Mathematics

Our Vision

The Maths department provides a vibrant, positive environment where all students are given the belief and the opportunity to achieve their full potential through high quality learning experiences and outstanding levels of support.

Departmental Staff

Head of Department: Mrs Elaine Cahill

• Mrs Bronagh McArdle
• Mrs Áine Kearney (Numeracy Coordinator)
• Mrs Laura Hollywood
• Mr Alex Murphy
• Miss Catriona Doran
• Mrs Áine Mallie
• Miss Emma Dunleavy

Activities / Competitions

Throughout the year there are many mathematical events and competitions in which students are encouraged to participate:

• Problem Solving Day
• Maths Week Ireland
• Children In Crossfire Maths Challenge
• Schools Stock Market Challenge

Students regularly participate in Mathematical events organised by Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University.

Key Stage 3 Mathematics

At KS3 all students follow the same curriculum with lessons appropriately differentiated.  Students cover the full Key Stage 3 curriculum covering Number, Shape and Space, Data Handling, Algebra and Measures. Lessons are varied and feature activities, problem solving tasks and small group work. Regular assessments occur throughout the year with a formal summer examination at the end of each year.

Each half-term two students from each of Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 are recognised for their efforts and achievements in Mathematics. They each receive a certificate and a prize.

GCSE Mathematics

Exam Board: CCEA
This is a two year unitised course, with a new specification for first teaching from September 2017. It is assessed by exam only, there is no coursework or controlled assessment.

Two Modules:
Year 11 – 45% of GCSE – 1 calculator paper
Year 12 – 55% of GCSE – 2 papers – one non-calculator and one calculator. Both exams are on the same day.

GCSE Further Mathematics

Exam Board: CCEA
This is a new specification for first teaching from September 2017. It is a unitised course which will be covered in one year, Year 12. It is assessed by exam only, two papers at the end of Year 12.

Two Units:
Unit 1 – Pure Mathematics – 50% of GCSE
Unit 2 – Applications – 50% of GCSE
• Mechanics
• Statistics
• Discrete and Decision Mathematics

Mathematics

Exam Board: CCEA (from September 2017)
This is a new specification beginning in September 2017. It is a unitised course with examinations at the end of Year 13 and Year 14.

Students can take:
• the AS course as a final qualification; or
• the AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A level qualification

The full Advanced GCE award is based on students’ marks from the AS units (40%) and the A2 units (60%).

Year 13:
Students will study two units in year 13, both worth 50% of the AS qualification.

Unit AS 1: Pure Mathematics
Unit AS 2: Applied Mathematics (Mechanics and Statistics)

Both are examined by an external written examination at the end of Year 13.

Year 14:
In addition to completing the AS examinations in Year 13 students studying for the full GCE Mathematics qualification will study:

Unit A2 1: Pure Mathematics
Unit A2 2: Applied Mathematics (Mechanics and Statistics)

Both are examined by an external written examination at the end of Year 14.

Useful Links

www.kangaroomaths.com/index.php
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/mathsfile/
www.coolmath-games.com/0-bouncingballs/index.html
www.mathsnet.net
www.mathsrevision.com