## Mathematics

## Benjamin Franklin: "No employment can be managed without arithmetic, no mechanical invention without geometry."

## Introduction

**Mathematics** (from Greek μάθημα *máthēma*, "knowledge, study, learning")

Mathematics is the language of number, arithmetic, geometry and more recently, the study of data. Aristotle defined mathematics as 'The science of quantity.' Mathematics and philosophy are strongly linked, one needs an abstract mind to study the beauty of mathematics.

# Maths Week Ireland! Visit to St. McCartan's Primary School, Loughinisland.

On Wednesday 16th October Mrs Rice and thirteen Year 13 students visited St McCartan's Primary School in Loughinisland as part of **Maths Week Ireland**. The P5, 6 and 7 pupils worked on their problem solving techniques in a variety of mathematical challenges, all against the clock! We had a fantastic time and lots of prizes were won. Thanks to all involved, especially Mrs Killen, Principal Mrs Watson and class teachers, Miss Magill, Mrs Burns and Mrs Mason. We are looking forward to our next visit already!

## Mathematics in St. Patrick's Grammar School

**Staff**

Mrs Teresa Rice (Head of Mathematics)

Mrs Gemma Barr

Mrs Clare Kennedy

Mrs Ann Marie Martin

Mrs Laura McShane

Located on the ground floor in rooms Maths 1, Maths 2, Maths 3, HE 2 and Maths 4 just down the end of the corridor past reception.

Higher level Mathematics is taken by **all** students to GCSE through a modular system (CCEA)

Some students may take GCSE Further Mathematics (CCEA)

A level Mathematics is studied in the sixth form (CCEA) and GCE Further Mathematics (CCEA) if demand requires.

# Open Night 2019 - Maths Department

## Leaderboard for reaction times

## Well done Conor Magee P7, form St. Joseph's PS Tyrella for having the fastest reaction time of 202ms.

## Our Year eleven helpers testing P6 and P7 reaction times; Ciaran Ledlie and Conor Jordan.

## Our Year nine helpers Cormac O'Hare and Fionn O'Neill with the Fibonacci quiz.

## Teaching and Learning Aims

We encourage all students to reach their potential in Mathematics through strong teaching and leadership in and out of the classroom . We try to instill a sense of enjoyment of mathematics and ensure pupils are engaged in real world mathematics problem solving in order to create links with future careers, particularly in the STEM subjects.

Pupils are guided through our Numeracy Support Program and have opportunities to participate in the UK Maths Challenges at all levels. Maths Week Ireland is celebrated in October each year and pupils are involved through planning, presentations and competitions.

**Pupil Assessment**

In all classes you can expect each of the assessments (1-4) throughout the year to be a test under exam conditions. You will be expected to demonstrate your learning through classwork, homework and tests. Your teacher will encourage you to improve and set targets as a result of all three. In your end of year report your participation and performance in lessons will be commented on.

## Careers in Mathematics

Mathematics is a subject leading to a wide variety of careers in a whole range of professions, such as;

- Medicine
- Accountancy
- Finance
- Economics
- Veterinary
- Dentistry
- Forensic Science
- Environmental Sciences
- Geology
- Genetics
- Pharmacy
- Teaching and Research

__Homework __

Homework is expected to be set and completed by the following lesson for most mathematics lessons and the teacher will give a comment frequently in the exercise books to inform students of their strengths and helpful points for improvement will be made as and when necessary. Grades are not given, rather advice as part of our ‘Assessment for Learning’ and ‘Marking for Improvement’ policies.

__Useful Websites__

We subscribe to www.mymaths.co.uk See your teacher for the password and your personal login details. Every area of the entire curriculum is supported here and there are activities and online lessons to complete whereby pupils will receive an automatic score. Your performance will be gauged red, amber or green. By using these activities as revision pupils find their test scores and general performance in Mathematics is enhanced. Parents can access this information also provided the student has used their **personal **login details.