“Our world rests on mathematical foundations, and mathematics is unavoidably embedded in our global culture.” Ian Stewart
Our world is not static: new problems constantly arise. The Mathematics Department in Ballyclare High School aims to stimulate the curiosity of young learners to explore an abundance of such problems and a wealth of mathematical knowledge, while developing vital skills in applying one to the other.
We aim to highlight the relevance of mathematics to the life of the learner, not least in terms of the key transferable skills of problem solving, numeracy and logical reasoning, which are cultivated through its study.
It is essential within the department that a “can do” culture is adopted. We believe firmly that mathematics is for all and, therefore, supporting pupils with the inevitable difficulties all mathematicians face at times is a priority. Creating a positive learning environment and nurturing self-confidence are vital aspects of teaching within the department.