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The 7 Ds Of Narrative Writing In Primary Schools (ii) Describe The Scene

(How to) Describe The Scene?

Whatever composition topic is given, a story must happen somewhere; that is the scene. It could be a market, the canteen, a shopping mall or a park. It is important to bring the reader into this scene, even though everyone knows what a market or a park looks like. It requires the writer to be more creative and move away from a too simplistic description of the scene as this is the start of the story and everything develops from this starting point.

Some better alternatives are :
beach scene

the sky was an huge expanse of blue, dotted with clumps of white cotton clouds, drifting lazily from left to right, just like in a postcard


I was gladly greeted by arrows of bright morning sunlight breaking through the thick leaves covering the forest and tiny creatures of every sizes stirred in the thick foliage.


The journey home felt cold, long and lonely. The street and pavement stood empty except for shiny pools of rainwater. Suddenly she heard noises close behind her. Sue realised that she was not alone in the dark and slippery alley. She knew it could not be stray cats. Many frightening images flashed through her mind.

Further Reading:
(iii) Describing People (Characters)
(iv)Describing Action(s)
(v)Dscribing Feelings (Emotions)
(vi)Using Dialogues
(vii)Be Different (Beginning & Ending)
(viii)Detecting Errors (Nothing Is Perfect)

Mr. James Chow (Nov 2013)
English Tutor
Kent Ridge Tutors @ Jurong

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Mindmapping for Primary Maths & Science

To Empower my students to Gain a Successful Advantage by Learning Concepts that make Difficult Questions Easy.

Mind Mapping is a great technique that will improve our thinking skills and memory. Our brain has the ability to learn and remember large amounts of information, but only if these ideas are connected systematically and logically together. By mimicking how nature and our own brain works, ordinary people like all of us can be genius in a sense!

Many of my students’ first encounters with mind mapping are either in some expensive enrichment program or in a few special science lessons in their primary schools. However, when asked whether they apply it in their daily school work, they would probably say no. And why not? Simply because constructing a mind map on paper is just too time-consuming and troublesome. Sadly, just a few lessons are unlikely to make any significant long term impact.

Since 2010, I have been constructing MindMaps of the primary school syllabus for Maths and Science using a mindmapping program. After many refinements with feedbacks and valuable contributions from my students, it has been completed and available for all my lessons. Now my students can truly enjoyed the full benefits of MindMapping without spending too much time constructing them on their own.

The Mindmapping experience so far for many of my students is almost miraculous. Every lesson became alive in big screen with colours, graphics and sometimes videos. Difficult concepts became easier. Time spend on each topic was reduced by half, so in-depth discussion time doubled. Results within a few months improved significantly as they gained new-found interests in the topics they used to find boring. Join in my classes now to experience it yourself!

By Mr Oliver Chan
Primary Science & Maths Tutor
Kent Ridge Education (KRTC) @ Jurong

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Christmas is coming! To enjoy the holiday season and have great fun, we would be organizing a fun trip to ADVENTURE COVE WATERPARK at RWS Sentosa for all Students, family members and friends during the December School Holiday on Friday 20th December 2013.

The detail of this trip is as follows:

Time Activity
9.00 am Assemble at Kent Ridge
9.45 am Arrival at the RWS Sentosa
10.00 am Activity at Adventure Cove Waterpark
3.00 pm Departure
3.45 pm Arrival at Kent Ridge

The ticket prices for the admission to ADVENTURE COVE WATERPARK (inclusive of transport) are as follows:
Child: $18 Adult: $26

All Students and their siblings or friends must have parental consent before they are permitted to participate in this Trip. Students who do not have a completed Parental Consent Form will not be allowed to participate.

All children below the age of 10 must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

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2 Sessions of “Read in a Week Reading” Phonics Lessons for $24.90

Note :The promotion is no longer valid

There is a deal for our “Read in a weak” Phonics course provider at deal.com.sg from 28 Aug to 6 Sept

‘Read in a Week’ Phonics programme aims to teach young children to read and spell in the shortest time possible. The 3-in-1 programme allows children to learn phonics, reading and spelling. This includes:

– Sounds of individual letters A-Z
– Blending of these sounds including dipthongs and diagraphs
– How to apply phonics in reading/spelling

Our services provider, Power Phonics & Literacy has been around for the past 15 years, and thousands of children have benefited from it. Teachers within the company have been trained with the same mission and philosophy: to teach children to be excellent readers and spellers. The teachers have vast experiences and training and specialize in teaching children with or without learning difficulties. Not only are they taught phonics, but they are also taught the skill of applying phonics. This results in them being able to read independently 1 or 2 years above their peers. These children then become enthusiastic readers and learners as they gain their confidence in reading.

for more detail, please refer to the Phonics page

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Jurong West Branch (KRTC@JW)
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