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1 Wednesday 16 th October 2013

2 Contents Accelerated Reader The National Picture Year 9 Curriculum Overview English & Maths Key Dates How to Support your Child Next Steps - Year 9 Options

3 Some background……… 86% of students achieved 5 or more A* to C last year, 64% including English and Maths. The national picture is changing and examinations are becoming more challenging. We want every child to achieve in school in every subject they take. We want to prepare them for life beyond Boswells.

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5 'I can't find a book that is just right for me' 'I am struggling to read and understand this book' 'The books I'm reading are too easy for me' 'My book is not exciting enough' 'I want to read about my own interests' 'I want more choice in the books I read' Accelerated Reader will help

6 6 What is Accelerated Reader?

7 Logging on to take STAR Tests and AR Quizzes

8 What is STAR Reading? Quick test to find out the appropriate level of books for your own reading 25 multiple choice questions Answer questions with the keyboard Concentrate and try your best

9 What is my ZPD? Too Easy Too Hard ZPD: Just Right ZPD = Books that are just right for you! Make a note of your own ZPD

10 Choose and read your book carefully To get the best start choose books: - at the beginning of your ZPD - not too lengthy - something you find interesting – look at the blurb! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Dahl, Roald ATOS BL: 4.8 Points: 5.0 MY

11 Take your quiz as soon as you have finished the book Check that you have the right quiz – look at the quiz number! Hints for Quizzing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Dahl, Roald ATOS BL: 4.8 Points: 5.0 MY

12 Read each question and all possible answers carefully. If you get stuck - ask a teacher to help you read the question Don’t get distracted by your friends, concentrate! Hints for Quizzing

13 Check your TOPS report for quiz scores Record your score on your Reading Log Looking at your results

14 What book to choose next? Quiz Score below 80% Don’t give up! Choose shorter book or lower book level Quiz Score at 80% Good job! Choose book at same level and length if possible Quiz Score at 100% Well Done! Could move up a book level or attempt a longer book

15 Enjoy reading and quizzing! Remember to find out about using BookFinder and Home Connect Good luck and now over to you...

16 The national picture…… GCSEs and BTECs are becoming more rigorous. GCSE/A-level examinations can only be taken in the summer (apart from E & M GCSE resits in November). Early entry is discouraged (unless the student is ready). Students must stay in education until at least their 18 th birthday. All A-levels are likely to be stand alone qualifications by September 2016.

17 The Year 9 Curriculum Overview English (3 lessons) Mathematics (3 lessons) Science (3 lessons) Modern Foreign Language(s) (3 lessons) Technology (DT, Food, Business Studies – 2 lessons on rotation) PE (2 lessons) Geography (3 lessons per fortnight)

18 The Year 9 Curriculum (continued) History (3 lessons per fortnight) RE (1 lesson) Art (1 lesson) Dance (1 lesson) Drama (1 lesson) Music (1 lesson) ICT (1 lesson)

19 English and Maths Key qualifications for when students progress beyond key stage 4. English Language (60% examination, 40% controlled assessment). Mathematics (100% examination). Examination Boards:English (AQA) Mathematics (EdExcel)

20 English and Maths Year 9 students will start GCSE studies in English and Maths this year. Student attainment is may be presented as GCSE grades rather than levels in these subjects later in the year. Expected progress is approximately two-thirds of a grade per year. English will partly focus on preparing students for Controlled Assessments.

21 English Controlled Assessment Majority of English Language CA completed in Year 10 Critical to achieve well (worth 40%) One piece at the end of each half-term (the first piece is currently in progress) Under controlled conditions No scope for improvement, so important to get it right first time.

22 Controlled Assessment Classroom-based assessment under controlled conditions. Attendance and preparation are crucial. Should be aiming to achieve at least in line with overall grade. Cannot be improved, but a different piece can completed.

23 Science (from Year 10) Triple Science (needs to be chosen as an option) Separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics Double Science (sets 1 & 2) Core Science (Year 10); Additional Science (Year 11) BTEC Science (sets 3 & 4) Principles of Science (Year 10); Applications of Science (Year 11)

24 Key Dates – Year 9 DateEvent Week beginning 11 th NovemberYear 9 Interims (1) Monday 10 th MarchYear 9 KS4 Options Evening Week beginning 10 th MarchYear 9 Interims (2) Thursday 20 th MarchYear 9 Parents’ Evening Week beginning 28 th AprilYear 9 Internal Examinations Week beginning 7 th JulyYear 9 Reports

25 Key Elements for Success Attendance Organisation & planning Goals Ability Hard work Knowing their current attainment and how to improve

26 Supporting your Child Regular conversations about progress Encourage communication with teachers Attendance (please don’t book holidays in term time!) Controlled assessment Planners & Home Learning Accelerated Reader E-learning Reading (books, newspapers)

27 Concerns Please contact: For specific subjects, please contact your child’s teacher or the Head of Subject/Skill Area Cathy Rogers – Pastoral Manager (Years 7 - 9) Fiona Lovibond – Head of Year 9 Steve Mansell – Deputy Headteacher (Curriculum)

28 Next Steps - Options English Maths Science Modern Foreign Language PE RE 3 Options Choices

29 Next Steps – Options Year 9 Key Stage 4 Options Evening: Monday 10 th March 2014 Boswells’ Theatre 7pm

30 Thank you for attending…… You can find this presentation by following the link: Password:boswells1


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