Transition Year Curriculum

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