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PRIMARY WRITING MASTERCLASS

Are you concerned that your child's writing is below average even after several writing classes and practices?

What are the top skills for writing good compositions that can be applied immediately?

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

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 Writing Masterclass

We reveal all the top writing secrets to our students during a 4-week writing intensive programme.

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.
 
In the foundational sessions, your child will complete isolated writing exercises.
 
In the booster sessions, you child will complete two pieces of writing and two second drafts.
 
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:
✔ Build self-awareness and self-evaluation
✔ Recognise areas of strength
✔ Identify areas for growth 
✔ Improve content and expression through writing exercises and drafts
✔ Develop independence in proofreading work
✔ Be encouraged and write confidently

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.

You may wonder: How does Cognitus Academy fit
so many skills and practices into a 4-session Masterclass?

This is what a typical 4-week Writing Masterclass at Cognitus Academy looks like:

Session Topic
Foundational Session 1
(3 hours)
- Planning
- Introduction
- Setting the Scene
Foundational Session 2
(3 hours)
- Characterisation
- Show, Don't Tell
- Closing
Booster Session 1
(1.5 hours)
Applying all writing skills
through practice questions*

Topics include:
- A Surprise
- Being Considerate
- Teamwork
- Being Careful
- Brawl During a Sports Match
Booster Session 2
(1.5 hours)

*Only one topic will be used for each Booster Session.

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).

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.

Middle Primary (P3 & 4) 2020 Schedule

Find a time slot which suits you the best below.

Month Foundational
Date & Time
Booster
Date & Time
December
15/12 (Tue), 16/12 (Wed)
1pm to 4pm
17/12 (Thu), 18/12 (Fri)
1pm to 2.30pm

*Only one topic will be used for each Booster Session.

Upper Primary (P5 & 6) 2020 Schedule

Find a time slot which suits you the best below.

Run Foundational
Date & Time
Booster
Date & Time
1
(Fully Subscribed)
15/12 - 16/12
9.30am -12.30pm
(Fully Subscribed)
17/12 - 18/12
9.30 - 11am
2
(Fully Subscribed)
15/12 - 16/12
1 - 4pm
(Fully Subscribed)
17/12 - 18/12
1 - 2.30pm
3
8/12, 9/12
1 - 4pm
10/12, 11/12
1 - 2.30pm
4
22/12, 23/12
1 - 4pm
29/12, 30/12
1 - 2.30pm
5
31/1, 7/2
2.30 - 5.30pm
21/2, 28/2
2.30 - 4pm

*Only one topic will be used for each Booster Session.

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.
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.

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