"Mathematical understanding is a journey... not a destination"
- Dr Yeap Ban Haar (Internationally Renowned Maths Expert)
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.
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 Lewis Street and Christ Church 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 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.”
At Lewis Street and Christ Church, parents have played a very active role in the implementation of Singapore Maths. This has been achieved through: