Mathematics is important in our everyday life. It equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions.
The mathematics department consists of five full time teachers. We strive to ensure that every pupil reaches their full potential in mathematics; that they are well motivated and enjoy learning the subject; they develop a sound understanding of our number system and are able to transfer numeracy skills to other areas of the curriculum and everyday life. To achieve this aim there is an emphasis on empowering our pupils to become creative learners who can think and solve problems.
Stuart Abbott – Teacher of Mathematics
Jennifer McVicar – Teacher of Mathematics / Teacher of Guidance
Departmental vision statement
“…adding up to success!”
BGE course information
During S1, pupils work at a mixed ability level for the duration of the first topic (decimals). Pupils are then set into a Level 2 or Level 3 based on assessment results. Both of these courses last until approximately February in S2 where pupils will move to Level 3 or Level 4 respectively. These courses are completed by the end of S3. The evidence we gather in S3 determines whether pupils work at National 3 Lifeskills, National 4 Mathematics or National 5 Mathematics level in S4.
Senior Phase information
The Mathematics Department offers a variety of options in the Senior phase. In S4 we offer National 3 Lifeskills, National 4 Mathematics and National 5 Mathematics. In S5 and S6 we offer the traditional options of National 4 Mathematics, National 5 Mathematics, CfE Higher Mathematics and CfE Advanced Higher Mathematics. However, we have also recently introduced National 5 Lifeskills and Personal Finance with National 5 Numeracy in order to provide pupils with an appropriate choice of pathways in S5 and S6.
The Mathematics Department has its own website, www.dgsmaths.com which contains a wide range of resources in order to support pupils.
During S1, pupils work at a mixed ability level for the duration of the first topic (decimals). Pupils are then set into a Level 2 or Level 3 based on assessment results. Both of these courses last until approximately February in S2 where pupils will move to Level 3 or Level 4 respectively.