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Ryedale School GCSE Information Evening


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A useful presentation from Ryedale School for parents and pupils to help them ensure success at GCSE.

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Ryedale School GCSE Information Evening

  1. 1. Success at GCSE Evening While you wait: Discuss what you could do as a family to ensure success at GCSE
  2. 2. Success at GCSE Evening
  3. 3. 9-5 66 What do these numbers refer to?
  4. 4. The Challenge
  5. 5. 9-1 GCSEs • Deliberately made more challenging • Terminal examinations, not modular • No coursework or controlled assessment for academic subjects • Larger emphasis on examination in practical subjects
  6. 6. May November April May 2017 2018 Year 10 Mock Examinations Year 11 Mock Examinations Controlled assessment deadline June Work Experience GCSEs Begin! GCSE Timeline
  7. 7. How we can succeed…
  8. 8. Attendance
  9. 9. Sleep and food A survey of GCSE students in England found that 29% of the young people stay up until after 1 a.m. and half said they went to school without eating breakfast.
  10. 10. Devices and Blue Light
  11. 11. Communication with School
  12. 12. Understand the Courses
  13. 13. Success at GCSE Mathematics To learn, you must want to be taught.
  14. 14. Why is Maths important? •Many courses and jobs require GCSE Maths •It improves your problem solving skills •It gives you the skills to manage your personal finances •Research shows that people who are good at Maths, on average, earn more Pencil, protractor and calculator – weapons of Maths destruction.
  15. 15. • The final score in a football match was 3 – 2. • How many different possible half-time scores are there? • The answer is 36. • What was the question? Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, weighs ‘600kg plus half her weight’. How much does Nessie weigh? In an enclosure at the zoo there are ostriches and giraffes. If there are 16 heads and 52 legs, how many of each animal are there?
  16. 16. Course Overview •The GCSE course started inYear 9. •It takes 3 years. •The exams are in May or June 2018. •AQA Mathematics – 3 exams at the end of the course. •There is no coursework. 5 out of 4 people have difficulty with fractions
  17. 17. Course Content • Number 4 operations Surds Negative numbers Standard form Factors, multiples, primes Indices Fractions Rational Numbers Decimals Limits of Accuracy Percentages Ratio and Proportion BIDMAS 0.3333… = 1/3 0.6666… = 2/3 0.9999… = 3/3 = 1
  18. 18. Course Content • Algebra Substitution Quadratic equations Equations Algebraic Fractions Graphs Transforming Graphs Sequences Iteration Brackets Pre-Calculus Rearranging Formulae Trial and Improvement Simple quadratics Decimals Have a Point
  19. 19. Course Content • Shape and Space 2D shapes Trigonometry 3D shapes Vectors Area &Volume Circle Geometry Pythagoras Similar Shapes Transformations Spheres and Pyramids Angles Measures Constructions Simple trigonometry Why is the number 6 scared? Because 7 8 9.
  20. 20. Course Content • Statistics and Averages Histogram Probability Charts Cumulative Frequency Scatter Graph Box Plot Probability Tree Diagrams Surveys Conditional Probability If you think dogs can’t count, try putting 3 biscuits in your pocket and only giving Fido 2 of them.
  21. 21. Expectations Behaviour for learning Complete homework Do your best Complete practice papers Show your working Keep your book neat and accurate Attendance Be prepared for each lesson If there is a 50 – 50 chance that something will go wrong, then 9 times out 10 it will.
  22. 22. Equipment Calculator – have your own to become familiar with it Pen & Pencil Sharpener Ruler Protractor Rubber Compasses It is not how many times you fall that is important, it is how many times you get back up again.
  23. 23. Homework •Set twice per week •Year 10 consolidation tasks, learning, puzzles •Year 11 revision and practice papers •Should take between 30 – 40 minutes Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.
  24. 24. The Maths Exam AQA Mathematics (8300) Higher Old Grade A* A* A B B/C C New Grade 9 8 7 6 5 4 Foundation Old Grade B/C C D E F/G New Grade 5 4 3 2 1
  25. 25. The Maths Exam •AQA Mathematics (8300) •The higher the number, the higher the grade. •Set 1 and Set 2 follow the Higher course. •Set 3, Set 4 and Set 5 follow the Foundation course. Maths, the only place where you can buy 80 watermelons without anyone thinking you’re weird.
  26. 26. The Papers • Foundation Higher •Paper 1 non-calculator 80 marks 1h 30m 1h 30m •Paper 2 calculator 80 marks 1h 30m 1h 30m •Paper 3 calculator 80 marks 1h 30m 1h 30m •Any topic can appear on any paper Parallel lines have so much in common, it’s a shame they’ll never meet.
  27. 27. What do the students do? • Individual work and Paired work • Basic skills and applied skills • Familiar and unfamiliar situations • Multi-stage problems • Regular assessments to track progress • Targets set to enhance progress • Complete practice papers (Year 11) Maths is like true love, a simple idea but it can get complicated.
  28. 28. What can parents do? • Provide an appropriate place to work free from distraction • Be supportive and encouraging • Ask your child to explain what they have been doing • Get a revision guide • Check that homework and practice papers are completed • Do not say ‘well I was never any good at maths’. • If you are positive then your child will be positive. • If you have a concern contact the school. The will to succeed is not nearly so important as the will to prepare to succeed.
  29. 29. Websites •Mymaths •Mr Barton maths •bbc bitesize •Khan Academy •AQA for past papers The only way to learn Maths is to do Maths.
  30. 30. GCSE English Two GCSEs with separate grades awarded: English Language English Literature Spoken Language
  31. 31. Course Structure Language Literature Paper 1 (1hr 45) •Exploration in creative reading and writing. Paper 2 (1hr 45)  Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives. Paper 1 (1hr 45) •Shakespeare •19th Century Literature Text Paper 2 (2hr 15) •Modern Text/Play •Relationship Poetry •Unseen poetry.
  32. 32. What does the GCSE look like? • All exam • There are no tiers for the papers (Foundation or Higher) • Closed text exams • Grades will now be awarded in 9-1, with 9 being the highest (A*-G)
  33. 33. How can you help?
  34. 34. Five ways parents can help and support students in GCSE English. 1. Encourage reading- e.g. a range of fiction (various centuries)/ newspapers/ autobiographies. 2. Encourage proof reading i.e. checking for errors (spelling/punctuation/ change of tense) and finding opportunities for improvement. 3. Get to know the exams. 4. Read set texts (a handout is available), talking about the texts is invaluable. 5. Encourage organisation of work/resources
  35. 35. And some practical ideas… • Ask your son/daughter to write you a letter arguing for something they believe in/want to do/ think should change. • Read a novel/article/play/essay/auto-biography text together and discuss what you liked about it, how it made you both feel, etc. • Give your son/daughter a list of five words to learn how to spell and to use. BBC bitesize GCSE AQA:
  36. 36. Learning Quiz
  37. 37. 1. Will listening to classical music whilst studying help you learn?
  38. 38. 2. Is it better to spend 90 minutes revising one subject? OR 30 minutes revising three different subjects?
  39. 39. 3. Which of these approaches do you think would lead to biggest learning gains? 1. Study- test - study - test 2. Study - study - study - test 3. Study - test - test - test
  40. 40. In lessons… • Make good decisions • Put your hand up • Focus • Persevere • Be curious • Smile
  41. 41. At home…
  42. 42. Success at GCSE Evening As a result of this evening: Discuss what you could do as a family to ensure success at GCSE