POST-PSLE BRIDGING TO SECONDARY 1 HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

SECONDARY ONE ENGLISH

Module 1 ~ Visual Text Comprehension

We'll compare and contrast the differences between Primary School Level (PSL) and Secondary School Level (SSL) visual texts and examine the demands of open-ended questions. Students will be taught to craft open-ended responses to visual text comprehension questions, which will be something new to them.

Module 2 ~ Situational Writing

In Primary School Situational Writing, the written response does not need to adhere to a prescribed format. In Secondary School Situational Writing however, the format of the response is a criterion for assessment. In this module, students will learn to write in styles that will serve them well even in adulthood.

Module 3 ~ Editing

In Secondary School English Editing, prompts for where errors are located in a passage are no longer given. To do well in this component, students will really need to make sure they build a strong foundation in grammar to enable them to spot elusive errors

Module 4 ~ Composition

Personal recount compositions require students to describe an account of a significant event in their lives and to layer it with a thoughtful reflection. In addition to descriptive skills, students need to be able to dissect an event to extract relevant themes and lessons.

Module 5 ~ Summary Writing

From reading and understanding a factual text to identifying and rewriting the salient points in more concise yet precise form, students will be taken through the entire process of what it takes to tackle a summary writing exercise, and more importantly, how to score full marks for it.

Module 6 ~ Comprehension

Students will be introduced to the narrative and non-narrative text types. We’ll focus on questions that’ll require students to provide responses on language use. They’ll need to learn to read between the lines, identify vocabulary in context and assess use of language for impact and more.

SECONDARY ONE MATHEMATICS

Module 1:  Prime Factorisation with LCM & HCF

What’s so special about prime numbers? Before jumping into the nitty-gritty of how prime factorisation works, students will learn about the practical applications of prime numbers, and why mathematicians are fascinated by this class of special numbers.

Module 2:  Operations Involving Integers

Negative numbers may not be a difficult concept to understand, but arithmetic operations involving them are a different story. Students will learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers on both sides of 0 on the number line and use their new skills to solve word problems.

Module 3 ~ Estimation

In real life, it’s not always possible to ascribe a precise numerical value to an abstract or physical entity. Therein lies the necessity of estimation, an everyday skill we take for granted. In this lesson, students will hone those skills and learn rounding to different degrees of accuracy.

Module 4 ~ Algebra

By now, students will have learnt the basic concepts required to form and solve equations. We’ll build on this foundation and delve into the more abstract aspects of complex algebraic manipulation. A solid foundation in algebra is key to achieving good grades in secondary school level mathematics.

Module 5:  Simple Interest & Hire Purchase

How do banks make money? Do you actually need to have \$100,000 or \$1,000,000 in your bank account before you can buy a car or a house? Calculations involving percentages and the time value of money are all important concepts when it comes to financial literacy.

SECONDARY ONE SCIENCE

Module 1 ~ Made of Atoms

When students understand that all matter is made up of atoms and their sub-atomic constituents, they’ll be able to understand why heat travels from a hotter to colder place, what electricity actually is, and how magnetism arises. Students will perform experiments on Brownian motion, heat conduction and build a static electricity dancing ball toy, and more!

Module 2 ~ Molecules in Motion

Why do our fingers get wrinkly when we soak ourselves in water for too long? How can you smell a durian from across the street? To answer these questions, we introduce the ideas of diffusion and osmosis and relate it back to molecular theory. To see diffusion and osmosis in action, students will be playing food-guessing games using their sense of smell and soaking a potato in brine to see what happens.

Module 3 ~ Light Up My Light

In Primary School, students learn that light travels in straight lines. Well, that’s true – almost, because light can be bent! By introducing the concept of refraction, students will understand why the spoon looks funny in a cup of water and how rainbows are actually produced. Besides mind-bending hands-on experiments involving reflection and refraction, students will also get to build and take home their very own spectroscope!

Module 4 ~ Electrify Me

Students have learnt about parallel connection of bulbs, but what about parallel connection of batteries? We’ll give students some bulbs, wires, batteries and ask them to tell us the answers. Students will learn about current, voltage, resistance and even build and take home their very own mini fan at the end of the lesson.