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
• Coordinates 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 problemsolving strategies;

select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, everyday and realworld 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.
ExtraCurricular Provision
The Mathematics Department contributes extensively to the school’s extracurricular provision. Extracurricular 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 online 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 560480 B.C.