Highlights in the Math Department:
1. Holistic Assessment
As one of the 16 prototype schools in Singapore to embark on Holistic Assessment, the teaching and learning of Mathematics in Da Qiao is well-balanced between summative and formative assessments. The conscientious efforts taken by the teachers to incorporate Assessment for Learning tasks that are formative in nature has helped in ensuring a balanced assessment for the pupils from Primary 1 right up to Primary 4. Examples of formative assessments include Problem Solving tasks which are accompanied by rubrics/checklist for peer and self-assessment, Math Trails, Math Journals and Reviews.
Performance tasks, hands on lesson take place in the Maths Mart, which is a designated room for Math, where manipulative are made easily accessible for the learning and teaching of Mathematics. Learning Journeys and Math trails out of the classroom to places like the Singapore Zoological Gardens, Changi International Airport and even the library and neighbourhood shops, add to the vibrant learning of the pupils. The Math Wonderland in school where there are Math games and quizzes is also a Math haven for pupils to go to any time they like.
2. Learning Support for Mathematics (LSM) and Enhanced LSM
Pupils in Primary 1 and 2 who have difficulty coping with Math are identified for the Learning Support for Mathematics Programme. They go through a structured programme in a smaller teacher-pupil ratio. Our Primary 3 and 4 pupils who also have difficulty with Math go through a special programme known as the Enhanced LSM.
3. Math Genius Club
The high ability learners in Mathematics are identified in P6 to attend Math Genius Club where they are trained to take part in the national Math Olympiad held annually.
4. Math in P5 Camp
The P5 pupils go through their P5 Camp at the end of Term 1 every year. Not only do they go through the physical aspects of a camp, they also go through Math activities which require both the brains and the brawn.