Using Mathematics at KS3

Using Mathematics is the skill of applying mathematical concepts, processes and understanding appropriately in a variety of contexts. Ideally these should be in relevant real life situations that require a mathematical dimension. 

Across the curriculum, at a level appropriate to their ability, pupils should be enabled to:

  • choose the appropriate materials, equipment and mathematics to use in a particular situation;
  • use mathematical knowledge and concepts accurately;
  • work systematically and check their work;
  • use mathematics to solve problems and make decisions;
  • develop methods and strategies, including mental mathematics;
  • explore ideas, make and test predictions and think creatively;
  • identify and collect information;
  • read, interpret, organise and present information in mathematical formats;
  • use mathematical understanding and language to ask and answer questions, talk about and discuss ideas and explain ways of working;
  • develop financial capability;
  • use ICT to solve problems and/or present their work.

For more information on Using Mathematics contact Gavin Graham (02890 261200 ext: 2658).

Useful Links

Financial Capability Microsite Financial Capability

This site equips teachers with the information and educational resources they will need to deliver effective lessons in personal money management. Personal financial education seeks to develop young people’s level of financial understanding, skills and confidence allowing them to make effective decisions throughout their lives.

STEM – Incentivising Innovation through Using Mathematics STEM – Incentivising Innovation through Using Mathematics

Following the success of CCEA’s Incentivising STEM Innovation programme in previous years, we worked with seven teachers from a variety of post-primary schools to seek new and innovative ways to promote teaching and learning in Mathematics across the curriculum.


Levels of Progression in Using Mathematics
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Expansion of LoP Using Mathematics (1-7)
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