Australian Curriculum and Singapore maths Level 1 comparison

Australian Curriculum and Singapore maths Level 1 comparison

When comparing a maths program to the Australian Curriculum, it is useful to compare the different levels. However, it is the overall program that should be taken into consideration, and the teaching methods and style that determine how successful the program is. If you are considering Singapore maths for your child, we recommend reading the comparisons for all levels.

Singapore maths has consistently produced the world’s top mathematics students. It is generally ahead of the Australian Curriculum, and if something is left out at any point, it is usually a minor concept or made up for to a higher level in the following grade. We’ve provided fixes at the end of this article to help you make up any shortfalls. Our maths manipulatives kit provides most of what you need for these fixes, or you can use household objects.

For elaboration on the below requirements please refer to the Australian Curriculum for Level 1.

To find out where Singapore maths will take your child by the end of their primary maths education, see our comparison for level 6.

Number and algebra

Australian CurriculumNew Syllabus Primary MathsPrimary Maths US 3rd Ed.
Number and place value Number and place value Number and place value
Number sequences to and from 100 by ones Counting to 10, 20, 40, 100 Counting to 10, 20, 40, 100
Skip count by 2s, 5s and 10s Number patternsNo
Recognise, model, read, write and order numbers to 100 Writing numbers already assumed.
Comparing and ordering numbers up to 100
Writing numbers already assumed.
Comparing and ordering numbers up to 100
Place value to 100Place value to 100 Place value to 100
Simple addition and subtraction Number bonds; Addition and subtraction within 10, 20, 40 and 100Number bonds; Addition and subtraction within 10, 20, 40 and 100
Multiplication – adding equal groups; multiplication as repeated addition
Division/equal groups
Multiplication – adding equal groups; multiplication as repeated addition
Division/equal groups
Fractions Fractions Fractions
One halfNo – see divisionHalves and quarters
Money Money Money
Recognise Australian coinsSingapore money (same denominations as Australian money): recognise coins and notes; counting money; exchanging moneyUS money notes and coins: recognise coins and notes; counting money; exchanging money
Patterns and algebra Patterns and algebra Patterns and algebra
Skip-counting and patterns with objects Number patternsNo

Measurement and geometry

Australian CurriculumNew Syllabus Primary MathsPrimary Maths US 3rd Ed.
Measurement Measurement Measurement
Estimate and measure with metric units Compare lengths of things using correct terms, eg long, longer, longest, etcCompare length and weight using correct terms
Time Time Time
Tell time to half hourTell time to hour and half hourTell time to hour and half hour
Months, weeks, days and hours See Pre-Primary Maths Book 2BAssumed
Shape Shape Shape
2- and 3-dimensional objects 2- and 3-dimensional objects Basic shapes
Location and transformation Location and transformation Location and transformation
Give and follow directions to familiar locations Positions – left and rightNo

Statistics and probability

Australian CurriculumNew Syllabus Primary MathsPrimary Maths US 3rd Ed.
ChanceNoNo
GraphsReading picture graphsNo

What is covered in New Syllabus Primary Maths Level 1 but not expected in the AC Level 1?

Multiplication and division

Positions left and right

What is missing from New Syllabus Primary Maths and expected in the AC Level 1?

Fractions (taught in Level 2B)

Fix: Teach one half (two equal parts) when cutting fruit or sandwiches, etc. You can also use fraction circles. Make sure you use mathematical terminology.

Chance

Fix: Flip a coin a fixed number of times, eg 20 times, and record it landing on heads verses tails.

Location and transformation

Fix: You can get some ideas from ANCARA here.

Metric units (taught in Level 2A)

Fix: Introduce this yourself using a tape measure or ruler.

Australian money (though same denominations are used)

Fix: Use Australian play money.

What is covered in Primary Maths US 3rd Ed Level 1 but not expected in the AC Level 1?

Weight

Fractions to quarter

What is missing in Primary Maths US 3rd Ed but expected in the AC Level 1?

Skip counting

Fix: Use a 100 chart

Australian money

Fix: Use Australian play money.

Metric units (covered in Level 2A)

Fix: Introduce this yourself using a tape measure or ruler.

3-dimensional shapes

Fix: Teach this using household objects.

Location and transformation

Fix: You can get some ideas from ANCARA here.

Statistics and probability

Fix: Flip a coin a fixed number of times, eg 20 times, and record it landing on heads verses tails.

Learn more about Singapore maths

Things to know when planning your maths curriculum

What is Singapore maths and how does it differ from other maths programs?

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