A Programme for Improving Writing

Are you frustrated that short, intensive writing classes are not helping your P3 to P6 child become a strong writer?

Do you know that writing is a skill that takes a long time to develop?

Built on Critical Reading and Writing, Cognitus Academy’s Writing Programme produces strong results and lasting improvement through the Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) Strategy.

Parents ask 'What's Next?' after going through our writing programmes

After listening to countless parents share how our writing programmes have helped their children improve their compositions, we conducted a comprehensive review on how we can give our students what they urgently need.

Due to popular demand, Cognitus Academy has enhanced our successful 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.

The Writing Jump Start Programme is the skills-intensive portion of the programme. Every student new to Cognitus Academy hops on to this programme for four 1.5-hour sessions which occur over a month.

The Regular Writing Programme is the writing-intensive portion of the programme. Here, students begin their journey of becoming better writers in 1.5-hour sessions which occur every week throughout the year.

Our programme is catered for students of varying levels of readiness:

Here’s what to expect in our Jump Start Programme

During these focus practices, our writing coaches will guide students through the following activities.

In just four sessions, your child will grasp effective strategies to craft outstanding compositions with rich, precise vocabulary and perfect grammar!

Writing is a powerful mode of expression and we take the responsibility of guiding your child seriously. Our methods and work are unique and representative of the detailed attention and dedication we have towards your child.

Effective Planning
“He who fails to plan, plans to fail.”
Does your child struggle to hit the word limit, lose track of their story or fail to answer the question at all? These are some common problems students face when they first start writing. If this is the case, there is a 99.9% chance that your child did not plan before writing. 
The first 15 – 20 minutes of any composition task are crucial for students to position themselves to write the best possible story. We understand how importance it is and teach students how to plan by breaking down the question and picture to conceive a riveting plot for their story. 
We introduce students to plot elements that they can incorporate in their story to differentiate their story from their peers’ stories. We provide students with a unique framework to plan their story to ensure a complex plot that is fully developed. These skills ensure that students are best situated to brainstorm a truly creative idea and enjoy the time spent writing.
With these skills, your child will:
✔ Perform a question analysis
✔ Perform a picture analysis
✔ Select and incorporate the best plot element
✔ Complete a plan effectively
✔ Ensure complexity and development of plot
Intriguing Introductions, Compelling Conclusions
Does your child always begin their stories with “It was a sunny morning”? Do they always end their stories by recounting a lesson learnt?
These do not show a child’s creativity and are unlikely to get them top marks. The marker will not only be marking your child’s composition, but hundreds of others. Therefore, your child has 15 seconds to grab the marker’s attention and entice them to read the story. A strong opening almost always means a strong composition.
We share techniques for an intriguing introduction that grabs the marker’s attention. Furthermore, we introduce techniques for writing a compelling conclusion so that your child ends their composition strongly, too. We will teach your child not to always fall back on a standard “lesson learnt” but to demonstrate that they are intelligent and reflective storytellers. 
With these skills, your child will:
✔ Understand the need to start and end strongly
✔ Be equipped with the requisite techniques
✔ Craft intriguing introductions
✔ Craft compelling conclusions
Setting the Scene, Show, Don't Tell
Does your child still tell what a place looks like and how a character is feeling? Does your child still struggle to show despite reminders from teachers and writing coaches?
Almost every school-going child has heard of “show, don’t tell” but most of them still struggle with this fundamental skill. There is a greater effect in showing your character’s face turning red, eyes growing wide and hands clenching into fists than simply telling me they are angry.
We take care to explain the narrative effects of setting the scene and employing expressive writing to students.
We guide students in using their five senses to craft descriptive, vivid phrases and tell their story compellingly.
In the same vein, we introduce them to simple strategies for setting the scene which informs the examiner of the story’s physical location and draws them into the storytelling world.
With these skills, your child will:
✔ Understand the need for highly expressive writing
✔ Have the beginning of a repertoire of descriptive phrases
✔ Employ descriptive phrases of their own
✔ Craft settings that are informative and exciting
✔ Write a wonderfully vivid story
Complex Characterisation
Do the characters in your child’s story seem one-dimensional? Are their appearances, thoughts and behaviours described in detail?
The characters in your child’s story must be as dynamic as possible to rope the reader into the story. Characters are, after all, a vehicle for the story to unfold. Whether your child writes a story in the first or third person, they must flesh out all characters.
We share our unique framework for characterisation which enables your child to flex their creative muscles and create a character (or two) who the reader can identify with. We discuss creating complex and realistic characters and the ways in which traits and quirks can be presented. Crucially, we teach your child the linguistic features and conventions of dialogue, which allow your child to include the character’s speech in their story.
With these skills, your child will:
✔ Create dynamic and creative characters
✔ Reveal characterisation through speech and behaviour
✔ Employ accurate linguistic features of dialogue
✔ Use dialogue accurately to further the plot

Individualised Feedback

Recognising that each child is unique, we take pride in extending care and attention to each and every child during each group session. The teacher will mark every writing exercise and draft with the intention of ensuring that the skills taught have been applied effectively.

We do not mark to penalise but to gain clarity on where your child's strengths and areas for growth lie. In our detailed feedback, we either pose questions to prompt your child to reconsider their writing or suggest words and/or phrases to show your child how their ideas can be expressed more precisely.

We firmly believe that writing is a journey and it is one that we will embark on with your child responsibly. We view our feedback as an excellent opportunity to nurture your child's confidence in expressing themselves. 

With this feedback, your child will:
✔ Recognise areas of strength and growth
✔ Improve content and expression through writing exercises and drafts
✔ Develop independence in proofreading work

Broad Range of Topics

The RWP will cover the five themes that are commonly tested in the PSLE.

Values / Morals
Example: Showing Empathy
A Type Of Experience / Incident
Example: An Unforgettable Incident
An Event
Example: A Celebration, A Surprise
A Type Of Event
Example: A Memorable Celebration
Example: Overcoming A Fear

Termly Assessment

Over the course of the term, students will write compositions. Three of them will be written under the close supervision of the teacher and will undergo a total of three drafts each.

Two of them will be written under exam conditions. These compositions will marked and scored by the teacher, with a comprehensive rubric detailing criteria regarding content and language. These compositions will be a good representation of whether students are able to put theory into practice well.

Armed with these strong compositions, your child will be better poised to apply the strengths in each composition in every composition examination.

Meet our teachers

With over 8 years of experience teaching and writing curriculum for Primary English, our team of teachers infuses Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) Strategy with tried and tested exam techniques that promise to help every child improve and score for English exams.

Ms Nawirah Nordeen completed her degree in Psychology with Magna Cum Laude. Always passionate about teaching English and committed to her students, she has guided hundreds of students since she started teaching in 2012.

Ms Shabbna earned her degree from the National University of Singapore, majoring in philosophy with a minor in English Literature. Before that, she achieved a sterling academic record for English scoring A* for PSLE, A1 for O Levels and 7 out of 7 for IB English at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).

Examples of feedback given about a student's work

Example of student's composition with individualised feedback

Teacher notes the use of good expressions

Hear from some of our students who have enjoyed writing with us!


Growth as a Writer and a Person

“The Writing Masterclass was brilliantly crafted and executed by Miss Shabbna. Miss Shabbna was able to very quickly pick up where my daughter’s strengths and weaknesses were to further extend her over a short period of time. My daughter was sufficiently challenged and truly enjoyed it.
Thank you so much for your infinite patience and attention in helping Kylie grow, both as a writer and also in her appreciation of good moral values. She has gained alot in knowing how to show more empathy towards the people around her after attending your class.”
Parent of Kylie Goh, Primary 4
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Lost, Now Found

“She was lost on how to write a good compo before joining the class, but has a much better idea now.”
Parent of Ting En, Primary 3

Feedback for Improvement

“The teacher gives feedback on my compositions and tells me how I can improve on it.”
Mikaela Goh-Earwaker, Primary 6
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Leaps and Bounds

“It helped me improve my composition by leaps and bounds. Ms Shabbna also helped me improve in me Situational Writing.”
Michael Grundlingh, Primary 6

Made the Right Decision

“Selene is more confident in writing and able to write much more than 120 words now! She understands the fundamentals of a composition and slowly applying what she learnt. She is diligently finding ways to replace “tell” with “show don’t tell” phrases.
After this course, I’m convinced that what they went through in school is inadequate and we made the right decision to send her to a creative writing course.”
Parent of Selene Goh, Primary 4
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Key Strategies for Key Moments

“I managed to learn strategies which are useful for my PSLE composition. I learnt more about characterisation and about planning a plot.”
Lavan Ajai S/O Kumaran, Primary 6
boy (4)

Can't Blow This House Down!

“It was very helpful in teaching me how to plan my stories to make it more structured.”
Jayven Phua, Primary 6

Succinct yet Powerful

“The Primary Writing Programme is a succinct yet powerful course that has effectively equipped my child with critical strategies to plan and write his compositions with intriguing openings and compelling conclusions.
He thoroughly enjoyed his sessions with Ms Shabbna, who is an inspiring teacher. She is conscientious and gives effective feedback to elicit true learning. Bravo!”
Parent of Jayven Phua, Primary 6
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Constructive Comments

I liked how I learnt new and different methods and techniques to improve different areas of my writing such as characterisation and setting the scene. I also found that the comments given were helpful and constructive.”
Sophie Chua, Primary 6

Middle Primary (P3 and 4) RWP Schedule

Programme Dates Time Location
Jump Start (4 sessions)
Run 9
7, 8, 9, 10 Dec
1pm - 2:30pm
Goldhill Plaza
Run 10
14, 15, 16, 17 Dec
1pm - 2:30pm
Run 11
21, 22, 23, 24 Dec
1pm - 2:30pm
Run 12
28, 29, 30, 21 Dec
1pm - 2:30pm
Regular Writing Programme
6:30pm - 8pm
3pm - 4.30pm
Programme Dates Time Location
Jump Start (4 sessions)
Run 3
28, 29, 30, 31 Dec
11am - 12:30pm
Parkway Centre
Regular Writing Programme
6pm - 7:30pm

Upper Primary (P5 and 6) RWP Schedule

Programme Dates Time Location
Jump Start (4 sessions)
Run 9
7, 8, 9, 10 Dec
1pm - 2:30pm
Goldhill Plaza
Run 10
14, 15, 16, 17 Dec
1pm - 2:30pm
Run 11
21, 22, 23, 24 Dec
1pm - 2:30pm
Run 12
28, 29, 30, 21 Dec
1pm - 2:30pm
Regular Writing Programme
3pm - 4.30pm
4pm - 5:30pm
11:30am - 1pm
Programme Dates Time Location
Jump Start (4 sessions)
Run 1
14, 15, 16, 17 Dec
1pm - 2:30pm
Parkway Centre
Run 2
21, 22, 23, 24 Dec
11am - 12:30pm
Regular Writing Programme
9:30am - 11am

Still can't decide?

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 your child's English results.
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