Primary 5 is the year that your child formally transitions into PSLE mode.

If your child is struggling to cope with the Primary 5 Math syllabus, they may experience a drop in their exam grades. He or she should begin learning the right concepts to tackle PSLE Math examination questions now.

Is your child still:
- struggling to score well in exams?
- unable to grasp key mathematical concepts?
- losing more than 10 marks to careless mistakes?

As students progress to upper primary, they are presented with new topics and concepts. Without a strong foundation in Math, they will face difficulties in solving exam questions.

Cognitus Academy’s Math Programme provides 5 key elements to help students learn effectively during our lessons with the DEPTH Framework.

P5 Math Topics

Our P5 Math programme is modelled closely to the latest MOE syllabus.
We will be covering the following topics in our lessons:

Whole Numbers
In this topic, we focus on the following:

– Reading and writing numbers in numerals and in words up to 10 million
Four operations of whole numbers
In this topic, we focus on the following:

– Multiplying and dividing by multiples of 10, 100 and 1000
– Order of operations
– Word problems involving 4 operations
In this topic, we focus on the following:

– Converting fractions into decimals
– Adding and subtracting mixed numbers
– Multiplying proper and improper fractions/mixed numbers and a whole number
– Word problems involving fractions
In this topic, we focus on the following:

– Area, properties and angles in a triangle, parallelogram, rhombus and trapezium
In this topic, we focus on the following:

– Measuring volume of a cube and cuboid
– Finding volume of a liquid in a rectangular tank
– Word problems involving volume
In this topic, we focus on the following:

– Concept of ratio
– Ratio of 2 and 3 quantities
-Word problems involving ratio
In this topic, we focus on the following:

– Multiplying and dividing decimals up to 3 decimal places
– Converting measurements
– Word problems involving 4 operations of decimals
In this topic, we focus on the following:

– Expressing rate as an amount of a quantity per unit of another quantity
– Word problems involving rate
In this topic, we focus on the following:

– Expressing a part of a whole as a percentage
– Finding discount, GST and annual interest
– Word problems involving percentage
In this topic, we focus on the following:

– Finding the average of a set of given data
– Word problems involving average

Our Strategy

Our teaching methodology (DEPTH Framework) provides 5 key elements to help students learn effectively during our lessons.
This framework evaluates students’ current ability, helps to clear doubts, and expose students to exam-based questions.

Nurturing critical mathematical and numeracy skills is challenging. Therefore, Cognitus Academy’s teachers are fully trained in mathematical concepts and equipped with effective teaching strategies to enhance the learning of our students. Our curriculum structure includes having probing questions in class to encourage students to explore, discover and build their confidence in Math. Students will also have access to a library of learning resources.

How we apply the DEPTH Framework in our lessons

Deepened Curriculum, Heightened Learning

Apart from what is learnt from the school syllabus, students will develop a deeper insight into the curriculum. Understanding the core concepts deeply will also enhance students’ ability to apply heuristics to handle higher-order thinking questions.

Eliminated Errors and Misconceptions

Drills and practices develop fluency and heighten students’ awareness of their carelessness when solving Math questions. Training students to understand their own tendencies greatly improves the accuracy of their calculations.

Practical and Authentic (Real World) Math Teasers

Learning out of real-world context requires abstract thinking. This requirement stumps some students who need to see concrete examples. Students will learn to link math to authentic real-world problems, enhancing their number sense and conceptual development.

Think Critically and Mathematically

Thinking critically requires habits of mind and problem-solving skills. Merging critical and mathematical thinking makes the learning of Math exciting and engaging. Learning Math in this way unlocks the fun and challenging aspects of the subject.

Honed Precision

With carefully selected tasks for each lesson, students will learn how to be quick and accurate in their computations. Beyond procedural accuracy, students will also develop structural thinking that provides repeatable steps for analysing non-routine questions.

Termly Assessment

Our students come from a range of different schools with different academic cultures.

Do you know how your child compares with another student from a different school?

We conduct termly assessments for our students to assess their current progress and see where they stand relative to their classmates from different schools.

Our tests comprise of the most challenging questions from past year exams and will be able to diagnose students' weaknesses. From there, we will reinforce confusing grammar rules and exam strategies.

Excellent strategies requires excellent execution

Our team of experienced teachers and English specialists are well-versed in the CRW Strategy and are fully dedicated to help your child grow and improve.

Dr Daniel Chua

Founder and Director

As a seasoned PSLE exam marker and innovative educator, his students have achieved sterling results in both English and Math. Dr Chua’s students have benefitted from his ability to connect mathematical concepts with real-life examples, explain difficult concepts in a clear and effective manner, and devise easy-to-apply methods to answer complex problem sums.

As a result, 42 out of 44 students in his inaugural PSLE cohort managed to score A* (above 91%) in their PSLE Math exam.

Ms Daphne Sim

Education Consultant / Teacher

An inspiring English and Math teacher at Cognitus Academy, Daphne has always been guided by a great passion to master the subjects that she teaches and pedagogies to teach them better. Achieving distinctions for both English and Math subjects in her formative years has fuelled her lifelong interest in these subjects, developing her affinity with numbers combined with astute problem-solving skills.

Ms Joyce Ong

Education Consultant / Teacher

Ms Ong teaches English and mathematics in Cognitus Academy. A trained teacher, Ms Ong has taught in MOE schools for 12 years and has accumulated 15 years of teaching in private education settings. She has also received the Most Caring Teacher Award from the Academy of Teachers in Singapore for two consecutive years, as well as the Outstanding Teacher Award conferred by MOE, which is one of the most distinguished awards for recognising the professionalism of Singapore teachers.

Interested to find out if Cognitus Academy's Primary Regular Math Programme fits your child's learning needs?

All new students are offered a 90-minute immersion session to get a taste of the quality teaching and engagement in our classrooms.

✅ Students should email us their recent test papers in advance for our teachers to look through. A 15-minute pre-lesson diagnostic assessment will be scheduled with the student.

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✅ Experience our teachers’ lively and engaging classroom teaching, as they optimise student engagement and provide easily comprehensible instructions in our 90-minute immersion session.

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✅ Evaluation of the student’s learning in class will be given to parents after the immersion session.

Class Size

In order to optimise precious time in every lesson, we have kept our class sizes small. Small class sizes ensures that every student gets the attention from their teachers and have meaningful interaction among classmates and teachers. Such a setting is conducive for clarifying doubts and sharing different points of view.


The DEPTH Framework develops critical thinking and takes time to master. Although some students see improvement right away, most will take 2-3 months to see results.

In order to help your child improve his/her Math results as soon as possible, schedule an immersion session with us today!

Additional support for Members of our Community

Apart from delivering the strongest Math curriculum possible, what else can we do to add value to our students? While we will never stop innovating, we are currently supplementing our Math courses with the following package we like to call Cognitus Plus.

Cognitus Online

Our very own student portal, Cognitus Online, provides supplementary materials and past exam papers for students to practise. This is a portal that not only supports our online students but, also our students attending physical classes.
To learn more about Cognitus Online, click READ MORE.

Lesson Videos

Every child comes to Cognitus Academy to improve their English. Wherever they are in their Mastery of English Composition is often their greatest area of weakness. We value the opportunity to guide our students to constantly improve their writing through multiple drafts and are proud to publish their drafts on our webpage.
To learn more about our students’ works, click READ MORE.


Our Blog pages feature study tips, exam techniques and model compositions to support our students and parents.
To learn more about blog, click READ MORE.

Good strategies will only be able to transform students' results if they are motivated

Your child may have been attending Math tuition but has not been seeing improvement.

Why is that so?

The fact is, the lessons your child has been attending are not pitched according to his/her level of readiness.
If students are unable to grasp the lesson, forcing them to finish their Math assignments demotivates them.
If the lessons are too simple, your child will be bored and unmotivated.

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At Cognitus Academy, our programme is crafted to MEET every child’s level of readiness and motivate them to achieve their FULL potential.

Through our own passion for the Math language, our trained and experienced teachers ignite students’ LOVE and INTEREST in Math.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is your Math programme different from other Math tuition programmes?
Cognitus Academy applies the DEPTH Framework where we ensure that learning does not simply come from drill and practice. DEPTH Framework focuses on real-life application of Math and problem-solving skills. We follow a structured lesson plan where students apply their knowledge in bite-size practices and move on to problem sums to build their confidence. Students who are strong in Math will be stretched through practices with non-routine questions.
My child is not doing well in Paper 2 (Problem Sums). How will your programme help him/her?
Our diagnostic process starts from learning the needs of every student. Once we have identified the main cause of the student’s error, we will embark on a remediation plan that runs parallel with our regular lessons. Students often struggle because of conceptual misunderstanding, lack of comprehension for the question, lack of confidence and carelessness. From there, we will focus on the best course of remediation for your child.
How does my child build up his/her foundation in Math?
One key foundation in the DEPTH Framework is the ability to connect mathematical concepts with real-life examples. Starting from the concrete application of Math, your child can then develop understanding in using abstract (numbers and models) forms of presentation for their interpretation and solution of each question. Our experienced teachers will also pace your child towards success by helping them to create small victories that lead to big success in Math.
If my child has Math questions from school that he is unable to solve, can he consult the centre’s teachers?
Certainly! The purpose of conducting a small-class Math tuition is to create a structured, yet individualised learning experience for our students. Please send all your child’s questions from school and individual practices our way.
How is a typical lesson like?
Each lesson runs for 90 minutes.
– For the first 15 minutes, we will go through corrections from previous homewor. This step is critical in helping students correct misconceptions.
– The next 15 minutes will focus on “1-minute drills’ where students answer 15 MCQs.
– This is then followed by 30 minutes of “2-minute drills” where students will answer 15 Short-answer Questions using 2 minutes per question.
– The remaining part of the lesson will focus on problem sums where students are taught effect and efficient steps to solve higher-order thinking questions.

Still can’t decide which Math programme to enrol in?

We understand that choosing the right programme is an important decision because we have worked with hundreds of parents who are just as concerned as you about your child’s results. If you would like to discuss your needs with one of our curriculum specialists, fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you.