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Our main departmental aim is to prepare students to become successful learners and confident individuals and enable them to take their place in society, by providing them with the mathematical skills and numerical skills required to do so.
Mrs S Murray – Faculty Head of Mathematics, Numeracy & Computing
Mrs N Mann – Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs L Long – Teacher of Mathematics/ PT Data Analyst
Mr F McNiff – Teacher of Mathematics/ PT STEM
Miss L Hamilton – Teacher of Mathematics
Mr R Griffin - Teacher of Mathematics
Mr I Jeffrey – Teacher of Computing & Mathematics
Mr M Sands – Teacher of Computing & Mathematics
Wednesday 3pm - 4pm, N5 & N5 Apps Maths, Room 213, Mr McNiff
Wednesday 3pm - 4pm, Higher Maths, Room 202, Mr Griffin
Thursday 3pm - 4pm, N5 Maths, Room 201, Mrs Long
Darts Club, S1-S2, every ODD Friday in room 213
Darts Club, S3-S6, every EVEN Friday in room 213
Contact Mr McNiff to book a space.
The department provides jotters and various other equipment and resources for use in and out of class, but all pupils are expected to bring a pencil and have their own calculator.
We encourage pupils to participate in mathematical activities/competitions including:-
National 5 pathway
National 4 pathway
National 3 pathway
The Course, which includes the freestanding Unit in Numeracy at SCQF level 3, will motivate and challenge learners by enabling them to select and apply mathematical and numerical skills in a variety of mathematical and real-life situations. The Course includes the study of number, money, shape, space and measurement in everyday life, allowing individuals to interpret data and tackle real-life situations. It is designed to develop the learners’ skills relevant to learning, life and work in an engaging and enjoyable way. The Course develops confidence in the subject and a positive attitude towards further study in mathematics and other subject areas which use mathematics.
The course consists of three units:
For each unit there is a Unit Assessment - this will test competency.
To achieve the National 3 Lifeskills Mathematics Course, learners must pass all of the required Unit Assessments. Units are assessed as pass or fail by the school (following SQA external quality assurance to meet national standards).
National 3 Courses are not graded and there is no final exam in the SQA Exam Diet in May.
Assessment (or ‘evidence of learning’) may be gathered through class work, tests, oral evidence, computer-generated class work, photographs. Learners may use these to build a portfolio to show their progress through the Units.
On successful completion of this Course, the learner could progress to embarking on the National 4 Mathematics course.
Studying National 3 Mathematics this year?
Find all the resources you need including information, notes, homeworks, revison sheets, mind maps, powerpoints, tutorial clips, practice exam questions, topic lists, past papers and more from these links below:
The National 4 Maths Course will develop skills for further learning, as well as skills for life and work. Learners will acquire and apply operational skills necessary for developing mathematical ideas through symbolic representation and diagrams. They will select and apply mathematical techniques and will develop their understanding of the interdependencies within mathematics. Learners will develop mathematical reasoning skills and will gain experience in making informed decisions.
The National 4 Mathematics Course consists of four Units.
Mathematics: Expressions and Formulae
The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills linked to straightforward mathematical expressions and formulae. These include the manipulation of abstract terms, the simplification of expressions and the evaluation of formulae. The Outcomes cover aspects of algebra, geometry, statistics and reasoning.
The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills linked to straightforward mathematical relationships. These include solving equations, understanding graphs and working with trigonometric ratios. The Outcomes cover aspects of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics and reasoning.
The general aim of this Unit is to develop learners’ numerical and information handling skills to solve straightforward, real-life problems involving number, money, time and measurement. As learners tackle real-life problems, they will decide what numeracy skills to use and how to apply these skills to an appropriate level of accuracy. Learners will also interpret graphical data and use their knowledge and understanding of probability to identify solutions to straightforward real-life problems involving money, time and measurement. Learners will use their solutions to make and explain decisions.
Mathematics Added Value
The general aim of this Unit is to enable the learner to provide evidence of added value for the National 4 Mathematics Course through the successful completion of a test which will allow the learner to demonstrate breadth and challenge. Breadth and challenge will be demonstrated through the use and integration of mathematical ideas and strategies linked to straightforward mathematical expressions, formulae and relationships. This will include the application of algebraic, geometric, trigonometric, statistical and reasoning skills. Numerical skills underpin all aspects of the Course, and the ability to use these without the aid of a calculator will also be assessed.
For each of these units there is a Unit Assessment - this will test competency.
The National 4 Mathematics Course is assessed through four individual unit assessments which learners will sit throughout their year of study. To achieve a National 4 qualification in Mathematics learners must pass all four units. Units are assessed as pass or fail by the school (following SQA external quality assurance to meet national standards). They will therefore not be expected to sit a final exam in the SQA Exam diet.
On successful completion of this Course, the learner could progress to embarking on the National 5 Mathematics course.
Studying National 4 Mathematics this year?
The National 5 Mathematics Course builds on the principles and practice of experiences and outcomes of Mathematics and Numeracy. Mathematics is important in 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.
Unit and Content Information
Mathematics: Expressions and Formulae
The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills linked to mathematical expressions and formulae. These include the manipulation of abstract terms, the simplification of expressions and the evaluation of formulae. The Outcomes cover aspects of number, algebra, geometry and reasoning.
The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills linked to mathematical relationships. These include solving and manipulating equations, working with graphs and carrying out calculations on the lengths and angles of shapes. The Outcomes cover aspects of algebra, geometry, trigonometry and reasoning.
The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills linked to applications of mathematics. These include using trigonometry, geometry, number processes and statistics within real-life contexts. The Outcomes cover aspects of these skills and also skills in reasoning.
The National 5 Mathematics course is assessed and graded (A-D) with a final end of year exam in the SQA Exam diet in May each year.
The course assessment will be structured as follows:
Number of marks
Question Paper 1
Question Paper 2 (calculator)
(1 hour 50 minutes)
(3 hours 5 minutes)
Homework plays a vital role in the successful completion of the course. Pupils will be expected to complete all set homework, and organise their time to revise topics regularly. Self study skills are important when embarking on a National Qualification course. A scientific calculator is also required for this course.
On successful completion of this Course, the learner could progress to embarking on the Higher Mathematics course.
Studying National 5 Mathematics this year?
The Higher Course in Mathematics develops learners’ mathematical rigour and the ability to use precise and concise mathematical language assumes a particular importance at this stage.
Candidates who complete a Higher Mathematics course successfully are expected to have a competence and a confidence in applying mathematical techniques, manipulating symbolic expressions and communicating with mathematical correctness in the solution of problems.
The course has obvious relevance for candidates with interests in fields such as commerce, engineering and science where the mathematics learned will be put to direct use.
Functions and Graphs; Exponentials and Logarithms; Trigonometric Expressions; Vectors
Polynomials; Trigonometry Equations; Differentiation; Integration;
Straight Line; Circles; Recurrence Relations; Further Differentiation and Integration; Further Trigonometry
This course is assessed and graded (A-D) with an end of course examination set by SQA in the exam diet in May.
Studying Higher Mathematics this year?
NPA4 - http://www.irvineroyal.ukschool.com/media/other/39008/CGDNPA-4PARENTALOVERVIEWNOV-JAN.pdf
NPA5 - http://www.irvineroyal.ukschool.com/media/other/39008/CGDNPA-5PARENTALOVERVIEWNOV-JAN.pdf
All pupils will continue to work through the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) Levels for mathematics and numeracy as part of their Broad General Education.
This follows on from their work done in primary school, where it is anticipated that most pupils will have covered and be secure in Second Level mathematics and numeracy by the end of Primary 7.
The following guide will help form an understanding of how most pupils are expected to progress in mathematics in the Junior Phase (S1 to S3):-
• Secure at Third Level – by December of S2.
• Working on Fourth Level experiences and outcomes – by April of S3.
Notes: Some pupils may be reported as being secure at Fourth Level before the end of S3. Some pupils may need more time to become secure at Third Level.
Pupils in S1, S2 and S3 follow a course of study which allows various opportunity to progress through the Curriculum for Excellence Numeracy and Mathematics experiences and outcomes of Broad General Education and they are assessed using the Benchmarks for Numeracy and Mathematics.
At this level learning in mathematics enables young people to:
In S1-S3 this year and want to improve your Maths Skills?
Click below to be directed to various useful powerpoints, worksheets, homeworks, interactive learning experiences and much more...
1st Level Revision
2nd Level Revision
3rd Level Revision
4th Level Revision
The Irvine Royal Academy Mathematics Department encourage pupils to regularly practice their mathematical skills at home and www.mathsworkout.co.uk is a great resource for extra practice.
The school log in details are:-
Numeracy Ninja: https://www.numeracyninjas.org/
Maths Workout: https://www.mathsworkout.co.uk/
S1/S2 free maths: https://www.national5maths.co.uk/s1-s2-courses/
Maths Revision: https://mathsrevision.com/
Dr Frost Maths: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsIq1iWdSftdelGwJLiyjwQ
Level 1: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zpdj6sg
Level 2: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zpdj6sg
Level 3: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zfcqn39
Level 4: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zsrjpv4
National 5 Maths : https://www.national5maths.co.uk/free-national-5-maths-2/
Higher maths: https://www.highermathematics.co.uk/higher-maths-whole-course/
Advanced higher maths: https://www.advancedhighermaths.co.uk/free-ah-maths/
The following links give an indication of what pupils should be working at within the department:
S3 Admin & IT
S3 Computer and Games Development NPA-4
S4 Computer and Games Development NPA-5
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