The Mathematics Department aims to cultivate an interest in and appreciation of Mathematics through the training of logic and analytical skills. The revised syllabus for Mathematics, implemented in Secondary One since 2013, was to strengthen the “processes” aspect of the Mathematics Framework. These included Reasoning, Thinking Skills and Modelling. More focus was given to skills and competencies that would make for a better 21st century learner. The process of learning becomes more important than mere content.
Mathematics lessons included the explication of learning experiences. This year, five teachers were involved in a cluster project on enhancing the pedagogy of Mathematics to facilitate the development of 21st century competencies in their classrooms. Teachers engage their students through teaching for metacognition.
Secondary One students participated in mini-projects where they could apply their learning of statistics to real-life situations. Secondary Two classes undertook Problem-based Learning (PBL), a key strategy implemented since 2007. PBL continued to challenge and instil in students the objectives of integrated knowledge, collaborative teamwork skills and change-readiness, along with the important creative and critical thinking know-how towards lifelong learning. This is also our fourth year using Mensuration to challenge students to apply learning into physical designs. E-learning is also used as an avenue to engage our students in self-directed learning.
Our students took part in various Mathematics competitions like the Singapore Mathematical Olympiad, the Australian Mathematics Competition, the All Singapore Secondary Mathematics Competition for Normal Course students, and the Secondary Mathematics Challenge organised by National Junior College. The following were our achievements.
- Our students who took part in the Singapore Mathematical Olympiad brought home one Bronze award.
- One student came in sixth position in the All Singapore Secondary Mathematics Competition for Normal Course Students 2017.
- In the Australian Mathematics Competition, our students obtained 8 distinctions and 66 credits.
- Our team won the Distinction award in the Secondary Mathematics Challenge organised by National Junior College.