Maths

The department will aim to support the development of young people as:

  • Successful Learners
  • Confident Individuals
  • Responsible Citizens
  • Effective Contributors

This will be achieved through:

  • Encouraging youngsters to work hard
  • Raising the aspirations of youngsters
  • Promoting independent study
  • Engaging youngsters in high quality learning experiences
  • Creating an environment where youngsters feel comfortable to ask questions
  • Developing courses which allow all youngsters to experience success
  • Ongoing critical reflection on both staff’s and youngsters’ work.

The study of maths develops a number of important transferrable skills:

  • Interpreting questions
  • Selecting and communicating processes and solutions
  • Justifying choices of strategies being used
  • Linking mathematical concepts
  • Using mathematical vocabulary and notation
  • Mental agility
  • Reasoning algebraically
  • Determining the reasonableness of solutions

Broad General Education (BGE)

The BGE curriculum covers:

  • Estimation and Rounding
  • Number and number processes
  • Multiples, factors and primes
  • Powers and roots
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Money
  • Time
  • Measurement
  • The impact of Maths
  • Patters and Relationships
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Properties of 2D and 3D Shapes
  • Angle, Symmetry and Transformations
  • Data and Analysis
  • Ideas of Chance and Uncertainty

Senior Phase

We offer courses in National 3 and National 4 Mathematics and National Applications of Mathematics. We also offer courses in National 5 Mathematics, Higher and Advanced Higher Mathematics.

At National 4 level, the courses are internally assessed under exam conditions as required by SQA and at National 5 level and above, the certified assessment is carried out using an external examination set and marked by SQA in May each year.

There is no coursework contributing to the course awards in Mathematics at any level.

Learners who have achieved an A or B at National 5 have the best chances of success at Higher, while those who have achieved the National 5 Numeracy unit while taking a National 4 course, tend to cope best with National 5 Mathematics.

Extracurricular opportunities

The department runs formal revision classes for certificate classes, usually between January and April each year. There are also drop in sessions run by individual teachers.

Members of the Maths Department

Mr Atkinson
Mr Saffhill
Mr MacAndrew
Mrs Cochrane
Mrs Bainbridge