Transition Year Curriculum 2010 – 2011

Subject: Maths                                      Length of Course: Full Academic Year

Teachers: Ms. E Quinn,   Ms M. Brady

Aims of Course:

  • To stimulate students interest in Maths
  • To improve Maths skills for Leaving Certificate
  • To introduce elements of new maths syllabus by teaching strands given by ProjectMaths team

Course Outline:

  • Week 1 – 2 Introductory lessons: Kernel Numbers, Pallindromes, Lychrel Numbers, Prime numbers, Exploring BIMDAS, Algebraic substitution puzzles, various mathematical puzzles
  • Week 3: Exploring Pascal’s Triangle
  • Week 4: Fibonacci Numbers and The Golden Ratio
  • Week 5: Airline Mathematics
  • Week 6: Days of the Week Formula
  • Week 7: Pythagoras Theorem Investigations
  • Week 8: Identifying and Exploring Graphs
  • Week 9: Binary and Hexamdecimal Numbers
  • Week 10: Lotto and Probability
  • Week 11 – 15: Project Maths Statistics and Geometry Leaving Cert Strands including Vectors and Trigonometry with much use of Student CD and activities

For more detail see Mathematics Subject Plan Folder

Visiting speakers/Outdoor trips etc:

Cross-Curricular Aspects:

Geography Department: Timezones and locations for Airline Maths

Science Department: Data Handling (Statistics) and Measurements (Geometry)

Business Department: Data Handling and Probability

Construction Department: Measurements and Geometrical Constructions

Life-skills when undertaking fundraising

Proposed Teaching Methodologies:

  • Introducing facts and concepts on board/data projector and getting students to experiment and investigate these concepts
  • A lot of self-assessment through interactive quizzes and peer assessment by correcting each others work
  • Use of Project Maths Student CD with data projector for demonstration and printed activities for students to work on at PC
  • Use of internet for students to research (e.g. Prime Numbers, numbers in everyday life, the Golden Ratio in Nature, Timezones etc…)

Proposed Assessment Methodologies:

  • Assessment handouts for homework or in class once a week
  • Team quizzes every 2 weeks
  • Interactive quizzes for students to assess themselves
  • Group and solo research projects