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Changes in Singapore's 2007 Primary Math Syllabus

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.)

Primary 1

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

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
  • 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

Primary 3

  • Whole Numbers
    • removed: add and subtract using abacus
  • Fractions
    • new: addition and subtraction of two related fractions within one whole
  • Measurement
    • removed: add and subtract length, mass and volume in compound units
  • 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)

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
  • 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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