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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown



The cross-curricular skills of Communication, Using Mathematics, and Using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) are the bedrock skills through which young people access knowledge. These skills are developed across the curriculum and are the responsibility of all teachers. Emphasis is placed on transferring, applying and ‘using’ skills effectively, throughout the curriculum. Schools will be required to assess and report annually on each pupil’s progression in the Cross-Curricular Skills with reference to Levels of Progression.


Using Mathematics at KS3

Using Mathematics is the skill of applying mathematical concepts, processes and understanding appropriately in a variety of contexts. Ideally these should be in relevant real life situations that require a mathematical dimension. 

Across the curriculum, at a level appropriate to their ability, pupils should be enabled to:

  • choose the appropriate materials, equipment and mathematics to use in a particular situation;
  • use mathematical knowledge and concepts accurately;
  • work systematically and check their work;
  • use mathematics to solve problems and make decisions;
  • develop methods and strategies, including mental mathematics;
  • explore ideas, make and test predictions and think creatively;
  • identify and collect information;
  • read, interpret, organise and present information in mathematical formats;
  • use mathematical understanding and language to ask and answer questions, talk about and discuss ideas and explain ways of working;
  • develop financial capability;
  • use ICT to solve problems and/or present their work.