Senior Phase (S4-6)
The Maths Faculty aim to provide pupils with high quality learning experiences and support effective learning by using a wide range of strategies.
We use a variety of approaches to learning, including group work and individual tasks. The faculty have access to a range of well differentiated resources including a variety of textbooks and a range of ICT resources, using smartboards, laptops, ipads and graphic calculators.
All teachers have high expectations of pupils who come to the maths faculty, which are reinforced through regular homework exercises and ongoing class assessments. This approach has helped promote effective learning and recent exam results in SQA exams have been very good at all levels.
The faculty aim to promote a wider interest in maths through a variety of extra curricular activities. The faculty organise a Numeracy Challenge every year for associated primary schools, in which each school sends a team of 4 to participate in a variety of events such as a problem solving relay race and poster competition. The faculty also run a puzzle club for younger pupils every Friday lunchtime. Both activities are run with the help of Number Buddies, a group of senior pupils with an interest in Maths and Numeracy, some of whom also volunteer to help younger pupils in classes.
The faculty encourage able pupils to participate in a variety of competitions. Every year a large number of pupils participate in both Scottish and UK maths challenges, which are national competitions designed to encourage problem solving and higher order thinking skills.
Locally, Enterprising Maths competitions encourage active maths and help develop teamwork among pupils.
A significant number of pupils are interested in a career in the oil and gas industry. Each year a number of S4 pupils participate in Maths in the Pipeline, an event which enables the pupils to meet like minded youngsters from other schools and work with industry professionals on a number of tasks around oil exploration and development. A team of S6 pupils participate in STEM in the Pipeline, a university standard competition involving schools from all over the North East. The team from Meldrum gained 1st prize in 2014; a magnificent effort.