Certain components of Paper 2 have not been changed with the new PSLE 2015 format. Vocabulary is one of them. However, the trend, in most schools and examination papers seem to be gearing towards more challenging vocabulary.

Vocabulary and Spelling (Editing section of paper 2) are two components we work on weekly. My students are to learn the new vocabulary or spelling words for homework (the ONLY homework given in my classes). My P6 classes have just completed the CA1 Top School papers.

This year I have decided to compile all the challenging vocabulary from the Vocabulary MCQ and Vocabulary Cloze sections for them as quick revision before their exam. I will do the same thing for the SAs. Below is the list.

Nan Hua CA1 vocabulary list

  1. impose – force (an unwelcome decision or ruling) on someone.
  2. subscribe – arrange to receive something, typically a publication or service (e.g. Singtel), regularly by paying in advance.
  3. bellow – emit a deep loud roar, typically in pain or anger.
  4. at her fingertips- readily available; accessible. (information)
  5. in hot water – in trouble
  6. on the spur of the moment – on impulse; without planning in advance.
  7. atrocity – a cruel act
  8. adversity – continued difficulty
  9. perplexity – inability to deal with or understand something.
  10. immorality – the state or quality of being immoral; wickedness (doing wrong)
  11. gnawing – persistently worrying or distressing.
  12. badger – repeatedly and annoyingly ask (someone) to do something.
  13. antiquated – old-fashioned or outdated.

Nanyang Primary School CA1 vocabulary list

  1. stagger – walk or move unsteadily, as if about to fall.
  2. swagger – walk or behave in a very confident and arrogant or self-important way.
  3. revert – return to (a previous state, practice, topic, etc.).
  4. adjourn – break off (a meeting, legal case, or game) with the intention of resuming it later.
  5. convene – come or bring together for a meeting or activity; assemble.
  6. two peas in a pod – so similar as to be indistinguishable or nearly so.
  7. skeletons in her cupboard – a scandal that is kept secret
  8. a safari – an expedition to observe or hunt animals in their natural habitat, especially in East Africa.
  9. a sanctuary – refuge or safety from pursuit, persecution, or other danger.
  10. enrich – improve or enhance the quality or value of.
  11. unanimous – (of two or more people) fully in agreement.
  12. foresee – be aware of beforehand; predict.
  13. frigid – very cold in temperature.

CHIJ St Nicholas CA1 vocabulary list

  1. heaving – to breathe in and breathe out (a sigh) in a slow or loud way
  2. yearns – have an intense feeling of longing for something, typically something that one has lost or been separated from.
  3. craves – feel a powerful desire for (something).
  4. aspires – direct one’s hopes or ambitions towards achieving something.
  5. rustling – make a soft, muffled crackling sound like that caused by the movement of dry leaves or paper.
  6. at the drop of a hat – without hesitation or good reason.
  7. through the grapevine – is to learn of something informally and unofficially by means of gossip or rumor.
  8. till the cows come home – for an indefinitely long time.
  9. at hand – close by.
  10. adverse – preventing success or development; harmful; unfavourable.

Methodist Girls School CA1 vocabulary list

  1. swoop – rapidly downwards
  2. glide – smooth, continuous motion
  3. teeming -swarming with
  4. exemplary- serving as a desirable model; very good.
  5. righteous – morally right or justifiable.
  6. fish out of water – Someone who is out of his or her normal environment or range of activities

Rosyth School CA1 vocabulary list

  1. a joint effort – cooperation
  2. significant – serious
  3. a conservationist – a person who advocates or acts for the protection and preservation of the environment and wildlife.
  4. carcass – the dead body of an animal.
  5. corpse – a dead body, especially of a human being rather than an animal.
  6. seared – burn or scorch the surface of (something) with a sudden, intense heat.
  7. charred – partially burn so as to blacken the surface.
  8. dislodge – knock or force out of position.
  9. fall through – come to nothing; fail.
  10. fall out – have an argument.

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