Loreto College - Coleraine, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland
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Mathematics

Academic Year 2017/2018

Head of Department:
Miss L Martin

Teaching Staff:
Mrs G Diamond
Mrs M Mackle
Mrs J Roantree
Mr F Collins

Aims
In the Mathematics Department we aim to promote in all pupils a love of mathematics, an enjoyment in working at mathematics and an ability to apply mathematical skills when the need arises.

More specifically we aim to:
•     Provide a stimulating and creative atmosphere for the learning of mathematics at all levels;
•     Give each pupil a real understanding of the techniques and concepts involved;
•     Give pupils a realisation of the vital presence of mathematics in everyday life;
•     Give pupils an awareness and appreciation of mathematics as a creative subject in its order and pattern in number and shape;
•     Produce pupils skilled in computation;
•     Increase each pupil’s ability to think logically;
•     Motivate pupils to think for themselves.

Key Stage 3
At KS3 Students cover the same curriculum with lessons differentiated where necessary. Students cover a range of topic that fall under the categories of Number, Shape Space & Measure, Algebra and Handling Data. The material covered will help provide a solid base in preparing for GCSE. We use various learning techniques to help support the delivery of the course and try to encourage all students to try their best.
 
Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
Students at this level will build on and extend the knowledge and competencies developed at Key Stage 3 to complete their GCSE Mathematics.  Students will follow one of two routes based on progress made in KS3. We follow the CCEA specification for both Ordinary Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
 
Ordinary Mathematics
This is a two-year course in which students sit two modules – one at the end of Year 11 and the other at the end of Year 12. The first module is one calculator exam. The second module has two exams – one calculator and the other non-calculator. The level of these modules will depend on the ability of the student. Approximately 55% of students take this route.
 
Further Mathematics
This course is designed to broaden the experience of students whose mathematical ability is above average and provides a helpful lead into the A-Level Mathematics course.  The students given the opportunity to take this subject sit their Ordinary GCSE Mathematics in Year 11 and Further Mathematics in Yr12. Approximately 45% of students take this route.
 
A-Level
From Sep 2017 we will be following the CCEA A-Level syllabus.
The specification addresses 3 areas
• Pure Mathematics (Core)
• Mechanics
• Statistics

AS Mathematics
In Year 13 students study the three modules: Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1. All modules are examined in the summer term. Students are expected to build upon the higher-level GCSE topics  in this course. The first module (C1) is the only non-calculator module to be sat at this level.
 
A2 Mathematics
In Year 14 students complete the full A-level course, studying the following Modules: Core 3, Core 4 and Mechanics 1. All modules are examined in the summer term. Students are expected to build upon their knowledge from Core 1 and Core 2 topics in the Pure element of this course.
 
*AS Further Mathematics is offered if sufficient students show an interest.  It comprises FP1 (Pure Mathematics), S2 (Statistics) and M2 (Mechanics) and is offered as an AS in Yr14.
 
Activities and Competitions
•        Maths Club takes place every Tuesday afternoon and everyone is welcome. It takes place in the library, after school (3.20 – 4.15) under the supervision of some Maths teachers and some Senior Prefects. Students can get help with maths problems, one-to-one, or get involved in maths challenges and maths puzzles
•        All Yr13 AS Mathematics students complete the Senior Mathematics Challenge and many receive gold, silver and bronze awards
•        Some Yr9 students complete the Junior Mathematics Challenge and many receive gold, silver and bronze awards.
•        All KS3 students and a significant number of KS4 students take part in World Maths Day activities.
•        A 4-man team of Yr13/Yr14 students enters the Senior Mathematics Challenge team event
•        A 4-man team comprising 2 Yr9 and 2 Yr10 students takes part in the Junior Mathematics Challenge.

Career Note
GCSE Mathematics, with English Language, is a basic qualification for all careers.  Mathematics is important for further studies in areas such as Actuary, Accountancy, Economics, Banking, Business Studies, Management, Finance, Scientific Research, Engineering, Technology, ICT and Mathematics studies . . . . The list is endless.
 
Some helpful Websites
We know sometimes it can be hard helping and supporting students at home so here are some useful links that will take you to revision pages, questions and activities:
•       www.MyMaths.co.uk
•       www.kangaroomaths.com
•       www.coolmath-games.com
•       www.mathsnet.net/services
•       www.mathsrevision.com
•       www.mrbartonmaths.com
•       https://corbettmaths.files.wordpress.com
 
Don't forget you can check out updates in the department on twitter by searching: @LLCMathsDept