“Nurturing effective problem solvers with a love for learning through a wide spectrum of strategies to meet varied learning needs.”
Key Department Programmes
With effect from 2015, Mathematical Modelling lessons were conducted for all Sec 2 and 3 Express and Normal Academic students. These lessons served to engage the pupils through collaborative and exploratory activities, develop thinking processes through incorporation of Polya’s Four-Step Problem Solving Process in line with the Mathematical Modelling cycle. These tasks link Mathematics to real-life and empower pupils to be self-directed learners of Mathematics and to improve their communication and logical reasoning skills.
Improving Confidence and Achievement in Numeracy (ICAN) Project
In collaboration with MOE CPDD, the Improving Confidence and Achievement in Numeracy (ICAN) project was launched in 2015 with the Sec 1A2 and Sec 1T1. Primarily targeted at lower progress learners, this project aims to level up every student in the learning of mathematics by equipping teachers with intervention strategies and models that are guided by research to tackle the 4 key issues of learning gaps, language, motivation and memory.
1NA Bridging program
The Sec 1NA Bridging program has been in force since 2008. It started out as Project ADAMAS and aims to help pupils to bridge the gap between Primary and Secondary Mathematics. It was designed to ensure that all pupils have a sound foundation as they start the Sec 1 Mathematics Curriculum. To make learning more authentic for the pupils, hands-on-learning is emphasised in this programme. For example, pupils were brought to the bowling alley where they learnt about geometrical concepts behind a game of bowling. A host of hands-on manipulatives were also tagged to each chapter to help students understand concepts through customised learning experiences.
2E Structured Remedial Programme using ACE-Learning
Since 2013, the lower ability students were helped to build up their Mathematics competencies progressively through an online portal. Termed as the Progressive Mastery Programme, students are able to monitor their own learning through feedback received from the portal and learn at their own pace. The teacher acts as a supporting facilitator and help to clarify students’ doubts during these sessions.
The PRIDE dollars initiative is a reward system that motivates students to adopt the right learner attitudes towards Mathematics. The students collect stamps based on a table of Rewards System and then redeem them at the given dates and venues. We have seen improved performance in the students when they are being extrinsically motivated for their good work. This is an initial step to help the less motivated pupils and it is one of the strategies to help inculcate in them good habits and attitudes towards the learning of Mathematics.
Math Awards for students
Academic Awards for students given out in Term 3 include the Mathlete Award for excellence in Mathematics (for the top 15% of the cohort) and Exceptional Effort Award (for the most improved student).
Non- academic Awards for students given out in Term 4 include Eager Beaver (for the most helpful/enthusiastic Math student) and the Most Diligent student (for the student who hands in work on time). The Effort Award in Mathematics is a class award that is given out in Term 3 to recognise the effort made by the class to produce value-added results in the Mid-Year examinations.
To stretch the higher ability pupils, competitions such as the “Australian Mathematics Competition” (AMC) and “All Singapore Secondary Mathematics Competition for NA students (ASMC)” were conducted for the higher ability students in our midst.
“All Singapore Secondary Mathematics Competition” (ASMC)
- 36th position Team placing: Lee Yong Leong, Muhd Wafiyuddin Bin Abdul Rahman and Jolene Tan Li Han from 2A1/2A2
- 52nd position Team placing: Lim Yu Yan, Huang Kaibao and Michaeljan Leo Kee Wen from 3A1
2015 Singapore Mathematics Modelling Forum and Challenge
In line with MOE’s direction of allowing students to acquire more reasoning and communication skills, 6 students also participated in the 2015 Singapore Mathematics Modelling Forum and Challenge. A total of 254 participants from 30 over schools hailing from Singapore, Australia, Taiwan and Hong Kong had the opportunity to experience the mathematisation process of real world problems. The school team comprises of students James Makarios, Geng Chao Ran, Ta To Nu Huyen Tran of Sec 2E1 and Shi Meiqi, Hsu Ren Yu and Denis Tan of Sec 3E1. Out of 48 teams which joined, James Makarios from 2E1, together with his team members clinched one of the team awards for their splendid performance in the challenge!