Following up on our earliest post which introduces P4 GEP students to what they need to know about the GEP Mathematics syllabus, this post highlights the main differences between GEP Mathematics and mainstream Mathematics.

The biggest challenge that many P4 GEP students face in Mathematics is algebra – in the form of the Investigative Tasks. Students will be asked to evaluate number patterns (both in diagrammatic and numerical form) and derive the formula for finding the nth term in the sequence. While algebra is not explicitly taught, this requires the application of algebraic principles. Students will also be required to spot number patterns in the form of square numbers and cube numbers at Primary 4.

P4 GEP students will also learn the topic of Average, which is not covered in the mainstream P4 Mathematics syllabus. Model drawing also becomes a more useful skill, as students will actually use models to visualise and solve questions rather than drawing them out for the sake of showing some form of working (like in Primary 3). Mastering Decimals and Fractions is important in P4, because in P5, students will need to solve ever more complex problems from the same topics.

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Overall, P4 GEP students can expect more lateral thinking skills to be taught in Mathematics. There will be a steep learning curve in P4, and students will do well to rise to the challenge!

Summary of GEP Mathematics components

– algebra (in the form of finding the nth term)

– number sequences

– Investigative Task

– squares and cubes

– topic of Average

– model drawing

– lateral thinking skills

– steep learning curve

Need help in guiding your P4 GEP child in his or her GEP Mathematics learning journey?

Enrol for our GEP/Advanced Mathematics Programme and let our ex-Rosyth/RI GEP Specialist Teacher help you! Download the Programme Booklet the detailed syllabus.

This programme is also open to mainstream P4 students who are advanced in Mathematics.

Click here for the P4 timetable.

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