National 5 Mathematics
In this Course, and its component Units, there will be an emphasis on skills development and the application of those skills. Pupils are required to pass all 3 units and the final exam in order to achieve a course award.
Mathematics: Expressions and Formulae
The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills linked to mathematical expressions and formulae. These include the manipulation of abstract terms, the simplification of expressions and the evaluation of formulae. The Outcomes cover aspects of number, algebra, geometry and reasoning.
The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills linked to mathematical relationships. These include solving and manipulating equations, working with graphs and carrying out calculations on the lengths and angles of shapes. The Outcomes cover aspects of algebra, geometry, trigonometry and reasoning.
The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills linked to applications of mathematics. These include using trigonometry, geometry, number processes and statistics within real-life contexts. The Outcomes cover aspects of these skills and also skills in reasoning.
All levels of Maths courses studied in S4 are allocated 4 periods of study per week.
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 for S5/6 classes
|Expressions and Formulae 1||September|
|Expressions and Formulae 2||October|
Pupils will sit a Prelim exam in January, S5/6 covering topics from the first two units and S4 covering all three units. This gives practice under exam conditions and 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 Maths http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/ztrjmp3
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