Staff List and HOD Names
Mrs C McKendry - Head of Department
Mrs C Hamilton
Mrs T Donnelly
Mr D Bell
Mr D Convery
Mr P McKeever
Mrs K Murphy
Mrs K Rafferty
Aims of Department
The Mathematics Department comprises a dedicated and caring team of teachers who actively promote the enjoyment of Mathematics. Each teacher aims to provide opportunities for all pupils to:
develop a feel and a love of Mathematics
develop their Mathematical skills
understand the part Mathematics plays in the world around them
solve problems and interpret the results
develop their logical thinking
develop their awareness of personal finance
use Mathematics as a means of communication
develop their use of ICT in the subject
achieve their full potential in Mathematics
Outline of Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5
Key Stage 3
Students follow the Northern Ireland Curriculum for Mathematics and Financial Capability. 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.
Through Financial Capability, our teachers give pupils opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of a range of finance issues. Pupils will also develop skills that enable them to make competent and responsible financial decisions.
By engaging with issues that young people can relate to, now and in the future, we help pupils to see the relevance of Mathematics and Financial Capability to real life and to work. We have linked our Key Stage 3 Schemes of Work to the content required at GCSE level, therefore, pupils are developing skills that will form the building blocks for Key Stage 4.
We celebrate pupil achievement in Mathematics with monthly awards being presented to every class.
Key Stage 4
At the end of Year 10, subject teachers will closely analyse the performance and potential of pupils who will then move on to either study GCSE Foundation Maths or Higher Maths in two years. Any exceptional candidates will be invited to sit Higher Maths in Year 11 and GCSE Further Maths in Year 12. All pupils studying GCSE Maths and GCSE Further Maths follow the CCEA specification.
Pupils following the standard GCSE route will be assessed by way of three written examinations over two years.
In Year 11, pupils will sit one of the modules from M1, M2, M3 and M4 worth 45%.
In Year 12, pupils will sit one completion module from M5, M6, M7 or M8 worth 55%. This module comprises a calculator and non-calculator paper.
Pupils will be offered the opportunity to sit each module twice if necessary. Revision classes and the opportunity to attend booster sessions and Easter School are provided to allow for past paper practice in Mathematics. Numeracy periods are also built into pupil timetables to allow for further exposure to GCSE style questions
This GCSE provides various career opportunities:
Aeronautical engineer, Higher education lecturer, Investment analyst, Research Scientist (maths), Secondary school teacher , Statistician, Actuary, Chartered accountant, Chartered certified accountant, Chartered management accountant, Corporate investment banker, Financial risk analyst, Operational researcher, Systems developer.
Maths Revision Classes
Maths Week Ireland, Pi Day, International Day of Women in Mathematics, and Number Day fundraisers are just some of the celebrations we participate in.
Transition events with feeder primary schools
All Saints College – Maths Department
Mrs Ciará McKendry (HOD)
Useful websites for KS3 Maths
Useful websites for GCSE Maths