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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.
Pupils were given opportunities to participate in Maths competitions and to deepen their Mathematics knowledge and confidence. Competitions participated:
|2011||Math Talent Quest at Clementi Town Secondary||-|
|Math Exploration Day at Raffles Girls Secondary||-|
|ACS (Independent) Mathlympics (P5)||1 pupil attained Bronze|
|Inter-School Maths Games Competition (P5)||Pair achieved 2nd position|
|International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) 2011 – Mathematics assessment for P3 to P6.||Pupils achieved 6 Distinctions and 7 Credits.|
|2012||International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) 2012 – Mathematics assessment for P3 to P6||1 High Distinction, 6 Distinctions and 14 Credits|
|ACS (Independent) Mathlympics 2012||Pupil achieved 1 Bronze.|
|2013||International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) 2013 – Mathematics assessment for P3 to P6||3 Distinction and 13 Credits|
|National Mathematical Olympiad of Singapore (NMOS)||1 Bronze and 1 Honourable Mention|
|ACS (Independent) Mathlympics 2013||1 Gold and 1 Bronze|
|7th MathConnect Challenge||2nd Runner-up|
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|
Designed for primary school pupils, this comprehensive Math resource contains explanations of various mathematical topics, practices for word-problem solving in a fun and challenging manner.Visit their site.
KidsNumbers.com is the absolutely free math resource designed by teachers, specifically for students and children of all ages. A place where students can practice all aspects of math, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in a fun and pressure free way.Visit their site.
Cool Math for Kids
Have fun while practising your Math through lots of cool games, activities, and animated demonstrations. It includes mathematics practice, mathematics dictionary and even financial lessons for young children.Visit their site.
This site includes original games based on soccer, car racing and much more. Other games include Math Baseball, where a child can score runs with correct answers and Orders of Operation, where students can build pyramids with their knowledge of algebra.Visit their site.
BBC - Skillwise Numbers
If your children are having issues with the times tables, this is the website to visit. Featuring interesting games that grill your child’s knowledge of his or her times tables.Visit their site.
National Library of Virtual Manipulative
As the name of the site suggests, the site offers a keen child the chance to learn mathematics in the pictorial handling of virtual manipulative.Visit their site.
This is the perfect website to aid in the teaching of your child the model-drawing way of solving mathematics word problem. Visit the home page too for other fun games to instill that interest in your child for mathematics.Visit their site.
Home School Math
The creator of the website spent a long time gathering and maintaining the resources on these lists. These resources have been tested for effectiveness in the teaching of mathematics.Visit their site.
Running out of ideas of what to do in your next mathematics lesson? How about getting some ideas from Education World where lesson plans created by teachers are shared. Each lesson plan comes with an assessment component which briefly guides you in conducting assessment for learning in the lesson.Visit their site.
Engaging ICT Practices for Teachers: Library Resources
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