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# Mathematics

### Vision

Every staff and pupil to be an analytical and creative mathematical problem solver

### Goals

The goals of SMPS Mathematics Department are to guide pupils and teachers to exhibit the value of PACE.

• Persevere when faced with a challenging problem
• Actively seek to learn the concept and explore deeper
• Creatively and flexibly think of varied solutions to solve Mathematical problems
• Excel in the subject area of Mathematics
• Pace the teaching and learning appropriately to maximise the full potential of each child and teacher

### Approach

In order to develop our staff and pupils towards values of PACE, SMPS adopts the use of PACE Strategy.

Department Members

Mdm Elaine Khoo (HOD/Mathematics)
Mdm Tania YapMdm Shahirah
Mdm Chua Sue Ann
Mdm Daphne Cheng
Ms Christine LowMrs Lim Mei Sze
Mdm Tan Seow WeeMrs Adeline Ang
Mrs Mandy TeoMdm Mimi Nurhidayah
Ms Teoh Yian PinMrs Thong Hui Yee
Ms Low Pei Lin Mdm Chew Peck Har
Mr Derek Wong
Ms Florina HoeMrs Angelia Chu
Ms Sharon Simon
Mrs Haryati Zulkifli
Mrs Angeline TanMs Law Xin Yi

1. Hands-on activities on daily lessons

At Lower Primary, lessons are mainly designed using Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach to allow pupils to use real or physical objects for exploration, relating them to visual summary and eventually be able to represent them mentally.  Through this approach, we aim to better support pupils’ learning of fundamental concepts as well as to infuse an element of fun to arouse pupils’ interest and desire to acquire mathematical skills and knowledge.

How long is my table?Which animal comes first? The pupils managed to line them in their correct positions!

How many cubes do I have? 1..2, 3.. How do we cut the brownie into half?

At Upper Primary, lessons are also planned via CPA approach but a greater emphasis is placed on the thinking process rather than the solution. Thus, we create more opportunities for pupils to be engaged in group work, active class discussions and presentations. Through these processes, we hope to nurture pupils who are able to use multiple ways to solve a question and to effectively communicate their solutions and doubts.

Pupils presenting their solutions

Pupils are having fun learning 8-pt
compass by giving directions to their
friends on the mat.
Can you see the mirror image in the reflection? That's the line of symmetry!

2. Math Recess Play Programme (Learn and Play Beyond Classrooms)

Beyond the usual Mathematics lessons in classrooms, the school continued to cultivate pupils’ love for Mathematics through “Math Recess Play” programme. This programme was implemented since 2016 during recess times at the canteen.

Pupils are invited to play and enjoy the Mathematical games that focus on logical thinking skills and problem solving skills.  Through these activities, pupils get the opportunity to think out-of-the-box and test their strategies till they derive at the solution in a stress-free environment. These skills are essential and beneficial to the children’s development.

 Move this car to the left... Mm... what shall I do to make it balance...

Yeah! Receiving a stamp on my reward card.This reward card is beautiful. I shall write my name it.

3. Talent Management
To stretch our pupils who are strong in Mathematics, school exposes pupils to Higher Order Thinking (HOT) skills via talent management modules and Mathematics Olympiad Programmes (MOP) and competitions.

MOP competition at  Hwa Chong Institution
4. Staff Development
The school looks into constant upgrading of teacher’s competency in the teaching of Mathematics. All Mathematics teachers attended a workshop that focused on CPA approach as well as problem solving strategies.

Teachers are discussing and sharing the teaching strategies