The Royal Belfast Academical Institution

Maths

Head of Department: Mr J Allen

Members of Department:

Mr R Hedley

Mr A Douglas

Mrs K Rogers

Mrs E Johnston

Mr S Archibald

Mrs K Parks

Mr J English

Mr J Macafee

Miss L Gray

Mr N Carson

Teaching and Learning:

KS3

Year 8

  1. Use of knowledge of place value to multiply and divide numbers by powers of 10
  2. Collect, Organise, Record and Represent data
  3. Convert from one metric unit to another
  4. Estimate, Measure, Draw and Label Angles up to 360°
  5. Round Numbers to a Given Degree of Accuracy
  6. Pie Charts
  7. Multiply and Divide Numbers with up to Two Decimal Places by a Whole Number
  8. Calculate Areas of Squares, Rectangles, Parallelograms, Triangles and Calculate Volumes of Cubes and Cuboids
  9. Properties of Angles
  10. Understand, Calculate and use Averages and Range
  11. Understand and use Negative Numbers in Practical Contexts
  12. Understand and use Square, Cube and Prime Numbers
  13. Place Events in Order of Likelihood
  14. Use equivalences between fractions, decimals and percentages to solve problems
  15. Understand and use Scale in Maps and Drawings
  16. Calculate Fractions and of Quantities, Including Money
  17. Use the Four Operations to Solve Problems Related to Measures
  18. Add and Subtract Fractions, including mixed numbers
  19. Read and Interpret Timetables
  20. Order of Operations (BIDMAS)
  21. Devise and Use Rules for Generating Sequences in Words and/or Symbolic Form
  22. Reflect 2D Shapes in a Line
  23. Describe the Properties of Regular and Irregular 2D Shapes in terms of Sides, Angles, Symmetry and Tessellations
  24. Describe the Properties of 3D Shapes in terms of Faces, Edges and Vertices
  25. Draw Nets of 3D Shapes
  26. Relative Frequency
  27. Design and Use a Data Collection Sheet
  28. Enrichment Material for Mathematics Olympiads and Team Challenges

Year 9

  1. Negative Numbers
  2. Metric and Imperial Units
  3. Decimals
  4. Collect and record discrete and continuous data using a variety of methods
  5. Calculate perimeters and areas of composite shapes involving squares, rectangles and triangles
  6. Construct and interpret a variety of diagrams and graphs for discrete and continuous data
  7. Calculations involving the Circumference and Area of Circles
  8. Understand, Use and Calculate Ratio and Proportion
  9. Use equivalences between fractions, decimals and percentages to solve problems
  10. Understand and use the probability scale from 0 to 1 to express likelihood and comparability
  11. Calculate percentage increase and decrease in relevant contexts
  12. Work out Dimensions using Scale
  13. Understand and Use Compound Measures
  14. Use Conventional Notation in Algebra 1
  15. Recognise 2-D representations of 3-D shapes
  16. Use Conventional Notation in Algebra 2
  17. Use Coordinates in 4 Quadrants
  18. Standard Form
  19. Constructing Triangles
  20. Flow Charts
  21. Plotting Linear Equations
  22. Trial and Improvement
  23. Finding the Equation of a Straight Line
  24. Extended Multiplication and Division
  25. Bearings and 6-figure Grid References
  26. Enrichment Material for Mathematics Olympiads and Team Challenges

Year 10

  1. Round to an appropriate number of decimal places and significant figures
  2. Cumulative Frequency Curves and Scatter Graphs
  3. Using your calculator to perform complex calculations
  4. Compare two sets of data using box plots
  5. Use Appropriate Formulae
  6. Use and Interpret Graphs from Real Situations
  7. Perform length and area calculations on a composite shape and solve complex problems involving perimeter, surface area and volume
  8. Understand that measurements have an error margin of half of the given unit
  9. Understand the properties of angles in shapes
  10. Estimate the mean of a set of grouped data and identify in which the group the median lies and identify the modal group
  11. Use the Four Operations with Fractions
  12. Transformations
  13. Calculate the Original Quantity given the result of a Percentage Change; Calculate repeated Proportional Change
  14. Indices
  15. Right Angled Triangles – Pythagoras Theorem and Trigonometry
  16. Constructions and Loci
  17. Probability
  18. Algebra (Expanding and Factorising 2 Brackets)
  19. Forming and Solving Algebraic Expressions
  20. Similar Triangles
  21. Plotting Quadratic and Cubic Graphs
  22. Venn Diagrams
  23. Histograms
  24. The Language of Number
  25. Enrichment Material for Mathematics Olympiads and Team Challenges

KS4

GCSE Mathematics

The key features of the GCSE Mathematics course are:

  • It offers opportunities to build on the skills and capabilities developed through the delivery of the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 3.
  • It provides a strong foundation for progression to GCSE Further Mathematics and/or AS level Mathematics and for other disciplines where understanding and application of mathematics is essential.
  • It gives students the appropriate mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them progress to further academic and vocational study and to employment.
  • This specification has two tiers: Foundation and Higher.
  • Each tier offers a choice of units that are suited to a wide range of abilities and enable students to demonstrate achievement.
  • At Foundation Tier, students can achieve a Level 1 or Level 2 in Functional Mathematics as well as a grade in GCSE Mathematics.
  • The assessment model enables students to monitor their progress and offers opportunities to improve their results.
  • Each assessment unit gives students enough time to consider various problem-solving strategies and to decide on the best approach.

For further information on the GCSE Mathematics Course, please visit

www.ccea.org.uk/mathematics

GCSE Further Mathematics

The key features of the GCSE Further Mathematics Course are:

  • It offers opportunities to build on the skills and capabilities developed through the delivery of the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 3.
  • It caters for students who require knowledge of mathematics beyond GCSE Higher Tier Mathematics and who are capable of working beyond the limits of the GCSE Mathematics specification.
  • It is designed to broaden the experience of students whose mathematical ability is above average and who would like to:
  • study mathematical courses at AS/A level;
  • study other courses at AS/A level that require mathematics beyond GCSE Higher Tier;
  • or extend their knowledge of mathematics.
  • It gives students the appropriate mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them progress to further academic and vocational study and to employment.

For further information on the GCSE Further Mathematics Course, please visit

www.ccea.org.uk/mathematics

KS5

A Level Mathematics

The key features of the A Level Mathematics course are:

  • It includes four externally assessed assessment units.
  • It allows students to develop their subject knowledge, understanding and skills.
  • Assessment at A2 includes more demanding question types and synoptic assessment that encourages students to develop their understanding of the subject as a whole.
  • It gives students a sound basis for progression to higher education and to employment.
  • A range of support is available, including specimen assessment materials.

For further information on the A Level Mathematics Course, please visit

www.ccea.org.uk/mathematics

A Level Further Mathematics

The key features of the A Level Further Mathematics Course are:

  • It includes four externally assessed assessment units.
  • Assessment at A2 includes more demanding question types and synoptic assessment that encourages students to develop their understanding of the subject as a whole.
  • It gives students a sound basis for progression to higher education and to employment.
  • A range of support is available, including specimen assessment materials.

For further information on the A Level Further Mathematics Course, please visit

www.ccea.org.uk/mathematics

GCSE/A2 Examination highlights

GCSE Mathematics Results

2018

A*

A

RBAI

14.6

41.7

NI

11.4

23.2

UK

8.1

16.5

GCSE Further Mathematics Results

2018

A*

A

RBAI

17.6

39.2

NI

28.8

57.8

A Level Mathematics Results

2018

A*

A

RBAI

18.9

37.8

NI

14.4

46.4

UK

17.3

42.9

A Level Further Mathematics Results

2018

A*

A

B

RBAI

80

100

NI

48.2

70.2

87.9

UK

29.1

57.9

77.0

Additional information:

  • Congratulations to the Senior Maths Team who had an impressive showing in the Senior Maths Team Challenge
  • Year 10 Students attended the Maths Week Ireland lecture “What have mathematicians done for us?” by Prof. Chris Budd at QUB
  • Congratulations to the Year 9 Maths Team who have qualified for the next round of their event

Jun
26 2019
Scout Gold DOE
Jun
26 2019
Junior Sports Day
Jun
28 2019
End of term - half day
Aug
23 2019
Scouts Gold DoE
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