Singapore Math at Sunnybrook School
Math is a way of knowing in the world. Feeling competent in math is empowering for all students. On the other hand, reaching all students in math can be a challenge in the Learning Studio. SBS has successfully addressed this by introducing Singapore Math in 2011. This internationally recognized program has been proven effective in teaching math and maintaining Singaporeʼs standing in international assessments of student learning. In mathematics, Singapore has consistently placed in the top 3 countries in both the TIMSS and the PISA studies. More importantly, Singapore Math engages students and builds confidence through unique strategies that build from year to year, using methods that teach why math works as well as how math works.
Concept – based, engaging, enriched, Singapore Math is the basis of our math curriculum from JK to Grade 6. The program empowers our students as they approach ever more challenging math problems.
Singapore Mathematics uses a unique system of model drawing for numerical problem solving. The learning of math in a continuum builds strong fundamentals as students move effortlessly from one level to the next and master new concepts. They progress from:
In Singapore Math classes students are actively engaged with meaningful numeracy learning and problem solving. Skills and numeracy facts are learned and practiced in the 3 steps described above. Wherever possible, technology supports the learning in math class. Ongoing cumulative review of skills and concepts ensures enduring mastery.
We have witnessed a dramatic increase in confidence in mathematics in our students; they are empowered to think mathematically through these elements of Singapore Math:
The program has a fresh approach to math and our students respond with a renewed enthusiasm for math class. Singapore Math fosters a positive attitude and confidence as well as higher achievement in math.