New Syllabus Primary Mathematics (NSPM) is a series of textbooks and workbooks approved by the Ministry of Education in Singapore and covers the 2013 Syllabus. They are specially written to reflect a student- centred approach serving to provide students wit a solid foundation in mathematics. NSPM is a widely adopted Singapore maths program both in Singapore and Asia.
NSPM adopts a spiral approach, placing a strong emphasis on problem solving, which develops thinking skills. Not all students learn at the same pace so topics are taught over a course of several grades to strengthen their conceptual understanding. Topics are taught in increasing complexity, while basic concepts are also reiterated to help the student commit them to long-term memory.
Five goals of NSPM Mathematical Problem Solving
Concepts: Develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts through exposure to carious learning process.
Skills: Develop proficiency in maths skills through opportunities to apply and practise their skills.
Attitudes: Develop a positive attitude towards learning maths through understanding its usefulness.
Metacognition: Learn to regulate thinking processes through discussion of strategies to solve problems.
Processes: the central focus on problem solving skills helps students develop mathematical understanding and competencies, allowing them to tackle a wide range of problems.
New Syllabus Primary Maths Textbook
NSPM textbooks introduces and builds on new concepts. Learning experiences are incorporated via activities, games and prompts. Each lessons starts with an introductory activity and is followed by worked examples and guided practice, where students learn how to apply the concepts. At the end of the lesson students are assigned independent practice (in the workbook). Each lesson is broken up into bite sized portions with breaks in between to help them clarify any doubts before moving on to a new concept.
Features of the NSPM Textbook
Chapter opener: Each topic begins with an illustration and opening question to pique the students curiosity. It can be used foe discussion and to see how maths relates to everyday life.
Recap: This feature is included from Primary 2 onwards and is used to refresh students’ memories on previously learned concepts before moving on to more advanced content.
In Focus: Each new learning point is introduced in this sectin as an introductory activity or discussion, and may involve manipulatives for students to approach a problem.
Let’s Learn: This section covers the main component of each learning point, in line with the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach where manipulatives are the first step in introducing a concept. Concepts are then built on through visual representations before mving on to abstract notation, which includes the mathematical symbols and numbers.
Activity Time: This time provides students with the opportunity to work alone or with others in exploring maths concepts via games and other fun activities.
Practice: This consists of written problems for the student to consolidate what they have learned and to practice the concept taught.
Mind Workout: Challenging non-routine questions are included at the end of every chapter for students to apply relevant heuristics and to develop higher-order thinking skills.
Maths Journal: This provides opportunities for the student to reflect on their learning and communicate mathematically. The Maths Journal can also be used as a formative assessment to provide feedback to students on their learning.
New Syllabus Primary Maths Workbook
NSPM workbooks provide questions where the students’ competencies are tested. From Primary 3 onwards challenging questions are introduced to encourage higher level thinking.
Features of the NSPM Workbook
Worksheet: This consists of well-structured exercises developed in accordance with the lesson objectives of each chapter.
Maths Journal: More opportunities for the student to reflect on their learning and communicate mathematically. The Maths Journal can also be used as a formative assessment to provide feedback to students on their learning.
Review: Each chapter ends with a review to consolidate the concepts learned in the chapter.
Mind Workout: Students tackle higher-order thinking tasks as enrichment, apply heuristics and extend the concepts and skills learned.
Revision: This is different to Review. The Revision section provides an assessment of the consolidation of concepts and skills across strands and topics.
New Syllabus Primary Maths Teacher’s Resource Book
The Teacher’s Resource Book covers all the content in the textbooks and workbooks. The detailed lesson guides assist parents ad teachers in conducting the lesson. Solutions to all the questions in the student books are included.
Scheme of Work: The scheme of work provides a guide for teachers to follow. The time allocated for each topic is gauged by the depth and difficulty level of the content. It also provides a summary of content to be covered, being helpful for homeschool planning and state education department reporting. Materials required for each lesson are also listed.
Lesson Guide: Instructions for each lesson are given in detail to prepare the teacher for lesson delivery. Common misconceptions and tips on helping the students clarify them are highlighted. Additional activities are also suggested to assist teachers in helping lower-ability students or to encourage deeper thinking in higher-ability students.
Solutions: Answers are provided for all questions in the textbooks and workbooks (parts A and B). Detailed solutions are included for word problems.