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Maths

Department Staff

Ms P Coleman (HoD)
Mrs M Dunne (Numeracy Co-ordinator)
Miss L Whan

Mrs Connolly

Subject Information

Mathematics helps pupils to develop important skills such as calculating, logical thinking and investigating. It enables pupils to:

 

  • understand quantity and measures;

  • appreciate patterns and relationships;

  • explore size and shape; and

  • analyse data and chance


Maths encourages students to develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding in applying mathematical methods and concepts.

Curriculum Information

Key Stage 3

Mathematics and Numeracy is a compulsory Area of Learning at Key Stage 3.


At Key Stage 3, Mathematics and Numeracy has two subject strands: Mathematics and Financial Capability. Students have four 50 minute periods of maths per week. Students study a broad and balanced curriculum in Mathematics in order to develop their knowledge and understanding in Number, Algebra, Shape Space & Measures and Handling Data.

 

Using Mathematics is one of the three Cross-Curricular Skills at the heart of the curriculum. It is the skill of applying mathematical concepts, processes and understanding appropriately in different contexts. Students are given opportunities in maths to transfer their understanding, as appropriate, to other contexts across the curriculum as well as completing Using Maths tasks in the classroom which are assessed using the Statutory Levels of Progression.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

Mathematics is a compulsory Area of Learning at Key Stage 4. Students have four 50 minute periods of GCSE Mathematics per week and follow the CCEA GCSE Mathematics specification.


The specification has two tiers: Foundation and Higher. The specification has eight units, four at Foundation Tier and four at Higher Tier. Each tier offers students a choice of units suited to a range of abilities, allowing them to demonstrate achievement. The assessment model enables students to monitor their progress and offers opportunities to improve their results.

Year 11

Foundation

M1

M2

Higher

M3

M4

45%

One Paper 

Calculator

Year 12

Foundation

M5

M6

Higher

M7

M8

55%

Two Papers 

Paper 1 - Non-Calculator

Paper 2 - Calculator

Extra-Curricular

After school maths revision classes for GCSE students.
Holiday revision days for Y11s and Y12s.

Careers

Numeracy skills are needed in most jobs such as being able to do basic calculations, to make sense of data in graphs and charts, to have a basic understanding of probability.


A qualification such as GCSE maths A*-C is a general entry requirement for many courses and jobs.
‘A’ level maths is one of nine ‘facilitating subjects’ preferred or required for entry onto degree courses by leading universities in the UK The specific value of maths as a required or preferred subject for particular careers.

  • Engineers and engineering technicians

  • Surveyors and surveying technicians

  • Actuaries Accountants

  • Chemists

  • Operational researchers

  • Software engineers

  • Architect

  • Maths Teacher

  • Stockbroker

  • Financial Analyst

Useful subject combinations:

Maths and physics for meteorology

Maths and chemistry for chemical engineering

Maths and art and design for architecture

Maths, statistics and a social science subject for social scientist/researcher

Useful Links

Corbettmaths for videos

BBC Bitesize Maths

CCEA Maths

Careers in Maths