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St Colman's High & Sixth Form College, Ballynahinch

Mathematics

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Staff:

• Mrs C Lagan (Head of Department)
• Mrs R Smith
• Mr C Cassidy
• Mrs A Matchett
• Mr E McCormick (Engage)

Mathematics is an essential skill for life. No matter what job you find yourself in it is highly
likely that you will use Mathematics in some way.
The Mathematics Department in St Colman’s strives to equip pupils with these skills, whilst
developing their confidence and enjoyment in the subject. We use up-to-date teaching
methods and resources to engage pupils. We encourage pupils to develop their Mathematical
skills at home as well as in class by providing access to course materials, links to revision
videos, apps, and additional revision materials through the Google Classroom app on the
pupils’ iPad.


We expect every pupil to take responsibility for their own equipment which they must bring
to every class. As a minimum this includes a pen, pencil, ruler, rubber and protractor. In
addition, we expect pupils from Year 9-12 to have a scientific calculator. We find Casio
calculators the most straightforward to use and so we encourage all pupils to purchase a
Casio calculator if possible.

KEY STAGE 3

At Key Stage Three (Years 8 to 10) the pupils will follow a broad, balanced programme in accordance with the Northern Ireland Curriculum. Our aim in doing so is to lay a thorough foundation of all necessary skills and endeavour to develop a solid understanding of mathematical concepts. Years 8-10 participate in the annual “Maths Week Ireland”.  Throughout the week pupils are involved in completing daily puzzles, 24-game challenges, and “pupil-of-the-month” in each class from Years 8-10 is announced.  In May of Year 10 we enter some pupils for a GCSE unit (either M1 or M2).

 

KEY STAGE 4

At Key Stage 4 our pupils follow the CCEA GCSE course.
The specification has two tiers: Foundation and Higher. Each tier offers a choice of units suited to a range of abilities, allowing pupils to demonstrate achievement.  The GCSE Mathematics course is unitised, so most pupils will take one unit at the end of  Year 11, and the completion unit at the end of Year 12.

The specification has eight units, four at Foundation Tier and four at Higher Tier

Foundation tier

• Unit M1: Foundation Tier (1hr 45 mins; 45% of qualification).
• Unit M5: Foundation Tier Completion Test (1 hr non calculator and 1 hr calculator; 55% of qualification)
• Unit M2: Foundation Tier (1hr 45 mins; 45% of qualification).
• Unit M6: Foundation Tier Completion Test (1 hr non calculator and 1 hr calculator; 55% of qualification)

Higher tier

• Unit M3: Higher Tier (2hrs; 45% of qualification).
• Unit M7: Higher Tier Completion Test (1 hr 15 mins non calculator and 1 hr 15 mins calculator; 55% of qualification)
• Unit M4: Higher Tier (2hrs; 45% of qualification).
• Unit M8: Higher Tier Completion Test (1 hr 15 mins non calculator and 1 hr 15 mins calculator; 55% of qualification)

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Check that your child completes their homework regularly, ask them about the work they are doing and talk about what they have learned in their Mathematics classes.

Practice the times tables with your child every week and ensure that they know them.

Ensure that your child has the appropriate resources for class, including a fully charged iPad.

Encourage your child to complete number based puzzles, logic puzzles and to make use of the links to websites, recommended apps and revision materials on their iPads.

 

USEFUL WEBSITES

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/

https://corbettmaths.com/

http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/index.html

https://www.piximaths.co.uk/

https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/maths/

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/maths/

https://www.mathsisfun.com/index.htm

 

Useful Weblinks

 

 
The School is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. We recommend adult supervision for all links to external sites.