Children who are creative and confident problem solvers and love Mathematics
To develop reasoning, thinking skills and problem solving skills in every child
MOE Mathematics Framework:
The central focus of the framework is mathematical problem solving, that is, using mathematics to solve problems. The framework stresses conceptual understanding, skills proficiency and mathematical processes, and gives due emphasis to attitudes and metacognition. These five components are inter-related.
We believe that all students can learn and want to learn mathematics. We create opportunities for all students to be actively engaged in learning Mathematics. We foster positive attitudes in students towards Mathematics and make learning fun and meaningful through a variety of learning experiences.
As explained by Ms Eileen Puah, Head of Department for Mathematics, “We have shopping time in class and learning journeys to help our students relate Mathematics to everyday life. We use manipulatives such as fraction discs and place value cards to help our students understand concepts better.”
Description of programmes:
E2K Mathematics Programme
How do we deepen our students’ learning in Mathematics?
Our students in the Accelerated Programme to Enhance students’ eXperience (APEX) attend the E2K Mathematics Programme. The materials are taken from the MOE Gifted Education Branch. We aim to develop students’ mathematical reasoning skills and deepen their conceptual understanding through an inquiry approach.
Neharika, a Primary 4 student in APEX, shared, “We look forward to every lesson as we get to solve challenging puzzles. We are happy to work with our friends to discuss and solve them. We present our solutions to our teachers and friends so that they can help us improve.”
Mathematics Olympiad workshops are organised for Primary 4 to 6 students who are keen to enrich and enhance their learning in Mathematics. Students who perform well are selected to represent the school in external competitions such as the National Mathematical Olympiad of Singapore (NMOS) and the Singapore Mathematical Olympiad for Primary Schools (SMOPS).
Brandon, a Primary 5 student who had taken part in the annual Mathlympics competition, said, “We ask questions to help us understand the questions better. We persevere in our efforts to solve the questions.”
Use of ICT
To motivate and engage our students in learning, ICT is infused into Mathematics lessons. Students use the ‘See, Think, Wonder’ thinking routine to apply the mathematical concepts they have learnt to real-life situations. The Student Learning Space (SLS) and ICT tools (such as Microsoft Excel and GeoGebra) provide opportunities for students to work collaboratively, deepen their understanding and be self-directed learners.
Math Star Award
Hard work Perseverance = Success
We recognise the excellent work and good effort put in by our students in learning Mathematics. We equip students with problem-solving skills and importantly instill in them the virtues of perseverance, determination and confidence when they solve problems. “I am very happy to receive the Math Star certificate this term. It shows that my hard work and perseverance paid off. I will continue to strive to do my best in Math and other subjects.” says Cai Jun, a Primary 1 student, proudly.