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Mathematics

Welcome to the Maths Department at Alexandra College.

Currently, there are five teachers in the department.

We are a dynamic, innovative and high achieving team with a passion for mathematics.

MISSION

The mathematics teachers will promote an appreciation and enjoyment of their subject.

Teachers will help students develop the knowledge and problem-solving skills needed for further education, vocational training and personal fulfilment in everyday life. Within the context of the national syllabus, teachers enable students to apply mathematical methods to daily experiences while recognizing its beauty, structure and use in the environment. The teachers will promote excellence in mathematics in Alexandra College by challenging students to take the highest level they are capable of. In addition, this approach will encourage higher confidence and skill in the students’ approach to mathematics.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

It is the aim of our department to adhere as closely as possible to the general guidelines as outlined by the NCCA with regard to general aims of mathematics education.

With that in mind, it should contribute to the personal development of the students. It should also help to provide them with the mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding needed for continuing their education, and eventually for life and work.

TIMETABLES PERIODS IN MATHEMATICS

All classes are provided with five periods of mathematics per week (six for the honours leaving certificate classes).

First years follow the Common Introductory Course (CIC), preparing the students for the Junior Certificate mathematics syllabus. First Year classes are of mixed ability. All students continue to study mathematics at a level suitable to the individual up to Leaving Certificate. Maths classes are timetabled concurrently within Second, Third, Fifth and Sixth Year in order to facilitate movement of students between levels and to enable students to study at the level most suited to their abilities. Students have three periods of maths in transition year and classes are of mixed ability. TY students complete a range of module covering revision of Junior Certificate topics and also an introduction to some on the Leaving Certificate course.

ASSESSMENT

Every maths class will have a common class test at the end of every chapter or topic.

Also, students will sit common tests for the Christmas and Summer House Exams at higher and ordinary level.

FACILITIES

The mathematics classrooms are equipped with an interactive whiteboard.

All of the mathematics teachers have laptops, i-Pads and access to data projectors. Broadband internet access is available throughout the school. The computer room is available on a booking system. There are also computers available for use in the science lab and a number in the library. Teachers can use mathematical programmes, such as GeoGebra, in class to demonstrate mathematical concepts. Maths teachers share their experiences and expertise in the use of the interactive whiteboards to allow for optimum use of the resource as a teaching tool for mathematics. The chosen textbooks have an online version with resources that can be used with the interactive whiteboards. All students have access to the computer room. Junior cycle students have i-Pads. All the classrooms are networked and have access to the school’s intranet. The Maths Department developed a number of resources that can be freely accessed by all mathematics teachers when required.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

We have smaller class sizes allowing our students to receive more individual attention.

Mathematics is actively promoted. Consequently, we have a high percentage of students studying the higher-level courses at both Junior Cert and Leaving Cert attaining grades above the national average. In 2017, 54% of students sat the higher-level Leaving Certificate paper compared to 30% nationally. At Junior Certificate 91% studied at higher-level compared to 57% nationally.

MATHS COMPETITIONS

The Maths Department organise and encourage as many students as possible to participate in a number of Maths Competitions run by the IMTA

In First Year all our students compete in the IMTA Irish Junior Maths Competition. This is a national competition for First Year students and the highest scoring students from round 1 are invited to participate in one of a number of regional finals held throughout the country.

In Third Year a team of four students will be invited to represent Alexandra College in the IMTA Pi Competition for Third Year students.

Transition Year, Fifth and Sixth Year students also have the opportunity to complete the first round of the IMO, to be invited to train with them for the chance to represent Ireland at the IMO (International Mathematics Organisation Competition).

In Sixth Year up to 8 students (two teams of four students) will be chosen to compete in the Higher Level Team Maths Quiz organised by the IMTA.

MATHS CLUB

Maths Club is run by Fifth Year students with the help of teachers.

The purpose of Maths Club is to provide a place where those who enjoy mathematics can extend their knowledge and where those who have difficulties can get some help.

PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR

We want to continue to increase the participation at Higher Level and to increase grades at all levels.

We want to continue to develop our IT skills and further integrate the use of technology into the classroom.

USEFUL WEBSITES

www.projectmaths.ie for resources and extra questions

www.ncca.ie

www.education.ie for the syllabus

www.examinations.ie for exam papers and marking schemes

www.khanacademy.com

www.skool.ie

www.scoilnet.ie

www.geogebra.com

www.imtadublin.ie