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Mathematics

 

In line with MOE’s Mathematics curriculum framework, the central focus of the Mathematics curriculum is the development of mathematical problem solving competency. Supporting this focus are five inter-related components – concepts, skills, processes, metacognition and attitudes. This framework sets the direction for and provides guidance in the teaching, learning and assessment of Mathematics in Palm View Primary School. 

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1. Mathematics Curriculum


The Mathematics programme in PLVPS aims to:
 
Invoke creative and critical problem solving skills for mathematics in students.
Develop and inculcate interest and passion for mathematics in students.
Promote inquisitiveness and continuous learning for mathematics in students.

In order to make the learning of mathematics fun, meaningful and relevant, the department has designed learning experience activities to build confidence in and develop appreciation for the subject. Problem solving strategies such as Polya’s 4 steps to problem solving and the use of heuristics are part of the department’s key strategies in helping students to tackle non-routine tasks systematically and effectively.

For Primary One students, they need to know the following mathematical concepts by end of their Primary One study: 

Term Concepts
Term 1 Whole Numbers within 10
Addition and Subtraction within 10
Term 2 Shapes (2D)
Whole Numbers within 20
Addition and Subtraction within 20
Length
Term 3 Whole Numbers within 40
Addition and Subtraction within 40
Picture Graphs
Multiplication within 40
Division within 20
Term 4 Time
Whole Numbers within 100
Addition and Subtraction within 100
Money
 
 

2. Mathematics Pedagogy

The department has identified the following pedagogical approaches in the teaching of concepts in numbers, algebra, measurement, geometry and statistics: 

Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract Approach
Differentiated Instruction by parallel tasks
Activity-based learning (Using Manipulative and real-life scenarios)
Connection to everyday life
Guided discovery
Modeling and scaffolding
Alternative solutions

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Students engaged in activity-based learning (Manipulative).

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Students measuring their tables, applying mathematical skills to their everyday life.


3. Assessment

To ease the transition when students first enter primary school and to reduce the over-emphasis on academic results, weighted assessments (WA) and semestral assessment (SA) will only begin from Primary 3. 

The learning progress of Primary 1 and Primary 2 students will be reported at the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2 using the learning outcomes (LOs) in the Holistic Development Profile provided by MOE. These LOs will be used to facilitate conversations between teachers and parents on the child’s progress for Mathematics.

The table below summarises the assessment in school:

 

P1

P2

P3

P4

P5

P6

Weighted Assessment (WA)

×

×

ü

×

ü

×

Mid-year Examination (MYE)

×

×

×

ü

×

ü

End-of-year Examination (EYE)

×

×

ü

ü

ü

ü (Prelims)


4. Supportive Programmes

The Department has designed and implemented programmes to support students’ learning of Mathematics. These programmes provided platforms for students to analyse mathematical situations and construct logical arguments, express mathematical ideas logically and make connections of their learning to the real world. 

English & Mathematics Carnival
The English & Mathematics carnival enhances student-engagement through learning English and Mathematics in a fun way which is outside of classroom and strengthen students’ understanding of concepts. The carnival is conducted at the end of Term 1. 

P1 River Safari
Primary 1 students will be visiting River Safari in Term 2. The objectives of this activity are for students to apply Mathematical concepts and skills in an authentic setting, to provide a fun and engaging platform to develop thinking, enhance communication skills; and to build confidence and foster interest in Mathematics. Activities carried out in the learning journey will comprise of English, Math and Science elements having partnership with English and Science department.  

P2 Supermarket
Primary 2 students will be visiting a supermarket in Term 3. Students will apply the concept of “Money” to buy groceries within budget and to provide them with an authentic experience of financial literacy. Students will write a class story based on the learning journey experience for their MLEA having partnership with English department.
 
5. Use of Technology

The department has considered various ICT platforms and provide opportunities for students to use ICT tools to understand mathematical concepts through visualisations, simulations and representations. Koobits is used to support exploration, experimentation and extend the range of problems accessible to students. Students may access the website at https://www.koobits.com.