Mathematics is a crucial tool for many applications in daily life and other parts of the curriculum. It is also a way of thinking which can provide opportunities for creative activities and mental challenge.
Rich and stimulating, mathematics engages and fascinates learners of all ages, interests and abilities. Learning mathematics develops logical reasoning, analysis, problem-solving skills, creativity, and the ability to think in abstract ways. It uses a universal language of numbers and symbols, which allows us to communicate ideas in a concise, unambiguous and rigorous way.
Mathematics equips us with many of the skills required for life, learning and work. Understanding the part that mathematics plays in almost all aspects of life is crucial. This reinforces the need for mathematics to play an integral part in lifelong learning and be appreciated for the richness it brings.
Advanced Higher Maths, offered in S6, is vital for anybody wanting to study any mathematical subject at University, such as Engineering, Physics or Accountancy.
In Transition onwards, pupils are encouraged to enter the Maths Challenge competition. This is run by the Scottish Maths Council who distribute two sets of problems a year. The problems form a basis for some worthwhile investigative work and participation provides an opportunity for pupils to develop their thinking and communication skills in some depth. Entry to the competition is voluntary.