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# Top 4 Strategies to Prepare Your Child for Primary 1 Maths

Entering primary school is a significant milestone for both children and parents. As your child embarks on this new journey, preparing for Primary 1 Math becomes crucial. Here, we'll discuss the top 4 strategies to prepare your child for Primary 1 Math, ensuring a smooth transition and a successful start to their primary school experience.

## 1. Understand and Familiarise Yourself with Math Primary 1 Curriculum

Before starting, it is essential to understand the Primary 1 Math curriculum. The syllabus generally includes addition and subtraction up to 100, simple geometry, and an introduction to measurements. Here's a breakdown of the topics by term:

Term 1:

• Numbers to 10

• Addition and Subtraction Within 10

• Shapes

• Ordinal Numbers

Term 2:

• Numbers to 20

• Addition and Subtraction Within 20

• Picture Graphs

Term 3:

• Numbers to 100

• Addition and Subtraction Within 100

• Length

• Multiplication (Equal groups)

• Division (Equal grouping and equal sharing)

Term 4:

• Time

• Money

Note: The sequence of topics might vary between schools.

## 2. Get Your Child to Recognise Basic Keywords

Many children face difficulties with reading when they start Primary 1. Parents should understand that strong reading skills are essential for comprehending math questions effectively. Encourage your child to read instructions carefully before attempting the questions.

Some keywords they need to know include:

• Underline

• Circle

• Tick

• Cross Out

• Colour

• Fill in

• Match

• Draw

## 3. Start Encouraging Your Child to Practice Spelling Words

While spelling is often associated with the English subject, it's also crucial for math. Knowing how to spell certain words can significantly aid in understanding and answering math questions. Here are some words that children should know in P1:

These are some words that children should know in P1:

Numbers:

• One

• Two

• Three

• Four

• Five

• Six

• Seven

• Eight

• Nine

• Ten

• Eleven

• Twelve

• Thirteen

• Fourteen

• Fifteen

• Sixteen

• Seventeen

• Eighteen

• Nineteen

• Twenty

• Thirty

• Forty

• Fifty

• Sixty

• Seventy

• Eighty

• Ninety

• One hundred

Ordinal Numbers:

• First

• Second

• Third

• Fourth

• Fifth

• Sixth

• Seventh

• Eighth

• Nineth

• Tenth

Shapes:

• Rectangle

• Square

• Triangle

• Circle

• Half Circle

• Quarter Circle

## 4. Introduce Math in Everyday Life

#### Practical Math Applications

Involve your child in daily tasks that require math to make learning practical and fun:

1. Measuring Ingredients for a Recipe:

• Bake with your kids and get them to read scales on weighing scales.

• Teach them how to read the gaps.

2. Counting Money:

• Get them to count notes and coins.

• For example, how many 50-cent coins make up \$2? How many 20-cent coins make up \$1?

• Get them involved in getting change when purchasing items.

3. Sorting Objects by Size or Colour:

• Encourage your child to group toys by size, such as small blocks in one bin and larger toys in another.

• While unpacking groceries, ask your child to sort items by size, like grouping large cereal boxes together and smaller cans separately.

• Sort crayons, markers, or coloured pencils by colour into different containers

It's natural for both parents and children to feel anxious about starting primary school. Rest assured, many families share these concerns. Open communication is key. Talk to your child about their feelings and reassure them that it's normal to feel this way.

Preparing your child for Primary 1 Math is a multifaceted process that involves understanding the curriculum, enhancing reading and spelling skills, integrating math into everyday life, and addressing the emotional aspects of the transition. By employing these strategies, you can ensure a smooth and successful start to your child's primary school journey.

Remember, every child learns at their own pace. Be patient and consistent with your efforts. Regular practice, encouragement, and a positive attitude will gradually build your child's confidence and competence in math. Happy learning!

As parents, ensuring your child's success in primary school math is a top priority, and enrolling them at AGrader Learning Centre can make a significant difference. AGrader's Primary School Math Tuition is designed with a unique step-by-step approach to simplify complex concepts and solve 90% of challenging math problems quickly and efficiently. Our expert tutors use heuristics to teach problem-solving skills, enabling your child to tackle even the most difficult problem sums with ease.

In addition to our comprehensive curriculum, AGrader offers a range of complimentary after-class resources through our EverLoop Improvement System. All AGrader students have free access to past year paper practice packs to master exam formats and answering techniques, revision packs for term learning, topical packs for mastering specific topics, and LessonTube for catching up on or revisiting lessons. These resources ensure that your child receives continuous support and reinforcement outside of regular tuition classes, enhancing their learning experience and improving their performance.

Enrol your child in AGrader Learning Centre today and give them the tools they need to excel in Primary 1 math and beyond.

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