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In Primary 3, your child will be introduced to Chinese composition writing (also known as 看图作文 “kan tu zuo wen”) in school.

Let’s explore how writing Chinese compositions in this new phase differs from what they’ve experienced in Primary 2 and learn how we can better support their growth as young writers.

P3 Chinese Compositions | A Journey of Creativity and Language Mastery

In Primary 3, your child will encounter the exciting challenge of P3 Chinese composition.

This involves receiving 4 composition pictures and crafting a well-structured story based on them.

Unlike Primary 2 (P2), where they focused on sentence writing, your child will now need to compose stories using paragraphs while aiming for a minimum word count of 80.

While it’s essential to meet the word count requirement, let’s remind our young writers not to be overly concerned with numbers. Instead of thinking about how many words they are writing, let’s encourage them to focus on the heart of their composition—the content.

By expressing themselves creatively with the right vocabulary and good grammar, they will naturally flourish in their Chinese language proficiency.

Here are a few examples of picture-based compositions for Primary 3 that can help them on their P3 Chinese composition writing journey:

P3 Chinese composition pictures and samples

These Primary 3 Chinese composition topics have been carefully picked according to what’s commonly seen and tested in primary school exams in Singapore. The composition examples are written by real 9 year old students that I’ve taught using the basic vocabulary that they’ve learnt in school. Hopefully with these samples, you can understand the basic requirements better.

P3 Chinese compo example 1 – 《诚实的小明》






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P3 Chinese compo example 2 – 《不再顽皮了》





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P3 Chinese compo example 3 – 《贪吃的后果》






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To make full use of these Chinese composition samples for Primary 3, be sure to study to their sentence structure, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation. You can then develop your own writing skills from there.

Besides that, try to think critically about the writing as you are reading them. Why did the writer choose a particular word? How did the author organize their ideas? Answering these questions can also help you develop the critical thinking skills you need for life.

How to improve your Chinese composition – free consultation

If you are worried about your child’s composition writing skills and unsure about how to help them improve their Chinese composition, I can help.

Send me a sample copy of your child’s Chinese compo, along with the pictures and get a free assessment on the area to work on for immediate results.

Hopefully, this post has helped you in one way or another in terms of writing a Chinese composition for Primary 3.

Let me know if you have any other questions about improving your Chinese composition in the comments below.

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