Our S1 course is planned in such a way as to provide pupils with a broad coverage of Curriculum for Excellence Level 2 or Level 3 depending on their level achieved in primary.
Pupils will study the following topics
- Number and number processes
- Ideas of chance and uncertainty
- Fractions, decimal fractions and percentages
- Estimation and rounding
- Data and analysis
- Properties of 2D shapes and 3D objects
- Expressions and equations
- Patterns and relationships
- Angle, symmetry and transformation
- Multiples, factors and primes
- Powers and roots
- Measurement and Money
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, Star Stations, Mathletts and Team games
- Various Smartboard resources for use with a whole class or in teams
- Practical resources for teaching Time, Money, Measurement and Shape
- TI Nspire, Graphic calculators and Graphing software
- A variety of co-operative learning strategies
Pupils are assessed continuously throughout the course using various formative assessment methods including teacher, self and peer assessment. Individual pupil Mini-whiteboards are used regularly. Assessment is for Learning methodologies are used on a daily basis including clear Learning Intentions, Traffic Lighting and Next Steps. Lesson Revision Starters are used regularly to enable pupils to recognise areas that may require further attention.
In addition to formative assessment there are four formal written assessments during the session which take place in October, January, April and June.
Recording & Reporting
Teachers keep their own records of pupils’ Home Study but assessment scores are recorded in a departmental spreadsheet. Pupils are given feedback on Home Study tasks and assessments during class. Following each assessment they will also complete an evaluation sheet which is then taken home for parental signature. There is also the S1 Tracking, Parents’ evening and end of year report. Please see the school calendar for these dates.
August Homework Task
International Standard Book Numbers ISBN
This task combines literacy and numeracy. Pupils have to read the information carefully and then determine whether an ISBN is valid.
Maths at Work
October Homework Task
Pupils will be asked to choose a job and research the mathematics/numeracy used.
They will present their findings in a leaflet (A4 sheet of paper folded as they wish).
December Homework Task
Investigating Fibonacci Numbers.
In addition to the three specified homework tasks, homework is issued fortnightly from the S1 homework booklet or worksheets.
The following equipment is required regularly in the Mathematics department:
- highlighter or coloured pencil
Sharp scientific calculators can be purchased from the department for £5.