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Welcome to the Mathematics Department

Department staff

Mr D Martin - Principal Teacher

Mr S Ahmed

Mrs R Christie

Mr A Doig

Mr A Harvey

Mrs C Edward

Miss L Mordente

Miss E Kidd

Mr Ian Hulse

Mrs E A Mackie

Mr G Rew

Aims

The Mathematics Department at Harris Academy aims to:

  • Offer a range of courses appropriate to the needs of each individual pupil
  • Use a variety of teaching approaches
  • Make Maths interesting, relevant and enjoyable
  • Maintain a welcoming, supportive and challenging environment
  • Encourage pupils to reach their full potential

 

Assessment

For all courses classes are tested regularly on blocks of work. These tests allow pupils the opportunity to reflect on their learning and plan the next steps in their studies. During S4 and S5 there are more formal unit tests which will be covered as part of the overall assessment for course awards.

Homework

All courses are supported by homework to give pupils the opportunity to assess their

progress regularly. It also gives teachers the chance to check on teaching and learning within their classes and parents an opportunity to check on their child’s progress. As well as homework exercises, it is important to read over notes taken in class and finish off work not completed in class.

Calculators

In all Maths courses pupils are assessed in work with and without a calculator. In order to do the calculator questions it is important that all pupils have their own calculators and bring these to school each day. They are needed in other subjects as well as Maths.