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1 Helping my child to succeed at GCSE
‘Let your Light Shine’ Welcome

2 Key Staff Miss Brown: Assistant Headteacher Mrs McHale: Head of Year
Mr Clarke: Lead T&L Coordinator Mrs Hammill: Head of English Mr Medd: Head of Maths Dr Lear: Leader of School to School Partnership and Department Support (Science) Dr Goode: Head of Science & Biology Mr Davis: Head of RE Mrs Slater: SENCO

3 Student Subject Target Grades
The ‘Aspirational target grade’ is the GCSE grade that your child should achieve based on the KS2 SAT results. These grades were given to your child at the beginning of Year 10 for each subject studied. A B C D E F G U L4 Target Current Predicted

4 Student Progress Against Targets
The progress of your child is tracked throughout their GCSE courses. October 2013 (Year 10) – teachers assess progress March 2014: (Year 10) - teachers assess progress May 2014: (Year 10) - End of Year exams October 2014: (Year 11) teachers assessed progress November 2014: (Year 11) - Mock exams March 2015: (Year 11) teacher assessed progress March 2015: (Year 11) English and Maths Mock exams June 2015 – GCSE Examinations N.B. As a result of monitoring progress, student class moves may result at our discretion

5 Achieving the targets-Support (Overview)
Planning and revision materials have been given to Year 11 students. Tutorial time has been spent planning a revision programme. All students will experience a study skills session to prepare them with revision techniques Revision classes and Booster classes Tues: Maths Wed: Science Thurs: English N.B. Revision attendance is not considered optional

6 In school “Revision Booster” sessions May 2014 · Students attend revision booster sessions for subjects they are studying. · All other times pupils are revising with their teachers in lesson. · When they have completed the exams for a subject they are to use this lesson time to revise for other subjects and are supported by their class teacher. Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 P5 and 6 MFL 9 P1 and 2 RE Biology 10 11 12 13 8-9 am Pre exam Prep—Biology 11-12pm Pre exam Prep—Geography 14 Chemistry 15 8-9am Pre exam Prep Chemistry P5 and 6 History 16 P3 Pre exam prep PE 17 18 19 P1, 2 , 3 - Physics 20 8-9am pre exam prep—Physics 21 P1 and 2 Geography P 5 and 6 History 22 P3—pre exam prep English Lit 23 24 HALF TERM 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

7 Revision Tips Top 5 revision strategies based on academic research and evidence: #1: Retrieval Practice Retrieval practice means self testing Retrieving knowledge AND skill from memory Quick quizzes Mix up the content of the quizzes #2: Mnemonics/Acronyms Knowledge and skills ‘Many Vile Earthlings Munch Jam Sandwiches Under Newspaper Piles’ BRAT DAMITT PEEL/PEEC

8 Revision Tips Top 5 revision strategies based on academic research and evidence: #3:Elaboration This is the process of finding additional layers of meaning in your work. Concepts Structures Interrelationships How does it relate to life outside of school and the ‘real world’.

9 Use Revision Tips Top 5 revision strategies based on academic research and evidence: #4: Deliberate Practice Repeated deliberate practice of exam skills Drafting and crafting the perfect exam answer singularly, rather than sitting full papers endlessly. *Stop seeing repetition as being the enemy of creativity, fun or higher order thinking.

10 Use Revision Tips Top 5 revision strategies based on academic research and evidence: #5: Avoid the following Re-reading of notes Endless highlighting of notes/ information Constant re-writing of content Visual/Auditory/Kinaesthetic

11 The Revision Planner Mon 20th Tues 21st Wed 22nd Thur 23rd Fri 24th
Sat 25th Sun 26th Homework Coursework Revision


13 Student Revision Mat


15 Departmental Revision Guides

16 Key Dates for Year 11 students
Mock exams: All subjects 17th 26th November 2014 Extra English and Maths Mock 2nd – 6th March Sixth form Open evening: 23rd October 2014 Parent’s evening: 4th February 2015 Day of Celebration: 29th April 2014 Record of Achievement/Day of celebration: 29th April GCSE Summer exams: 11th May-24th June 2014 Leaver’s Ball: 26th June 2015

17 How do I seek advice from the school?
If you need any advice from the school contact Mrs McHale Head of Year If there is a personal issue Mrs Hughes school social worker or Miss O’Neill, School Chaplain, are available. If there is an attendance issue Mr. Humble leads the attendance team. You could communicate with subject staff or mentors (where applicable) via the planner.

18 A Partnership You are the expert on your own child and always have been his or her most important teacher. Your support, encouragement and interest can make a spectacular difference to your child’s motivation and ability to cope with demands of GCSE.

19 I don’t understand all these controlled assessments, levels and exams – its completely different from when I was at school. I can’t stand the arguments when I try to help.... I’m surprised she’s not got any homework, I expected more in Year 11 Surely she shouldn’t be going out again when she’s studying for GCSE’s? He’s always got an excuse, I don’t know what to believe! Common frustrations/reactions from Parents. I’ll just write her a note to excuse her late homework, just this once....

20 Attendance A GCSE in under 5 days???
You may think you’ve got forever BUT look at how many hours of lessons you have in Year 11. Eng/Maths/Sci days (3hrs per week) Opted Subjects 3.16 days (2hrs per week) You will cover most topics only once in these hours so learning first time round is the key to successful revision and exam results! Every Lesson Counts!!!!!!!!!!!

21 Your role may include some or all of the following:
Attendance Officer Banker – paying for files, pens etc. Project manager – rules for homework, getting study/social life balance right. Sounding board and Adviser – helping your child to verbalise any frustrations they may face. Study Buddy – showing an interest in the subject, helping with homework, testing them.

22 What you can do right now:
Check your child’s planner weekly and sign it. Use the planner to communicate with HOY/Tutor/Subject teacher. Ensure your child is equipped for each and every lesson. Check your child is completing homework, encourage good presentation of work in books. Show an interest – ask them to explain what they are enjoying at school? Ensure your child attends and is punctual every day. Support the School.

23 Rewards System Using new SIMS system in school, teachers, tutors and Heads of Year can add achievement points to each students profile. Year 11 students are aware of these points and should strive to gain as many positive achievement points as they can each term as these will be rewarded.


25 Subject Leader for English Mrs Hammill

26 Pathway: GCSE English Language
A1 Mrs Hammill A2 Mrs Reed A3 Mr McNally A4 Mrs Stebbing A5 Mrs Lillie

27 GCSE English Literature 2014 A*- C pass rate: 93.89%

28 Pathway: GCSE English B1 Miss McLean B2 Mrs Reed B3 Mrs Hammill B4 Mrs Stebbing B5 Mrs Lillie

29 Controlled Assessment 40%
Learning this year Controlled Assessment 40% Unit 1 Exam 60%

30 English Department mock exam
Week 8 of this half-term

31 June 2014 GCSE English Language/ English exam
Week 1 after May half-term Unit 1: GCSE English exam: Tuesday 2nd June (AM) Weekly revision classes: Thursday pm. Revision work booklets written by our department. Breakfast revision on the day of the exam from 8am-please help with transport. Booster sessions for Controlled Assessment and Exam. Buy revision guides CPG.

32 The maths department

33 Exam Board Information
Edexcel Linear Course Mathematics A (1MA0) Website:

34 Exam Information Two possible tiers of entry
Higher tier – grades A*- D (E allowed) Foundation tier – grades C – G Two written papers: each contributes 50% of the final grade. Pupils will sit two exam papers each 1 hour 45 minutes. Paper 1 – Non calculator Paper 2 – Calculator 100 marks on each paper

35 Exam dates Thursday 4th June (AM) Monday 8th June (AM)
Paper 1 and then paper 2 exam dates for both Higher and Foundation

36 Level 2 Further Maths Only a small number of students studying (in Mr Medd’s class) AQA Linear Course Can also achieve A^ (A* with distinction!) Level 2 Further Mathematics (8360) Website:

37 Exam Information Two written papers: non-calc contributes 40% of the final grade, calc 60%. Pupils will sit two exam papers: non-calc 1 hour 30 minutes, calc 2 hours. Paper 1 – Non calculator Paper 2 – Calculator

38 Exam dates Monday 15th June (AM) Friday 19th June (AM)
Paper 1 and then paper 2 exam dates for both Higher and Foundation

39 Assessments & Intervention
Monitoring Revision classes Assessments will take place throughout year 11. Mock exams will take place at the beginning of December. As a result of assessment we will monitor the results and intervention will be put in place for those pupils who are underachieving and support will be provided a letter will be sent out to parents when these pupils are identified to keep you informed. There other support sessions going on in school Mrs Witte runs a study support session several nights after school and these pupils are provided with work. Intervention

40 Scientific calculator
Equipment required Pen Pencil Ruler Rubber Protractor Compass Scientific calculator Green pen Ask for support with equipment

41 Revision material Pupils are able to place an order for any of these items with class teachers and we will order these through school. The money must be brought in before the order will be placed. Calculators can be bought from the maths department.

42 Useful websites Login: newminster
Password: equation14 Some useful revision websites.

43 Sixth Form We offer Maths and Further Maths in sixth form.
A minimum of a B grade is needed to study ordinary Maths in the Sixth form. A minimum of an A grade is needed to study Further Maths.

44 Success in GCSE Science The Journey
Dr C Lear & Dr D Goode

45 Our Vision To work together with our students and with you as parents/carers to deliver the best quality education and life chances for the pupils and the community we serve. To motivate, inspire, educate and deliver success. To encourage aspirations.

46 Science in Year 11 GCSE Science A (AQA) GCSE Additional Science (AQA)
Separate Science GCSEs in Biology, Physics and Chemistry (AQA) BTEC First Award in Principles and Applications (EDEXCEL)

47 GCSE: Key Points Dual award students who passed Science A
The GCSE exams are in the Summer term, whilst the BTEC principles examination will be in March with a possible resit in June. Dual award students who passed Science A Dual award students who still have to achieve C or above in Science A Separate Sciences Number of exams 3 6 9 ISA (25%) 1 to complete 2 to complete May need 1 resit ISA All year 11 GCSE students will sit mock exams in November

48 Separate Science (Triple award)
Key Exam Dates Dual Award Separate Science (Triple award) Unit 2 Biology th May Unit 2 Chemistry 14th May Unit 2 Physics th May Unit 1 Biology th June Unit 2 Chemistry 9th June Unit 1 Physics th June Unit 2 and Unit 3 Biology th May Unit 2 and Unit 3 Chemistry 14th May Unit 2 and Unit 3 Physics th May Unit 1 Biology th June Unit 1 Chemistry th June Unit 1 Physics th June

49 GCSE Coursework SCIENCE COURSEWORK counts for 25% of the GCSE grade. It involves researching an experiment, writing a plan under exam conditions, carrying out the experiment and then completing a second exam paper. Year 11 ISA 3 preparation will be from 3rd November onwards ISA assessment day = 11th November Please ensure that your child is in school during that time.

50 BTEC BTEC Firsts - Most students who studied Principles of Applied Science course in year 10 have continued on to study the Application of Applied Science course in year 11. Application of Applied Science - 75% of the course is internally assessed assignment work. 25% of the course is an externally assessed exam. Principles of Applied Science – revisits Year 10 work with emphasis on exam preparation.

51 Exam dates: BTEC Firsts
Course Unit Date Application of Applied Science 8 Scientific Skills 2nd March Written paper. Unit 8 Scientific Skills (only if a resit required ) 22nd May Written paper Principles of Applied Science Unit 1 Principles of Science 4th March (only if resit required) 15th May

52 Statistics In 2014: Additional Science: A*-C = 78%
Science A: A*-C = 84% BTEC: Passes = 100% Overall Sciences (including BTEC and Separate Sciences): A*-C = 86%

53 Progression Beyond Year 11
A level sciences You don’t need to do Separate Science GCSEs to pursue a career in Science! It is entirely possible for a student to move on to great success in Science A levels and University courses after doing Dual award Science if they obtain B B or above. Sixth form Applied Science A student who obtains a Merit or Distinction in BTEC Applied Science may move on to level 3 Applied Science which opens the doors to a wide range of careers.

54 Destinations Beyond Sixth Form
This year 84% of students who came through A level Sciences at St Robert’s went on to study at University. 25% of them went on to study highly competitive courses such as Medicine, Law, Pharmacy and Veterinary Sciences.

55 How can you support your son/daughter’s learning in Science?
Ensure they complete all homework tasks. Meet deadlines, revise for exams, get good ISA results first time round. Support and additional help to achieve the best possible results. Make sure they prepare fully for the exams in May and June. Encourage them to attend Wednesday evening revision sessions which will start in the spring term. We also recommend buying a Revision Guide – available from the Science department for £4.50.

56 Moving Forward You must reflect by looking back and learning from Year 10 but we are now moving forward towards the final exams. We must build on what we have learnt from Year 10 and now work hard with determination and support to ensure we are successful in Year 11.

57 For Our Students Remember.. ..... It’s About Your Future.
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt

58 Thank you for Listening
We will be sending out letters soon with key information including our Science expectations. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at any time.

59 The Provision of Religious Education in Year 11
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9)

60 “Provision for Catholic education is outstanding
“Provision for Catholic education is outstanding. Section 48 Inspection Report, April 2012

61 Section 48 Inspection Report
“In key stage four (KS4) attainment is outstanding and pupils make very good progress. Section 48 Inspection Report April 2012

62 Different Pathways: Key Stage 4 RE
AQA GCSE 3 hours of RE per week 2 exams in May / June 2015 All students have the opportunity to achieve up to an A* in the subject. Edexcel GCSE 3 hours of RE per week 2 exams in May / June 2015 All students have the opportunity to achieve up to an A* in the subject. The two pathways are designed to cater for the individual strengths of each student.

63 GCSE results 2013 A. -C = 68. 75% GCSE results 2014 A. -C = 73. 4% A
GCSE results 2013 A*-C = 68.75% GCSE results 2014 A*-C = 73.4% A*-E = 100%

64 Maximising success in RE
Take advantage of revision materials provided by the department. Attend revision sessions (in class and online) Complete homework tasks to the best of your ability Begin revision early – remember you will be examined on both Year 10 and Year 11 work.

65 What next? Year 13 - Christian Theology and Philosophy
Year 12 - Christian Ethics Year 13 - Christian Theology and Philosophy Currently 94 students in Year 12 and 77 in Year 13. One of the largest cohorts of opted students across Sixth Form and outstanding results in Year 12 & Year 13: Year = 93.2% A*-C and 70% A*-B Year = 69.5% A-C and 50% A-B

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