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3 things That You May Have Overlooked In The Latest P4 Mathematics Syllabus

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*UPDATED on 14 JANUARY 2016 MOE confirmed that the topic “Money” is covered from Primary 1 to Primary 3 and is revisited under “Decimals” in Primary 4. Tessellation is taken out of 2013 Primary Mathematics Syllabus and “Multiplication of Fractions” has shifted to Primary 5. The new year brings a new start and for those of you who have had your kids start Primary 1 in 2013, you must be familiar with the new syllabus MOE introduced for Mathematics.  This is a mere 6 years after the previous syllabus was released in 2007.  Knowing our hardworking folks in MOE, they probably…

How to Use Past Year School Papers to Prepare Your Child for Her Exam – the Tutate Roundup

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The PSLE pretty much sets the standard and format for assessments in Singapore, so much so that from Primary 5 onwards, the formats for SA1 and SA2 are aligned to that of PSLE. For those of us who have children in Primary 6, the SA1 is a good gauge to determine our child’s likely performance in the coming PSLE – the schools would have already covered most topics and there is still enough time after SA1 to focus on the areas your child might be weak in.  And there is no better way to prepare for the SA1 than going through specimen…

What to do when you need more writing space on Tutate

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While we all love our iPads for the stuff we can do on it, there’s always a limit!  Tutate’s great for answering long-response questions but if you run out of space to write your answers on your iPad, or prefer to use a pen and paper, you can take a photo of your workings and submit it instead.  Here is a short video of how it is done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRKDDrj0zHM

How do I enter fractions in Tutate?

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To enter fractions, use the following steps: 1. if there is a whole number, enter the whole number first, 2. press ‘spacebar’ to separate the whole number from the fraction, 3. enter the numerator, 4. press ‘/’ to separate the numerator from the denominator, 5. enter the denominator.

How do I submit my answers?

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You can submit your answers after you have answered at least 1 question.  All questions that have been answered but not submitted will be submitted together.  When you are ready to submit, click the ‘Submit’ button in the upper right hand corner: You will then see a dialog box telling you how many answers you are submitting.  Click ‘Confirm’ if you are ready to submit.  Once submitted you cannot change your answers anymore. Another dialog box will then appear, asking you to select the supervisor to submit the answers to.  This supervisor can be your teacher or your parent.…

How firstborns can affect younger siblings’ grades

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This article first appeared on The Guardian, here. The stereotype has long held that firstborn children go on to be bossy high flyers who leave their younger siblings behind. It’s a cliche some might dispute – from David Miliband, who watched his younger brother snatch the Labour leadership from under his nose, to Hilary du Pré, who saw her burgeoning musical talent eclipsed by her younger sister Jacqueline. Then there was Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who thought his poetry was good until Christina came along, and Jamie Murray, a star tennis player, who found himself outclassed by his little brother Andy.…

How to help your child learn better

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When it comes to learning, parents know best.  Or do we?  Many of us still believe in the techniques of long and focused periods of learning and drilling, however does this translate to truly embedded learning or only suffice to ace an exam, after which the child will quickly forget all that he or she has learnt?  Recent studies of brain behaviour and development have shed more light on how to improve long-term learning.  Here are 5 ways to help your child’s learning more effective: 1.  Short Bursts  For a start, avoid long periods of studying.  We know the duration of effective concentration…

Refining the Singapore Pre-school Accreditation Framework

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The Singapore Pre-school Accreditation Framework or SPARK, was introduced in Jan 2011 aimed at raising the standards of pre-schools in Singapore.  SPARK aims to provide recognition and support for pre-school leaders in their efforts to improve teaching and learning, administration and management processes to enhance the holistic development and well-being of young children. It serves as a guide for pre-schools to understand what they should be striving to achieve and provides a benchmark for pre-schools to measure themselves against, and establish for themselves the extent of their achievement.

Hwa Chong celebrates its 40th Anniversary

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Hwa Chong, recently celebrated its 40th anniversary at RWS.  This culminates months of events and activities marking a milestone of one of Singapore’s first junior colleges.  Attended by alumni and graced by Minister of Education Heng Swee Keat, the grand event attracted more than 1000 guests. Now known as Hwa Chong Institution after merging with it’s secondary school affiliate The Chinese High School, Hwa Chong calls famous personalities like Grace Fu, Baey Yam Keng, Sharon Au and Olivia Lum amongst its many alumni.  Mr Heng took the opportunity to urge schools to continue to be open and share best practises so that…

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