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 Broad General Education (S1-S3), we cover topics such as number and number processes, money, time, measure and shape. In the Senior Phase (S4-S6) we provide SQA National courses ranging from National 1 Number Skills through to National 4 Applications of Mathematics and beyond. 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 Katherine Robertson Mr Andrew Paul Mrs Yvonne Nandi
S1-S3 Curriculum Every term, we will work on core number skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This is in addition to ordering and number pattern exploration. We aim to equip pupils with many of the skills required for life, learning and work, such as money, time, shape, measurement and data analysis.
S4-S6 Curriculum National 1 and National 2 Through the study of Mathematics at National 1 and National 2, learners are encouraged to develop the confidence and ability to tackle real-life situations using mathematics. Learners will be able to make informed choices based on their understanding of:
Shape and space
Interpretation of data
Use of money, time and measurement in real-life contexts
This understanding will lead to increased confidence, which in turn will encourage greater participation in everyday activities.
National 3 and National 4 The National 3 and 4 Applications of Mathematics Course will help learners to become numerate, to make sense of the world around them and to be responsible and independent in everyday life. This Course allows learners to acquire skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work and enhances learning in other curricular areas. All pupils will have the opportunity to attain unit qualifications within the National level appropriate to their capability. NAT 3 Units:
Applications of Mathematics: Manage Money and Data
Applications of Mathematics: Shape, Space and Measures
NAT 4 Units:
Applications of Mathematics: Managing Finance and Statistics
Applications of Mathematics: Geometry and Measures