What Is Singapore Maths?

Maths At Singapore
Maths At Singapore

Singapore has become a “laboratory of maths teaching” by incorporating established international research into a highly effective teaching approach. With its emphasis on teaching pupils to solve problems, Singapore Maths teaching is the envy of the world.

At a glance

  • Singapore consistently top the international benchmarking studies for maths teaching
  • A highly effective approach to teaching maths based on research and evidence
  • Builds students’ mathematical fluency without the need for rote learning
  • Introduces new concepts using Bruner’s Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach
  • Pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to reciting formulas they don’t understand
  • Teaches mental strategies to solve problems such as drawing a bar model

Singapore developed a new way of teaching maths following their poor performance in international league tables in the early 1980s. The Singapore Ministry of Education decided to take the best practice research findings from the West and apply them to the classroom with transformational results.

Based on recommendations from notable experts such as Jerome Bruner, Richard Skemp, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and Zoltan Dienes, Singapore maths is an amalgamation of global ideas delivered as a highly-effective program of teaching methods and resources.

The effectiveness of this approach is demonstrated by Singapore’s position at the top of the international benchmarks such as TIMSS and PIRLS and explains why their program is now used in over 40 countries including the United Kingdom and the United States.

Learn more about the teaching methods from Singapore including our approach to bar modelingCPA, and number bonds.

Since 2007 Maths – No Problem! has helped hundreds of schools and parents teach world-class methods from Singapore and we can use our expertise to help your school too. The Maths — No Problem! Primary Series was assessed by the DfE’s expert panel, which judged that it alone met the core criteria for a high-quality textbook to support teaching for mastery.

Programme based on established theories

Singapore maths is an amalgamation of global ideas delivered as a highly effective program of teaching methods and resources. The approach is based on recommendations from notable experts such as Jerome Bruner, Richard Skemp, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and Zoltan Dienes.

About Maths At Singapore – Our Story

The Purpose of Maths@Singapore is to nurture every one of our students in effectively mastering the math fundamentals for their age, enabling them to grow into confident math learners with a love of math and its value in their everyday lives.

Maths@Singapore is first conceived by Stanford alumni who is a parent of two young children.

His child started her primary school education in a US elementary school during his time at Stanford, before returning to attend a Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) primary school.
He observed firsthand the rigor and effectiveness of the Singapore MOE math program in growing his child to be a better and more confident math learner, as compared to her progress in her previous school.

He believes that math is fundamental to the many technologies solving the world’s greatest challenges, and making people’s lives better. He, therefore, believes it is important to help our children understand and gain the confidence to use math. More than just for good grades in school, this is to help them better understand the world around them, and inspire them to be the next generation of scientists and engineers the world needs.

Together with his friend, they founded Maths@Singapore to help American children become better math learners through the combination of the effective Singapore MOE math programs, expert Singaporean teachers, and an effective online classroom learning environment.

Maths At Singapore
Maths At Singapore

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