Why PR1ME Works

Proven to be the world's best practice

PR1ME Mathematics is a world-class program based on the effective teaching and learning practices of Singapore, Republic of Korea and Hong Kong - consistent top performers in international studies.


Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an international study that evaluates the skills and knowledge of Grade 4 and Grade 8 students.



Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international study that evaluates the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.



How Do Global Top Performers Do It?

Global top-performing nations have much in common in their vision for mathematics teaching and learning, expectations of outcomes and pedagogical approach and practices.

Teaching is for learning; learning is for understanding; understanding is for reasoning and applying and, ultimately problem solving"

Curricular emphasis is on the understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts or principles, logical thinking, problem solving, communication, and mathematical dispositions."

Students should be able to understand thoroughly what they have learnt, master problem solving confidently and develop a positive learning attitude."

- Ministry of Education, Singapore - Korea National University of Education - Education Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region


Effective Teaching and Learning Practices
of Top-Performing Nations



Effective Teaching and Learning Practices of Top-Performing Nations

Problem Solving Is Central




  • Developing problem solving skills should address both the process and the method of solving problems.
  • Students learn to use different strategies and solve problems effectively and confidently.


Effective Teaching and Learning Practices of Top-Performing Nations 

Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract Approach




  • The Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract Approach develops deep conceptual understanding.
  • Students learn to make connections between physical materials, visual representations and mathematical symbols.

Effective Teaching and Learning Practices of Top-performing Nations

Development of Metacognition and Mathematical Thinking




  • Thinking mathematically is a conscious habit.
  • Students learn to monitor, direct and communicate their thought processes and mathematical thinking.


Effective Teaching and Learning Practices of Top-performing Nations

Learning to Mastery





  • Learning to mastery involves concept development and understanding mathematical relationships.
  • Students learn to inquire, communicate, reason, conceptualize, formulate and solve problems.

Effective Teaching and Learning Practices of Top-Performing Nations

Consistent Formative Assessment





  • Assessment is a routine part of the on-going classroom activity.
  • Students' understanding of a concept just taught should be assessed immediately to identify remediation needs.

The Mathematics Framework

The central focus of the framework is mathematical problem solving. The five inter-related components of the framework are integral parts of mathematics learning and problem solving.


Metacognition, or "thinking about thinking", refers to the awareness of, and the ability to control one's thinking processes, in particular the selection and use of problem-solving strategies.







Mathematical processes refer to the skills involved to acquire and apply mathematical knowledge. This includes reasoning, communication, thinking skills and heuristics, and application and modelling.




Mathematical concepts cover numerical, algebraic, geometrical, statistical, probabilistic, and analytical concepts. Students should develop the mathematics ideas in depth and as an integrated whole.




Attiudes refer to the affective aspects of mathematics learning such as:

  • Appreciation of mathematics and its usefulness
  • Interest in learning mathematics
  • Confidence in using mathematics
  • Perseverance in solving a problem



Mathematical skills include procedural skills for numerical calculation, algebraic manipulation, spatial visualisation, data analysis, measurement, use of mathematical tools, and estimation.



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