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|Mdm Yap Huie Yuan|
|Ms Joyce Fang|
|Mdm Elaine Lee|
|Mdm Suzanne Lim |
Senior Teacher, Mathematics
| Miss Aileen Tan|
SH ALP (covering)
|Mdm Belinda Cheong||Mdm Jenny Chua|
|Mrs Tracy Neo||Ms Ang Huey Chia||Mdm Ewe Ai Hoon|
|Mrs Tng Yoke Yin||Chen Qiuru||Mr Muhd Fauzie bin Mihram|
|Mdm Jerine Ewe Ai Hoon||Mdm Anita Srinivasan (AED)||Mdm Sabrina Yap (AED)|
|Mrs Elicia Goh (AJT)||Mr Wong Lye Hoong (AJT)||Mdm Goh Li-Ping (AJT)|
|Mdm Ivy Low (AJT)|
To develop confident learners who are resilient in solving problems
E xplore Mathematics. E xperience Mathematics. D iscover Mathematics.
The Math Department aims to develop confident learners who are resilient in solving problems. Opportunities are created for our students to explore Mathematics, experience Mathematics and discover Mathematics. Besides enhancing our students’ experiences so as to enable them to understand concepts, acquire Mathematical skills and be able to apply to real-life situations, activities are customised to allow our students to think flexibly and use creative approaches to solve problems.
Aims of Math Department
(a) To enable our students to:
- Understand concepts, acquire Mathematical skills and be able to apply to real-life situations by enhancing their experiences in Mathematics
- Think flexibly and use creative approaches to solve problems
- Use Mathematical language to communicate Mathematical ideas confidently and logically
- Develop positive attitude towards Mathematics and to be resilient in overcoming challenges
(b) To enable our teachers to:
- be equipped with the skills to engage pupils in the classroom.
- pass on their love for Mathematics to the students.
- inspire and build their capacity.
Laying a strong foundation in Mathematics
Much effort is spent at the lower levels to strengthen foundation skills such as numeracy. This will ensure a consistent and sustainable high level of academic achievements for the students.
Math Journal Writing (P1-4)
Math Journal Writing has been implemented in Primary 1 and 2 levels since 2009. The tasks designed allow our students to make the thinking process concrete, provide students with opportunities to engage in reflection and to question their own thinking (metacognition). It provides a platform for our students to communicate their thinking through words, pictures or diagrams and they also get to make use of Mathematical Language in their responses. Our teachers, in turn, will give their feedback to help the students to improve in their learning, in the spirit of using assessment for learning. The students will also be given the opportunities to pose questions and this is in line with our department’s pedagogy - learning by questioning.
Math Practical Tests (P1-4)
Mathematics Practical Test is one of the alternative assessments to enable the students to apply the mathematical concepts and skills through hands-on activities independently and it also allows the department to evaluate the effectiveness of the instructional program. It also enables the teachers to reflect and guide students to improve their learning. Through the activities designed for our students, the teachers will give feedback and highlight some of the misconceptions which the students have to allow them to move forward and to improve in their learning.
These are some of the feedback from teachers after the test:
"A refreshing way of assessment. Students enjoyed and looked forward to the next station."
"Students are engaged and they are able to work independentl y."
Problem Solving (P1-6)
S.T.A.R. framework was created to help our students to scaffold their thinking when they tackle heuristics and problem sums. When students solve problems, they make use of the 4 steps - S TOP, T hink, A ct, R eflect.
The teachers make use of AfL strategies in problem-solving. Problem solving cards are designed for the teachers in the P1 – 3 classrooms to engage the students during problem-solving lessons. These cards are useful for scaffolding in problem-solving.
The problem cards are categorised into 3 levels;
- Easy – basic word problems involving 1-step
- Intermediate – word problems involving multiple-steps problems and other heuristics questions
- Expert – challenging word problems
The cards are used by the teachers, depending on the readiness level of the students in the class. The questions designed are progressive and in accordance to the difficulty level. Each class is given a pack of the cards and these cards can be used during co-operative learning, class discussion or pair work.
MAGIC (Mathematics Guide in Concord) (P1-6)
MAGIC Volume 1-3 is a sincere effort by our competent and caring teachers from Concord Primary School to provide a simple yet effective reference guide for our students. Its origin is stemmed from our belief in the importance of building strong Mathematical foundations in our students so as to better enable them to understand and develop a love for the subject at an early age.
Every chapter in MAGIC Volume 1-3 has been carefully designed to contain comprehensive notes on Mathematical concepts. These are written in simple language and presented via diagrams and pictorial forms with ample illustrations for greater clarity. Our students are also given the opportunities to test their understanding and apply what they have learnt in the “Let’s Practise!”sections.
Building Up Heuristics skills in our pupils
GEMS (Grow and Excel in Mathematical Skills)
In Concord Primary School, nurturing Enriched Minds in our Concordians is of primary importance. While the school adheres to the fundamental belief that every individual should take responsibility for his/her learning, it also place its faith in enhancing the capacity of the learners via carefully planned and customized experiences by the school.
The Concord’s GEMS (Grow and Excel in Mathematical Skills) for Primary 1-2 is an innovative school-based curriculum designed by the school's own team of teachers to complement the Mathematics curriculum by enhancing our students’ learning experiences in Mathematics through:
- being intellectually challenged to seek alternative solutions to problems;
- being creatively stretched with tasks that require them to create their own problems with a set of given conditions; and
- being confident with an innate desire to learn more.
Nurturing the young talents
Math Olympiad Training is conducted for selected students from Primary 1 to Primary 6.
The objectives are to stretch our students who have aspiration in gaining new knowledge and intelligence in the learning of Mathematics. Through this programme which is specially catered to our high achievers, the department also hopes to enhance flexibility in our students' thinking and to expand their horizons that Mathematics learning is fun, exciting and challenging!
Our students have been exposed to various competitions which include RAFFLES INSTITUTION’S PRIMARY MATHEMATICS WORLD CONTEST (RIPMWC) Competitions, National Mathematical Olympiad of S’pore (NMOS), (SINGAPORE AND ASEAN SCHOOLS MATH OLYMPIADS) SASMOS, Singapore Mathematical Olympiad for Primary Schools (SMOPS). Our students have done Concord Proud for the past years!
Developing students' confidence and enjoyment in doing Mathematical activities
Math Playground ( E njoy, E xperience, E nhance @ Math Playground)
Math Playground in Concord allows our students to have fun doing Mathematical activities. Apart from the hands-on activities, the corner provides a platform for them to solve non-routine problems through puzzles and games. The corner is opened for P1-4 students during their recesses and students get an opportunity to participate in challenging games such as Sudoku, Chess and Math Puzzles during their recesses.
Customised activities are also organised at Math Playground during recess for selected groups of students and our Allied Educator, Mrs Chin, will conduct the activities with them. The small group activities allow the students to celebrate little successes and any misconceptions will be addressed on the spot.
Creative Mathematics Kit (P1-3)
Concord Primary School is proud to introduce the Creative Mathematics Kit for all Primary 1-3 students. This programme will allow every student to bring back a Math Kit which consists of resources/ manipulatives such as measuring tape, jelly-making mould, measuring beaker, number cards, etc during the school holiday.
It provides an opportunity for the students to reinforce the Mathematics concepts which they have learnt in Semester 1 and serves as a platform for family bonding.
The Creative Mathematics Kit will allow the students to consolidate the concepts learnt and to apply their Mathematical concepts/ skills to everyday life. Our teachers will also make use of the students' responses and reflection to help improve their learning.
Collaboration with Partners (P1-6)
Math Department aims to work with our parents to empower them so that they can be equipped with skills to help to reinforce some the concepts/ skills which the students have learnt in the classroom. Workshops such as Math Model Drawing and Heuristics Workshop for Primary One Parents, Learning Support for Mathematics (LSM) Workshops for Primary One Parents, P3/4 Parents’ Engagement Workshop and PSLE Preparatory Workshop (Mathematics) for Primary Six Parents have been planned and organised by the department.
Using C-P-A Approach to develop Mathematical skills
Investigative Tasks to develop problem solving skills
Using C-P-A Approach to develop Mathematical skills
Leveraging ICT to reinforce learning in Mathematics
Mathematics is fun – Math Playground
Our Creative Jelly-making Kit : Relating Mathematics to real-life stiuations