Mathematics Faculty

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Maths Faculty

Mathematics should be viewed as a many-faceted subject.

It is basically hierarchical in nature but has an infinity of branches, each with its own purpose and algorithms. Within Mathematics there is a collection of languages each with a defined structure, whether this be the simple arithmetical model or the more complicated (and perhaps more abstract) algebra.


Mathematics is a service subject for a variety of other disciplines e.g. science, engineering, and technology. The logic contained within Mathematics is the basis for most programming languages whereas the concept of the analysis of data leads into the realm of statistics.


In Alloa Academy the courses taught lead to a variety of levels of National Qualifications at the end of S4 i.e. Applications of Mathematics at national 3 & 4, National 4 and National 5. In S5 & 6 classes will progress to the next level of learning; National 4 to National 5; National to Higher and Higher to Advanced Higher.


To service this the department is staffed by 6 teachers and one Learning Assistant Mrs. Hume.

Lessons in Mathematics at Alloa include formal teaching, group work and collaborative lessons.


The philosophy of the department is that pupils should enjoy mathematics which to many would appear as a contradiction in terms.
However, we start the process off with a ‘fun day’ for our P7 pupils in June of each year- a day of games and puzzles which is designed for all ability levels. On entering Alloa Academy pupils will find that classes in Mathematics are set according to ability and the work differentiated on a class basis. Thereafter work with in a class is tailored to the individuals needs.

Pupils are encouraged to use the supported study time after school – and in Mathematics this is normally staffed five nights of the week.

Modern technology is used extensively in teaching and learning.

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Faculty Staff


  • Mr W West (PT)
  • Ms L Annandale
  • Mr G English
  • Dr Z Penman
  • Mr H Macpherson
  • Mr J Smillie


Mrs A Hume (Learning Assistant)

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Homework and study resources


Here you will find a copy of all the Higher lessons taught by Mr West for session 2018-19

Higher 5-4, Session 2018-19

Mathematics Homework

Dr Penman’s Space

N4 Numeracy Practice Questions     S5/6 Higher Maths Lessons & Homework Course Timeline Course Content Formula Sheet Summer Holiday Revision Sheets: Multiplying Out Brackets & Factorising Surds & Indices Multiplying Out Brackets, Factorising,...

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Mrs MacAskill’s homework

S2 Homework Homework 1 Homework 2 Homework 3 Homework 4 Homework 5 Homework 6 Homework 7 Homework 8 Homework 9 Homework 10     S3 Homework       S4 Homework Leckie and Leckie Answers unit (expressions and formulae) Leckie and Leckie Answers...

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Mr Smillie’s homework

S1 Homework 1B2 homework 01 1B2 homework 02 CFE3 homework 02 CFE3 homework 03 CFE3 homework 04 CFE3 homework 05 CFE3 homework 06 CFE3 homework 07 CFE3 homework 08 CFE3 homework 09 Zondle class 1.3 revision Zondle multiplying decimal numbers CFE3 homework 11 S2...

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Mathematics Study Resources

Maths Revision

CfE 2nd Level Adding sums with Answers Takeaway sums with Answers Times sums with Answers Divide sums with Answers Calendar Problems with Answers Time Problems with Answers CfE 3rd Level Esimating Answers Rounding to 1 decimal place Rounding to significant figures...

Maths past papers

National 4 General 2007 Paper 1 General 2007 Paper 2 General 2008 General 2009 General 2010 General 2011 General 2012   General 2007 solutions General 2008 solutions General 2009 solutions General 2010 solutions General 2011 solutions General 2012 solutions...

Maths puzzles

Practice Puzzles (these are being added regularly - please check back later to see newly added puzzles & solutions) A Burning Question Chicken & Egg Butcher Bob Two Coins Solution Solution Solution Solution   August 2013 Sept 2013 October 2013 November...