Learning Values through composition

Honesty

 

                “I wish there were air-con in the classroom!” Janny complained softy to her best friend, Plusie, who was sitting beside her.  Although the fans were blowing in full speed, some were fanning themselves and some were using their electrical fans while reading their books.  The day’s heat penetrated the classroom leaving everyone as hot as incandescent titanium.

 

                Soon, most of the students became restless and started chit chatting among themselves.  Standing in front of the whole class, the relief teacher, Mr Lou told them firmly to be quiet in the classroom.  Immediately, there was silence.  Mr Lou took a quick glimpse on his watch and realised that it was time to bring his form class for class photo taking.  He assigned the class monitors to ensure everyone behaved themselves in the class. 

Then, he rushed out of the room anxiously.

 

                For the next few moments, the sound of the spinning fans ruled the class.  Some students were reading their books while others were doing their homework.  Janny dropped her pen when she was doing a Math problem sum.  It broke the silence.  Janny bent down to pick up the pen.  A shiny object on the teacher’s table caught her attention.  Janny nudged Plusie and signalled her to that direction of the glowing item.&nbspCuriosity piqued both girls.&nbspTogether, they walked to the teacher’s table.  The monitors tried to stop them not to no avail.  They had reached the table.

 

                Janny exclaimed, “Ah! It’s a magnifying glass!”  Without hesitation, she picked it up and showed it to Plusie.  Plusie’s eyes widened with excitement as she snatched the magnifying glass violently from Janny.  Plusie looked around the class through the magnifying glass.  She was extremely fascinated to see a class of giants.  She was totally oblivious of the surroundings, not noticing that Janny was just behind her.  Janny grabbed her right arm and swang her around.  “Give me back!”  she tried to seize the magnifying glass from Plusie.  Both girls were trapped in a tough struggle.  Pulling Janny’s hair, Plusie punched Janny’s left side of the face.&nbspJanny grabbed Plusie’s hand and flung her to the floor.

 

                At that time, some classmates including the monitors tried to stop the fight.

 

                “The principal is here!”  One of the classmates exclaimed.  The pupils rushed back to their seats.  In panic, Janny accidentally dropped the magnifying glass.&nbspIt broke.  She spotted a crack on the magnifying glass. In her horror, Janny pasted a transparent tape on it, hoping the crack would be unnoticed. 

Next, she returned it to the teacher’s table and went back to her seat as if nothing had happened. 

 

                Just then, Mr Lou stepped into the classroom.  When he was looking into his magnifying glass, he realised that his magnifying glass looked different.  He turned around the magnifying glass and saw a tape on it.  A worried Janny hoped that Mr Lou would not peel off the tape.  But it was too late, Mr Lou had peeled the tape.  He discovered the crack.

 

                “Who broke my magnifying glass?”  Mr Lou hollered in his I-am-not-messing-around voice. 

Raising her hand, Janny stood up. 

She apologised to Mr Lou.  Mr Lou praised that she was honest.  However, he warned Janny not to mess around the teacher’s table.

                Janny was relieved that Mr Lou did not reprimand her.  She learnt her lesson not to mess around with the teacher’s things.  She understood that she must be honest at all times.

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Registration Open for Year 2012

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Helping a blind man cross the road

(Cheng Jun Primary 3)

It was a windy Saturday morning. At a bustling road junction, a blind man was waiting to cross the busy road. There were lots of vehicles on the road. He heard a lot of sounds, so he knew there was a heavy traffic. He had no choice, but to wait.

The blind man wore a pair of dark glasses. He held a wooden walking stick in his right hand. He was emotionless when a boy, Tom, came forward and offered to help him.

“Uncle, let me help you cross the road.”

The elderly man nodded his head with gratitude. The pair crossed the road slowly together. The understanding drivers waited patiently for them to cross the road.

At last, the blind man and Tom reached the other side of the road. Patting Tom’s shoulder, the blind man thanked Tom repeatedly. He then waved goodbye to Tom. Using his walking stick to track obstacles ahead, he plodded slowly to his destination.

Tom felt very satisfied that he had done a helpful deed.  blind-man

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Writing emails

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SENDING AN EMAIL TO A FRIEND

Dear Jason

How are you doing in Taiwan? Hope you are in the pink of health.

Life has been quite peaceful in Singapore until last week.  I am terribly disturbed by an incident.  Let me tell you the details now.

Uncle Lim, a regular at the Coffee Shop, has gone missing since last Wednesday.  His family is very concerned for his safety because he is so frail and old.   He has a wrinkled face and there are some black spots on his leg.  According to his son, he was last seen at Joo Koon MRT station with his granddaughter.  He was wearing a blue shirt and a pair of demin jeans.  His worried family put up posters at the lift lobbies in the neighbourhood, hoping that a kind person would recognise Uncle Lim and bring him home.  The police are helping to look for him too.

Although I do not know Uncle Lim personally, his granddaughter is a prefect of my school and I have seen him several times in school. He always looks cheerful.   I feel very sorry for the family.

When you come back in six months’ time, I hope the police would have found him.  I will update you again if I get any news of Uncle Lim.

Take care.

Regards

Cecilia

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Adding description

How to improve this sentence?  Add more information to the sentence.

The boy ran.

Sentence One

The school boy bolted rapidly, feeling confident and full of pride, towards the finishing line of the 800m running track.  He could hear cheers and applauses for him, picture victory and glory in his mind.  He grinned from ear to ear as he accomplished another triumph of the year.  Thunderous screams filled the stadium.

 

Sentence Two

A group of youths were playing “Catching” at the field under the blazing sun.  The innocent-looking boy scampered across the street in a zig-zag pattern on a graveled road.  Boiling with frustration, he persued his friends towards the basketball court.

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An interview

An interview with Alice

(Bryan Lee Primary 5)

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Alice was born in Singapore.  At the age of five, she started drawing her doll.    She is now a reputable artist in one of the largest art gallery in New York City.

Alice has a big mole on her face.  Her masterpiece is a mural of a  forest in the night, which won her the most prestigious award granted by the US Artist Association in 2010.

We have had an opportunity to interview Alice when she was back from the United States last week.

Question 1:  Who motivate you to follow your passion for drawing?

Alice:  I once saw my father drew a picture which was so fascinating.  So I began to draw and never give up.

Question 2:  Which is your favourite drawing?

Alice:  The one that my parents and I drew together when I was twelve.

Question 3:  Why do you like it?

Alice:  I like it because we had so much fun and laughter together.

Throughout the interview, Alice is just like the girl next door, so humble and friendly.  Her perseverance  is the primary reason that explains her overwhelming success today.

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Situational Writing

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Situational writing is no different from Continuous writing.  Avoid repeated words.  Watch out the grammar.

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An advertisement

An Advertisement of a missing pet.

(Teo Zhe Kai Primary 3B)

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My pet rabbit is missing.

It has two big ears, four black spots and has two big teeth.  Its eyes are as round as marbles.

Paul  loves hopping around.

It was last seen on 3rd April in the garden opposite Block 657 at Tampines Street 31.

You will be rewarded with $100 if you find Paul.

If found, call 67983897.  Thank you.

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An excursion

(Teo Zhe Kai Primary 3)

It was a pleasant scorching day. The June school holidays had just begun. My form teacher, Mr Chai, brought the whole class on an excursion to the Jacob Ballas Garden at the Botanic Garden.

The school had chartered a bus to take us to our destination. By seven in the morning, we were assembled at the school’s Grand Court. Then, Mr. Chai did a head count before we boarded the waiting bus.

We were in very high spirits. We sang songs cheerfully on the way.

Soon, we reached the Botanic Garden. Still in our orderly line, we quickened our pace and in no time, we were at the entrance of the Jacob Ballas Garden.

At the entrance, a tall man approached us and introduced himself as Mr Tan.

“He will be our tour guide for the day,” Mr Chai announced.

Mr Tan led us to a classroom. He introduced many insects, animals and plants to us. He gave us a magnifying glass each to see the small organisms on the plants.

Next, Mr Tan brought us to see the lip stick plant. He said that long time ago, people used that as lip sticks and colour pencil. Then, he brought us to the star apple tree. The tree has brown leaves. How amazing!

As we were passing by the pond, Mr Tan signaled all of us to keep quiet because he had spotted a water hen!

“Look up there,” Tom yelled at the top of his lungs. There was a squirrel up the tree. All of us were so excited. There was simply so much to see. Next, we saw a group of ducks waddling in the pond. Turning around, Mr Tan kicked a small pebble from the ground. He explained that the pebble is soft because the termites were hidden in it. Soon, many of us started kicking the pebbles around us. Fortunately, none of us were bitten by the termites.

“What’s that?” Jim asked, pointing to a tree without leaves.

“That’s the tree that was struck by lightning in 2002. The trunk was cleared in year 2007,” Mr Tan explained.

Then, we turned our attention to the red tree house. It had a long slide that all of us enjoyed sliding down repeatedly. Soon, we proceeded to the snail eggs farm. Mr Tan highlighted that the snails will hatch the young in the water to prevent birds from eating the eggs.

Finally, we reached our last stop. It was also the highlight of the outing. – the suspension bridge. Every one of us walked slowly on the bridge, holding our hands tightly. It was the most thrilling part of this trip.

Soon, it was time to leave the garden. This was the most memorable educational trip for all of us.

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Learning adjectives is FUN!

Finding adjectives from advertisements!Learning adjectives is fun!

The students were divided into groups to search for adjectives in advertisements.

An important lesson to show how adjectives are used to enhance the description of nouns.

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