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To Be Analytical Thinkers and Problem Solvers

Nurturing Students' Interests and Talents

Quality Teaching & Learning in every classroom

At BGPS, all Math teachers adopt the FREMC (Factual Fluency/ Readiness/ Engagement/ Mastery/ Consolidation) as fundamental good mathematical teaching structure to guide the teaching and learning of Math for our students. 

We also stress the use of Learning Experiences and the use of Math manipulatives and meaningful ICT tools in teaching Mathematics. These ensure that students are engaged in the learning of Math concepts through leveraging authentic contexts and technology, and Mathematics is made relevant to their daily lives. 

To further cater to the varied learning needs and interests of our students, differentiated instruction is carried out in our classrooms and students of varied profiles can be gainfully engaged within the lesson.

UC3 Approach to Math Problem Solving

A whole school approach to problem-solving, UC³ exposes our students to world renowned mathematician, George Polya’s prescription for solving problems. It consists of four steps that use the 3R’s problem solving, Request – Respond – Results, and a verification of the result. At the same time, UC³ also provides opportunities for our students to solve word problems with heuristics. Both heuristics and Polya’s four steps enable our students to solve word problems efficiently and with confidence.

Fostering the Joy of Learning Mathematics 

Learn and Apply Math through Play (L.A.M.P)

This programme is designed following MOE’s initiative to move beyond achieving strong academic results to instill in students the joy of learning. L.A.M.P not only helps to promote joyful learning among our students, it provides students with greater engagement by learning Mathematical concepts through games and puzzles. 

Twice a week during the three recesses, the L.A.M.P booth is set up to provide engaging Math games and puzzles for students to play. These games and puzzles may be hands-on card games, board games or ICT based with the aid of iPads. Students are each given a L.A.M.P card to chart their participation by collecting stamps which can be exchanged for tokens. In addition, we have weekly quizzes to further promote analytical thinking and problem-solving skills among our students. 

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The L.A.M.P booth activities as well as the weekly quiz also tie in with the different celebrations in the school calendar like Total Defence Day, International Friendship Day or Racial Harmony Day. During these celebrations, there will be inter-department collaborations whereby the activities and quizzes will follow the theme of the celebration and this enables our students to learn about the meaning behind the celebrations. 

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With L.A.M.P. our students are able to strengthen their mathematical concepts in a stress-free environment and apply these concepts in activities beyond their classroom and at the same time relate Math to their daily lives. 

Interdepartmental Collaboration: It takes a village to raise a child. It is an old adage that the Mathematics Department strongly believes in. As such, we have collaborated with various departments to widen the range of activities that we can offer to our students. Alongside the National Education/Social Studies Department, we have developed Maths quizzes centred around the four National Education commemorative events. 

Nurturing Students' Interests and Talents

Excellence 2000 (E2K) Math

In alignment with the school’s direction of fostering the in-depth learning and enhancing student engagement, the Math department started the E2K Mathematics (in 2019) as an enrichment to:

   Develop high ability math learners (HAL) in BGPS in their mathematical reasoning skills and deepen conceptual understanding through an inquiry approach

     Promote joy in learning and greater engagement by learning math concepts through story, games and puzzles

    Develop habits, attitudes and dispositions mathematicians possess, as well as to gain important 21st century competencies (21CC) such as critical and inventive thinking and effective communication skills.

The E2K enrichment content is guided by the Gifted Education Branch (GEB) at the Ministry. Primary 4 students are engaged in E2K modules after school and learn higher-order mathematical problem solving skills through stories and games.

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Mathematics Olympiad Training Programme

The Mathematics Olympiad Training Programme is provided for high progress upper primary students with a special talent in Mathematics to enrich their learning. Students are equipped with a repertoire of problem-solving techniques to solve high-order and non-routine problems to hone their skills for competitions.  

Mathematics Olympiad Competitions

In order to challenge and stretch the students' mathematical potential to promote greater interest in Mathematics, the school participates in the following Mathematics Olympiads annually:

  • Annual Mathlympics 
  • National Mathematical Olympiad Singapore (NMOS)
  • Singapore Mathematical Olympiad for Primary Schools (SMOPS)
  • Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad (SASMO)
  • Raffles Institution Primary Mathematics World Competition (RIPMWC)

Competition  Achievement (2019)
Annual MathlympicsSilver - 1
Bronze - 3
National Mathematical Olympiad Singapore (NMOS)Silver - 1
Bronze - 2
Honourable Mention - 8
 Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad (SASMO)Gold - 9
Silver - 14
Bronze - 34 
 Raffles Institution Primary Mathematics World Contest (RIPMWC)Distinction - 7
Credit - 4 

Learning Support in Mathematics

The LSM programme is designed to provide early intervention in Mathematics to students who need extra support in acquiring basic numeracy skills when they enter Primary One. It aims to provide help to students who lack numeracy skills.

All students who enter P1 sit for a screening exercise in Math (Early Numeracy Indicators). Students who are found to have weak numeracy skills are identified for LSM. 

LSM support runs for 2 years by trained teachers. BGPS adopts the withdrawal mode, which means LSM students are taken out of their regular classes during their Math periods and taught in a smaller class. The maximum class size is 8 students. The programme covers the P1/2 syllabus for all students.

The LSM programme focuses on building good mathematical understanding. It aims to build students' confidence and positive beliefs about their ability to do Math.