Sustained Support for Mathematics (SSM) for P1 - P6
The school is in the pilot Sustained Support for Mathematics project. Students go through experiential learning through activity-based lessons during their Mathematics lessons. Teachers use the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach in the teaching of Mathematics. Every class is given manipulatives for the various topics for SSM. The project was piloted for Primary 1 and Primary 4 in 2009, Primary 2 and Primary 5 in 2010 and Primary 3 and primary 6 in 2011.
Enhanced Learning Support Mathematics (LSM)
Learning Support for Mathematics (LSM) is an early intervention effort aimed at providing additional support to pupils who do not have foundational numeracy skills and knowledge to access the Primary 1 Maths curriculum. Pupils were identified for the intervention through a screening process carried out at the beginning of Primary 1. They were supported by a LSM Teacher for 9 periods a week.
In the effort of making the learning of Mathematics more engaging and exciting, Math Trails are conducted in Term 1, Week 3 for P2 and P3 pupils and Term 1, Week 4 for P4 and P5 pupils.
The Maths Let’s Learn It! Programme (“LLIP”) employs the “Progressive Learning” and “Habits of Mind” concepts to aid students in learning Mathematics. Through fun and interesting activities, the programme allows students to begin revising at a comfortable starting point, with work that is fun, but yet can be easily completed. The activities also include the use of a wide range of manipulatives to provide hands-on practice for students and help them understand the concepts better.
After which, students will be exposed to problems which require them to solve more non-routine problems so as to hone their creative and critical thinking skills to tackle visualization and problem-based questions in typical PSLE examinations. These activities also provide abundant opportunities for students to use thinking skills to acquire, extend, refine and apply their knowledge to situations that they would encounter in real life.
The classes have activities to tune the students into the programme and boost the students’ confidence in basic mathematics skills. The students will also be taught appropriate skills and strategies in problem solving.
Mathematical problem solving is central to mathematics learning. It involves the acquisition and application of mathematics concepts and skills in a wide range of situations, including non-routine, open-ended and real-world problems.
One of the aims of mathematics education is to develop the mathematical thinking and problem solving skills and apply these skills to formulate and solve problems.
Problem solving can be made easier when students are mentally equipped with a ready set of thinking skills and heuristics. The essential thinking skills are:
|Classifying||Arranging pieces of information into meaningful groups|
|Comparing||Making comparisons among groups or pieces of information|
|Sequencing||Arranging information into a meaningful/logical order|
|Analysing parts and wholes||Comparing, visualizing and synthesizing various bits of information and making sense of them as a whole|
|Identifying patterns and relationships||-|
|Deduction||Infer various specific examples from given generalizations|
|Spatial visualization||Mentally manipulate (“logical imagination”) an object/a problem without concrete materials|
Heuristics are the tools which students use based on the plan that they have created from their thinking skills. Listed below are the heuristics, categorized into 4 groups that students can employ in helping them solve problems.
|To give a representation||e.g. Draw a diagram, make a list, use equations|
|To make a calculated guess||e.g. Guess and check, look for patterns, make suppositions|
|To go through the process||e.g. Act it out, work backwards, before & after concept|
|To change the problem||e.g. Restate the problem, simplify the problem, solve part of the problem|
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