Every Child is Able in Mathematics
In Juying Primary School, we firmly believe in the use of the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach in the teaching of Mathematics. The use of this approach ensures that all pupils build a strong foundation in the learning of Mathematics concepts. Through carefully constructed learning experiences that focus on mathematical processes and skills, pupils are given the opportunities to develop their Mathematical Thinking Skills and Problem Solving Skills as detailed in the Framework for the Mathematics Curriculum below.
The Mathematics Department offers a suite of well-designed programmes that caters to the varying needs of our pupils and to meet the three prong objectives to support, scaffold and stretch learning in Mathematics.
To SUPPORT learning in Mathematics
Activity Based Lessons
In the daily Mathematics lessons, pupils engage in activities to explore and learn mathematical concepts and skills. They make use of available teaching resources or manipulatives in the classroom to construct meaning in the learning of mathematical concepts.
Problem Solving Through the RISE Approach
The teachers in Juying Primary adopt a structured approach in teaching pupils problem solving skills. The RISE approach is adapted from George Polya’s Model of Problem Solving. This approach also incorporates a series of metacognition questions that pupils can ask themselves when going through the problem solving process. Through this approach, pupils build a set of thinking routines and make their thinking processes more visible. Besides building problem solving skills, the teachers hope to help pupils gain independence and confidence in solving mathematical problems.
JUYING’S RISE APPROACH
Read and Understand the problem
- What am I given?
- Can I use diagrams or models?
- What am I asked to find?
- How can I reword/retell to make sense of the information?
Identify suitable strategies
- What strategy should I use?
- Why do I choose this strategy?
- I will apply the strategy
- I will write out my steps and equations
Explain and reflect on your answer
- Have I answered the question?
- Does my answer make sense?
- Have I checked for Number Transfer, Units and Calculations?
Mathematics Interactive Kitchen
At the Mathematics Interactive Kitchen, situated just next to the canteen, pupils learn through play. Designed by our Mathematics teachers, the interactive activities were intentional in encouraging practical and hands-on exploration. Through play, our pupils are exposed to new Mathematical concepts and extend their existing skills, knowledge and understanding.
The innovative learning space is designed such that it gives pupils an insight of what they could learn later in the syllabus. Pupils are also given the autonomy to select higher level questions if they welcome challenges. The activities also allow them to learn at they own pace and reinforce concepts learnt in the classroom.
Mathematics came alive for our students at the Mathematics Interactive Kitchen!
One of the key structure of ICAN, Factual Fluency was scaled up to all classes. Time was set aside in every Math lessons to practise basic number facts to develop factual fluency in pupils. Factual fluency takes on different forms such as Speed Test, Class Practice and Games using fact cards, to allow pupils to practice their basic number facts with their friends in a fun way. With factual fluency in place, we ease the pupils’ cognitive load when learning new concepts.
To SCAFFOLD learning in Mathematics
Learning Support Programme (LSM)
The Learning Support for Mathematics (LSM) programme supports Primary 1 and 2 pupils who lack the foundation skills in Mathematics, and help bridge the numeracy gap. The LSM teacher is specially trained to teach in small group sizes of 8 to 10 pupils and focuses in key numeracy skills using a wide range of teaching methodologies to suit each pupil’s learning needs. The LSM lessons in Juying adopts full- withdrawal support and the curriculum taught follows that of the mainstream classes closely.
Improving Confidence and Achievements in Numeracy (ICAN)
The ICAN programme supports students who need more help in Mathematics. It aims to equip teachers with the knowledge, skills and resources to support these students. The project targets 4 issues that these learners frequently face – learning gaps, weak command of the language, low motivation and poor memory retention, using the following 8 principles:
- Routines and norms
- Diagnosis and feedback
- Confidence and motivation
- Key ideas and their connections
- Scaffolding and progression
- Communicating and reasoning
- Practice and Review
- Explicit and direct instruction
To STRETCH learning in Mathematics
Pupils who are mathematically inclined represent the school to take part in both local and international Maths competitions. These competitions include Singapore Mathematical Olympiad for Primary Schools, National Mathematical Olympiad of Singapore, Annual Mathlympics For All Primary Schools and the River Valley Maths Challenge.