Singapore Primary Math Explained sc-math

Updated: 12 January, 2007

A summary of the changes to Singapore's 2007 Primary Math Syllabus (primary 1 to 4) is given below.

(The remarks "new:", "moved:" and "removed:" indicates whether the content is new in 2007 syllabus, moved from another level in 2001 syllabus or removed from 2001 syllabus.)

- Whole Numbers
- moved: addition and subtraction using formal algorithm (previously in primary 2)

- Whole Numbers
- new: solving up to 2-step word problems involving addition and subtraction (previously 1-step problems)
- removed:
~~add and subtract using abacus~~

- Fractions
- new: addition and subtraction of like fractions within one whole

- Measurement
- removed:
~~add and subtract money in compound units~~ - removed:
~~solve word problems involving money in compound units~~

- removed:
- Geometry
- new: forming different 2-D figures with cut-outs of

* rectangle

* square

* triangle

* semicircle

* quarter circle - new: forming different 3-D figures with concrete models of

* cube

* cuboid

* cone

* cylinder - new: copying figures on dot grid or square grid

- new: forming different 2-D figures with cut-outs of

- Whole Numbers
- removed:
~~add and subtract using abacus~~

- removed:
- Fractions
- new: addition and subtraction of two related fractions within one whole

- Measurement
- removed:
~~add and subtract length, mass and volume in compound units~~

- removed:
- Geometry
- new: drawing perpendicular and parallel lines on square grids
- moved: identifying and naming perpendicular and parallel lines (previoulsy in primary 4)

- Data Analysis
- moved: completing a bar graph from given data (previoulsy in primary 4)

- Whole Numbers
- new: estimation of answers in calculations involving division

- Decimals
- new: estimation of answers in calculations involving division

- Measurement
- moved: measurement of time in seconds (previously in primary 3)
- moved: 24 hour clock (previously in primary 6)

- Geometry
- new: Symmetry

- designing and making patterns - new: Tessellation

- designing and making patterns - moved: Angles (previously in primary 5)

- 8 point compass - moved: Tessellation (previously in primary 5)

- recognising shapes that can tessellate

- identifying the basic shape in a tessellation

- making different tessellations with a given shape

- drawing a tessellation on dot paper - removed:
~~visualise and identify the new solid formed by increasing/decreasing the number of cubes of a given solid drawn on an isometric grid~~

- new: Symmetry
- Data Analysis
- moved: reading and interpreting line graphs (previoulsy in primary 5)
- moved: solving problems using information presented in line graphs (previoulsy in primary 5)

The above information is from the document "Changes in 2007 syllabus(P1-4)" produced by Singapore's Ministry Of Education (MOE).

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