Mr S Cowden (Head of Mathematics and Numeracy)
Mrs F Jess
Mr S McKeag
Mr M McKee
Mr P Rogan
Mathematics at Nendrum College
Mathematics embraces a wide range of inter-related activities. It is concerned with the organisation, manipulation and communication of information according to well-defined rules and processes. Everyone will appreciate that these include an understanding of number, measurement and data handling skills and their use in many walks of life.
We teach Mathematics because it is an enjoyable intellectual activity. Mathematics can be a stimulating, challenging and enjoyable experience. It gives pupils the opportunity to “get the right answer” and such mastery of a subject results in enjoyment. If this reason for studying Mathematics is to be fulfilled, then the “can’t do” attitude to Mathematics must be challenged.
Mathematics makes a major contribution to other subjects. Work in many other subjects involves mathematical activities. If pupils can see why certain aspects of Mathematics should be learnt this will provide motivation and encouragement.
Pupils need to see the use of Mathematics in everyday life. A facility in Mathematics is necessary in managing budgets, DIY tasks, understanding statistical and graphical data and many other aspects of life in the home or in adulthood.
Mathematics can contribute significantly to the development of pupils’ general skills and qualities such as communication, reasoning, problem solving, perseverance and creativity. It is a vehicle for development of general skills and personal qualities.
The aims of our Mathematics Department are to encourage:
Our objectives are to develop:
We believe that all students learn in different ways, at different paces and have different strengths and weakness. As a Department, we strive to create a learning environment which challenges and supports all our pupils. We will do this by providing opportunities for pupils to:
• Enjoy learning maths
• Develop self-belief and a desire to reach their full potential
• Experience a variety of learning activities
• Talk about/explain the maths they are learning
• Work with others in pair and group tasks
• Develop their mental maths capabilities.
• Use ICT to develop a fuller understanding of maths concepts
• Learn maths concepts in contexts relevant to their experience
• Transfer their learning in different contexts
• Develop their skills in Managing Information, Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Being Creative, Working with Others and Self-Management
• Become actively involved in and take responsibility for their own learning
• Experience success; and
• Learn how to reflect on and assess their own learning.
Pupils will be entered for the CCEA GCSE Examination at an appropriate level depending on the ability they have demonstrated throughout the two year course. This course consists of two external examinations: a module test (45%) and a final examination worth (55%). Pupils will sit the module test in June of Year 11 and the final completion examination at the end of Year 12. There is no controlled assessment for GCSE Mathematics.
Currently all students in Year 12 have the opportunity to avail of exam support workshops after school in preparation for their forthcoming GCSE examinations. They begin at 3.05pm and continue until 4.00pm. They are offered by the following members of staff on an ‘open-door’ basis. Students are not required to attend the revision class offered by their own teacher, they can go to any member of staff in the department.
Some students take up the opportunity to also complete OCN NI Essential Skills in Application of Number (at either Level 1 or Level 2). This is completed in Year 12 after discussion with the class teacher and Head of Department.