.

Use hyphens only when the number functions as an adjective phrase.

 

Maths Concepts Explained!

Confused by all the different Maths problems and concepts that your child has to learn? Then this is the parent workshop for you. Understanding these ‘new’ Maths problems will better equip you as a parent to help and support your child.

Concept 1: Percentages – Salary & Savings

These questions are commonly tested in exams and many pupils do not know how to solve them.

Nancy spent $800 of her monthly salary and saved the rest. In April, she increased her spending by 40% and her savings decreased by 25%. How much is her monthly salary?

Concept 2: Gap & Difference

One of the most common and basic concepts that can be applied to make solving word problems a lot easier.

A group of students took part in a Maths quiz. They found that if one of them had scored an additional 15 marks, their average score would be 88 marks. However, if one of them had scored 20 marks less, their average score becomes 83 marks. How many students were there in the group?

 

Click on the flyer below for workshop details.

 

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2018 P5 Maths Camp: Jun

Word problems make up about 50% of the Maths paper. Being able to identify the concept of each question will enable the pupil to employ the correct and most effective strategy to solve the problem. The word problem concepts that will be taught in this camp are must know concepts and are commonly found in P5 exam papers.

 

 

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2018 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 two start dates: 4 June & 18 June.

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

 

PSLE Oral Intensive Programme

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

 

PSLE Writing Intensive Programme

Give your child an edge in Paper 1. Learn how to generate relevant and specific elaborative detail, techniques to reveal character traits, and how to avoid writing abrupt story endings.

 

PSLE EL Paper 2 Intensive Programme

The programme focuses on tackling reading comprehension, grammar cloze and comprehension cloze. Practice answering interpretive comprehension-level questions and applying cloze passage tips.

 

PSLE Maths Intensive Programme

Build your child’s familiarity with the variety of word problems that will be tested on the PSLE. Topics such as Area & Perimeter, Whole Numbers, Fractions, Percentage and Speed & Ratio will be covered.

 

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

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