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National Maths Week

Depute First Minister John Swinney recently visited St Ninian’s High School to launch the first National Maths Week. As a result of St Ninian's winning the Scottish Education Award in Raising Attainment in Numeracy he met with staff and pupils about the importance of Maths for developing skills for life learning and work. He was extremely impressed by the enthusiasm pupils showed for Maths and Numeracy.

September 11th – 17th saw the launch of the first National Maths Week.

Departments across the school have all been involved in promoting the importance of Maths in everyday life. Activities have been running all week including the following: S1 pupils have been involved in an online Sumdog (www.sumdog.com) numeracy challenge. S2 pupils have been buying and selling shares with the help of the Maths and Business departments in the stock market challenge. S3 pupils have been competing online at Manga High (www.mangahigh.com). S4 Pupils have participated in a Scottish Maths competition ‘Maths wi nae borders’ and have also attended a talk from representatives of O2 on the importance of Maths in telecommunications.



Maths Week in Science


S1 Pupils are busy linking their maths to science by drawing graphs. Pupils will work on data supplied in science to produce bar graphs and line graphs. They will build on their skills from primary and work together to peer assess each others graphs. By the end of the week we should have an even clearer link of maths use in our science work. S2 Pupils investigate in science. Using equipment they will choose variables, make measurements, calculate mean values and record their data. This requires accurate measurement, choosing the correct units and rounding values as appropriate. Maths in action in science, taking the results and making a graph will build on skills from S1 and allow pupils to make a relationship from the data. These are key skills in Nat 5 Sciences and underpinned by Maths.



 S3 Physics are working on electrical power. The pupils need algebra, units, problem solving and good calculator skills to be successful in this part of the course. Maths week gives us a chance to highlight how crucial the maths skills are in physics and give a context to algebra outwit the Maths department


Numeracy Workshops.


The Maths department delivered the 1st Numeracy and Maths workshop of the year to S1 parents. This session we demonstrated good practice techniques and common methodologies relating to the Numeracy and Mathematics topics that S1 pupils experience across the school. There was a particular focus on topics covered from August to December. The workshop was extremely well attended and a big thank you to all the parents who came along for the sessions. We hope to see you all at future workshops.