Confident and successful problem solvers, striving for excellence
The Mathematics curriculum is designed to enable students to:
- acquire the necessary mathematical concepts and skills for continuous learning in mathematics and related discipline, and for applications to the real world;
- develop the necessary process skills for the acquisition and application of mathematical concepts and skills;
- develop the mathematical thinking and problem solving skills and apply these skills to formulate and solve problems;
- recognise and use connections among mathematical ideas, and between mathematics and other disciplines;
- develop positive attitudes towards mathematics;
- make effective use of a variety of mathematical tools (including information and communication technology tools) in the learning and application of mathematics;
- produce imaginative and creative work arising from mathematical ideas;
- develop the abilities to reason logically, to communicate mathematically, and to learn cooperatively and independently.
Sec 3 Advanced Elective Module (AEM) @ Temasek Polytechnic
A group of Secondary 3 students participated in the AEM “The Truth Behind Data”, conducted by Temasek Polytechnic, from 5th to 8th June 2018. The students are exposed to data analytics and the impact of artificial intelligence on the future workplace. They also had the opportunity to use data analytics and social media analytics to solve real-world problems, support decision-making and predict trends.
Here are some of the students’ reflections on their learning:
The 4 day AEM workshop was very useful as we gained a deep understanding of how Business IT works. We handled big data and used Microsoft Power BI, which is a software, to break down big data into an interactive dashboard. We could also track social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) data in real time using online websites. We were introduced to the creative use of IT at Temasek Poly Smart Campus namely, Library Crowd Management and Carpark Management. They have their very own “Robbie”, a robot in TP library, that scans RFID Tags to identify the location of books. The work done is definitely faster than humans! We also visited Supply Chain City where technology has minimised the needs for human input. They use Virtual Reality experience to train their workers in real life context. The most enjoyable part of the course was the hands-on session using Power BI as it amazes me to be able to break down big data into easy-to-understand dashboards. ~ Darren Heng (3E2)
During the 4-day AEM at TP, we learnt a lot about data analytics, how data is applied in our daily lives and how it can be visually shown. I enjoyed using Power BI with my group where we learned how to make Visualisation Dashboards with the given data. We also learnt storytelling with data. This AEM really taught me skills that will be useful when I join the work force. ~ Ellasandra (3E1)
During the AEM, I learnt about the importance of IT. An example would be how big data is collected and used in industries to improve the lives of others. In a certain video shown by the lecturer, a data specialist explained how the use of big data saved the lives of many premature babies by collecting data to predict an illness that may strike the baby 2 weeks ahead of time. I also learnt how to use Power BI to create a dashboard. I think the most enjoyable part of the course was being able to go to Supply Chain City on the last day. I learnt how humans are trying to create and program robots so that our workload would decrease significantly in years to come. ~ Koh Wei Shan (3E1)
POA scholars’ achievements at NCF 2018
On 24 March 2018 (Sat), a team of Meridians from the POA Scholars Programme as well as Mathematics, Financial Literacy and Chess Club (MFC) CCA competed at the National Cashflow Competition (NCF). The POA Scholars Programme is an initiative by Mathematics Department to extend POA scholars’ knowledge beyond the school’s POA curriculum.
After the preliminary competition, 7 Meridians (Chen Qifeng and Ryan Sng from 3A1, Felicia Nathania from 3E1, Nurul Fateha and Stacey Chan from 3E3, Muhammad Esmeith from 3E4, as well as Choy Cheng Feng from 4E5) entered the finals. With appropriate game strategies, resilience and some luck, Muhammad Esmeith, one of our POA scholars, did exceptionally well and was crowned the individual National Champion ! Congratulations to Esmeith !
Esmeith’s outstanding win is a bonus. More importantly, our students have acquired financial literacy life skills, and enjoyed the exciting learning experience while having lots of fun playing the new board game introduced for the first time this year. Our students displayed our school values of resilience, integrity, compassion and humility throughout this journey, thus also helping to raise our school’s profile positively.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the team of Meridians for their unyielding efforts and doing our school proud, our teachers-in-charge, as well as fellow Meridians who stayed on to support our school’s finalists till well after 9pm!
SINGAPORE MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD (SMO) 2017
Every year, thousands of students in Singapore take part in the Singapore Mathematical Olympiad, which is the largest and oldest mathematics competition in Singapore. It comprises three sections: Junior, Senior and Open.
For 2017, 30 students and another 12 members from our Mathematics, Financial Literacy and Chess Club (MFC) CCA took part in SMO.
Congratulations to the following 4 students who received the ‘Honourable Mention’ awards !
From left : Mrs Hilda Thong, Enriq Irfan (3E5), Janice Teo (3E1), Konglikit Janista (3E3), Cui Fanghe (3E2), Clarice Ng (3E3), Zheng Yufan (3E1), Ling Yuan (3E2), Zhu Mingye (3E2), Mr Chou
HIGH DISTINCTION AWARD
HONOURABLE MENTION AWARDS
|1||GANZON LYKA PLAZA||1E1||Junior Section||MFC|
|2||RUTH KOH YI RU||2E3||Junior Section||–|
|3||CUI FANGHE||3E2||Senior section||MFC|
|4||LING YUAN||3E2||Open section||MFC|
We would also like to thank the other 38 students who participated, as well as the Mathematics Department teachers !
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES (UNSW)
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS AND ASSESSMENTS FOR SCHOOLS (ICAS) (MATHEMATICS) 2017
ICAS is an independent and skills-based assessment program. Each year, students from over 20 countries including Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India, South Africa and the USA participate in ICAS.
ICAS Mathematics assesses students’ skills and knowledge across five strands: Algebra and Patterns, Chance and Data, Measures and Units, Number and Arithmetic, and Space and Geometry.
For 2017, 188 students and another 21 members from our Mathematics, Financial Literacy and Chess Club (MFC) CCA took part in ICAS Mathematics.
Congratulations to the following 8 students who received the ‘High Distinction’ and ‘Distinction’ awards !
From left : Mrs Hilda Thong, Enriq Irfan (3E5), Janice Teo (3E1), Konglikit Janista (3E3), Cui Fanghe (3E2), Clarice Ng (3E3), Zheng Yufan (3E1), Ling Yuan (3E2), Zhu Mingye (3E2), Mr ChouHIGH DISTINCTION AWARD
(TOP 1% OF SECONDARY 3 PARTICIPANTS IN SINGAPORE)
|1||ZHU MINGYE||3E2||Secondary 3|
(TOP 10% OF SECONDARY 3 PARTICIPANTS IN SINGAPORE)
|1||ZHENG YUFAN||3E1||Secondary 3||–|
|2||JANICE TEO YI TING||3E1||Secondary 3||–|
|3||CUI FANGHE||3E2||Secondary 3||MFC|
|4||LING YUAN||3E2||Secondary 3||MFC|
|5||CLARICE NG XIU JING||3E3||Secondary 3||MFC|
|6||KONGLIKIT JANISTA||3E3||Secondary 3||–|
|7||ENRIQ IRFAN B AHMAD NASIR||3E5||Secondary 3||–|
We would also like to thank the other 201 students who participated, as well as the Mathematics Department teachers !
Singapore Mathematical Olympiad
|MUHAMMAD FARIS B ZULKIFLEE||2/4||HONOURABLE MENTION||2016|
|TAN YI LING||2/6||HONOURABLE MENTION||2016|
|KHOR POCK XUAN||4/3||BRONZE||2016|
|HARISH DUBEY||4/3||HONOURABLE MENTION||2016|
|TAN KAI XIN JASMINE||2/3||HONOURABLE MENTION||2015|
|SEAN KOK SHI EN||2/4||HONOURABLE MENTION||2013|
Math Programmes 2017
- Singapore Math Olympiad (SMO) Training Programme
- Lower Secondary Algebra Enhancement Programme
- Sec 1 NA/NT Bridging Programme
- Sec 1 Math Trail at Changi Airport
- Sec 2 NA Math Trail at Gardens by the Bay
- Sec 3 NA/NT Music Discovery Elective Module
- UNSW Competition for Sec 3 Express
- Sec 3 E Exploratory Activity on Water-Level Graphs
- Sec 3 NA Enrichment Activity on Real-Life Applications of Trigonometric Ratios
- Sec 3 NT Kite Making & Flying Challenge
Math Programmes 2016
Sec 2N Math Trail @ Gardens by the Bay
The mathematics department organises Math Trails to enhance students’ learning beyond the classroom and help students appreciate and relate mathematics to real life.
This year, Secondary 2/1 and 2/2 participated in the Math Trail @ Gardens by the Bay on 24/05/16 as a post-examinations activity. Gardens by the Bay was selected as the venue as we hope to nurture a love for nature in our students while developing their academic skills.
The trail was developed in collaboration with Ace-Learning. Students were equipped with iPads to access the tasks at various stations and submit their responses online. Students had loads of fun, working in groups of 4 and sharing an iPad in pairs. Apart from measuring and estimating physical quantities, and calculating ticket pricings, students had to find out more about cloud forests. The students enjoyed the trail thoroughly as they were able to apply concepts that they have learnt to real-life contexts, in the midst of breath-taking waterfront views.
Outdoor Trail Stations:
Let me teach you: “The ratio of red ants to silver ants is…”
“They’re doing a great job, under my supervision”
“What is the total amount that the family has to pay to enter the 2 conservatories?”
“Hmm, I wonder what’s the next trail station. Let’s check it out on our iPads!”
“Hang on a second, I’m doing my final calculations!”
“Yes! We are having great fun outdoors.”
Indoor Trail Stations:
The students had the opportunity to explore indoor trail stations at the alluring Cloud Forest with mesmerizing mountain views. They also learnt about rare plants and their fast disappearing environment and ways to preserve and protect the cloud forests.
“What do you think is the height of this waterfall?”
“Let’s list out all the possible ways of planting 4 different types of flowers.”
“Hi, see those structures behind me? They are natural crystal formations called Stalactites and Stalagmites.”
“Hey, let’s keep a look out for flowers with 2 lines of symmetry!”
“So far so good, we’re moving on to the 7th level.”
“Such refreshing mist, if only we can linger for a while more…”
Singapore Math Olympiad (SMO) Training Programme
SMO Training Programme is a talent development programme aimed at stretching the abilities of Secondary 2 with a high aptitude in mathematics. The programme aims to provide the students with various problem-solving approaches and develop creative thinking skills. After weeks of training, students take part in the Singapore Mathematical Olympiad competition to pitch their skills against others in Singapore.
SMO Trainer engaging the students during the weekly training session.
Algebra Enhancement and Bridging Programme
The Algebra Enhancement Programme aims to strengthen the algebra foundation of Secondary 1 and Secondary 2 students so that they will be better prepared for the rigours of the upper secondary mathematics syllabus. The programme also aims to level up the algebraic competencies of Secondary 2 students who have the potential to take up Additional Mathematics in Secondary 3.
Bridging Programme is organised for lower secondary Normal Academic students who completed Foundation Mathematics in primary school. The programme aims to raise the students’ mathematical abilities to the level of their peers who completed Standard Mathematics in primary school.
Students have access to an online Mathematics E-Learning system. The E-lessons are aligned with the syllabuses and enable students to learn at their own pace. They also support students in revision. The system contains an extensive collection of school examination papers and extra practices to help students consolidate their learning. Lessons and learning tools in the system also enable collaborative learning.