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Navigating the Maths transition from primary 1 to primary 2

Navigating the Maths transition from primary 1 to primary 2

As kids move from Primary 1 to 2, the Maths lessons get a bit tougher. They'll start handling larger numbers and slightly trickier topics. So, to help your child get ready for this change, we've put together a simple guide that outlines exactly what to expect.

Let's break down each topic and see what the students have learned in Primary 1 and what new things they'll pick up in Primary 2.

1. Whole numbers

Primary 1 Primary 2

Numbers to 100

Counting in tens

Comparing and ordering

Number patterns

Numbers to 1000

Counting in hundreds, tens, and ones

Comparing and ordering

Number patterns

Odd and even numbers

2. Addition and subtraction

Primary 1 Primary 2
Addition and subtraction up to two digits Addition and subtraction up to three digits

3. Multiplication and division

Primary 1 Primary 2

Concept of multiplication

Equal sharing

Equal grouping

Multiplication tables of 2,3,4,5, and 10

Relationship between multiplication and division

4. Money

Primary 1 Primary 2

Counting coins and notes

Exchanging money

Comparing money

Adding and subtracting money

Counting dollars and cents

Converting money

Comparing money

5. Length

Primary 1 Primary 2

Measuring in centimetres

Comparing and ordering

Curves and straight lines

Measuring in meters

Comparing and ordering

6. Time

Primary 1 Primary 2

Telling time to 5 minutes

Telling time using AM and PM

Duration of 1 hour and half an hour

Table based questions

Telling time to the minute

Converting time

Measuring time in hours and minutes

 

Primary 1 Primary 2

Identifying, naming, and describing 2D shapes

Grouping of shapes

Forming figures

Copying figures on a dot grid or square grid

Identifying, naming, and describing 3D shapes

Completing patterns

Grouping 3D shapes

8. Picture graphs

Primary 1 Primary 2

Making and reading picture graphs

 

Reading and interpreting picture graphs

 

New topics in Primary 2

1. Fractions

  • Understanding fractions
  • Comparing and ordering fractions with the same denominator
  • Addition and subtraction of fractions with the same denominator

2. Mass

  • Measuring in kilograms and grams
  • Comparing and ordering

3. Volume

  • Measuring in litres
  • Comparing and ordering

The transition to primary 2 is easier when parents and students are aware of what to expect. Such knowledge will also provide them with a strong foundation to build upon as they progress through their educational years.

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