Primary 5-6 English Enrichment
Our robust PSLE curriculum has helped 1 in 2 of students qualify for Integrated Programmes and 99% achieve grade improvements.
- Techniques of good storytelling with guided examples
- Thematic worksheets to master complex human emotions, ‘regret, guilt, greed, hesitation, nostalgia, sicknesses/discomfort’
- Literary Techniques (Similes and metaphors, bittersweet endings, suspense, subverting expectations)
- Synthesis and transformation skills
- Direct speech mastery (active to passive voice, transformation, different beginnings)
- Other common and uncommon question types
- Comprehension techniques (phrasal verbs, spotting clues and context, determining best choice of words)
- Open ended comprehension techniques (true/false questions, ‘explain clearly’ and ‘explain fully’, cause and effect)
- Mastering ‘change’, ‘comparison’, and ‘difference’ questions
- Question spotting for Stimulus Based Comprehension
- Formulating mature and witty responses to each question based on proprietary formulas
- Case study of scripts used by our students compiled from previous years
- Individual recording of responses for case study and analysis
Tying it All Together
Reinforcement of critical concepts and how they fit together to form a whole.
Challenging questions designed specifically to ensure the learner is cognizant of all permutations required for the PSLE.
How can I improve my child’s English PSLE score?
Exam experience is important. Assuming that they are of average standard, expose your child to a variety of school papers over P5 and P6. In P6, make sure to attempt the ten year series starting from 2015. This helps them get used to the exam format. If they are underperforming in those papers, you can send them for tuition as early as P5. At home, you can help your child develop stellar oral skills for the oral assessment.
What does the PSLE English exam test?
The PSLE English exam has 4 components.
Paper 1: Situational + Continuous Writing
Situational writing. The ability to write concisely in response to a situation. This can be a complaint letter, report, informal letter, invitation etc.
Continuous writing (composition). To assess the student’s literary flair. It is a test of grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and the ability to tell a coherent story based on the topic.
Paper 2: Language use and comprehension
Grammar MCQs, Vocabulary MCQs, Visual text comprehension MCQs,Vocabulary cloze passage, Comprehension cloze passage, Synthesis and transformation, Open ended comprehension
Paper 3: Listening comprehension MCQs
Paper 4: Oral assessment
Reading a passage aloud. Stimulus Based Conversation (SBC) To answer 3 main questions (and some sub questions) related to a picture.
How long are PSLE English essays?
The requirement stipulates a minimum of 150 words. But any reasonably well written composition by Primary 6 is anywhere between 400-700 words. Reasonably well written = 30 marks (upon 40) and above. It is highly unlikely to get even a passing grade if you submit an essay of exactly 150 words.
Can you guarantee that my child will improve his English before the PSLE exams?
How much time they have before PSLE is the greatest consideration factor. Given at least 6 months, 99% of our students improve by at least 1 band. Given 1 year, around 80% of our students improve by 2 bands.
How early should I send my child to you if I want to score AL1 for PSLE English?
No centre can guarantee AL1 because no matter how good the student is, there is a wild card factor. Vocabulary MCQs and Open Ended Cloze Passages are highly unpredictable and they take up 5% and 15% of the entire PSLE paper respectively. Most of our AL1 students are those who have been with us since P3 or P4. We have had the luxury to slowly build up EVERY component of the assessment. We do have students who come to us in P6 and score AL1 but those are rare cases where they sign up for twice a week lessons.