Mathematics underpins many aspects of our everyday activities, from making sense of information in the newspaper to making informed decisions about personal finances. It supports learning in many fields of study, whether it is in the sciences or in business. A good understanding of basic mathematics is essential wherever calculations, measurements, graphical interpretations and statistical analysis are necessary. The learning of mathematics also provides an excellent vehicle to train the mind, and to develop the capacity to think logically, abstractly, critically and creatively. These are important 21st century competencies that we must imbue in our students, so that they can lead a productive life and be life-long learners.
(Adapted from Primary Mathematics Teaching and Learning Syllabus, 2013)
– Encompasses skills and functions which are important part of everyday life.
– Simulates real life through its context.
– Is one of the means of developing mathematical thinking as a tool for daily living.
Hence, Mathematical Modeling/Heuristics is highlighted as he tool to represent and solve real-world problems.
The Mathematics Framework
The mathematics framework has been a feature of Singapore’s mathematics curriculum since 1990, and is still relevant to date. The central focus of the framework is mathematical problem solving, that is, using mathematics to solve problems.
Chongfu’s Curriculum Focus
We hope Chongfu students will value learning mathematics at the highest possible level, and achieve a level of mastery of mathematics that will serve them well in life. The learning of mathematics should focus on understanding, not just recall of facts or reproduction of procedures. Understanding is necessary for deep learning and mastery. Only with understanding can students be able to reason mathematically and apply mathematics to solve a range of problems.
Chongfu Star Approach
Chongfu STAR approach to maths problem solving is adapted from George Polya’s problem solving process. It is a structured approach aimed to help students in effective problem solving. The STAR approach uses questioning techniques with a variety of questions in each stage to help students gain independence and confidence in solving mathematical problems.
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