As outlined in Department Circular 0061/2019, four revised LCA module descriptors were due to be introduced in September 2020. These were: English and Communications, Mathematical Applications, Introduction to Information and Communication Technology, and Information and Communication Technology – Specialism. The introduction of these revised module descriptors has been deferred until September 2021. Book 1 is available NOW! Book 2 will be available at the end of the year.
The new books will be a similar size to the old and again there will be 4 of them. This time they will be in full colour.
About the new LCA Maths workbook series
We are delighted to say that the new workbooks are being written by Jackie Pierce and Adrienne Webb, authors of the original series.
Each workbook consists of a collection of mathematical case studies, reflecting the themes of the units in the module.
Each case study is 4-5 pages long and should take the student 1 hour to complete. Each study follows the structure and colour coding shown in the Key Assignment graphic, in the NCCA’s revised Module Descriptor (page 17).
Mathematical Concepts and Skills (MCS) 1-5 (pages 20-21 of Module Descriptor) are incorporated into the case studies as are the learning outcomes for each unit. Differentiation is facilitated by providing an optional section called “Further investigation” at the end of each study.
Guidance, templates (content free) and sign off sheets are provided for the Key Assignments (KA). A KA can be a case study chosen from the workbook or one where the content is generated independently by the student. These will constitute the student’s Portfolio.
Click below to view two sample case studies from LCA Maths 1 “Mathematics and Planning”:
Original LCA Maths workbook series
The original four workbooks were designed in response to a teacher survey. Each workbook corresponds to the relevant LCA Maths module and is approximately 100 pages in length. To download a copy of the NCCA’s specification for LCA Mathematical Applications, go to “LCA Mathematical Applications”. To view copies of the covers, contents pages and some sample worksheets for each of these workbooks in PDF format click below:
For visually impaired students
Transcriptions of the workbooks are available in Braille and other formats suitable for visually impaired students. Contact National Braille Production, at Child Vision www.childvison.ie
Further to our phone call I am writing to say how much my LCA Maths class has improved with the use of LCA Maths.
The text stays in line with Curriculum outline, covers all aspects of the curriculum and the exercises are relevant to student’s experiences.
The text is presented in a student friendly way and gives students a sense of achievement as they progress through each module.
Well done to the authors.
I have recommended the text to every school I’ve met who did not know about it. It is the best thing to have happened to LCA Maths, and this text gives the subject more status.”
Teacher from Co. Limerick
As I said before, the Maths teachers (who have been trying out the materials with their classes) here are very pleased with the workbooks and we will be ordering them for all the students for next year.
Thank you Jane”
Teacher from Waterford
“I recently bought a copy of LCA Maths 2 from you. Having had time to examine it thoroughly, I am very impressed with the content and layout of it.
I am teaching a small group (4) of deaf pupils in LCA 1 and think the workbook would provide the structure and support they need for this module of Maths Applications.”
Teacher of deaf pupils from Cork
The workbooks were written by Jackie Pierce and Adrienne Webb, both of whom are highly experienced LCA Maths teachers at St Michael’s Holy Faith school in Finglas, Dublin. Jackie is also an LCA Coordinator.
A word from the authors about LCA Maths and the workbooks
Everyone can do maths and everyone can enjoy maths. The LCA syllabus is designed to be hands-on, student centred, practical maths. Students learn by doing, making mistakes (that’s ok) but above all by engaging in their own learning. LCA Maths is really maths for living and more. It developes numeracy skills needed for everyday life. The ‘Project Maths’ aims to make maths more relevent to life and focuses on understanding rather than learning off by heart…….looks like LCA Maths when initiated many years ago was ahead of it’s time!
The workbooks – the contents page of each workbook can be used to tick off work done, so progress can be seen. Each worksheet is a stand alone piece so work is divided into bite-size achievable units. The student is guided through the processes required by a ‘step by step’ or ‘working frames’ approach. On conclusion of each worksheet the student is asked – “what have you done?” On answering this, the student gains a sense of achievement, progress and ownership.
The use of IT has been integrated into the workbooks where computers are used as a learning/research tool. Cross-curricular links are made with other subjects – Science, Catering, VPG, Leisure, etc. These links blend into certain topics of the maths syllabus naturally. There is a final reflection at the end of each module. Here the student assesses their own learning. There is a facility to establish a ‘Word Wall’ or a ‘Bank’ of new maths words, aiming to improve maths literacy.
The design is student friendly and visually appealing. It is in tune with the students’ interests. The workbooks are totally reflective of the syllabus. They will prepare students for adult and working life. The final exam preparation has not been forgotten and is integrated into the content of the workbooks but it was not the main driving force.
When using these workbooks it is hoped that:
- Teaching and learning is made interactive, enjoyable and natural
- The students become engaged with their own learning
- Assessment for learning is taking place in the maths class
- Independent thinking of the student is encouraged
- A desire to research and learn more is developed.
For more details about the authors go to About the authors.