~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
problems using Manipulatives
Using manipulatives such as connecting cubes, counting discs and clocks, the Primary 1 students carried out hands-on tasks to solve problems.
With the help of Parent Volunteers, the students brainstormed and decided how they could use the manipulatives to help them solve the problems.
The Primary 1 students used number discs and discovered different ways to subtract numbers.
The students explored subtraction by working backwards, forming number bonds and using the “subtracting to 10” strategy. By placing counters on a 10-frame, the students learnt how to “take away” the discs when they subtracted numbers mentally.
Estimating & Measuring Mass
The Primary 2 students learnt to estimate and measure mass during a station-based lesson. The lesson focused on the use of familiar items to help students develop their estimation and measurement skills.
They had fun moving from one station to another to estimate if the mass of a packet of vegetables, a bag of rice, a bag of soil and reams of A4-sized paper, is more than, less than, or exactly 1 kg.
Finally, they confirmed their estimations by weighing the items on a weighing scale.
The Primary 2 students worked together with their group members to explore the properties of some basic shapes.
They created pictures using shapes such as squares, rectangles, triangles and circles. Look how they beamed with pride with their masterpieces!
Estimating & Measuring Length, Mass and Volume
The Primary 3 students put their estimation and measurement skills to a test.
With the help of benchmarks, the students estimated the length, mass and volume of items used in their daily lives. These include the length of the leg of a stool, the mass of their textbooks and the volume of water in their water bottle.
The students collaborated as a team to verify the accuracy of their estimation as they read off the actual measurement from the measuring tape, weighing scale and measuring cylinder.
The Primary 3 students embarked on an exciting authentic learning experience which integrated English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Health Education. This activity aims to create an authentic learning experience for the students by applying the concept of money in a real-life situation. The students collaborated in groups, made responsible decisions and leveraged on ICT for research and group discussions.
The trail was conducted at Cold Storage, Jelita Shopping Centre. It started with the students discussing about whom they wish to thank in school. The students got together to discuss and choose the food items that they wanted to buy with a given budget of $20.
On E-Learning Day, they pooled their ideas and consolidated their discussions using the Social Learning Wall. 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 the Health Promotion Board. The students also read up on the dietary restrictions of their Muslim friends and ensured that the food items are Halal-certified and carried the Healthy Choice Labels.
During the trail, students scanned the QR codes with the camera app on the iPad to advance to the next station. The students had fun hunting for the items in the supermarket while adding and subtracting to check that the total cost was within their budget and the change given was correct at the check-out counters. Parent volunteers were also around to facilitate the young decision-makers.
When the students returned to school, they repacked the food items and presented them to the school staff for their contributions to the school.
The Dot Activity
The Primary 4 students learnt how to visualise and identify patterns through a dot activity.
The students explored and investigated how the dots can be grouped to enable them to count the dots more efficiently.
Using Math Manipulatives
Manipulatives were used to help the Primary 4 students learn decimals.
By placing the decimals discs in the place value columns, the students learnt to add decimals in a concrete manner.
Making Math Visible
Using manipulatives and materials, the Primary 5 students constructed models to make their thinking visible.
The students used coloured cubes to build solids. They visualised how the solids look like from the front, side and top views.
How build is a 1-metre cube? You will just have to build it yourself!
The students learnt to express fractions in percentages, and vice versa, through a card matching game.
Forming ratios using coloured chocolate candies was fun and delicious.
Useful websites on Maths
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For all levels
Updated as at Term 2, 2018