Our aim is not simply to instil mathematical knowledge and skills but to allow students to develop an appreciation of and enjoy Mathematics as a discipline. In doing this, our horizons are never set by the series of assessments, but always beyond these to where students are headed. In preparing students for the IGCSE, we look to the skills required for the IB, and in preparing students for the IB, we look to the skills required for tertiary education.
In Grade 7, we do the groundwork for the IGCSE course that starts in Grade 8. In Grades 9 and 10, our students complete the Cambridge IGCSE course in Extended Mathematics, with approximately 50% of students also taking the Additional Mathematics paper. Students in Grade 11 and Grade 12 study the IB Diploma course and have the choice of doing one of three Mathematics courses. The courses on offer are:
- Applications and Interpretations Standard Level
- Analysis and Approaches Standard Level
- Analysis and Approaches Higher Level
Our Approach to Learning
Our emphasis is on building skills in Mathematics based on a thorough understanding of mathematical principles and their application. Students are encouraged to undertake their investigations under their teacher's guidance, devise their problem-solving strategies, and raise questions relating to mathematical concepts and methods. Students are mathematically active: mathematics-based investigations, which develop their skills and their mathematical initiative and problem-solving, allow students to explore their mathematical curiosity.
Our students may work individually, in groups or collaboratively in problem-solving tasks. These occur in different contexts, such as competitions, projects, presentations, and traditional group and individual tasks. Students are encouraged to use technology – as well as computers and web-based mathematical activities; Graphic Calculators are used from Grade 8 because their use allows students to explore mathematical relationships more efficiently and transparently.
This way, the conventional content of Mathematics is used to help students achieve the above outcomes. Our students will, of course, become proficient in the traditional topics in Mathematics, but these are vehicles for promoting mathematical thinking rather than being laboured over for their own sake.
Beyond the Classroom
Our students are encouraged to take their mathematics prowess beyond the classroom. They are provided with opportunities to take part in a host of Mathematics competitions, such as:
SASMO [Singapore & Asian Schools Math Olympiad]
- SASMO is a mathematics olympiad contest that stretches not only the brightest students but is aimed at instilling confidence in all mathematics students
SMO [Singapore Mathematical Olympiad]
- SMO, organised by the Singapore Mathematical Society, is the largest and oldest mathematics competition in Singapore. The competition aims to test the student's ingenuity and mathematical problem-solving ability.
AMC [American Mathematics Competitions]
- The AMC aims to build problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge in middle and high school students.