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Australian Curriculum and Singapore maths Level 2 comparison

Australian Curriculum and Singapore maths Level 2 comparison

This article follows on from our comparison of Singapore maths Level 1 with the Australian Curriculum requirements. While examining what’s covered in Level 2 it’s important to compare to Level 1 and Level 3. In the case that something seems to be “missing”, it’s highly likely it was covered in the previous level, so please check both, especially if you are starting out at Level 2.

For anything that is missing, we have provided fixes at the end of this article.

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

For elaboration on the below concepts and standards, please refer to the Australian Curriculum for Level 2.

 

Number and algebra

Australian CurriculumNew Syllabus Primary Maths Primary Maths US 3rd Ed.
Number and place value Number and place value Number and place value
Number sequences increasing and decreasing by 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s, then moving to other sequences Number patterns, increasing and decreasing by 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s Covered in multiplication
Numbers to 1,000 Numbers to 1,000; place valueNumbers to 1,000; place value
Addition and subtractionAddition and subtraction within 1,000 with and without regroupingAddition and subtraction within 1,000 with and without renaming
Multiplication as repeated addition, groups and arrays Multiplication tables 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10
Multiplication tables 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10
Division as grouping into equal sets and solve simple problems Division by 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 Division by 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10
Not clearWord problems throughout
2-part word problems
1-step and 2-step word problems
Word problems throughout
Fractions and decimals Fractions and decimals Fractions and decimals
Common uses of halves, quarters and eighths of shapes and collections Comparing and ordering fractions
Adding and subtracting like fractions
Halves and quarters
Recognising other fractions eg 1/5, 1/6, 1/9 etc
Money Money Money
Count and order Australian coins and notes according to their value Dollars and cents; comparing amountsUS dollars and cents
Adding and subtracting money
Patterns and algebra Patterns and algebra Patterns and algebra
Describe patterns with numbers and identify missing elements Recognise and complete number patternsFinding missing number in addition
Number sentences for addition or subtraction Write addition and subtraction equations

Measurement and geometry

Australian Curriculum New Syllabus Primary Maths Primary Maths US 3rd Ed.
Measurement Measurement Measurement
Length, area, volume, capacity Length – cm, m
Volume – litres
Area – taught in NSPM Level 3
Length – cm, m Length – inches, feet, yards
Capacity – litres
Capacity – cup, pint, quart, gallon
Area – square units
Compare mass using scalesMass – g, kgWeight – g, kg; oz, lb
Time to the quarter-hour Telling and writing to 5 mins
am and pm
Telling and writing to 5 mins
am and pm
Name and order months and seasons; calendar for date and days in each month NoNo
Shape Shape Shape
Describe and draw 2-dimensional shapes; Describe 3-dimensional objects 2-dimensional shapes – Straight lines, curves, semicircles, quarter circles 3-dimensional shapes – recognising, grouping, forming
Flat and curved faces
Making shapes
Location and transformation Location and transformation Location and transformation
Simple maps; one-step slides and flips; half and quarter turns NoNo

Statistics and probability

Australian Curriculum New Syllabus Primary Maths Primary Maths US 3rd Ed.
Identify activities and events that involve chance NoNo
Collect, classify and display data to make simple inferencesRead and interpret horizontal and vertical picture graphs with scalesRead and interpret horizontal and vertical picture graphs with scales

What is covered in New Syllabus Primary Maths Level 2 but not expected in the AC Level 2?

Addition and subtraction within 1,000 with and without regrouping

Adding and subtracting like fractions

Multiplication tables 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 – begin mastery by memorisation

Higher level multiplication and division

Time to 5 minutes

What is missing from New Syllabus Primary Maths and expected in the AC Level 2?

Australian money

Fix: Provide your child with real or play money to perform the problems in Singapore maths.

Identify activities and events that involve chance

Check the Australian Curriculum. There is no mention of an “achievement standard” for this element.

Area

Area and perimeter are covered in NSPM Level 3.

Name and order months and seasons; calendar for date and days in each month

Fix: You can do this yourself using a calendar; seasons are a no-brainer, especially if you are doing nature study. Or, check your science curriculum.

Simple maps; one-step slides and flips; half and quarter turns

What is covered in Primary Maths US 3rd Ed Level 2 but not expected in the AC Level 2?

Multiplication tables 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 – begin mastery by memorisation

Addition and subtraction within 1,000 with and without renaming

Finding missing number in addition

Adding and subtracting money

Imperial measures

What is missing in Primary Maths US 3rd Ed but expected in the AC Level 2?

Simple maps; one-step slides and flips; half and quarter turns

Name and order months and seasons; calendar for date and days in each month

Fix: You can do this yourself using a calendar; seasons are a no-brainer, especially if you are doing nature study. Or, check your science curriculum.

Australian money

Fix: Provide your child with real or play money to perform the problems in Singapore maths.

Identify activities and events that involve chance

Check the Australian Curriculum. There is no mention of an “achievement standard” for this element.

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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