Welcome to the Department of Mathematics at Dalziel High School.
"Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas"
"Number rules the universe and Number is the ruler of forms and ideas"
- Dr Leigh Ann Scott (Principal Teacher)
- Mrs Fiona Conboy (Depute Head Teacher)
- Mr Stevie Agnew
- Mrs Jackie Donnachie
- Mr Kenny MacLellan
- Miss Aileen Maguire
- Mrs Julie Moran
- Mr Gary Withey
- Mrs Emma Brophy
Mathematics has a vital role to play in the school curriculum. It is a rich and most stimulating subject with the capacity to fascinate and engage our young people. The skills we teach are relevant to many other subjects as well as being vital to people in their everyday lives. Today maths is needed in many jobs and professions including business, science, and engineering. The trades also have a need for mathematical skills and knowledge, particularly in construction.
The study of Mathematics develops logical reasoning, analysis, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways, as well as offering opportunities for creativity. Mathematics is an ever expanding body of knowledge, skills, concepts and techniques essential in the efficient handling of information and the solution of problems.
Mathematics has always been regarded as an essential qualification for many job requirements and courses and opens a gateway to many careers. This is because it is a subject which demonstrates very clearly the ability to:
- Think logically
- Apply numeracy and mathematical skills
- Problem solve
- Communicate effectively
- Make informed decisions
Every effort will be made to encourage pupils of all ages and all abilities to develop the skills and techniques involved in mathematics. The teaching approaches and the level of competence required will vary according to year group and ability level. The main aims of the maths department are detailed below.
- To teach, revise and consolidate mathematical ideas and concepts.
- To encourage pupils to present their work in a legible and orderly way, demonstrating all working whenever possible.
- To enable pupils to tackle both routine and non-routine problems.
- To encourage and develop pupils’ mental calculation skills, restricting calculator use to appropriate situations.
- To enable pupils to develop to the limit of their capabilities in mathematics and to teach them the mathematical and numeracy skills required for their future needs in life beyond school.
- To encourage pupils to develop an appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics.
- To contribute to the personal development and overall education of our pupils.
All pupils study Mathematics from S1 to S4.
Our policy is to place all classes into groups based on previous performances in maths so they can work at their own level.
Courses build on the knowledge they have gained so far and teaches them to describe, tackle and solve problems using mathematical knowledge and techniques.
National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher must sit external exams some of which include a non calculator paper.
Mathematics Homework Policy
We recognise homework as having an important role in the academic achievement of our students. The amount and frequency of homework issued follows the school policy guidelines. The amount of homework issued will obviously vary for each year group, but approximate guidelines are given below:
- S1 - 30 Minutes Per Week
- S2 - 60 Minutes Per Week
- S3 - 75 Minutes Per Week
- S4 - 100 Minutes Per Week
- S5/6 - 120 Minutes Per Week
Class teachers are expected to exercise their professional judgement when issuing homework. It is important to ensure that pupils are given sufficient homework to consolidate the work covered in class.
All pupils in S1/S2 should be issued with the appropriate level of homework booklet at the start of the session. As an exercise is completed in class, the corresponding homework exercise should be issued for the next maths lesson. Homework will mainly be from this booklet although other resources (board questions, worksheets) should be used if and when necessary. All homework should be signed by a parent/guardian.
All pupils in S3 should be issued with the appropriate level of homework booklet at the start of the session. In addition to daily homework, formal ink exercises should be completed after each topic. Pupils should be given a week to complete these and are encouraged to seek assistance when experiencing difficulties with particular questions. Blank spaces are unacceptable and pupils should be made aware of this. The reasons for issuing the ink exercises are as follows:
- The problems are more involved, often exam-type questions and requiring problem solving skills.
- The exercises are longer, revising the full chapter.
Pupils working at level three should be given regular, achievable homework. Pupils working at level four should be issued homework each evening from their homework booklet. Formal ink exercises should also be given after each topic.
S4 - S6
The majority of pupils will be working towards an external examination in May. The majority of our S4 cohort will be working towards National 5 and we present senior pupils at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.
All pupils should be given homework each day for the next day in class, particularly those in attempting Higher. In addition, formal ink exercises will be issued at the end of each chapter.
Advanced Higher pupils will be given homework in the same way.
All classes will be expected to complete exam-type questions, particularly in the run up to prelims and external exam.
Additional study materials can be found at www.mathsworkout.com and www.numeracyworkout.co.uk Pupils can ask their class teachers for the passwords to these websites.
Pupils can now access the departments homework resources and exam study materials on www.edmodo.com Access codes are required to access the relevant yeargroup materials. Class teachers will provide these codes to their classes.
Mathematics Supported Study
Supported study is offered in the Mathematics Department at the following times:
- Tuesday - Nat 5
- Tuesday Lunchtime - Nat 5
- Thursday - Higher
All members of the Department are happy to assist with Mathematics related problems at any time. Please see the posters in the department for topic information
For useful examination information and marking schemes for past papers see www.sqa.org.uk
For further maths revision at all levels see
The monthly competition is available to all pupils within S1-S4. All correct answers will be collated and points will be awarded to the house with the most correct entries. The monthly winner will receive a £10 gift voucher for a shop of their choice.
Pupils must gain an appropriate result to gain entry to 5th & 6th year courses.
- National 5 or National 5 Numeracy - pass at National 4
- Higher – A-C pass at National 5
- Advanced Higher - passes at Higher A-B required