Department Information

Maths

Aims

“Promoting a positive can-do mindset which builds confidence and motivation in the learning of Mathematics”. 

We aim to develop the application of mathematical concepts and to promote independent enquiry and an enjoyment of learning mathematics.

  • We use active and involving teaching approaches
  • We use effective questioning techniques to encourage thinking
  • We identify misconceptions as starting places for concept building
  • We are responsive to the needs of each pupil and allow additional time before moving on when required
  • We actively encourage reflection on learning
  • We create an ethos in the maths department of high standards of behaviour, work and presentation.

Staff

Mrs C McWilliams (HOD)
Mr B Kelly
Mrs S McFadden
Miss A Lagan
Ms M Somers
 

Key Stage 3

Our schemes of work have been created in line with the requirements of the revised curriculum.

Pupils will cover the followingtopics each year:

  • Shape, Space and Measures 1 (September/October)
  • Handling Data (November/December)
  • Number (January/February)
  • Shape, Space & Measures 2 (March/April)
  • Algebra (May/June)

Our schemes aim to provide opportunities for pupils to develop:

  • knowledge and understanding of personal finance issues
  • the application of mathematical skills to real life and work situations
  •  the creative use of technology to enhance mathematical understanding
  • creative thinking in their approach to solving mathematical problems
  • increasing competence in mental mathematics skills
  • increasing competence in pencil and paper methods
  • increasing confidence in the use of mathematical language and notation
  • practical skills using technology

GCSE

GCSE Maths (CCEA)

This specification aims to encourage students to:

  • 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 a further study of mathematics and other disciplines.

This is a unitised specification. This course offers opportunities to build on the skills and capabilities developed through the delivery of the Key Stage 3 curriculum in Northern Ireland.

This course allows students the opportunity to develop and apply skills to real-life contexts. These skills are embedded within this specification.

GCSE Further Maths

This specification aims to encourage students to:

  • develop further their mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding;
  • select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, everyday and real-world situations;
  • reason mathematically, interpret and communicate mathematical information, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions;
  • extend the base in mathematics from which they can progress to: - higher studies in mathematics; and/or - studies such as science, geography, technology or business which contain a significant requirement in mathematics beyond Higher Tier GCSE Mathematics;
  • design and develop mathematical models that allow them to use problem solving strategies and apply a broader range of mathematics to a variety of situations.

Post-16

GCE (A Level) Mathematics aims to develop and strengthen a range of knowledge and skills. Among these, the course aims to help students:

  • develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes;
  • develop their reasoning skills and their ability to recognise incorrect reasoning;
  • extend their mathematical skills and techniques for use in more difficult, unstructured problems;
  • understand the coherence and progression in mathematics and how different areas of mathematics are connected; and
  • become aware of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, the world of work and society in general.

The specification allows pupils to be awarded an AS (3 modules) or an A level (6 Modules) in Mathematics (awarded by CCEA)

The specification

  • Seeks to consolidate and extend the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in KS 4.
  • Has a structure which will allow candidates of all abilities to have the opportunity to demonstrate positive achievement.
  • Provides a suitable foundation for the study of Mathematics and other subjects in further and higher education and for a range of careers.
  • Enables schools to provide a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for those pupils who do not progress to further study of Mathematics.
  • Gives flexibility to decide which scheme of assessment best suits CPC students.

It is recommended that pupils who choose AS/A level Maths will have achieved a Grade B or higher at GCSE level.  It is also recommended that pupils will have gained their grade by completing T4 and T6 (or equivalent- higher level) at GCSE. Even though it is not necessary, it would be advantageous that pupils have completed the GCSE ‘Further Maths’ course.


Extracurricular

Year 8 Pupils take part in number day each year to consolidate their learning and engage in fun maths activities outside the classroom.


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