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Developing logic and reasoning

Staff

Mr D Laughlin (Head of Department)

Mrs F Ferguson

Mr R Henderson

Mrs K Irwin

 

Mathematics is all around us. As a department we try to instill an appreciation of the applications of mathematics across all curricular areas to all pupils in the school.  We try to ensure that pupils appreciate the exactness and objectivity of the subject whilst being aware of its huge range of applications beyond the school environment.  We also try to ensure that pupils encounter the awesome diversity within the subject – the finite and infinite, the rational and irrational, the ancient and the modern.

 

Our specific aims are

  • Pupils enjoy the study of mathematics and appreciate the objectivity and logical basis of the subject
  • Development of numerate pupils who can apply mathematical skills within and outside school
  • Our pupils achieve the highest possible mathematical qualifications as a means of access to FE/HE and employment.

 

In addition we try to extend the learning experiences through the use of ICT.  Each classroom has an Interactive Whiteboard and pupils are also made aware of interactive tools that can extend and support the curriculum.

 

Mathematical Competitions

To ensure that pupils have as wide a range of mathematical experiences as possible pupils in the middle and senior school have the opportunity to enter a number of mathematical competitions.  These include the UK Senior, Intermediate and Junior Mathematical Challenges. The school has had a wide range of success in these competitions over many years.

 

Mathematics at KS3

At KS3 all classes have 7/8 periods per fortnight. There are four classes in each year group (approx 25 pupils per class). At KS3 level these classes are not streamed.

 

Pupils follow the N.I. Curriculum for Mathematics with Financial Capability. Further details on the content at KS3 can be found here:

MATHEMATICS WITH FINANCIAL CAPABILITY

 

Mathematics at GCSE

At KS4, GCSE Mathematics pupils are prepared for the CCEA GCSE Mathematics Examination. The specification is unitised.

The five available units are:

  • Unit T2: Foundation Tier
  • Unit T5: Foundation Tier Completion Test
  • Unit T3: Higher Tier
  • Unit T4: Higher Tier
  • Unit T6: Higher Tier Completion Test.

The grades that students can achieve depend on the units that they sit for assessment.

 

At the start of year 11 pupils are streamed into one of four sets.

It is intended that:

 

  • Set 1 & Set 2 (60 pupils) will sit GCSE Higher Tier (T4 & T6) leading to grades A*, A, B or C.

 

  • Set 3 (30 pupils) will sit GCSE Higher Tier (T3 & T6) leading to grades A, B or C

 

  • Set 4 (approximately 10 pupils) will sit GCSE Higher/Foundation Tier (T3 & T5) leading to grades B or C. A small number of this class may be entered for Units T2 & T5 where the maximum possible grade is C.

 

Further details on the content/structure of the course can be found here: CCEA MATHS MICROSITE

 

GCSE Further (Additional) Mathematics

In Year 11 pupils can choose to study GCSE Further Mathematics, providing they are sitting the T4/T6 combination in GCSE Mathematics. Approximately 40 pupils per year select Further Mathematics.

Pupils are prepared for the CCEA GCSE Further Mathematics Examination. The Further Mathematics specification consists of two units, and pupils must study both.

 

Unit 1: Pure Mathematics

Unit 2: Mechanics and Statistics

 

Further details on the content/structure of the course can be found here: CCEA MATHS MICROSITE

 

Mathematics at AS/A2

In Sixth Form pupils have a range of options. Pupils can opt to complete an AS in Mathematics at the end of Lower Sixth and then a full A Level in Mathematics at the end of Upper Sixth.

However, the most able mathematicians can opt to do a complete A Level in Mathematics at the end of Lower Sixth. In Upper Sixth these pupils complete an A Level in Further Mathematics (the availability of this option is dependent on the number of pupils interested).

 

Pupils are prepared for the CCEA GCE Mathematics Examinations.

 

AS pupils prepare for the following 3 modules:

  • Core Maths 1 (C1) (Non Calculator)
  • Core Maths 2 (C2)
  • Mechanics (M1)

 

A2 pupils prepare for the following 3 modules:

  • Core Maths 3 (C3)
  • Core Maths 4 (C4)
  • Statistics (S1)

 

In GCE Further Maths the following are offered:

  • Pure Maths 1 (FP1)
  • Pure Maths 2 (FP2)
  • Pure Maths 3 (FP3)
  • Mechanics (M2)
  • Mechanics (M3)
  • Statistics (S2)

 

Further details on the content/structure of the course can be found here: CCEA MATHS MICROSITE

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