The school mathematics programme closely follows the direction set by the Ministry of Education.
- Acquire the necessary mathematical concepts and skills for everyday life, and for continuous learning in mathematics and related disciplines.
- Develop the necessary process skills for the acquisition and application of mathematical concepts and skills.
- Develop mathematical thinking and problem solving skills and apply these skills to formulate and solve problems.
- Recognise and use connections among mathematical ideas, and between mathematics and other disciplines.
- Develop positive attitudes towards mathematics.
- Make effective use of a variety of mathematical tools in the learning and application of mathematics.
- Produce imaginative and creative work arising from mathematical ideas.
- Develop the abilities to reason logically, to communicate mathematically, and to learn cooperatively and independently.
Key Approaches / Programmes
1) 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.
2) 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 processes.
The 4-step Approach:
1) Read and understand the problem.
2) Devise a plan.
3) Act out the plan.
4) Check and reflect.
3) 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 among mathematical ideas and between mathematics and everyday life. In MCS, we believe that reasoning, communication and problem solving skills are essential to lifelong learning.
Adapted from: Curriculum Planning & Development Division, Ministry of Education.
Learning through pair work.
Using manipulatives in a group.
Reasoning and communication @ MCS in action! Pupils presenting solutions in class.
B-Trail Competition 2017: Consolation Prize (1 team) and Top 3 (1 team)
B-Trail Competition 2017
Engaged in solving questions at the trail.
Listening attentively to the secondary school pupil’s explanation.
We have done the school proud!