Mathematics

Maths

Courses

S1

All pupils study Mathematics in S1. Early in S1 we organise the pupils into sets for Mathematics based on their progress from primary school and numeracy assessments. Classes will cover CfE Level 3 Outcomes and Experiences with extension into Level 4 and consolidation of Level 2 where appropriate. Pupils’ progress is reviewed throughout and set changes occur regularly. The aim of our course is to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of mathematical topics as well as their mathematical skills when applying this knowledge in a range of contexts.

S2

All pupils study Mathematics in S2. Pupils carry on as seamlessly as possible from S1. Classes will cover CfE Level 3 Outcomes and Experiences with extension into Level 4. Pupils’ progress is reviewed throughout and set changes occur regularly. The aim of our course is to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of mathematical topics as well as their numeracy skills when applying this knowledge in a range of contexts.

S3

All pupil study Mathematics in S3. Pupils carry on as seamlessly as possible from S2. All classes will finish CfE Level 3 Outcomes and Experiences. Many will also finish CfE Level 4 and begin their National 3, National 4 or National 5 courses. Pupils’ progress is reviewed throughout and set changes occur regularly. The aim of our course is to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of mathematical topics as well as their numeracy skills when applying this knowledge in a range of contexts.

S4

All pupils study Mathematics in S4. Pupils are organised into classes in S4 on the basis of their progress in S1-S3. Pupils will follow courses covering National Qualifications at National 3, National 4 or National 5 level as appropriate. Each course has 3 SQA assessments which are internally marked. Pupils must pass all three assessments, only one resit is allowed by the SQA, to be able to gain a full course award and sit the final exam.

S5

For pupils who choose to continue with Mathematics in S5 we offer courses at Higher, National 5 Maths, National 4 Lifeskills Maths. Each course has 3 SQA assessments which are internally marked. Pupils must pass all three assessments, only one resit is allowed by the SQA, to be able to gain a full course award and sit the final exam.

S6

For pupils who choose to continue with Mathematics in S6 we offer courses at Higher, National 5 Maths, and National 5 Lifeskills Maths. Each course has 3 SQA assessments which are internally marked. We also offer Advanced Higher Pure Mathematics for pupils in S6 who have been successful at Higher Mathematics in S5. Pupils must pass all three assessments, only one resit is allowed by the SQA, to be able to gain a full course award and sit the final exam.

Other activities

Pupils from S1 – S6 are encouraged to take part in many different mathematical activities, including

  • UKMT Maths Challenge competitions (both individual and Team) at Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels
  • Enterprising Maths in Lothian: Maths Competition
  • Edinburgh University: S2 Masterclass
  • City of Edinburgh Higher and Advanced Higher Revision Tutorial

Useful links

Balerno High Maths website

Mrs. Stride’s Site

Mr. Cheyne’s Site

Miss. Deely’s Site

Mr. Ward’s Site

Mrs. Ponder’s Site