Welcome to the Maths Department

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I shall move the world.

Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.

We, in St. Mark’s Maths Department, believe that Maths should awaken both joy and creativity, but also maintain and/or stimulate lasting pupil curiosity and interest, and in return students should gain lifelong skills in numeracy.
The Maths Department seeks to contribute to the overall aims of St. Mark’s as expressed in the school prospectus. These aims will be reflected in our Schemes of Work and relate directly to the requirements of the Northern Ireland National Curriculum and Programme of Study for Mathematics.

It is our aim;

1. To create a positive atmosphere and learning environment where pupils are motivated and wish to learn, so that they come to enjoy Mathematics, because they are active participants.
2. Maintain staff enthusiasm, by promoting positive staff development, so as colleagues enjoy teaching and give their best.
3. To employ teaching methods that both raises expectations and motivates our pupils, whilst enabling pupils to succeed at their level.
4. To enable pupils to develop their thinking skills and personal capabilities through active learning strategies.
5. To build pupils’ confidence so that they can successfully work independently and as part of a team.
6. To develop a love of numeracy and encourage pupils to value numeracy as a pleasure and as an important skill for life.
7. To enhance pupils’ Mental Math skills and develop their numeracy skills.
8. To employ those teaching methods that encourages empathy, so that each pupil approaches issues of Culture, Gender, Religion or Ability with tolerance and insight.
9. To foster and encourage a lasting enjoyment and appreciation of mathematics from a variety of cultures and traditions, whilst exposing pupils to a wide range of material (both literary and media).

Staffing for the Academic year 2015/2016:

Mr A. Farrell (Head of Department)
Mrs S. Quinn
Mrs M. Mc Conville
Miss F. Devine (Numeracy Coordinator)
Mr C. Cummins

Facilities and Resources:
The Maths department has 5 dedicated Maths classrooms which are all equipped with Interactive Whiteboards. The department has access to Ipad’s which are located in every room in the Maths department. Staff make use of interactive and online resources to ensure that pupils are engaged and to enhance cross-curricular links.

G.C.S.E. Mathematics
In Mathematics Key Stage 4 pupils will study the CCEA GCSE Revised Specification for 2010. Pupils who wish to study this subject at A Level must gain a minimum grade B in the higher course.

This specification aims to encourage students to:

• Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts.
• Acquire and use problem-solving strategies.
• Select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, everyday and real-world situations.
• Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions.
• Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

There are two Units to be examined and in each unit there is an increased focus on; Applying Mathematics in context, Problem solving, Reasoning and the Functional elements of Mathematics.

This Course is available in two tiers:

Foundation Grades C-G
Higher Grades A*-D


Assessment Components Percentage Assessment Weighting

Test T1 or Test T2 45%
(1 hour 30 minutes)

Completion Test T5 55%
(2 Papers – 1 hour each)


Assessment Components Percentage Assessment Weighting

Test T3 or Test T4 45%
(2 hours)

Completion Test T6 55%
(2 Papers – 1 hour 15 minutes each)

Each unit is assessed externally with tests available in January and June. There is no coursework applicable for Mathematics.

A-Level Mathematics

In A Level Mathematics pupils will study the AQA Specification. Pupils who wish to study this subject at A Level must gain a minimum grade B in the higher course. There are three modules to be examined each year.

AS Level – Year 13

50% of Final grade

The three topics examined are:
 Core Maths 1 (June)
 Core Maths 2 (June)
 Statistics 1 (June)

A2 Level – Year 14

50% of Final Grade

The three topics examined in year 14 are:
 Core Maths 3 (June)
 Core Maths 4 (June)
 Mechanics 1 (June)