N5 Applications of Mathematics
- motivate and challenge candidates by enabling them to select and apply mathematical techniques in a variety of real-life situations
- develop the ability to analyse real-life problems or situations with some complex features involving mathematics
- develop confidence in the subject and a positive attitude towards the use of mathematics in real-life situations
- develop the ability to select, apply, combine and adapt mathematical operational skills to new and unfamiliar situations in life and work to an appropriate degree of accuracy
- develop the ability to use mathematical reasoning skills to generalise, build arguments, draw logical conclusions, assess risk, and make informed decisions
- develop the ability to use a range of mathematical skills to analyse, interpret and present a range of information
- develop the ability to communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms
- develop the ability to think creatively and in abstract ways
All levels of Maths courses studied in S5/6 are allocated 6 periods of study 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, Jigsaws, Dominoes, Loop games and Star Stations
- Various Smartboard resources for use with a whole class or in teams
- TI Nspire, Graphic calculators and Graphing software
- A variety of co-operative learning strategies
Internal Assessments – assessed by class teachers
Each unit assessment has been split in to two parts and pupils are assessed at the end of each block of work. An opportunity for reassessment can be given if necessary. However, a reassessment should not be required if a pupil is coping with the course and is working hard.
Indicated below are approximate dates:
Pupils will sit a Prelim exam in January covering topics from two of the three units which gives practice under exam conditions. This is also used to provide an estimate grade.
External Course Exam – assessed by the SQA
The final examination is taken in two parts, a non-calculator and calculator paper. The standard of the final external exam is considerably above that of the unit assessments. It is therefore essential that pupils do not think that passing the units will guarantee a pass in the final exam. 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 tracking and full report throughout the year. Please see the school calendar for these dates.
National 5 Lifeskills Maths http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zb27hyc
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