Maths Tips



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



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





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.





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


Click the following links for step-by-step video tutorials on how to solve these word problem concepts:

Maths Video 6



Have a look at how our Head of Mathematics, Mrs Edna Wong, explains and breaks down how to apply the More Than, Less Than Concept on a Primary 3 word problem.


We hope you find the video useful!


Maths Tips: PSLE Maths



Tip #1

Know what topics are tested and plan your revision accordingly.

In general, topics can be grouped into 7 categories:

  • Numbers (Whole Numbers; Fractions; Decimals)
  • Measurement (Time; Volume; Area & Perimeter; Rate)
  • Data Analysis (Bar Graphs; Line Graphs; Pie Charts)
  • Geometry (Angles; Nets; Symmetry; Tessellation)
  • Ratio & Percentage
  • Speed
  • Algebra




Tip #2

Do NOT just revise P6 topics.

There is a tendency to focus on what is taught in P6. However, topics covered in P4 and P5 are also tested in the PSLE. For example:

  • P4 – Factors & Multiples
  • P5 – Average

Revise topics taught in P4 and P5 that are not covered in the P6 textbooks.




Tip #3

Take note of details in the questions.

It is often easy to overlook small details that are important to the question.


Maths Videos

Can’t keep track of all those Maths concepts? Having trouble explaining how to solve word problems to your child?


Here is a solution! LiteracyPlus is embarking on a Maths project where we will post Maths concept videos online with our Head of Mathematics, Mrs Edna Wong, explaining and breaking down how to apply a specific Maths concept.


Our first video is on the concept Gap and Difference. Watch the concept being applied to a Primary 5 word problem. We hope you find it useful!