Mathematics and Numeracy
The Mathematics department has five full time experienced members of staff. The Head of Department is Mrs Foley. Ms Bodrell, Mr McLachlan and Mr Wain make up the rest of the team.
Each teaching room is well equipped and has an interactive smart board. We offer a wide array of courses at National level and through the Broad General Education phase.
In S1 and S2, pupils have 4 maths lessons per week, covering experiences and outcomes in Numeracy and Mathematics. There are 4 blocks during the academic year. Each covers a range of topics at a level appropriate to the class.
In S3, all pupils continue with 4 maths lessons per week, and we start to prepare for the National 4 and National 5 courses that they will follow in S4.
In S4, pupils follow the National 5 Mathematics course and / or National 5 Applications of Mathematics. The National 4 Mathematics courses are also on offer to pupils who are better suited to trying for National 5 in S5 or S6.
In S5 & S6, pupils can choose to continue their studies in Mathematics at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level. They can also choose to follow the (new) Higher Applications of Mathematics course:
National 5 Apps Overview
Continuous formative and summative assessments are used to track and monitor pupil progress throughout all years.
Regular homework plays a vital role in the development and consolidation of mathematical knowledge and skills. Homework is set on Microsoft Teams, with printed worksheets or finishing off classwork. There is also homework club on a Wednesday in the Library after school.
We actively encourage participation in national Maths competitions. We also work closely with the other departments to support learning and the development of numeracy skills in context. The department offers study support a few times in the week to all pupils.