## Maths Tips

**PRIMARY MATHS HACKS**

Watch out for these tricky elements that can appear in your child’s Maths questions! Take extra care not to fall into these traps.

**MATHS HACK #1**

*John had 12 lollipops. He shared them with 3 friends. How many lollipops does each person have?*

**Key word**: **Share** (so John is included)

**Incorrect**: 12 ÷ 3 = 4

**Correct**: 12 **÷ 4** = 3

**MATHS HACK #2**

*The total age of John and Ken is 18 years. What is the total age of John and Ken 5 years later?*

**Correct**: 18 **+ 5 + 5** = 28

**Key point**: Add the number of years **twice** because there are **2 people**. Add 3 times if there are 3 people.

**MATHS HACK #3**

*The distance between two trees is 8m. 5 trees are arranged in a straight line along the road. What is the distance between the first tree and the last tree?*

**Key point**: Use your hand to identify the number of gaps between trees. The number of gaps in always **1 less** than the number of points.

**Correct**: **4 gaps** x 8m = 32m

*For our previous post on PSLE Maths tips, click *here*. *

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