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Mathematics

The Mathematics department is run by Mr S Bell and Miss P Mair.

Mathematics is important in our everyday life, allowing us to make sense of the world around us and to manage our lives. Using mathematics enables us to model real-life situations and make connections and informed predictions. It equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions.

Mathematics plays an important role in areas such as science or technologies, and is vital to research and development in fields such as engineering, computing science, medicine and finance. Learning mathematics gives children and young people access to the wider curriculum and the opportunity to pursue further studies and interests.

Because mathematics is rich and stimulating, it engages and fascinates learners of all ages, interests and abilities. Learning mathematics develops logical reasoning, analysis, problem-solving skills, creativity and the ability to think in abstract ways. It uses a universal language of numbers and symbols which allows us to communicate ideas in a concise, unambiguous and rigorous way.

To face the challenges of the 21st century, each young person needs to have confidence in using mathematical skills, and Scotland needs both specialist mathematicians and a highly numerate population.

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Mathematics equips us with many of the skills required for life, learning and work. Understanding the part that mathematics plays in almost all aspects of life is crucial. This reinforces the need for mathematics to play an integral part in lifelong learning and be appreciated for the richness it brings.

“Mathematics is the Central Discipline of Today’s Technological Society”

It is important to us that every young person is given the opportunity to achieve his or her potential within our subject. We endeavour to create a positive environment for the learning of mathematics and numeracy.

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S1/S2

The new mathematics and numeracy curriculum framework is built up of a collection of experiences and outcomes in S1 and S2.

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Our S1/S2 courses have been adapted to cover all of the CfE expeiences and outcomes, along with the addition of many projects (such as ‘The History of a Mathematician’ and ‘Planning a Journey’) which allow learners to develop their mathematical skills as well as numeracy and literacy. Mental strategies and mathematical investigations are also built into all S1 and S2 courses.

S3/S4/S5/S6

Pupils in S3, S4, S5 and S6 will follow a certificated course suited to their ability.

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These courses are titled National 2, National 3, National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher. The National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses involve an external SQA exam at the end of 4th , 5th and 6th year respectively. These new Mathematics qualifications motivate and challenge learners by enabling them to select and apply mathematical techniques in a variety of mathematical and real-life situations. These courses equip learners with the skills needed to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, and make informed decisions.

Careers

Between one third and one half of all jobs requiring graduates are open to students of any discipline. Of course, mathematicians are eligible for these jobs. In addition, there are careers for which a degree in mathematics is either essential or a strong advantage. These fall into a number of general areas:

• Scientific research, design and development,
• Management services and computing
• Financial work
• Accountancy
• Acturial work
• Banking
• Tax inspectorate
• Statistical work
• Teaching