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Singapore Primary Maths 

Shing Lee Publisher were founded in 1935 and have been dedicated to creating a quality Maths curriculum that is used today in Singapore public schools and has been a top performing nation in mathematics for many years.  This has contributed to the popularity of the program that is now widely used in many countries due to is success in developing strong foundations with a focus on problem solving.  

In adopting a spiral approach and placing a strong emphasis on problem solving, this helps students build a strong foundation as well developing their thinking skills which is relevant in the the 21st century. 

Focus on Problem Solving

Rather that rote learning, students are constantly encouraged to reason with themselves who certain methods world and why they are used.  This develops their mathematical thinking and makes it easier for them to grasp difficult concepts.  Non-routine problems are gradually introduced at higher levels to challenge students and to encourage them to think creatively.

Spiral Approach

Taking into account that not all students learn at the same pace, topics may be taught over a course of several grades to strengthen their conceptual understanding.

Students are first taught basic concepts.  Each topic gradually increases in complexity as students progress in level.  Basic concepts increases in complexity as students progress in level.  Basic concepts are reiterated to help commit them to long-term memory.

This gives students ample time to clarify any doubts or misconceptions, and ensures consistent exposure to key concepts so that they are deeply rooted in students' memories to prepare them for secondary school education.

What is C-P-A Approach?

Mathematics is taught by gradually introducing concepts through the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach.

Students first make sense of new concepts through hands-on-activities.  These experiences are then linked to pictorial representations, through images or diagrams related to a given problem.  Mathematical notation is subsequently used once students have a firm understanding of the concept.


Having multiple representations ensures that the different learning styles of all students are catered for.  The C-P-A approach is particularly helpful for students who face difficulties in learning mathematics.  Offering various representations allows these students to gradually build their understanding and ultimately achieve mastery in the abstract.


Second Edition

For Classes 1 to 6

New Syllabus Primary Mathematics (NSPM) is a series of textbooks and workbooks written to reflect a student-centred  approach, which serves to engage students so that they have a solid foundation Mathematics.  


New Concepts are introduced and built upon in the textbooks.  Learning experiences are incorporated through suitable activities, games, and prompts.  Each lesson starts with an introductory activity.  This is followed by worked examples and guided practice, where students learn how to apply the concepts learnt.  At the end of the lesson, students are assigned independent practice to test their understanding of the concept.  To make it easier for students to digest information, each lesson is broken up into bite-size portions with suitable breaks in between for them to clarify any doubts before moving on to a new concept.


Students' competencies are tested through basic questions.  From Primary 3 onwards, challenging questions marked by (*) are introduced to encourage higher-level thinking.

Teacher's Resource Book

Each level comes with a Teacher's Resource Book, which covers content in all textbooks and workbooks.  The scheme of work and detailed lesson guides assist teachers in conducting all their lessons.  Solutions to all questions in the student books are also included.

Singapore Secondary Maths

New Syllabus Mathematics is a series of textbooks designed to provide students valuable learning experiences and a deeper appreciation of mathematics by engaging their minds and hearts.  The series is used in Singapore Public Schools and reflects the importance of towards the development of 21st Century competencies.  Underpinning the writing of this series is the belief that all students can learn and appreciate mathematics.  This textbook series will be a meaningful companion for students as they embark on an exciting journey in secondary school mathematics through collaborative and self-directed learning.

Special Features:

  • Chapter Opener and introductory Problem motivate the development of concepts

  •  Investigation, Class Discussion, Thinking Time, Journal Writing and Performance Task highlighted mathematics as a tool and as a discipline 

  • Real-life examples, application's and problems in real-world contexts emphasis the relevance and beauty of mathematics

  • Worked Examples, Practices Now and exercise questions ensure a high baseline of mastery

  • Challenge Yourself problems provide extension opportunities

  • Reflection prompts encourage metacognition

  • ICT tools promote visualization and exploration of concepts

  • Invitation to Code and Opportunities to code expose students to this increasingly prominent skill of the future

  • Looking Back and Summary consolidate the big ideas, concepts and knowledge encountered in each chapter.

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