A strong foundation in numeracy is important as mathematical skills are critical to many of our everyday activities. Furthermore, with Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as the main driver of emerging job markets, our students need to have strong mathematical skills be able to access the opportunities which will become available in the coming years.
As students’ passion in a subject influence their motivation to learn and achieve mastery. Thus, we work towards the vision where Every Student Enjoys and Appreciates Mathematics.
Our mission is anchored upon the belief that with the right support, all students, regardless of their starting point, can become competent mathematical problem-solvers. Specifically, we strive to:
- Create an environment where learning mathematics is a positive experience for students;
- Inspire a faculty of mathematics teachers who positively impact students’ learning and attitude towards mathematics.
In addition to the Mathematics curriculum, the department administers the following programmes to help all students achieve success in learning mathematics.
Learning Support for Mathematics Programme
Students in the LSM programme benefit from small class size and thus more individual attention from the teacher. They also learn through specially designed activities to build their confidence in Mathematics.
Improving Confidence and Achievement in Numeracy (ICan) Project
We embarked on the ICAN project with guidance from MOE in 2017. This project aims to raise the confidence and achievement of students who are underperforming in Mathematics.
Through the ICAN project, teachers are provided with the tools to better identify students’ main learning challenges, help them close their learning gaps, and scaffold the learning of new knowledge and skills. Lessons are structured to allow students to appreciate how Mathematics can be applied to everyday life. Students are also given opportunities to experience incremental success, so as to enable them to develop more confidence in themselves and find Mathematics more enjoyable over time.
ICT tools are used to help students better understand mathematical concepts through visualisations, simulations and representations. Other than the use of e-books to teach at Primary 1 and 2, teachers also make use of the resources available on MCOnline portal to facilitate students’ revision and additional practice. The application of e-learning promotes independent learning and allows students to learn at their own pace.
Math Olympiad Programme
To allow students who are mathematically inclined to have opportunities to extend their learning in the classroom, we seek to expose them to more challenging tasks to stretch their thinking and deepen their understanding. The Mathematics Olympiad programme is offered to students from Primary 3 to Primary 6 to develop their creative thinking and problem solving abilities in Mathematics. Outstanding students in the programme are selected to participate in the various Mathematics Olympiad competitions held annually.
Financial Literacy Programme
Through the financial literacy programme, authentic applications of money decisions are integrated into the mathematics curriculum topics of money, graphs, fraction and percentage. Through these lessons, students also gain basic knowledge on economics and financial management skills.
Conducted by our teachers, the workshop covers the following items:
- Primary Mathematics syllabus (for respective levels);
- Assessment modes and requirements;
- Skills essential for Mathematics problem-solving, especially Model Drawing;
- Sharing on common misconceptions; and
- Mathematics in day-to-day context.