Mathematics curriculum at Dominican College Sion Hill
Mathematics is a core subject for all students throughout their six-year cycle in Sion Hill.
All Mathematics classrooms are equipped with interactive Whiteboards. These use ‘ActivInspire’ software, which is particularly suited to Mathematics teaching. There is an extensive range of hands-on resources which are used to promote co-operative learning and deep understanding of core concepts. The Mathematics Department works closely with other subject departments in delivering a school-wide Numeracy Programme. Schoology is used as a Learning Platform for the sharing of resources in all years. For years that have i-Pads, useful websites are accessed in class.
Mathematics is a wide-ranging subject with many aspects. Most people are familiar with the fact that mathematics is an intellectual discipline that deals with abstractions, logical arguments, deduction and calculation. But mathematics is also an expression of the human mind reflecting the active will, the contemplative reason and the desire for aesthetic perfection. It is also about pattern, the mathematics of which can be used to explain and control natural happenings and situations. Increasingly, mathematics is the key to opportunity. No longer simply the language of science, mathematics contributes in direct and fundamental ways to business, finance, health and defence.
For students it opens doors to careers. For citizens it enables informed decisions. For nations it provides knowledge to compete in a technological community. Participating fully in the world of the future involves tapping into the power of mathematics.
The Mathematics syllabus underwent significant change with the introduction of the new ‘Project Maths’ syllabus over recent years. The NCCA have produced a useful video which explains the benefits of this new syllabus to parents. This can be found at:
The Mathematics syllabus comprises five strands:
- Statistics and Probability
- Geometry and Trigonometry
Junior Certificate Mathematics
Junior Certificate Mathematics is offered at three levels: Foundation, Ordinary and Higher, with separate syllabuses for each level. It is examined at all three levels by means of terminal examination papers. There is one examination paper at Foundation level and two at Ordinary and Higher levels.
Leaving Certificate Mathematics
Leaving Certificate Mathematics is also provided at Foundation, Ordinary and Higher levels, with separate syllabuses for each level, and each examined by means of terminal examination papers (two at each level).
The Mathematics Department