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Our Philosophy

The Mathematics Department aims to nurture the following leadership attributes and Habits of minds:

  • perseverance
  • flexible thinking
  • strive for accuracy
  • creative problem solving
  • independent and inter-dependant thinking
  • metacognition

 

Students are encouraged to take pride in their work, to be organized and to develop neat handwriting; exercise initiative in their learning and make responsible decisions.

 

The Mathematics Department seeks to develop in students the following disciplinary understanding leading to appreciation and love for mathematics.

1.      What is Mathematics? Why study Mathematics

Mathematics is the study of discovering patterns, deriving conjectures and theorems, posing and solving problems, and finding meaningful relationships through quantitative and spatial reasoning to help us understand the world around us. It is integral in the learning of other disciplines, including science and technology.

2.    What is central to Mathematics?

Central to mathematics is problem solving, based on mathematical premises and systems that withstand rigorous mathematical reasoning, in a wide range of situations including unfamiliar, non-routine, open-ended and real world problems.

3. How do we communicate mathematical ideas?

Purposeful mathematical communication involves the use of mathematical syntax (language), constructed symbols, pictures, graphs and models to convey definitions and solutions to problems identified.

4.   What is the outcome of learning Mathematics?

Mathematical learning allows one to make sense of the world through

·        the development of one’s ability to utilise knowledge[1] efficiently. 

·        the cultivation of values such as ethical understanding, persisting, striving for accuracy and precisions ;

·        the development of creative and flexible thinking and

·        the ability to take risk to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

 



[1] including systematic and logical thinking, abstract thoughts, spatial visualisation, data analysis, measurement, mathematical tools and estimation.