"Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics, I assure you that mine are greater."
The Mathematics Department at Craigholme School aims to allow all girls to have the opportunity to achieve their full mathematical potential through a variety of teaching and learning methods. We have a well-resourced department, and a wide variety of materials and approaches that are used to deliver the curriculum.
What we study in Mathematics
We aim to maximise the potential for the success of each pupil. To achieve this we strive to create a purposeful atmosphere within each mathematics lesson. We have high expectations of the girls and we aim to provide meaningful contexts for the learning of the subject. The teachers provide opportunities for pupils to use their skills and creativity through problem solving and investigation.
In J7 and S1, pupils follow a fast track national curriculum level course that provides a solid base for the National Courses on offer from S2 onwards.
We are looking forward to teaching the new Mathematics National 4 and 5 courses. These new courses will provide an opportunity for pupils to learn using a range of techniques and methods. This will enable them to solve contextual problems and improve their investigational and analytical skills.
At S5 and S6 level, we offer Higher and Advanced Higher Mathematics, with excellent results being achieved.
Beyond the classroom
At Craigholme, we encourage girls to enrich their mathematical enjoyment by taking
part in various national competitions. We regularly take part in the following events:
♦ Scottish Mathematics Challenge
♦ Primary Maths Challenge
♦ Maths Master Class at Glasgow University
♦ UKMT Junior, Intermediate and Senior Challenges
We are committed to being involved with all aspects of life at Craigholme. We have excellent links with the Junior School, teaching Junior 7 several times a week. Junior 7 also compete in the Alice in Numberland competition, an afternoon of maths-based puzzles and activities, set in an Alice in Wonderland theme.
As International Womens’ day approaches on 8 March, we will be running an investigation centring on the promotion of women in Mathematics. This investigation was also run last year and was enjoyed by all who took part.
The UKMT Senior Maths Challenge took place on 5 November. We congratulate Emma Claxton who was awarded and Gold plus "Best in School" certificate. Congratulations also to the group of girls in both S5 and S6 awarded Silver and Bronze certificates.
Meanwhile S1 and S2 are about to take the second part of the Scottish Maths Challenge. We wish them good luck!
Meet the staff
Mrs L Kemp (Head of Department)
Mrs E Brunton
Miss J Ritson