At Punggol Green Primary, Maths is…
Meaningful and Fun:
To cultivate an interest in the learning of Mathematics starting from the foundation years, we introduce a series of games to our students to help them master their Mathematical concepts and knowledge in a fun and non-threatening manner. Through the games, our students get to apply their Mathematical skills in a meaningful and fun setting. The games which have been carefully selected by the teachers provide opportunities for building self-confidence and a positive attitude towards Mathematics. Games are also an excellent platform for students to learn from one another.
In helping our students see the relevance of learning Mathematics and relating Mathematics to everyday life, we make use of authentic materials as much as possible. From providing concrete manipulatives to creating real-life experiences (sometimes recreating the environment with the aid of technology), we offer our students tactile learning environments where they get to learn through experimentation and hands-on activities. Our Math trails are evidences of such learning experiences. For instance, in the topic on Length, we learnt how to measure the width of a footpath using different objects such as leaves, footprints etc. In learning about Money, our students get real-life experience of budgeting for a sandwich making activity. Such valuable learning experiences are beyond what the textbooks offer!
Targeted at different ability groups
Each student is unique in his/her learning capabilities. In ensuring that no child is left out in the learning of Mathematics, we have a series of programmes catered to suit the learning needs of the different groups of students. The Learning Support Programme aims to provide more focused help to support the identified students to strengthen their foundation in the early years. To further stretch the students’ potentials, we have programmes in place which allow our students to explore Mathematical concepts in greater depth.
Highly focused on learning outcomes
Learning outcomes for each topic are clearly outlined and shared with both our students and parents. A review of the child’s achievement for these learning outcomes is shared with our parents at the end of each topic to ensure that feedback is given in a timely manner to aid the child in his/her learning. This is complemented with a list of suggested ways in which our parents can partner us to better support the child’s learning of Mathematics at home.
In the classroom, there are plenty of opportunities for our students to collaborate and work in groups to problem-solve. For instance, in learning about Multiplication and Division, students come together to decide how they should be grouping themselves based on the teacher’s instructions. Learning is largely student-driven with teachers and parents facilitating the learning process.