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Maths

Teachers

Mrs McGreer -  Head of Mathematics, Senior Teacher.

Mr Sweeney – Examinations Officer, Senior Teacher.

Mrs Shannon – Publicity Coordinator. 

Mr Mitchell – Head of Year 12.

Hard-working teachers of mathematics who work effectively as a team;

Excellent working relationships … support and encourage the pupils

– ETI Inspection Report – Jan 2010

Subject Information

Key Stage 3

We embrace the Revised Curriculum using a wide range of teaching methods. These include active learning, problem solving, thinking skills and a variety of ICT methods. 

Pupils take part in Numeracy Ninja challenge weekly in class and build up mathematical skills while trying to earn their Black Belt.

Students are assigned a level at the end of Year 10 based on the Key Stage 3 ‘CCEA Using Mathematics’ tasks.

Key Stage 4

All students sit examinations in CCEA over their two year period in senior school.

The content of each GCSE Mathematics unit relates to:

  • Number and Algebra;
  • Geometry and Measures; and
  • 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 Tier Completion Test. 

Foundation Tier

Grades C-G can be achieved by sitting a combination of the following modules:

 Assessment Components Percentage Assessment Weighting
Test T1 or Test T2 45%
Completion Test T5 55%

Higher Tier

Grades A*- D can be achieved by sitting a combination of the following modules:

 Assessment Components Percentage Assessment Weighting
Test T3 or Test T4 45%
Completion Test T6 55%

Links

Further information and Past Papers can be found on the CCEA website using the link below.

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

Entry Level Mathematics

Entry Level Mathematics allows students to develop an understanding of how mathematics is relevant to everyday life. Through studying Entry Level Mathematics, students develop:

  • a positive attitude to mathematics;
  • an ability to think mathematically – precisely, logically and creatively;
  • knowledge and understanding of basic mathematical ideas;
  • skills for using and applying mathematical ideas in real-life situations;
  • confidence in their ability to carry out mathematical tasks;
  • an ability to use mathematics across the curriculum;
  • the ability to use computers and calculators as mathematical tools; and
  • the ability to work both independently and co-operatively.

Entry Level Mathematics can lead to higher level qualifications such as GCSE, GNVQ Foundation and NVQ Level 1.

Sixth Form

We are now pleased to offer A-Level Mathematics. Pupils wishing to be considered for A Level Mathematics must have studied M4/M8 combination at GCSE level.

In preparation for exams, mornings/afternoons are organised in the run up to the exam, for intensive exam revision.

Other

We participate in a range of Mathematical competitions and events throughout the year including UKMT Mathematics Challenge, Maths Week Ireland, Manga High Competitions and Fun Maths Roadshow.