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Maths

"Mathematical understanding is a journey... not a destination"

- Dr Yeap Ban Haar (Internationally Renowned Maths Expert)

Introduction

Mathematics underpins our daily lives and is becoming even more important in an increasingly technological world. The Singapore method of teaching mathematics develops pupils' mathematical ability and confidence, making mathematics more engaging and interesting.

Aim

The aim of the ‘Singapore Maths’ is to raise standards of attainment and progress, and ensure every child achieves above national expectations. Studies clearly show that children taught using the Singaporean “maths mastery” approach learn faster than their classmates. It uses a rigorous, coherent approach developing concepts and skills in a concrete, then pictorial and finally an abstract way. The Singapore method of teaching mathematics develops pupils' mathematical ability and confidence.

Transferring Pedagogy into Classroom Practice

The Singapore Maths’ approach ensures that all concepts and skills are taught following the same format. Lessons follow the concrete–pictorial–abstract method. Clear and engaging visuals are used to present concepts, and to model solutions that allow all pupils, regardless of language skills, to focus on the mathematics. The concrete–pictorial–abstract sequence helps students build understanding of mathematical processes.

Singapore Maths Textbooks and Workbooks

At Christ Church and Lewis Street we use Singapore Maths textbooks and workbooks. The textbooks allow teachers and pupils to explore each topic in real depth. The colourful textbooks include anchor tasks, guided practice examples and group activities for use in the classroom.

The workbooks allow pupils to work independently, demonstrate their understanding and assess their own learning.

The varied examples have been specifically chosen to stretch pupils into harder concepts and generate dialogue.

Parental Engagement

“Parental involvement in the form of ‘at-home good parenting’ has a significant positive effect on children’s achievement and adjustment even after all other factors shaping attainment have been taken out of the equation. In the primary age range the impact caused by different levels of parental involvement is much bigger than differences associated with variations in the quality of schools. The scale of the impact is evident across all social classes and all ethnic groups.”
(Desforges 2003)

At Christ Church and Lewis Street, parents have played a very active role in the implementation of Singapore Maths. This has been achieved through:

  • Parent workshops;
  • Family learning mornings;
  • Singapore maths activities to take home;
  • A parent/carer pamphlet;
  • Singapore maths “toolkit” containing various concrete materials that pupils can use at home.
    Parental engagement with children’s learning is effectively supported when parents receive clear, specific and targeted information from schools and this is precisely what Christ Church and Lewis Street aim to achieve.