Curriculum » Mathematics
"All students at Hayes School believe that they can do maths"
Hayes School has introduced a 2 year KS3 for Core subjects to enable more time to be spent on the GCSE course. This has enabled us to review and rewrite our course for year 7 and 8. Students study at a level relevant to them within the structures of the school’s timetable.
Students meet topics from the core areas of Shape, Handling data, Number and Algebra with references across the whole school curriculum. There is also a focus on applying their knowledge to practical situations through Functional Maths tasks.
Students are still assessed for Key Stage 3 through formal (in house) assessments and their progress is monitored to ensure that they fulfil their potential.
GCSE Maths now starts in year 9 and is broadly comprised of three strands - Geometry and Measures, Number and Algebra, Statistics and Probability. Students learn how to use and apply mathematics. There is no coursework for Maths at GCSE level. There has been big changes to the GCSEs across all subjects with Maths and English leading this change with new style exams in May/June 2017. There is some additional content in the exams and instead of being graded A* to G they will now be graded from 9 to 1 (9 being the highest grade). There is a greater emphasis on problem solving and functional elements of Maths. This means there can be more than one way of getting a solution. Another change is that there will now be three exams rather than the usual two. Each exam will be an hour and a half with the first paper being a non-calculator one.
At A Level the pupils study 4 core units of work and 2 application units of Statistics, Mechanics or possibly Decision Maths. The number of students wishing to study mathematics has been steadily increasing and we also offer a full Further Mathematics A level course to really extend our brightest mathematicians. There are also changes taking place with A Levels across all subjects but Maths has yet to be affected by them. These changes will come in for pupils starting the course in September 2017.