What to Expect for Primary 4 Term 1
So it’s back to school for your child? To help you and your P4 child be mentally prepared for the new school term, here’s what to expect for Primary 4 Term 1:
P4 Math Topics Your Child Will Be Learning:
Let’s look at the Primary 4 Math topics that your child’s school teacher will be covering in Term 1:
- Whole Numbers up to 100 000
- Addition and Subtraction up to 100 000
- Rounding and Estimation (new)
- Factors and Multiples (new)
- Multiplication and division of whole numbers by 1 digit number
- Multiplication of 2 digit number
To view the entire MOE Primary 4 Maths Syllabus, click here.
What to Know about these Math Topics:
The first 2 topics that you see are built upon what your child has learnt in Primary 3.The concepts taught are generally the same with the only difference being the size of the numbers.
Rounding and Estimation is a very useful topic for your child because of their practical uses in our daily lives. Factors and multiples is a topic that is tightly linked to the times table. Hence, it’s important to familiarise your child with their 2 to 10 times table before they are exposed to this Primary 4 Math topic in school.
Once your child is good at their times table, they should not have much problems with the last 2 topics on Multiplication and Division.
Now that we are done understanding the P4 topics that your child needs to know 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 4
Problems sums is often the part that most students find challenging.
For Primary 4 Maths, the problem sums questions that your child is going to see will be much more wordy than that of Primary 3.
3 useful Math heuristics to learn will be Model Drawing, Working Backwards for Before and After questions and also the Assumption method which is an upgrade to the Guess and Check method that your child has learnt in Primary 3.
Now, if you want to test how well your child is faring for problem sums, you might want to try out Practicle’s free trial and get insights about your child’s Math strengths and weaknesses easily.
What to Look Out For:
During the period between end Feb to the beginning of March, most schools will hold a Math holistic test to help the teachers gauge how well your child is coping in school. So don’t forget to keep a lookout for that announcement.