Mathematics – Matamataig

Mathematics is rich and stimulating and develops logical reasoning, analysis, problem solving skills, creativity and the ability to think in abstract ways. Across all years Maths includes numerical skills, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics and reasoning skills.

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BGE Maths & Numeracy 

Pupils work at Level 3 in S1 and S2 (using the TeeJay 3A and 3B textbooks) covering a range of topics that are vital to S3 Maths and beyond.  

S1 S2 
Basic arithmetic Algebra 
Rounding Powers & Roots 
Integers Factors & Multiples 
Algebra Sequences 
Fractions Angles 
Angles Proportion 
Co-ordinates Fractions, Decimals, Percentages 
Ratio Scale Drawings & Bearings 
Area Probability & Statistics 
Speed, Distance, Time Presenting Data 
Circumference & Area of a Circle Symmetry 
Basic Volume Graph Sketching 

Pupils in S3 work at Level 4 (using the TeeJay 4+ textbook). A lot of the above topics are included and extended, as well as new more complex topics such as Pythagoras’ Theorem, Similar Shapes, Circle Theorems, and Trigonometry. 

Additional resources and links to useful websites are given to pupils in Microsoft Teams and OneNote. 

It is beneficial for pupils to have their own scientific calculator. In school we use Casio fx-83GT X which can be purchased online or from the school.  

Senior Phase Maths 

In the senior phase pupils have a choice between Maths or Applications of Maths. Pupils sitting N5 & Higher have exams at the end of the session, details can be found in the links at the end of the page. 

N4 Applications of Maths Topics Covered 
Unit 1: Managing Finance and Statistics Income; foreign exchange; interest; budgeting; comparing data; graphs, charts & tables. 
Unit 2: Geometry and Measures Gradient; perimeter; area; scale drawing; volume; Pythagoras’ Theorem; time; tolerance. 
Unit 3: Numeracy Fractions, decimals & percentages; speed, distance, time; area & perimeter; integers; proportion; volume, presenting data, probability. 
Added Value Unit A mixture of the above. 
N5 Applications of Maths Topics Covered 
Unit 1: Managing Finance and Statistics Budgeting (personal and an event); factors affecting income; best buys; foreign exchange; loans, credit cards & savings; risk & probability; statistics; presenting and interpreting data. 
Unit 2: Geometry and Measures Scale drawings; navigation & bearings; time management; precedence tables; tolerance; gradient; composite shapes; volume; Pythagoras’ Theorem. 
Unit 3: Numeracy Notation & units; scales; rounding; interpreting data; probability. 
N5 Maths Topics Covered 
Unit 1: Expressions and Formulae Surds & indices; factorising; algebraic fractions; gradient; arc length & sector area; volume. 
Unit 2: Relationships The equation of a straight line; solving equations; simultaneous equations; changing the subject; quadratic graphs; solving quadratic equations; Pythagoras’ Theorem; similar shapes; trigonometric graphs; solving trigonometric equations. 
Unit 3: Applications Trigonometry in non-right-angled triangles; bearings; vectors; percentages; fractions; statistics. 
H Maths Topics Covered 
Unit 1: Expressions and Formulae Logarithms & exponential; manipulating trigonometric expressions; graph sketching; composite & inverse functions; vectors. 
Unit 2: Relationships and Calculus Solving algebraic equations; solving trigonometric equations; differentiation; integration. 
Unit 3: Applications Special lines; circles; recurrence relations; applied calculus. 

Additional resources and links to useful websites are given to pupils in Microsoft Teams and OneNote. 

SQA Pages: 

  • Mathematics

  • 2021-22 course updates 
  • Applications of Maths:

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