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1 Year 11 Parents’ Information Evening 25 th February 2010 Preparing for GCSE Examinations

2 ‘The truth about exams’ Exams are not designed to catch you out. Exams are not designed to catch you out. They provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your abilities. They provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your abilities. Examiners like giving marks to people who do what is asked of them. Examiners like giving marks to people who do what is asked of them. Exams can be completed in the allotted time. Exams can be completed in the allotted time. Everyone’s memory is sufficient. Everyone’s memory is sufficient.

3 Reflecting Mock Examinations  Revision strategies  Mock Examination Results  Tiers of Entry Year 11 Reports  Teacher Comments  Targets for further development  Attainment grades

4 Supporting Revision: School Tutorial- study skills (target groups) Tutorial- study skills (target groups) Revision guides Revision guides After school sessions After school sessions Easter revision sessions Easter revision sessions Resources/links on the learning platform Resources/links on the learning platform Mentoring Mentoring Outside speakers (Tom Barwood; Positively Mad) Outside speakers (Tom Barwood; Positively Mad)

5 Subject Specific Information English English Maths Maths Science Science RE RE Modern Foreign Languages Modern Foreign Languages

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7 GCSE English The nuts and bolts…

8 Where the marks go: Coursework: 20% Reading and Writing 20% Speaking and Listening This is done in school during Years 10 and 11; The written components have already been completed; the spoken component will be completed this half-term. Examinations: 30% Paper 1: Media and non-fiction (reading) Writing to discuss, argue, persuade 30% Paper 2: Poetry from other cultures (reading) Writing to inform, explain, describe

9 Paper 1: Section A (Reading Media and non- fiction) A series of short answer questions on 2 unseen stimuli – text, image, prose, adverts, reviews, fiction &c. You will need to be able to analyse, discuss and compare writers’ intentions, meanings, techniques and outcomes. How should I revise? Reading a range of texts, from fiction to adverts to charity letters – what does the writer want me to consider and how does he achieve it? Reading a range of texts, from fiction to adverts to charity letters – what does the writer want me to consider and how does he achieve it? Revising the terminology for analysing writers’ craft and stylistic features Revising the terminology for analysing writers’ craft and stylistic features

10 Paper 1: Section B (Writing to discuss, argue, persuade) A choice of 4 questions, from which you choose 1; Each choice is one of the styles of writing, plus a 4 th which combines 2. Examiners always link written tasks into the stimulus material from Section A. How should I revise? Think about a range of issues or debates and try to formulate a response from both sides of the argument; Think about a range of issues or debates and try to formulate a response from both sides of the argument; Revising the stylistic features for each style of writing – try to write a recipe! Revising the stylistic features for each style of writing – try to write a recipe! Remembering to apply PAFL/FAP to any given task; Remembering to apply PAFL/FAP to any given task; Remembering the aspects of written English you had identified for improvement from the mock exams – don’t make the same mistakes twice! Remembering the aspects of written English you had identified for improvement from the mock exams – don’t make the same mistakes twice!

11 Paper 2: Section A (Reading – Poetry from other cultures) You will have studied the poems from ‘Cluster 1’ of the Anthology; The exam question will ask you to compare two poems - the examiner will give you the theme to discuss, as well as one of the poems you must discuss. The 2 nd poem is your choice. How should I revise? Make sure you have detailed notes on all of the poems from ‘Cluster 1’ or ‘Cluster 2’ in the Anthology; Make sure you have detailed notes on all of the poems from ‘Cluster 1’ or ‘Cluster 2’ in the Anthology; Revise the terminology to enable you to discuss the poets’ methodology and effects; Revise the terminology to enable you to discuss the poets’ methodology and effects; Try to draw comparative links between the poems; Try to draw comparative links between the poems; Plan answers to sample questions. Plan answers to sample questions.

12 Paper 2: Section B (Writing to inform, explain, describe) A choice of 4 questions, from which you choose 1; Each choice is one of the styles of writing, plus a 4 th which combines 2. How should I revise? Think about a range of issues or debates and try to formulate a response from both sides of the argument; Think about a range of issues or debates and try to formulate a response from both sides of the argument; Revising the stylistic features for each style of writing – try to write a recipe! Revising the stylistic features for each style of writing – try to write a recipe! Remembering to apply PAFL/FAP to any given task; Remembering to apply PAFL/FAP to any given task; Remembering the aspects of written English you had identified for improvement from the mock exams – don’t make the same mistakes twice! Remembering the aspects of written English you had identified for improvement from the mock exams – don’t make the same mistakes twice!

13 General advice… Make sure you know the requirements of each exam paper; Make sure you know the requirements of each exam paper; Make sure you’re able to discuss the techniques and methodology of writers at work in reading questions, otherwise you’ll just describe; Make sure you’re able to discuss the techniques and methodology of writers at work in reading questions, otherwise you’ll just describe; Make sure you know which techniques to employ in each of the writing tasks to be successful. Make sure you know which techniques to employ in each of the writing tasks to be successful.

14 GCSE English Literature The nuts and bolts…

15 Where the marks go… Coursework: 30% assessed over three essays; This component has already been completed in school. Examination: 23% Modern novel (Of Mice and Men, Heroes) 47% Poetry (Armitage & Duffy, with pre- 1914 poetry)

16 Section A: Prose novel A choice of 2 questions on the novel studied. You will need to be able to analyse and discuss writers’ intentions, meanings, techniques and outcomes; You will also need to be able to give specific and detailed references to the text for higher grades. How should I revise? Re-read your novel; Re-read your novel; Make sure you have notes on key themes and characters; Make sure you have notes on key themes and characters; Revising the terminology for analysing writers’ craft and stylistic features Revising the terminology for analysing writers’ craft and stylistic features

17 Section B: Poetry A choice of 3 questions, covering Armitage, Duffy and pre-1914 poems You will need to be able to analyse, discuss and compare writers’ intentions, meanings, techniques and outcomes. The main marks go on two things – The main marks go on two things – i) Your ability to compare 4 poems; ii) Your ability to discuss and analyse poets’ methods and features of language How should I revise? Make sure you have detailed notes on poems of Armitage, Duffy and pre-1914 poems; Make sure you have detailed notes on poems of Armitage, Duffy and pre-1914 poems; Make sure you know how to draw links thematically between the poems; Make sure you know how to draw links thematically between the poems;

18 General revision CGP / Collins revision guides (deadline for payment on Friday); students have been given a letter; CGP / Collins revision guides (deadline for payment on Friday); students have been given a letter; www.bbc.co.uk/gcsebitesize - series of good revision activities on specific texts and papers; www.bbc.co.uk/gcsebitesize - series of good revision activities on specific texts and papers; www.bbc.co.uk/gcsebitesize Read over mock exams – ensure you don’t make the same errors twice; follow marker’s advice; Read over mock exams – ensure you don’t make the same errors twice; follow marker’s advice; www.aqa.org.uk – past papers and mark-schemes are available under assessment material section of English ‘A’ GCSE. www.aqa.org.uk – past papers and mark-schemes are available under assessment material section of English ‘A’ GCSE. www.aqa.org.uk

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20 GCSE Mathematics 2010 St. Paul’s Catholic School

21 Let’s begin…. Think of a number Think of a number Double it Double it Add ten Add ten Divide by 2 Divide by 2 Take away the number you first thought of Take away the number you first thought of The answer is……5 The answer is……5

22 Revising for Maths www.mymaths.co.uk www.mymaths.co.uk www.mymaths.co.uk CGP Revision Guide CGP Revision Guide www.st-pauls.org.uk www.st-pauls.org.uk www.st-pauls.org.uk Past Papers and Grade Descriptors

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26 Key Dates Higher and Foundation: Monday 7 th June 2010 – Non Calculator Paper Friday 11 th June 2010 - Calculator Paper

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28 Preparations for GCSE Additional Science (the Year 11 modules) St. Paul’s Science Department

29 Just to recap: GCSE Science (Year 10) GCSE Science (Year 10) 2 examined units (some students resat in January: awaiting results). 2 examined units (some students resat in January: awaiting results). Science In The News + Can Do tasks (33%). Science In The News + Can Do tasks (33%). GCSE Additional Science (Year 11) GCSE Additional Science (Year 11) 2 examined units (this summer). 2 examined units (this summer). Research Study (done) and Data Task (March 10).(33%) Research Study (done) and Data Task (March 10).(33%)

30 So where are we now? Coursework is now called “Assessment of skills” and has a weighting of 33% towards this summer’s grade. Coursework is now called “Assessment of skills” and has a weighting of 33% towards this summer’s grade. It is broken down into: It is broken down into: (1) Research Study (24 marks) (2) Data Task (30 marks)(more to follow) (2) Data Task (30 marks)(more to follow) (3) Practical Skills (6 marks)(a mark is awarded by the teachers based on your child’s general performance in practical-based sessions). (3) Practical Skills (6 marks)(a mark is awarded by the teachers based on your child’s general performance in practical-based sessions).

31 Data Tasks are happening at the moment 10 th March is the date for the writing up to be precise. 10 th March is the date for the writing up to be precise. The topic is on “Fuses and Electrical Safety”. Full details on the Learning Platform. The topic is on “Fuses and Electrical Safety”. Full details on the Learning Platform. Students have done practical work on this and in preparation in lessons (and at home), they have: Students have done practical work on this and in preparation in lessons (and at home), they have: Collected sample results which they need to bring to the session Collected sample results which they need to bring to the session Received a sheet of questions which they can rehearse in advance. E.g. drawing the graph effectively, making a list of evaluation points…this sheet should also be brought to the Wednesday session. Received a sheet of questions which they can rehearse in advance. E.g. drawing the graph effectively, making a list of evaluation points…this sheet should also be brought to the Wednesday session.

32 Any further controlled assessments We are at present looking at those students who for one reason or another have not completed all of the coursework requirements. We are at present looking at those students who for one reason or another have not completed all of the coursework requirements. Letters will go home suggesting that the student attends an after-school session (date tbc) to complete this. Letters will go home suggesting that the student attends an after-school session (date tbc) to complete this. Any requests for retakes must be discussed with your lead teacher/Miss Lintern/Mr. Palmer and implemented BEFORE EASTER. Any requests for retakes must be discussed with your lead teacher/Miss Lintern/Mr. Palmer and implemented BEFORE EASTER.

33 And what about this summer? After the “skills assessment”, there are two further content-based examination papers (each with a weighting of 33%) which cover the material studied since September. After the “skills assessment”, there are two further content-based examination papers (each with a weighting of 33%) which cover the material studied since September. The Christmas mock (Unit 3) (now available for review on the Learning Platform) was based on the first paper. The Christmas mock (Unit 3) (now available for review on the Learning Platform) was based on the first paper. The Unit 4 mock will run on Wed 31 March in lessons. A past paper on this is on the Learning Platform. The Unit 4 mock will run on Wed 31 March in lessons. A past paper on this is on the Learning Platform.

34 What should your child take away from the mocks? The evaluation of these is crucial. The evaluation of these is crucial. It informs where your child is at both in terms of: It informs where your child is at both in terms of: Content (e.g. great at photosynthesis but needs to look at forces – recent reports made many comments on this) Content (e.g. great at photosynthesis but needs to look at forces – recent reports made many comments on this) Skills (e.g. interpreting data, making well- informed conclusions, predictions etc.) Skills (e.g. interpreting data, making well- informed conclusions, predictions etc.) Examination technique – careful reading of questions, use of subject-specific language. Examination technique – careful reading of questions, use of subject-specific language.

35 What can be done with this information? This is where revision guides and workbooks come in: This is where revision guides and workbooks come in: I have already been issued So have I!

36 1. Use me to look in the index at the areas of weakness (mock papers were returned) 2. Bring to every lesson 3. Note areas of the workbook that correspond to lessons being covered. 4. Complete relevant pages and request marking and feedback.

37 DO NOT WAIT TO DO ALL THIS UNTIL AFTER EASTER. DO NOT WAIT TO DO ALL THIS UNTIL AFTER EASTER. THIS WILL BE TOO LATE. THIS WILL BE TOO LATE. Start using it last week!! Start using it last week!!

38 Exam dates Paper 3Wed 26 May AM Paper 3Wed 26 May AM Paper 4 Wed 9 June PM Paper 4 Wed 9 June PM We break up for half term on Friday 28 May. And for Triple Y11 BiologyWed 9 June PM Y11 BiologyWed 9 June PM Y11 ChemistryWed 16 June AM Y11 ChemistryWed 16 June AM Y11 PhysicsFri 18 June PM Y11 PhysicsFri 18 June PM

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40 Preparations for GCSE RE (Year 11 ) St. Paul’s Religious Education Department Summer 2010

41 The Exam Ed excel exam board Ed excel exam board www.edexcel.org.uk Unit J Unit J 2 hours 2 hours 50% of final GCSE grade-it will be combined with the year 10 unit C result 50% of final GCSE grade-it will be combined with the year 10 unit C result 24 th May 2010 (AM) 24 th May 2010 (AM)

42 Topics covered on the exam Beliefs and Values Beliefs and Values Community and Tradition Community and Tradition Worship and Celebration Worship and Celebration Living the Christian Life Living the Christian Life Christian Vocation Christian Vocation

43 For each topic there is a choice of two sets of questions and pupils must answer a whole set of questions on each of the five topics. For each topic there is a choice of two sets of questions and pupils must answer a whole set of questions on each of the five topics. This means pupils will have approximately 22.5 minutes to answer each of the first four sets of questions and 30 minutes to answer Christian Vocation as this is the extended writing section. This means pupils will have approximately 22.5 minutes to answer each of the first four sets of questions and 30 minutes to answer Christian Vocation as this is the extended writing section.

44 EXAM SKILLS There are 4 types of questions on the exam paper A type questions 2 marks (DEFINE) Pupils will need to recall a definition of one of their key words. B type questions 6 marks (DESCRIBE) Pupils will be asked to outline or describe an issue. Here they must recall and select key points of information. C type questions 8 marks (EXPLAIN) Pupils will need to explain something usually making 4 points. Here pupils will also need to use source evidence to help their explanations such as biblical evidence. Pupils will be awarded marks for the quality of the written communication here. D type questions 4 marks (EVALUATE) Pupils will be given a statement and be asked the question ‘Do you agree? show that you have considered more than one point of view. Pupils must discuss both sides of the issue showing views for and against.

45 What are pupils already doing to prepare for this? Regular homework tasks and practice exam questions in lessons. Regular homework tasks and practice exam questions in lessons. Pupils sat the Mock exam in December where they answered 3 sets of questions on the covered so far. Pupils sat the Mock exam in December where they answered 3 sets of questions on the covered so far. Every pupil has received detailed feedback on each section of the exam with clear targets to support their progress Every pupil has received detailed feedback on each section of the exam with clear targets to support their progress

46 What will happen now? 4 weeks prior to the exam all lessons in RE will be revision based. 4 weeks prior to the exam all lessons in RE will be revision based. However it is vital that pupils are learning the content for their exam at home as the revision lessons will be largely skills based. However it is vital that pupils are learning the content for their exam at home as the revision lessons will be largely skills based. As part of these lessons the RE department will also be providing revision materials for pupils As part of these lessons the RE department will also be providing revision materials for pupils

47 Independent preparation for the summer exam Catholic Christianity Revision Guide Catholic Christianity Revision Guide (Details of this book are available on the learning platform) Most year 11 pupils have already bought a copy of this but there are still a few available in school. Using the variety of revision resources that are available on the learning platform including practice exam questions and model answers. Using the variety of revision resources that are available on the learning platform including practice exam questions and model answers.

48 Pupils retaking Year 10 Unit C exam You will have been notified with a letter in the post if this applies to your child. You will have been notified with a letter in the post if this applies to your child. We are offering a series of revision sessions to support these pupils as the year 10 material will not be covered again in lesson time. We are offering a series of revision sessions to support these pupils as the year 10 material will not be covered again in lesson time. THESE BEGIN ON MONDAY 1 st MARCH THESE BEGIN ON MONDAY 1 st MARCH

49 Monday 1 st March Believing in God Monday 8 th March Matters of life and death Monday 15th March Marriage and family life Monday 22 nd March Religion and the Media Monday 29 th March Social Harmony EASTER HOLIDAYS Monday 19 TH April Exam skills Monday 26 th April Mock exam Monday 3 rd May BANK HOLIDAY Monday 10 th May Mock exam Feedback

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51 Languages exams Reading Paper (25%) – Higher and Foundation Reading Paper (25%) – Higher and Foundation Listening Paper (25%) – H and F Listening Paper (25%) – H and F Writing Paper (25%) – H and F Writing Paper (25%) – H and F Speaking Exam (25%) – H and F Speaking Exam (25%) – H and F Foundation: Grade G – C Foundation: Grade G – C Higher: Grade D – A* Higher: Grade D – A*

52 Speaking Exam Week beginning Monday 26 th April, 2010 Week beginning Monday 26 th April, 2010 1. Role Play 2. Presentation (“Transcript”): 1 ½ minutes Discussion of presentation (“Follow-up questions”): 1 ½ minutes 3. General Discussion (questions in “Talksheet book”): Foundation 4-6 mins, Higher 6-8 mins

53 Revision Exam skills and grammar: Exam skills and grammar: Full engagement in lessons Full engagement in lessons Vocabulary learning Vocabulary learning 5-10 minutes every day 5-10 minutes every day Speaking presentation: Speaking presentation: Twice a week Twice a week Motivation Motivation

54 Resources Your class mates – Find a learning partner! Your class mates – Find a learning partner! Your teacher! Your teacher! Revision Guide (Spanish & French with Listening CD and exercises/task sheets) Revision Guide (Spanish & French with Listening CD and exercises/task sheets) Exam board: www.aqa.org.uk (for past papers) Exam board: www.aqa.org.uk (for past papers)www.aqa.org.ukwww.aqa.org.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ (for exam style practice questions) http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ (for exam style practice questions) http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/ (for themed video clips) http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/ (for themed video clips) http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/ http://www.s-cool.co.uk (for free GCSE revision tips) http://www.s-cool.co.uk (for free GCSE revision tips) http://www.s-cool.co.uk

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56 Supporting Revision: Home Implementing a revision timetable Implementing a revision timetable Providing a space Providing a space Encouraging independent study Encouraging independent study Reflecting upon reports Reflecting upon reports Contacting staff / mentors with concerns Contacting staff / mentors with concerns Offering advice and support Offering advice and support Supporting organisation of uniform and equipment Supporting organisation of uniform and equipment Checking the exam timetable- displaying it in a visible place Checking the exam timetable- displaying it in a visible place Supporting with Attendance & Punctuality Supporting with Attendance & Punctuality

57 Weekly Revision Timetable REVISION PLANNER Week beginning MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday 9am 10am 11am 12 noon 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm 6pm 7pm 8pm Checklist for planning:  make a list of all topics to revise  highlight those parts of your work you’re not sure of, and give them more time  ensure that there’s enough time to go through each topic several times  make sure that you cover every topic at least once  leave some time during the final week of revision to cover the most difficult topics again  cover several subjects during revision sessions  divide each topic into manageable parts.

58 Active Learning and Revision Strategies Bullet point important points Bullet point important points Draw diagrams and flow charts Draw diagrams and flow charts Test yourself by covering an original drawing, drawing it again, then checking it against the original Test yourself by covering an original drawing, drawing it again, then checking it against the original Read out loud Read out loud Underlining or highlighting key points or quotations Underlining or highlighting key points or quotations Making up word games or mnemonics to help you Making up word games or mnemonics to help you Persuading someone to test you Persuading someone to test you Working through past papers Working through past papers

59 Beating Exam Stress Communicate with others Communicate with others Plan your time wisely Plan your time wisely Take time to relax Take time to relax Eat well Eat well Sleep well Sleep well Exercise Exercise

60 Expressive Arts Exam Information Art Art Work, Rest and Play preparation should be well underway. Work, Rest and Play preparation should be well underway. Exams begin w/c Monday 3 rd May 2010 Exams begin w/c Monday 3 rd May 2010 Drama Drama Students are examined on Thursday 25 th and Friday 26 th March, 2010 with public performances on 17 th and 18 th March. Students are examined on Thursday 25 th and Friday 26 th March, 2010 with public performances on 17 th and 18 th March. Music Music Performances and compositions should be all completed by Friday 19 th March, 2010. Performances and compositions should be all completed by Friday 19 th March, 2010. PE PE Any outstanding PEPs and videos to class teacher asap. Any outstanding PEPs and videos to class teacher asap. The final practical exam begins w/c Monday 22 nd March, 2010. The final practical exam begins w/c Monday 22 nd March, 2010.

61 Tuesday 24 th August 2010, GCSE Results Day Tuesday 24 th August 2010, GCSE Results Day Post 16 at St. Paul’s Post 16 at St. Paul’s Sixth Form / College Sixth Form / College National Apprenticeship Service National Apprenticeship Service Employment Employment Training Training

62 Opportunities to celebrate achievement: Final Awards Assembly Final Awards Assembly Tuesday 30 th March 2010, 8:50am Tuesday 30 th March 2010, 8:50am Mass of Celebration Mass of Celebration Wednesday 28 th April 2010, 7:30pm Wednesday 28 th April 2010, 7:30pm

63 Thank you and Good Luck!


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