Mathematics, Numeracy and Music

Who We Are?

At Kilwinning Academy, Mathematics is taught by expertly qualified Mathematics teachers who are experienced, enthusiastic and committed to the progression of all students. We set very high standards for our students and expect students to engage whole heartedly in their own learning.

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What We Do?

The Maths Department aims to combine an appreciation of the power and beauty of Mathematics with the responsibility to prepare each pupil thoroughly for presentation in external examinations. Furthermore, young people will develop a mathematical understanding that will underpin their experience in other subject areas.

All aspects of Learning and Teaching in the Mathematics department embrace the principles of a Curriculum for Excellence, aiming to equip pupils with skills for learning, life and work.

To face the challenges of the 21st century, each young person needs to be confident in using mathematical skills, and Scotland needs both specialist mathematicians and a highly numerate population. Learning through mathematics enables children and young people to

  • develop essential numeracy skills, including arithmetical skills which allow them to participate fully in society
  • develop a secure understanding of the concepts, principles and processes of mathematics and apply these in different contexts, including the world of work
  • have an understanding of the application of mathematics, its impact on our society past and present, and its potential for the future
  • Establish firm foundations for further specialist learning, for those who will be the mathematicians of the future.

BGE Phase

In S1-S3 pupils will follow a course based on the CfE Mathematics and Numeracy experiences and outcomes at levels 2 – 4. In the first two years of study all pupils are encouraged to work without a calculator to develop their numeracy skills. Numeracy skills and mental strategies are revisited on a regular basis throughout each year to build confidence and fluidity. Establishing good numeracy skills is necessary for successful learning across the curriculum and developing these skills needs to be of high priority.

Senior Phase

There are a number of learning pathways students can take during their senior phase based on their personal interests and requirements for further education.

National 3 Maths

National 3 develops key knowledge and skills required to progress to National 4 level in S5. The National 3 course is assessed internally with students being required to pass all unit assessments to gain the qualification.

National 3 Mathematics is studied over one year and the course is comprised of the following units:-

  1. Manage Money and Data
  2. Shape, Space and Measures
  3. Numeracy

National 4 Maths

National 4 develops key knowledge and skills required to progress to National 5 level in fifth year or sixth year. Algebra is an essential part of the National 4 course. At National 4, students will need to pass three unit assessments and a final course assessment, the Added Value unit. All of the assessments at National 4 are internally assessed.

National 4 Mathematics is studied over one year and explores the following three units.

  1. Expressions and Formulae
  2. Relationships
  3. Numeracy

National 5 Maths

National 5 maths develops key knowledge and skills required to progress to Higher level in fifth year or sixth year. Algebra is an essential part of the National 5 course. At National 5, students will need to pass three unit assessments as well as a Numeracy assessment. The final grade for National 5 Maths is dependant entirely on the exam performance. It is recommended students achieve an A/B pass at National 5 level to allow progress to Higher level the following year.

National 5 Mathematics is studied over one year and explores the following four units.

  1. Expressions and Formulae
  2. Relationships
  3. Applications
  4. Numeracy

Higher/Advanced Higher

In their fifth and sixth year students can choose to further develop and deepen their knowledge by studying initially at Higher level and then at Advanced Higher level.

Higher Maths

The purpose of the Higher Maths course is to develop critical and logical thinking skills. To achieve a good pass at this course perseverance and resilience are more important attribute than raw talent. Obtaining a pass at Higher level Maths opens up so many more opportunities for pupils

Higher Maths is divided into three units:

  1. Expressions and Functions
  2. Relationships and Calculus
  3. Applications

At Higher level, students will need to pass three unit assessments in order to sit the exam. The final grade for Higher Maths is dependant entirely on the exam performance. It is recommended students achieve an A/B pass at Higher level to allow progress to Advanced Higher level in their sixth year.

Advanced Higher

Advanced Higher Maths is divided into three units:

  1. Methods in Algebra and Calculus
  2. Applications of Algebra and Calculus
  3. Geometry, Proof and Systems of Equations

At Advanced Higher level, students will need to pass three unit assessments in order to sit the exam. The final grade is dependent entirely on exam performance.

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