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~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
- 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
Every Fairsian, from Primary 1 to 6, is engaged in the learning of Mathematics through a myriad of hands-on activities and real-life problem-solving scenarios. Take a nostalgic walk down memory lane as you read about some highlights of Mathematics@Fairfield in 2018:
The Primary 1 students engaged in fun math activities to discover the joy of learning in their formative year.
Using manipulative cubes to make algorithms visible.
Students received hands-on experience in measuring length using various non-standard units.
Making use of simple objects to explore the concepts of multiplication.
Digital games enhanced the students’ mastery of the 4 mathematical operations.
Cake Cutting Activity for Comparing Unit Fractions
The Primary 2 students worked together in groups of different numbers to cut cakes of the same size. This activity helped them to visualise the comparison of different unit fractions.
They had fun discussing on how to cut the cake and to ensure that it was cut in equal parts according to the number of students in their group.
They enjoyed eating the delicious chocolate cakes after comparing the cakes.
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 chair, the mass of a packet of instant noodles and the volume of water in different containers.
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, Fusionopolis. 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.
Students 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 students used fraction discs to help them understand the part-whole relationship. Forming parts of a whole on each fraction disc, the students compared the size of the parts with 1 whole.
Look at the size of our palms! The students traced their palms on a piece of 1-cm square grid paper. By counting the number of squares that were enclosed by the outline of their palms, students estimated the area of their palms!
Fun in learning Math
Primary 4 students had fun designing their symmetric figures by cutting coloured papers.
Primary 4 students learnt Math concepts through games and manipulatives.
Making Math Visible
Using manipulatives and materials, the Primary 5 students made their thinking visible.
Forming ratios using coloured chocolate candies was fun and delicious.
The students used iPads to enhance their spatial visualisation. The app helped students to visualise how the solids look like from the front, side and top views.
Measuring the height of the flagpole using angles made learning authentic and fun.
Fun with Circles
The Primary 6 students measured the diameter of a hula hoop and proved that the diameter of a circle always cuts through the centre of the circle.
Exploring Solids & Nets
The Primary 6 students built solids using models to visualise and discover how the nets of the solids were formed.
At the end of their six-year education in primary school, the students would have mastered the mathematical concepts and skills that were needed. We hope they have matured into lifelong learners who persevere and approach challenges with a creative and positive outlook – making Math Alive!@FMSP.
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Updated as at Term 2, 2019