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PRIMARY 6 REGULAR ENGLISH PROGRAMME

Your Primary 6 child is taking the PSLE English examination this year and may not be fully prepared yet.

With PSLE coming, is your child still:

- Lacking confidence when answering Synthesis & Transformation (S&T) questions?
- Putting in the effort but scoring 10/20 for Comprehension Open-ended (OE)?
- Struggling with Plot, Character and Language in Composition?

From our experience, students are struggling in S&T because they are unsure of the Grammar rules, resulting in inconsistent performance for this section.

Students are also losing marks in Comprehension as they are unable to understand the context of the passage and lack answering techniques.

Composition is a major obstacle for students because they do not know how to improve specific parts of their composition and are unable to identify and fix particular weaknesses in their compositions.

We believe we have found the best strategy to help any child improve within the shortest possible time, so read on to find out more.

Our Teaching Team

We take pride in helping our students achieve breakthroughs in their results.
We are able to do that because of the strong team that we have built to teach, organise and administer our robust programmes.

At Cognitus Academy, our teachers are the heart and soul of our English programmes. We take great care in selecting our educators, and they go through an intensive 3-month training programme to build their teaching skills.

Our curriculum and teaching methods are always evolving to keep up with changes in the education system. This transformation is led by our curriculum team, which includes ex-MOE teachers, Heads of Department, Senior Teachers, PSLE markers, and our experienced Cognitus instructors.

Introducing our Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) Strategy for English

In our Primary English program, we focus on building essential skills at every step of the way. Starting with the basics of paraphrasing and identifying main ideas, we create a strong foundation for success in exams.

As we progress to the more advanced levels of critical reading, like analysing and evaluating text logic, your child becomes uniquely equipped for excellence in the PSLE English exams. It's these skills that truly set our Cognitus students apart!

Let's dive into more details below!

Hear What Satisfied Parents Have To Say

Here are a few of our students who have made remarkable strides in their examinations

How we apply the CRW strategy in our lessons

Our weekly lessons are divided into two parts. The first part brings world knowledge into the classroom while the second part develops our students' language skills.

PART 1: Connecting with the World

Current Issues
We extend our curriculum by using newspaper articles to expose students to current affairs.
 
Examples of current issues that we will go through with your child include the environment, technology, social trends, crimes, etc.
Identifying Main Idea
Our teachers will go through a newspaper article at the beginning of every lesson.
 
While going through the article, students will identify three main ideas of the article and summarise them in one or two sentences.
Language
Students are then assigned a portion of the article to copy as homework. There are three objectives for this activity:

 

– Students will be able to emulate the accurate grammar that is used in these articles.

 

– This broadens their range of vocabulary that will be useful for their writing. We select articles which has content relevant to what students need to write for Continuous Writing.

 

– This also develops students’ ability to check their own work and avoid careless mistakes. Students can lose up to three marks in exams due to their careless mistakes. Therefore, checking their work develops an important discipline.

PART 2: Connecting with Language

Vocabulary
Vocabulary is developed through reading. However, some students find it difficult to cultivate the habit of reading. Without knowing the meaning of some words tested in the exams, how should your child make the right decision and select the correct answer?
 
Here are some tried and tested strategies.
 
Every week, students are exposed to one of seven vocabulary elements:
 
– Roots of words (eg. aqua-, botan-)
– Prefixes (eg. anti-, dis-)
– Suffixes (eg. -tion, -sive)
– Compound Words (eg. ice cream, raindrop, long-haired)
Idioms (eg. A taste of your own medicine)
Phrasal Verbs (eg. act on, act up, aim at)
– Binomial Pairs (eg. all or nothing, bits and pieces)

 

Our teachers expose students to the meanings of numerous roots of words, prefixes and suffixes and help students deduce the meanings of words which contain them. This strategy equips students with the required tools to break up any new word they encounter and accurately deduce its meaning.
 
We also expose students to a wide range of binomial pairs, phrasal verbs, compound words and idioms. Since phrases in these categories have fixed meanings, exercises are crafted to help students learn these meanings and use the phrases in sentences accurately.
Synthesis & Transformation
This section is the ultimate test of a student’s grammatical competency. Students need to rewrite two short sentences as one without altering the original meaning of the two given sentences. They need to make a series of decisions on whether to change the position or word class of the provided words
 
There is no shortcut to mastering this section.
 
Our aim is for the students to get full exposure to the different types of questions and teach them the necessary grammar rules and conventions effectively.
 
We have studied all S&T questions and distilled them into the 12 most commonly tested question types:
 
– Relative Pronouns
– Conjunction of Time
– Quantity
– Cause and effect/Reason
– Choice
– Contrast
– Purpose
– Condition
– Voice
– Reordering Main Clause
– Subordinate Clause
– Reported Speech
– And others

 

We will be covering a set of these 12 question types over the duration of one term (11 weeks), so your child will practise up to four rounds of practices in a full year.
Comprehension Open-Ended
Applying Critical Reading techniques, our students are able to dive deep into the context of the passage by asking the following questions:

 

– What is happening in this paragraph?
– What is the main idea here?
– How does this paragraph connect with the previous?
– What do you think will happen next?

 

Next, students will analyse the requirements of the different questions types such as:
 
Who: person(s)
What/which: thing, action etc
When: time, sequence of events
Where: place
Why: reason, implied causes
How: steps, method
 
Students will master the techniques for answering questions accurately and comprehensively.
Situational Writing
Situational Writing may appear to be more straightforward than Continuous Writing, but securing the full 15 marks is a feat few students can lay claim to.
 
Without going much into detail, Situational Writing tasks are generally categorised into two types – formal writing and informal writing.
 
Students will be taught the format of the different communication types, such as emails, letters, reports, etc.
 
Our teachers guide students to answer the question by following the PAC checklist:

 

– Purpose
– Audience
– Context

 

Our teachers will also follow the PSLE marking rubrics for assessing these assignments.
Continuous Writing
Continuous Writing is a major obstacle for most students because they do not know how to improve specific parts of their composition. Even if they know their weakness, they are unable to fix their particular problem in writing.
 
Our teachers guide students to conduct question analysis and picture analysis so that they are able to attempt the question confidently and begin planning. When planning, we equip our students with a framework of four plot elements which we recommend they incorporate in their writing. These plot elements help them plan stories that are heart-warming, suspenseful, of mischief or teach a moral value.
 
Our teachers inspire our students to write expressively by encouraging them to use the most vivid and precise verbs and adjectives. We emphasise the use of Show, Don’t Tell as a technique to present the story in the most compelling and convincing manner possible.
 
Our teachers will mark students’ first draft with detailed individualised feedback. This feedback is crucial in commending students for the good writing they have presented and for highlighting areas of improvement. After three drafts, students can improve from a low B to a high A while retaining their ideas in the story. Doing so encourages students to improve their work and leaves them with a piece they can be truly proud of.

Cognitus 360 to Super-charge your Child's Academic Journey

At Cognitus Academy, we provide your child with comprehension learning through Cognitus 360. This framework accompanies your child at every stage of their learning journey with us, ensuring that all their learning requirements are catered to.

The Cognitus 360 includes a carefully crafted process that addresses your child's diverse needs in conjunction with their weekly lessons!

Schedule a Call

Once you indicate your interest in our programme, our teachers will give you a call. Be prepared to answer their questions about your child's strengths and weaknesses in the relevant subject. This will enable our teachers to further elaborate on addressing your child's weaknesses with our curriculum.

Attend Our Weekly Lessons

Weekly lessons provide guidance and teaching of crucial skills and concepts that will enhance your child’s learning of English.

Through weekly practices and homework assignments, your child will develop mastery and fluency in all important areas of learning.

Attempt Our Mock Exam Papers

We offer our exclusive Cognitus Academy Mock Exam Papers on a termly basis, deliberately crafted to be slightly more challenging than standard school exam papers.

What distinguishes our Mock Exams Programme from others is the detailed scorecard we furnish you with. This scorecard meticulously highlights your child's strengths and areas where they may have missed a mark or two. It serves as a strategic guide to PSLE success.

Students are expected to progress steadily with each termly Mock Exam.

Past Year Exam Papers for Deeper Diagnosis

We maintain a comprehensive library of past year papers with answer sheets as supplementary resources for students to practice on our Cognitus Online platform.

Students should identify their areas of weakness from their Mock Exam scorecard and independently work on these areas using the past year papers provided.

Access Lesson Recordings

Our online lesson recordings are shared with students who are unable to attend the lesson live and opted for our Live Online Lessons, providing opportunities for students to engage in self-paced learning before attending the next lesson. Your child will never fall behind!

Holiday Workshops for the Extra Boost

We have a range of additional programmes designed to supplement weekly lessons in order to maximise learning time during school holidays.

Introducing Cognitus 360 Plus

Cognitus YouTube

Uncover instructional films pertinent to your child's needs and encourage them to engage in self-directed learning. 

WhatsApp Support

Parents will be able to keep in touch with our teachers should there be any enquiries anytime.

Additional Materials

We also feature our Students' Works, publish Blog Articles and have a Centre Library for students to browse through our collection of books for reading.

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You may wonder, how do we fit in so many topics into our lessons?

Our weekly lessons are divided into two parts. The first part brings world knowledge into the classroom while the second part develops our students' language skills.

Week Component
1
Situational Writing, Continuous Writing
2
S&T – Relative Pronouns and Conjunction of Time, Comprehension Cloze
3
Comprehension Open-ended, Visual Text Comprehension
4
S&T – Quantity and Cause-and-effect/Reason, Comprehension Cloze
5
Comprehension Open-ended, Visual Text Comprehension
6
Situational Writing, Continuous Writing
7
Termly Assessment
8
S&T – Choice, Condition and Contrast, Comprehension Cloze
9
Comprehension Open-ended, Visual Text Comprehension
10
S&T – Voice, Subordinate clause and Reported/Indirect Speech, Comprehension Cloze
11
Situational Writing, Continuous Writing

*Lesson schedule may change due to students’ school exam schedules.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does your programme benefit my child?
After more than ten years of refinement, our Critical Reading & Writing (CRW) Strategy and DEPTH Framework has helped hundreds of students improve their results by at least one grade, with several achieving Distinction (AL1) for PSLE, O Levels and A Levels.
We have infused the essence of the Critical Thinking approach and created the CRW Strategy that has an impact on students’ Comprehension Open-ended, Comprehension Cloze Passage, Comprehension Short Answer Questions (SAQ) and Summary. Our CRW Strategy develops students’ writing ability, helping them in their Continuous Writing. We are proud to share our students’ essays with you in our Blog.
Our DEPTH Framework condenses Mathematical techniques into 5 key elements that students should put more emphasis on. Students will have to not only be quick with their understanding and calculations of Math questions, but also to be right in their answers while not making any careless mistakes.
How qualified are teachers at Cognitus Academy? Are they NIE-trained?
We share the same concern with the parents of all our students. We want the teachers teaching your child to be the best at what they do and demonstrate the professionalism befitting an educator. All Cognitus Academy teachers undergo a stringent interview process, rigorous training programme and aptitude tests before they are allowed to teach our students. All our teachers have completed university education with high achievements and have wealth of experience teaching English, including writing. Guided by Dr Daniel Chua, an NIE-trained ex-teacher and a former NIE lecturer himself, our teachers meet weekly for professional development and mentoring. 
 
Not all our teachers are former MOE teachers. While we believe that the training and experience of a former school teacher can be invaluable, our observation has been that students taught by former school teachers may not always do well when it matters. Otherwise, parents would have sought their children’s school teachers for guidance. Armed with our strategy and teacher development programme, we believe that our team of teachers will help your child improve and excel.
Do you offer a trial lesson for new students before they commit to termly lessons?
Yes, we offer a trial lesson for students who are new to Cognitus Academy. We understand that parents need to know that our programmes can meet the needs of their children before they commit their time and resources at our centre. Therefore, we will arrange for a trial lesson in one of our available class slots for new students to try out the teaching approach, lesson material and classroom environment before joining us. The teacher will conduct a brief diagnostic session with the student 15 minutes before the lesson. After the lesson, the teacher will conduct a 15-minute feedback session with the parent. Please note that the teacher may conduct these sessions over a phone call due to the teacher’s lesson schedule.
Do you offer replacement lessons if my child misses a lesson?
To fully benefit from the programme, students are strongly encouraged to attend lessons consistently. In the event that students are unable to attend a class due to school events or medical leave, we offer replacement lessons to be scheduled within the same lesson week. Students are allowed to join an existing class of the same level if there are available seats. Should your child be unable to attend a replacement lesson during the week, lesson materials will be passed to him/her in his/her next lesson. While we will try our best to schedule a replacement lesson for our students, we regret that replacements classes are not guaranteed. We also seek your understanding that fees collected are not refundable because resources have been committed to provide the lesson for your child on the scheduled time. 
How many students are there in a class?
We keep our class sizes small for conducive learning, around 10 for English and up to 20 for some Maths classes. The aim is to provide the best individualised support for students within a group. Our consistently good results are a testament to the effectiveness of our class sizes.
Why are Primary English lessons 90 minutes long? Is it enough for my child to make improvements?
For Primary English lessons, we conduct 90-minute lessons that are engaging, energetic and paced appropriately to maximise our students’ learning. After experimenting with different lesson durations, we conclude that a 90-minute session is optimal for primary school students because it gives them optimal concentration, helps them absorb the strategies and lessons taught and leaves them wanting for more at the end of every lesson. Students are expected to reinforce the lessons taught through homework assigned by teachers every week. A small class size also allows our teachers to fully focus on each student’s areas of weakness and give targeted support.
If my child has questions from school that he/she is unable to solve, can they consult the centre’s teachers?
Certainly! The purpose of conducting a small-class tuition is to create a structured, yet individualised learning experience for our students. Please send all your child’s questions from school and individual practices our way.
What else is Cognitus Academy doing to enhance my child’s learning?
In addition to weekly lessons with our teachers, we provide your child with comprehension learning through Cognitus 360.
– Our Blog pages feature study tips, exam techniques and model compositions to support our students and parents
– Our student online portal, Cognitus Online, provides supplementary materials, such as past exam papers, for students to practise before their exams.
– Our teachers hand-pick more than 200 titles for our Centre library, which exposes students to a range of genres and literature.

Still can’t decide which English Programme to enrol in?

We understand that choosing the right English programme is an important decision because we have worked with hundreds of parents who are just as concerned as you about their child's English results. If you would like to discuss your needs with one of our English specialists, fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you.