Key Stage Three, GCSE, AS-Level, A2

Mathematics is a human activity, a set of methods used to illuminate the world, and it part of our culture. It is a study of patterns and relationships in numerical, graphical, symbolical and pictorial forms.

The maths department at Malone College are focused on the promotion of a growth mindset. Through discussions with pupils and parents it is clear that many appear to be less confident in Mathematics compared to other subjects and are far more likely to say ‘I can’t do maths’ than ‘I can’t read’.  In maths classes we believe in building our pupil’s confidence, so that they see that with hard work and access to the right support they can achieve anything! 

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In maths at Malone College, we have collaborative classrooms. We aim to challenge curiosity; we plan lessons to include group work, maths talk and problems to solve. Teachers develop independent thinkers by asking stimulating questions that deepen understanding.

The maths department at Malone College are in their third year of the Mathematics Mastery programme, developed by the ARK network. We are one of only two schools in Northern Ireland involved in this exciting approach to the learning and teaching of maths.

Topics covered in Yr8 and Yr9

Year 8: 

Autumn 1 Place Value, Addition and Subtraction
Autumn 2 Place Value, Multiplication and Division

Spring 1 Geometry: 2D Shape in a 3D World
Spring 2 Fractions

Summer 1 Algebra
Summer 2 Percentages and Pie Charts

Year 9:

Autumn 1 Number
Autumn 2 Algebra

Spring 1 2D Geometry
Spring 2 Proportional Reasoning
Summer 1 3D Geometry

Inspiring Maths

  • Mr Maurice McKeown (retired and much loved HOD)

  • Colin Hegarty

  • Carol Vorderman

  • Coldplay

(all band members have maths related degrees)
+ songs include; Twisted Logic, Square One, Major Minus, 42...)

Summer 2 Statistics

Mathematicians aren’t people who find maths easy; they are people who enjoy how hard it is’


  • Marie-Louise Anderson

  • Andrew McCarter

  • Nadia Shannon-King

  • Niamh O'Hara


Maths Clubs
Maths Revision Class Yr12

It is not always people who start out the smartest who end up the smartest
— Carol Dweck

The Mathematics Department Twitter