Mathematics Department

 

 

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Mathematics
 
Staff Involved:   
Head of Department:
Mr S Doyle
 
Department Members
                                         Mrs S Ball  (Numeracy Coordinator)
Mrs R McPeake
Mrs D Love
Mr D O’ Neill
Mrs S Ball
Mrs T Mc Auley
Mrs C Gilmore

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The Mathematics department aims to:

 

  1. To make Maths an enjoyable, successful and rewarding experience for all pupils.
  2. To encourage the effective use of Maths and its applications to everyday life.
  3. To prepare students for academic and vocational maths courses. GCE/GCSE/Essential Skills.
  4. To develop in pupils personal qualities of perseverance, confidence, independence and co-operation with others.
  5. To develop Mathematical knowledge and encourage pupils to use appropriate Mathematical language.
  6. To foster an understanding of Mathematics through a process of enquires and experiment.
  7. To make provision for pupils with special needs
  8. To encourage the use of ICT to support the teaching of mathematics.
  9. To develop student abilities in ICT, Using Number and Communication as identified within the Northern Ireland Curriculum.
  10. To encourage an acceptable level of presentation of Classwork and Homework.
  11. To encourage parents to become involved in their children’s learning.
  12. To encourage the effective use of Mathematics and an awareness of its universal application outside the classroom.
  
Resources 
 
In the Maths department we have three rooms with interactive whiteboards. Each other room is equipped with a data projector.
We have a set of activate key pads.
We have a shared ICT suite which has laptops and an interactive whiteboard
 
Key Stage 3 Mathematics
 
In Years 8, 9 and 10 all pupils follow a course which covers the requirements of the New Revised Curriculum. In the Mathematics departments students are usually taught by the same teacher for the three years. This allows for consistency in the delivery of the curriculum, and also fosters good classroom relationship between teacher and pupil. Mathematics classes in the top band are streamed by ability.  Class placement is aided by the evidence provided from diagnostic testing at the end of the previous academic year.  All other classes are taught in their registration groups. All students cover the four statutory attainment targets:
 
Number,Algebra
Shape, Space and Measure
Data Handling  
 

From September 2012 the existing system of assessment will be replaced by a series of controlled assessment, taken in the first two terms of year 10.

Pupils can avail of the Maths drop in Club which is on each Wednesday Lunch time.

 

    Key Stage 4 Mathematics   

All students follow the CCEA GCSE syllabus.

The content of each GCSE Mathematics unit relates to:

number and algebra

geometry and measures

statistics and probability

 

The units all provide opportunities for students to develop and apply their mathematical skills to real-life contexts.

 

The six available units are:

 

Unit T1: Foundation Tier
Unit T2: Foundation Tier
Unit T5: Foundation Tier Completion Test
Unit T3: Higher Tier
Unit T4: Higher Tier
Unit T6: Higher Teir Completion Test
 
 

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

Pupils will sit exams either in Jan or June

For more details on the unit content, available unit combinations and the range of grades targeted by each unit, see the full specification.  The specification can be viewed by using the link below:

http://www.ccea.org.uk/mathematics/

 

Pupils can avail of the Maths drop in Club which is on each Wednesday Lunch time.

 

AS

Core 1

This module covers half of the core Pure Mathematics material for the AS Exam.

Topics covered:

   algebra and functions; 

   coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; 

   sequences and series; 

   differentiation; 

   integration.

This module is non calculator.

 

Core 2

This module covers the remaining half of the core Pure Mathematics material for the AS Exam.

Topics covered:

   algebra and functions; 

   coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; 

   sequences and series; 

   trigonometry; 

   exponentials and logarithms; 

   differentiation; 

   integration.

  

Mechanics 1

Modeling and the application of Mathematics will be assessed in this module.

Topics covered:

   mathematical models in mechanics; 

   vectors in mechanics; 

   kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; 

  dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; 

   statics of a particle; 

   moments.

 
 

A2 Modules

Core 3

This module covers half of the core Pure Mathematics material for the A2 Exam.

Topics covered:

   algebra and functions; 

   trigonometry; 

   exponentials and logarithms; 

   differentiation; 

   numerical methods.

 

Core 4

This module covers the remaining half of the core Pure Mathematics material for the A2 Exam.

Topics covered:

   algebra and functions; 

   coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; 

   sequences and series; 

   differentiation; 

   integration; 

  vectors.

 

Statistics 1

This module covers

   mathematical models in probability and statistics; 

   representation and summary of data; 

   probability;

   correlation and regression; 

   discrete random variables; 

   discrete distributions.

 

 

More information on the examination and a copy of the specification can be found at:

http://www.edexcel.org.uk/quals/gce/maths

 

 

   Career pathways Potential jobs available from studying this subject: Accountant, Actuary, Architect, Bank Manager, Economist, Maths Teacher, Quantity Surveyor, Computor Programmer, System Analyst, Engineer. Some useful Website’s. Revision

Here are a few excellent revision sites to help you with your studies.  They cover KS3, KS4 and AS/A2.      

http://livemaths.co.uk/  

http://emaths.co.uk/learn.htm 

http://www.maths-revision.moonfruit.com/ 

 

Here are further sites at each specific key stage that you might also find useful.   

 
  Key Stage 3 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/maths/ 

http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage3.aspx?id=65 

http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/

http://www.brain-cells.co.uk/bcells7/Education/KS3MATHS.htm

 
  Key Stage 4  

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/maths/ 

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/topic_index.asp?subject_id=15    

http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage4.aspx?id=317 

http://www.brain-cells.co.uk/bcells7/GradeC/GradeCindex.htm

 
 AS/A2

http://www.mathtutor.ac.uk/viewdisks.php 

http://www.mathsnetalevel.com/http://www.mathsrevision.net/alevel/   

http://waldomaths.com/index1619.jsp

 
Useful sites

http://www.mathscareers.org.uk/ 

http://www.mathsisfun.com/

http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/index.cfm?s=1&m=220&p=94,index&zs=n

http://www.nrich.maths.org/ 

http://www.counton.org/http://www.mathworld.wolfram.com/ 

 
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A Level Revision / Teaching Resources - Useful Videos:
 
S1:
 
  1. Data
  2. Normal Distribution
  3. Probability
  4. Probability Distributions
  5. PMCC/Regression

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

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