What to Expect for Primary 3 Math in Term 1

What to Expect for Primary 3 Term 1

So it’s back to school for your child? To help you and your P3 child be mentally prepared for the new school term, here’s what to expect for Primary 3 Term 1:

P3 Math Topics Your Child Will Be Learning:

Let’s look at the Primary 3 Math topics that your child’s school teacher will be covering in Term 1:

  1. Whole Numbers up to 10 000
  2. Addition and Subtraction up to 10 000
  3. Comparing and ordering of numbers
  4. Number patterns
  5. Multiplication of 6, 7, 8, 9 (new)
  6. Multiplication and long division algorithm (new)

To view the entire MOE Primary 3 Maths Syllabus, click here.

What to Know about these Math Topics:

The first 4 topics that you see are built upon what your child has learnt in Primary 2. That’s why the  concepts taught are the same except that your child will be dealing with larger numbers now.

In Primary 2, your child would have learnt multiplication tables of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10. Now that they are in Primary 3, they’ll be learning the multiplication tables of 6, 7, 8 and 9 to complete the entire set of times table from 1 to 10.

Should your child memorise the times table? The times table is an important building block for important chapters such as the Multiplication and Division algorithm. If your child is well-versed in the times table, they’ll be able to solve problem sums much faster and more accurately.

After seeing the Primary 3 Math topics that your child will be learning in Term 1, let’s move on to see what kind of problem-solving skills they need to tackle problem sums.

Useful Problem-solving Math Heuristics for Primary 3

Unlike Primary 2, your Primary 3 child will be expected to solve problems sums without the help of pictures.

A very important skill to have that can help your child solve most of the problem sums all the way up to Primary 6 is Model Drawing. Besides that, your child will also need to know other Math heuristics such as the Working Backwards, thinking in terms of Before and After as well as the Guess and Check method.

What to Look Out For:

Most schools will conduct a Math holistic test some time between end Feb to the beginning of March this term. If you are looking to prepare your child early for that or help them build a good foundation for Math, try out Practicle’s free trial and get insights about your child’s Math progress!

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