~Maths is ALIVE in FMS(P)!~
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.
Programme and Highlights
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!
Students had their first exposure weighing items
with a weighing scale. Comparisons were made to arrange the objects from the lightest
to the heaviest.
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
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.
Picture GraphsStudents collaborated with one another in teams and
plotted a picture graph based on the number of sweets with different colours.
Shapes and Patterns
Students worked in groups and used manipulatives to form
patterns showing changes in shape, size, colour and orientation.
Students, sitting in pairs, used the same manipulatives to create their pictures using basic shapes. Can you find the flower?
FractionsWith the help of fraction discs, these students demonstrated
how to compare and order unit fractions.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Tesellation design by Carter Luke Xavier (4A 2015)
Tesellation design by Kelly Lin Yong Qi (4C 2015)
Tesellation design by Angel Ling (4F 2015)
Tesellation design by Timothy Choo Yern Weng (4G 2015)
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!
Primary 5 and Primary 6 Length, Mass and Volume Trail
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.
The following table shows the achievements of the Mathematics Department in external competitions from 2013 to 2015:
Useful websites on Maths
For all levels
Updated as at Term 1, 2016