At SJI International Elementary School, Mathematics is viewed as a way of thinking and a language for exploration and understanding. Our curriculum provides the platform to inquire into this language and to think in a way that is balanced and logical.
The broad aims of mathematics education in Singapore are to enable students to:
- acquire and apply mathematical concepts and skills;
- develop cognitive and metacognitive skills through a mathematical approach to problem-solving;
- develop positive attitudes towards mathematics.
In the Elementary, we have adopted the MOE Singapore Mathematics curriculum as we believe it is a rigorous approach to teaching Elementary Mathematics. It places great emphasis on the development of problem-solving skills using the model approach, leading to an understanding of algebraic reasoning.
The Mathematical thinking which is embedded in the Singapore Maths approach, involves questioning, constructing a rational and logical system of investigation and problem-solving. These skills are vital to our future-orientation students who are living in an age of innovation, invention and scientific discovery.
The unique feature of the Singapore Maths curriculum is the spiral design, where a concept such as fraction, begins life on a very tight and small circle of the spiral. At the next level, the spiral opens up to revisit a prior concept taught and to introduce other related but more difficult concepts. This continues to Grade 6 until all the related ideas are developed. Hence the children are provided with opportunities to revisit concepts introduced in an earlier year and to extend them.
The overarching goal of the mathematics curriculum is to ensure that all students will achieve a level of mastery of mathematics that will serve them well in life, and for those who have the interest and ability, to pursue mathematics at the highest possible level.