Primary 3 Maths Syllabus (MOE)

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Primary 3 

1 WHOLE NUMBERS 

Numbers up to 

10 000 

Include: 

· number notation and place values (thousands, hundreds, tens, 

ones), 

· reading and writing numbers in numerals and in words, 

· comparing and ordering numbers, 

· odd and even numbers, 

· number patterns. 

Addition and 

subtraction 

Include: 

· addition and subtraction of numbers up to 4 digits, 

· use of the terms ‘sum’ and ‘difference’, 

· solving up to 2-step word problems involving addition and 

subtraction

Multiplication and 

division 

Include: 

· building up the multiplication tables of 6, 7, 8 and 9 and 

committing to memory, 

· use of the terms ‘product’, ‘quotient’ and ‘remainder’, 

· multiplication and division within the multiplication tables, 

· division with remainder, 

· multiplication and division of numbers up to 3 digits by 1 digit, 

· solving up to 2-step word problems involving the 4 operations. 

Mental calculation 

Include: 

·   addition and subtraction involving two 2-digit numbers, 

·   multiplication and division within the multiplication tables. 

2 FRACTIONS 

Equivalent fractions 

Include: 

· recognising and naming equivalent fractions, 

· listing the first 8 equivalent fractions of a given fraction, 

· writing the equivalent fraction of a fraction given the 

denominator or the numerator, 

· expressing a fraction in its simplest form, 

· comparing fractions with respect to half, 

· comparing and ordering unlike fractions. 

(Denominators of given fractions should not exceed 12.) 

 

 

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Addition and 

subtraction 

Include addition and subtraction of two related fractions within one 

whole

(Denominators of given fractions should not exceed 12.) 

3 MEASUREMENT 

Length, mass and 

volume 

Include: 

· measurement of 

length in kilometres (km), 

volume of liquid in millilitres (ml), 

· measurement of length/ mass/ volume (of liquid) in compound 

units, 

· conversion of a measurement in compound units to the smaller 

unit, and vice versa, 

kilometres and metres, 

metres and centimetres, 

kilograms and grams, 

  litres and millilitres. 

· solving word problems involving length/ mass/ volume/ 

capacity

Exclude the 4 operations and word problems involving compound 

units

Time 

Include: 

· telling and writing time to 1 minute, 

· use of the terms ‘past’ and ‘to’, e.g. ’10 minutes past 5’ and ’15 

minutes to 12’, 

· measurement of time in hours and minutes, 

· conversion of time in hours and minutes to minutes only, and 

vice versa, 

· finding the duration of a time interval, 

· finding the starting time/ finishing time, 

· solving word problems involving addition and subtraction of 

time given in hours and minutes. 

Money 

Include: 

· addition and subtraction of money in decimal notation, 

· solving word problems involving addition and subtraction of 

money in decimal notation. 

 

 

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Content 

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Area and perimeter 

Include: 

· concepts of area and perimeter of a plane figure, 

· measurement of area in square units, 

· measurement of area in square centimetres (cm ) / square 

metres (m ), 

· calculation of the perimeter of 

rectilinear figure 

rectangle 

square 

· use of formula to calculate the area of a rectangle/ square, 

· solving word problems involving the area/ perimeter of squares 

and rectangles. 

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Exclude conversion between cm and m . 

4 GEOMETRY 

Perpendicular and 

parallel lines 

Include: 

· identifying and naming perpendicular and parallel lines, 

· drawing perpendicular and parallel lines on square grids. 

Angles 

Include: 

· angle as an amount of turning, 

· identifying angles in 2-D and 3-D objects, 

· identifying angles in 2-D figures, 

· identifying right angles, angles greater than/ smaller than a right 

angle

Exclude use of the terms ‘acute’, ‘obtuse’ and 'reflex’ angles. 

5 DATA ANALYSIS 

Bar graphs 

Include: 

· reading and interpreting bar graphs in both horizontal and 

vertical forms, 

· reading scales, 

· completing a bar graph from given data, 

· solving problems using information presented in bar graphs. 

 

 

 You can also get the full Primary Maths Syllabus (MOE) from the below link: http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/syllabuses/