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Primary 5 Mathematics - Preparation Tips For Parents


If you are looking for an article that will help you better prepare your Primary 4 child for Primary 5 Mathematics, AGrader Learning Centre has condensed all the information that you might need in this short 2 minutes read article.


1. Topics in Primary 5 Mathematics Syllabus


  • Whole Numbers

  • Fractions

  • Rate

  • Decimals

  • Percentages

  • Ratio

  • Area of Triangle

  • Volume

  • Angles

  • Average


Referenced from MOE Syllabus for Primary Mathematics


2. Main Differences Between Primary 4 and Primary 5 Mathematics


  • Primary 5 topics are much more difficult, most students will see a drop in results, and it is important that parents are understanding and give the child ample encouragement and motivation


  • Calculators are allowed


  • Exam format changed and number of questions increased e.g. P4: Exam consists of one paper, consisting of MCQ and 6 to 8 Problem Sums, ranging from 3 to 4 marks each P5: Exam split into two papers, 12 Problem Sums in Paper 2, ranging from 3 to 5 marks each


  • Heuristics play a very important role in solving Problem Sums

e.g. There are 35 chickens and cows in the farm. There is a total of 110 legs altogether. How many chickens are there altogether? P4: “Guess and Check” method to solve P5: “Making Assumption” method to solve


3. Exam Format for Primary 4 Mathematics

  • Follows PSLE format

  • Duration: 2 hour 30 minutes (Paper 1, 1 hour; Paper 2, 1 hour 30 minutes)

  • Content: Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ) (Paper 1) and Problem Sums (Paper 2, 12 questions, 3 to 5 marks each)

4. What can parents do to help their child better prepare for Primary 5 Mathematics? (Tips for Parents)


  • Practise more on Problem Sums, especially for Whole Numbers and Fractions

  • Reduce careless mistakes

  • Topics and/or concepts to focus on:

- Fractions

- Area of Triangle’s Formula

- Accuracy in drawing Triangles and Quadrilaterals

- Heuristics application in Problem Sums

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About the Author of This Article


Ms. Jennifer Boh is the Head of Mathematics Curriculum for AGrader Learning Centre. After obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics at National University of Singapore (NUS), Ms. Boh embarked on her teaching career in Mathematics and has since accumulated 16 years of experience in teaching and writing Primary School Mathematics' Curriculum. Not only so, Ms. Boh is the author behind several Primary Mathematics assessment books that are sold widely in major bookstores in Singapore.


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