Junior Cycle Mathematics
The Junior Cycle maths course is now in its third year, and works to improve student understanding of maths at all levels; Higher and Ordinary. In 1st year, students will build on their prior understanding of maths from primary school, while introducing abstract thinking and broadening their conceptual understanding of maths. Through 2nd year and 3rd year, students will work to improve their mathematical thinking through problem-solving and synthesis of various maths concepts. At all stages of maths learning, students are encouraged to approach maths with a positive outlook and adapt a discovery-learning, growth mind-set approach to learning.
The Junior Cycle maths curriculum operates around the idea that maths is an interconnected body of ideas, with the unifying strand of learning outcomes permeating all other strands of learning. Student will study five strands: Number, Geometry and Trigonometry, Statistics and Probability, Algebra and Functions, but at all times students will be encouraged to investigate the interconnectedness of these strands.
Type of Homework/Projects/Assignments
As well as regular homework, students will engage in two Classroom-Based assessments which offers the students a chance to demonstrate their learning achievements. CBA1 in second year is a mathematical investigation, and CBA2 in third year is a statistical investigation. In third year, students will then complete an assessment task based on the CBA process, which is worth 10% of their Junior Cycle grade.
Mathematics is a subject that is required in all aspects of life and is necessary for any future career, from art and music to business and engineering. Students should work hard from the beginning to form building blocks of understanding that will take them beyond the Junior Cycle.
Resources in Department
IT resources are used as much as possible to aid student learning. Websites such as desmos.com, themathstutor.ie and IXL.com can greatly enhance student learning both in and outside of the classroom. The maths department has a wide range of concrete resources such as maths cubes, probability kits and algebra tiles to engage students in their learning.