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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown


Mathematics Department:

  • Mrs A Hughes     (Head of Department and Numeracy Co-ordinator)
  • Mr J Lynch
  • Mrs R McKeever

KS3 Overview

“Number rules the Universe.”

Pythagoras  560-480 B.C.



The Mathematics Department is one of the most successful departments in school.  Our statistics for Key Stage 3 2016 are detailed below:

100% Level 5 to Level 8 in Key Stage 3 Using Mathematics.

Aims of Department

The aims of teaching Mathematics are:

  • to make Mathematics a pleasant and enjoyable pursuit;
  • to encourage the effectiveness of Mathematics as a tool in a wide range of activities within both school and adult life;
  • to make pupils aware of the importance of mathematics in the analysis and communication of information and ideas;
  • to develop an appreciation of the relationships within Mathematics;
  • to facilitate the development of an awareness of the fascination of Mathematics;
  • to show Mathematics as a process, as a creative activity in which pupils can be involved;
  • to encourage pupils to work in a systematic way;
  • to encourage pupils to work both independently and cooperatively in appropriate situations;
  • to enable pupils to gain confidence and to tackle mathematical tasks without anxiety and apprehension.

Key Stage 3 Mathematics

In Years 8, 9 and 10 all pupils follow a course which covers the requirements of the New Revised Curriculum.

In the Mathematics departments students are usually taught by the same teacher for the three years. This allows for consistency in the delivery of the curriculum, and also fosters good classroom relationship between teacher and pupil. Mathematics classes in the top band are streamed by ability.  Class placement is aided by the evidence provided Class placement is aided by the evidence provided from diagnostic testing at the end of the previous academic year.  All other classes are taught in their registration groups. All students cover the four statutory attainment targets:

Number and Algebra;
Shape, Space and Measure;
Data Handling.

From September 2012 the existing system of assessment will be replaced by a series of three controlled assessments, taken in the first two terms of Year 10.

Here are further sites at each specific key stage that you might also find useful.

High Achievers

Gifted and Talented students at Key Stage 3

Students that are naturally gifted in Mathematics will be given the opportunity to further their knowledge and understanding by attending a weekly Mathematics enhancement classes in Years 8, 9 and 10 with the view to sitting their G.C.S.E. at the end of Year 10.

These students will also represent the school in the UK Maths Challenge and the UK Maths Team Challenge in February and April respectively.

 Students with a passion for Chess and Draughts can also join the Games club in Mrs Hughes room every Tuesday at lunchtime.


Gifted and Talented students in Primary 7

The enhancement programme will also be available to our local feeder Primary schools.  Primary 7 students will be given the opportunity to attend our ‘High Achievers’ class for both Mathematics and English on a Wednesday morning with Mrs Hughes and Ms Magee.


14th Mar 2018
‪Year 9KT enjoyed participating in translation vectors in snakes and ladders form...
14th Mar 2018
Our students celebrated World Pi Day today (14th March) with a range of Pi related...
29th Jan 2018
Congratulations to students who achieved 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Most Improved Student...
29th Jan 2018
well done to the 20 Year 8 boys and girls who stay behind for High Achievers Mathematics...
16th Nov 2017
Students received personalised postcards in Mathematics for achieving 1st, 2nd, 3rd...
26th Oct 2017
Students had the opportunity to take part in Maths Week Ireland this week. ...
13th Oct 2017
Introducing our new Numeracy Leaders - congratulations!
9th Oct 2017
We are delighted to receive the 'Best Practice Teaching and Learning' award for our...