Singapore Maths is a unique teaching method which looks at the most engaging method to introduce topics. It is normally very hands on and allows children to use their calculation skills to solve problems. Children find Singapore Maths engaging and challenging and usually thrive at the challenges that await them!
Our Singapore Maths Academy adopts a learning environment where the teacher facilitates learning in every lesson. Children will be intellectually challenged with hands-on tasks as well as book-work. This is in contrast to the majority of worksheet dependent tuition centres as we feel, from clear research, that keeping children engaged and using the CPA approach is the best way for children to grasp key concepts in Maths.
Though “both” may sound idealistic, especially from a commercial point of view, the real answer is still both! One of the fundamental concepts of Singapore Maths is the Concrete- Pictorial-Abstract approach which enables the weak learners to gain basics understanding of Mathematical concepts before proceeding to the application stage in problem-solving. At the same time, due to “instructional” differentiation in lessons, the high achievers will reach new heights of understanding and their reasoning skills will be enhanced. Many students find the question, “How did you do that?” a tricky one so we work on this aspect a lot more at the Academy.
Due to the sheer nature of Singapore Maths and the problem-solving elements of each lesson, children will naturally build on their problem-solving skills and hence be better prepared for their 11+ examinations. Children who have been taught through the Singapore Maths methods have been granted scholarships in Harrow and Eton. Their Maths teachers have put their children’s phenomenal achievements in Mathematics all down to Singapore Maths.
We now have exclusive 11+ Mathematics sessions in the weekend, please register your details now to avoid disappointment.
Singapore Maths is very much against unnecessary rote learning. Of course, some elements of Mathematics will require children to have a good grasp of their number facts but the way Singapore Maths is taught, it is very much hands on and fun in nature. This is why Singapore not only tops the world league tables in Maths education but from recent surveys it has been highlighted that Singapore is the country where the greatest number of children actually enjoy maths lessons! Our first aim is for children to understand the maths they are doing and have a depth of knowledge uncomparable to others. This allows them to access the curriculum even when they may not have memorised facts.
All our teachers are qualified Maths teachers and are either Mathematics specialists (11 Plus, KS3 and beyond) or qualified Primary schools teacher (KS1, KS2 and 11+) with a passion for Mathematics. In most cases, our teachers are already working in Primary schools using Singapore Maths approaches but they are all committed to continuous professional development which they receive from the founder of Singapore Maths Academy who is also a Singapore Maths consultant for various schools and organisations in England.
At present you do not need to buy any books for our Leyton branch lessons but we do ask parents to purchase workbooks from Amazon for online sessions. Your child will receive an exercise book (Leyton) which will be used as a maths journal, something that is standard in Singapore Maths.
Exercise Books: We supply pupils with squared exercise books for the year. If they complete the exercise book then they receive another one but if they lose their exercise book then they will need to pay £1 for a replacement.
Textbooks and Workbooks: Textbooks are sometimes used in class and will not be given to pupils to take home. Workbooks will also be given to pupils in Year 2-Year 7. These will be purchased by the Academy but any workbooks that are lost will need to be replaced by parents. The cost of the books will vary depending on the workbooks we use for different year groups.
Other resources: Pupils are asked to bring to each lesson, a pencil, pen, ruler and any other appropriate maths tool needed for their Key Stage (for example a scientific calculator for KS3 and GCSE students).
Our approach is very visual, using the CPA approach. This means that we normally have all the other maths resources at hand for our lessons, especially for the Leyton branch and 1-to-1 sessions. With our online lessons, we tend to use online digital manipulatives to visualise concepts.
Singapore Maths is a highly successful method of teaching Mathematics. It will no doubt support your child through their schooling by giving them more than one strategy to solve questions. Many of our pupils have enjoyed and gained a deeper understanding of Mathematics and as a result, have shown a more composed and confident attitude to tackling problems. This, in turn, has also meant that many of our parents have reported Singapore Maths lessons making a major difference in their children’s progress in schools and the way they now view Mathematics with fondness. Our success stories include various students moving
Our success stories include various students moving onto the ‘higher’ groups in their school as a result of attending our Academy.
Singapore Maths follows a proven method which ensures children are engaged in their lessons and learn to tackle problems with confidence. We strongly feel continuous and repetitive worksheets do more harm than good for a child. There may be short term gains in completing purely worksheets but overall the long-term development of a child will be hampered due to a lack of understanding when it comes to key concepts in Maths.
We refuse to accept that pure computation without understanding makes a strong mathematician. Singapore Maths techniques are proven and over time your child’s mathematical understanding will be much stronger.
A lesson will typically starts off with a mental maths task/assessment before moving on to an anchor task, which will normally be a problem which needs to be solved. The whole class considers and discusses the problem with the teacher for the initial few minutes. The class will then gather ideas with the teacher’s support, before dispersing to different groups to share their thoughts and “play” with manipulatives, raw materials like cubes. After working in groups the class will meet as a whole again to discuss solutions to the problem. During this time children keep a journal and go through guided practice before setting off to do some independent practice. At the end of the lesson there will be a short plenary where children will again get plenty of opportunities to discuss different methods and they will decide what is best for them as this will encourage independent learning.
The initial registration fee is £30 with a fee of £60 Per Calendar Month. This entitles your child to 1 hour of lessons a week (typically 4-5 lessons a month). We are off at the end of each term, so that means during December and April holidays the Academy is closed. Fees are to be paid as usual during those months as some months have 5 lessons and so on average we still have around 4 lessons per month.
We offer parents a £10 discount if they pay for 3 months up-front. This means that you pay £150 for 3 months, which is a saving of £30.
Parents with more than one child at the centre get a siblings discount of £10 for each child but will not be able to receive any other offers.
We don’t allow parents to stay and watch. Our venue has a very convenient Cafe, within the premises, which you will be able to purchase some delicious snacks and beverages whilst waiting for your child.
We would urge parents to help their children as much as possible, however we would also encourage them to allow their children to have the freedom to explore mathematical ideas and not to get overly worked up if their child doesn’t understand something.
The most important way our parent’s help is by making sure their child attends regularly and doesn’t miss out on any lessons. Missing lessons really prevents children from making the progress they are capable of making.
Many of our parents who have not, for one reason or another, been able to send their children to out Leyton branch, are now happily using our online lessons. If you are a parent who wanted to use our Leyton branch facilities but are unable to, then our online services may be perfect for your needs. We also have 1-to-1 home tuition (in London) so you can now have a lesson from a Singapore Maths qualified teacher in the comfort of your own home!
For KS1 and KS2 lessons we want to maintain a qualified teacher to pupil ratio to 1:8 (Maximum and in most classes it will be less than this). For KS3 and KS4 lessons we will also have a maximum teacher to pupil ratio of 1:8. As we only hire qualified teachers, unlike many other cheaper centres, we feel these ratios are in line with the Singapore approach. Singapore uses “Social Learning” and discussions to improve understanding and this is what we aim to achieve too. We will not accept any repeated poor behaviour, so our classes always maintain an excellent learning environment.
Singapore Maths has been in the news a lot more in the last few years. From being the leading nation in the world to the UK government encouraging primary schools to training teachers on these approaches by spending £41m on a Singapore Maths project. Please follow our blog to keep up-to-date with the latest news on Singapore Maths.