Maths
Equipment you need
There are certain pieces of equipment that you must bring to Maths with you every period. The department runs a small Maths shop where you can buy what you need if you forget anything or do not have the right equipment.
Pencil – 10p
Ruler – 10p
Rubber – 10p
Protractor – 30p
NonScientific Calculator  £1.50
Scientific Calculator  £5.00
The calculators that the department sells are shown below. If you want to continue with Mathematics beyond S4 you will need to buy a scientific calculator
What you will be studying in S1 & S2
TERM 
TOPICS 
August – October (S1) 
Whole Numbers 
October – December 
Fractions, decimals and percentages – 1 
January – March 
Rounding 
April  July 
Decimals 
August – October (S2) 
Ratio & Proportion 
October – December 
Probability 
January – March 
Algebra – 2 
April  July 
Fractions, Decimals & Percentages – 2 
 In S1 and S2, you will have a period of Numeracy. This includes practise of multiplication tables and strategies for mental calculations. This may be partly delivered through our Nintendo DS machines and ‘Brain Training’ games.
Get practising your times tables over the summer break!!  In addition, there will be 1 period of Financial Education in S1. You will learn how to budget, exchange currencies and make decisions relating to finance.
 At the end of S2, there will be a formal assessment which, along with teacher judgement, will determine which course you will follow in S3 and then in S4.
What you will be studying in S3S6
Preparation for National 4 
Preparation for National 5 
Numeracy (at Nat 3 level) 
Numeracy (at Nat 4 level) 
Geometry & Measures (at Nat 3 level) 
Relationships (at Nat 4 level) 
Finance & Statistics (at Nat 3 level) 
Expressions & Formulae (at Nat 4 level) 
Preparation for National 4 Numeracy 
Preparation for National 5 Numeracy 
Preparation for National 4 Relationships 
Preparation for National 5 Relationships 
Preparation for National 4 Expressions & Formulae 
Preparation for National 5 Expressions & Formulae 

Preparation for National 5 Applications 
The preparations for National 4 course will lead to a National 4 Maths qualification at the end of S4
The preparations for National 5 course will lead to a National 5 Maths qualification at the end of S4
In S5 and S6, students will be able to choose from National 4 or 5 Mathematics, National 5 Lifeskills or Higher Mathematics.
In S6, students with a Higher pass at grade A or B level will be able to study Advanced higher Mathematics.
Maths Challenges
From S1 upwards pupils who work hard and enjoy Maths can be asked to represent the school in a Maths Challenge. Pupils from all over Great Britain take part and if you do well you will receive a certificate which is either Gold, Silver or Bronze. Taking part in one of these challenges is something to work towards.
Homework
On average every pupil from S1S5/6 will receive 1 piece of Mathematics homework per week. The homework should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete if you are in S1S3. Time spent on homework will increase further up the school. Your class teacher will give you at least three school days to complete the homework exercise. The homework could be:
 an exercise from your homework booklet
 a piece of research
 a problem that you are asked to solve
 thinking of a question and working out the answer, based on the topic you are learning about in class in order to test your peers
 emailing something to your class teacher to show that you have understood what is being taught.
The department runs a homework club once per week during Tuesday lunchtime in order to help people to complete homework they are having difficulty with or to simply offer a quiet place in which to complete homework. This leaves evenings free for fun!!
Activities
In the Maths department you will be learning in lots of ways. These include:
 working in pairs and groups
 using dry wipe whiteboards
 solving puzzles
 making games/questions for your peers
 using a textbook to help you practice
 making posters
 watching DVD’s
 Playing on the Nintendo DS
 Playing maths games online
 Researching on the internet
 Applying your maths skills to solve real life problems
Disneyland Paris
In S2 and S3 you will have the opportunity to join us on our annual trip to Disneyland Paris. This trip will enable you to see how the mathematics you learn in the classroom is applied to the working life of Disneyland, Paris, and have lots of fun at the same time!