The Higher Mathematics course develops important mathematical techniques which are critical to successful progression beyond Higher level in Mathematics and many other curriculum areas. The
skills, knowledge and understanding in the course also support learning in technology, science, and social studies.
All levels of Mathematics courses studied in S5/6 are allocated 6 periods per week.
We use a wide variety of teaching approaches and resources to engage pupils fully in the learning experience. Individual, paired and group-work is encouraged through the use of:
- Clear Desk Activities and Jigsaws
- Various websites and Smartboard resources
- Graphic calculators and Graphing software
- A variety of co-operative learning strategies
There are three key internal assessments throughout the course.
September Progress Test which provides an early indication of how pupils are coping with the course.
November Mini Prelim which provides experience of exam type questions. This consists of a non-calculator paper and a calculator paper.
January Prelim Exam which emulates the final exam, non-calculator and calculator paper, and is used to provide an estimate grade.
External Course Exam – assessed by the SQA
The final examination is taken in two parts.
|Paper 1 (non-calculator)||70||1 hour and 30 minutes|
|Paper 2 (calculator)||80||1 hour and 45 minutes|
The final external exam is demanding and regular independent study is required, approximately 1-3 hours per week, in order to be successful.
Recording & Reporting
Pupils will be given assignment and test grades in class and will receive more detailed reports in their S5 tracking and full report throughout the year. Please see the school calendar for these dates.
August to December Higher Homework 1 - 7
Additional Higher Homework - Skill Builders
February to April Higher Homework
A minimum of 20 questions per week is recommended.
Also complete as many complete past papers as possible.