MATHS & NUMERACY
Head of Department: Mrs Lenka Nagle (Lenka.Nagle [at] kingussiehigh.org.uk)
Kingussie High School Mathematics Department believes that children and young people should experience success in mathematics and develop the confidence to take risks, ask questions and explore alternative solutions without fear of being wrong. We use misconceptions and wrong answers as opportunities to improve and deepen children’s understanding. We encourage our students to enjoy exploring and applying mathematical concepts. We want them to understand and solve problems, explain their thinking and present their solutions to others in a variety of ways. At all stages, we have an emphasis on collaborative learning, helping children to reason logically and creatively through discussion of mathematical ideas. We want to show our students that solving problems in mathematics not only teaches logical and analytical thinking but provides individual goals and challenges and above all can be a lot of fun.
Our students are encouraged to apply their mathematical skills to everyday life. Courses for S1 – S3 focus on Level 3 and 4 of the CfE Numeracy and Mathematics: experiences and outcomes. S4, S5 & S6 students follow one year courses in SQA National 4 and 5 Mathematics, or Lifeskills Mathematics. In S5 & S6 we offer Higher Mathematics and Advanced Higher Mathematics courses. Assessment in mathematics focuses on student’s abilities to work increasingly skilfully with numbers, data and mathematical concepts and processes and use them in a range of contexts. At key points of the year, students are assessed and classes are set based on ability.
Our aim is to encourage an increased understanding and enjoyment of mathematics amongst our students. We are interested in understanding how our students learn and strive to explore new ideas and possibilities. We share and evaluate our teaching and learning strategies and practices, contributing to the discussion of developments in mathematics education at all levels. Numeracy is not only a subset of mathematics; it is also a life skill which permeates and supports all areas of learning, allowing young people access to the wider curriculum. All teachers have responsibility for promoting the development of numeracy.