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Cardinal Winning Secondary Mathematics department

‘To face the challenges of the 21st century, each young person needs to have confidence in using mathematical skills, and Scotland needs both specialist mathematicians and a highly numerate population.’
Building the Curriculum 1
Mathematics is important in our everyday life, allowing us to make sense of the world around us and to manage our lives effectively.
In Cardinal Winning Mathematics Department, we are committed to fostering an enthusiasm for Mathematics by involving our young people in rich, active learning opportunities, often involving real life contexts.
Our young people are encouraged and challenged to think creatively and intuitively to solve problems and to build confidence in learning and applying essential mathematical skills.
Our aim is to promote deeper learning and understanding of mathematical concepts which will allow our young people to progress confidently through each stage of learning and enable them to reach their full potential in maths.
Mathematics equips us with many of the skills required for life, learning and work and we aim to develop skills in our young people by building confidence in numeracy, financial awareness, reasoning, analysis and problem solving. Our young people are encouraged to work together on collaborative tasks, to discuss ideas and strategies and deepen understanding.
Mathematics plays an important role in everyday living, and is essential in many jobs. It is also important in many walks of life, especially personal finance. Learning mathematics gives children and young people access to the wider curriculum and the opportunity to pursue further studies and interests.


Planning in numeracy and maths supports the building of the four capacities in our children:

Successful Learners

Confident Individuals

  • Are motivated and enthusiastic about learning mathematics because they understand why the topic is being taught
  • Think flexibly about how to apply their skills and enjoy having to puzzle out an answer
  • Use technology effectively to save time in routine calculation and demonstrate understanding by sketching graphs
  • Understand how their mathematical knowledge can be used and apply appropriate strategies to solve problems in a range of contexts and across the curriculum
  • Achieve high standards
  • Use a range of mathematical and numeracy skills in school subjects and everyday life
  • Are independent mathematical thinkers who can discuss and explain their reasoning
  • Use their mathematical and numeracy skills to provide evidence for informed decisions
  • Collaborate effectively to solve problems

Responsible Citizens

Effective Contributors

  • Interpret numerical information to draw conclusions based on evidence and analysis and not on opinion or prejudice
  • Interpret tables and graphs to assess trends and can use their conclusions to take and justify decisions
  • Evaluate data to gain an accurate view of a situation and make informed choices
  • Recognise the importance and role of mathematics within society
  • Have an enterprising ‘can do’ attitude
  • Work productively in teams to solve problems and reach decisions
  • Work as self-reliant individuals
  • Are motivated and enjoy being challenged and solving problems
  • Are not afraid to take risks and can solve problems