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
 Use of knowledge of place value to multiply and divide numbers by powers of 10
 Collect, Organise, Record and Represent data
 Convert from one metric unit to another
 Estimate, Measure, Draw and Label Angles up to 360°
 Round Numbers to a Given Degree of Accuracy
 Pie Charts
 Multiply and Divide Numbers with up to Two Decimal Places by a Whole Number
 Calculate Areas of Squares, Rectangles, Parallelograms, Triangles and Calculate Volumes of Cubes and Cuboids
 Properties of Angles
 Understand, Calculate and use Averages and Range
 Understand and use Negative Numbers in Practical Contexts
 Understand and use Square, Cube and Prime Numbers
 Place Events in Order of Likelihood
 Use equivalences between fractions, decimals and percentages to solve problems
 Understand and use Scale in Maps and Drawings
 Calculate Fractions and of Quantities, Including Money
 Use the Four Operations to Solve Problems Related to Measures
 Add and Subtract Fractions, including mixed numbers
 Read and Interpret Timetables
 Order of Operations (BIDMAS)
 Devise and Use Rules for Generating Sequences in Words and/or Symbolic Form
 Reflect 2D Shapes in a Line
 Describe the Properties of Regular and Irregular 2D Shapes in terms of Sides, Angles, Symmetry and Tessellations
 Describe the Properties of 3D Shapes in terms of Faces, Edges and Vertices
 Draw Nets of 3D Shapes
 Relative Frequency
 Design and Use a Data Collection Sheet
 Enrichment Material for Mathematics Olympiads and Team Challenges
Year 9
 Negative Numbers
 Metric and Imperial Units
 Decimals
 Collect and record discrete and continuous data using a variety of methods
 Calculate perimeters and areas of composite shapes involving squares, rectangles and triangles
 Construct and interpret a variety of diagrams and graphs for discrete and continuous data
 Calculations involving the Circumference and Area of Circles
 Understand, Use and Calculate Ratio and Proportion
 Use equivalences between fractions, decimals and percentages to solve problems
 Understand and use the probability scale from 0 to 1 to express likelihood and comparability
 Calculate percentage increase and decrease in relevant contexts
 Work out Dimensions using Scale
 Understand and Use Compound Measures
 Use Conventional Notation in Algebra 1
 Recognise 2D representations of 3D shapes
 Use Conventional Notation in Algebra 2
 Use Coordinates in 4 Quadrants
 Standard Form
 Constructing Triangles
 Flow Charts
 Plotting Linear Equations
 Trial and Improvement
 Finding the Equation of a Straight Line
 Extended Multiplication and Division
 Bearings and 6figure Grid References
 Enrichment Material for Mathematics Olympiads and Team Challenges
Year 10
 Round to an appropriate number of decimal places and significant figures
 Cumulative Frequency Curves and Scatter Graphs
 Using your calculator to perform complex calculations
 Compare two sets of data using box plots
 Use Appropriate Formulae
 Use and Interpret Graphs from Real Situations
 Perform length and area calculations on a composite shape and solve complex problems involving perimeter, surface area and volume
 Understand that measurements have an error margin of half of the given unit
 Understand the properties of angles in shapes
 Estimate the mean of a set of grouped data and identify in which the group the median lies and identify the modal group
 Use the Four Operations with Fractions
 Transformations
 Calculate the Original Quantity given the result of a Percentage Change; Calculate repeated Proportional Change
 Indices
 Right Angled Triangles – Pythagoras Theorem and Trigonometry
 Constructions and Loci
 Probability
 Algebra (Expanding and Factorising 2 Brackets)
 Forming and Solving Algebraic Expressions
 Similar Triangles
 Plotting Quadratic and Cubic Graphs
 Venn Diagrams
 Histograms
 The Language of Number
 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 problemsolving 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