## Thursday, March 31, 2011

### Make Suppositions (2) - 31 March 2011

1. Old Mac Donald had a farm. On his farm, there were only cows
and chickens which had a total of 41 heads and 100 legs. Find
the number of chickens and the number of cows on his farm.

2. Frank spent \$216 on a total of 28 butter cakes. He paid \$9 for
each large cake and \$5 for each small butter cake. How many
large butter cakes did he buy?

3. Mr Li bought 50 pens and books. Later he decided to exchange
all the books for pens. If he exchanged 1 book for 2 pens, he
would receive 65 pens. How many books did Mr Li buy at first?

4. Mr Li bought 50 pens and books. Later he decided to exchange
all the books for pens. If he exchanged 1 book for 3 pens, he
would receive 80 pens. How many pens did Mr Li buy at first?

5. A transport company is paid \$10 for every vase that it delivers
safely and has to pay \$2 for every vase that is broken. On one
trip, the company delivered 100 vases and was paid \$916. How
many vases were delivered safely.

## Wednesday, March 30, 2011

### Maths Problems 30 March 2011

1. In January, Peter spent \$250 of his salary and saved the rest. In February, he increased his spendings by 20% and his savings decreased by 40%. How much did he save in February?

2. Mr Tan spent some money on 35 notebooks. He spent the same amount of money on another 29 pens. Each pen cost \$1.75. How much did Mr Tan spend on a notebook?

3. Mrs Chia baked 120 beef pies and chicken pies. After she gave away 1/4 of the beef pies and 2/5 of the chicken pies, she was left with 30 beef pies. How many chicken pies had she left?

4. Amanda, Brett and Nick packed their luggage for a holiday. Amanda’s luggage weighed y kg. Nick’s luggage weighed 7 kg more than Amanda’s luggage. Brett’s luggage was twice as heavy as Amanda’s.
(a) Express the mass of Nick’s luggage in terms of y.
(b) If y = 5, find the total mass of their 3 luggage.

5. The ratio of the number of yellow marbles to the total number of green and red marbles was 7 : 13. 40% of the marbles were red marbles. After throwing away 65 red marbles that were chipped, 20% of the remaining marbles were red. How many marbles were there left if another 24 green marbles were found to be chipped and thrown away?

## Tuesday, March 29, 2011

### Singapore Kindness Movement Poems (unedited)

Opportunities for kindness everywhere,
Opportunities for you to share.
A simple act of giving up a seat,
Or helping someone who has weak feet.
Just giving someone his right of way
Will really brighten up YOUR day!
Yes! You will really be surprised.
If you are kind, YOUR happiness will rise!
~Devesh~

The sweetness flows through your veins
When you have done a kind deed
You will feel happier
and the sweetness will appear
~Jacques~

Thank you to all those that have helped me
Forever I will be thanking
Hopes and dreams flow within
Thank you Madam Toh for teaching me

A kind deed
Is all someone needs.
It will surely light up
one's day.
Let's say he is happy or sad,
Let's not make him feel bad.

Let's not be proud,
So let's shout out loud,
Without a doubt,
Let's make people happy,
better not make it sound crappy,
Let's not be like swines,
Let's shine,
And it we do these,
We will have a great great time!
~Jonathan~

You can show your sweetest kindness to everybody.
Even to those who are vehemently standing in your way.
But under no circumstances
Must you surrender to their way.
~Rainer~

To make oneself happy,
Is to help others kindly.
Helping others will,
I have helped others before,
Have you?
What I did was,
To help kids who were lost.
Help their mothers find their lost kids,
And I would be happy!
~Wen Xuan~

Do a kind deed to day and you'll never forget what you say.
You can show it to anyone,
So if you see someone in need,
Never stop to give and give.
~Jae Shin~

Kindness...
The joy we get from helping others is priceless.
The heart wanting to help is natural.
Never expect kindness
For kindness is often shown at unexpected times.
~Bhairavi~

Kindness can be shown in many ways,s up
A lovely flower or a batchof cookies,
A smile of a friendly wave.
You might be feeling blue
When you are offered a smile.
So, go on and get kindness moving!

To those who helped me when
I was down
To those who helped me take
away my frown
Thank you all who have
helped me
So that I can be happy
To those who always lend a helping hand
~Kean Sin~

Kindness is not only about what you say
It is about doing something good today.
A friend in need?
Do a kind deed.
Help everyone or anyone
It is good even if it's just one
Help someone today
And it will brighten your day
So do a kind deed!
~Kyan Tan~

### Comprehension OE 6

2. It means March was not immersed in the water and his head was above the water level.

3. He was out of breath./He ran out of air.

4. David, a yachtsman, found the van first.

5. The sentence is "The van lay invisible in murky darkness, five metres down.".

6. He tried to open the door but it would not budge.

7. He tied the rope to the handle of the door of the van so that it would be easier for him (or other rescuers) to get back to the van to try to rescue Nancy.

8. There was no time to waste in saving Nancy.

9. The firemen had done a good job. They managed to save Nancy.

10. She survived the accident and was attended to by a nurse.

## Friday, March 25, 2011

### Making assumptions

Making assumptions

1. There are 36 pupils in a class. Each girl is given 8 books and each boy is given 3 books. The total number of books the girsl receive is 46 more than the total number of books the boys receive. How many girls are there in the class?

2. On Tree Planting day, 40 pupils planted some trees. Each boy planted 3 trees
and each girl planted 2 trees. The boys planted 30 more trees than the girls.
How many boys were there?

3. 60 children took part in a Street Soccer Competition. If each girl scored 3
goals and each boy scored 2 goals and the girls scored 20 more goals than the
boys, how many girls were there?

4. Mrs Lee had some sweets to give away to her 50 pupils. Each boy received 5
sweets and each girl received 3 sweets. The boys received 90 more sweets
than the girls. How many boys were there?

## Tuesday, March 22, 2011

### Maths 2 (22 March 2011)

1. The ratio of the number of cars to lorries to motorbikes found in a car park is
5 : 2 : 4. If there is a total of 864 wheels, find the number of motorbikes found in the car park.

2. At a multi-storey car park, there were cars, motorbikes and tricycles in the ratio 3 : 5 : 2. If there were a total of 840 wheels, find the number of cars parked at the multi-storey car park.

3. A sum of \$705 is to be divided among a number of adults and children. Each adult receives \$6 each, each boy receives \$5 and each girl receives \$4. If the ratio of adults to boys to girls is
2 : 3 : 5, how many more girls than boys are there?

4. Mdm Tan’s shop sold plates and cups. The ratio of the price of a plate to that of a cup was 3 : 2. The price of a plate was \$3 more than that of a cup. Mdm Tan sold 4/7 of the items in the first month and collected \$2850 from the sales. The ratio of the number of plates sold to the number of cups sold was 3 : 5.
(c) Find the total number of plates sold in the first month.
(d) Find the total number of items left after the first month.

5. A volleyball costs 440. A basketball costs \$10 more. School XYZ paid \$2100 for some volleyball and basketballs. The ratio of the volleyballs to the basketballs bought by the school was 5 : 3.
(b) How much more money did he spend on the volleyballs than basketballs?

## Monday, March 21, 2011

### Maths Problem sums 21 March 2011

Copy / print and paste the questions. The maximum score for this exercise is 13 marks. (0.83 of 13 = 10.79)

1. The mass of 2 similar metal balls and 3 similar clay pots is 10 kg. If the mass of each clay pot is 0.3 kg more than that of a metal ball, find the mass of each clay pot. (3m)

2. There are 3 bamboo poles, A, B and C. Pole A is 192.5 cm, Pole B is 1m 45 cm longer than Pole A. Pole C is twice the total length of Poles A and B.
(a) Find the total length of the 3 bamboo poles. (2m)
(b) Find the average length of the 3 poles. (1m)

3.Mr Tay planted some trees in two straight rows. Each tree was 2.5 m away from the next. There were 10 trees in the first row.

(a) What was the distance between the first and the 10th tree in the first row? (1m)

(b) In the second row, the distance from the first to the last tree was 157.5 m. How many more trees did he plant in the second than the first row? (2m)

4. Mrs Chan went shopping with \$102. This amount was just enough to buy 4 T-shirts and 2 pairs of shorts. However, she decided to buy 2 T-shirts and 5 pairs of shorts instead and had \$15 left. Find the cost of 1 pair of shorts. (4m)

## Saturday, March 19, 2011

### Supplementary class is ON

Dear pupils

There will be supplementary classon Monday (21 March 2011) from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Mdm Toh

## Monday, March 14, 2011

### Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve consent forms

Dear pupils

Thanks you for submitting your consent forms and edusave forms/cash promptly. This Friday, 18 March 2011, will the following pupils be reminded to bring their consent forms to school during the English Writing class?

1. Jin Kang
2. Jonathan
3. Leona
4. Marcus
5. Kian Yang
6. Ivan
7. Cai Leng

Thank you and see you on Friday.

Yours
Mdm Toh

## Thursday, March 10, 2011

### SW - Wanted

Wanted Criminal in Connection with Kidnap

An 8-year-old girl was kidnapped (1m) near Jurong MRT station (1m) at 7 am on Thursday, 15 September 2004 (1m).

The suspect is a Chinese female, aged between 25 and 30 years old, 1.6m tall. She was last seen in yellow t-shirt and black pants. (1m)

Be wary of the suspect as she is armed and dangerous. (1m) Do not approach her.

Anyone with information leading up to the identification, arrest and conviction of the suspect should inform the police immediately.(1m)

Inspector Ang Tony
The Police Department

## Tuesday, March 8, 2011

### What's up newspaper

6-8 pupils

Please have the following with you tomorrow for lessons.

1. The Straits Times (8 March)
2. Little Red Dot (8 March)
3. What's up (March issue)
4. PSLE Maths
5. Spelling exercise book
6. Maths ws on Solids and Nets
7. Ratio ws (Activity book)
8. English CA paper (signed)
9. Maths CA paper (signed)

Mdm Toh

## Monday, March 7, 2011

### SW - My Holiday Planner

Dear Ali

This is the busiest one-week school holiday I have ever had. I cannot believe I have survived it.

The holiday started off with celebrating Dad's birthday at East Coast Park where we had a blast cycling and swimming (1m). On Tuesday, I helped to polish Dad's car and felt great about it. (1m)

I took my swimming test on Wednesday. I had to go to the pool half an hour earlier for the warm-up before the test. The following day, I took my Grade 6 Piano Test. For both the swimming and Piano tests, I had to attend practices (1m)(1m) to prepare myself for both tests. My last martial arts lesson almost drained me to death as I had an extra hour to make up for last week's absence. (1m)

I felt extremely bored (1m) when doing my homework because that took away a large portion of my playtime.

It was a very busy week. A fruitful one too.

Sincerely yours
Lia
Sincerely is spelt like this. SINCERELY
All those who used this word have spelt it with a missing letter 'e'!

### Answers and common mistakes to Synthesis and Transformation 4

Synthesis and Transformation 4

Q1. The workers underwent training. They become more productive.

Answer: Having undergone training, the worker become more productive.

Note:
1. After 'Having', you need a participle. The participle for underwent is 'undergone'!

Q2. He received great honour. He saved the president's life.

Note:
1. 1. After 'Having', you need a participle. The participle for saved is 'saved'!

Q3. The pizza chef is able to make delicious pizzas. She uses ingredients that are fresh from Italy.

Answer: Using ingredients that are fresh from Italy, the pizza chef is able to make delicious pizzas.

Note:
1. Do not change the tense. Follow the stem.
2. 'pizzas', not 'pizza' (Careless transfer errors) Which chef only makes one pizza? Anyway, you need to add a determiner if it is a singular pizza (eg. a pizza, the pizza)
3. Some of you left out the word 'fresh'. (Careless!)

Q4. The children hiked through a forest in Seletar Reservoir. They were all exhausted.

Answer: Hiking through a forest in Seletar Reservoir, the children were all exhausted.

Q5. Alvin believed he could not achieve the result. He gave up.

Answer: Believing that the result could not be achieved (by him), Alvin gave up.

Believing that the result was not achievable (by him), Alvin gave up.

Note:
2. Do not change the tense. Follow the stem.
3. I hope we do not have any Alvin in 6-8. Giving up is never in the fighter's mind! 8325, don't forget the magic number...

Q6. He is diligent. He will do extremely well in the examinations.

Answer: Owing to (his) diligence, he will do extremely well in the examinations.

Note:
1. There is a typo mistake. Spot it.
2. You need a noun phrase after 'Owing to'. The noun form for diligent is 'diligence.
3. Do not change the tense. Follow the stem.

Q7. It is very exhausting to swim five laps in the pool continuously.

Answer: Swimming five laps in the pool continuously is very exhausting.

Reading a book every night will / can improve your language skills.

Note:
1. The subject is 'being self-employed'. This is a singular subject. The verb should be 'has', not 'have'.

Q10. I practised the music piece many times. I could play it from memory now.

Answer: Having practised the music piece many times, I could play it from memory now.

Note:
1. 1. After 'Having', you need a participle. The participle for practised is 'practised'!
2. I find the stem a bit weird. Let's improve on it.

Q11. I drank a glass of water. I was thirsty.

Answer: Feeling thirsty, I drank a glass of water.

### Answers and common mistakes to Synthesis and Transformation 3

Synthesis and Transformation 3

Q1. The fund raising drive was a success. The members of the public were generous.

Answer: Due to the generous members of the public, the fund raising drive was a success.

Due to the generosity of the members of the public, the fund raising drive was a success.

Note:
1. The words in blue is a noun phrase, i.e. subject and verb do not co-exist.
2. The noun form for generous is generosity. The letter 'u' has to be dropped.
3. Success is spelled with double 'c' and double 's'. (careless transfer error)

Q2. The concert was extended only because the audience responded well.

Answer: The concert was extended due to (the) good response of the audience.

The concert was extended due to the audience's good response.

Note:
1. The words in blue is a noun phrase, i.e. subject and verb do not co-exist.
2. The noun form for respond is response.
3. In the first answer, the use of determiner 'the' is optional since the stem does not have a clear indication about the response.
4. In the second answer, apostrophe s ('s) must be used to show that the response came from the audience.
5. The word 'well' in the stem is an adverb. It described the manner of the response.
An adverb cannot be used to describe 'response' (a noun). We use an adjective to describe a noun, in this case 'good'.

Q3. The soccer match was cancelled this morning. It was raining heavily.

Answer: The soccer match was cancelled this morning due to (the) heavy rain.

Note:
1. Do not change 'this' morning to 'that' morning. Follow the stem. This is not reported speech.
2. The use of determiner 'the' is optional since the stem does not have a clear indication about the heavy rain.

Q4. The old man cannot walk long distances. He has a weak heart.

Answer: Due to having a weak heart, the old man cannot walk long distances.

Due to his weak heart, the old man cannot walk long distances.

Note:
1. The subject is 'the old man'. The name of the subject is written in the main clause, not the sub- phrase.
2. distances, not distance! (Careless transfer error)

Q5. There is pollution. The fish are dying.

Answer: The fish are dying due to pollution.

Note:
2. Do not change the tense. Follow the stem.

### Packing Checklist

1. Rucksack / Backpack
2. Day Pack / Haversack - Can be used as hand luggage
3. Small Pouch (sling or waist)- For personal valuables such as wallet/passport

What to Wear Excludes 1 set worn into the country (pants, theme t-shirt)
1 Jacket 1 Fleece, thick jacket to keep warm
2 Raincoat / poncho 1 Minmium 3/4 length with hood
3 T shirt 1 for sleeping
4 Working T-shirts 2 Tshirts must be SLEEVED. No Sleeveless
5 Pants/ shorts 2 Preferably track pants
1 for sleeping; 2 for activities
6 Sun Hat / Cap 1 Attach a cord for strong wind
7 Socks 2pairs Thick socks (winter socks)
8 Undergarments AR Use disposables
9 Sunglasses 1 (optional)
10 Smart Casual Wear Dinner

Hygiene & Personal Effects
1 Comb 1
2 Toothbrush 1
3 Toothpaste 1
4 Shampoo 1
5 Facial Wash 1
6 Soap 1
7 Towel 2 Hand towels for sponging and drying.
8 Sunblock 1 Minimum SPF 30, Compulsory
9 Wet Tissue AR Without moisturising elemets.
10 Tissue AR

General
1 Water Bottle 1
2 Plastic Bags / Ziploc Bags AR For water-proofing your things

Footwear
3 Track shoes 1

Reflection
4 Journal/ book AR Most important!!! (to solve the amazing race)5 Writing Materials AR Pens, notebook

Miscellaneous (Optional )

6 Camera 1
7 Hand Phone Optional