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Mathematics Department


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Vision

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Mission

To inculcate in students positive attitudes towards mathematics learning and develop in them logical thinking for problem solving.  


Curriculum


The mathematics syllabus aims to enable all students to:

  • develop thinking, reasoning, communication, application and metacognitive skills through a mathematical approach to problem-solving.
  • acquire mathematical concepts and skills for everyday use and continuous learning in mathematics.
  • build confidence and foster interest in mathematics. 


Learning Approach

In the teaching and learning of mathematics, the school believes in building a strong foundation in mathematics for our students. Students are engaged in the acquisition of mathematical concepts and skills through activity-based lessons using the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (C-P-A) approach. To develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts, and to make sense of various mathematical ideas as well as their connections and applications, students are exposed to a variety of learning experiences including hands-on activities and use of ICT to help them relate abstract mathematical concepts with concrete experiences. 

Fostering Joy of Learning is one of the focus in the learning of Mathematics. The school believes in engaging our students with the right learning experiences to make the learning of mathematics fun and purposeful.


In addition to the learning of mathematical concepts and skills, equally important are the development of mathematical process skills, metacognitive awareness and strategies. These processes are learned through carefully constructed learning experiences which include solving non-routine and open-ended problems where students have the opportunities to explore and discuss their solutions, to think aloud and reflect on their solutions. 

To support the development of collaborative and communication skills, students will be given opportunities to work on a problem and present their ideas using appropriate mathematical language and methods. Through collaborative learning, students build confidence in problem-solving and foster an interest towards learning mathematics.


Students should have the opportunities to:

  • practise basic mathematical skills to achieve mastery;
  • use feedback from assessment to achieve mastery;
  • solve novel problems using a repertoire of heuristics;
  • discuss, articulate and explain ideas to develop reasoning


Programmes

Learning Support for Mathematics (LSM) for Primary 1 & 2

Learning Support for Mathematics (LSM) is an early intervention effort aimed at providing additional support to students who do not have foundational numeracy skills and knowledge to access the Primary 1 Maths curriculum. Identified students will be supported by a LSM Teacher for 9 periods a week through activity-based lessons focusing on small successes to build on their motivation.


IMPROVING CONFIDENCE AND ACHIEVEMENT IN NUMERACY (ICAN)

The ICAN programme aims to support low progress learners students using intervention strategies to tackle the 4 key issues of learning gaps, language, motivation and memory. The lessons follow the FREMC structure – Factual Fluency, Readiness, Engagement, Mastery and Consolidation.


MATHEMATICS ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME

In the Mathematics enrichment classes, students from P3 to P6 will be exposed to various challenging advanced mathematical problems. They will discuss and examine advanced mathematical concepts in greater breadth and depth, and learn different and efficient problem-solving strategies to tackle problems.


MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD TRAINING PROGRAMME

In line with the school’s continual emphasis on enriching and developing students’ potential to their fullest, identified students from P4, P5 and P6 will go through the training programme to be equipped with the necessary Mathematical knowledge and repertoire of problem-solving and critical thinking skills to tackle higher-order and non-routine problems. Some of the competitions these students will take part include:


Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad (SASMO)

Singapore Mathematical Olympiad for Primary Schools (SMOPS)