Head of Department
Mrs G Brown
Mrs S Robinson
Mrs S Aiken (P/T)
Miss L Callender
Mrs A Daniells (P/T)
Mrs C Evans (P/T)
Miss F Lamrock
Mr C Armstrong (P/T)
Mrs K Taylor
Mrs R Turney
The mathematics department is one of the largest in the school, with more than 60 pupils taking the subject at ‘A’ level.
We help pupils to see the relevance of mathematics and financial capability to real life; how it helps us to calculate, estimate and problem-solve. It informs many of the choices and decisions we make about real-life issues and challenges and the actions that we subsequently take:
- mathematics is a universal language which can be used to describe, explain and interpret the world in which we live
- mathematics provides a means of communication which is powerful, concise and unambiguous
- mathematical competence is important and useful in many areas of life and study
- mathematics has an inherent fascination and appeal of its own irrespective of its applications
- to fulfil the requirements of the Northern Ireland curriculum
- to enable each pupil to obtain the highest level in external examinations in order to prepare them for further study or the workplace
- to develop each pupil’s confidence and ability to solve problems
- to foster an enjoyment of mathematics
- to develop an awareness of personal finance
Key Stage 3
All pupils follow the Northern Ireland curriculum, including:
- Shape, space and measures
- Handling data
- Financial capability
- Using mathematics
In Years 8 and 9 they are taught in their form class groups but in Year 10 there is some streaming. Pupils in Years 8 and 9 have the opportunity to take part in the UK Junior Mathematics Challenge.
Key Stage 4
Our pupils follow the CCEA GCSE Mathematics specification. The classes are banded.
GCSE Further Mathematics is also offered. Further Mathematics involves studying mathematics at a level beyond GCSE Higher Tier. It can act as a stepping stone that gives students a sound basis for studying GCE Mathematics, introducing some of the mechanics and statistics topics that appear at AS/A2 level. Further Mathematics can also help students progress to other studies that require mathematical knowledge and skills, for example higher level science, geography, technology or business.
Pupils have six periods per week of Mathematics or seven periods if they are also taking Further Mathematics.
Pupils follow the CCEA GCE Mathematics specification. Around 40% of pupils take AS maths in five classes.
‘Fast Maths’ is also offered to those pupils who wish to take the full ‘A’ level course in one year and then continue with Further Mathematics in Year 14. If they choose to do this, they take all six modules at the end of Year 13.
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The study of mathematics can develop a host of skills that are essential to students continuing in their studies as well as those currently in or entering the workplace. These include problem-solving, logic and reasoning, and attention to detail. Mathematics can also lead to careers in finance, business, IT and teaching, among others.
Summer Extension Work
Websites with videos and courses to help with both GCSE and A Level: highly recommended.
These teachers are also on Twitter: @hegartymaths and @Corbettmaths which includes ‘5-a-day’ problems to encourage lots of practice.
Pupils are provided with login details for this subscription website. The site provides a fully interactive online learning resource suitable for all ages and abilities right up to A-Level, and can be accessed 24/7 from school, home, or even when on holiday.
A very helpful site which has over 3400 video tutorials
This is an interesting site with articles, puzzles and problems for all ages. The NRICH project is part of the Millennium Mathematics Project (MMP), a maths education and outreach initiative for ages 3 to 19. It is a collaboration between the Faculties of Mathematics and Education at the University of Cambridge focussing on increasing mathematical understanding, confidence and enjoyment, enriching everyone's experience of mathematics, and promoting creative and imaginative approaches to maths.
This website provides links to notes and examples, ways to check your work, video solutions, tutorials, revision websites, exam advice, podcasts, everything you could possibly need to help you get as good as possible at your maths.
This website provides a single starting point for those wishing to know where studying mathematics can lead. The website is run by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and has a particular focus on young people between the age of 11 and 19.
A good website, unfortunately it is a subscription service.