Using Mathematics across the Curriculum

Real-World Examples

Applying Mathematical Concepts to Real-World Examples

One of the main challenges when developing Cross-Curricular Skills is how to apply subject area learning to a different context in another subject. The ability to transfer skills is a key component of the Northern Ireland Curriculum when preparing young people for life and work.

These units of work for Key Stage 3 have been written in collaboration with classroom teachers. They show teachers how to present the Cross-Curricular Skill of Using Mathematics in the classroom. Using these resources, teachers can introduce pupils to key mathematical concepts, and then show them how to reinforce and apply this learning to other subjects across the wider curriculum.

Each unit consists of a series of lessons supporting the teaching, learning and assessment of a specific topic.

Mathematics Unit

The lessons in the Mathematics unit focus on learning fundamental mathematical concepts. They also give pupils opportunities to apply these concepts in a relevant scenario.

Other Subject Units

The lessons produced for other subjects demonstrate how pupils can use the knowledge and understanding they have gained in the Mathematics unit. Pupils develop their mathematical skills in the new subject by working collaboratively, gaining a better understanding of the mathematics involved.


Mathematics and Geography Unit of Work

Mathematics Unit – Constructing and Interpreting Bar Charts and Line Graphs

In these lessons, pupils learn how to construct and interpret bar charts and line graphs. They also work with different kinds of graphs. They study information related to Handling Data and practise using this information in real-life contexts using the worksheets provided.

Maths Lesson 1 - Bar charts  4 MB - uploaded 08-02-2018

Maths Lesson 2 - Dual Bar charts  4.3 MB - uploaded 08-02-2018

Maths Lesson 3 - Line graphs  3.9 MB - uploaded 08-02-2018

Maths Lesson 4 - More graphs  4.5 MB - uploaded 08-02-2018

Geography Unit – Population

This unit focuses on population. In these lessons, pupils practise their skills in analysing graphs.

They learn about changes in world population by completing and interpreting population graphs. They also learn about population pyramids and use this knowledge to relate the shape of a country’s population pyramid to its level of economic development.

Geography Lesson 1 - What is population  41.06 KB - uploaded 08-02-2018

Geography Lesson 2 - Population – Birth and Death Rates  41.06 KB - uploaded 08-02-2018

Geography Lesson 3 - Population – Birth and Death Rates 2  41.06 KB - uploaded 08-02-2018

Geography Lesson 4 - Population Structure  41.06 KB - uploaded 08-02-2018

Teachers’ Booklet – Resources and Worksheets

Maths Geography Resources and Worksheets  3.5 MB - uploaded 08-02-2018

Home Economics

Mathematics and Home Economics Unit of Work

Mathematics Unit – Money Management

This unit focuses on aspects of financial capability, such as budgeting and how to get the best value for money.

Pupils gain experience in considering needs and wants. They have opportunities to create a budget, estimate spending and consider the best value for money when shopping.

Maths Lesson 1 Money Money Money  4.7 MB - uploaded 08-02-2018

Maths Lesson 2 Value for Money  8.1 MB - uploaded 08-02-2018

Home Economics Unit – Make Your Money Go Further

This unit focuses on further exploration of needs and wants.

Pupils use games and a case study to examine budgeting, needs and wants, and value for money when planning a family meal using the skills and knowledge gained in the Mathematics classroom.

HE Lesson 1 Make Your Money Go Further  3.2 MB - uploaded 08-02-2018

Teachers’ Booklet – Resources and Worksheets

HE Maths Resources and Worksheets  7.3 MB - uploaded 08-02-2018