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
Non-Scientific 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



August – October (S1)

Whole Numbers
Shape 1

October – December

Fractions, decimals and percentages – 1
Perimeter, Area & Volume - 1

January – March

Data Handling

April - July

Mathematics in the World

August – October (S2)

Ratio & Proportion
Shape – 3
Special Numbers

October – December

Perimeter, Area & Volume – 2

January – March

Algebra – 2
Shape -4

April - July

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages – 2
Special Numbers


  • 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 S3-S6

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.


On average every pupil from S1-S5/6 will receive 1 piece of Mathematics homework per week. The homework should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete if you are in S1-S3. 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!!


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!