Based on the Singapore National Curriculum, our school’s mathematics program has a comprehensive and rigorous coverage. Mathematical experiences are taught in steps, each in turn lay the foundation for the next. The curriculum is taught from a base of concrete experience, with an intention to build relationship between mathematical objects and ideas constructed in the mind of the learner. In the early years, manipulation of concrete materials provides the foundation upon which children can actively build mathematical ideas. At all level, teachers draw on students' knowledge of the world to ensure that abstract ideas are linked to something familiar.
The approaches to teaching and learning in mathematics is characterised by the following:
1. Teaching from a base of concrete experience
2. Recognising mathematics as abstract and general
3. Using a variety of modes of classroom activities
4. Emphasising applications
5. Recognising individual differences and different learning styles and needs
The mathematics curriculum is divided into four main strands:
1. Space – shape and space, colour, location, use of language for space, use of information and communication technology.
2. Number – numbers, counting and numeration, mental computation, and estimation, place values, number computation and relationship (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and applying number, number patterns.
3. Measurement and Data – Measuring and estimation of length, mass, capacity, time, area, volume, relationships between attributes such as dimensions, area, volume, time, distance, mass, classify events as certain, possible, impossible, likely or unlikely.
4. Reasoning and Strategies – mathematical reasoning through use of logical arguments and proofs, exploring problems which are initially unfamiliar using mathematical strategies by acting out and using materials or other means to represent a situation, mathematical modeling and simplifying the assumptions.