Why Should I study Maths?
Maths underpins so many things we do and interact with daily without us even realising it; social media, online shopping, designing new roads and buildings, checking you’ve received the correct change after buying your lunch, using public transport timetables! All require different maths skills to varying degrees.
What will i learn?
The maths course in secondary is very broad and diverse. Material in first year builds upon fundamental skills learned in primary school such as finding area and volume of shapes, basic algebra and identifying patterns to very abstract concepts at leaving certificate higher level such as financial maths, inferential statistics and advanced algebra.
how will i learn it?
Despite what most people think, maths is a very practical subject and must be learned through doing rather than listening or reading. Students will work individually and in groups at different times of the year depending upon the topic being covered in class. Students will be given opportunities to explore and investigate different ways maths appears around them. These learnings will then be applied to the more advanced topics on the curriculum with the hope it will deepen and enrich their learning experiences.
How will i know how i'm getting on?
There will be regular class tests throughout the academic year but verbal feedback will also be provided by teachers to students on an individual level. Activities will also be designed in a manner that will allow students control the pace they work at and experience success across the course of a topic.
How will it be assessed?
Junior cycle maths is now assessed by a terminal exam at the end of the students first three years in school. This exam is worth 90%. Also, under recent Junior cycle reform students will complete 2 classroom-based assignments with a reflection task, worth 10%, following completion of the second classroom-based assignment. These tasks are designed with the intention of allowing students develop research, investigation, presentation and critical thinking skills that will stand them in good stead throughout their time in education.
Will studying Maths be relevant to any of the other subjects that i study?
Many courses at 3rd level have a maths module in first year and a significant number have maths modules in the other years also. For this reason, developing a solid maths skill set would be very important for students in second level. Architecture, engineering, product design, data analytics, computer programming, software design, electrician and several other career options are heavily reliant upon maths so for students interested in pursuing these areas they should prioritise the subject.
How will i benefit from studying maths?
Regardless of the level of maths needed by students after they complete their second level education, maths appears in all aspects of life even if it is as simple as calculating how much carpet is needed when decorating a sitting room, budgeting for a holiday or dividing the cost of a meal between 6 people. Having a solid understanding of the basic skills of maths makes all these things a little easier.