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Welcome to our Mathematics Department.

In the Maths department our aim is to help our young people reach their full potential in maths. A key part of our work in the department is to build up the confidence of our young people, empowering them to use their skills both inside and outside the classroom. We help pupils to understand mathematical ideas, and to develop mathematical skills that they can use in everyday situations. As pupils move up the school they are encouraged and challenged to apply their knowledge and skills in more complex situations and in the wider curriculum.  To make the curriculum accessible to our young people we use a variety of support strategies and concrete materials appropriate to their learning needs. We use active learning techniques to ensure that pupils engage with the curriculum and enjoy their learning experience.


We follow the Curriculum for Excellence guidelines to provide a mathematics curriculum that is relevant, up-to-date and accessible to all pupils regardless of their additional support needs. In lower school we cover topics such as number and number processes, money, time, measure and shape. In the upper school we provide SQA National courses in both Mathematics and Lifeskills Mathematics at all levels. This choice means that our young people are able to work at the level that is achievable and challenging, and attain a recognised qualification that reflects their abilities.
 
  • Mrs Kathleen Robb
  • Mr Kenny MacMahon

Overview of National Qualifications available within the subject;

We offer a range of SQA courses that are designed to build on our pupils' maths and numeracy skills to enable them to understand and use maths in everyday situations. They include:

National 1 Units include: Number, Time, Money, Shape
National 2 Lifeskills Mathematics (4 units, including Number Processes)
National 3 Lifeskills Mathematics (3 units, including Numeracy)
National 4 Mathematics (4 units, including Numeracy)

All the courses are unit-based and each unit can be done separately. Once all the National 2 and National 3 units are complete, the qualification for the respective course is attained. In National 4, one of the four units is an internally assessed exam, which completes the course.  

 

Interdisciplinary projects S1 to S3

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S1 Curriculum

In first year, pupils will normally work at either Early Level or First level, whichever is suitable to the individual pupil. At both levels, the subjects covered include:

Term 1: Number and Number Processes
Term 2: Number and Number Processes
Term 3: Money
Term 4: Time

We use active learning techniques to engage pupils and improve their learning experience. For example, the use of practical maths activities and ICT is integral to our courses.  

Some of the assessment procedures that are used include: mental work, teacher observation, written assignments, jotter work, and homework. In addition, pupils get opportunities to evaluate their own learning, which gives them an opportunity to think about their learning and provides valuable feedback.

 


S2 Curriculum

In second year, pupils will normally work at First Level, building on their skills and understanding from first year. Pupils may progress to Second Level in some or all of the curriculum depending on their progress. At both levels, the subjects covered include:

Term 1: Number and Number Processes
Term 2: Number and Number Processes
Term 3: Money
Term 4: Time

We use active learning techniques to engage pupils and improve their learning experience. For example, the use of practical maths activities and ICT is integral to our courses. 


Some of the assessment procedures that are used include: mental work, teacher observation, written assignments, jotter work, and homework. In addition, pupils get opportunities to evaluate their own learning, which gives them an opportunity to think about their learning and provides valuable feedback.

 



S3 Curriculum

In third year, pupils will normally work at either First Level or Second Level, building on their skills and understanding from first year. In this year they will be preparing for Nationals, pupils will be going deeper into the subjects covered in first and second year, with more emphasis on using their maths in everyday situations and on problem solving.

Term 1: Number and Number Processes
Term 2: Number and Number Processes
Term 3: Money
Term 4: Time

We use active learning techniques to engage pupils and improve their learning experience. For example, the use of practical maths activities and ICT is integral to our courses. 

Some of the assessment procedures that are used include: mental work, teacher observation, written assignments, jotter work, and homework. In addition, pupils get opportunities to evaluate their own learning, which gives them an opportunity to think about their learning and provides valuable feedback.


 



S4 Curriculum

In fourth year, pupils start working towards the SQA National qualifications. A pupil may work towards either National 1 Units, National 2 course or National 3.

A typical scenario is a pupil working towards completion of National 2 by the end of fourth year. (Note that not all fourth year pupils will do this as we aim to individualise their learning.)


National 2 Life skills Mathematics

T
erm 1: Number and Number Processes Unit
T
erm 2: Time Unit
Term 3: Money Unit
Term 4: Shape, Space and Data Unit

Each unit has a test that has been verified by the SQA and is adapted to be accessible to pupils individual support needs.

To deliver this course we use a range of worksheets and text books, as well as active learning techniques including ICT activities.


 



S5 Curriculum

In fifth year, pupils continue working towards the SQA National qualifications. A pupil may work towards either National 1 Units, National 2 course, National 3 or National 4.

A
 typical scenario is a pupil working towards completion of National 3 by the end of fifth year. (Note that not all fifth year pupils will do this as we aim to individualise their learning.)


National 3 Life skills Mathematics

Term 1: Numeracy

Term 2: Numeracy

T
erm 3: Manage Money and Data

Term 4: Shape, Space and Measure

Each unit has a test that has been verified by the SQA and is adapted to be accessible to pupils individual support needs.

To deliver this course we use a range of worksheets and text books, as well as active learning techniques including ICT games and activities.

 


S6 Curriculum


In sixth year, pupils continue working towards the SQA National qualifications. An additional emphasis in this year is to prepare pupils for life after school.

A typical scenario is a pupil working towards National 4 Numeracy Unit by the end of sixth year. (Note that not all sixth year pupils will do this as we aim to individualise their learning.)

National 4 Mathematics: Numeracy Unit

Term 1: Whole numbers, Percentages, Fractions, Decimals
Term 2: Money and applications
Term 3: Time-Distance-Speed, Perimeter, Area and Angles
Term 4: Interpreting Information, Proportion and Ratio

Each topic has a test, and the final test for the Numeracy Unit has been verified by the SQA and is adapted to be accessible to pupils individual support needs.

T
o deliver this course we use a range of worksheets and text books, as well as active learning techniques including ICT games and activities.

 
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