Mathematics

What is Maths?

 

Mathematics is a subject which is rich in opportunities for developing careers and acting as a doorway into third level education. It is all around us; in the places we live and in the things that we use. Its study develops an array of problem solving skills and reasoning which people utilise in many different walks of life. People recognise that it provides the foundation for much of the work carried out in science and engineering but it is found in many other disciplines as well including medicine, design, computing, accounts, business and economics to name but a few.

Department Staff

Mrs L Little (Head of Department)
Mrs J Grant
Mrs S Fearon
Miss P Carroll
Miss S McNeill
Mr J McAuley

KS3

 

Students follow the Key Stage 3 revised curriculum experiencing mathematics in the contexts of Processes, Number, Algebra, Shape and Space and Data Handling. Throughout the Key Stage students are assessed and given opportunities to demonstrate their abilities in each of these areas.

For Maths classes are streamed from Year 8, this ensures all students are being taught at a level reflective of their ability and are being given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

As required students may move between classes as required.

In Key Stage 3 students have 10 Maths lessons per fortnight:

Year 8

In Year 8, pupils study the following topics:

• Number
• Co-ordinates and Symmetry
• Angles
• Letters and Numbers
• Measuring Length, Ares and Perimeters
• Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
• Volume and Nets
• Data Handling
• Graphs, Tables and Diagrams
• Time

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils study the following topics:

• Algebra
• Perimeter, Area, Volume and Surface Area
• Probability
• Fractions
• Negative Numbers
• Graphs
• Decimals
• Sequences and Special Numbers 
• Statistics
• Money Matters
• Inequalities
• Transformations

Year 10

In Year 10, pupils study the following topics:

• Percentages
• The Circle
• Brackets and Equations
• Metric and Imperial Measures
• Linear Graphs
• Transformations
• Probability
• Making and Using Formulae
• Simultaneous Equations
• Bearings
• Statistics
• Pythagoras Theorem and Trigonometry

KS4

 

At Key Stage 4, the Mathematics Department offers Mathematics and Further Mathematics at GCSE. Pupils follow the CCEA specification. Mathematics is delivered over nine lessons per fortnight.

At the end of Year 10

GCSE

The content of each GCSE Mathematics unit relates to:

  • Number and Algebra;

  • Geometry and Measures; and

  • Statistics and Probability.

Through each unit at Key Stage 4, pupils will:

  • develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts;

  • acquire and use problem-solving strategies;

  • select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, everyday and real-world situations;

  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions;

  • interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context; and

  • acquire a foundation appropriate to the further study of mathematics and other disciplines.

 

All pupils in Year 11 will complete at one GCSE Level Maths module at the end of Year 11 (either M1, M2, M3 or M4). All pupils will sit their completion paper (either M5, M6, M7 or M8)  at the end of Year 12.

Foundation Tier

Grades C* - G can be achieved by sitting a combination of the following modules:

- Test M1 or Test M2: 45%

- Completion Test M5 or M6: 55%

Higher Tier

Grades A* - D can be achieved by sitting a combination of the following modules:

- Test M3 or Test M4: 45%

- Completion Test M7 or M8: 55%

Further Mathematics

 

GCSE Further Mathematics takes the study of Mathematics beyond the content of GCSE Higher Tier. It introduces some of the mechanics and statistics topics that students encounter in GCE Mathematics and acts as a ‘stepping stone’ between GCSE and GCE.

Pupils who study Further Mathematics will complete two exams at the end of Year 12.

Unit 1: Pure Mathematics (50%)

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Pupils will have 2 hours to complete the assessment for this unit.

Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 11. Pupils’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 2: Mechanics and Statistics (50%)

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Pupils will have 2 hours to complete the assessment for this unit.

Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 12. Pupils’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

A Level

KS5 Overview

At Key Stage 5, the Mathematics Department offers Mathematics at AS and A2 Level. Students follow the CCEA specification. At AS Level, Mathematics is delivered over eleven lessons per fortnight. At A2 Level, Mathematics is delivered over ten periods per fortnight.

At Key Stage 5, the Mathematics Department aims to:

  • consolidate and extend the knowledge, skills and understanding developed by students at Key Stage 4;

  • have a structure which will allow students of all abilities to have the opportunity to demonstrate positive achievement; and

  • provide a suitable foundation for the study of Mathematics and other
    subjects in further and higher education and for a range of interesting careers.

At AS Level, students must successfully complete three modules. A further three modules must be successfully completed at A2 Level.

Extra-Curricular Provision

The Mathematics Department contributes extensively to the school’s extra-curricular provision. Extra-curricular activities include:

  • Maths Fun Day for Key Stage 3

  • UK Mathematical Challenge for Year 9

  • Signature Project – small group support for Year 11 and 12 pupils.

  • After school support classes for Year 11 and 12.

  • STEM Club

  • Stock Market Challenge

  • GCSE Maths after school revision classes

  • Guest Speakers from Bank

Facilities & Resources

Facilities and resources within the Mathematics Department include:

  • 4 classrooms with interactive white boards

  • Students are given log in details to access on-line resources to offer support at home.

  • Class set of ipads

Careers Information

The study of Mathematics is useful for careers in areas such as:

  • Accountancy

  • Engineering

  • Business

  • Accountancy

  • Banking

  • Computing

  • Engineering Maths

  • Maths Teacher/ Lecture

  • Statistician

  • Sales/HR/Administration

  • Actuary/ Insurance

Useful Websites

"Number rules the Universe."

Pythagoras 560-480 B.C.

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