Idioms for PSLE Syllabus-eduKate Tuition Centre

Top 10 Idioms for PSLE English Syllabus, Singapore-eduKate Teaching Materials.

Idioms can add spice onto the canvas of your composition writing and when appropriately used, gives a dramatic effect and shows the mastery that you have attained.  The idea here, while attempting PSLE, is to have a list of go-to tools that would cover almost every situation that you can come across. This helps pepper your composition, adding flavour and widen the spectrum of colour to your writing.

idiom-ˈɪdɪəm

-a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (dictionary.com) Here’s 10 most useful idioms that you can use to almost every composition that you will see in PSLE.

  1. A penny for your thoughts: asking someone’s thoughts
  2. Best of both worlds: All advantages are in effect.
  3. Can’t judge a book by its cover: Cannot judge something/someone on appearance alone.
  4. Curiosity killed the cat: Being Inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant situation.
  5. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket: Do not put all your resources in one possibility.
  6. Every cloud has a silver lining: Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.
  7. In the heat of the moment: Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.
  8. Kill two birds with one stone: To accomplish two different things at the same time.
  9. Let the cat out of the bag: To share information that was previously concealed
  10. Piece of cake: A job, task or other activity that is easy or simple.
eduKateSG Primary Students at Punggol
eduKateSG Primary Students at Punggol

EduKate Singapore PSLE English Composition Writing Materials-Types of Characters

Singapore PSLE English Language Syllabus Composition Writing Section-prepared by eduKate Tuition Centre

The following is a summarised class material for PSLE EL Syllabus under topic “types of character” that shall be used by eduKate for teaching PSLE candidates in their attempt of the PSLE EL Composition writing section.

Major Characters

Major characters are characters that appear sufficiently in the story to drive the story forwards. They are also characters that will let readers identify with and bond throughout the story.

Minor Characters

Minor characters are characters that appear in localised smaller parts of the story, and could add to driving the story, or not driving the story at all. Minor characters can be used to add to the richness of the story and provide a distraction or comic relief to the reader.

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein
eduKateSG Tuition Centre Primary Students at Prive Punggol Singapore
eduKateSG Tuition Centre Primary Students at Prive Punggol Singapore

Protagonist

A protagonist is the main character and driver of the story. It creates movement of the plot and engages the reader’s imagination and empathy. The protagonist usually has character traits that readers identify with and is usually the hero or heroine of the story. This is not always true, with protagonists that can be evil, or even neutral to make things interesting for ther reader.  The protagonist usually solves the conundrum in the story, or provides for a solution to the moral dilemma presented within the theme taken by the writer.

Antagonist

An antagonist is the counter character to the protagonist, creating friction and problems for the protagonist to negate. The antagonist is the other driver of the plot and, together with the antagonist, moves the plot to its conclusion. The antagonist presents a counter balance to the protagonist and could give a valuable insight for the reader into the protagonists character/actions/decisions. Again, the antagonist might be evil in nature, or could even be a hero in the story, which gives a twist to the general perception and again, makes things interesting for the reader.

Character Development

Dynamic Character

A dynamic character undergoes personality changes in the story plot, developing into another character or attaining a different outlook/experience. It usually takes a pivotal event in the plot where the character experiences monumental tasks and readjusts to cater for the change.

Static Character

A static character does not undergo any changes in the story. Usually static characters does not undergo any changes because throughout the story, a static character is hardly affected by climactic problems and soldiers on solving it.

eduKateSG Primary Students at Tampines
eduKateSG Primary Students at Tampines

Instrumental Characters

Round Characters

A round character is fully developed to be complex and realistic. Depth of character and attention to details makes round characters malleable to changes in the plot and readers sympathise with round characters easily through empathy. Round characters also mimic reality and gives readers an insight into the character and keeps the story interesting.

Flat Characters

The reverse of round characters, flat characters are not fully delineated and usually only has one or two traits to carry through the story. Usually not the main character in the story, flat characters are important tools used to provide comic relief, or even instrumental to a change in the plot.

Foil

A foil is a character that contrasts another main character to make readers appreciate the difference. The intention of the foil is to make readers understand the other character its “foiling” better.

Symbolic 

A symbolic character is a character that symbolises certain ideas or morals of society. The intention of symbolic characters are for readers to identify the hidden trademarks within the story and see its relevance to the theme of the story. It denotes clever writing and makes the reader appreciate its intelligence and its intrinsic fabrication by the writer.

eduKate Singapore Tuition Centre: English Theme of the Month April 2015: Critical Thinking Skills

Dear Parents,

This month, we are teaching eduKate students Critical Thinking Skills. Students will be receiving their notes and shall cover the below modules:

  • What is critical thinking?
  • What are the components of learning?
  • What are the procedures to achieve critical thinking?
  • How to interpret and analyse data?
  • What do we need to avoid doing to achieve a balanced result?
  • Importance of critical thinking in our education.

Aims of this module: To create awareness in students attempting questions in their exams. Relevance of critical thinking skills to English shall be applied to composition writing and answering comprehension questions during the first two lessons.

Composition

Students are required to demonstrate reasoning in their compositions and develop a realistic approach to story telling. During the process of creating a story, students shall use the 3 pictures composition approach introduced in the new syllabus PSLE format. The students are required to gather and include effective implementation of tools from their creative writing classes. They also need to draw from their past experiences when fabricating their plot.

Comprehension

Students are required to demonstrate critical thinking skills of the following basic 6 questions: who, why, where, when, what and how when attempting to resolve questions in the new syllabus format PSLE questions. They are also required to critique and infer from the passage using the said skill.

For more information of this module, kindly email admin@edukatesg.com

eduKateSG Primary Students at Punggol
eduKateSG Primary Students at Punggol

Science is FUN! – Transportation of Water in Plants

Have Science Tuition at our eduKateSG Punggol Tuition Centre.

This week in Science, we learn about the plant’s transport system and zoomed in on how water is transported from the roots to the other parts of the plant through the xylem tubes. To demonstrate this, we conducted a simple and fun activity that is easy to carry out at home as well.

Materials required:

  • Fresh white chrysanthemum or carnation
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Plastic bottle

Procedure:

  1. Pour 1 cup of water into the plastic bottle and mix in 1/4 cup of food coloring.
  2. Trim the stalk of the flower using a pair of kitchen scissors at an angle such that the base is pointed and not flat. (Water absorption may be affected if the base is flat and the stalk sits at the bottom of the bottle.)
  3. Place the flower in the colored water and watch the petals change color!

after 45 minutes
after 45 minutes
after 1.5 hours

eduKate Punggol Tuition Centre

Prive E.C Tuition
This is eduKate Singapore Tuition at Prive Executive Condominium Punggol Tuition Centre Primary Math Science English

eduKate Tuition Centre. Punggol Primary and Secondary English, Math, Science Tuition by top Tutor and Owner. We have located our centers close to your neighbourhood (95% of our primary students stay within 500m of our centre, a maximum of 10 minutes walking distance) so that it is convenient to bring your child for lessons, ease of access to our facilities, and most importantly, it allows students the ability to talk to our tutors anytime they need some advice. Our schedules are also tailored to working parents and takes into consideration the CCA timings of students. Being flexible allows us to serve you well, and we work closely with you to make sure that your child receives the best education available. eduKate Punggol is located in Prive E.C. and is right opposite Edgefield Secondary School. For more information for our class schedules: Call Teo Yuet Ling +65 8222 6327

Punggol Tuition with eduKate Punggol Prive
Punggol Tuition with eduKate Punggol Prive
Punggol Tuition with eduKate Punggol Prive Primary English Math Science
Punggol Tuition with eduKate Punggol Prive Primary English Math Science
Punggol Tuition with eduKate Punggol Prive Primary English Math Science
Punggol Tuition with eduKate Punggol Prive Primary English Math Science
Punggol Tuition with eduKate Punggol Prive Primary English Math Science
Punggol Tuition with eduKate Punggol Prive Primary English Math Science

Primary and Secondary English, Math, Science Tuition in Singapore with tuition centres located at:

  • Tuition in Punggol, Privé 33 Punggol Field, Singapore 821211
  • Tuition in Tampines, Pinevale 6 Tampines St73, Singapore 528825
  • Tuition in Marina Bay, The Sail 2 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018987

Tuition classes offered at our eduKate Punggol Tuition Centre and eduKate Tampines Tuition Centre in Singapore:

eduKateSG Tuition Centre Primary Students at Prive Punggol Singapore
eduKateSG Tuition Centre Primary Students at Prive Punggol Singapore

Primary 1-6

  • MOE Curriculum Primary English Tuition
  • MOE Curriculum Primary Mathematics Tuition
  • MOE Curriculum Primary Science Tuition
  • English Creative Writing Tuition

Primary 6 MOE PSLE

  • PSLE English Tuition Preparatory Course
  • PSLE Mathematics Tuition Preparatory Course
  • PSLE Science Tuition Preparatory Course
  • PSLE Intensive Tuition Mathematics Course
  • PSLE Intensive Intensive Science Course

Secondary School Tuition at eduKate Tampines Tuition Centre, eduKate Punggol Tuition Centre and eduKate Marina Bay Tuition Centre: GCE O’Levels, Integrated Programme (I.P) and the International Baccalaureate (I.B Programme)

  • English Secondary Tuition
  • A Mathematics Secondary Tuition
  • E Mathematics Secondary Tuition

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Christmas is Coming! 2014

Coolest stuff you can get for your kids this Christmas. Presents and more presents and beware, you might want one for yourself.

1) Boogie Board eWriters http://www.myboogieboard.com/na/

Go paperless and your kids can write/draw/doodle without worrying if you are clearing a forest to do that.

2) Skatecycle

Another form of skates hits the streets. It looks like it came out from the movie TRON.

3) Giant Jenga

Ellen plays it on her show. And everyone goes nuts when it goes all wobbly. So go big… get a Giant Jenga and see everyone gather together and go wide eyed gaga. Jenga! Jenga! Jenga!

4) Lego

Lego is making a big comeback, in games, in movies, in toys, in theme parks and why not, its really an awesome way to get creative for your kids. Nothing is impossible with Lego and its all here… http://www.lego.com/

5) Lomography Lomo’Instant

http://shop.lomography.com/us/cameras/lomo-instant

The latest camera from this uber fashionable art/camera/lifestyle gadget. Selfie yourself and have it on Fuji Instax format. Oh did I mention it looks so pretty? It does!

Lomo'Instant Wong Kin Leong eduKateSg
Lomo’Instant Wong Kin Leong eduKateSg

article written by Wong Kin Leong, eduKateSG Tampines St73

Idioms and Phrases in the 21st Century

Modernise your writing with new phrases or idioms.

Time shifts language and adopts new words/phrases. As we continue into the 21st Century, usage of idioms have changed significantly in our society and time dictates certain idioms/phrases to be out of date and some that becomes fashionable.

Here’s a few fun ones:

  • take things easy
  • suck it up
  • keep in touch
  • speak of the devil
  • slip past
  • send me up the wall
  • you got me
  • hit it off
  • mixed up in
  • in summary

These phrases are definitely useful and fashionable right now, and gives a contemporary and modern feel to your writing. If your composition is written in a modern setting, keep the words trendy and fresh.

Or it depends on the characters that you use in your composition. When the person is older, he/she can take on an older vocabulary/phrase/idiom. But when the character is younger, then keep it trendy, like “Whoa! Nellie”.

So keep that in mind when you write your next composition. Certain phrases might sound archaic and eventhough it is contextually correct, it just gives a slightly musty feel to your writing, dusty covers and all.

Punggol English and Math Tuition Small Group Tutor
English Tuition with Yuet Ling doing Cloze Passages.

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Punggol Tuition Centre for English Math and Science

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Understanding Lag Time in Studies

In this article, I shall talk about the importance of lag time in performance management of students in the course of an academic year. This article talks about how students should manage their time when it comes to examination management. It is also a technology that parents can employ to improve their child’s performance if applied successfully. The studying technology prevalent is still time management and prioritising syllabus uptake but problems arise when we don’t factor in lag time and peak performance. It is a 2 dimensional approach in studying that does not factor in student’s lag time in skill mastery and fails to explain why students does not perform well in examinations.

Solution

Instead we shall now start thinking in the 3D form of logistical delivery of information to our brains and peak performance acquisition. Lag time, as defined in this case as the time between studying a new topic to the time when a student attains mastery of the topic, should be put into consideration for students to do well in their examinations. We know that a student learning a new topic will take some time to digest  the new material and eventually gain enough skills to score well. But this mastery requires the function of time and depending on students’ skills, the time required will be different as no two students are the same in attainment of skill mastery. It is a logistical task that needs to be tailored to individual students and one which requires us to know what is needed, when it is needed, and where it is needed.

Once we understand that lag time is important, we now need to introduce the mechanism of peak performance. Peak performance is  defined as the point in time when one reaches its peak in absolute performance. This also means that once the peak is reached, there will generally be followed by a reduction/degradation of the skill with the passing of time. The aim of a successful examination will be down to these factors.

  • knowledge of our lag time
  • when our peak performance occurs
  • time management factoring in the above
  • prioritising in accordance to achieve peak performance

So what have we learnt from our research:

1) Exams are a constant in the year. With the constant of examination time tables, lag time must be worked out and calculated to prevent a student from failing to attain the necessary skill set before the examination begins. Knowledge of oneself is the greatest liberty.  Students should know how much time is needed to attain mastery of skills. Also, this is when parents can step in and take this lag time into consideration. For a student who learns quick and have a good uptake of facts, this lag time will play a smaller role in the process of learning, but one who takes a fair amount of time to attain mastery, parents should play a bigger part in making sure their child manage their time well enough.

First, know when the exams and tests are in an academic year. Second, calculate how much time is needed to fully master, and commit to memory the skills acquired. Third, take this calculated time that you need, and work backwards from the dates of the exams to start planning revision of your topics according to when  you peak in your mastery. Factor in 2-3 extra weeks for delays in your schedule as a safety net. Also factor in the amount of subjects that is being attempted, time it to how the exams pan out. Study in accordance to what papers are chronologically arranged What you have will be a solid blue print to a successful examination.

2) Lag time decreases with a better memory Generally, students with better memory requires less lag time to master their syllabus. This is obvious as students who spends more effort memorising what they have learnt means that they do not have to spend so much time backtracking to relearn what they have forgotten.

3) Lag time decreases with better understanding There is studying by hard, or studying by smart. The latter being studying by understanding and comprehending, as opposed to the former of memorising questions and formulas. Studying by understanding generally gives clarity and a better fundamental grasp of the topic. And clarity in thought gives a better memory palace. Know how  the topic  works, digesting it and then memorizing and keeping it clear will usually means a recall of the topic will be easier.

4) Consistency wins. Mugging scares. Consistently studying and peaking will help a student learn how to reach peak performance. Do it, and do it again. Hone it till it becomes second nature and exams become a breeze. Mugging is scary because it leaves too little time to learn everything. It works, but there’s also a chance that it doesn’t. Why gamble when we can play it safe and buy insurance.

So there you go. Take into consideration lag time, and peak right on exam day. Success is just around the corner.

Classes for 2015

Herein lies the class contents and SEAB MOE Syllabus of our 2015 tutorial classes for English, Maths and Science tuition at both eduKate Tampines and Punggol Branch. MOE PSLE syllabus will be adhered to strictly with additions as listed below applied for your child’s character development and skill improvements. PSLE Syllabus by SEAB MOE can be found at bottom of this page.

Primary English

eduKate’s syllabus covers MOE guideline PSLE Syllabus English 2015 as our core lesson content.

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Synthesis
  • Composition (Situational and Continuous)
  • Comprehension
  • Cloze Passage
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Oral and speech

In addition, we incorporate the following into our English programme:

  • Creative writing
  • Historical Knowledge
  • General Knowledge
  • Moral Ethics and Good Manners
  • Introduction to Newspapers and Current Affairs
  • Reading & Appreciation of Classical Children Story Books
  • English and its use in Technology and Social Media

Primary Mathematics

eduKate’s syllabus for Mathematics follows MOE guideline in accordance to cohort requirements from Primary 1-6.

In addition, we shall incorporate the following into our Mathematics programme:

  • Conceptual Understanding and Skill Proficiency
  • Heuristics and application to Problem Sums
  • Every day use of Mathematics
  • PSLE Preparatory Mathematics Classes in October 2014
  • PSLE Intensive Mathematics Classes in June-October 2015
eduKate Singapore Tampines Tuition Centre Student doing Secondary Math
eduKate Singapore Tampines Tuition Centre Student doing Secondary Math

Below are a list of schools that we currently cater to in accordance to our current location

Tampines Tuition Branch:

  • Angsana Primary School
  • Chongzheng Primary School
  • East Spring Primary School
  • East View Primary School
  • Gongshang Primary School
  • Junyuan Primary School
  • Poi Ching School
  • St. Hilda’s Primary School
  • Tampines North Primary School
  • Tampines Primary School
  • Yumin Primary School
  • Dunman Secondary School
  • East Spring Secondary School
  • East View Secondary School
  • Junyuan Secondary School
  • Ngee Ann Secondary School
  • Pasir Ris Secondary School
  • Springfield Secondary School
  • St. Hilda’s Secondary School
  • Tampines Secondary School
  • Tampines Junior College
  • United World College of South East Asia (Tampines Campus)
  • Canossa Convent Primary School
  • East Coast Primary School
  • Eunos Primary School
  • Geylang Methodist School (Primary)
  • Haig Girls’ School
  • Macpherson Primary School
  • Maha Bodhi School
  • Maris Stella High School
  • Ngee Ann Primary School
  • St. Gabriel’s Primary School
  • Tao Nan School
  • Yangzheng Primary School
  • Bartley Secondary School
  • CHIJ Katong Convent
  • Geylang Methodist School (Secondary)
  • MacPherson Secondary School
  • Manjusri Secondary School
  • Ping Yi Secondary School
  • St. Gabriel’s Secondary School
  • Zhonghua Secondary School
  • Nanyang Junior College

Punggol Tuition Branch:

  • Casuarina Primary School
  • Compassvale Primary School
  • Coral Primary School
  • Edgefield Primary School
  • Elias Park Primary School
  • Greendale Primary School
  • Horizon Primary School
  • Loyang Primary School
  • Mee Toh School
  • Meridian Primary School
  • North Vista Primary School
  • Palm View Primary School
  • Park View Primary School
  • Pasir Ris Primary School
  • Punggol Primary School
  • Punggol Green Primary School
  • Punggol View Primary School
  • Seng Kang Primary School
  • White Sands Primary School
  • Yio Chu Kang Primary School
  • Compassvale Secondary School
  • Coral Secondary School
  • Edgefield Secondary School
  • Greendale Secondary School
  • Greenview Secondary School
  • Hai Sing Catholic School
  • Loyang Secondary School
  • North Vista Secondary School
  • Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School
  • Punggol Secondary School
  • Seng Kang Secondary School
  • Siglap Secondary School
  • Meridian Junior College
  • North Spring Primary School
  • Rivervale Primary School
  • CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent
  • Anchor Green Primary School
  • Fernvale Primary School
  • Nan Chiau Primary School
  • Sengkang Green Primary School
  • Springdale Primary School
  • Nan Chiau High School
  • Pei Hwa Secondary School
Secondary Mathematics GCE O levels at eduKate SG Tuition Centre
Secondary Mathematics GCE O levels at eduKate SG Tuition Centre

Current PSLE Syllabus outlined by SEAB MOE website Jan 2015 onwards

PSLE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Implemented from the Year of Examination 2015

PURPOSE OF EXAMINATION

The purpose of the examination is to assess the candidates’ attainment in English Language based on the Learning Outcomes stated in the English Language Syllabus 2010: Primary & Secondary (Express / Normal [Academic]). The Learning Outcomes form the basis for the assessment objectives listed on page 3.

ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES

In this English Language examination, candidates will be assessed on their ability to:

In Paper 1 (Writing)

  1. AO1  write to suit purpose, audience and context in a way that is clear and effective
  2. AO2  use appropriate register and tone in a variety of texts
  3. AO3  generate and select relevant ideas, organising and expressing them in a coherentand cohesive manner
  4. AO4  use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
  5. AO5  use a variety of vocabulary appropriately, with clarity and precision

In Paper 2 (Language Use and Comprehension)

  1. AO1  demonstrate comprehension of a range of texts at the literal and inferential levels
  2. AO2  show understanding of implied meaning, and make judgement and evaluation, byreading and/or viewing closely and critically
  3. AO3  show understanding of how contextual use of lexical and grammatical itemsshapes meaning
  4. AO4  demonstrate the correct use of grammar, spelling and punctuation, and theappropriate use of vocabulary in given contexts

In Paper 3 (Listening Comprehension)

  1. AO1  demonstrate understanding of the content of a variety of spoken texts at the literal and inferential levels
  2. AO2  identify key messages, main ideas and details in a variety of spoken texts
  3. AO3  infer and draw conclusions by listening critically

In Paper 4 (Oral Communication)

  1. AO1  read with good pronunciation, clear articulation and appropriate intonation in order to convey the information, ideas and feelings in a passage
  2. AO2  produce a well-paced, fluent reading of a passage
  3. AO3  express their personal opinions, ideas and experiences clearly and effectively inconversing with the examiner
  4. AO4  speak fluently and with grammatical accuracy, using a range of appropriatevocabulary and structures

EXAMINATION FORMAT

Candidates will be assessed in the following areas:

PAPER

COMPONENT

ITEM TYPE

NO. OF ITEMS

MARKS

WEIGHTING

DURATION

1 (Writing)

Situational Writing Continuous Writing

OE OE

1 1

15 40

27.5%

1 h 10 min

2

(Language Use and Comprehension)

Booklet A:

Grammar

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Cloze

Visual Text Comprehension

Booklet B:

Grammar Cloze

Editing for Spelling and Grammar

Comprehension Cloze

Synthesis / Transformation

Comprehension OE

MCQ MCQ MCQ MCQ

OE OE

OE OE OE

10 5 5 8

10 12

15 5 10

10 5 5 8

10 12

15 10 20

47.5%

1 h 50 min

3

(Listening Comprehension)

Listening Comprehension

MCQ

20

20

10%

About 35 min

4

(Oral Communication)

Reading Aloud

Stimulus-based Conversation

OE OE

1 passage

1 visual stimulus

10 20

15%

About 10 min (5 min preparation time; about 5 min examination time)

Total

200

100%

Legend:

MCQ Multiple-choice questions OE Open-ended questions

Paper 1 (Writing)

Part 1 (Situational Writing): Candidates will be required to write a short functional piece (e.g. letter, email, report) to suit the purpose, audience and context of a given situation.

Part 2 (Continuous Writing): Candidates will be required to write a composition of at least 150 words in continuous prose on a given topic. Three pictures will be provided on the topic offering different angles of interpretation. Candidates may also come up with their own interpretation of the topic.

Paper 2 (Language Use and Comprehension)

Candidates will be assessed on their ability to use language correctly and to comprehend visual and textual information.

Paper 3 (Listening Comprehension)

This paper comprises 20 multiple-choice questions which test candidates’ ability to understand spoken English. The texts may be in the form of news items, announcements, advertisements, instructions, explanations, conversations, speeches and stories. Graphic representations will be used for the first seven items. Each text will be read twice. Time will be given for candidates to read the questions before the first reading of each text.

Paper 4 (Oral Communication)

For Reading Aloud, candidates are assessed on their ability to pronounce and articulate words clearly, as well as their ability to read fluently with appropriate expression and rhythm. For Stimulus-based Conversation, candidates are assessed on their ability to give a personal response to a visual stimulus and engage in a conversation on a relevant topic.

PSLE MATHEMATICS

For Examination from 2009

PURPOSE OF THE EXAMINATION

The purpose of the Mathematics examination is to assess pupils’ attainment in mathematics at the end of primary education with respect to the objectives of the 2007 Mathematics (Primary) syllabus. pdf file-PSLE-maths-primary-2007

ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES

Pupils should be able to:

  •   recall specific mathematical facts, concepts, rules and formulae, and performstraightforward computations. (Knowledge)
  •   interpret data and use mathematical concepts, rules and formulae, and solveroutine or familiar mathematical problems. (Comprehension)
  •   analyse data and/or apply mathematical concepts, rules and formulae in acomplex situation, and solve unfamiliar problems. (Application & Analysis)EXAMINATION FORMATThe examination consists of two written papers comprising three booklets.

Paper

Booklet

Item Type

Number of questions

Number of marks per question

Weighting

Duration

1

A

Multiple-choice

10

1

10%

50 min

5

2

10%

B

Short-answer

10

1

10%

5

2

10%

2

Short-answer

5

2

10%

1 h 40 min

Structured / Long-answer

13

3, 4, 5

50%

Total

48

100%

2 h 30 min

Notes

  1. Both papers will be scheduled on the same day with a break between the two papers.
  2. Paper 1 comprises two booklets. The use of calculators is not allowed.
  3. Paper 2 comprises one booklet. The use of calculators is allowed.

Item Types

Multiple-choice Question

For each question, four options are provided of which only one is the correct answer. A candidate has to choose one of the options as his correct answer.

Short-answer Question

For each question, a candidate has to write his answer in the space provided. Any unit required in an answer is provided and a candidate has to give his answer in that unit.

Structured / Long-answer Question

For each question, a candidate has to show his method of solution (working steps) clearly and write his answer(s) in the space(s) provided.

PSLE SCIENCE

For examination from 2010

PURPOSE OF THE EXAMINATION

The PSLE Science Paper assesses pupils’ attainment in Science with respect to the aims of Primary Science Education as stated in the 2008 Science (Primary) syllabus pdf file- psle-science-primary-2008.

ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES

The assessment objectives are as follows:

  1. Knowledge with UnderstandingPupils should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific facts, concepts and principles.
  2. Application of Knowledge and Process SkillsPupils should be able to:
    1. apply scientific facts, concepts and principles to new situations.
    2. use one or a combination of the following basic process skills:
      •   Observing
      •   Comparing
      •   Classifying
      •   Using apparatus and equipment
      •   Communicating
      •   Inferring
      •   Predicting
      •   Analysing
      •   Generating possibilities
      •   Evaluating
      •   Formulating hypothesis

EXAMINATION FORMAT Format of Paper

The examination consists of one written paper comprising two booklets, Booklet A and Booklet B.

Table 1

Booklet

Item Type

Number of questions

Number of marks per question

Weighting (%)

A

Multiple-choice

30

2

60

B

Open-ended

14

2,3,4

40

  1. I  Booklet A consists of 30 multiple-choice questions. Each multiple-choice question carries 2 marks.
  2. II  Booklet B consists of 14 open-ended questions. Each open-ended question carries 2, 3 or 4 marks.

Duration of Paper

The duration of the paper is 1 hour 45 minutes.

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A Crash Course in Surviving PSLE

Its the time of the year, 2 months to go for PSLE or GCE O’ Levels and the panic buttons are being pushed. Here’s a crash course and survival guide:

Make space

Clear out the junk on your table and make your room conducive for studying. This shall be your goto place for study and make sure it is bright and peaceful. A clear table stops any distraction  as well. No TV, games, computers, handphones. Just you and your work.

The 5 P’s

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. Write out all the topics that needs to be revised. Calculate how much time that needs. Add in hours to be spent on revision papers and past year exam papers . Divide that by how many weeks more to exams and that is how much time you need to study a day, at the very least. Which leads us to the need for a time table.

Have a timetable

Set up a time table and schedule every minute. Time management is important in making sure all the topics are covered.  Do put in little breathers as all work as no play makes Jack/Jane a dull person.

Start with revising topics

Revise topics from the easiest to the hardest. This helps in covering lots of easy topics fast and as confidence grows, work up to the harder stuff.

Get Help

Have a really solid tutor that you can count on. (Contact Us)  Generally someone who knows enough of your syllabus that you can get help fast and download as much information to you in the shortest time possible. There will be times when you are revising and there’s some questions where you will hit the wall. Mark those down and ask. This will boost your confidence.

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Tutors checking primary science papers from school examinations

Get those past year papers

Once done with revision, time to hit those past year exam papers. If you have a hard time looking for it, send us an email and we can help you out in obtaining them.

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eduKate with Minister of Education, Mr Heng Swee Kiat

Sleep your 9 hours worth 

Research has proven that peak performance occurs for individuals that clocks in 9 hours of sleep consistently. Your brain will thank you for it.

 Study hard now, slow down when it gets nearer to exams

That’s stress management. Plan to cover more at the beginning and slower in the end. As the exam nears, we need to spend lesser on studying and more time organising our memory palace. Making sure everything is at your fingertips when you need it and cooling down to make sure your brains can handle the stress when the exam starts.

The calm before the storm

It is best to spend time prepping for the big day. Both mentally and physically. Run through how you will do your papers in your mind. Eat healthy food, on time and drink lots of water. Staying healthy is key to peak performance. Exercise too but not anything that will break bones and end in a trip to hospital. Staying sharp and well rested will keep any sickness at bay.

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Stay happy and optimistic

Its also important to stay happy. So whenever you feel things turning dark, slow down and take a breather. Go hang out with friends and family. Do remember its just an exams and its never the end of the world. If you planned it right and did your best, chances are, you’ll be doing alright.

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Student gets good grades with the proper help and good attitude towards his studies.

Synching your body to the exam time tables 

Your body is a creature of habit. Wake up and sleep at the same time every day. This includes the weekends. Study at the same time as the exam time table. Sit down for the whole duration of an exam, approximately 2 hours, and do not make any toilet trips during that time. Eat at the same time too as you do not want to get hungry or thirsty during exams. Get your body accustomed to handle the stresses of an exam. Don’t change this until the exams are over. This will lessen distractions and help you in concentrating fully on the exams.

Equipment checklist

Have a checklist of what you need for the exams. Different papers requires different equipment so make sure to bring it along with respect to the paper at hand. Don’t forget your identification papers too. Buy spares and have all your equipment checked for proper working conditions. I always advise students to have duplicates of all their stationery. Better to have more than less or risk repeating another year to retake the exams.  Generally speaking, pens are never enough in an exams, and two calculators just in case one gives up mid way

Bring the right equipment and have backup calculators just in case. Murphy's Law at work.
Bring the right equipment and have backup calculators just in case. Murphy’s Law at work.

The Storm 

Listen to everything the examiner says and only start when they say so. Don’t worry about what happens around you and just worry about your own paper. That’s your own paper and that is the most important task to you right there and then. Do it at a good pace and never worry if someone else are done earlier than you. Once you have completed, make sure that all pages are attempted, your name/identification number is on the paper, and check your work until time is up. You are given a set time for the paper and not a single second should be wasted so make sure you squeeze every mark out of that paper.

Home Sweet Home

Once the paper is done, get back home and do not discuss the exam questions with your friends. That’s just counter productive and could demoralise you if you find out that there is things that you got wrong. Crying over spilt milk won’t help you or get you a better grade once the paper is handed in. Besides, you will never see that paper again in your life so forget and look forward to the next exam. You are better off wisely spending that time winding down, resetting and start preparing for the next paper.

Keeping yourself optimistic, healthy and happy is a key to achieving a great result.

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