Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach

Math in Focus:  The Singapore Approach is the program used across the Tri-Town elementary schools in grades K-6.


Math in Focus: Singapore Math




“Singapore math” is the term used to refer to the mathematics curriculum used in Singapore. For over 15 years, Singapore has consistently scored at the top of international mathematics comparison studies. Its unique approach to teaching math — which focuses on problem solving, deep understanding, and model drawing — has helped Singapore students excel. Math in Focus® is the U.S. edition of Singapore’s most widely used program. It teaches the same content as traditional mathematics programs — just in a way that emphasizes understanding and flexible thinking. Math in Focus teaches children both how and why math works. This deep understanding means that they will be better able to use math in real-life situations.






Key Features of Math in Focus

1. A focused and coherent syllabusMath in Focus introduces fewer topics in each grade, but teaches them to greater depth. Topics are taught to mastery, so they build from year to year across grade levels without repetition.

2. A visual and balanced approachMath in Focus is highly visual, following a concrete-to-pictorial-to-abstract progression.

3. A focus on number and operationsMath in Focus is sequenced in a way that ensures students develop and maintain strong number sense. Students spend the majority of the first half of the year studying number. This provides the foundation necessary to move on to more complex and abstract thinking.

4. An emphasis on problem solving using model-drawingMath in Focus utilizes model-drawing strategies that help students solve both routine and non-routine problems.

5. A recognition of the importance of attitudes and metacognition: The Singapore Ministry of Education's mathematics framework emphasizes the importance of attitude and the ability to self-monitor while problem solving to achieve success in math. Math in Focus provides students with the tools they need to break down complex concepts and problems, which in turn develops positive attitudes.


 To visit the website click here: Math In Focus: The Singapore Approach 

Think Central Online Resources for Students: Student User Guide

Math in Focus Parent Presentation 

This narrated PowerPoint provides you with the information shared at the Math in Focus Parent Information Night.  It shares information about our first year of implementation and how parents can support their children with the program at home. Be sure to view it in "Slide Show view" so you have access to the links and can hear the narration.