The Mission Statement
Foster the development of problem-solving skills
Understand the connections between the world of Maths and the broader world in which we live
Nurture a positive attitude and spirit of perseverance in the pursuit of mathematical knowledge and skills
The Mathematics Department is dedicated to the goal of making the learning of Mathematics meaningful by offering our pupils various platforms and avenues to excel and improve in Maths.
Our instructional programme is aimed at building a strong foundation at lower levels and reinforcing concepts at upper levels, guiding pupils in problem-solving heuristics and addressing misconceptions. Our teachers embrace the Growth mindset, and will patiently guide our students to embrace challenges and see failures as an opportunity to grow.
The array of enrichment programmes are planned with the aim of offering our pupils an opportunity to apply problem-solving strategies in everyday situations so that they can appreciate its relevance in real-life scenarios.
We hope that our pupils will develop a positive attitude towards the learning of Mathematics and find the subject relevant, interesting and enjoyable. The challenge of solving a Mathematics problem is as desirable as a competitive sport, and we want every child to experience that moment of delight when they overcome a problem, which will motivate them to pursue Mathematics as a hobby or a life-long profession.
A range of assessment modes are used to provide parents and teachers with information and evidence of pupils’ progress in Mathematics. These assessment modes include:
• Performance Tasks
• Journaling & Problem-Solving
• Self and Peer Assessment
Our Approach to Problem-Solving – The REAL Way
The REAL approach is a problem-solving strategy that is based on the works of George Polya, an influential mathematician whose ideas on how problems can be solved, is widely used today. Polya identified these four basic principles of problem solving:
- Understand the problem
- Devise a plan
- Carry out the plan
- Look back
These principles are repeated in the REAL approach. The acronym is used with the intention of helping our students remember the four principles better.
Maths Olympiad Coaching Programme
The training programme started in 2009 to groom our pupils who display an exceptional aptitude in competitive Mathematics. Members undergo training for 1 to 2 terms to equip them with the problem solving skills needed for rigorous mathematical Olympiads.
Examples of Mathematics Olympiads pupils will participate in:
• Singapore Asian Schools Maths Olympiad (SASMO)
• Mathematical Olympiad For Primary Schools – organized by Hwa Chong Institution (SMOPS)
• National Mathematical Olympiad of Singapore – organized by NUS High School (NMOS)
This is a platform for our P3 – 6 pupils to showcase their talents and wealth of knowledge in Maths concepts to their peers during their recesses.
As a post-PSLE activity, P6 pupils will present Maths concepts in a fun and engaging way to the P1-2 pupils and bond with them.
The Mathematics trail is a stimulating experience for our pupils and offers them an opportunity to solve mathematical problems while interacting with her classmates. The activities emphasize relevant Mathematical skills such as estimation and mental calculation. Pupils will also be able to relate some Science and National Education concepts during the trail.
• P1 – Mathematics Trail within School Compounds
• P2 – Mathematics Trail at the National Orchid Garden
• P3 – Mathematics Trail at the Marina Barrage
• P4 – Mathematics Trail at Changi Airport Terminals 1 & 2
• P5 – Mathematics Trail at Sentosa
The department also organizes workshops to familiarize parents with basic Maths concepts for:
P1 & 2 (During Learning Fest)
P3 & 4 (During Learning Fest)
P5 & 6 (Mid-January)