The Temasek Junior College (IP) Mathematics department aims to equip our students with essential mathematical knowledge and skills to prepare more than adequately for A-Level H2 Mathematics, where a strong foundation in algebraic manipulation and mathematical reasoning skills are required.
There is a close alignment to both mainstream O-Level Mathematics (Syllabus 4048) and Additional Mathematics (Syllabus 4049). Additional topics may be taught to ensure that students are well prepared for H1 Mathematics (Syllabus 8865) and H2 Mathematics (Syllabus 9758).
Why TJC (IP) Mathematics Syllabus?
Our syllabus is designed in-house with the GCE A-Level H2 Mathematics as our end goal. Our tutors have experience teaching A-Level Mathematics and are familiar with its rigour and intellect requirements. As such, the TJC (IP) Mathematics Syllabus is designed by our tutors to develop essential skills in students starting from IP1. Topics are carefully arranged and problems are strategically chosen to develop strong problem-solving skills in our students.
In IP1 and IP2, our students will take Fundamental Mathematics which aims to develop mathematical competency in algebraic and symbolic manipulation. As our students do not need to take the O-Levels, they will have more time and opportunities to explore mathematics topics in greater depth in IP3 and IP4 when they take Intermediate and Advanced Mathematics.
Mathematics is the study of the properties, relationships, operations, algorithms, and applications of numbers and spaces at the very basic levels, and of abstract objects and concepts at the more advanced levels. Abstractions are what make mathematics a powerful tool for solving problems.
The development of strong problem-solving skills in students starting from IP1. Ideas from Computational Thinking in collaboration with master teachers from Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST), Schoenfeld's Problem-Solving Framework and Polya’s Problem-Solving Strategy are used to guide our students in a systematic approach to problem-solving. Students learn various ways to tackle complex problems and have many opportunities to exchange ideas and collaborate with their peers independently or through teacher-led facilitation. Selected mathematical software are also leveraged on to enhance learning experiences by providing students with a more visual approach to learning. Our students are further challenged to take ownership of their learning by using these tools to explore how varying specific conditions alter known outcomes, honing their abilities to identify patterns and make sense of data provided. Crucially, our students will learn to communicate their ideas and problem-solving approaches clearly through verbal and symbolic means. After building their problem-solving skills and mathematical competency in IP1 to IP3, students will be introduced to the use of the graphing calculator in IP4. This will allow our students to reduce the time and effort required to perform cumbersome mathematical calculations and for the tutor to develop materials that amplifies conceptual understanding and critical thinking.
Our students are given the opportunities to apply their problem-solving skills not only in mathematics, but also in programming where our tutors take them to another level of abstraction through coding and exploring real-world applications. Furthermore, students have opportunities to explore natural phenomena occurring around them, explore and devise mathematical models to arrive at mathematical solutions to the identified problem.
Stretching students’ abilities
Temasek JC (IP) Mathematics provides opportunities for our students to take part in Mathematics Competitions such as the Singapore Mathematical Olympiads (SMO), International Mathematical Modelling Challenge (IMMC) and the National Olympiad in Informatics (NOI). We have achieved good results in these competitions as our tutors, through collaboration with external partners, invest time and energy to provide greater exposure to higher mathematics which develops student competencies for these competitions.
To develop our high-ability students, we invite them to join the Temasek Academy (Mathematics) programme where they are exposed to mathematical ideas outside the curriculum. Besides competitions, students will be given opportunities to take part in mathematics research to develop their own conjectures and to work with like-minded individuals to solve complex problems together.