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.
SINGAPORE MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD (SMO) 2019
Selected students and members from our Mathematics, Financial Literacy and Chess Club (MFC) CCA took part in this year’s SMO, which is a prestigious and challenging national mathematics competition. The following five Meridians have done our school proud in their respective competition categories.
(A) Open Section
- Bronze Award – Wang Xinrong (4E2 / MFC)
(B) Senior Section
- Bronze Award – Diong Xiu Lin (4E2 / MFC)
- Honourable Mention Award – Koh Liang Han (4E1 / MFC)
(C) Junior Section
- Honourable Mention Award – Se Yong Jun (1E3 / MFC)
- Honourable Mention Award – Lai Yude (2E1)
Our five award winners have trained hard and done well. Wang Xinrong’s Bronze Award in the Open Section is quite a remarkable feat, as the Open Section is meant for Junior College and higher-level participants.
Congratulations to all award winners! We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the other Meridian competitors for their effort and time!
University of New South Wales (UNSW) International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) for Mathematics
Selected students and members from our Mathematics, Financial Literacy and Chess Club (MFC) CCA took part in UNSW’s ICAS Mathematics competition, which assesses skills and knowledge in various areas of mathematics.
Congratulations to the following 7 Meridians who achieved the ‘High Distinction’ and ‘Distinction’ awards, the top 2 award categories! In addition, Wang Xinrong achieved the rare honour of achieving the highest score among all upper secondary competitors in Singapore for this year and last year. He was presented with the Special Medal by UNSW.
(A) First in Singapore (Sec 4) and High Distinction Award (Top 1% of competitors in Singapore)
- Wang Xinrong (4E1 / MFC)
(B) Distinction Award (Next 10% of competitors in Singapore)
- Brittany Tan (1E2 / MFC)
- Yikov Yager (1E4)
- Chen Kaixin (2E1)
- Shavin Valen (2E1)
- Sarah Emily (2E3)
- Koh Liang Han (4E1 / MFC)
We would also like to extend our special appreciation to the other Meridian competitors for their hard work and enthusiasm!
Secondary Two Interdisciplinary (Maths and Humanities) Trail @ Gardens by the Bay
|In line with the Mathematics Department’s vision of developing students into confident and successful problem solvers, Secondary Two students participated in an Interdisciplinary Trail at Gardens by the Bay on the 30th May as part of their post examinations activity.|
|The trail, jointly organized by the Mathematics and Humanities Department, aims to enhance the learning of Mathematics and Humanities beyond the classroom. It provides students with an authentic environment to apply concepts and skills to solve real-world problems, as well as a platform to work together as a team.|
|Students worked in groups to solve problems at the outdoor stations as well as indoor stations at the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome Conservatories. They used creative thinking skills to design feasible methods of solving real-life problems and employed mathematical skills, for example, to observe patterns and shapes, make good estimations using mathematical modelling, and calculate ticket pricings. They were also tasked to acquire knowledge beyond mathematics such as facts on cloud forests and on the tropical forest in Singapore.|
|The students enjoyed the trail thoroughly.
Learning is truly brought alive through this trail!
Financial Expedition (Finex) 2019 – National 1st Runner-Up
A group of Mathematics, Financial Literacy and Chess Club (MFC) members as well as POA scholars took part in a national financial literacy competition known as Financial Expedition (Finex) 2019. Finex is a team competition that involved a gruelling 4-hour amazing race around the Central Business District.
Despite taking part in Finex for the first time, a team of three POA Scholars from Mathematics Department displayed teamwork and tenacity to become National 1st runner-up! The members of the winning team are
1. Ashley Tan Jing Wen, 3A2
2. Ian Tan Yi En, 3A2
3. Raffles Lim Jian Wei, 3A2
Congratulations ! We would like to thank all the participants for their endurance and team spirit !
National CashFlow Competition (NCF) 2019 – National 1st Runner-Up
A team of Meridians from Mathematics, Financial Literacy and Chess Club (MFC) and the POA Scholars Programme under Mathematics Department, participated in the National CashFlow Competition (NCF) 2019. The MFC CCA members and POA scholars had the opportunity to learn and gain financial literacy skills, and apply their knowledge via an interesting board game with iPad app.
After a competitive preliminary round, 13 Meridians entered the Finals! From MFC, they were Cleaven Tay (1E3), He Si (2E2), Clement Kee (2E3), Hong Zi Xuan (3E3), Kho Wei Shan and Patrick Liu (4E1), and Pan Yiao Shing (4E4). The finalists from POA scholars programme were Jaser Kek (3A1), Ashley Tan, Ian Tan and Raffles Lim (3A2), as well as Bryan Tee and Ryan Chan (3E1). Congratulations to the following students for clinching top honours:
1. Hong Zi Xuan (3E3, MFC) – national 2nd position
2. Ryan Chan (3E1, POA scholar) – national 3rd position
In addition, our school was crowned the overall 1st runner-up in the Secondary School category!
Well done, Team Meridian !
Our students acquired financial literacy life skills, and enjoyed the exciting learning experience while having lots of fun playing the board game. They also displayed our school values of resilience and humility, as well as camaraderie throughout the experience.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the team of Meridians for their 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! Thank you!
Inaugural Meridian Mathematics Challenge
To create an opportunity for our students to develop an interest in competitive Mathematics and encourage out-of-the-box thinking skills, the Mathematics Department held the inaugural Meridian Mathematics Challenge in April 2019.
The results for the top three positions in each level were very close. Congratulations to the following winners, who received their prizes at an award presentation on 29 April 2019!
1st – Gabriel Teo Yi Yang (1E3)
Joint 2nd – Reina Chua Hui Ci (1E2) and Anthony Ng (1E2)
1st – Asher Koh Kai En (2E2)
2nd – You Linhao (2E2)
3rd – Sarah Emily Ong Xin Wei (2E3)
1st – Ganzon Lyka Plaza (3E3)
2nd – Ignatius Lee Koi Yin (3E3)
3rd – Nazura Binte Saini (3E1)
The Mathematics Department would like to thank all participants and Mathematics teachers for their time and efforts!
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS AND ASSESSMENTS FOR SCHOOLS (ICAS) MATHEMATICS 2018
141 Secondary 3 Meridians and another 31 members from our Mathematics, Financial Literacy and Chess Club (MFC) CCA took part in ICAS Mathematics, which assesses their skills and knowledge in various areas of mathematics.
We are happy to announce that 8 Meridians have done our school proud by achieving the top 2 award categories. Congratulations to the following 8 Meridians who received the ‘High Distinction’ and ‘Distinction’ awards!
HIGH DISTINCTION AWARD
(Top 1% of Secondary 3 competitors in Singapore)
|1||WANG XINRONG||3E1||Secondary 3|
In addition to the High Distinction Award, Xinrong also attained the highest score among all Sec 3 competitors in Singapore! He received a special medal from the University of New South Wales.
(Top 10% of Secondary 3 or 4 competitors in Singapore)
|1||ZHENG YUFAN||4E1||Secondary 4||MFC|
|2||CUI FANGHE||4E2||Secondary 4||MFC|
|3||LING YUAN||4E2||Secondary 4||MFC|
|4||KOH LIANG HAN||3E1||Secondary 3||MFC|
|5||CHLOE WONG||3E1||Secondary 3||–|
|6||DERRICK TEO||3E1||Secondary 3||–|
|7||LAW KHENG LUN||3E1||Secondary 3||–|
These 8 Meridians’ exceptional performances were achieved through their consistent practice, self-discipline and constant striving for excellence. They are an inspiration for all fellow Meridians!
We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the other Meridian competitors, as well as the Mathematics Department teachers!
SINGAPORE MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD (SMO) 2018
Every year, thousands of students in Singapore take part in the Singapore Mathematical Olympiad, also known as SMO, which is a reputable and challenging national mathematics competition in Singapore. It comprises three categories: Junior, Senior and Open. In 2018, 18 students and another 20 members from our Mathematics, Financial Literacy and Chess Club (MFC) CCA took part in SMO.
Two Meridians have done our school proud in the Senior category. Wang Xinrong from 3E1 and MFC CCA won the Silver Award, and Swan Htet Myo Thaw from 4E1 won the Bronze Award. Congratulations to Xinrong and Swan Htet!
Xinrong’s achievement is historic, as he is the first student in our school’s history to make it to the very competitive second round, in which about 60% of the competitors this year were from Raffles Institution, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, and Hwa Chong Institution. In addition, Xinrong, who is only in Secondary 3, show courage and resilience in competing against the Secondary 4 competitors.
Xinrong’s and Swan Htet’s remarkable achievements came about through hard work, resilience, focused training, and the relentless pursuit for excellence. They are an inspiration for all fellow Meridians.
We also want to commend the other 36 Meridian competitors for their effort, time and hard work!
6th National ArithmetEQ Challenge 2018
8 members from Mathematics, Financial Literacy and Chess Club (MFC) competed at the 6th National ArithmetEQ Competition 2018, a biennial event organised by Yishun Secondary School. This national competition involved a board game similar to Scrabble, but competitors form mathematical equations instead of forming words. 136 competitors from 29 schools (primary & secondary) took part in this year’s competition.
After two rounds of game play, Wang Xinrong & Lin Gengkai from 3E1, our school’s Team 1, emerged the National 1st Runner-up in the Secondary category! It was a hard-won victory. Xinrong and Gengkai had to think and act fast within one minute during each turn, and at the same time, be creative and accurate in forming equations to achieve bonus points. Their effective teamwork, quiet composure and intense concentration also helped contribute to their success.
Our Principal, Mrs Thong, presented the medals to Xinrong & Gengkai during
a prize presentation ceremony held in our school hall.
Our heartfelt thanks to the following 8 Meridians from MFC who did our school proud :
|Team 1||Team 3|
|1||Wang Xinrong||3E1||5||Patrick Liu Xiao Yong||3E1|
|2||Lin Gengkai||3E1||6||Zhou Yi||3E2|
|Team 2||Reserve Team|
|3||Kho Wei Shan||3E1||7||Koh Liang Han||3E1|
|4||Diong Xiu Lin||3E2||8||Dylan Hon Yin Yee||3E1|
Secondary Two Mathematics Trail @ Gardens by the Bay
The Mathematics Department aims to develop our students to become effective problem solvers through quality instruction and programmes. In line with our department’s vision of developing students into confident and successful problem solvers, Secondary Two students participated in a Mathematics Trail at Gardens by the Bay on the 22nd and 25th of October 2018 as part of their post-examination activity. The trail was organised to provide students with an authentic environment to apply mathematical concepts and skills to solve real-world problems, as well as a platform to work together as a team.
Students worked in groups to solve problems at the outdoor and indoor stations at the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome Conservatories. They used creative thinking skills to design feasible methods to solve real-life problems and employ mathematical skills, for example, observing patterns and shapes, making good estimates of measurements through mathematical modelling, and calculating ticket pricings using financial literacy skills. They were also tasked to acquire knowledge beyond Mathematics, such as facts on cloud forests and tropical forests in Singapore.
The students enjoyed the trail thoroughly. The activities provided an excellent opportunity for group work while retaining strong elements of fun even though the work involved was of a serious nature. Students also learnt to be gracious and considerate towards the public while being engaged in the activities. Learning is truly brought to life through this trail!
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.
PARTICIPANTS OF ADVANCED ELECTIVE MODULE “THE TRUTH BEHIND DATA”
Congratulations to all participants for successfully completing the AEM :
1) Ellasandra Mikaela (3E1) passed with Commendation
2) Kho Wei Shan (3E1) passed with Commendation
3) Riqqah Luthfiya (3E1) passed with Commendation
4) Wang Xinrong (3E1) passed with Commendation
5) Diong Xiu Lin (3E2) passed with Commendation
6) Darren Heng (3E2) passed with Commendation
7) Stacey Chan (3E3) passed with Commendation
8) Ruth Koh (3E1)
9) Brendan Tan (3E1)
10) Kanishk Yadav Punekar (3E1)
11) Koh Liang Han (3E1)
12) Ng Jia Jian (3E1)
13) Derrick Teo (3E1)
14) Tania Jalil (3E2)
15) Clarence Wee (3E2)
16) A. Puvanan (3E3)
17) Chen Qifeng (3A1)
18) Fujita Natsuo (3A1)
19) Jarvis Low (3A1)
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)
Math Olympiad Training 2018
The Math Olympiad Training programme aims to develop critical and creative thinking in our students and a positive attitude towards challenges. Secondary Two students with strong Mathematics foundation and a keen interest in problem solving are selected to participate in the programme. The training programme helps to equip students with a wide repertoire of techniques and perspectives to solve challenging mathematics problems effectively.
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.
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.
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.