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Primary 4 SA1 2016 Vocabulary List (Part 1)


We have completed the P4 CA1 Top School 2016 papers but I did not create a Vocabulary list for them from this set of papers as I felt the words were too easy. Instead, we have been working on the P5 Vocabulary Lists and we have also begun working on the P5 Booklet A of the Top School Papers.

After going through the sets of the P4 SA1 papers I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Vocabulary MCQ section gets quite challenging indeed. In fact, some of the words are found in the P5 papers. This will challenge my students, especially in the Vocabulary sections but I am a little baffled by the jump in the level of difficulty from CA1 to SA1. I guess it depends on each school’s objectives as the papers are set and vetted.

In any case, I have created a P4 Vocabulary List below and hope it benefits P4 students out there. I have also included some vocabulary from the Comprehension Section. Please take note, some words have more than one meaning but I have chosen the meanings that are suitable to the sentences given.


Temasek Primary SA1

1) relieved – no longer feeling distressed
2) anxious – feeling or showing worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.
3) deport – expel (a foreigner) from a country, typically on the grounds of illegal status or for having committed a crime
4) discharge – tell (someone) officially that they can or must leave
5) ingredients – any of the foods or substances that are combined to make a particular dish
6) immediately – instantly
7) chatty – talkative
8) presented – awarded




Pei Hwa Pri SA1

1) surfed – stand or lie on a surfboard and ride on a wave towards the shore OR move from site to site on (the Internet).
2) drifted – be carried slowly by a current of air or water.
3) admitted – confess to be true or to be the case
4) denied – state that one refuses to admit the truth or existence of
5) a man of his word – a person who keeps their promises
6) devastated – heartbroken




ACS Junior SA1

1) a dead duck – something or someone that is not successful or useful
2) sit on the fence – avoid making a decision or choice
3) the eleventh hour – at the last possible moment
4)gurgling – make a hollow bubbling sound like that made by water running out of a bottle
5) clinking – to make a light, sharp, ringing sound
6) glared – stare in an angry or fierce way
7) thoughtful – absorbed in or involving thought
8) intrigued – full of curiousity
9) peculiar – odd




Rosyth SA1

1) take after – resemble (a parent )
2) take off – (of an aircraft or bird) become airborne OR depart hastily
3) eventually – in the end, especially after a long delay, dispute, or series of problems
4) see eye to eye – be in full agreement
5) bite his head off – reply sharply and brusquely to someone
6) put on a brave front – to behave in a way that makes people think you are happy when you are not
7) mumbling – speaking or spoken in a quiet and indistinct way
8) croaking – make a characteristic deep hoarse sound
9) bustling – moving in an energetic and busy manner
10) memorable – worth remembering or easily remembered, especially because of being special or unusual
11) cautiously – carefully




Tao Nan SA1

1) glided – moved with a smooth, quiet continuous motion
2) scrambled – make one’s way quickly or awkwardly up a steep hill or over rough ground by using one’s hands as well as one’s feet
3) staggered – walk or move unsteadily, as if about to fall
4) bolted – to move very fast as a result of being frightened OR fasten (something) with a bolt, in particular
5) soothed – gently calm (a person or their feelings)
6) distracted – unable to concentrate because one is preoccupied by something worrying or unpleasant.
7) unbearable – not able to be endured or tolerated
8) eliminated – completely remove or get rid of (something)
9) expelled – officially make (someone) leave a school or other organization
10) disqualified – declare (someone) ineligible for an office, activity, or competition because of an offence or infringement
11) onlookers – someone who watches something that is happening in a public place but is not involved in it




SCGS SA1

1) engrossed – absorbed in all the attention or interest of something
2) enchanted – fill (someone) with great delight; charm
3) absurdity – the quality or state of being ridiculous or wildly unreasonable
4) minimally – to an extremely small extent
5) consistently – always behaving or happening in a similar way
6) sportsmanship – fair and generous behaviour or treatment of others, especially in a sporting contest
7) nibbled – take small bites
8) gobbled – eat (something) hurriedly and noisily
9) mediocre – of only average quality; not very good
10) superficial – existing or occurring at or on the surface



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