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t Josephs College, Coalisland

Mathematics

Introduction

There is the over-riding aim to maintain and increase confidence in Mathematics, shown by the ability to express ideas fluently, to talk about the subject with assurance and to use the language of Mathematics.

AIMS OF THE DEPARTMENT

To enable pupils to acquire mathematical skills and knowledge with confidence, satisfaction and enjoyment

To give pupils experience of Mathematical activity and investigation and to develop resourcefulness in solving problems

To develop understanding of Mathematical reasoning and process

To enable pupils to use Mathematics clearly and concisely as a language of communication

To develop an ability to apply Mathematics in everyday situations and in other school subjects through connected learning

MEMBERS OF DEPARTMENT

Mrs Judith Mallon
Mr John Mulholland
Mrs Rose-Mary Nelis
Mr Dermot Donaghy

Mrs Louise Kerr

Key Stage 3

All teachers in the department are involved in the continuous evaluation, revising and up-dating the units of work in KS3. A variety of strategies and styles will ensure that pupils see Mathematics as exciting, dynamic, stimulating and FUN. Schemes of work provide planned opportunities for a variety of teaching and learning strategies and styles.
It is the responsibility of each class teacher to deliver the units using a wide variety of strategies, methods, processes and techniques suitable to meet the needs of all pupils in their class.
The Maths department use a website www.mymaths.co.uk which is an invaluable resource for teachers, pupils and parents.
In 2014, we introduced iPads to our Year 8 pupils. This has proven to be very successful and has led to an increase in pupil motivation.
KS3 pupils are involved in connected learning themes e.g. STEM, European Day and CEAIG throughout the year working alongside other departments.
Pupils participate in school and at home in World Maths Day.
Tracking has been introduced in KS3 to monitor pupil progress and highlight areas for improvement, this takes the form of 4 assessments throughout the year.

Key Stage 4

EXTERNAL EXAMS
At Key Stage 4, it is school policy to encourage certificate exams for all.
Mathematics continues to be a compulsory subject and is banded in Year 11 and Year 12. All pupils are given the opportunity to follow the AQA GCSE Mathematics (Linear) course. We as a department also provide the opportunity for pupils to complete Essential Skills-Application of Number.
The decision as to which route the pupils follow is based on their levels of progression in Using Maths at Key Stage 3, their tracking results, Progress in Maths results and teacher assessment.

Some Useful Websites


www.mymaths.co.uk

www.facebook.com/mallonsmaths

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqhs34j

http://www.mathsrevision.com

http://www.kangaroomaths.com/index.php