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The Conceptual Approach was created by our Principal, Mr Ammiel Wan in 1999 when he was in MOE.  Today, more than 80% of Singapore schools are teaching problem solving with his conceptual approach 

There are two key components of this approach

  • Conceptual Knowledge – which consist of the way the context is phrased and how the numbers are inter-connected to form key relationships (Hiebert and Lefevre, 1986).

  • Procedural Knowledge (how), which are the heuristics and methods used to recall and construct information while solving the problem.

Aligning with 21st century competencies


As curriculum specialists, we are always at the forefront of the curriculum cycle, as we continue to innovate and make changes to our approach to make learning for pupils relevant and effective.

Through our journey of curriculum innovation, we further developed 2 key strategies to improve the conceptual approach.


The 1st strategy is the Read and Write strategy, designed to teach pupils to translate the problem text into a semantic representation based on the problem structure. Pupils are taught how to interpret unique key phrases which are needed in the comprehension of the word problems.


The second strategy is Parallel Questioning, a very useful tool to train pupils to identify key important phrases, which are often neglected or misinterpreted. 


VM is capable of covering all the topics in a holistic manner and help my daughter excel at enforcing mathematical concepts. She is now more motivated and confident in solving non routine problems.

- Karen Kan, 

Parent of Clara Shen

Singapore Chinese Girls School

Certainly did not regret my boys to VM. Saw great improvement after a few sessions. The teachers pay attention to each student and makes effort to communicate with us. The boys, under their care and guidance, are also motivated to excel.

- Mrs Low

Parent of Barry (SJI Sec 4),

Bryan and Brandon (Sec 3 and 1)

My 7 years in VM have been very enriching. By fully understanding the concepts taught here, I have developed a strong interest for the subject. Besides very experienced, my teacher has always been very caring and patient, helping all of us, especially the weaker pupils, to understand. "No child left behind". That is his policy.

- Jermaine Sim (Year 4)

Nanyang Girls' High School