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PRIMARY TERMLY WRITING PROGRAMME

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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?

Read on to find out about the most balanced approach for learning top writing techniques within three months!

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.

Learning Outcomes

Can your child wait another term to develop these critical writing skills
that guarantee success in composition writing?

We don't think so.

With Cognitus Academy, your child will emerge:

A critical and analytical thinker

Open-minded and creative

Articulate and convincing

Confident and self-assured

An independent and motivated writer

Our Strategy

Using strategies taught to students in the Gifted Education Programme (GEP),
our Primary programme is built upon years of experience in teaching,
designing curriculum, marking exams and designing assessment modes in schools.
We can’t wait to share them with you!

Critical Reading and Writing principles used in MOE’s Gifted Education Programme form the basis of Cognitus Academy’s English programmes.

Don’t worry. Although these strategies are taught to gifted students, our programmes are DOWN-TO-EARTH techniques that have helped students of all abilities improve and excel.

What does your child need?

We have designed two writing programmes to meet your child's current needs.
Use the matrix below to decide if the Monthly Model or the Termly Model suits your child better.

Where Your Child
is at Now
Monthly Model
(4 weeks)
Termly Model
(11 weeks)
Current Composition Score
Middle Primary: 14 and above
Upper Primary: 30 and above
Middle Primary: 13 and below
Upper Primary: 29 and below
Attitude towards Writing
Generally motivated
Generally unmotivated
Knowledge of Writing Techniques
Applies a basic set of strategies
No knowledge of any strategies
Number of Quality Compositions Written Per Term
3 or more
2 or fewer

What's next?

If this fits your child's profile better, our Writing Masterclass is perfect for you.

If this fits your child's profile better, our Termly Writing Programme is perfect for you.

How we apply the CRW strategy in the Termly Writing Programme

Over the course of 11 weeks, our Middle (P3 - P4) and Upper (P5 - P6) Primary Writing Programmes develop a deep understanding of Writing Theory through Focused Practices.

PART 1: Writing Theory

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 and 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 and 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
In Slow Motion
Does your child frequently see the phrases “More detail” or “Too quick – more needed” written in their compositions about the climax of their story by their teachers? 
 
Students are taught to use the introduction and rising action to get to the climax but they are often not told how to drag it out. The climax of the story – in virtue of being the most action-packed – must be described in as much detail as possible or, as we like to say, in slow motion. The more relevant and descriptive detail given, the better the story, and the better the score.
 

 

This requires student to picture every single frame of the scene, just like a movie, and write down every single movement, reaction and feeling. We show students exactly how to write in slow motion and develop the climax of their story fully.
 

 

With these skills, your child will:
✔ Write a fully developed and detailed climax
✔ Use highly descriptive language to express the climax
✔ Answer the question directly and powerfully
✔ Engage the reader with an action-packed, emotional climax

PART 2: Focused Practices

Trigger Activities
Each week’s theory will be accompanied by activities specially crafted by Cognitus Academy to get a student’s creative juices flowing. 
 
These activities will allow students to engage with different media in the form of short stories, essays, video clips and music amongst others. They will also encourage students to engage their five senses by interacting with the outdoors and handheld objects mindfully. 
 
Engaging different parts of your child’s brain and a variety of non-writing activities helps to trigger your child’s creativity and make writing more fun!

 

 
Short Writing Tasks
Each week’s theory will also be accompanied by short writing tasks designed to allow students to put a specific skill into practice. 
 
In Week 4, for example, after learning numerous techniques for writing an intriguing and gripping introduction, students will use those techniques to craft multiple introductions for the same storyline. This enables students to truly focus on learning and refining a single and crucial skill before moving on to another. 
 
They will also work retrospectively to re-draft the introduction of a previously written composition to see how it can be improved with the knowledge they now have.
Full Compositions
Over the course of the term, students will write three full compositions that mirror topics commonly tested in school. 
 
The first two compositions will be done in Weeks 3 and 6 and serve as checkpoints for students to put the theory they have learnt into practice. These will be written with minimal guidance and support from the teacher. The last composition will be written in Week 9 and will be a timed, independent assignment.
 
 

 

Furthermore, we will mark every composition using using a comprehensive and detailed rubric that will be returned to students. These rubrics will be explained to students in Week 1. They unpack the MOE guidelines for Primary School writing such that students can understand exactly what is required to score in the Content and Language sections and improve on their writing to achieve a score in the higher bands.
Reflective Drafting
At Cognitus Academy, we strongly believe that practice makes perfect. However, students need to be able to practise work that has been done well.
 
We view each piece of writing as a draft that can and should be improved on. We 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. 
 
Our goal is for students to complete three drafts with the third draft being the possible composition they could have written for that question. After three drafts, students can improve from a low B to a high A while retaining their ideas in the story.
 
This process encourages students to improve their work as it leaves them with a piece of writing they can be truly proud of.

Termly Assessment

Over the course of the term, students will write three compositions.

These compositions will be a good representation of whether students are able to put theory into practice well.

Armed with three strong compositions, your child will be able to apply the strengths in each composition in every composition examination from now on.

You may wonder: How does Cognitus Academy fit
so many topics into an 11-week term?

This is what a typical 11-week writing programme at Cognitus Academy looks like:

Programme
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
- Introduction to Writing
- Exam Tips
- Goal Setting
- Plot Elements
- Language: Sentences and Paragraphing
- Complex Characters
Developing a Full Composition
Intriguing Introductions
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Setting the Scene
Developing a Full Composition
- In Slow Motion: Climax
- Show, Don’t Tell
Compelling Conclusions
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
- Review of Material
- Timed Writing Assignment
- Teacher's Review
- Peer Review
- Final Review of Material
- Review of Goal Setting

*We find it most effective when students join us at the start of the term and  go on the full 11-week journey with us. 
The curriculum is currently planned such that skills taught early in the term build up over the weeks and 
culminate in the timed assessment in Week 9.

Excellent strategies requires excellent execution

Our team of experienced teachers and English specialists are well-versed in the CRW Strategy and are fully dedicated to help your child grow and improve.

Ms Nawirah Nordeen

Education Consultant / Teacher

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 Feroz Khan

Education Consultant / Teacher

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).

Class Size

We believe in maximum and mindful engagement and interaction. We, therefore, restrict our classes to a maximum of eight students. This allows the teacher to understand each student’s style, conduct the lessons as planned and still deliver individualised instruction to each student.

The CRW Strategy develops critical thinking and takes time to master. Although some students see improvement right away, most will take 2-3 months to see results. Upon learning new and exciting writing techniques, students must be diligent in putting them into practice in every writing assignment they attempt.

In order to help your child improve their composition results as soon as possible, sign up for our termly writing classes today!

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

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

Leaps and Bounds

"It helped me improve my composition by leaps and bounds. Ms Shabbna also helped my improve in my 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

Succinct yet Powerful

The Primary Writing Masterclass 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

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

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

Myths Students Have About Writing

Hover over each card to uncover the truth!

Writing is for exams only.
I'll never need it again!

Writing is a life-long skill that allows your child to share who they are. Building and perfecting critical and creative writing now sets your child for future success.

An A* for writing?
I can never do that!

With A* strategies, A* writing is  attainable. Your child needs the magic combination of theory, practice and guidance. With enough care and diligence, that star is within reach.

Writing is a talent.
I am not born with it!

The good news is that writing is a skill, too! Learning the right skills, and practising and applying them diligently will result in your child being as competent a storyteller as their peers.

Writing is so boooooring.
I never enjoy it!

When writing is taught without passion, it can be a drag. However, we make it fun! Our stimulating tasks will get your child's creative juices flowing and spark a desire for writing.

Writing is terrifying.
Where do I even start!

Don't fret! Our teachers will work with your child's level of readiness in mind. We break tasks into bite-sized pieces so that your child can complete them comfortably and confidently.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are writing lessons physical or online?

    All writing lessons are conducted in a physical classroom. The curriculum demands group interaction and immersive activities that are more effectively conducted when students are gathered in the same room.

    Please let us know if you have a strong preference for the classes to held online and we will take that into consideration.

  • Is there an immersion session for the writing classes?

    Immersion/ trial sessions are not offered for the termly writing programme because we aim to equip every student with every skill taught in the programme and engage in writing practices progressively. Students will also write compositions in some weeks based on the skills they have learnt. It will be unfair to the student who is required to perform in one week without having been exposed to the structure and content of the programme.

  • 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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