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For Primary 3-6 English Students & Their Parents

Achieve Top Scores in PSLE English: Our Unique CRW Strategy Unlocks Exceptional Results Without Overwhelming Your Child!

Get an unfair advantage with Cognitus Academy, where 88% of our students achieve distinctions in PSLE English.

Our unique Critical Reading & Writing (CRW) strategy, developed by a former Gifted Education (GEP) Teacher and MOE Head of Department, empowers your child to excel in PSLE without the stress.

This is also the key to improve in English if your child has plateaued and can’t seem to improve beyond AL3.

Crafted for success through fundamentals, our method not only boosts scores but also nurtures a deep love for the English language. 🚀

Message from our Founder

Dr Daniel Chua

Founder and Director

Greetings, parents! I’m Dr. Daniel Chua, a former Head of Department in the Ministry of Education (MOE), an experienced PSLE exam marker, and a former lecturer at the National Institute of Education (NIE).

During my tenure as an MOE teacher, I had the privilege of instructing highly talented students from the Primary Gifted Education Programme (GEP). However, I also recognised that many of my non-GEP students possessed remarkable but untapped potential.

To address this, I decided to impart some of the critical thinking skills typically taught in the GEP to all my students. To my great satisfaction, these skills enabled them to significantly enhance their English grades.

This forms the foundation of our Critical Reading & Writing (CRW) strategy. My team and I employ a ‘gifted’ approach in teaching students of all proficiency levels, ensuring that they too can excel in the subject.

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.

Roadmap for Distinction

Here, Cognitus Academy has prepared a path to success in PSLE English examination for your child.
With the end goal in mind, we provide the following programmes for your child.

At Primary 3, students can experience a jarring transition at the beginning of the year.

We can help ease this transition and provide targeted support for your child.

It is important that your child has the foundational English skills that helps them with reading and writing. This ensures that your child has a solid foundation for the more advanced stuff coming their way! 📚🚀

At Primary 4, students need to prepare for the changes in examination format in PSLE English.

Primary 4 often introduces more complex topics and advanced language skills.

We also offer specialised preparation for exams, helping students understand the exam format, practice time management, and refine their exam-taking strategies.

If your child is not scoring Band One for English at Primary 4, he or she may struggle to do well in Primary 5 and 6.

Primary 5 is the year that your child formally transitions into PSLE mode.

Our teachings promote critical thinking skills, which are essential for students to comprehend complex texts and answering higher-order thinking questions.

We are aware that each student has their own learning pace, so we ensure that all students get a hang of every concept before moving onto the next. It's like a personalised learning journey! 🌟💡

If your child has not developed good study habits and acquired key techniques to handle PSLE English examination components, he or she should start now.

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

Primary 6 is the final year before the PSLE, a significant milestone in a student's academic journey. We ensure that your child is not only familiar with the exam format but also ace the different question types.

With the PSLE emphasising Composition writing, we also focus on enhancing students' ability to construct well-organised, coherent, and creative essays, an essential skill for scoring well in the English exam.

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!

Primary Regular English Programme

We incorporate the Critical Reading approach by breaking it down into 4 steps of text analysis required for Paper 2.

Level 1: Paraphrasing
Students are to understand the given text and be able to express the context in their own words (such as in Comprehension Open-ended)

Level 2: Identifying the Main Idea
Students identify and determine essential ideas and consolidate important details (such as in Comprehension Cloze, Visual Text Comprehension, Oral: Stimulus-based Conversation)

Level 3: Analysing Text Logic
Students examine the elements of the story to gain a deeper understanding of the reasons behind events (such as in Comprehension Open-ended and Cloze Passage)

Level 4: Evaluating the Text Logic
Students assess and interpret the author's emotions and intentions, and draw conclusions from the text source (such as in Comprehension Open-ended: Evaluative question)

Primary Regular Writing Programme

We incorporate the Critical Writing approach by breaking it down into 2 forms of writing.

Substantive Writing
Students will learn to be clearer, more purposeful and more aware when putting their ideas and experiences into written form.

Reflective Writing
Students gain self-knowledge and develop the ability to question and evaluate their own writing.

Taking everything into consideration, we have refined and crafted our Writing Programme to help guide your child in applying these techniques in their Composition.

We bring students through 3 drafts of writing for each Composition topic, where our teachers will comment on the different aspects. As the students incorporate these feedback into their 2nd and 3rd draft, they will see the improvements made by earning more marks than the subsequent draft.

Hear What Satisfied Parents Have To Say

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

Primary Regular English Programme

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

We like to keep things real interesting in our lessons by incorporating newspaper articles to provide students with exposure to current happenings around the world—from the environment and tech to social trends and crimes.

Every class kicks off with our teachers analysing a newspaper article with the students. Students are then tasked with identifying three primary ideas from the article and summarising them concisely in one or two sentences.

Now, here's where it gets interactive.

Students are then assigned a portion of the article to copy as homework. Sounds simple, right? But here's what your child gains from this:

1️⃣ Grammar Proficiency: They pick up the right grammar from these articles.
2️⃣ Vocabulary Expansion: By selecting articles relevant to the themes often encountered in Continuous Writing, students broaden their vocabulary.
3️⃣ Enhanced Self-Review: Copying helps them fine-tune the art of checking their work, steering clear of those pesky careless mistakes. No one wants to lose marks for those, right?

PART 2: Connecting with Language

Our CRW Strategy comes in handy in helping our students tackle the different components in the English Paper.

Vocabulary
Every week, we dive into one of seven vocab elements, from roots and prefixes to idioms and phrasal verbs. Our teachers make sure students not only get the meanings but also know how to break down new words like word wizards.

Synthesis & Transformation
Grammar proficiency forms a cornerstone for success in English, particularly in the challenging section of Synthesis & Transformation.
No shortcuts here, but we're all about giving your kids the full scoop on different question types and grammar rules.

Comprehension Open-Ended
Applying Critical Reading techniques, our students engage deeply with passage contexts by strategically asking all the right questions to master the art of accurate and comprehensive answers.

Continuous Writing
Continuous Writing can be a formidable challenge for many students. Our teachers guide students through question and picture analysis, providing a framework to whip up stories that are heartwarming, suspenseful, mischievous, or teach a moral lesson. We're all about making their stories shine.

Teachers also provide detailed individualised feedback on students' first drafts, facilitating marked improvements from a low B to a high A after three drafts.

Situational Writing
For Upper Primary students, Situational Writing may seem more straightforward than Continuous Writing. However, securing the full 15 marks remains a notable accomplishment.

We teach the ins and outs of formal and informal writing, so your kids can secure those full 15 marks with ease. We follow the PAC checklist—Purpose, Audience, Context—keeping it simple and effective.

Bottom line? We're here to equip your child with the skills they need to ace English and beyond! 🌟📚

Primary Regular Writing Programme

If your child is aiming to score high marks for Paper 1 Composition...
here's what you need to know!

Students often face difficulties in developing story ideas and knowing how to express themselves creatively in writing. And let's not even talk about the whole grammar and punctuation maze!

Here's the deal—writing is a skill, and mastering it takes time and practice. Your child might be putting in the hours practising those essay writing skills, but sometimes, the results just don't match the effort.

Referring to model essays may help, but memorising someone else's work doesn't really kick those creative gears into action. It's like trying to make your own masterpiece with someone else's paintbrush—doesn't quite work. 🎨✍️

After listening to comments on what we did right and can do differently, we have enhanced our successful short writing courses by crafting a year-long Regular Writing Programme (RWP) that not only drills students with powerful writing techniques, but also coaches them to apply the techniques to a wide range of composition topics.

Here's how it works

There are two components to this programme – the Writing Jump Start Programme and the Regular Writing Programme.

Writing Jump Start Workshop

Every new student who is interested to enrol in our Regular Writing Programme will have to attend the Writing Jump Start Workshop for four 1.5-hour sessions, usually over the school holidays.

This is the skills-intensive portion of the programme where students will learn the essential writing skills and techniques.

Regular Writing Programme

The Regular Writing Programme is the writing-intensive portion of the programme.

Here, students begin their journey of becoming better writers in weekly 1.5-hour sessions throughout the year. Students will apply the skills and techniques learnt in the Writing Jump Start Programme through continuous practice and perfect the way they write.

It is important for students to attend both skills- and writing-intensive programmes in order to achieve Writing Mastery and score AL1 in Continuous Writing.

How we apply the CRW strategy in our writing lessons

Writing Jump Start Programme

Our writing coaches will be guiding your child in these targeted sessions, and in just four sessions, your child will pick up on strategies to whip up top-notch composition pieces—paired with precise vocabulary and spot-on grammar!

We take writing seriously—it's a powerful way to express oneself, after all. Our methods and the feedback we give on your child's work? Well, that's proof of the serious dedication we bring to the table for your child's learning journey. 🚀📝

We cover the following four topics:

Effective Planning
The first 15 – 20 minutes of any composition task are crucial for students to position themselves to write the best possible story. We break down the question and the picture, helping them cook up a plot that'll have everyone on the edge of their seats.We're also giving them a unique framework to plan a plot that's not just complex but fully developed.

Intriguing Introductions, Compelling Conclusions
Given that the evaluator assesses not just your child's composition but numerous others, your child has 15 seconds to hook them and make them want to dive into the tale. A killer opening? That usually means a stellar composition.

Setting the Scene, Show, Don't Tell
Pretty much every student has heard of "show, don't tell", but mastering this skill? Tricky. Showing your character's face turning red, eyes going wide, and hands clenching into fists? Way more impactful than just saying they're angry, right?

We dive into how setting the scene and employing expressive writing, using all five senses, can enhance their storytelling.

Complex Characterisation
Characters are the heartbeat of the story, so whether the story if written in first or third person, those characters need to be as lively as possible to suck the reader right into the story. Our special framework for character building lets your child flex those creative muscles and craft characters that readers can really connect with.

And to top it off, we're schooling your child on the linguistic features and rules of dialogue, so they can weave that character talk seamlessly into their story.

Regular Writing Programme

Each child has their own individuality. So, here at Cognitus Academy, we're all about tailoring to each child's unique learning and writing style. No one-size-fits-all here.

Our teachers don't just mark papers to slap on a grade. Nope, it's more like a friendly guide. They will mark every exercise and draft, tossing in tips to beef up the plot, characters, and language. And trust us, it's not about finding faults. It's more like shining a light on what your child is acing at and where they can grow.

Our feedback provides a deep dive into your child's ideas. We might throw in some questions to nudge them to rethink their story or drop in words and phrases to jazz up their writing expressions.

We're all about the writing journey here. And guess what? We're signing up for the long haul with your child. Our feedback is perceived as a valuable opportunity to nurture your child's confidence in self-expression.

With us, your child will:
1) Learn to spot their strengths and growth areas
2) Amp up their writing skills through exercises and drafts
3) Cultivate independence in the meticulous proofreading of their own work

Example of student's composition with individualised feedback

Teacher notes the use of good techniques and corrects student's composition

Marks are given to students for them to assess on their improvements

If you are ready...

📍 Goldhill Plaza

Run Programme Date and Time
Run 26
Writing Jump Start Workshop
28 May to 31 May
1pm - 2:30pm
Run 27
4 Jun to 7 Jun
1pm - 2:30pm
Run 28
11 Jun to 14 Jun
1pm - 2:30pm

*All schedules subject to changes. Classes are usually fully subscribed 1 month in advance. Sign up now to avoid disappointment.

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.

How we prepare our students for exams

While the programmess listed below aren't a standard part of our weekly lessons, we offer them for both our existing students and those who are new to us!

Mock Exams

In addition to our regular English lessons, students can sign up to do up our own set of Cognitus Academy Mock Exam Papers that are intentionally a bit more difficult than the regular school exam papers.

What makes our Mock Exams Programme stand out is the comprehensive scorecard we share with you.

This detailed report precisely highlights your child's strengths and pinpoints areas where they might have missed a mark. It's akin to a roadmap guiding them toward achieving an AL1 for PSLE English! 📚

Termly Assessment

Have you ever considered how your child's academic performance compares with peers from different schools?

To address this, we conduct termly assessments for our students, evaluating their current progress and benchmarking their standing relative to classmates across diverse schools.

These assessments encompass the most challenging questions drawn from past year exams, allowing us to diagnose individual weaknesses. Following this assessment, we diligently reinforce any unclear grammar rules and impart effective exam strategies.

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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.
What else is Cognitus Academy doing to enhance my child’s learning?
In addition to weekly lessons with our teachers, Cognitus Academy offers the following channels to help our students improve their English results.
– 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.