Every pupil, an independent, competent and effective Mathematical problem solver.
To develop mathematical skills, concepts and positive attitude in pupils through conscious monitoring of one’s own thinking processes.
To accomplish this mission, the Mathematics Department has three areas of focus:
Math Enrichment and Support Programme
Math Games @ Pioneer
|Learn Math Through Sports||Multi-player Online Math Games|
|Four Operations Card Games||Numero Card Games|
The Math leanerscape was started in Jan 2011. There are ‘multiplication-tables’ stairs to help pupils to familiarize with their times tables, a wall illustrating the works of famous Mathematicians to create an awareness among the pupils. There is also a Learning @ Kindsville wall where they can experience the fun of traditional board game infused with online Mathematics games.
Math Enrichment and Support Programme
Pupils have the opportunities to take part in various Math competitions organized by other schools such as NUS High math Olympiad, ACS Mathlympics, SMOPS organized by Hwa Chong etc.
Math Clinic provides additional support to the P6 pupils with weaker Mathematics foundation. These pupils will revisit the Mathematical concepts, skills and strategies taught in the previous years based on their learning needs. It is conducted 3 times a week before curriculum time.
Math Enrichment Classes
Our school collaborates with well-established vendors to provide enrichment classes such as Math Olympiad, Heuristics Extension, Amazing Thinking and Exploring Numbers to stretch our pupils so that they can reach their fullest potential in Mathematics.
Higher Ability Package (HAP)
Problem Solving Heuristics
- help pupils recognize and organize information needed to solve a problem.
- equip pupils with the skills to communicate mathematical thinking coherently.
- equip pupils with a repertoire of strategies needed for problem solving.
MPLP Package (MPLP)
Concept Building Package
1997 was the starting point for the use of heuristics in problem solving. For 12 years, the methods adopted by pupils remained similar. It is however, necessary and important to know that every math question has underlying concept(s) governing mathematical heuristics. In this package, we carefully select a few concepts that spans across a variety of topics. Concepts in Mathematics are constant but questions are ever-changing. Our department believes that if pupils can master the skill of identifying and understanding the right concept, teachers can guide pupils in arriving at the various heuristics to solve the problems effectively.
The Knowledge Builder package started this year. It focuses on the basic knowledge questions which the pupils must know at that level. It is rolled out for P1 to P6 selected pupils.
Use of Manipulative in Teaching of Mathematics
The use of manipulative in the teaching of mathematics is incorporated into the curriculum for the lower primary with the objective of helping pupils understand Mathematical concepts through concrete materials. Mathematics manipulative (example: ice-cream sticks, pattern blocks, coloured cubes, interlocking cubes and etc.).
Hundred Number Boards
Base Ten Block
Base Ten Blocks Transparent
Counting Blocks Attachable
2-cm cubes wooden
Examples of Manipulative
Parents’ involvement in their children’s education is an important element in fostering close bonding and acquiring conceptual understanding. The school organized parents’ workshops to help stretch the pupils to their fullest and to achieve academic excellence.
Workshops catering to help pupils of lower and upper primary were conducted in the beginning of the year. New and innovative teaching strategies were introduced during the workshop to keep parents abreast of the latest methodology and pedagogy. Simple ways of how to help your child at home were introduced to parents of lower primary pupils.
We place much emphasis on the extensive use of manipulative in helping deal with problems creatively and effectively. Problem solving heuristics were introduced as a tool to the upper primary pupils’ parents which they could use to improve their children’s process skills in both new and unfamiliar situations.
Individual Success Plan
Our school introduced Individual Success Plan (ISP) in 2014 as a tool to bridge pupils’ learning gaps in Mathematics. The objectives of ISP are as follow:
• Pupils' ownership. Develop pupil's ownership in their own learning. Pupils will use the ISP to monitor their own learning progress and set the necessary target to close identified learning gaps.
• Parent's partnership. Seek parents' partnership in closing their child's learning gap.
• Bridging of gaps by teacher. Provide a mean for teacher to engage the pupils' prior knowledge before the introduction of a new topic. Teacher will work out the necessary remediation strategies to help pupils to close the gaps.