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Primary 1 Math for September - Time and Money

Updated: Feb 23, 2023

Here's what students can expect for Primary 1 Math for the month of September.

For the month of September, P1 students will be doing Time and Money.

Let’s look at one topic: Time first. What would be the concepts taught?

  • Students will learn to tell the time to the hour. For Eg: 3 o’clock

  • And to the half hour. For Eg: Half past 5

  • They will also have to sequence events and


  • choose the appropriate time of events at different times of the day.

  • For eg, Lunch is 1 o’clock in the afternoon and not like 10 o’clock

  • or dinner is half past 7 in the evening and not half past 4.

What are the common mistakes made by P1 students for time?

  • The common mistake made by students would be looking at the wrong hands to tell the time.

  • Some students look at the minute hand instead of the hour hand to read the time.

  • For Eg: Reading 6 o’clock as half past 12

What can parents do to help?

Parents can help to reinforce their practice in their daily life by asking their child what time is it now? Or what time should they go for dinner?

What about the other topic: Money? What would be the concepts taught?

  • For Money, P1 students need to count the amount of money in cents up to $1 or in dollars up to $100.

  • There is no combination of dollars and cents.

  • On top of this, they have to compare amounts of money and find equivalent sets of money. For eg: How many 10 cents coins make up $1?

What about the word problems?

  • Word problems are simple 1-step addition and subtraction in cents only or dollars only. It is similar to what they have learnt in addition and subtraction.

What are the concepts that students normally face difficulty in?

  • That would have to be the finding of equivalent sets of money.

  • The questions asked can be in a few ways.


  • Get students to use as many of the largest denominations first.

  • Then move on to the next largest.

  • For eg for Qn 2: We choose 1 50¢ first, followed by 1 20¢ then 1 10¢.

  • For the second way, we can change 20¢ to 2 10¢ instead to get 1 50¢ and 3 10¢.

How can parents help?

Parents can reinforce these concepts in their daily lives. For eg, let the child pick out the coins to pay for things they buy or asking them how much would they expect to get back from the cashier after paying.


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