Numeracy and many areas of Mathematics are essential life skills and so our S3 course is planned in such a way as to best prepare all pupils for their future education and career.
As part of the broad general education all pupils will experience aspects of
- Finance and Statistics
- Geometry and Measure
- Problem Solving
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 self assess.
In addition to formative assessment there are four formal written assessments during the session which take place in October, December, March and June.
Recording & Reporting
Teachers keep their own record of pupils’ homework but assessment scores are recorded in a departmental spreadsheet. Pupils are given feedback on homework tasks during class. Following each assessment pupils will evaluate their progress and complete a review sheet. This will then form the basis of a learner conversation with their teacher will go home for information. In addition, school tracking, parents’ evening and full reports take place as per the school reporting calendar.
Pupils should use their issued Numeracy Booklet and the Curriculum for Excellence CfE Level 3/4 PowerPoint for independent study at home. In addition the following websites are recommended.
National 4 Applications of Mathematics http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zgm2pv4
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.