Maths at Newtownhamilton High School 
‘’There are things which seem incredible to most men who have not studied Mathematics’’ 
Aristotle, Greek Philosopher 
 
Mathematics is a subject that opens doors and provides opportunities: doors to employment and further/higher educational courses and opportunities to learn about the relevance of Mathematics to every day life. 
 
Mathematics is all around us. It exists in the proportions of artistic works, in the scores of our favourite songs and in the physical structures we live and work in daily. It is also the bedrock of many other subjects including the Sciences, Economics and Engineering and is extremely relevant to subjects like Psychology and Design. 
 
The study of Mathematics can develop a host of skills that are essential to students continuing in their studies as well as those currently in or entering the workplace. These include problem-solving, logic and reasoning, and attention to detail. Mathematics can also lead to careers in finance, business, IT and teaching, among others. 
 
At Newtownhamilton High School, we have very high expectations for all of our pupils and always aim to create an environment where students can develop their full potential. We encourage and promote problem solving skills and techniques at all levels and across the range of Mathematical topics, as well as encouraging students to recognise Mathematical experiences in other curricular areas. Students are also shown the relevance and importance of Mathematics to the real world and the impact it has. 
 
In Newtownhamilton High School pupils in year 11 and 12 are given the oppertunity to enter the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Intermediate Maths Challenge. This proves to be a very popular activity with many pupils being awarded a gold, silver or bronze certificate. Pupils have also travelled to Queen's University Belfast for a careers workshop. 
 
Key Stage 3 
In Key Stage 3 we follow the Northern Ireland Curriculum and use the Key Stage 3 Mathematics for Northern Ireland text books. We cover Shape & Space, Measures, Number, Algebra, and Data Handling over the three years. Incorporated into the scheme are Financial Capabilities, Mental Maths, Using ICT, Communication, Number Games and tasks in Using Mathematics. At the end of Year 10 pupils are assessed and assigned a level in Using Mathematics. 
 
Key Stage 4 
In Years 11 and 12 pupils have the opportunity to study CCEA GCSE Mathematics (foundation or higher) or Essential Skills Application of Number, dependent on their individual abilities and interests. GCSE Further Mathematics is also available as an option at GCSE. 
 
Pupils at Newtownhamilton High School continually produce excellent results in GCSE Mathematics. In June 2015 and 2016, our two most recent exams, at least 88.5% of our pupils passed GCSE Mathematics with grades A* to C, this is a figure well above the corresponding figure for Non Grammar schools in Northern Ireland which is 56.5%. 
 
One pupil achieved full marks in GCSE Mathematics in June 2016, an outstanding performance. 
GCSE Mathematics  
The CCEA GCSE Mathematics (foundation or higher) specification gives students opportunities to: 
develop their 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. 
 
It also gives students a sound basis for progression, including progression to further study of mathematics at AS/A2 level or to the world of work. 
 
Course Breakdown 
In Year 11 pupils will study and sit Module T2 or T3 worth 45% of their final GCSE mark. In Year 12 pupils will study and sit module T5 or T6 worth 55% of their final GCSE mark. Some pupils will be given the oppertunity to study Module T4 which will enable them to achieve the grade A*. 
 
It is possible for pupils to re-sit any module once to try to improve their grade. 
Essential Skills Application of Number 
Qualifications in CCEA Essential Skills Application of Number at Levels 1 & 2 are also on offer to Key Stage 4 pupils as an alternative to GCSE Mathematics. 
 
Essential Skills is a national qualification and in order to achieve this qualification in Application of Number at level 1 or 2 pupils will be required to produce a portfolio of evidence based on one or more of a chosen action-based activity(ies) and obtain a pass mark of 70% or more in a Desktop Task. 
GCSE Further Mathematics 
 
This GCSE Further Mathematics specification replaces Additional Mathematics specification and retains much of the same content.  
 
Further Mathematics involves studying mathematics at a level beyond GCSE Higher Tier. It can act as a stepping stone that gives students a sound basis for studying GCE Mathematics, introducing some of the mechanics and statistics topics that appear at AS/A2 level. 
 
Further Mathematics can also help students progress to other studies that require mathematical knowledge and skills, for example higher level science, geography, technology or business. 
 
The Further Mathematics specification consists of two units, and students must study both. 
 
In Unit 1: Pure Mathematics students investigate algebra, trigonometry, differentiation, integration, logarithms, matrices and vectors. 
 
Unit 2: Mechanics and Statistics includes exploring kinematics, vectors, forces, Newton’s Laws of Motion, friction, moments, understanding and using statistical terminology, measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion, probability, and bivariate analysis. 
 
Through these units students will have opportunities to: 
• develop their mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding; 
• select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, everyday and real-world situations; 
• reason mathematically, interpret and communicate mathematical information, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions; and 
• design and develop mathematical models that allow them to use problem solving strategies and apply a broader range of mathematics to a variety of situations. 
 
Pupils studying GCSE Further Mathematics have produced excellent results in Newtownhamilton High School. In the previous three years 90.5% of pupils have achieved grades A* - B. 
Career Possibilities 
Accountant 
Actuarian 
Bank Clerk 
Computer Programmer 
Economist 
Engineer 
Insurance Broker 
Operational Research 
Shop Keeper 
Software Development 
Statistician 
Surveyor 
Teacher 
Trading 
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