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Mission / Objectives of Department

We seek to nurture our pupils to think creatively and seek innovative solutions to problems. We believe in the holistic development of students, in particular in the pursuit of academic excellence.

Programmes and Activities

Mathematics Department (Math, EBS & POA)

Enrichment Programmes:

  • ICAS for Lower Secondary Classes (UNSW Global, Australia)

In 2016, Dunman Secondary School was awarded the following: 1 High Distinction, 43 Distinctions, 156 Credits and 30 Merits.

  • Singapore Mathematical Olympiad
In 2016, Dunman Secondary School’s clinched 3 Bronze awards and 5 Honourable Mentions.

  • Inter-School Accounting Competition for Principles of Accounts Students
Dunman Secondary School’s team has done us proud by clinching the First Prize in 2016 Inter-School Accounting Competition held at Temasek Polytechnic.

  • Secondary 3 Mathematics Trail

The first in-house Math Trail was held in 2016 for Secondary 3 cohort. The theme of 2016 Math Trail is on Crime Scene Investigation where students work in teams to solve real-life problems using Mathematical concepts in order to get the clues to solve the “crime” and win prizes through the points they accumulated from the different stations.

Some of the topics covered include Currency Exchange, Scales and Maps etc.

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  • Secondary 1 NA/NT Kite Flying & Mathematics

In this first in-house designed programme, students get to understand how the shape and properties a kite plays a part in how it flies. Through comparing Delta and Diamond shapes of kites, they get a sense of different factors and properties of the shape affect the lift, weight, drag and thrust a kite.

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  • Other ad-hoc competitions (e.g. Algo-Logic Challenge, National ArithmetEQ etc)

In 2016, the students won second runner up for the National ArithmetEQ challenge which is the Math version of “scrabble”.

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Stretch Programmes:
  • 9th Subject offering for POA
  • 7th Subject offering for Add Math
  • Cross-stream subject offering for NT students to take up NA Math
  • Cross-stream subject offering for 4NA students to read O Level Math

Remediation & Intervention Programmes:
  • Remedial for selected students from Sec 1 – 3
  • Bridging Programme for Sec 3 NA students offering O level Math with N level Add Math

Activities to Learn Math:

Exploratory activities that are hands-on are carried out by our teachers to help our students learn Mathematical concepts and see the application of these concepts in real-life. Some of the activities the students are engaged in includes the assembling of a clinometer used to find the height of flag pole in school, discovering the connection between the volume of prisms and pyramids as well as surface area of a sphere using an orange.

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Alternative Assessments:

In 2016, the Math Department embarked on the journey of Alternative Assessment where students work on projects that allow them to see how Math is found in real-life contexts as well as with an infusion of cultivating 21st Century Skills. Some of the projects done include investigating in how car plates are generated, application of probability in genetics and real-life, etc.

Our Teachers:

One of the projects titled as “MAGICAL” which stands for “Mathematics is Great: I Can And Like” involved teachers exploring an alternative approach to teaching Math for Secondary 1 N(T). The teachers were interviewed by local newspapers and were invited to share their experiences at the 2016 Singapore Math Teachers Conference.

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For the exclusive interview with The Straits Times on this multi-disciplinary research, click this link to NIE to find out more: http://www.nie.edu.sg/news-detail/reading-comics-in-class-it's-just-a-way-to-learn-maths

The other project is on investigating task difficultly and generativity on the learning effect of delayed instruction led by Dr David J.S. Huang which looks into when and how problem solving followed by instruction supports learning.