The values of mathematical activity are varied. At the most basic level, every human needs to be able to understand and apply skills in arithmetic; in our increasingly technological world, the modelling of abstract processes is continually becoming more important.
Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.
Shakuntala Devi, Indian Writer and Mental Calculator
As the common language of the sciences, mathematics enables people across time, cultures and disciplines to communicate and collaborate in the development of human knowledge. As the description and exploration of pattern and structure, mathematics serves as artistic and spiritual inspiration.
During the first four years at KA, pupils lay the foundations required for the National 5 exam whilst studying beyond the confines of the usual curriculum. Regardless of ability in mathematics, we give every pupil the opportunity to be challenged, supported and inspired.
Thereafter, pupils can progress to SQA Higher and onwards to SQA Advanced Highers in Mathematics.
Our pupils develop their confidence and competence in basic skills, which allows them to mature into independent problem solvers who enjoy the challenges of the subject and can judge when to utilise appropriate technology. Beyond the syllabus, pupils from all years have the opportunity to regularly participate in both local, Scottish and National Mathematical Competitions.