## Teejay Level F Homework Fractions Calculator

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–eneray xenson ooe an xenson uzzes sou e aempe y pupsas on-going problem-solving scheme, where possible linked to present topic,previous topic studied or independent of any specific topic.Written word problemsare

a key feature of each TJ Chapter. They should be developed along with gamesbased learning, Glasgow Problem Solving and the Problem Solving in Actionintractive resource.

Homework

–Homework is provided through Teejay Publishing booklet “Level D Homework”.Most exercises in the textbook have a linked homework exercise. These should beused for consolidation of class work or providing those pupils who have reason tobe absent from class lessons a means of covering missed work.–The booklets provide an excellent resource for revision at home prior to classtests and a means for parents to keep track of class work.–Most homework exercises should be completed by all pupils during the course ofthe session.

Checking H’Work

Teachers need not mark homework, but

should

ensure that :-(a)a quick check be made that h’work is recorded in diary(b)a quick check to establish it has been attempted(c)homework is corrected by pupil or neighbour each day(d)difficulties arising are addressed promptly by teacher(e)regular checks are made of setting/neatness/accuracy.

Time Allocation

–The time allocation for each topic should be adhered to as closely as possible(some flexibility built in)

## Mathematics

**Numeracy Booklet - A Guide for all Staff and Parents**

**Mathematics**

**Mathematics**

There are three teachers in the department:

From left to right – Mrs Johnson, Mrs Batty (PT) and Mrs Morrison

Mathematics is important in our everyday life, allowing us to make sense of the world around us and to manage our lives eg working with money, time, fractions, measure, shape and statistics to name a few.

Mathematics plays an important role in areas such as sciences or technologies and is vital to research and development in fields such as engineering, architecture, computing science, design, medicine and finance. Learning mathematics gives our pupils access to the wider curriculum and the opportunity to go onto further studies and interests.

Being numerate helps us to function responsibly in everyday life and contribute effectively to society. It increases our opportunities within the world of work so our main aim is to show pupils that mathematics is rich and stimulating and to engage and fascinate pupils of all ages, interests and abilities.

Pupils need to be confident in using their mathematical skills not just in their school learning but their work after they leave school and their lives.

__School Year 2011/2012__

**CfE S1 & S2**

**CfE S1 & S2**

**S3 & S4**

**S3 & S4**

**S5 & S6**

__M__aths P7 fun day report - 11th May 2010

__M__aths P7 fun day report - 11th May 2010

## Responsibilities include class teaching, marking assessments, SQA exam preparation and development of courses and materials. Aspects such as promoting numeracy, mental skills, problem solving skills, progress in classes and sharing best practice are discussed at weekly department meetings.

Our main aim is to develop and maintain our coursework to ensure it will stimulate pupils’ interest and curiosity in Maths.

We share learning objectives with all pupils to ensure they understand the purpose of their lesson. Pupils must see the value of what they are learning and its relevance to their lives, present and future.

We set high but realistic targets for all our pupils.

Click on the links below to see what we do in the Maths department

Pupils are set into three classes when they arrive in the Secondary according to their 5-14 National Test level. However there is flexibility for movement if the teacher has evidence that they are working at a different level.

In class we provide a variety of teaching approaches and activities that help motivate pupils. We encourage pupils to discuss, listen and evaluate their work whether it is written work or practical work.

__Coursework__

At level A, pupils use Teejay workbooks with support sheets that

may also be used for homework.At levels B, C, D and E pupils use Teejay as the main textbook with homework sheets for support. There is also a Maths in Action textbook that teachers may feel, for some classes, more appropriate

for level E pupils.

At level F, pupils use the Maths in Action textbook with homework sheets for support.

**Homework** is set at least once a week, be it a formal homework

sheet or a small amount of classwork that needs to be completed.

We encourage our pupils, if having difficulty with the homework,

to ask for help at home. This allows parents/guardians to see what the child is doing at school and it encourages pupils to persevere with it rather than giving up too easily!

**Assessments** are given each term covering the topics that have been taught. We also assess numeracy and mental skills.

Assessments are not only in written form it is also done through

high quality interactions, based on thoughtful questions, careful listening and reflective responses.

**Numeracy** plays an extremely important part in all our courses hence we have numeracy booklets for each pupil. We also have Number Quest board games, bingo, flash cards and numerous other hands on activities that help reinforce numeracy skills.

**Problem solving** is also an important part of the pupil’s learning and we have problem solving booklets for each pupil. By discussing ways to solve problems we provide the opportunity for the pupils to use their skills creatively.

**ICT** is very important to us when teaching our pupils.

We are fortunate enough to have two interactive whiteboards that we can use for internet learning or with our Maths packages – Autograph, Boardworks and Geometry Sketchpad.

We are able to book out computers if we wish pupils to search the internet, be it for research on Mathematicians, topics or visit some of the great Maths sites offering problem solving, games and consolidation.

We are always on the lookout for other interesting websites and packages that will be of interest.

Computers can also be used when we are teaching Statistics, for example, pupils can produce bar graphs, line graphs etc… after

inputting their survey data into an Excel spreadsheet.

Have a look at __Challenges__to see what else pupils do with us.

The diagram below shows the progression route S2 will take into S3 and then into S4.

In exceptional circumstance pupils may take an alternative route depending on the evidence the teacher has from their pupils work.

## S2

in S3

in S4

**Intermediate 1** has replaced the old Standard Grade General level course.

For session 2008/2009 there will still be two S4 classes following a General/Foundation course as they had already started this course before the new course was introduced.

For more information on our courses visit the SQA website at

__www.sqa.org.uk__

__Coursework__

**Access 3 **is a course that pupils can work on at their own speed with the assistance from the teacher. Pupils will be given a folder containing

all the notes and exercises they need for each unit with homework and revision sheets given out at appropriate times throughout theunits.

The course looks at life skills, working with money, statistics,geometry and many other fun topics!

The course consists of three units with a NAB assessment at the end of each. If pupils does not pass a NAB they are allowed a retest when they and the teacher feels confident the work has been thoroughly revised.

All three NABs have to be passed before a pupil gains their Access 3 qualification. There is no external SQA exam for Access 3.

**Intermediate 1 **now replaces the General course. This is a course equivalent in many ways to the standard grade General exam but this has more structure to it.It looks at numeracy skills, algebra, geometry, statistics and trigonometry along with many other exciting topics!

Homework is given regularly with a topic related

formal homework at the end of each topic.

The course consists of three units with a NAB assessment at the end of each. If pupils does not pass a NAB they are allowed a retest when they and the teacher feel confident the work has been thoroughly revised. In S3/4 the main resource is Teejay textbooks.

All three NABs have to be passed along with the external SQA exam before a pupil gains their Intermediate 1 qualification.

The SQA exam consists of two papers: a non-calculator paper and a calculator paper.

**Intermediate 2 **is a course equivalent in many ways to the standard grade Credit exam and has the same structure as Intermediate 1 described above.

__Credit is the only course we teach now from the Standard Grade arrangements. This is suggested to be a two year course covering great depth into algebra, geometry, statistics and trigonometry. __

There are two elements at Standard Grade:

__Knowledge and Understanding __

This element covers the facts, concepts and skills needed to solve mathematical problems, including the use of appropriate mathematical notation and symbols. Included in this element is the ability to carry out routine procedures and to solve routine problems where the pupil is expected to know the approach to be used.

__Reasoning and Enquiry __

In this element, pupils recognise that more than Knowledge and Understanding is needed to solve a mathematical problem.

Also required is the ability to make decisions about how to

start the problem, what skills to apply, the skills needed to

continue and complete the problem and, where appropriate,

decisions about how best to present the solution. This

element encourages pupils to show initiative and resourcefulness.

The SQA exam consists of two papers: a non-calculator paper and a calculator paper.

Have a look at __Challenges__to see what else pupils do with us.

The diagram below shows the progression route S4 will take into S5 and then into S6 if they opt into the subject.

in S5

in S6

For more information on our courses visit the SQA website at

__www.sqa.org.uk__

**Intermediate 1 **builds on numeracy skills, algebra, geometry, statistics and trigonometry along with many other exciting topics!

Homework is given regularly with a topic related

formal homework at the end of each topic.

The course consists of three units with a NAB assessment at the end of each. If pupils does not pass a NAB they are allowed a retest when they and the teacher feel confident the work has been thoroughly revised.

Maths in Action is the main resource for Intermediate 1 in S5/6.

All three NABs have to be passed along with the external SQA exam before a pupil gains their Intermediate 1 qualification.

The SQA exam consists of two papers: a non-calculator paper and a calculator paper.

**Intermediate 2 **

The syllabus is designed to build upon and extend candidates’ previous mathematical learning in the areas of numeracy, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and statistics.

Pupils should be able to integrate their knowledge across the course to ensure that they satisfy the grade descriptions for the course which involves solving problems and which require more extended thinking and decision making.

Where appropriate, mathematical topics should be taught and skills in applying mathematics developed through real-life contexts. Pupils should be encouraged throughout the course, to make use of their skills in written and mental calculation, to make efficient use of calculators, and to

apply the strategy of checking.

Maths in Action is the main resource used for Intermediate 2.

All three NABs have to be passed along with the external SQA exam before a pupil gains their Intermediate 2 qualification.

The SQA exam consists of two papers: a non-calculator paper and a calculator paper.

**Higher **is designed to build upon prior learning in the areas of algebra, geometry and trigonometry and to introduce pupils to calculus. This is a fairly complex course that requires pupils to interpret problems, select appropriate strategies, come to conclusions and communicate intelligibly.

Maths in Action and Heinemann textbooks are used along with HSN notes (__www.hsn.uk.net__) and this year we will be trailing eNABs in conjunction with Scholar at Heriot-Watt University.

All three NABs have to be passed along with the external SQA exam before a pupil gains their Higher qualification.

The SQA exam consists of two papers: Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper that has a multiple choice section followed by an extended response section and Paper 2 is a calculator paper.

**Advanced Higher** is the progression from Higher that most would say is fairly equivalent to first year Maths at University when studying a Maths course. This course builds further upon the areas taught at Higher.

Maths in Action and Scholar are the main materials used for the

course.

All three NABs have to be passed along with the external SQA

exam before a pupil gains their Advanced Higher qualification.

The SQA exam consist of one three hour paper!

The department is now active in many extra-curricular activities.

__Primary Maths Challenge__

We had 33 primary pupils from our cluster that took part in the Primary Maths Challenge in November 2007.

**Photo of primary pupils with their certificates.**

We awarded 2 Gold, 26 silver and 5 bronze – well done!

We look forward to the next one later this year.

**Congratulations to everyone who took part – you make us all proud, keep up the great work!**

__Scottish Maths Challenge__

SMC is split into three sections:

Junior – S1/2

Middle – S3/4

Senior – S5/6

We had 11 pupils taking part in the Junior Challenge that is made up of two sets of five questions where they have time in school and at home to solve each question. By writing up a full explanation of their strategy they used to solve it they are increasing their chances of being awarded a certificate, either bronze, silver or gold.

Pupils who score highly and gain a gold certificate are invited to do the ‘Pink Kangaroo’ challenge!

Unfortunately this year nobody managed to go forward for the ‘Pink Kangaroo’ but our pupils are enthusiastic and are supported all the way, so we will try again next time!

**Thank you to everyone who took part – you make us all proud, keep up the great work!**

__UKMT Junior Maths Challenge – Thursday 1st May 2008__

We had 50 S1/2 pupils sitting the UKMT Junior challenge run by the University of Leeds.

They were presented with 25 multiple choice questions getting more difficult as the questions went on and the possibility of marks getting deducted after question 15 if answers were wrong!!!

Pupils sat for one hour under exam conditions to complete the challenge.

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We are awaiting results from this – fingers crossed!

High scorers will receive invitations to participate in follow-up rounds called the Junior Olympiad in June.

Our intention is to involve S3/4 in the Intermediate challenge next year.

**Congratulations to everyone who took part – you make us all proud, keep up the great work!**

__Problem of the Month__

Every month we display a problem solving question on our notice board. Interested pupils can get a sheet from their teacher to submit their solution and be in with a chance of winning a fab prizes ranging from furry pencils to Jenga games!

On average we are getting about 33 entries each month, spread the word to get more people involved.

**Keep up the enthusiasm and great effort!**

ICT plays an important role in delivering our courses to our pupils.

We are fortunate enough to have two interactive whiteboards in

the department that are used extensively, not just by ourselves

but by our pupils.

We have a package called Boardworks that contains powerpoint slides and shows for topics throughout S1-S4. We also use Autograph and Geometry Sketchpad to help pupils visualise graph work and problems involving shapes.

We are able to book out computers if we wish

pupils to surf the internet, be it for research on

Mathematicians, topics or visit some of the great

Maths sites offering problem solving, games and

consolidation.

We are always on the lookout for other interesting websites and packages that will be of interest.

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