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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown

Mathematics

Mathematics Department:

· Mrs A Hughes  (Head of Department and Numeracy Co-ordinator)

· Mrs J Scullion

· Miss D Sharkey

· Ms M Hughes

· Mr R McCabe

 

KS3 Overview

“Number rules the Universe.”

Pythagoras  560-480 B.C.

 

RESULTS

The Mathematics Department is one of the most successful departments in school.  Our statistics for Key Stage 3 2020 are detailed below:

100% Level 5 to Level 8 in Key Stage 3 Using Mathematics.

Our Key Stage 4 data and continuous assessments show all students will achieve at least their GL predicted grade with a large majority achieving at least one grade higher.

 

Aims of Department

The aims of teaching Mathematics are:

· to make Mathematics a pleasant and enjoyable pursuit;

· to encourage the effectiveness of Mathematics as a tool in a wide range of activities within both school and adult life;

· to make pupils aware of the importance of mathematics in the analysis and communication of information and ideas;

· to develop an appreciation of the relationships within Mathematics;

· to facilitate the development of an awareness of the fascination of Mathematics;

· to show Mathematics as a process, as a creative activity in which pupils can be involved;

· to encourage pupils to work in a systematic way;

· to encourage pupils to work both independently and cooperatively in appropriate situations;

· to enable pupils to gain confidence and to tackle mathematical tasks without anxiety and apprehension.

 

Key Stage 3 Mathematics

In Years 8, 9 and 10 all pupils follow a course which covers the requirements of the New Revised Curriculum.  We also provide opportunities for students to work through higher level thinking and problem solving beyond Level 8 in class.

In the Mathematics departments students are usually taught by the same teacher for the three years. This allows for consistency in the delivery of the curriculum, and also fosters good classroom relationship between teacher and pupil. Mathematics classes in the top band are streamed by ability.  Class placement is aided by the evidence provided Class placement is aided by the evidence provided from diagnostic testing at the end of the previous academic year.  All other classes are taught in their registration groups. All students cover the four statutory attainment targets:

· Number

· Algebra

· Shape, Space and Measure

· Data Handling

Year 10 Mathematics classes are scheduled at the same time.  This affords the department the opportunity to move students across groups while maintaining their pastoral form class structure.

Here are further sites at each specific key stage that you might also find useful.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/maths/

http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage3.aspx?id=65

http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/

http://www.brain-cells.co.uk/bcells7/Education/KS3MATHS.htm

http://www.mymaths.co.uk/

http://livemaths.co.uk/

http://emaths.co.uk/learn.htm

http://www.maths-revision.moonfruit.com

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Key Stage 4 Mathematics

 

High Achievers

 

Gifted and Talented students at Key Stage 3

Students that are naturally gifted in Mathematics will be given the opportunity to further their knowledge and understanding by attending a weekly Mathematics enhancement classes in Years 8, 9 and 10 with the view to sitting their G.C.S.E. at the end of Year 10.

These students will also represent the school in the UK Maths Challenge and the UK Maths Team Challenge in February and April respectively.

 Students with a passion for Chess and Draughts can also join the Games club in Mrs Hughes room every Tuesday at lunchtime.

 

Gifted and Talented students in Primary 7

The enhancement programme will also be available to our local feeder Primary schools.  Primary 7 students will be given the opportunity to attend our ‘High Achievers’ class for both Mathematics and English on a Wednesday morning with Mrs Hughes and Ms Magee.

GCSE Mathematics

Mathematics is a core subject that opens doors and provides opportunities: doors to employment and further/higher educational courses and opportunities to learn about the relevance of mathematics to everyday life.

Mathematics is all around us. It exists in the proportions of artistic works, in the scores of our favourite songs and in the physical structures we live and work in daily. It is also the bedrock of many other subjects including the Sciences, Economics and Engineering and is extremely relevant to subjects like Psychology and Design.

The study of mathematics can develop a host of skills that are essential to students continuing in their studies as well as those currently in or entering the workplace. These include problem-solving, logic and reasoning, and attention to detail. Mathematics links with several other curricular areas such as TD, Science, HE, PE and Business Studies. It can also lead to careers in finance, business, IT and teaching, among others.

Pupils in Years 11 and 12 are assigned to sets according to their performance and progress. Pupils have Mathematics lessons four times per week while in school. The Mathematics department regularly consolidate and extend pupils learning away from the classroom via a range of home learning tasks.

 

KS4 Curriculum (Years 10/11/12)

GCSE Mathematics

Exam Board: CCEA

This is a two-year unitised course, with a new specification for first teaching from September 2017. It is assessed by exam only, there is no coursework or controlled assessment.

Two Modules:

 Year 11 – 45% of GCSE – one calculator paper (M2 – M4)

 Year 12 – 55% of GCSE – two papers – one non-calculator and one calculator

(M6-M8)

 Both examinations take place on the same day.

 

GCSE FOUNDATION TIER

Content Assessment Weighting Availability
Unit M1 External written examination with calculator 45% January and Summer (beginning Summer 2018)
Unit M5 Completion Test

1 hr 45 minutes 2 external written examinations:

Paper 1 without calculator 1 hour 10 min

Paper 2 with calculator 1 hour 10 mins

55%

January and Summer (beginning Summer 2019)

Grades D, E, F, G

Level 1 in Function Maths

 

Content Assessment Weighting Availability
Unit M2

External written examination with calculator

1 hr 45 mins

45% January and Summer (beginning Summer 2018)
Unit M6 Completion Test

2 external written examinations:

Paper 1 without calculator 1 hour 10 mins

Paper 2 with calculator 1 hour 10 mins

55%

January and Summer (beginning Summer 2019)

Grades C*, C, D, E, F

Level 1/2 in Functional Maths

GCSE HIGHER TIER

Content Assessment Weighting Availability
Unit M3 External written examination with calculator 45% January and Summer (beginning Summer 2018)
Unit M7 Completion Test

2 hours 2 external written examinations:

Paper 1 without calculator 1 hour 15 minutes

Paper 2 with calculator 1 hour 15 minutes

55% January and Summer (beginning Summer 2018)

 

Content Assessment Weighting Availability
Unit M4

External written examination with calculator

2 hours

45% January and Summer (beginning Summer 2018)
Unit M8 Completion Test

2 external written examinations:

Paper 1 without calculator 1 hour 15 minutes

Paper 2 with calculator 1 hour 15 minutes

55%

January and Summer (beginning Summer 2019)

Grades A*, A, B, C*, C

 

News

18th Oct 2019
Students across all year groups engaged in Maths Week Ireland this week.  Students...
 
 
 
6th Jun 2019
SJBC organised and hosted a Numeracy Celebration event for all schools in CALC. ...
 
 
 
17th May 2019
Pictured are Primary 7 High Achievers at their graduation ceremony at St John...
 
 
 
9th May 2019
We are delighted to host our annual High Achiever’s Graduation event for our...
 
 
 
8th Apr 2019
Congratulations to our Year 10 students who achieved one Silver and two Bronze...
 
 
 
2nd Apr 2019
Well done to our Maths 'pupils of the month' for March.
 
 
 
27th Mar 2019
Pupils in 8A used Izak9 to help them revise for their upcoming fractions test! 
 
 
 
22nd Mar 2019
Congrarulations to Mrs Hughes’ Numeracy students pictured.  These students...