Specialised Educational Services (SES) is a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore.

Essential Maths FAQ

ESSENTIAL MATHS PROGRAMME
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What are the criteria for students to come on the DAS Maths Programme?
The pre-exam review criteria are as follows:

  1. Primary school students (Primary 1 to Primary 6)
  2. Current or ex-student of DAS or other DAS programmes with a diagnosis of Dyslexia.
  3. Students scoring the following grade on their most recent exam paper:
  • P1-P4: Below 50%
  • P5-P6 (Standard): Below 59%
  • P5-P6 (Foundation): Open to all Foundation students

External student referrals who have a diagnosis of Dyslexia and meet the above criteria are also welcome to apply.

2. What are the charges for the Maths Programme?
Lessons are charged on a term basis of $535 (10 lessons), inclusive of GST.

3. Placement Procedure
Parents will complete the SES Programmes Application and Maths Supplementary Forms. The following documents are necessary.

  • Submission of the child’s latest SA / CA (Semestral / Continual Assessment exam papers) is required for placement eligibility to the Learning Centre. Incomplete Exam papers will not be submitted for review.
  • *The Maths Core Team reviews the child’s exam paper. A Maths Placement assessment (chargeable at $53.50 inclusive of 7% GST and $26.75 inclusive of GST for students on Bursary) will be necessary for placement if the Exam papers provide insufficient information or are incomplete. No written report will be given. Kindly note, that the Maths Placement testing is not a guarantee of placement on the Maths programme.

4. Confirmation of Placement
Parents are informed of placement by the Center Managers. If the child is not suitable for placement, the Center Manager will also inform the parent as the criteria was not met. Depending on the requests for classes, the waiting time for classes would be approximately 4 weeks. Parents will be informed should the wait be longer or sooner.

5. How often are classes conducted?
Classes are conducted once a week, 1 hour per lesson.

6. Where are lessons conducted?
Lessons are conducted at all DAS Learning Centres except for Ang Mo Kio.

7. Methodology
Small class size of a maximum of 4 students. Teaching is based on the needs of the child, with a strong emphasis on concept building, addressing areas of skill deficit.

Topics taught:

  • Addition/Subtraction of Whole Numbers
  • Multiplication/Division of Whole Numbers
  • Time
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Geometry
  • Ratio
  • Percentage
  • Developmental stages: progress from the concrete stage, with the use of tangible manipulatives, to representational and then abstract reasoning. Every stage of learning ensures that the child links mathematical ideas in a progressive and cumulative way.
  • Teaching is in line with the mainstream school math syllabus, with the aim of bridging the gap between the student's ability and mainstream syllabus.

8. What teaching materials are used in DAS Maths classes?
We used concrete materials and teaching manipulatives to explain basic maths concepts to students. Students are provided with hands-on experience to handle these materials to aid their understanding of 
the relevant maths concepts.

9. Does the Maths Programme offer one-to-one remediation?
Yes, the programme currently offers an individualised programme of one-to-one remediation. The fee will be at $139 (Inclusive of GST).