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All 8 members of staff in the Maths Department work together, striving to help all young people achieve their potential.  We have high expectations in our department for each individual.

As a department we feel we offer a broad range of experiences in a variety of situations which caters for and prepares each young person for lifelong learning.  We try and provide our pupils with a coherent and progressive experience throughout their Maths education with us allowing for the development of life skills.  Where possible we allow pupils to take responsibility for their own learning, through group work activities, collaboration, both in small groups and whole class, and investigations.

All of what we do in the department helps our young people to develop into successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

In Maths, we hope all pupils will have a relevant, challenging and enjoyable experience where there is no limit as to what each pupil can achieve.

 

S1 and S3

All S1 pupils have 4 Maths periods a week. In S2 pupils have 4 Maths periods and an additional Numeracy period.

Classes are set by ability, allowing each class teacher to challenge each group of pupils as far as possible.  All classes will cover the same topics under the CfE umbrellas, which include:

  • Number, Money and Measure
  • Shape, Position and Movement
  • Information Handling

Also included in our S1 -S3 courses are problem solving activities, group work and mental maths in order to develop their all-round thinking skills.

During this time, pupils are given the opportunity to research a famous mathematician or maths topic and prepare a poster and presentation on the information they find.

Pupils are expected to complete homework and carry out their own revision at home. 

 

S4

 

S4 pupils have Maths 4 periods per week. In S4 pupils also have an additional Numeracy period for half the year.

The S4 pupils are beginning their National Qualifications; either National 2, National 3, National 4 or National 5 – the level of which is based on their performance in S1 - S3.  Each course builds on the foundations set in previous years, where pupils will be exposed to a variety of new concepts. Pupils will complete the courses by the end of S4 having completed UNIT tests and in some courses an external final exam.

In S4 pupils are expected to complete homework and carry out their own revision at home.  Problem Solving skills are developed further during these years along with other life skills.

 

S5/6

 

Courses available are National 4 Maths or Lifeskills, National 5 Maths, Higher and Advanced Higher (S6).

Pupils studying National 4 Maths or Lifeskills have Maths for 4 periods per week.
Pupils studying National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher have Maths for 5 periods per week.

 

National 4 Lifeskills

This course is the progression from National 3 Lifeskills.  This course consists of 3 units:Managing Finance and Statistics ;Managing Finance and Statistics; Numeracy.  All candidates must sit and pass 3 unit assessments throughout the year and an Added Value test to achieve a course award. All unit exams are calculator based. The added value consists of a non calculator and a calculator paper.

National 4 Maths

This course consists of 3 units:Expressions and Formulae;Relationships; Numeracy.  All candidates must sit and pass 3 unit assessments throughout the year and an Added Value test to achieve a course award. All unit exams are calculator based. The added value consists of a non calculator and a calculator paper.

National 5

This course is the progression from National 4 Maths.  This course consists of 3 units: Applications; Expressions and Formulae; Relationships.  All candidates must sit 3 unit assessments throughout the year and pass each before being presented for the external exam in May, which will determine their overall grade.  The external exam consists of a non-calculator paper and a calculator paper. Pupils will also be given the opportunity to gain the Numeracy Unit at National 5 Level.

Higher

This course is the progression from National 5 Maths.  This course consists  of 3 units.  All candidates must sit 3 unit assessments throughout the year and pass each before being presented for the external exam in May, which will determine their overall grade.  The external exam consists of a non-calculator paper and a calculator paper.

Advanced Higher

This course is the progression from Higher.  This course consists of 3 units.  All candidates must sit 3 unit assessments throughout the year and pass each before being presented for the external exam in May, which will determine their overall grade.  The external exam consists of a 3hour calculator paper.

 

Each of the above courses provides its own level of challenge for each individual, requiring not only retention of information but also application of this information in life situations.

In S5/6 pupils are expected to complete homework and carry out their own revision at home.  Problem Solving skills are developed further during these years along with other life skills.