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Ballycastle High School

33 Rathlin Road

Ballycastle

BT54 6LD

 

info@ballycastlehigh.ballycastle.ni.sch.uk

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028 2076 2254

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Mathematics

Teaching Staff:
  • Mrs G Neill (Head of Department)
  • Mr J McPeak
  • Miss A Kearney

"That the equals sign ( = ) was invented in 1557 after Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde got tired of having to write "is equal to" over and over again. He Chose the two lines because

"no two things can be more equal"

Maths Facts

The Mathematics Department endeavours to present Mathematics in and thought-provoking and enjoyable way while stimulating pupils’ curiosity in this subject.  Great care is taken to ensure the transition from primary to secondary school is as smooth as possible with mathematical skills being reinforced while developing and introducing new skills and concepts. 


 
Aims:

 

  • To make the learning of mathematics enjoyable and stimulating.  We offer an extensive and developing mathematics curriculum that is pro-actively meeting the challenges and opportunities presented by the revised curriculum.

  • To create a positive learning environment, an atmosphere of enjoyment, endeavour and self-respect.  A secure environment that creates a positive relationship.

  • To give the pupils opportunities to engage in self and peer assessment and take responsibility for their own learning.  Achievement at all levels is celebrated.

  • To enable the pupils to see how they can apply mathematical skills within other learning areas of the curriculum.  Create an awareness of career opportunities available for those studying mathematics at a further level. 

 
We help pupils to:

 

  • develop mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding

  • gain experience using problem-solving strategies

  • apply mathematical techniques in other subjects, every day and real-world situations

  • reason mathematically, make predictions and draw conclusions

  • interpret mathematical information displayed in graphs and tables communicate mathematical findings accurately and concisely

  • acquire a foundation appropriate to the further study of mathematics and other related disciplines

  • appreciate both the beauty and fun that mathematics offers. 

Ks3 Topics
Year 8 topics
 
Time, Working with Numbers, Decimals, Rounding, 2D and 3D shapes, Length, Perimeter, Area, Volume, Capacity, Probability, Introduction to Algebra and Solving Equations. 
 
Year 9 topics
 
Handling data, Fractions, Percentages, Ratio, Angles, Transformations, Sequences, Formulae, Imperial Units. 
 
Year 10 topics
Handling data, Number, Ratio, Proportion, Angles, Bearings, Polygons, Algebra, Transformations, Graphs of Straight Lines & Curves, Simultaneous Equations, Circles, Perimeter, Area, Volume, Converting Units, Distance-Speed-Time, Pythagoras’ Theorem. 
GCSE
 
The specification has eight units, four at Foundation Tier and four at Higher Tier:
  • Unit M1: Foundation Tier
  • Unit M5: Foundation Tier Completion Test
  • Unit M2: Foundation Tier
  • Unit M6: Foundation Tier Completion Test
  • Unit M3: Higher Tier
  • Unit M7: Higher Tier Completion Test
  • Unit M4: Higher Tier
  • Unit M8: Higher Tier Completion Test. 

Pupils must take two units, one from M1-M4 and one from M5-M8. 
The subject content includes:
  • Number and algebra
  • Geometry and measures
  • Handling data 
 
This specification aims to:
 
  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts;
  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems;
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions;
  • comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context. 
 GCSE in Further Mathematics  
This qualification is undertaken in Year 13 by pupils doing A Level Mathematics.
The exams are taken in June of Year 13. 
 

 
  • Unit 1: Pure Mathematics
  • Unit 2: Mechanics
  • Unit 3: Statistics 
 
This specification encourages students to extend their mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding. It gives them opportunities to select and apply mathematical techniques and methods to everyday situations. It challenges and stretches students to broaden their mathematical knowledge to a more advanced level. 
AS/A Level
CCEA GCE in Mathematics At AS/A level pupils study the CCEA course and will sit the following examinations: 
 
Year 13:  
  • AS 1: Pure Mathematics
  • AS 2: Applied Mathematics Year 14:
  • A2 1: Pure Mathematics
  • A2 2: Applied Mathematics. 
     
 
All exams are taken in June of each year.