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Mathematics

Primary Mathematics Course

The study of Mathematics is not simply solving examination problem sums. Through Mathematics, a child develops logical reasoning and application of problem solving skills that extends well beyond the classroom.  We cannot overemphasize the importance of these skills in the ever-changing landscapes of the 21st century.

At a fundamental level, students are taught to appreciate the lawful relationships by understanding the origins of the metric systems and mathematical concepts (e.g., meters, area, volume, speed, etc.) and the ease and accuracy with which they can explain and test these relationships using mathematical language, beginning from Primary 1.

Therefore, here in Tutelage, we emphasize the design of our lesson packages. Specific instructional objectives are to be spelled out and met in each lesson, which not only include the mathematical skills, but also the appreciation of the origins and utility of the concepts and methodology. Overarching our instructional approach, we believe in bringing out the fun in mathematics so that students will begin actively seeking out mathematical approaches to solve real-life problems for the fun of it. That also, is how we believe creativity and thinking-out-of –the-box can be nurtured.

 

Secondary Mathematics

Tutelage builds on the aims of the Primary Mathematics Course with a greater emphasis in concept acquisition. Students are developmentally ready to acquire abstract concepts and further develop abstract reasoning skills (c.f. Piaget). Contrary to expectations, Tutelage does not undermine the importance of inculcating the appreciation of the origins and utility of the mathematical concepts. The abstract notations (e.g., algebraic equations) were not invented to test students’ intelligence and bear no real-life applications. In fact, the reverse is true where the abstract notations allow a greater sensitivity of the world’s variability and complexity and yet allow mathematicians to continue to explain the lawful relationships found in the world.

An emphasis is also placed on the actual application of the mathematical concepts and not a mere regurgitation or routine-application of the method to the questions found in examination papers. Students thereby will develop a broader thinking skills that is not narrowed or specific to mathematical examination questions, but skills that are transferable to all the other subjects.

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