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Maths Heuristics: Bar Model

Maths Heuristics: Bar Model

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Bar modeling is a diagrammatic problem-solving tool that uses rectangular bars to represent known or unknown quantities. It is a common problem-solving heuristic used in Singapore Primary Schools to help students solve arithmetic and algebraic word problems. 


This self-paced course consists of 3 levels and a self-assessment. It aims to equip the users with the required knowledge to:

  • Describe the concept and pedagogy behind the bar model method.
  • Describe the Part-whole and the Comparison models.
  • Describe more advance techniques such as additive comparison, multiple comparisons, change model, and the subdividing bar model.
  • Apply the bar model techniques (Self-Assessment)


  • Introduction to Bar Model 
  • Part-whole and Comparison Models 
  • Advance Bar Model Techniques: Additive comparison, Multiple comparisons, Change model, and the Subdividing Bar Model
  • Self-Assessment 


Usage Duration 3 months upon activation
Usage Platform MCEduHub for Professional Development
Learning Method Self-paced learning
Course Duration Approximately 2 hours
Certification Yes, by Marshall Cavendish Education
Who should attend? All Maths teachers, Maths Head of Departments, Principals
Curriculum Structure The mode of delivery is online.
Attendance Attendance is not mandatory requirement. Learners must complete the course within 3 months.
Assessments Yes, Embedded within every course.
Requirement for Certification Learners are required to clear the task in every module which is a prerequisite to the next module, learners will have to complete all modules to be awarded a certificate.


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