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Mr Kevin Tan
HOD, Mathematics


"Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas." - Albert Einstein

Email: tan_chin_choo@moe.edu.sg 

Miss Vanitha Parada Raju
Level Head, Mathematics


"The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics"- Plato

Email: vanitha_parada_raju@moe.edu.sg

Members of the Department

  1. Mrs Velmurugan Pramageetha
  2. Mdm Jessie Tan
  3. Mdm Goh Meow Sim
  4. Miss Latifah Mohd Yazid
  5. Mdm Kerk Lih Jun
  6. Mdm Siti Zainab Bujang
  7. Mrs Chris Shie
  8. Miss Irfana Banu Kuthubudeen
  9. Mr David Lim
  10. Mdm Siti Raudha Kamarudin
  11. Ms Ng Wai Heng
  12. Ms Ng Xin Yi
  13. Mr Muhamad Isham Ismail
  14. Miss Karen Soon
  15. Mrs Tham Wen Jun
The broad aims of mathematics education in Singapore are to enable students to:

  • acquire and apply mathematical concepts and skills;
  •  develop cognitive and metacognitive skills through a mathematical approach
    to problem solving; and
  • develop positive attitudes towards mathematics.

Overarching Aim

to ensure that all students will achieve a level of mastery of mathematics that will serve them well in life, and for those who have the interest and ability, to pursue mathematics at the highest possible level.

Mathematics Framework

The central focus of the framework is

mathematical problem solving, that is, using mathematics to solve problems. The

framework sets the direction for and provides guidance in the teaching, learning, and

assessment of mathematics at all levels, from primary to pre-university. It also reflects

the 21st century competencies.

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Huamin Mathematics Department’ Vision Statement


Math is fun and easy 


Huamin Mathematics Department’s Mission Statement


The school is committed in providing a conducive and nurturing environment for her pupils to acquire problem solving skills. The Math Department aims to develop pupils with strong Mathematical skills as well as inculcate in them a love for the subject. As Math is an essential part of everyday life, the department strives to adopt a fun and an effective way to instil in pupils with the necessary skills to tackle problem based questions.


The Mathematics programme aims to provide appropriate learning experiences to enable pupils to:

acquire from concrete to pictorial to abstract the necessary Math knowledge, concepts and skills and apply them for problem solving.

enhance their Mathematical thinking and reasoning skills through solving of Mathematical problems.

develop positive attitudes such as sense of achievement, confidence, perseverance and enjoyment.

cultivate positive group dynamic.


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Key Pedagogy

         

Align the key approaches/pedagogy to HMPS’ Teaching and Learning Framework

C-P-A Approach

The school leverage on the CPA approach to reinforce mathematical concepts and skills to her pupils

Collaborative Learning

To enhance the learning of Maths, the school deploys various collaborative learning strategies to engage pupils.

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Manipulatives

The teachers employ the CPA approach (Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract) through the use of manipulatives and games. The school firmly believes in the principles of early success, strong basics and steady growth to ensure that all her pupils are able to fulfil their potential in the learning of the subject.

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Model Drawing + Heuristics Programme

Emphasis is placed on teaching pupils to solve problems using models and iconic representations for better information organization and analysis.

Arts-Based Curriculum (ABC)

Pupils learn geometry through the art of origami. Origami makes the learning of the topic more concrete and authentic as geometry is very new and abstract to the middle consortium pupils.

Problem Solving using Excel

Pupils go through modules in the use of Microsoft Excel. The rationale is to expose pupils to the use of open tools in the problem solving process. Through this programme, our pupils learn the basics on formulation and manipulation of the programme to solve word problems. 

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T-Tap Programme for Primary 4

Teaching Through the Arts Programme is a pilot programme initiated by National Arts Council (NAC). The programme aims to aid students develop a deeper understanding of Mathematical topics of Area and Perimeter of Geometrical Figures through Drama as a mean to make Math lessons more interesting. This approach enables greater learning for students and will make learning more enjoyable for students, and at the same time, it will improve their creative thinking and innovation. Most importantly, it allows students to observe how Math relates to the real world.

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Math Whiz

Students are given the opportunity to apply their Mathematical concepts in real life by creating projects. Students are given a card which has a list of all the activities in the project they can do. These activities are structured in such a way that it needs the students to apply the concepts they have learnt in class. The number of activities they complete, entitles them to a badge. This project allows them to be creative and innovative in designing. It also allows the students to have bonding time with their parents too as the parents can help them with the project.

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Other Activities

  • Singapore Mathematical Olympiad for Primary Schools
  • Inter-class Math Warrior Competition
  • NSW International Competitions

Activities in Mathematics Department


Improving Confidence And Numeracy Project (ICAN)

The ICAN Project aims to help the low-progress learners improve their confidence and numeracy in Mathematics. Teachers involved in the project adopt the ICAN principles in their lesson planning and lesson delivery. ICAN teachers and the teacher mentor work collaboratively to plan the lessons, monitor the effectiveness of the strategies and the progress of the students. Students are provided with opportunities to learn and demonstrate their understanding through the use of manipulatives and hands-on activities in a safe and encouraging environment. In addition, effort is put in to recognise small successes to motivate the learners so that they will continue to persevere in their learning and believe that they can do better.


Collaborative Learning

The core pedagogy used in the teaching of Mathematics is collaborative learning strategies. To enhance the learning of Maths, the school deploys various collaborative learning strategies to engage pupils. The teachers employ the CPA approach (Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract) through the use of manipulatives and games. The school firmly believes in the principles of early success, strong basics and steady growth to ensure that all her pupils are able to fulfil their potential in the learning of the subject. Peer tutoring and peer assessment foster the collaborative spirit and learning is more engaged and long-lasting. This is also in line with one of the school values: Teamwork is Our Culture.

Mental Sums

This programme prepares pupils for mental calculations which is necessary for more efficient and accurate solving of Math problems.

P1 and P2 Enrichment Programmes

Primary One and Two pupils participate in enrichment programmes to challenge and stretch their Mathematical understanding and ability.
 

Model Drawing + Heuristics Programme

Emphasis is placed on teaching pupils to solve problems using models and iconic representations for better information organization and analysis.

Journal Writing

Pupils are encouraged to write down their thoughts after each Math topics. This is to improve their metacognitve skills and provide an opportunity to crystallize their thought processes.

Arts-Based Curriculum (ABC)

This curriculum was derived from an Action Research that was conducted in 2008. It involves using Performing Arts and Visual Art form to teach Primary 3 mathematical concepts. The topics chosen for this research were mainly Angles, Perpendicular and Parallel Lines and Graphs. The results from the research were promising. Therefore, it has been extended to the all Primary 3 classes.

Through origami, pupils learn geometry through the art of origami. Origami makes the learning of the topic more concrete and authentic as geometry is very new and abstract to the middle consortium pupils.
 

Learning Support for Mathematics (LSM)

This programme is catered to pupils from Primary 1 and pupils are identified by using the School Readiness Test. They will be taught basic Mathematical Concepts and Skills pertaining to their level through a structured programme. Strategies such as games, use of manipulative and reward system aids the pupils in learning the skills better.

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Alternative Assessment

The Department has used other forms of assessment apart from pen and paper to assess the pupils. The Primary 1 and 2 pupils sit for practical tests as part of their Mastery Tests. This form of assessment gives pupils a chance to apply the concepts and skills they have learnt in class in practical situations.

The Math Trails that the Primary 3 pupils go to are used as assessments. Questions are crafted out for each station and the pupils have to use their Mathematical knowledge to find solutions.
 

Math Trails and Learning Journeys

The school organizes programmes which take P3 and P4 pupils on journeys to places of interest for interdisciplinary learning.

Certificates of Achievement

Certificates are awarded to commend pupils of various values and habits achieved to boost the pupils’ self esteem and emphasize the importance of the various values.

Games Week

Several weeks have been designated Math Games week for pupils to play IQ-enhancing games to learn team work and skills which cannot be learnt through normal classroom routines. The games are also designed to motivate pupils to learn Math in a fun way.

Problem Solving @ Excel

Pupils go through modules in the use of Microsoft Excel. The rationale is to expose pupils to the use of open tools in the problem solving process. Through this programme, our pupils learn the basics on formulation and manipulation of the programme to solve word problems. 


List of Approved Calculators for PSLE

S/N

Calculator Brand

Calculator Model

Approved Period1

1

CASIO

FX 82MS

2003 – 2021

2

FX 85MS

2003 – 2021

3

FX 95MS

2003 – 2021

4

FX 95SG Plus

2009 – 2018

5

FX 96SG Plus

2013 – 2021

6

FX 350MS

2003 – 2021

7

CANON

F-960SG

2017 – 2021

8

HEWLETT PACKARD

HP10S

2008 – 2018

9

HP10S+

2014 – 2018

10

SHARP

EL 509WM

2005 – 2018

11

EL 509WS

2005 – 2018

12

EL 509X

2015 – 2019

13

EL W531S

2010 – 2019

14

EL W531XM

2014 – 2018

15

EL 533X

2013 – 2020

16

TEXAS  INSTRUMENTS

TI 30XIIS

2010 – 2018