At GESPS, we believe in laying a strong foundation in Math for our pupils. Our Math programmes focus on helping our pupils in achieving basic numeracy skills, as well as building confidence and fostering a love in the learning of Math. The department programmes are aligned closely to the direction set by MOE where the mathematics curriculum is conceptualised with the core aim of enabling children to develop their ability in mathematical problem solving in a wide range of situations, including non-routine, open-ended and real-world problems.
3 phases of learning in a typical Math lesson:
To help our pupils build a strong foundation in Math, our lessons are planned in a structured teaching sequence with manipulatives and resources.
In the structured sequence, our pupils will go through these 3 phases of learning, the readiness, the engagement and mastery phase during a Math lesson.
The readiness phase takes place at the start of a lesson. Teachers conduct diagnostic test or activities to check on pupils’ prior knowledge so that they could pitch the lesson at the correct level from the start.
In the engagement stage, different approaches are used to engage pupils in learning new concepts and skills. They are mainly hands-on including group work and pair work. Pupils are encouraged to communicate and articulate ideas. While in the mastery stage, learning is reinforced through pen and paper practices, games, writing math journal or performing a practical task.
Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) Approach to teaching Mathematics:
Mathematical concepts are taught using the CPA approach. When using the CPA approach, teachers provide pupils with opportunities in class to engage in hands-on activities using concrete materials and manipulatives to help them to make sense of the concepts they are learning. Pictures showing the visual representations of the concrete manipulatives are then introduced to help students visualise the mathematical concepts. Finally, algorithms and symbols are used to represent the concepts in numerical operations. This CPA approach benefits all students as it slowly builds on pupils’ understanding of mathematical concepts in a progressive manner.
Beyond Classroom Learning:
Using the environment as a 3rd Teacher, this provides opportunities for children to make their thinking visible and then foster further learning and engagement.
Apart from classroom learning, learning also takes place beyond the classroom.
We believe in creating a conducive learning environment and engaging our pupils with the right learning experiences to make the learning of Mathematics fun and purposeful.
- Fun With Math Recess Activities
The activities challenge students to think out of the box and solve challenging problems through puzzles and games. Students play in a safe and supportive environment that facilitates the motivation to learn and fosters their engagement in Mathematics.
- Math & Science Enrichment Camp (P3 -6)
The department also conducts a 3-day camp which involves pupils in team building and interactive activities. Mathematical and Science concepts learnt in Semester 1 are reinforced through fun-filled and engaging hands-on activities and games. Pupils are exposed to applications of mathematical and science concepts to everyday life through activities such as Blocks Challenge, Kite Geometry and Mathematics Magic Stations.
- Integrated learning Trails
Integrated learning trails for each level are conducted to encourage collaborative learning among pupils and to sustain pupils’ passion for the different subjects.