Sunday, February 27, 2011


To those pupils who are going to Batam, bring your passport to school tomorrow.

Marcus, please make a copy of birth certificate. I need to verify your Chinese name.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Math problems

1. Christopher will take one day to paint 1/5 of a house. Mark will take 2 fewer days to paint the same house. How many days will it take both of them to paint the same house if they work together? Leave your answer as a mixed number.

2. May and Jen have some beads each. If May gives 30 beads to Jen, she will have 4 times as many beads as Jen. If she gives 150 beads to Jen, she will have 1 ½ times as many beads as Jen. Find the number of beads May has.

3. 400 people took part in a camp. 73 of them were adults and the rest were children. 2/5 of the boys and 1/4 of the girls were lower primary pupils while the rest were upper primary pupils. There were 9 more upper primary girls than upper primary boys.
a) How many upper primary pupils were there?
b) What percentage of the people who took part in the camp were girls?

4. A librarian counted the number of children in the library and found that 40% of the number of girls was equal to 2 times the number of boys. When another 12 boys entered the library and 45 girls left the library, the ratio of the number of girls to the number of boys became 5 : 2.
(a) What was the ratio of the number of girls to the number of boys at first? Give your answer in its simplest form.
(b) Find the number of girls in the library at first.

5. Josh had 25 lollipops. Michael had k lollipops less than Josh. Preston had 3k lollipops more than Michael.
(a) How many lollipops were there altogether?
Express the answer in terms of k.
(b) If k = 6, find the total number of lollipops

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Answers to Post-reading test (The Straits Times Articles 22.2.2011)

The Screams are back at Universal Studios (7m)

1. Why was Battlestar suspended for 11 months? (4m)

A seat of Battlestar had detached from one of the vehicles (1m) during routine testing before it opened for the day. Cracks were found in a crucial welded component (1m), caused by stress and vibration from the high speed ride. The ride was suspended for 11 months for investigations to be carried out (1m). Resigning, reassembly and testing (1m) also took place to fix the problem.

2. Describe how the theme park was like during the 11 months. (2m)

It was quieter / relatively quieter (1m). There were no huge cheers of joy or shouts of fear from those trying out the other attractions. (1m)

3. Which three-word phrase in the article means the body's naturally reaction to a highly exciting, dangerous or threatening situation? (1m)

The phrase is 'the adrenaline rush'. (1m)

Philippine volcano spews ash, sending hundreds fleeing (3m)Fill in the blanks with the words found in the above article.

The earthquake struck without warning. There were no signs of an (4) imminent earthquake and when it occurred, the authorities did not have enough time to (5) evacuate the residents to safety. Many were panic-stricken and (6) scrambled out of their tumbling houses in terror. So far, no death has been reported.

Man head-butted and stamped on toddler (7m)Answer the following questions in complete sentences.

7. State in details how Mohd Azhar Ghapar physically abused the toddler? (4m)

He head-butted the toddler (1m) twice within three days. He also stepped on her stomach (1m), breaking her ribs. He pinched her cheeks.(1m) He slapped her face.(1m)

8. How do you think the toddler's mother felt about the whole incident? Why do you say so? (3m)

Free expression:
Appropriate feeling towards the incident (1m)
Supporting reasons (2m – ½ m for each relevant point)

NSF gets 18 months' probation for underage sex (3m)Complete the following sentences.

9. In Singapore, it is illegal to have sex with underage girls. (1m)

10. In his probation, the NSman had to
a) do 100 hours of community service. (1m)

b) remain indoors between 10 pm and 6 am. (1m)

Lewd proposals: Jail Term upheld for ex-teacher (3m)

11. When did the offence take place?
The offence took place between 2008 and May 2009. (1m)

12. When was the ex-teacher given the 10-month jail term?
He was given the 10-month jail term in 21 February 2011.(1m)

13. Was the teacher sentenced immediately after committing the offence?
No, it was not. (1m)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Phrases and short story by Wen Qi

Good Phrase

1.lunged - a sudden a powerful forward movement

2.inspired - someone or something makes you want to follow

3.insults - offending remarks that is verbal

4.fiery - quickly turning angry or getting angry more easily under the collar - embarrassed or angry

6.suspended - stop for a period of time because of something

1.lunged - moved forward suddenly and powerfully

2.inspired - someone or something made you want to follow

3.insults - verbal offending remarks

4.fiery - quickly turning angry or getting angry more easily under the collar - embarrassed or angry

6.suspended - stopped for a period of time because of something

7. community service = work done to help people who live in the same town

8.conviction - being found guilty in court

          I was a fiery boy by nature.  It was an afternoon after school and as I was on my way home, I heard a group of friends insulting me.  Hot under the collar, I lunged towards one of the tormentors and did a flying kick inspired by a Chinese Martial art movie.  It served John right to get it from me. He was bleeding in his nose and he had the cheek to run back to school to report what had happened to the discipline master.  This was when Mr K decided to suspend me for a week for my bad temper. I was also ordered me to do 40 hours of
community service.

I vowed to get back at John. How could he escape unpunished? The day would arrive for justice to be served.

9.scratching the head - thinking of something that you don't know

10.retired - stop your hob because of a certain age and wants to enjoy life


          I was a fiery boy by nature.  It was an afternoon after school and as I making on my way home, I heard a group of friends insulting me.  Hot under the collar, I lunged towards one of the people and did a flying kick inspired by a Chinese Martial art movie.  The person was John and he was bleeding in his nose and was running back to school to report what had happened.  This was when the disciplinary master decided to suspend me for a week for my bad temper and was also ordered me to do 40 hours of community service.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Done By: Ng Wen Qi (28)  P6-8 12/2/11

Short story by Kian Yang

    A fight broke out at a coffee shop yesterday as I was walking by. At first, one man was talking to his friend when things started to get rough. His friend started shouting at him and the man lost his temper and lunged towards his friend. They both threw a few punches at each other and soon the police came and someone took a video of what was happening and handed over the footage to the police
      The man and his friend were arrested and I was told that this was not the first time that the man got hot under the collar and trouble seemed to follow him. He had not gone unpunished and is now in jail.

Comprehension Exercise on Straits Times article

The Straits Times 15 Feb 2011

Dyslexic kids can be exempt from mother tongue

Read this article and answer the following questions in complete sentences.

1. Why is Ethan Wong exempted from mother tongue?

2. From Paragraph 1, which word has the same meaning as 'exempt'?

3. What is dyslexia?

4. In paragraph 4, 'he can be excused from it', what does 'it' refer to?

5. In paragraph 5, which word has the same meaning as 'exemption'?

6. Why is the number of dyslexic cases rising over the years?

7. How does dyslexia affect a student?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Maths 1

2. Herman gave 2/5 of his picture cards to his sister. 2/7 of the remaining cards were given to his brother and he kept the rest. If his brother had 24 cards less than his sister, how many cards had he at first?

3. At a funfair, ¼ of the people were men. 2/11 of the remaining people were women. The rest were children. If there were 320 more children than men, how many people were at the fair?

Story by Jia Sheng

Once again, I had forgotten to do my homework. My teacher reprimanded me in front of the whole class. She then kept me during recess to complete my work.

After the whole class was dismissed for recess, I took out my homework and worked furiously on it. I wanted to play with my friends. As I was almost done with my work, I felt something hit the back of my head. I spun around to find Sean picking up an eraser from the floor. Before I know what he was doing, he was aiming the eraser right at my head.

Angered, I got out of my chair and lunged at him. He dodged but I managed to grab his collar. His towering built proved little use to fight against a provoked me. I swung my leg and launched a mighty kick at his right thigh. Gritting his teeth in pain, he called me an idiotic dog. That was it! He'll broke loose in me and I had my temper take over. I clutched my fist tightly and gave him a punch in the face. Then I rained several punches on his stomach.

At that very moment, the principal walked by. Seeing both of us fighting, she stormed into the classroom. Sean and I froze. The principal then ordered us to follow her to her office. During the walk to her office, I reflected on my behaviour. If I had just told Sean not to throw the eraser again and ignored him, I would not have ended in this situation. I regretted this incident. I could have prevented it if not for my rashness.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Si En

Hand in your composition tomorrow.

It was a Sunday morning. You and your family were relaxing in the living room when the doorbell rang.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

LRD - Football star banned 08/02/2011

Read the article Football star banned in today's LRD.

In your writing journal, jot down the useful words and phrases.
You MUST also include useful words and phrases found in the Background text.

For example,

1. losing his temper
2. tackle
3. lunged towards
4. aiming two feet at the man's chest in a flying kick

Following this, write a short article using as many words and phrases identified.
Personally, I find the vocabulary in this article very useful in a 'fighting' context. Please highlight the words and phrases.

Every piece of work counts. Do every piece of work with pride. Pride with performance, our school motto.

Monday, February 7, 2011

What goes around comes around

Here's the full story...

One day a man saw a old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even
in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in
front of her Mercedes and got out... His Pinto was still sputtering when
he approached her.

Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to
help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn't look
safe; he looked poor and hungry.

He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He
knew how she felt. It was that chill which only fear can put in you.

He said, 'I'm here to help you, ma'am. Why don't you wait in the car
where it's warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson.'

Well, all she had was a flat tyre,
But for an old lady, that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car
looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two..
Soon he was able to change the tyre. But he had to get dirty and his hands

As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began
to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just
passing through. She couldn't thank him enough for coming to her aid.

Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed
him. Any amount would have been all right with her She already imagined
all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped.

Bryan never thought twice about being paid.
This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows
there were plenty, who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his
whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.

He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she
saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance
they needed, and Bryan added, 'And think of me..'

He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and
depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into
the twilight.

A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a
bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her
trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas
pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and
brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one
that even being on her Feet for the whole day couldn't erase.. The lady
noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let
the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how
someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she
remembered Bryan .

After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The
waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, but the
old lady had slipped right out the door... She was gone by the time the
waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then
she noticed something written on the napkin..

There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: 'You don't
owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the
way I'm helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you
do: Do not let this chain of love end with you.'

Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to
serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she
got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money
and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she
and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to
be hard....

She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her,
she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, 'Everything' s going
to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson.'

Maths 2 (7 Feb 2011)


Copy or print and paste the questions.
Do these problem sums in your Maths 2 Exercise book.
One question per page.
Show your working and write your statements clearly.

1. Ali had y stamps. His father gave him 20 more stamps. He then shared all his stamps equally with his 2 brothers.
(a) How many stamps did each boy get in terms of y?
(b)If y=28, how many stamps did each boy get?

2. Mrs Lim bought a total of 120 apples and oranges in the ratio of 3 : 5. After she gave away an equal number of each type of fruits, the ratio of the number of apples to the number of oranges is 3 : 8. How many apples does she have now?

3. Cynthia has 32 English and Chinese books. 4/5 of the English books and 3/4 of the Chinese books are fiction books. She has a total of 25 fiction books. How many English fiction books are there?

4. A bottle of cooking oil weighs 2 kg. A hawker uses 8 such bottles in 4 days. If he uses the same amount of oil every day, how many 5-kg tins of cooking oil will he use in 10 days?

Complete Fractions Practice 1

Complete Review 1

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Dear pupils

Supplementary class is on tomorrow from 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm tomorrow.

Kyan, Ahmad, Jia Wei and Jae Shin, don't forget your composition Draft 2.

Two more weeks to CA1, get ready to charge after the cny break!

Mdm Toh

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What goes around comes around

A suggested summary for What Goes Around Comes Around

An old lady was stranded on the side of a road with a flat tyre one day. She had
waited for an hour before Bryan Anderson arrived to offer his help. When the flat tyre was replaced, she offered to reward Bryan. Bryan politely declined her offer, claiming that he had helped because he was brought up to help others in need and did not expect any monetary returns.

Before they parted, Bryan told the old lady that she could repay him by passing the kindness to someone in need.

On her way home, the old lady drove to a dingy café to grab a bite. At the restaurant, she was treated warmly by a heavily pregnant waitress. Deeply touched by the waitress' spirit of giving, she gave the waitress a fat change, together with four $100 bills under the napkin.

The waitress did not have the time to return the money to the old lady but she would not forget the words written on the napkin, urging her to carry on the chain of love. Little did she know that the greatest thing that had happened to her was a result of her husband's kindness to a stranger.