Children at Craigclowan learn mathematics by doing mathematics. This may take the form of written or mental exercises, work in the ICT room, using their Chromebook, at home, class discussion, use of interactive apps or practical work.
The Craigclowan mathematics syllabus covers the key objectives of the Curriculum for Excellence and National Curriculum and more and is specifically designed for the needs of all of our pupils. They are given an excellent grounding in the mathematical skills they will need for entrance examinations to all Senior Schools who demand different entrance exams. Our examination syllabus is based on the Independent Schools Examination Board which sets Common Entrance and through that the children are encouraged to tackle new ideas using practical experience and investigation.
There is no setting in the early part of the school. However, within each year group there is the opportunity for children to be divided into groups for some of or each of the lessons of the week, giving those who find the subject easier the chance to do some more advanced investigation whilst those who struggle in certain areas have the opportunity for consolidation. Setting then continues for the pupils in the final years, as they sit foundation, standard or higher tier examination papers in their Common Entrance Examinations. Those taking scholarships sit papers set by the school to which they are going or the ISEB.
We have gained considerable success in recent years in competitions including the prestigious UK Junior Mathematical Challenge – pupils from Forms 7 and 8 sit the challenge in April and our best performers have an opportunity to go forward to the UK Junior Mathematical Olympiad. We also take part in the Primary Mathematics Challenge in November, and take teams to compete in the Merchiston Castle Primary 5 Maths Fun Day and also the UK Maths Challenge team competition. We also run our own Form2 4 and 5 STEM morning, where we have an interhouse competitive mathematical team challenge.
In Forms 6, 7 & 8 Maths is always done in pencil.
Every child should have a pencil, rubber, sharpener and ruler (preferably 30 cm.).
Later on they will need a protractor to measure and draw angles but their teacher will tell them when they should get one.
They will not need a calculator until the middle of Form 7. Again their teacher will explain when and what sort they need. There are some occasions on which they may need to use a calculator in class before then but there are school calculators available.
They will have their own Maths textbook and there is one for each year. They will also have a neat jotter or notebook in which they will write methods and examples for each topic. These will help them with exam revision. There are exams at the end of the winter term and again at the end of the summer term and each exam will cover all the work that they have done up to that point. They will also have their own virtual Maths Classroom in their own Google Cloud where some work will be completed and there will be links into various useful sites and classwork.
They will have one Maths prep a week. This should not take more than 30 minutes and if they are struggling to complete it in that time they should tell their teacher so that they can help with their difficulties.
The children should always remember that they can ask their teacher when they need help or if they do not understand what they are supposed to do. If any parent is concerned about their child’s progress or understanding they also are welcome to contact the teacher.
Some mathematical websites:
Download ISEB Mathematics Syllabus (Revised 2014 for first examination in Autumn 2016)