Curriculum Structure and Key Programmes
Level Key Programmes School-Wide Activities Primary 1 Primary 2 Primary 3 Primary 4 Primary 5 Primary 6
Pedagogical Approaches / Strategies
At the primary level, we teach students to learn and master mathematical concepts using a three-step learning process: concrete, pictorial and abstract. In the concrete step, students engage in hands-on learning experiences using concrete objects such as multilink cubes and paper folding. This is followed by drawing pictorial representations of mathematical concepts. Students then solve mathematical problems in an abstract way by using numbers and symbols.
In our department, we practice the four-step problem solving method, namely 1) See 2) Plan 3) Do and 4) Check, that students can use to tackle the word problems. For Step 2 under planning, we guide and expose the 9 listed strategies to our students.
1. Find a pattern
2. Draw a model
3. Work backwards
4. Make a table / listing
5. Draw a picture / diagram
6. Make a list / Guess and check
7. Spatial visualisation
8. Use logical reasoning
9. Restating the problem