Singapore Maths

1. How is Maths organised in School

All cohorts follow the new National Curriculum for maths ARE expectations based around the aims of fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving with a particular emphasis on fluency that blend of conceptual understanding and procedural flexibility.

The new National Curriculum places higher expectations on pupils and teachers. It requires teaching to mastery. The Singapore approach to teaching unpacks mastery and ensures deep learning. Our School expect the majority of pupils to move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. In all key stages, pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content and those who are less secure should consolidate their understanding before moving on.

2. Stakeholders will typically see in a lesson:

Our children’s curiosity is ignited through exploration of a really good problem that is easy to enter but difficult to leave. Deep learning through challenge and consolidations with the use of variance. They will make links and connections using a blend of practical apparatus, moving from concrete, visual, to abstract.

3. Differentiation

Differentiation will be evident in how the teacher helps all pupils in the class to understand new concepts and techniques. The blend of practical apparatus, images and representations within the Singapore Model may be different for different groups of pupils, or pupils might move from one to the next with more or less speed than their classmates, Skilful questioning is key, as is creating an environment in which pupils are unafraid to grapple with the mathematics. Challenge comes through more complex problem solving, not a rush to new mathematical content. Good consolidation resists underpinning ideas and/or structures through carefully selected exercises or activities. Mastery calls this ‘intelligent practice’.

4. Assessment and Progress

Pupils attainment will be assessed through the use of tests and teacher assessment linked to Age related expectations. Progress will be measured by School specific assessment checks.