Academic Information

Mathematics

Aims

  • To study a wide range of mathematical topics

  • To enter pupils in public examinations at an appropriate tier to attain the highest grade of which they are capable

  • To develop confidence in using a range of mathematical techniques necessary in everyday life

Staff

Mr S Agnew
Miss Gaston
Mrs McCracken
Mr Mathers
Mrs Morgan
Mrs Young
Mr Lowe
Mr Souter

Key Stage 3

In Years 8 - 10, pupils will follow the same curriculum which provides opportunities to stretch more able pupils and support those who are experiencing difficulties. Pupils will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of:

  • Number

  • Algebra

  • Shape, space and measures

  • Handling data

  • Financial issues

  • Application of mathematical skills to real life and work situations

These should be developed by demonstrating:

  • Creative thinking

  • Mental mathematics skills and competence in pen and paper methods

  • Confidence in the use of mathematical language and notation

  • Practical skills using technology


Key Stage 4

All pupils study the CCEA GCSE Mathematics course.

 Click here for the Maths specification.

 This specification aims to –
·      Develop the young person as an individual

·      Develop the young person as a contributor to society

·      Develop the young person as a contributor to the economy and environment

·      Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts

·      Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems

·      Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions

·      Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context

At the end of Year 11 pupils will be entered for Unit M2, M3 or M4 (one paper worth 45% of the total marks for the qualification) depending on the target grade discussed with, and agreed by, their class teacher.

 In January of Year 12 pupils will be entered for Unit M6, M7 or M8 (two papers, calculator and non-calculator, worth 55% of the total marks for the qualification) depending on their result from the previous unit.

Some pupils choose, as an option, to study GCSE Further Mathematics.

Click here for the Further Maths specification.

This specification aims to –

·      Develop further their mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding

·      Select and apply mathematical techniques and methods to mathematical, everyday and real-world situations

·      Reason mathematically, interpret and communicate mathematical information, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions

·      Extend their base in mathematics from which they can progress to subjects containing 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

 All pupils will enter Unit 1 (Pure Mathematics – 2 hour paper worth 50% of the total award), Unit 2 (Mechanics – 1 hour paper worth 25% of the total award) and Unit 3 (Statistics – 1 hour paper worth 25% of the total award)


Post 16

All pupils will follow the CCEA GCE Mathematics specification - click here for specification.

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

The aims of the specification are –

 ·      Understand coherence and progression in mathematics and how different areas of mathematics are connected

·      Apply mathematics in other fields of study and be aware of the relevance of mathematics to the world of work and to situations in society in general

·      Reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning

·      Use their mathematical skills and techniques to solve challenging problems that require them to decide on the solution strategy

In Year 13 pupils will sit –

 AS1          Pure Mathematics                              1 hour 45 mins                    60% of AS award                 24% of A2 award

AS2          Applied Mathematics                        1 hour 15 mins                    40% of AS award                 16% of A2 award

In Year 14 pupils will sit –

A21         Pure Mathematics                               2 hours 30 mins                   36% of A2 award

A22         Applied Mathematics                        1 hour 30 mins                      24% of A2 award

Skills Developed

  • Creative thinking

  • Mental mathematics skills and competence in pen and paper methods

  • Confidence in the use of mathematical language and notation

  • Practical skills using technology

Careers

  • Book keeping/accountancy

  • Banking

  • Retail/retail management

  • Teaching

  • Engineering

  • Working with computers

  • Insurance

  • Sales and/or marketing