Aim of the evening Introduce the new Key Stage 4 Structure Developing good working practices Stress and how to avoid it FROG SAM Opportunity for
New Key Stage 4 Structure K.O’Sullivan Key Stage 4 Manager D. Piper Asst Key Stage 4 Manager A. Morgan Head of Year 10 H. Finnis Head of Year 11 Form Tutors L. Adams Deputy Headteacher
Who do I contact? First Point of contact is the Form Tutor Pastoral issues can be directed towards Mrs Finnis Academic issues can be directed to Mr O’Sullivan 72 Hour Rule If you were expecting a reply and you have not received one, please do call again there is probably a good reason do contact us again.
Key to Success Encourage students to establish a good routine Attendance Behaviour for Learning Attitude
Helping with homework Here are some ways you can help: suggest doing homework as soon as it is received so that the information is fresh in the student’s mind from classes encourage your child to speak up when in difficulty, as you may be able to help find the answers make sure your child has a good work-life balance, and doesn't spend too much time either going out with friends, or sitting and doing homework find out about educational programmes on radio or television find out if there are any study support or homework clubs that may help, there are many happening every lunchtime
Tackling coursework Good coursework marks can boost grades. You can help by: finding out about the curriculum and how much work needs to be done finding out when coursework is due and helping your child to make a schedule to complete it making sure your child is clear about what they are required to do and how marks are awarded finding internet sites and safe chat rooms that can help with studying encouraging your child to print and save their work regularly if they are working on a computer encouraging your child to talk to their teacher about any problems they are having as early as possible making sure your child has the right books and resources
Aiding revision You can help ease the pressure of exams by: helping your child develop a timetable, and help them stick to it listening to your child and find ways to support them encouraging your child with praise and rewards creating a suitable environment for study and revision, for example a quiet area with a desk to work at
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat If you do not review topics then you may forget up to 80% within 24 hours Set aside time every day to review Review Early in the morning Late at night
Techniques to help you learn Notes KEYWORDS - sequencing and patterns Summarising information Relate to emotions Build on self esteem Ridiculous applications Teach to a partner Rhymes/songs Think positively
Use of ICT for revision Websites Inspiration – mind maps Power Point – Thinking diagrams Word – bullet points, bold, font size, underline Excel – schedule, calendar
“ Being a good real-life learner means knowing what is worth learning” Guy Claxton Questions to ask:- What am I good/not so good at learning? How do I face confusion without getting upset? Who can help? What is the best way to learn for the task?
Things not to do Trying to do too much in one session Not having a clear goal for each session e.g. today I want to learn all the bones in the skeletal system. Disorganised files – this actually causes more work!! Trying to memorise the whole lot – instead, try to learn key terms, and apply them to specific questions. Copying vast amounts of information from text books.
Languages Faculty French and German Head of Faculty – Mrs D Failes
How does the course work? 2 pieces controlled conditions writing 30% 2 pieces controlled conditions speaking 30% 1 exam in listening (May/June) 20% 1 exam in reading (May/June) 20%
Exam structure Listening and reading exams at higher or foundation tier No restrictions on grades, as controlled coursework not tiered Total point score leads to grade award
What has already been completed? French – 2 pieces of writing and 1 speaking German – 1 writing and 1 speaking Results are on the information letter Anyone below a C in any task to retake (no cost involved)
How can they improve current level? Retake controlled conditions coursework Attend coursework catch up sessions French Monday lunchtime German Tuesday lunchtime Attend revision sessions
What do students need to do? Prepare fully for controlled conditions coursework Regularly practise questions and answers Regularly revise vocabulary – 10 minutes per day is much more effective than long sessions Attend revision sessions
How can you help? Test them on vocabulary and oral questions Encourage them to revise regularly Encourage use of websites – linguascope, bbc bitesize, activiscope, SAM learning Encourage them to retake coursework/attend revision sessions
Need extra help/advice? Contact us at the school Head of Languages – Mrs Failes [email_address] Head of KS4 French and German – Miss Cottam [email_address]
Mathematics Head of Faculty - Kenneth W Breame Responsible for KS4 – Mrs. S Pettengell Thursday, 9 th December 2010 Year 11 Information evening
GCSE Mathematics AQA Specification 4307 Two tiers of entry: Higher Grades available: A*, A, B, C, D Foundation Grades available: C, D, E, F, G Three modules…
GCSE Mathematics AQA Specification 4307 The information letter: Module 1 (18%) Data Module 2 - There is no module 2! Module 3 (27%) – Number and Algebra Module 4 - There is no module 4! Module 5 (55%) Number, Algebra, Shape
GCSE Mathematics AQA Specification 4307 Revision guides (£3), calculators(£5.50), mathswatch cd(£3) Available from Raynham workroom or maths teacher
Mathematics Re – sits Two sittings each at both tiers Best mark counts
GCSE Mathematics AQA Specification 4302 Possibility of Saturday classes or Easter revision course – details later
GCSE Mathematics AQA Specification 4302 Letter explaining grades and UMS achieved so far. November re-sit marks due in January
Mathematics Head of Faculty - Kenneth W Breame Responsible for KS4 – Mrs. S Pettengell Questions? – email preferred- address as on the footer of the letter, or kbreame.ga@……
Science GCSEs Where are we now? What happens next? What can I do to help? Where can we find information to help with revision? Chemistry Mike Lewis – Head of Science Physics Physics Chemistry Biology Biology
Science GCSE courses Single science Core science GCSE - taught over Y10 & Y11 Double science Core science GCSE – taught in Y10 Additional science GCSE - taught in Y11 Treble science (top two science sets) Biology GCSE Chemistry GCSE Physics GCSE Each GCSE consists of 3 modular exams and an ISA (The ISA is the new form of coursework) Each module is 25% of the GCSE. An ISA is 25% of the GCSE.
Single science GCSE – where we are now (GCSE = B1a+B1b + C1a+C1b + P1a+P1b + ISA) Where are we now 5 module exams taken in total so far. 3 modules taken in November. Results will arrive in January. What is next – more of the same type of exam Next modules in March (1 new module & retakes). Further retakes in June.
Double science Where are we now Core science GCSE - all units taken in Y10. Results letter was sent out in September. Resits taken in November. Resit results will arrive in January. What is next Additional Science GCSE - One unit 2 module taken in January ; The other 2 units taken in May. Treble science Where are we now All unit 1 modules and P2 taken in Y10. What is next Other units will be taken as follows: Mocks for January exams are happening now!!! Date Biology Chemistry Physics Jan 2011 B2 C2 P3 May 2011 B3 C3
Differences between multiple choice exams (unit 1) and ‘short answer exams’ (modules 2&3) Answering short answer papers requires More ‘knowledge’ (therefore more revision needed) A better understanding – more ‘application of knowledge’ (practising past paper questions helps)
The “results-so-far” letter Your son / daughter’s FFT predicted grade is: [The FFT is the most common grade that was achieved in Science by previous pupils with the same KS3 results as your son / daughter.] We will include grade boundaries so that you can see how close to the next grade students are. BIOLOGY Score Grade B1A (max 50) B1B (max 50) B1 (UMS score; max 100) Biology ISA (UMS score; max 100) B2 Mock (raw score; max 45)
The “results-so-far” letter – an example BIOLOGY Score Grade B1A (max 50) B1B (max 50) B1 (UMS score; max 100) 100 A* 50 50 Biology ISA (UMS score; max 100) 100 A* B2 Mock (raw score; max 45) 45 A*
What if my letter doesn’t look like this…. Revision Try past papers Revision Try past papers Revision Try past papers Note: Any module can be retaken in the summer.
Revision guide Specification (syllabus) or key points checklist Past papers & mark schemes Investigation words sheet SAM learning ‘ Revision tools’ All students have been issued with a revision guide. The specification, past papers and word sheets can be found on the Y11 resources drive which can be accessed from home and school. Other revision resources can also be found on the Y11 resources drive.
Good luck with all science exams…. The end (from science) - thank you for coming Contact email for information about results so far - Mrs Kirsty Rapley: [email_address]
GCSE ENGLISH & ENGLISH LITERATURE REVISION Making the most of your child’s revision... Kate Arif – Head of Faculty Sam Holdsworth – Second in Faculty, KS4 Co-Ordinator
English Literature exam – 1½ hours 45 minutes – 1 Question on the novel studied in class. 45 minutes – 1 Question on the poets and pre-1914 poems studied in class. What is the exam worth? 70% of final Literature grade ( 30% already completed through coursework) Overview of the course- English Literature GCSE
English Paper One 1¾ hours 1 hour - Section A: Answer questions on unseen non-fiction material and media texts. This tests reading skills. 45 minutes - Section B: A choice of 1 from 4 questions testing writing which argues, persuades or advises . This will be linked to the topic in Section A. This tests writing skills. What is this exam worth? 30% of final English grade English Paper Two (1½ hours) 45 minutes - Section A: Choice of 1 from 2 questions based on a cluster of Poetry from Different Cultures in the AQA Anthology . This tests reading skills. 45 minutes - Section B: A choice of 1 from 4 questions testing writing which informs, explains or describes . This tests writing skills. What is this exam worth? 30% of final English grade ( 40% already completed through coursework) English GCSE
To use at home along side revision completed in class. Informs students of the format of the exams and the type of questions to expect. Writing tips for English & Literature exam questions. Examiners’ tips to help with revision and exam technique. Revision Booklet
Practise! Practise! Practise! Encourage your child to attempt as many ‘past paper’ questions as possible. Available on AQA website www.aqa.org.uk Click on Parents/ Students – Current GCSEs – English A or English Literature A Selection of past paper questions and mark schemes Teachers happy to mark extra exam questions and / or planning answers. Making the most of revision...
Help them to create a ‘home’ revision timetable with regular breaks – 45 minutes to one hour then 15 minute break. Reward with treats... Proof read homework or practice exam questions attempted. Suggest ways they could extend their vocabulary e.g., newspapers, books, TV, documentaries... Read your child’s exam novel and poems so you can discuss the characters and themes with them. Encourage them to find similarities between the poems studied. How you can help your child....
CGP Study Guides for English and Literature –available at WHSmith – helpful hints and tips in a student-friendly guide, covering all aspects of the course. York notes / Study Guide for Literature Novel – available on Amazon or WHSmith. AQA website www.aqa.org.uk – past papers. BBC bitesize website www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize Useful activities, video and audio extracts to help with revision. Useful Christmas presents?!
Jan 2011 - weekly afterschool revision classes by invitation. These will cover all aspects of the Literature and English exams. 1 hour a week until students leave in May. Different topic areas covered each week. April 2010 – A* Master class (by invitation) April 2010 – Achieving a C grade Master class (by invitation) Individual teacher support English Faculty Revision Plans...
Miss K Arif – Head of English [email_address] School Number: 01483 888000 Any Questions?