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# Activities and Programmes

### Mathematics Trail

Mathematics Trail is an interactive way to learn Mathematics beyond the classroom and textbooks. Using Math Trail, pupils can experience Mathematics concepts that are applied in their daily activities and things around them. Using of I-pad, pupils move about answering questions using the camera function, recording of video to answer and explain their answers.

Primary 1, 2, 3 and 4 Math Trail

The Primary 1, 2, 3 and 4 pupils went on exciting Mathematics trails within the school compound. Pupils apply the Mathematical concepts they have learnt in the classroom to authentic situations set up around the school.

In their groups, pupils had to locate the various stations using the i-pad. They collaborated and solved the challenging puzzles and questions using the manipulatives provided.  They had fun learning Mathematics in an enjoyable way.

 Students using the iPad to locate the various stations. Students using the iPad to solve thechallenging puzzles.

Students collaborated to solve the questions using the manipulatives provided.

Primary 5 Math Trail

As part of experiential learning, a Math Trail for our Primary 5 pupils at Changi Airport has been organized.

The pupils got to apply Mathematical concepts and problem solving skills through real-life activities at the different stations in the airport. They also engaged in cooperative learning as they work collaboratively to complete the assigned tasks.

Through this Math trail, we hope to deepen the pupils’ awareness on how Math is applied in authentic situations, develop their passion for Math and build their social skills.

### Learning Journeys

One of the best ways to broaden our minds is to travel and be exposed to the world.  Learning journeys  encourage students to learn not only through the classroom but also through experiential learning, giving them the chance to break out of their academic routine.  The Math Department organise learning journeys for different levels to put students in real-life scenarios.

P1 Learning Journey: Visit to NTUC Fairprice Supermarket

During the visit, pupils connect the topic on Money to the buying of groceries at the supermarket. This will enhance their understanding of the mathematical concept on addition, subtraction and comparison.

P2 Learning Journey: Visit to Doughworkz by PastaMania

Primary Two pupils went to Doughworkz at Singapore Management University to learn how to make a 7” pizza.

During this visit, they were able to connect concepts, mass and fractions, learnt in school to an authentic situation. Seeing the relevance in what they are learning, pupils are more likely to be interested in what they are learning and more motivated to learn new concepts and skills in the future.

### Learning Support for Mathematics - Parents Briefing

Learning Support for Mathematics (LSM) is an early intervention effort aimed at providing additional support to pupils who do not have foundational numeracy skills and knowledge to access the Primary 1 Maths curriculum. This intervention is extended to the Primary 2 level.

A yearly briefing is conducted for parents whose children are identified for the intervention. Parents are briefed on the following:

Features of the LSM programme
Partnership with parents
Tips to help their child at home

The Mathematical Olympiad Programme is organized for our Primary 3 to 6 pupils.

Through the programme, pupils will:
·         understand and appreciate the different problem-solving techniques
·         solve different types of Primary Mathematical Olympiad questions
·         apply the best techniques on a given problem with more confidence

Pupils are encouraged to participate in the following contests:

- UNSW ICAS:University of New South Wales International Competition and Assessment for
- NMOS: National Mathematical Olympiad of Singapore (NMO∑) is an annual national competition organized by the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
- SMOPS:Singapore Mathematical Olympiad for Primary School by Hwa Chong Institution
- RIPMWC:        Raffles Institution Primary Mathematics World Contest

### Math Fun Week

Math Fun Week is held annually to engage pupils with fun-filled Math activities during the recess.  Pupils get to explore and learn more about Mathematics through games and play!

### Math Quiz

Math Quiz is held fortnightly  to provide opportunities for pupils to apply Mathematical skills in a fun and innovative way as well as develop their positive attitudes towards Mathematics.

### Math Bridging

Math Bridging Programme is a partnership between Si Ling Primary and Woodgrove Secondary.  Secondary 2 students from Woodgrove Secondary serve as buddies to help our P6 low progress pupils who need additional help in mastering Mathematical concepts and skills in this weekly programme.

### Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract Approach

The Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract Approach (commonly referred to as CPA approach) is  used in the teaching of Mathematics. Lessons are designed using the CPA sequence to foster deeper understanding of Mathematical concepts as pupils progress from one grade level to another.

• Concrete is the “doing” stage. During this stage, students use concrete objects to model problems.
• Pictorial is the “seeing” stage. Here, visual representations of concrete objects are used to model problems.
• Abstract is the “symbolic” stage, where children use abstract symbols  to model problems.

### Improving Confidence and Achievement in Numercy (ICAN) Project

Si Ling Primary collaborates with the Ministry of Education (Curriculum Planning and Development Division) to look into the teaching and learning of Mathematics for low progress learners.

The ICAN principles

1. Establish routines and norms
2. Check and diagnose
3. Focus on Fundamentals
4. Use explicit and direct instructions
5. Simplify and  Scaffold
6. Practise and Review