Teaching and Learning
Investigative Approach to teaching Mathematics encourages students to explore and discuss real-world problems through hands-on activities. It enable students to uncover Mathematical concepts through questioning by the teachers. Ultimately, we would like to foster in students positive dispositions towards Mathematics.
High Achieving Students
Activities and task worksheets are designed across levels to stretch students with higher order thinking skills. In addition to MyPalsAreHere books, “Conquer Math” is used to supplement the high achieving students with enriching questions that are of higher order in nature.A vendor is engaged to conduct Math Olympiad training for competent students (P4-P6) outside curriculum time. Teachers who sit in the lesson will try to make use of the worksheet to conduct some of the lesson for the better students who are not enrolled in the programme. Pupils are also selected to participate in various Olympiad competitions.
High Ability Students
The Mathematics Enrichment programme in River Valley Primary School is targeted for students who have a deep passion for Mathematics, strong content knowledge in the subject and the willingness and resilience to problem solve.
The overall main objective is to reinforce confidence in students to investigate and problem solve higher order questions, encouraging creativity and empowering learners to take pride in their work. It focuses on the learning process rather than the final solution. All these aim to strengthen their love for Mathematics.The activities selected are in tangent to the school syllabus but also extends beyond it. It involves enrichment topics that enhances the challenging and enjoyable learning experience.
In our Math Outreach Programme, extra teachers have been deployed and resources allocated to enable pull-out classes for the weaker students (P5 & P6). The main purpose is to provide weaker students with more attention to help improve their learning. The teachers do not just work with students to improve their results, but also to improve in their self-esteem in their ability to do better.
Learning outcomes (what we want the students to master) are identified after each assessment based on their weak areas. Teachers re-teach the concepts and retest students and the results are monitored.The Learning Support for Mathematics (LSM) Programme is designed for students who need extra support in acquiring basic numeracy skills when they enter Primary 1. This support given is for 2 years. The class size is small and hence students received more individual attention from the teacher. The focus in LSM is on building good mathematical understanding and aims to build students’ confidence and positive beliefs about their ability to do Math. The students learn through varied activities such as role-playing, the use of manipulatives, visual drills and the playing of Mathematical games. They also receive help in the specific areas that they are weak in. Review tests are conducted at the end of each chapter and this is a form of feedback for parents, teachers and the student.
It reinforces the learning and provides students with opportunities to engage in reflection, question their own understanding, connect the abstract and the concrete, and apply the knowledge they have acquired to solve problems.
Integration of ICT
9th Annual Mathlympics 2016
2 Silver, 5 Bronze
Institution Primary Mathematics World Contest (RIPMWC) 2017
2 High Distinctions, 7 Distinctions, 1 Credit