Primary 3 model composition written by one of our students from the Writing Academy.

Many students find the new PSLE composition format challenging.  Unlike the old format where you can be guided to develop your story plot by the sequential pictures provided, the new format requires you to come up with your own story plot.  That can be a stumbling block to some weaker students, especially when they have to do the planning and writing of the entire story within the short time given.

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Vocabulary is one of the main components of the Primary School English syllabus. It is therefore important for you to expand your vocabulary if you are a primary school student.

Knowing a great variety of words is helpful when writing compositions too. Have you ever experienced situations when you wanted to say something but just could not find the right words to express yourself? It is frustrating, isn’t it?

To help students write better,

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Mastering Primary 6 composition is one of the more challenging areas for most students. Primary 6 is a crucial year with the PSLE as the main event for students. In order to score A or A-star for PSLE English, it is vital for students to do well in their Composition paper. The foundation of good writing should have been built from middle primary onwards (Primary 3 to 4), so that when the child comes to Primary 6,

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This model composition on honesty is written by a Primary 4 student from our online Writing Academy. I find this piece of composition engaging as she has used a wide range of vocabulary to vividly describe the main character’s actions and feelings. At the same time, the value of honesty was brought out clearly in the story.

There has been a shift in primary school composition topics in recent years,

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This model composition, A Dangerous Act, is written by a Primary 4 student from our weekly writing class. Many of our students join our classes as they want to develop their writing skills. Some of these students have shown progress over the months of consistent writing. We will be showcasing the writing of some of these students. We hope you enjoy reading their compositions!

This piece was written after the student learned how to write a ‘Flashback’

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Model composition ‘An Embarrassing Incident’, written by one of our Primary 4 Writing Academy students.  Enjoy this well-written and highly entertaining piece.  Words in [ ] are added to make the descriptions more vivid.

An Embarrassing Incident

Uncle Fred was a big-sized man in his forties.  He was as round as a ball with a flabby stomach that wobbled as he walked.  He was an extreme food lover and could not resist eating.  

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How to plan and write a good composition for primary school
THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING

Many students find it a challenge to know how to write a good composition for primary school English.

Very often, when writing compositions, primary school students write whatever comes to their minds. This is a huge mistake.

​It is important to always take about 5 minutes to plan your composition before writing.

Your plan gives you a structure for your story. 

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Character description is a key component in a well-written composition. In primary school, students are usually taught to begin their compositions with dialogue, a sound, weather description, a captivating question, flashback or character descriptions.  With the implementation of the new PSLE composition format, knowing how to begin a composition with character description is  more vital than ever before.

Unlike the old format, topics under the new PSLE composition format are usually character-driven.  
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A composition writing technique for primary school students to master is to use specific words in their descriptions. Being specific is a useful skill to teach our children. It helps students to convey their thoughts and ideas clearly.

Here is a sentence that can be commonly found in children’s compositions, especially in lower primary:

Last Sunday, my mother brought me to the shopping mall to buy a toy

If we rewrite the sentence by making it more specific,
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Does your child know how to write a well-developed composition? It is important for primary school students to write well-developed compositions, especially for their composition examinations.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WRITE A WELL-DEVELOPED COMPOSITION?

How much content is enough in a piece of composition? That depends on the level the child is in and the expectations of the teacher marking the piece of writing. Generally, lower primary children are expected to write between 50 to 100 words,

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