Our Guiding Idea
A dynamic Mathematics curriculum that ignites our students’ passion in Mathematics so as to become Effective and Confident Problem Solvers.
Figure 1. NSPS Math Dept Guiding Idea (Pictorial Form)
The Singapore Mathematics Curriculum
The Mathematics framework (below) provided by the Ministry of Education of Singapore, Curriculum Planning and Development Division (CPDD) provides an overall picture of our Mathematics curriculum since 1990, and is still relevant today. The framework depicts the five aspects (Concepts, Skills, Processes, Attitudes, Metacognition) which are all equally important in achieving what is central to learning Mathematics: ability to solve Mathematical problems.
Figure 2. Mathematics Curriculum Framework (MOE)
Learning Math in NSPS
In North Spring Primary School, we have many exciting and meaningful programmes and platforms for our children to have the opportunity to ignite their passion in learning Mathematics, and to develop a strong foundation of numeracy and 21st century competencies.
Learning Support for Mathematics (LSM) Programme
The LSM programme is designed to provide early intervention support in Mathematics to students who need extra support in acquiring basic numeracy skills when they enter Primary One. Students identified for LSM programme are supported by qualified LSM teachers and the class size is kept small so that every student receives individual attention from the LSM teacher. The goal of the LSM are to a) level up and help students achieve an age-appropriate mathematical age b) to equip students with the mathematical knowledge, skills and dispositions so that they can learn mathematics with their peers. Undergirding everything that we are doing in LSM is the belief that all students can learn Mathematics given the appropriate instruction and opportunity to learn as we advocate incorporating a variety of approaches and activities in the LSM class. When students believe in themselves that they can learn, they will put in more time and effort in learning, hence leading to better performance and developing a growth mindset in them.
FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAMME
Our Primary 1 to 6 students participated in the Financial Literacy Programme sponsored by the Junior Achievement Singapore, where they were encouraged to use critical thinking to learn entrepreneurial skills that support positive attitudes as they explore and enhance their career aspirations. Our students participated in activities that enabled them to better understand the key entrepreneurial characteristics, the role of market research and the development of business plans. Lead by professional entrepreneurs who volunteered their time, our students had a fruitful session, picking up skills which they can apply in the future.
Joy of Learning @ Cooking Lab
Joy of Learning @ Cooking Lab is a programme by the Mathematics department that is rolled out to Primary 1 to 5. Simple recipes infusing Mathematics concepts and skills are planned and students conduct the lessons in the cooking lab under close supervision of their Mathematics teachers. Prior to the lesson, the Mathematics Department members had to look into the syllabus and select suitable learning objectives that are suitable to be infused into cooking lessons. The lesson provides an opportunity for Primary 1 to 5 students to apply Mathematics concepts, knowledge and skills in cooking sessions in the cooking lab, making it an engaging and hands-on learning experience. The lessons planned aim to create a positive impact on the affective aspects of learning Mathematics in students, which are mainly the belief in the importance of learning Mathematics and its usefulness while increasing their confidence in using Mathematics in their daily lives. It also develops students’ Interest and enjoyment in learning Mathematics in an authentic setting.
I Love Math Week – Celebrating the love for the subject
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” This quote is representative of our Math Programmes which aim to connect students and Mathematics in authentic and meaningful experiences.
Every year, I Love Math Week is a week held in school to celebrate the learning of Mathematics with exhibitions and interactive booths. Through this play and experience, students can see the connection between Mathematical concepts and their everyday life. At the end of the celebration week, we aim to help students develop appreciation and more interest in this commonly feared subject.
Our school engages our parents with Mathematics workshops annually. Through the workshop, parents learnt how Mathematics relate to our daily lives and how they can make Mathematics authentic and fun for their children. They also picked up a heuristic skills on how model-drawing is done at the lower primary and why it is important for our learners to know how to draw models. We also shared with parents the importance of praising their children for their efforts in learning and to motivate them in their learning of mathematics. It was indeed heartening to see that parents often take time off to attend the workshop with us and participated actively!