Our Programmes • Structured weekly problem sums • Speed questions (replacement of mental sums) • Math Olympiad-like questions for Higher Ability pupils • Math Trail
Rationale behind our programmes • Structured weekly problem sums • Help pupils learn the different skills / heuristics that can be used to solve problem sums • Parallel questions are set per week to help pupils practice the skills taught, and revision of all skills learnt are done in Week 7 or Week 8 of each term • Speed questions (replacement of mental sums) • Help pupils exercise speed and accuracy for MCQ and FIB • Math Olympiad-like questions for Higher Ability pupils • Expose higher ability pupils to non routine questions • Math Trail • Expose pupils to apply the knowledge learnt in textbook to real-life situations
Important Things to Take Note • Mathematical and word statements must be shown for ALL Fill In the Blank questions and problem sums.
Frequently Asked Questions • How does the introduction of calculators affect a P3 child’s learning? The calculator is a tool to help pupils with computation. As such, a P3 child will not be affected in his/her learning of Mathematics. However, greater emphasis is given in computing whole numbers involving the four Mathematical operations (+, , , ÷).
Frequently Asked Questions • Is model drawing necessary? A child will not be penalized if he/she does not draw models in examination; unless specifically stated in the question. Model drawing is a useful tool to help pupils visualize the problem, and translate words into pictorial representation. Model drawing is a better way to present the problem than using algebra, which can be challenging for younger children. A child who is able to synthesize the information given in a word problem and translates it into pictorial form shows clarity of thought and analytical thinking. Model drawing allows the child to see a faster and shorter solution in solving word problems.
Frequently Asked Questions • How to help my child avoid careless mistakes? • Possible recommendations: • Use of highlighter to highlight important information • To attempt the questions again after completing the whole exercise / paper and see whether answers to both attempts tally
Frequently Asked Questions • How do I help my child in Mathematics? • Possible ways to help your child: • Make Math interesting and fun, and not a chore • Give your child room and space to learn • Play games with your child e.g. Sudoku, Monopoly • Make Math alive e.g. baking a cake, shopping • Give positive encouragement • Revise what the teacher has taught with your child