# Mathematics

The Teaching of maths has changed much in the past few years.

**Project Maths**, the full new course is being taught to all classes**.**

* **The main aim of Project Maths is to change the way Maths is taught so that students leave school with a greater understanding of the concepts as well as an idea of how Maths can be applied to everyday real life situations.*

Mathematics is a core subject for all students Riversdale Community College. We start off with **The Common Introductory Course** in first year which is the minimum course to be covered by all learners at the start of junior cycle. Students are divided into classes of mixed ability in 1st year and taught this common syllabus. It is intended that the experience of this course will lay the foundation for conceptual understanding which learners can build on subsequently. Classes are separated into higher level and ordinary level from the start of 2nd year. All students sit the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate mathematics exams. Junior classes have 4 maths periods a week and senior classes have 5 periods a week.

This year we are piloting a new programme called “**Accelerated Maths**”. We are starting with second year students. This approach allows us to personalise maths practice, differentiate instruction, monitor progress, and make informed decisions to guide each student to success. With Accelerated Maths students can see and answer maths problems online using computers, laptops, tablets, or indeed paper and pencil

The comprehensive reporting options within Accelerated Maths allow us to monitor every child’s progress and to take a forensic look at their learning and knowledge. Progress reports are available for staff, parents and students themselves.

We are big believers in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). We utilise each of our three designated computer rooms to aid in learning We are having great success with other online resources such as www.mangahigh.com, in which Riversdale students have taken part in competitions against other schools.

The second, third, fourth and fifth year students are also making great use of www.thatquiz.org. This is a great website, within which we have set up a lot of our classes so that homework can be set, corrected and tests graded using these websites.

Using the Internet, our fibre broadband and our computer facilities gives us more options than ever for teaching in an interactive, engaging classroom environment.

**Junior Cert Mathematics aims to:**

Develop the mathematical knowledge skills and understanding needed for continuing education, life and work

- develop the skills of dealing with mathematical concepts in context and applications, as well as in solving problems
- foster a positive attitude to mathematics in the learner.

**Objectives**

** **The objectives of Junior Certificate Mathematics are to develop

- the ability to recall relevant mathematical facts
- instrumental understanding (“knowing how”) and necessary psychomotor skills (skills of physical coordination)
- relational understanding (“knowing why”)
- the ability to apply their mathematical knowledge and skill to solve problems in familiar and in unfamiliar contexts
- analytical and creative powers in mathematics
- an appreciation of and positive disposition towards mathematics

**Skills development**

** **The skills that our pupils should acquire as they develop mathematically include:

- applying and problem-solving
- communicating and expressing
- integrating and connecting
- reasoning
- implementing
- understanding and recalling.

Junior Certificate Mathematics is assessed at Foundation, Ordinary and Higher levels. At Foundation level there is one examination paper. There are two assessment components at Ordinary and Higher level

- Mathematics Paper 1
- Mathematics Paper 2

**Leaving Certificate Mathematics**

**Aims**

Leaving Certificate Mathematics aims to develop mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding needed for continuing education, life and work. By teaching mathematics in contexts that allow learners to see connections within mathematics, between mathematics and other subjects, and between mathematics and its applications to real life, it is envisaged that learners will develop a flexible, disciplined way of thinking and the enthusiasm to search for creative solutions.

**Objectives**

The objectives of Leaving Certificate Mathematics are that learners develop

- the ability to recall relevant mathematical facts
- instrumental understanding (“knowing how”) and necessary psychomotor skills (skills of physical coordination)
- relational understanding (“knowing why”)
- the ability to apply their mathematical knowledge and skill to solve problems in

familiar and unfamiliar contexts

- analytical and creative powers in mathematics
- an appreciation of mathematics and its uses
- a positive disposition towards mathematics.

** ****Strands of study**

** **Strand 1: Statistics and Probability

Strand 2: Geometry and Trigonometry

Strand 3: Number

Strand 4: Algebra

Strand 5: Functions

**Leaving Certificate Applied (Mathematical Applications)**

Mathematical Applications for the Leaving Certificate Applied is intended to prepare students for life, work, further education and a world where skills and knowledge require constant updating. The course seeks to consolidate and improve students’ mathematical knowledge, skills and concepts through practical, analytical, problem solving applications and through integration with other modules. The modules reflect the applied nature of the Leaving Certificate Applied programme. They start with the students’ experiences and seek to raise their enthusiasm for mathematics through the achievements and the skills they develop in dealing with mathematics in everyday life, work and play. Students are encouraged to develop a work ethic where quality, accuracy and dependability are important.

For comprehensive information on the curriculum in Irish schools, please visit the NCCA -National Council for Curriculum and Assessment – http://www.ncca.ie/en/

**Maths Websites**

- http://www.thatquiz.org
- www.mathsisfun.com
- www.scoilnet.ie
- www.youtube.com
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/
- www.teachertube.com
- www.Studyclix.ie
- www.Skool.ie
- www.ixl.com
- www.examinations.ie

“Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” – Albert Einstein

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