Mathematics equips young people with a diverse set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include problem-solving skills, logical reasoning, and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics, therefore, is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of delight and wonder when a student solves a problem for the first time, unearths a more efficient solution to a problem or suddenly sees hidden connections.
Throughout history, mathematics has shaped the way we view the world and remains as important today. Many life stages and skills require a solid grasp of mathematics, from entering university to balancing a household budget, applying for a home loan, or assessing a possible business opportunity. When students eventually leave education and seek out a career, they will inescapably need to use the mathematical skills and strategies they have mastered at school. They will quickly realise that many careers require a solid understanding of mathematics. Doctors, computer game designers, astronauts, forensic scientists and other professionals use maths on a daily basis, as do builders, plumbers and engineers. Mathematics, therefore, opens a world of opportunity for young people.
(Permanent staff only)
Mr W. R. Boyd (Head of Department)
Mrs S. Wright (Numeracy Co-Ordinator)
Mrs K. Harvey
Mrs L. McFarlane
Miss J. Peacock
Mrs P. Roulston
“There should be no such thing as boring mathematics”. (Edsger Dijkstra)
Arithmetic and the calculator
Metric Units/ scale drawing
Directed Numbers and Coordinates
Shapes and Construction
In June of Year 8, timetables are suspended and students participate in Maths Fun Day. Students have the opportunity to participate in paper football making, battleships, bingo, maths relay, table quizzes and much, much more.
Algebra 1 & 2
Straight Line Graphs
Area and Perimeter
Volume and Capacity
Fractions and Percentages
In term 3, Year 9 students are given the opportunity to visit Carnfunnock Country Park to complete a Maths Trail and Treasure Hunt.
Angles, Triangle and Parallel Lines
Students design a questionnaire and carry out a survey.
Year 10 are also required to complete Using Maths tasks throughout the year to assess their ability to apply mathematical concepts, processes and understanding in a variety of real life contexts. This information will be provided to parents on the end of year report.
CCEA GCSE Mathematics
This compulsory course provides pupils with the confidence to handle the application of the five elements of Mathematics – Number, Data Handling, Algebra, Shape, Space and Measure in everyday life. Mathematics also provides a powerful means of communication in terms of representation, explanation and prediction. It builds on topics covered at KS3. Mathematics is a very important subject as a ‘C’ grade at GCSE is necessary for almost every pathway beyond fifth form irrespective if that is looking for employment or continuing further in education.
Pupils take GCSE Mathematics with CCEA, the Northern Ireland Examination Board at the appropriate level to their ability, either Higher or Foundation level. Higher level pupils normally sit paper T3 or T4 at the end of Year 11 and T6 at the end of Year 12. Foundation level pupils sit either paper T1 or T2 at the end of Year 11 and T5 at the end of Year 12.
Foundation Tier – Grades C, D, E, F or G
Higher Tier – Grades A*, A, B, C or D
All levels – This course comprises of one module examination (45%) and a complete examination (55%).
The completion examinations consist of two papers – one non-calculator paper and one calculator paper. The module examination is a calculator paper.
CCEA Essential Skills Application of Number
This qualification is offered for pupils who would experience difficulty with the demands of GCSE. It forms a key part of all post-16 College, community and work-based learning provision in Northern Ireland, including apprenticeships and work preparation courses.
Pupils take Essential Skills Level 1 and 2 Application of Number with CCEA, the Northern Ireland Examination Board.
Students in Year 11 work towards achieving Level 1 in Application of Number and move onto Level 2 in Year 12. Essential Skills is a national qualification, recognised by employers and Further Education Colleges.
Level 1 equivalent to E grade GCSE
Level 2 equivalent to C grade GCSE
Each level of this course comprises of one terminal examination paper with calculator.
GCE AS and A2 Mathematics encourages students to extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques. They use their mathematical knowledge to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning. They draw diagrams and sketch graphs to help explore mathematical situations and interpret solutions.
Students investigate algebra and functions, geometry, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation and vectors. They also examine quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws, statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions.
Studying mathematics develops students’ analytical, research and problem-solving skills. It provides a firm foundation for scientific, technical, engineering and mathematical careers. It gives students the knowledge and logic they need to solve scientific, mechanical and coding problems. This course is taught as part of the Ballymena area learning community.
This CCEA GCE in Mathematics has four externally assessed units. Students can take the AS course as a final qualification or the AS (40%) units plus the A2 units (60%) for a full GCE A level qualification.
The specification has four externally assessed units:
Each unit consists of an external written examination:
AS 1 – Paper 1hr 45 mins
AS 2 – Paper 1hr 15 mins
A2 1 – Paper 2hr 30 mins
A2 2 – Paper 1hr 30 mins