Our mathematics programme enables pupils to acquire the necessary mathematical concepts and skills for everyday life and for continuous learning in mathematics and related disciplines.
It also develops the necessary process skills for the acquisition and application of mathematical concepts and skills as well as mathematical thinking and problem solving skills which allow the pupils to apply these skills to formulate and solve problems. Pupils will be able to recognise and use connections among mathematical ideas and between mathematics and other disciplines.
As the pupils develop positive attitudes towards mathematics, they will be able to make effective use of a variety of mathematical tools in the learning and application of mathematics cooperatively and independently. Thus, producing imaginative and creative work arising from mathematical ideas while developing the abilities to reason logically and communicate mathematically.
Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (C-P-A) Approach
Activity-based learning is effective for teaching mathematical concepts and skills.
Pupils engage in such activities individually, in pairs or groups. They use manipulatives or other resources to construct meanings and understandings. From concrete manipulatives and experiences to pictorial representations, pupils are guided to uncover abstract mathematical concepts or results.
Pólya’s Four-step Problem-solving Strategy
In teaching problem solving, teachers demonstrate how to use the strategy and models thinking aloud to make visible the thinking process.
The 4-step Approach:
1) Read and understand the problem.
2) Devise a plan.
3) Act out the plan.
4) Check and reflect.
Reasoning & Communication @ MCS
Mathematical processes refer to the process skills involved in the process of acquiring and applying mathematical knowledge. This includes reasoning and communication which pupils can develop through problem solving. In MCS, the pupils work in pairs or groups to lay out their working logically; communicate their thoughts clearly in both written and verbal forms; and reason inductively by observing patterns, similarities and differences. They make connections between mathematical ideas and everyday life. In MCS, we believe that reasoning, communication and problem solving skills are essential to lifelong learning.
Reasoning and communication @ MCS in action! Pupils presenting solutions in class.