P5 english vocabulary list

I have had a few parents email me and ask me to blog about the Primary 5 Vocabulary List for the Top School CA1 papers. As you can see from the list, the vocabulary is getting more challenging for the upper primary, which seems to be on trend for the new English format PSLE. Also, please take note that in almost every paper, a question on Idioms is given so it can be good to brush up on Idioms before the CA1.


1) jumped the gun – act before the proper or appropriate time.
2) threw in the towel – To quit in defeat
3) give the game away – inadvertently reveal something secret.
4) exempted- To free from an obligation, duty, or liability to which others are subject
5) expelled –  leave a school or other organization.
6) disqualified – declare (someone) ineligible for an office, activity, or competition because of an offence or infringement.
7) bystander – a person who is present at an event or incident but does not take part.
8) witness – a person who sees an event, typically a crime or accident, take place.
9) drew -to cause to move in a particular direction by or as if by a pulling
10) summon – To call together; convene
11) repulsion – a feeling of intense distaste or disgust.
12) contempt – the feeling that a person or a thing is worthless or beneath consideration.
13) hasten – be quick to do something.
14) stifle – make (someone) unable to breathe properly; suffocate.
15) vast – of very great extent or quantity; immense.16) extensive – covering or affecting a large area.


1) amass – gather together or accumulate (a large amount or number of material or things) over a period of time.
2) contract – a written or spoken agreement, especially one concerning employment, sales, or tenancy, that is intended to be enforceable by law.
3) kick the bucket – die
4) inject – to ​introduce something new that is ​necessary or ​helpful to a ​situation
5) induce – to cause (someone or something) to do something
6) flaunt – to display oneself proudly to public 
7) manifest – able to be seen : clearly shown or visible
8) brandish – to shake or wave (as a weapon) menacingly
9) divulge – to make (information) known 
10) a compulsion – a very strong desire to do something
11) a preoccupation –  something that you give all or most of your attention to
12) scuffle –  to fight briefly and usually not very seriously
13) susceptibility – the state of being easily affected, influenced, or harmed by something
14) relevant – relating to a subject in an appropriate way
15) compelling –  very interesting : able to capture and hold your attention


1) pressed for time – needing time; in a hurry.
2) buy some time – to postpone an event hoping that the situation will improve. 
3) give a hard time – to make things difficult for someone
4) race against time – a rush; a rush to beat a deadline
5) astounded – shock or greatly surprise.
6) whets my appetite – To have your interest in something, especially food, stimulated.
7) activates – To set in motion; make active or more active.
8) chance upon – meet
9) hold your tongue – say nothing
10) hit rock bottom – fail


1) unwavering – steady or resolute.
2) unwarranted – not justified or authorized.
3) deviate – depart from an established course
4) devolve – transfer or delegate (power) to a lower level, especially from central government to local or regional administration.
5) devour – eat (food or prey) hungrily or quickly.
6) on the dot – exactly on time.
7) at the eleventh hour – the latest possible moment.
8) archaic – very old or old-fashioned.
9) heedlessly – careless; thoughtless; unmindful


1) rummage – search unsystematically and untidily through something.
2) ransack – go through (a place) stealing things and causing damage.
3) dawned on –  if something dawns on you, you realise it for the first time
4) capacity – the maximum amount that something can contain.
5) contain her excitement –to control or hide an emotion
6) dire – extremely serious or urgent.
7) atrocious – horrifyingly wicked.
8) set your heart on – have a strong desire for or to do
9) mournfully – sorrowfully
10) welfare – well-being
11) contemplate – think about

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