This composition is written by a student in our P4 weekly writing class.  We had fun brainstorming ideas for this topic and the students came up with some interesting plot. The conclusion for this story was added to link the ending back to the topic. In our weekly composition writing classes, we teach our students different ways to write a good conclusion.

Enjoy the story!

A Celebration Gone Wrong

“I can’t wait for the party to begin!”

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This composition, ‘An Adventure‘, is written by a P4 student in our weekly composition writing class. The pictures provided are a tent, a torch and the sea.

For PSLE, students have to write their composition based on at least one of the three pictures provided. Our upper primary students are taught to focus on one picture (maximum two) to come up with their story plot. Can you identify the picture used for this story?

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This model composition, A Fortunate Escape, is written by one of our Writing Academy students.

A Fortunate Escape

“Truth or dare, Ben?” Max questioned. Max, Ben and I were walking home together while I nibbled at the beef burger I had grabbed from a shop nearby.  ‘Truth or Dare’ was a game we usually played to amuse ourselves on the lengthy, boring journey home. Ben wanted a dare. “Well, Ben, I dare you to carry my bag all the way home!” Tom commanded as we laughed at poor Ben’s plight.

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Make Your Sentences More Interesting

A useful and practical way for students to make their writing more interesting is to have a variety of sentence beginnings. This means that they begin their sentences in different ways.

Some students have the habit of beginning multiple sentences with the same word and do not realise that it makes their writing sound unnatural.

Here is an example:

Lawrence dashed to the school canteen when the recess bell rang.

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One of the most common mistakes made by students in composition writing is writing out of point. That is a costly mistake. Students who write out of point usually do not realise that they have written out of point. They might even have felt confident that they had written and submitted a great piece of composition, only to be unpleasantly surprised when they receive the results. A piece of composition written out of point gets really low marks for Content.

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The PSLE English composition topic for 2018 was ‘Teamwork’.  One of our Writing Academy students happened to practise writing a composition on the same topic one day before her PSLE English paper!

For months, she had honed her writing skills by writing and submitting her assignments regularly for feedback from our Writing Coaches.  It was no surprise that she scored an A-star for her PSLE English! Below is the practice piece that she wrote before her PSLE paper.

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Have you ever wondered what the primary school English composition marking scheme is?

In primary school, students’ English compositions are marked based on two areas – Content and Language.

Content refers to the relevance of ideas and story plot.  Language refers to the more technical parts of the essay such as grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and the organisation aspect such as paragraphing, sequencing of events and the linking of ideas.

In primary school,

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Does your child know how to write good composition beginnings? To do well in primary school English compositions, students should learn some effective composition writing techniques.  Effective writing techniques help to captivate readers and draw them into the story.

Primary school English composition writing is getting more challenging. With the latest PSLE English composition format, students are expected to write captivating and creative stories within 50 minutes. The composition has to be within the topic and based on at least one of the three pictures provided.

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Most children love stories, but not all of them are able to put their stories on paper. However, with the right amount of encouragement and support, they can be honed to become good writers. Writing ability is a lifelong skill that can be applied on different projects and endeavors. While our children usually learn how to write inside the classroom, parents can supplement their lessons by giving them basic writing tips to follow. These writing pointers provided below might be of great help.

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Writing is a skill that is honed through regular practice. Just like any other craft, it takes time, patience, and effort to make one an effective writer. There are no shortcuts to mastering the art of writing. To write well, students need to master various skills. One of these is the ability to use correct grammar. Students should know the common grammatical mistakes so that they can learn to avoid them.

Among these common grammatical mistakes are:

 

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