# Year 10 Information Evening 30 th September 2014.

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Year 10 Information Evening 30 th September 2014

Aims of this evening Key dates Key changes Key people – English, Maths and Science staff. Key ways that you can support your child to achieve their full potential.

“The bad news is from now on time flies, the good news is you’re the pilot”

Attendance – Why is it important at KS4? Case Study This is Simon. He is in Year 10 He has an attendance of 90%. Is this good? What does it mean?

Case Study Simon and his parents think that 90% is pretty good, are they right? 90% attendance = ½ a day missed every week 1 school year at 90% attendance = 4 whole weeks of lessons missed. 90% attendance over 5 years of school = ½ a school year missed

What is the impact on Simon’s life? Research suggests that 17 missed school days in a year = a GCSE grade drop (DFES). An improvement in attendance by 1% will see a 5% improvement in attainment (DFES) The greater the attendance the greater the achievement.

Year 10 in a fortnight Students may think they have got forever BUT look at how many hours of lessons they actually have over this year: Options:5 hours every two weeks (13.5 days per subject) Core:English 8 hours every two weeks (22 days) Maths 7 hours every two weeks (19 days) Science 9 hours every two weeks (24 days) Due to time constraints you will often only cover each topic once. Learning it first time around is the key to successful revision and exam results.

Changes to assessment in English and Maths Grading for GCSEs has changed. A* to C will no longer be how achievement is measured. A new 9 grade scale will be created with 9 representing the top grade. Grade 5 will be about half to two thirds higher than that required for a C. (this is likely to become the new sought after level).

Ms Creswick English Lcreswick@nailsea.n- somerst.sch.uk

English Language Paper / Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes | 40% of qualification Section A (20%) – Reading Understanding of one extract (about 60-100 lines) of literature from the 20th century assessed through a range of structured questions. Section B (20%) – Prose Writing One creative writing task selected from a choice of four titles.

English Language Paper / Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing Written examination: 2 hours | 60% of qualification Section A (30%) – Reading Understanding of two extracts (about 900-1200 words in total) of non-fiction writing, one from the 19th century, the other from the 21st century, assessed through a range of structured questions. Section B (30%) – Writing Two compulsory transactional/persuasive writing tasks.

English Literature: Paper / Component 1 Shakespeare and Poetry Written examination – 2 hours - 40% of qualification Section A - (20%) Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet; OR Macbeth; OR Othello; OR Much Ado About Nothing; OR Henry V; OR The Merchant of Venice. One extract question and one essay question based on the reading of a Shakespeare text from the above prescribed list. Section B - (20%) Poetry from 1789 to present day Two questions based on poems from the Poetry Anthology, one of which involves comparison.

English Literature: Paper / Component 2 Post-1914 Prose/Drama, Century Prose and Unseen Poetry Written examination – 2 hours and 30 minutes - 60% of qualification Section A - (20%) Post-1914 prose/drama Lord of the Flies (Golding); OR The Woman in Black (Hill); OR An Inspector Calls (Priestley) Section B - (20%) 19th century prose A Christmas Carol (Dickens); OR War of the Worlds (Wells); OR The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Stevenson) Section C (20%) Unseen poetry from the 20th/21st century Two questions on unseen poems, one of which involves comparison.

Year & Term English Language English Literature Year 10 Term 1 Year 10 Term 1 Year 10 Term 2 Year 10 Term 2 Year 10 Term 3 Year 10 Term 3 Year 10 Term 4 Year 10 Term 4 Modern Prose/Drama (Paper 2) Study poetry anthology (Paper 1) Reading non-fiction (Paper 2) Transactional writing (Paper 2) Reading non-fiction (Paper 2) Transactional writing (Paper 2) Reading C20th fiction (Paper 1) Writing recount/narrative (Paper 1) Reading C20th fiction (Paper 1) Writing recount/narrative (Paper 1) Study of a Shakespeare play (Paper 1) Year 10 Terms 5&6 Year 10 Terms 5&6 Reading C20th fiction (Paper 1) The Year 10 Plan

10X1 Mrs Wisby  An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley  The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson  Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare 10Y1 Miss Creswick  The Woman in Black by Susan Hill  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens  Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. 10X2 Miss Parker  The Woman in Black by Susan Hill  The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson  Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare 10Y2 Ms Davies  An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens  Macbeth by William Shakespeare 10X3 Mrs Rutty  Lord of the Flies by William Golding  The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson  Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. 10Y3 Miss Figgures  Lord of the Flies by William Golding  The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson  Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

Useful resources and website: Eduqas www.eduqas.co.ukwww.eduqas.co.uk English Language http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/index.html http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english/creativewriting/ http://www.webenglishteacher.com/conventions.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english https://elt.oup.com/student/practicegrammar/?cc=gb&selLanguage=en http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zr9d7ty English Literature Listening Books – please ask English teacher for login details. BBC Bitesize – or websites such as sparknotes. GCSE POD – login details are with students.

Mrs Tinkler Maths GTinkler@nailsea.n-somerst.sch.uk

Overview of changes at GCSE New content at both Higher & Foundation tier An increase in content overall Higher order concepts for both tiers More formulae for students to learn A renewed focus on problem solving, proof and reasoning

Tiers of entry Foundation tier covers Grades: 1-5 (2017) Grades: G - low B (2016) Higher tier covers Grades: 4-9 (2017) Grades: C – A* (2016)

Useful resources for new GCSE Online edition of the CGP text book for the new GCSE will be given to all students Revision guides will be available to purchase through the school (£2.50) Mathswatch revision discs with videos, worksheets and answers (£4.00)

Useful websites www.mrbartonmaths.com/www.mrbartonmaths.com/ corbettmaths.com/ mymaths.co.uk (students have login)

Mrs Brown Science EBrown2@nailsea.n- somerst.sch.uk

Overview of changes at GCSE This year there are no changes at GCSE. Students will continue with our present courses until they are examined at in Summer 2016. Next year, new GCSE Science exams will be introduced for current year 9.

There are 3 courses studied:  Separate Sciences ( Triple Science)  Double Science  Cambridge Nationals

Double Science students will sit 4 exams at the end of year 11. There are two GCSES: Core Science ( based on year10 work) and Additional Science (based on year 11 work) Each of these GCSEs is examined separately in two exams. Each exam will contain questions about Biology, Chemistry and Physics There will also be two pieces of controlled assessment. Each will contribute to one exam.

Triple Science students will sit 9 exams at the end of year 11. They will sit 3 exams for each Science-one for each unit studied. They will also produce a piece of controlled assessment for each science.

Cambridge Nationals students These students are studying towards a qualification of which 25% is based upon an exam. The other 75% is awarded as a result of written assignments and practical. There are two qualifications one for year 10 and another for year 11. These students will sit an exam in year 10.

Tiers of entry for GCSE Foundation tier covers Grades: G-C Higher tier covers Grades: A*-D

Useful resources for Science Revision guides will be available to purchase through the school. These will be £ 6.00 (Double) and £9.00 for (Triple). Homework booklets are used containing past paper questions. Students will be able to buy packs of past paper questions and mark schemes to use. Students can also buy the accompanying work book for their revision guide.

Details of other resources We are studying AQA GCSE Science A. The following website gives you access to all past papers, mark schemes and the specification. http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse /science-a-4405 http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse /science-a-4405

Homework www.showmyhomework.co.uk Do contact Mrs Coates at the school if you do not have your log in details.

GCSE Pod www.gcsepod.com

The Role of the Parent/Carer Success Student TeachersParents/Carers

Stay in touch with your child's teachers. Know the course structure and requirements. Plan the schedule for work and formulate an agreed routine for study. Agree regular ‘check-ins’. Once a half- term is a good aim in Year 10. Tips for Parents, from Parents who survived!!

Communication Practical support Acknowledge difficulties but develop strategies for resilience. YOU are the expert on your child and can make a difference to their motivation and their ability to cope. Final words

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