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Integrating the Singapore Math Method into the Cambridge Curriculum

At Invictus International School Singapore, we aim to give our pupils the best education they can receive. Most of our subjects utilise the Cambridge syllabus but when it comes to math, we have seamlessly integrated principles from Singapore's national mathematics curriculum. By teaching math with this method, we help your child develop a strong foundation that stays with them for life.

What is Singapore Maths?


Picture2.pngSingapore Math is a distinctive teaching method that has been developed and refined over many years. The Singapore approach emphasises problem solving and abstract concepts. It isn't merely about equations or rote memorisation from math textbooks, but about how to think critically and apply skills to problems.

Teaching Singapore Math in more in-depth compared to traditional math approaches. It doesn't rush over topics, instead building understanding in a balanced, step-by-step fashion. This ensures that pupils grasp the math concept in full before moving on to the next topic.

One of the most unique points of Singapore math is the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach (CPA).

       Concrete Stage: The pupil uses physical objects or a hands-on style to visualise a problem.

       Pictorial Stage: The pupil uses pictures and drawings to solve the problem.

       Abstract Stage: The pupil uses numbers and symbols to solve the problem.

One example of the pictorial stage is the use of bar models, which are a major part of the Primary School Mathematics syllabus. These models aid the learner in fully visualising the problems, rather than relying on rote memory.

What Makes Singapore Math Different?


Picture5.pngSo, what makes Singapore Math different from other international math pedagogies?

Traditionally, mathematics is taught with a focus on procedural learning. Procedural learning relies on memorising algorithms and forming set procedures to solve equations, rarely leading to a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

However, the Singapore Math method emphasises the development of mental math skills and understanding why mathematical concepts are solved in a particular way.

Visual Aids: One key feature of this method is the strong use of visual aids and activities, such as diagrams, model drawing, and number bonds, to explain complex numerical relationships. Instead of just providing equations, the use of these visual elements allows young pupils to conceptualise and understand them. This forms a strong foundation for math skills that will remain with them throughout their education.

Heuristics: Another major difference is the cultivation of problem-solving tools. Traditional math may make the mistake of providing problem-solving without specific tools. Singapore Math relies on heuristics, which are specific methods that solve different types of questions. Pupils can choose from their toolbox when faced with a word problem and are encouraged to break the question down into digestible chunks by reading it thoroughly.

Integration: Singapore Math also ensures that topics are integrated with one another. Instead of completely moving on from a topic, the Singapore Math syllabus ensures that they're revisited and built upon in subsequent grades, with the concepts applying to one another. This ensures that topics are never fully forgotten, and since pupils are taught the conceptual knowledge behind each concept, they'll have an easier time remembering and understanding them when they reappear.

These concepts help Singapore Math stands out amidst other approaches. It aims to create a deep, substantial understanding of math in Singapore students, instead of producing surface-level knowledge that's only used to pass exams. This method is considered a benchmark in mathematics and has been adopted by several international schools, including us at Invictus Singapore.

The Impact of Singapore Math on International Pupils


Picture3.pngSingapore Math is highly regarded in the international mathematics community. Its impact on pupils at international schools cannot be understated: Singapore consistently ranks highly in OECD's Pisa global competence test, an international student assessment that measures the scores of pupils worldwide. 46% of pupils reached the highest measurements provided by the test, compared with an average of 14% among 27 other participating countries.

The benefits extend to overseas student populations as well. A 2015 study in the UK found that after a single year, the use of the Singapore Math model method resulted in an improvement in academic performance. Another US school managed to gain a 14% increase over three years, after implementing it in 2015.

In our own math classes, we make sure to teach Singapore Math as a vital part of the Cambridge curriculum. By developing the problem-solving abilities of pupils, this methodology becomes a crucial step for their learning development and future studies.

How Invictus Singapore Harnesses the Strength of Singapore Math


Picture6.pngAs math is a crucial subject around the world, implementing the most effective methods of teaching is vital. At Invictus Singapore, we effectively implement the Singapore Math approach in our curriculum, equipping pupils with adequate skills to engage with challenging problems confidently and improve their overall learning outcomes.

We ensure that the CPA Approach is used in our math curriculum, and we have a differentiated multi-modal learning method. Our pupils encouraged to think critically and creatively, so they can become self-learners who develop a genuine love for learning.

With our smaller class sizes, we provide personalised and thorough teaching, making sure each pupil is given access to the learning opportunities they deserve. Our mission is to help all our pupils excel, not just in math, but in all aspects of their academic journey.

A Holistic Curriculum at Invictus International School Singapore

 Singapore Math is not just a buzzword to be tossed around. It's a proven method for setting up pupils with a strong foundation in mathematics and a solid understanding of concepts. This approach that we've adopted is able to add value to your child's education, and ensure they can solve math problems with ease.

To find out more about how we build your child's future, book a tour with us or contact us for enquiries!