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Latest News from the Maths Department
Congratulations to the following 4 pupils that represented our school on 15th June and came 1st in South Lanarkshire at the SLC Enterprising Maths Competition:
Cian Toner (3F), Sean Harkin (3D), Clare Brolly (4G) and Beth Farr (4G).
They will now compete in the Nationals in October.
Congratulations to Luke Sharkey and Sean Harkins who achieved a merit award in their respective UKMT maths competitions.
The following pupils received awards in the recent Junior Maths Challenge (JMC) competition.
Gold award and qualification for the Junior Olympiad: Sean Harkin and Cian Toner.
Gold award and qualification for the Junior Kangaroo: Michael Crabbe.
Gold Awards: Jennifer Currie and Steven Owen.
In addition, the following S1 pupils (now new S2) achieved Silver Awards: Taylor McNamara, Gregor Frame, Callin Hamilton, Ava Byrne, Eloise McNulty, David Fox, Ellis LindsayKeogh and James Kealy.
These S2 pupils (now new S3) also achieved Silver Awards: Daniel Inyang, Erin McGee, Nathan Emans, Erin Shields, Shaun Learmond, Lauren Smillie, Daniel McManus, Jessica Heslin, Mollie Dickson, Ciara Briody, Sophie Horan and Hannah McParland.
The following S1 pupils (now new S2) achieved Bronze Awards: Kieran Hamilton, Callen Brown, James Wilson, Aidan Johnstone, Matthew Thomson, Madeline Campbell, Katy McNair, Lewis Byrne, Rio Jordan, Ava Brown and Orla Brown.
The following S2 pupils (now new S3) also achieved Bronze Awards: Abbie Sinclair, Nathan Burges, Matthew Moore and Rudy Brown.
Well done to all of the pupils who took part.
Upcoming Assessment Dates (Revision materials can be found on the departmental wikispaces site.)
S1
S2
Class taught by Miss Stewart & Mr Macdonald will sit an assessment on Friday 15 December.
S3
S4
All S4 pupils will sit either a N5 Maths prelim or an N4 NAB on Monday 11 December (starting no later than 9 a.m.).
S5/S6
Mr Macdonald's Higher class will sit a NAB on Tuesday 12 December.
S6 Advanced Higher Maths
Maths Department Teachers
Mrs C Burns
Mr J Campbell
Mr A Cresswell (Acting Depute Head Teacher)
Mrs J Gaffney
Mr J Hagerty
Mrs L Hicks
Mr M Macdonald (Principal Teacher of Maths)
Mrs N McCormick
Miss C Ramsay
Miss E Stewart
Mrs J Yates (maternity leave)
Mr Aiton (Area Cover)
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 wikispaces site
http://www.mathshomework.wikispaces.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 continue to be found at:
http://www.mathshomework.wikispaces.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 continues to be
http://www.mathshomework.wikispaces.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.