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 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

Top 10 Things to do for the school holidays Nov-Dec

10) Botanical Gardens Orchid Gardens Students Special

Singapore Botanical Gardens organizes a programme for students, a holiday special with Orchids as their main theme.

extract from their website:

Description:

Did you know that orchids are one of the largest and most diverse families of flowering plants in the world?

From 8 to 23 November 2014, we are extending free admission to National Orchid Garden to students and accompanying adults.

Opening hours: 8.30am to 7.00pm daily (last admission is at 6.00pm).

Free admission criteria
1. Children 12 years old and below
2. Students are required to present valid student cards
3. Adults accompanying children and/or students

9) Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck

See Singapore from another point of view, its all about perspective. Your kids will love the views from the top of Singapore’s famous landmark.

extract from their website:

Please check for Sands SkyPark closures before your visit.

Prices:

S$23 for adults

S$17 for children (aged between 2 – 12 years*)

S$20 for senior citizens (aged 65 years and above)

Children under 2 years may enter for free.

  • Tickets can be purchased for a specific date up to one month in advance.
  • Same-day admission tickets can only be purchased at Marina Bay Sands Box Offices.
  • Please note that a condition of sale is there are no exchanges or refunds once the purchase has been made.

Where to buy:

Marina Bay Sands website

Ticketing Hotline: +65 6688 8826

Marina Bay Sands Box Offices

  • ArtScience Museum Lobby
  • Concierge Desk, Hotel Lobby Tower 1
  • Retail Concierge, The Shoppes L1
  • SkyPark Ticketing Counter, Tower 3 B1
  • Theatres, The Shoppes B1

for the visit
4. Not applicable to tour groups and tickets purchased in advance

8) Chinatown Heritage Centre

This is a fairly hidden gem in Singapore’s local highlights but its a truly brilliant gem indeed. Three shophouses at Pagoda Street recreates our Singapore history in complete historical settings. How our forefathers lived and eat is faithfully recreated in this beautiful building. Your kids will learn how Singapore started and its rich cultural history, and there’s even a kopitiam in the building when you get hungry or thirsty.

7) Haji Lane

Food? Check. Culture? Check. Shopping? Check. Art? Check. Haji Lane is a smörgåsbord of all things new and old, chic and traditional, young and elderly. It is the cross junction of our past, present and future. There’s lots of things to do for everyone and with Orchard and Marina Bay area a stone’s throw away, Haji Lane has established itself as a fringe community with a strong-willed resolve to show the world that there’s more to do in Singapore than eating, banking, shopping, shipping, flying and going to the movies. Walk into its varied food joints to taste local food, or run into its many beautiful arty cafe’s. Or just walk around and soak in the art installations by the side of the buildings. Shopping is a good idea too, with plenty to offer along the shophouses.

6) Dempsey Hill

My army camp was located here before it revamped itself into Dempsey Hill, the placed to go when you want to get away from the city and cosy up to some beautiful restaurants and shops. Its old world charm redefined for the present. My favourite cafe there will definitely be” jones the grocer”. And its not even exactly a cafe as they sell grocery and speciality food items.

To be Continued… wait for the next installment where we reveal the top 5. Hang in there.

by Wong Kin Leong

edukateSG

Pinevale, Tampines St 73

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