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Latest News from the Maths Department
Maths Week Scotland 2018
Maths Week Scotland 2018 takes place from Monday 10th September until Friday 14th September.
Here is a brief overview of what is on offer.
Monday 10th September
S1 Careers Lesson / Relay competition
#mathsinside.com competition
(Glasgow University)
Tuesday 11th September
Strathclyde University Visit:
“S3 Cryptography Workshop” / Maths with Nae Borders Competition
(periods 6 and 7)
Wednesday 12th September
S5 Trip to InterAuthority Maths Conference/S6 Leadership Day at “Fire up Scotland” event in the SEC (Full day)
Thursday 13th September
S2 Scottish Relay Competition
Friday 14th September
S4 “World to Work” Day. Nine speakers from a variety of careers to give short 15 mins presentations. (Period 5)
Upcoming Assessment Dates (Revision materials can be found on the departmental pbworks site.)
S1
All S1 classes have an assessment on Tuesday 13th November.
S2
All S2 classes (other than Mrs Burns' class) have an assessment on Friday 2nd November.
Mrs Burns' class have an assessment on the 13th November.
S3
Miss Ramsay's & Mr Macdonald's classes have an assessment on 14th November and the 4th of December.
All other S3 classes have an assessment on Thursday 22nd November.
S4
S5/S6
First Higher Maths class test is on Monday 29th October.
First National 5 class test is on Monday 29th October.
S6 Advanced Higher Maths
Class Test 1 is on Thursday 25th October.
Maths Department Teachers
Mrs C Burns
Mr J Campbell
Mrs M Campbell
Mr A Cresswell (Acting Depute Head Teacher)
Mrs J Gaffney
Mr J Hagerty
Mrs L Hicks
Mr M Macdonald (Principal Teacher of Maths)
Miss C Ramsay
Mrs L Savage
Miss E Stewart
Mrs J Yates
How maths is structured in S13  Click Here
All pupils are expected to have their textbooks covered please.
Homework and Revision Materials
S1 & S2
Homework and revision materials can be found on the departmental site
http://www.mathshomework.pbworks.com
A help sheet to allow you to access the wikispaces can be found by clicking here
Pupils have been issued with a user name and password by their teacher.
Please contact the school if you have any issues with access.
Other useful websites which may be of interest include:
http://www.mathsrevision.com
http://hoodamath.com – various maths games
http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage
S3 & S4
The Mathematics department runs various courses in order to meet each individual pupil’s needs. A pupil will attempt one of these courses: National 3 Applications of Mathematics (previously known as "National 3 Lifeskills Mathematics"), National 4 Applications of Mathematics (previously known as "National 4 Lifeskills Mathematics"), National 4 Mathematics or National 5 Mathematics.
Regardless of which course a pupil is following, homework and revision materials are found at:
http://www.mathshomework.pbworks.com
A help sheet to allow you to access the wikispaces can be found by clicking here
Pupils have been issued with a user name and password by their teacher.
Please contact the school if you have any issues with access.
Other useful websites which may be of interest include:
http://http://www.national5maths.co.uk/freenational5maths2/
http://www.mathsrevision.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/DLBmaths/playlists?flow=list&view=1&sort=lad
http://hoodamath.com – various maths games
http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage
https://www.desmos.com/calculator  for drawing simple or more advanced graphs.
S5 & S6
Many pupils will study Higher Maths in S5 and Advanced Higher in S6.
Others will attempt one of these courses: National 5 Mathematics, National 4 Mathematics or Personal Finance (SCQF Level 4).
The source of homework and revision materials for any our S5/6 courses is now
http://www.mathshomework.pbworks.com
Other useful websites which may be of interest include:
http://www.national5maths.co.uk/freehighermaths/  known affectionately as the "really amazing link"!
http://www.mathsrevision.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/DLBmaths/playlists?flow=list&view=1&sort=lad
http://www.hsn.uk.net – free Higher Maths notes (the left hand side is for the new curriculum which our school has been following since session 20142015).
https://www.desmos.com/calculator  for drawing simple or more advanced graphs.
http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage
As for all year groups and levels, the aims of mathematics continue to be:

To contribute to the students’ personal development and overall education

To enable students to develop to their full potential, the mathematical skills and understanding required for their present needs and for future demands of adult life (employment, further study and training);

To develop an appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics and an awareness of its importance in society and in the development of technology.
Various courses are offered by the Mathematics department depending on previous qualifications gained:
 National 3 Applications of Mathematics (previously known as "National 3 Lifeskills Mathematics")
 National 4 Applications of Mathematics (previously known as "National 4 Lifeskills Mathematics")
 National 4 Mathematics
 Personal Finance (SCQF Level 4)
 National 5 Mathematics
 Higher
 Advanced Higher
To discover what the Personal Finance course entails please click here.
To discover the difference between N4 Maths and N4 Applications of Maths, click here.
Assessment
 National 3 Applications of Mathematics (previously known as "National 3 Lifeskills Mathematics") consists of 3 units which must all be passed. There is no external exam.
 National 4 Applications of Mathematics (previously known as "National 4 Lifeskills Mathematics") consists of 3 units plus an Added Value Unit which must all be passed. There is no external exam.
 N4 Maths consists of 3 units plus an Added Value Unit which must all be passed. There is no external exam.
 Personal Finance (SCQF Level 4) consists of 2 units which must both be passed. There is no external exam.
 N5 Maths now consists of a course with no mandatory units  simply an external exam in two parts:
 Paper 1 (Non calculator)  50 marks in 1 hour and 15 minutes.
 Paper 2 (Calculators may be used, but not if it can perform symbolic manipulation  i.e. algebra)  60 marks in 1 hour 50 minutes.
 To pass, pupils must achieve an 'A' (usually 70% or better), 'B' (usually 60% to 69%) or 'C' (usually from 50% to 59%) although marks in the 40% to 49% range will be said to have gained a "D Award" (but most people will not recognise that as being a pass).
 Three standalone units do exist for pupils who do not wish to be considered for the full N5 Maths course award.
 Higher Maths  for the last time, to pass the course, a candidate must pass all three units and must gain an A, B or C in the external SQA assessment.
 Paper 1 (Non calculator)  60 marks in 1 hour and 10 minutes.
 Paper 2 (calculators may be used, but not if they can perform symbolic manipulation  i.e. algebra)  70 marks in 1 hour 30 minutes.
 Calculators are permitted in all unit assessments.
 Advanced Higher Maths  to pass the course, a candidate must pass all three units and must gain an A, B or C in the external SQA assessment.
 The external exam lasts for 3 hours.
 Calculators may be used in all assessments, but not if they can perform symbolic manipulation  i.e. algebra.
All pupils are expected to bring their own calculators to class every day.
All pupils are expected to have their textbooks covered please.