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~Maths is ALIVE in FMS(P)!~

Vision

Every Fairsian a passionate learner and a determined problem solver.

At FMS(P), we focus on developing students' problem solving skills in a fun and meaningful way. The department programmes follow closely to the direction set by MOE. The programmes enable students to:

  • acquire and apply mathematical concepts and skills for everyday use and continuous learning in mathematics
  • develop thinking, reasoning, communication, application and metacognitive skills through a mathematical approach to problem solving;
  • build confidence and foster interest in mathematics.

(Source: Primary Mathematics Teaching and Learning Syllabus, 2013)

Programme and Highlights

Below are some of the hands-on activities that were carried out in class. The learning experiences provided were self-exploratory and collaborative in nature.

Length
Students used a variety of manipulatives as non-standard units of length to measure the length of objects found in their classroom. They even found an ingenious method to measure their height!


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Mass
Students had their first exposure weighing items with a weighing scale. Comparisons were made to arrange the objects from the lightest to the heaviest.

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Volume
Students brought a variety of containers from home and explore the amount of water each container can hold. They made comparisons and measured the volume of the big containers with the help of smaller containers.

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Time
A class party was about to start! With the help of a clock, students showed the various timings found on the class party schedule. The students were confident to relate time to their real-life experiences.

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Picture Graphs

Students collaborated with one another in teams and plotted a picture graph based on the number of sweets with different colours.

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Shapes and Patterns
Students worked in groups and used manipulatives to form patterns showing changes in shape, size, colour and orientation.


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Students, sitting in pairs, used the same manipulatives to create their pictures using basic shapes. Can you find the flower?

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Fractions

With the help of fraction discs, these students demonstrated how to compare and order unit fractions.
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Multiplication Tables
In real life, the concept of multiplication is constantly being applied around us. These 4 students were tasked to figure out the number of plates of food that were needed to cater to the groups in their class.

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Primary 3 Supermarket Trail 

Primary 3 21st Century Inter-disciplinary Lesson Package 2015

The lesson was conducted for all Primary 3 students at Fusionopolis Cold Storage. The students used the functions of iPads to complete the tasks in this interactive Supermarket Shopping Trail.

Prior to the trail, the students got together to discuss and choose the food items that they wanted to buy with a given budget of $20. Tapping on their Science and Health Education knowledge, they took into consideration that the food items had to be deemed healthy in accordance to the recommendations of the Healthy Plate as set by Health Promotion Board. They also ensured that the food items would be Halal-certified and carried the Healthy Choice Labels.

During the trail, students had fun hunting for the items in the supermarket and used basic subtraction to check that the change given was correct at the check-out counters. Learning was authentic and students tapped on their problem-solving skills.

When the students returned to school, they repacked the food items into a hamper and presented it to their teacher. The students also followed up their gesture of gratitude with an email to thank the teacher!
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Primary 4 Hands-on Task 
This programme is a post-exam activity that aims to create meaningful hands-on experience for students. Students made use of tangrams to solve a series of investigative tasks that encompassed various Primary 4 topics that they have learnt throughout the year. From the activity, they learnt to make use of tangrams to identify the properties of shapes and relate length and area to everyday objects.

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Primary 4 Lesson Study on Perimeter
To provide students with opportunities to solve real-world problems, they took on the roles of interior designers to design a four-room apartment. For the activity, they were tasked to find out the length of skirting needed to run around the perimeter of the living room that they have designed. Through the use of concrete manipulatives and collaboration, students explored how perimeter of composite figures can be calculated using the ‘push out’ method.

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Tessellation 

Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach to encourage exploration in Mathematics, the department collaborated with the ICT and Aesthetics departments to teach tessellation to the Primary 4 students. With the use of Microsoft Paint during Art lessons, students explored different forms of tessellation patterns by applying the concepts of sliding and rotation of unit shapes. The end products were impressive tessellation designs by our students!

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Tesellation design  by Carter Luke Xavier (4A 2015)










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Tesellation design  by Kelly Lin Yong Qi (4C 2015)










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Tesellation design  by Angel Ling (4F 2015)









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Tesellation design  by Timothy Choo Yern Weng (4G 2015)










Math@Recess

During the Friday recesses in Term 2, a booth was set up in the canteen where tablets were pre-loaded with Math games applications. They were made available to the students. The Primary 4 Math Champions manned the booth with the help of our Parents-in-Education and guided the other students on how to play these Math games. Students also had fun playing other intriguing logic games such as Mancala, Blokus, Rush Hour and Mastermind. There was also a station for Rubik’s Cube enthusiasts to pit their skills against one another!


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Primary 5 and Primary 6 Length, Mass and Volume Trail

During the June holidays, a group of Primary 5 and Primary 6 students spent an afternoon putting their estimation skills to a test. With the help of benchmarks, they estimated the length, mass and volume of items used in their daily lives, such as the mass of a marker and the breadth of a whiteboard. They verified the accuracy of their estimation as they read off the actual measurement from the weighing scales, measuring tape and measuring cylinder.

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Primary 5 Maths Games Day
After the year-end Semestral Assessment, the Primary 5 students got the opportunity to revisit some of the Maths concepts learnt as they rotated in 4 game stations. They pitted their estimation skills against one another, recalled their multiplication facts as quickly as they could to set new records and played games on iPADs that required them to use proportion and order of operations.


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External Competitions

The following table shows the achievements of the Mathematics Department in external competitions from 2013 to 2015:

Competition 2013 2014 2015
Maths Olympiad Competition (Hwa Chong Institution) 1 Silver
2 Bronze
1 Silver
5 Bronze

1 Platinum
2 Silver
1 Bronze

National Mathematical Olympiad of Singapore (NUS High) 1 Gold
2 Silver
3 Bronze
5 Honourable Mention
1 Gold

4 Bronze
5 Honourable Mention

Annual Mathlympics for all Singapore Primary Schools 1 Gold
2 Silver
5 Bronze
1 Gold
2 Silver
To be updated