The ‘Singapore’ Approach

Singapore, with its internationally acclaimed Singapore Maths approach, consistently heads the global schools league tables. Its students have come top in tests in all 3 measures: Maths, Science and Reading. (Learn more about the global school rankings)

161130-timss-2015-summaryThe Singapore approach to Maths and Science employs a step-by-step spiral technique. It revisits basic concepts repeatedly, at a higher level each time. It lends itself easily to teaching techniques in Australia.

The technique imparts critical thinking skills, and includes classifying,  deduction & spatial visualisation, analysing parts & whole, identifying patterns & relationships and estimation.

The Singapore approach employs diagrams and models as well as increasingly complex word problems and concepts, often in real-life situations, to anchor basic skills & problem solving strategies. It teaches different ways to approach problems, e.g. how to do math fractions, avoiding rigid application of standard formulas or techniques.

A key principle is to lay out each topic with a rich supply of exercises & word problems, in the process enabling students to make important self-discoveries – Oh, that’s why!”

Massachusetts Department of Education

Impressed by Singapore’s consistent results in international rankings of Maths and Science excellence, the Massachusetts Department of Education in the US was among the first to adopt the new Singapore approach.

“I’ve seen kids go a long way with the Singapore approach,” said a North Middlesex teacher. “Even those that came to class at the beginning of the year with math phobias are up to speed.”  To better gauge the program’s success, the North Middlesex school district has joined with Stanford University to develop an assessment test that they hope will further support what they already believe.

Richard Bisk, a maths professor at Worcester State College, believes the Singapore approach empowers students while giving them a solid mix of basic skills and critical thinking. He adds that “it’s relatively easy to follow and use because of its focus on understanding mathematical concepts. The model-drawing technique aids in this process and provides a powerful strategy for problem solving and for preparing students for the study of algebra.”

“Our students are doing advanced math and are learning much more than we ever thought students could learn,” said school district Assistant Superintendent Mary Waight.

The term Singapore Math is now generally accepted by educators worldwide to refer to the overall Singapore approach to  teaching, including Maths, English and Science. The Singapore books and techniques are now being used in some 140 US schools, and an increasing number of countries worldwide, including Australia.

Our Singapore Workbooks

Ideal for home study, they stress students’ foundation skills, introducing 1st graders to basic concepts concretely, using models, diagrams and pictures. Students as young as 2nd grade begin learning multiplication and division, and start performing simple pictorial algebra by 4th grade.

Our workbooks come in graduated series from 1st grade through early secondary school, typically including worked examples to help your child understand new concepts. They provide a rich supply of sequenced word problems and exercises to reinforce concepts and skills they have learnt.

Children are gradually introduced to often threatening concepts such as algebra, not realising that’s what they are encountering. Importantly, the workbooks are designed to provide fun and excitement through the use of lively and colourful pictures and activities.

Welcome to a different approach to Maths & Science for kids

Practice & Understanding

Exploration & Discovery

Enjoyment & Fun