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Vision & Mission

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Resilient and Reflective Problem Solvers who can connect Mathematics to everyday life situations.

To provide authentic and rigorous Mathematics education with problem-solving opportunities that develop learners to discover, experience, reason and communicate Mathematics.

Our Approach
The Mathematics Framework focuses on using Mathematics for problem solving. The development of problem-solving ability is dependent on five inter-related components, namely, conceptual understanding, skills proficiency, mathematical processes, and attitudes and metacognition.

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Mathematical Framework

In Anderson Primary School, we believe that every student is a Math Learner who possesses the learning dispositions and work habits of a Mathematician. Our students are to be able to see themselves as learners of Mathematics who persevere in making sense of a problem, a procedure, a concept and seek connections among ideas.

4R Learning Dispositions

Every Andersonian A Mathematician, A Problem Solver
- 4R Learning Dispositions of ANDPS Mathematicians

We believe that every student is a valuable, unique individual who can learn and has the potential to succeed. While supporting our students in knowledge and skill learning, we also build an environment that invites and provokes the stretching of dispositional learning muscles of our young mathematicians, our problem-solvers.

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Key Programmes

Our Math programmes and learning experiences are uniquely planned and designed so as to develop in our students a deep understanding of mathematical concepts. These learning experiences include hands-on activities and the use of technological aids to help them relate abstract mathematical concepts with concrete experiences. 

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Students setting up stalls to replicate the real-life use of money

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Students going around the stalls to purchase items
Bo Hui, 5.4 (2020)

Model-Eliciting Activities in Mathematics
Model-Eliciting Activities (MEAs) are designed to develop mathematical understanding and competencies through the application of knowledge and skills to solve authentic real-world problems. Students intepret and make reasonable assumptions and simplifications mathematically before evaluating real-world problems. 

The following two key principles guide the design of the MEA in Mathematics;

(i) Reality Principle: Problem posed is open-ended, meaningful and relevant to the students and based on real or slightly modified real data.

(ii) Model Construction Principle: Problem allows for the creation of a model involving two or more variables, establishing relationships between the variables and deriving the patterns governing these relationships.

MEA in Primary 3
Primary 3 students investigate the relationship between the length of a person's foot to his/her height. The collective data of each group of students are plotted in Excel and a best-fit line is used to predict the height of 'Bigfoot'. Through this experience, students appreciate the value of Mathematics in everyday life and gain motivation in applying Mathematics.

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MEA in Primary 5
Primary 5 students construct a popcorn box as one of the activities in 'I am a Young Mathematician' card. They use the idea of optimisation, apply visualisation skill, spatial reasoning and geometric modelling skill to solve this mathematical optimisation problem.

PERI Holistic (HA) Assessment
Holistic assessment refers to the process of using multiple sources to continually gather information on a child’s development, to provide feedback to support and guide learning. Holistic Assessment aims to support student learning and development, to build their confidence and desire to learn, and to better prepare them for the future.

The assessments can take various forms such as bite-sized assessment, performance assessments, journals and problem solving tasks. These assessments will be carried out throughout the year. 

Learning Support Programme
LSM (Learning Support for Mathematics) is an early intervention programme aims at providing learning support to students who do not have foundational numeracy skills and knowledge to access the Primary 1 Mathematics curriculum. A screening process is carried at the beginning of Primary 1 to identify the students who need intervention. 

In Anderson Primary School, P1 and P2 students who are in the programme will attend Mathematics lessons conducted by our LSM Teachers in small groups during curriculum hours so that greater attention can be devoted to each student.  

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LSM Room - Activity corner

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LSM Room - Games Corner

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Students playing a board game to strengthen their understanding of Whole Numbers

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Students using multi-link cubes in their activity

Improving Confidence and Achievement in Numeracy (ICAN)
Beyond P2, the support in the learning of Mathematics continues in the form of ICAN Programme. This programme aims to strengthen students’ conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. ICAN emphasises the importance of concrete learning to enable pupils to make better sense of 

their learning. Students have lots of fun in their mathematics learning as they gain confidence 
and motivation in learning the subject.
  Lessons are conducted by ICAN Teachers in small groups during curriculum hours. 

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Spatial Visualisation Skills Programme (P1 to P3)
The Spatial Visualisation Skills Programme aims to enhance our lower primary students’ visual and spatial awareness. The use of Tangram Puzzle not only keeps our young minds engaged but also deepens their interest and understanding in topics which require visual-spatial skills as they move up the levels.

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Engaged students eager to share their solutions

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Three heads are better than one - collaborating to solve tangram puzzles

Excellence 2000 (E2K) Programme (P5 & 6)  
The E2K Mathematics Programme aims to develop in students mathematical reasoning skills and deepen their conceptual understanding through an inquiry approach.

Students will have opportunities to collaborate with their peers and engage in mathematical thinking through resources such as puzzles, games and mathematics explorations which are specially designed for the programme. The rich learning experiences offered by the programme serve to help students to develop the habits, attitudes and dispositions mathematicians possess, as well as to gain important 21st century competencies such as critical and inventive thinking and effective communication skills.

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Articulating puzzle solutions to the class

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ICT-infused lessons, Model-Eliciting Activities (MEA), Topical & Heuristics Worksheets 
ICT infused lessons are designed to provide opportunities for students to work collaboratively, deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts and be self-directed Mathematics Learner. 

Model-Eliciting Activities (MEAs) consists of a series of lessons to provide students with opportunities to develop creative and applied mathematical thinking through real-world problem or situation and attempting to find solutions to the problems.

Topical worksheets are developed for all levels to provide a formative assessment on their learning and reinforce concepts learnt in Mathematics lessons. A structured set of heuristics worksheets is designed to develop and strengthen students’ problem-solving skills through the use of various heuristics and thinking skills. 


P4 to P6 students who have shown aptitude in Mathematics will be selected to take part in the following Mathematics competitions:

  • Primary Mathematics Project Competition
  • Annual Mathlympics
  • Singapore Mathematical Olympiad for Primary School (SMOPS)
  • Raffles Institution Primary Mathematics World Contest (RIPMWC)
  • NUS High School National Mathematical Olympiad of Singapore (NMOPS)
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Mokanan, P6.6 sharing his game concepts and motivation with students, parents and teachers

Competition 3.jpgMokanan with Principal, Mdm Hoo, during the award presentation. 

Mokanan, 6.6 (2020)

KooBits Problem Sums online portal (P1 to 6)
Anderson Primary School adopts KooBits, an online learning portal for Problem Solving to engage students in Math learning.