Every student a thinker and a resilient problem solver.
To develop our students to be STAR problem solvers, the department has adopted the 4-step Poyla Problem Solving strategies in the teaching of Mathematics in Zhenghua Primary School.
To build a strong Mathematical foundation in students.
To foster joy in the learning of Mathematics.
To engage students through various learning of Mathematics.
To engage students through various learning experiences.
To develop reasoning and communication skills in students.
To give students opportunities to appreciate and apply Mathematics in real life context.
We believe that every child wants to and can learn. The Math Department aims to enable our students to:
acquire Mathematical concepts and skills for everyday use
develop thinking, reasoning, communication, application, and metacognitive skills
build confidence and foster interest in Mathematics.
1. Using Concrete to Pictorial to Abstract (C-P-A) Approach
To enhance conceptual understanding, our teachers make use of CPA (Concrete to Pictorial to Abstract) Approach in the teaching of Mathematics in the classroom. Students have the opportunities to make use manipulatives such as base-ten blocks, number discs and fraction bars to better understand the Mathematical concepts and this makes learning more fun at the same time.
2. Enhancing Learning Experiences
To ignite the joy of learning in Mathematics, students are provided with different opportunities to apply concepts and skills learnt in real-life context.
3. Making Thinking Visible through Mathematical Reasoning and Communication
To develop a thinker and a resilient problem solver, our students are encouraged to communicate their reasoning and connections through various Mathematical tasks and activities such as performance tasks. Students are given opportunities to discuss and express their thoughts and ideas in both verbal and written forms (Mathematical Journal Writing). As a result, our students will be able to develop the capacities to think critically, creatively as well as confidently.
Mathematics Department Programmes
To inculcate the love for the subject, the Mathematics Department organises PALM @ the Classroom for our students. The programme aims to:
provide more opportunities for students to be more engaged during Math lessons.
inject fun into lessons, besides having hands-on activities.
guide children to make meaning out of what they learn through purposeful play.
help students manage their ‘real-world’ problems, (for example, taking turns).
During the trail, students will be exposed to mathematical problem solving in a real-life situation. Students will need to apply concepts learnt in the classroom curriculum to solve problems in authentic situations.
Integrating Art in Mathematics ( I AiM)
I AiM (Integrate Art in Math) is an enrichment programme that infuses Art into Mathematics. The rationale of the activity is for students to better appreciate Mathematics through Art, have an awareness of applications of Mathematics in Art and for them to display their creativity through artefact creation or design.
P1 – Shapes
P2 – Solid Figures
P3 – Angles
P4 – Symmetry
P5 – Cubes and Cuboids
P6 – Circles/Nets
P5 Little Bakers Programme
To foster the joy of learning and nurture the spirit of Entrepreneurial Dare, the Math department embarked on a specially designed programme for our Primary 5 students. The Little Bakers Programme aims to engage our students through fun and hands-on baking experience and provide them with the opportunity to appreciate and apply Mathematics and Science concepts in real life.
Our little bakers need to use Mathematics when measuring and weighing ingredients, conversion of units, calculating ratio when making changes to recipes. They also have to apply Science concepts such as heat and temperature. Through this programme, students will understand how the concepts and skills learnt during Mathematics and Science lessons affect the quality of cookies they are baking.
The pictures below show students having fun baking different types of cookies.