Maths Department Staff

Mrs J Alexander (Head of Department)

Mrs K Maginnis

Miss D Osborne

Mrs R McDermott

Mrs L Harvey

Mr J Black

Mr J Guy

Why Study Maths?

Mathematics is important for pupils in many other areas of study, in everyday living, in many forms of employment and in public decision making. It affects every aspect of our lives: computers, phone tariffs, wages, journey times etc. In order to function effectively in modern society, it is essential that everyone is competent and confident with Mathematics. LJHS Maths department’s vision is to provide pupils with the mathematical skills necessary for modern life. Through engagement with issues which have current and future relevance to young people, teachers can instil in them an enthusiasm for and enjoyment of Mathematics and help pupils see the relevance of mathematics and financial capability to real life. 

"Maths is challenging and puts your brain to the test. That's why i really enjoy it!"

"I love Maths because i find it really fun and intersting to do."

"I like studying Maths because i enjoy solving puzzles, testing myself and pushing myself to do the harder tasks."

KS3 Maths Course Details

Years 8-10 the pupils have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding in the following areas:


  • Number

  • Algebra

  • Shape, Space and Measures

  • Handling Data

Year 8 Knowledge

  • Topic 1: Whole Number/Multiplying and Dividing Decimals

  • Topic 2: Sequences

  • Topic 3: Simplifying Expressions

  • Topic 4: Equations 

  • Topic 5: Statistics

  • Topic 6: Fractions Decimals and Percentages 

  • Topic 7: Measures Perimeter and Area 

  • Topic 8: Angles and 2D Shapes

  • Topic 9: Transformations and Symmetry

Year 9 Knowledge

  • Topic 1: Whole numbers and Decimals

  • Topic 2: Fractions Decimals and Percentages

  • Topic 3: Algebra - Solving Equations 

  • Topic 4: Formula 

  • Topic 5: Graphs including Distance Speed and Time 

  • Topic 6: Ratio and Proportion

  • Topic 7: Probability

  • Topic 8: Inequalities 

  • Topic 9: 3-D Shapes and Transformations

Year 10 Knowledge

  • Topic 1: Fractions Decimals and Percentages, Compound Interest

  • Topic 2: Algebra- Equations and Trial and Improvement

  • Topic 3: Pythagoras

  • Topic 4: Sequences

  • Topic 5: Ratio

  • Topic 6: Graphs including Scatter Graphs

  • Topic 7: Distance Speed Time revision

  • Topic 8: Simultaneous Equations

  • Topic 9: Circles

  • Topic 10: Standard Form

  • Topic 11: Financial Capabilities

“The only way you learn Mathematics is to do Mathematics.”

– Paul Halmos

Image by Gayatri Malhotra

Career Options

People with Maths degrees can progress to a range of careers: accounting, medicine, engineering, forensic pathology, finance, business, consultancy, teaching, IT, games development, scientific research, programming, the civil service, design, construction and astrophysics to name a few. Specific job roles include actuary, business analyst, software engineer, technology analyst, information engineer, speech technology researcher, and maths teacher.

Lurgan Junior High School

Lurgan Junior High School, Lower Toberhewny Lane, Gilford Road. Lurgan, Co. Armagh, BT66 8SU

Tel: (028) 3832 3243


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