So Mr White breaking his shoulder slowed down the website development a little but we are getting back up to speed.
The first Maths Department newsletter is almost ready to be published. Any day now. We are quite excited as we want to share all of what we have been doing recently – settling in our new classes, meeting our new S1 pupils (this year is an excellent vintage – we are enjoying teaching you guys) and we’ve been out teaching in primary schools sharing our love for the subject.
Mr White has created his own website which you can access from the “Staff Pages” link above.
We, as the staff in the Maths department, feel so lucky to have the opportunity to share our enthusiasm of Mathematics with our pupils.
“Mathematical thinking is important for all members of a modern society as a habit of mind for its use in the workplace, business and finance; and for personal decision-making. Mathematics is fundamental to national prosperity in providing tools for understanding science, engineering, technology and economics. It is essential in public decision-making and for participation in the knowledge economy.
Mathematics equips pupils with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder for all pupils when they solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution, or notice hidden connections. Pupils who are functional in mathematics and financially capable are able to think independently in applied and abstract ways, and can reason, solve problems and assess risk.
Mathematics is a creative discipline. The language of mathematics is international. The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics has developed over time as a means of solving problems and also for its own sake.”
In order for pupils to achieve the most successful outcomes in their particular course we feel the following 4 points are fundamental:
- A positive attitude and a determination to rise to the challenge of the course
- Organisation-being prepared for lessons by bringing a pencil, ruler and calculator (protractor and pair of compasses for certain courses)
- Plan study time from the start of the course and seeking support from the department through the study classes offered.
- Complete weekly homework to a high standard which helps to consolidate the work covered in class.