Primary 1 Show and Tell: Free template for Show and Tell and important tips to Help Your Child Prepare


What will your children be learning for Primary 1 English? 

One of the key learning objective for Lower Primary English is to build a solid foundations in linguistics, primarily in three core areas:

  1. Reading comprehension
  2. Writing and speaking proficiently
  3. Core grammar fundamentals and vocabulary.

Your child will need to acquire basic comprehension skills, build a fortress of rich vocabulary and sound grammar.

In today’s blog, we will focus on what you can do to help your child ace the Primary 1 Show and Tell.

What is Show and Tell? 

In line with MOE’s direction to impart 21st Century Competencies to our students. Show and tell is a form of assessment and a requirement for all Primary 1 and Primary 2 children who do not have formal examinations.


Show and Tell is akin to public speaking, where the school teachers will impart public speaking skills to the children based on different themes.

Most kindergartens in Singapore have already introduced to the concept of show and tell at preschool, when they are encouraged to bring an item from home and share or explain to the class why they chose that particular item, where they got it from and other relevant information. For instance, children at K1 and K2 levels will get Parent-and-Child assignments like “Recycling” where they will construct a project artwork with recycled products about their neighbourhood and present them in schools. 


What are the benefits of Show and Tell ?

  1. Increase the child’s confidence to speak up in a group setting.
  2. They will also learn to craft story-telling skills, as well as conceptual thinking to make the presentation cohesive. 
  3. Learn key social skills like learning to listen to others respectfully when others are presenting.


What is the weightage for Show and Tell?

For most schools, it is conducted as a weighted assignment and comprises about 25% of the Primary One English Language score.


How can you help your child prepare for Primary One Show and Tell?

As teachers usually give ‘Show and Tell’ as a weighted assessment during Term 2 or Term 3, you can  talk to your children at the start of the term about Show and Tell. Take comfort that primary schools will generally provide a Show and Tell Primary 1 template for you to work with. Most Primary One students will be given two to four weeks advance preparation time. The school will also inform the parents and send instructions to parents on how to help prepare their children for the two-minute speech. 

How do schools conduct show and tell?

Different schools have different format. In Temasek Primary, it is termed as ‘Pick and Tell’ where children will pick a card with. a question or prompt. Based o n what they have chosen, the child will be given time to talk about the topic. The topics selected by school teachers follow the MOE parameters and are usually simple ones like “My favourite food”, “My Hobbies.” or “My family”. 

How will students be graded?

Students are graded on three areas: Content, Language and Presentation Skills. 


Is it relevant? The teacher will be looking out for the ideas to the given topic and the organisation of the presentation like if the order of the sequence of events, if the student is about to share the content in a logical manner.



Pronunciation counts. Click here for a video on the most commonly mispronounced words in Singapore. This is where you will definitely need to aware of the possible pitfalls in mispronunciation.  The teacher will review if the student meets the level of Primary One English.  They will listen out for accurate pronunciation of words, correctly formed grammatical sentences and the usage of any high-level vocabulary words. 

Presentation skills

Watch the posture and body language. The teacher will be on a lookout to see if the student have good body language and eye contact. Make sure that your child is able to project his/her voice. 

Your child is not allowed to read from any notes or cue cards during the show and tell. Do note that you will need to have some form of practice and memorisation of lines.


Final tips on scoring AL1 for that Show and Tell!

  • Let your child lead and support your child in preparing the material such as selecting the pictures or research on the topic. This will give your child better understanding of the subject and more confidence, not to mention, a sense of control over the final output.
  • Prepare a plan and arrange the sequence of the presentation.
  • Encourage your child to use his/her own words as much as possible.
  • Practise with your child. Prepare to record and video your child practicing so they can see  themselves in action. This will also highlight areas that he/she can improve on.
  • Remind your child to maintain eye contact, increase voice volume, enunciate words properly and add some appropriate gestures during the presentation.
  • Have fun and be encouraging 


math for preschoolers

math for preschoolers

A number line is a series of numbers placed on a straight line in order from least to greatest.

The Number Line is a Great Way to Introduce Addition

You can introduce your preschoolers to number lines to teach them simple things like addition and subtraction. When you’re starting out, those simple addition problems that may seem so familiar to adults may be something entirely unfamiliar to your young preschool or kindergarten age student.

Watch this video and get your children counting with number lines!

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What will children learn for Math in Primary One?

The Primary 1 Maths syllabus consists of the main areas: whole numbers, money, measurement & geometry and statistics.

1. WHOLE NUMBERS: Numbers up to 100

> Children must be able to count to tell the number of objects in a given set

>Number notation, representations and place values (tens, ones)

>Reading and writing numbers in numerals and in words

>Comparing the number of objects in two or more sets

>Comparing and ordering numbers

>Patterns in number sequences

>Ordinal numbers (first, second, up to tenth) and symbols (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc)

>Number bonds for numbers up to 10

2. Addition and subtraction

>Concepts of addition and subtraction

>How to use +, – and =

>Relationship between addition and subtraction

>Adding more than two 1-digit numbers

>Addition and subtraction within 100

>Adding and subtracting using algorithms

>Solving 1-step word problems involving addition and subtraction within 20

>Mental calculation involving addition and subtraction (within 20, of a 2-digit number and ones without renaming and of a 2-digit number and tens)


3.Multiplication and Division

>Concepts of multiplication and division

>Use of x

>Multiplying within 40

>Dividing within 20

>Solving 1-step word problems involving multiplication and division with pictorial representation

4.Calculation with Money

>Counting amount of money (in cents up to $1 and in dollars up to $100)

>Solving 1-step word problems involving addition and subtraction of money in dollars only (or in cents only)



4. Learn about about Measurement and Geometry Measurement

>Length – Measuring and comparing the length of objects in non-standard units

>Time – Telling time to the hour/half hour

>Shapes – Identifying, naming, describing and classifying 2D shapes (rectangle, square, circle, and triangle)

>Making or completing patterns with 2D shapes according to one or two of the following attributes size, shape, colour and orientation 4.Statistics

Data representation and interpretation

>Picture graphs – reading and interpreting data from picture graphs

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test iq of my child

Should your child take an IQ test? A somewhat controversial topic indeed. Shouldn’t we just let kids be kids? Why do we have to pigeon hole them and make them take IQ tests? Read on.

In 2016, an 11-year old girl Anushka Dixit from London received a near perfect score of 162 when she took a Mensa quiz. This is higher than Albert Einstein who (only) had an IQ of 160. In Singapore, MENSA has observed a surge in the number of young children joining. 25% of Mensa members in Singapore are under the age of 12. The number of high IQ Singapore children has increased rather significantly over the years, in fact, the number of ‘gifted’ children has tripled since three years ago. 

In Singapore, every Primary 3 student will be given the opportunity to the GEP Identification Exercise, you can find out more about the Gifted Education Programmes (GEP) and the schools that offer them here, we have also prepared some past year GEP questions which are notoriously challenging GEP Math Questions (free of course!) for your child to try. If you need more professional guidance, seek out our GEP Tutors here.


We provide 1 to 1 online GEP Coaching and a free GEP diagnostic test when you sign up for our GEP Tuition lesson. This offer is only for valid for Primary Two and Primary Three students and valid till 30 November 2023. 

What are the signs to show that your child may have a high IQ? 

Some experts have shared that it is possible to identify if your child has high IQ by going through the following 5 points checklist:

1. Excellent Memory

If your child has a memory of an elephant, it may be a sign that he or she has above-average intelligence. It has been said that “The number of things people can remember is robustly correlated with fluid intelligence — the larger number remembered, the higher the IQ,” said Edward Awh, a psychology professor and a member of the Oregon Visual Working Memory & Attention Lab.


2. Early Reading Skills

Are early readers gifted? Can your child identify sight words before the age of four? According to Harvard researchers, by the time children enter formal education, it is estimated that they know the meaning of about 5,000 to 6,000 words when they hear them, and can probably recognize in print a handful of easily memorized “sight words” — words like “the” and “to” and “stop” that pop up often in books and on signs and menus. But if your child seems to have a natural ability to remember sight words, chances are your child may just be gifted.

3. Curiosity

Curiosity is the ability to seek and acquire new knowledge, skills, and ways of understanding the world. It is at the heart of what motivates young people to learn and what keeps them learning throughout their lives. Children who ask a lot of questions are demonstrating an innate desire to learn. As they seek out opportunities to learn wherever they are, they further develop their minds and intellect.

4. Sense of Humour

Great men like Churchill and Lincoln are known for having a great sense of humour. Many of Winston Churchill’s most famous quotes are the funny quips that revealed his wit. According to BBC-News, the tell-tale signs of a genius child is through his wit.


5. Sets High Standards

Is your child a perfectionist? Does he or she tend to set a high bar for themselves. They have an instinctual need to improve and do better in areas that matter to them. This drive also assists them in learning new skills and school subjects to the best of their ability. Being hyper-focused in specific areas of interest can also be a sign of a high IQ.


What are the advantages of having your child take an IQ test?

The original intention behind the IQ tests (developed in 1905 by Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon in France) was to get a diagnostic test that can help to select children at the lower ends of the intelligence scale, identify who might need special education to keep up with the school curriculum or if they may have certain learning disabilities that parents need to be aware of. It has since evolved to become an association with being a genius after Professor Lewis M. Terman from Stanford University translated it from French to English and termed it as the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale.

Believe it or not, there are some benefits when you let your children take an IQ test.

The main advantage of the intelligence tests is primarily to help you understand your child’s hidden potential or identify special needs. Having your child take an IQ test will also allow parents to understand their children’s specific strengths, what he or she is weak at, and how to what kind of curriculum would best fit your child’s abilities. Some parents may observe that their children are claiming he or she feels bored in class. This may just be a sign that your child needs a more appropriately match curriculum and instruction, taking an IQ test will then be beneficial as you would be able to have evidence of his or her learning capacity before you decide on your next course of action.


Are all kids with high IQ successful?

Does a having a high IQ score mean that a child will become the crème de la crème?

Will they go on to change the world, go on to do great things like the two greatest scientists Stephen Hawking or Albert Einstein? According to the Genetic Literacy Project, studied a sample of close to 2000 boys and girls who have an average IQ of 151. None of them grew up to be what most people would see as ‘exemplars of genius’. Most of the children grew up to become professors, doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, and other professionals. At this point, it may be worthy to note that Elon Musk (the almost infamous TESLA dude that plans to bring mankind to Mars), has an IQ that is estimated to be close to 160. Observers have conjured this IQ score based primarily on his earlier aptitude tests, his ability to read and apply technical information, and his ability to use numbers to make process changes the engineering and space industry.

In Asian countries like Singapore, where education has been a national pride for decades, the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) has been thought synonymously as a programme for children of high IQ, was developed to nurture intellectually gifted students. The pioneer batch of the GEP selection test saw 40,000 Primary 3 students taking the GEP test in September 1983. Only a mere 100 best were chosen to pilot the Primary 4 Gifted Education Programme at Raffles Girls’ Primary School and Rosyth School.

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preschooler skill

Preschooler skill

If you don’t already know, robots will wipe up 20 million jobs around the world by 2030. The current pandemic is only going to further accelerate the situation.

How can you prepare your preschoolers and give them a head start in what Singapore herald as ‘The Fourth Revolution’?

“I wish I known this earlier.” These were the words of Mdm Georgette Chang as she left the auditorium hurriedly. “I’m running late in picking up my five-year-old from kindergarten. He has a violin class later. It’s another busy day!” says the immaculately dressed trophy mom as she puts her foot on the accelerator pedal of her sleeky Mercedes SLK and sped off.


Georgette is a well-heeled and devotedly ‘kiasu’ mother of two. A former Ivy League technopreneur who manages a successful fintech company with her husband. She runs her household like clockwork with the support of two domestic helpers but she still very much prefers to be hands-on and tasks herself to run daily routines like sending and fetching her five-year-old and twelve-year-old from school to enrichment centres.

So, what exactly did Mummy Georgette learn today?

Turns out she attended a parenting seminar where she found out how the importance of pattern recognition in early education and how to help equip her children with the right skills so that they can succeed in the not-too-distant future which will be powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and automation.

“It all boils down to pattern recognition. And you have to start them young. I missed the boat with my elder one.” she says with a huff.


Why is pattern recognition important?
Children learn to identify, create, copy, and extend patterns through their repeated daily activities. Pattern recognition is the foundation and the basis of learning. From birth, children starts to recognise various objects around it, learning how to react and respond to their environment by identifying patterns.

Integrating five-minute patterning activities into your daily schedule is not only fun for children, but also helps them to be aware of patterns in their daily surroundings.

Preschooler skill

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How can learning pattern recognition benefit your children?

When your children start to understand what makes a pattern, how to mimic and copy patterns, eventually making their own, all these skills will not only enhance their understanding of maths but also empower them in areas like art, music, physical movements. Pattern recognition skills such as being able to order from shortest to longest, smallest to largest, things like sorting and categorizing all helps children to understand rhythm and repetition.


Why is pattern recognition so important for our alpha-generation of digital natives?
The future for our kids is technology. For parents who wish to nurture children towards technology-related fields need to first start their children from young. Pattern is everything around in this digital world. A pattern can either be seen physically or it can be observed mathematically by applying algorithms.

Take the test: How good are you with Pattern Recognition? Can you read this?

I cnduo’t bvleiee taht I culod aulaclty uesdtannrd waht I was rdnaieg. Unisg the icndeblire pweor of the hmuan mnid, aocdcrnig to rseecrah at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mttaer in waht oderr the lterets in a wrod are, the olny irpoamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rhgit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whoutit a pboerlm. Tihs is bucseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey ltteer by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Aaznmig, huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghhuot slelinpg was ipmorantt! See if yuor fdreins can raed tihs too.

Can you read it effortlessly? Most probably you can. The jumbling of the letters in the individual words pose no barrier to your recognizing the original words in the jumbled text.

According to Quora, keeping the first and the last letter of every word untouched, all the other letters in every word have been scrambled randomly. But your mind ignores this scrambling and effortlessly identifies each of the words and continues to read the whole passage without any significant hitch.


According to experts, this example shows the inherent pattern recognition power of your mind in language understanding and is in the domain of Cognitive Science or Artificial Intelligence.

The significance of Pattern Recognition is ubiquitous, it is everywhere in our daily life- pattern recognition plays an imperative role: reading texts, identifying people, retrieving objects to basic life skills like directional navigation.     

Preschooler skill

Preschooler skill

Let us give you a headstart, click here to download free printables to help your preschoolers learn the fun of pattern recognition.

Raising a child

Raising a child is no easy feat. Parents play a pivotal role in shaping a conducive environment and ensuring they are exposed to valuable experiences – those that induce worthy values and virtues.

These are some things that we can do to give your children the best, all of which they would be much grateful for when they recall their childhood in years to come.

1. Let children play

raising a child

According to The Tibetan Art of Parenting: From Before Conception Through Early Childhood (2008), by Anne Maiden Brown, PhD who is also psychotherapist and social psychologist , a child has a natural phase of simplicity of mind before it is developmentally ready to interrelate experiences, senses, emotions and thoughts with its situation and past experiences. As we progress into the modern era of technology, it is a sad reality that many children never fully get to enjoy the innocence of childhood – looking forward to physical play time and immersing in care-free imagination like the olden days.


So let your children enjoy their physical activities with you. Don’t neglect the imitation, memorization, touch and movement. These are the memories that your children will look back to fondly which will support them when they grow older.

2. Nurturing the environment


The environment for learning needs to be clean and nurturing. Mistakes need to be corrected without judgement. Children are vulnerable to impressions and need to be protected and healed when they experience fearful or intruding images. 

Focus on the core values. Compassion, honesty and sharing are valued qualities in children and can be instilled in young children through their natural imitations of adults through discipline as needed and through recognition and celebration of prized behaviours. 


3. Exploring the world through stories

Studies have shown that reading is an important activity for your children to engage in throughout their childhood. Not only does it stimulate the development of skills such as speech and writing, it also encourages cognitive thinking and creativity.

If they are still young, read together with them and take the opportunity to teach them new words as you go along. Most often than not, children books also encompass good values that can teach your children right from wrong, so this doubles up as an opportunity to foster ethics for their personal development.

Listening to audiobooks can help bridge the gap between decoding words and assigning meaning. Receiving information both visually and audibly reinforces word recognition, improves fluency, builds vocabulary and supports the development of comprehension skills.


4. Allow them to pursue their passion

raising a child 
As parents, we want our kids to have the best in their lives and have the capacity to pursue their dreams. However, more often than not, many youths and adults hold back on their dreams.

Encourage them from the get-go. As your children ponder upon their options, the best advice is: Risk everything. Plans B, C, D, and E will always be there. Grab Plan A.

Above all, the truly irreplaceable gift you can ever give your child is unconditional love. Offer your presence – always encourage, always comfort. 


Share your thoughts on how efficient these parenting rules may be on your opinion. Leave a comment with anything you believe it’s worth adding.