Presentation on theme: "Year 11 Information Evening"— Presentation transcript:
1 Year 11 Information Evening Welcome and thank you for dedicating your time tonightPlease complete your Learning Styles Questionnaire before we start
2 Agenda Review of Options pathways available post 16 Reflection on progress towards these pathways; student’s latest Traffic Light ReportsGrade Boundary challengesWhat the College will doWhat parents can doWhat students should doAdvice and guidance from English and Maths leadersRevision GuidesAgenda
3 Exams, exams, exams…. Mock and Jan March dates etc Date Year Group No of studentsSubjectLengthStartFinishWeek 1Monday 3rd December11/12/1345/4/3Art5 hrs08.3014.45Tuesday 4th DecemberWeek 2Monday 10th December118Music (Listening)1 hr, 15 mins09.0009.4580Geography1 hr11.1512.1574Biology13.0014.00Tuesday 11th DecemberChemistry10.0035RE50 mins13.40Thursday 13th DecemberPhysics08.4532Catering14.15Friday 14th December150English2 hrs, 15 minsMonday 17th December29French ReadingWednesday 19th December56History (Surgery)10.1514German Reading26Maths - Linear non calc1 hr, 45 mins119Maths - unit 3 (calc)Thursday 20th DecemberMaths - Linear calcMaths - unit 2 (non calc)Exams, exams, exams….
4 Mock Results Day follows these exams on Thursday 17th January Thursday 17th January is also Parents Evening – plenty to discussJanuary exams for many students e.g. Geography is Monday 23rd JanMarch exams for someSummer 2013 exams begin from May 13thControlled Assessments will be on-going throughout the yearBTEC and OCR National assignments; 99% completion = no qualification, only 100%NO HOLIDAYS in term timeExams, exams, exams….
6 Grade boundary challenges Why is attaining the most C grades ( and above) necessary?How achieving a C grade in 5 subjects became harder last year, including any exams sat in Year 10These was highlighted for English in the media but was a factor in many subjects, e.g. Geography boundary for a C had varied but on average was 54%. This rose to 60% and is most likely to remain around this level.Aiming to scrape a C grade is not an option!Grade boundary challenges
7 Newmarket College Extra curriculum time for target groups Time afterschool, revision & catch-up sessions & period 6AFL and students’ responseHW – independent study habitsMock Exams – last fortnight this term-tieringExam paper practise and regular assessmentsTracking and reporting progress e.g. check your child’s business studies tracker via their school addressNewmarket College
8 Close collaboration with MCT our partner sixth form provider Aspiration – Alumni and Employer presentations in assemblyMaths Workshop on 7th DecemberNewmarket College
9 “Parental support is eight times more important in determining a child’s academic success than any other factor. The campaign for learning found that parental involvement in a child’s education can mean the difference between an A* and an “also-ran” at GCSE”Parents
11 And the good news for parents …… You don’t have to be an expertYou don’t have to be a “super-parent”And the good news for parents ……
12 What can parents do? Some practical suggestions Provider of the toolsProject managerGo betweenInformation providerQuestion askerEncouragerGetter out of bedderKnower of key datesCheck inResource gathererSocial life monitorerA keeper tracker of the excusesA structurer of the revision tasksA bag emptierA rewarderA feederA stress managerWhat can parents do? Some practical suggestions
13 Useful Websites http://www.thesource.me.uk/ http://www.fasttomato.com/ – also confidential helplineUseful Websites
15 Year 11 Success CHECKLIST 100% attendanceStart revising nowRevise in 15 minute bursts, taking breaks in betweenActive revision, not just reading your exercise book – posters, recording, flash cards, notes, parents & friends (set up your own study group)Plan revision, make a weekly timetable, know your exam topics, times, lengths, equipment neededPast Papers – use websites in your planner to download, practise and show to your teachersRevision guides – ask your teacher if they have one or sell one, show them the one you’ve boughtTime afterschool – ask your teachers for some help with topics you’re unsure onResearch next year & your future – Where are you going? What will you need from school?Essential equipment – fully stocked pencil case and calculator, use our school library stationary shopMeet all deadlines for controlled assessments and vocational course assignmentsStudents
16 You will only remember 8-10% of this slide if you read it only once Only 10% of most people’s brains are activeYou will have forgotten 80% of what you learn today within one weekThe brain needs exercise and food to work effectivelyStress is the biggest barrier to effective functioning of the brainHow do we learn?
17 Memory Techniques Pictures to remember numbers Rhymes – zero = hero, one = gunMnemonics – My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming PlanetsCollective memoriesMind MappingBullet PointsSummarisingMusical associationWalk the storyAcronymsMemory Techniques
18 Visual Learners Prefer to learn by seeing. Prefer communicating by pictures, graphs, visual effects – flow diagrams, brain maps, key word cards and displays29% of studentsTend to visualise things when trying to remember them – may for instance use pictures when trying to remember thingsVisual Learners
19 Learning Techniques: Lookers Walk about reading your study notes as you learnDo practical experimentsBuild modelsHighlight your notesUse the walk to school method/virtual tour of your houseLearning Techniques: Lookers
20 Auditory Learners 34% of students Prefer to communicate by sound – speakingPreferred learning styles are: discussion, tapes, debates, spoken language exercises, raps, music.Tend to remember things by sound – chunk things into memorable patterns of soundsAuditory Learners
21 Learning Techniques: Listeners Repeat things to yourselfRecord your notes on tape/Ipod etcDiscuss topics with friendsUse mnemonics to remember listsCreate raps, rhymes, chants to remember factsIf you really need to concentrate, close your eyes so that your listening is emphasisedLearning Techniques: Listeners
22 Kinaesthetic Learners 37% of studentsPrefer to engage with the task physically – by doing it or something which we associate with the taskTend to be much more physical – preferring to move hands and bodyLearn through experience, movement, modelling, visitsDon’t like sitting stillKinaesthetic Learners
23 Learning Techniques: Doers Walk about reading your study notes as you learnDo practical experimentsBuild modelsHighlight your notesUse the walk to school method/virtual tour of your houseLearning Techniques: Doers
24 Memory Techniques Tell a story – the more ridiculous the better Rhymes Words to remember numbers – – “Yes I have a super technique”Memory Techniques
25 Memory Techniques Two carrots A Pen A warhammer A toddler figure A daffodilA footballThe invention ofthe flushing toiletA PenA toddlerA FerrariA data projectorA lighthouseA water filterMr WestonMemory Techniques
26 Short spurts of revision (20-25 minutes) with 5 – 10 minute breaks (+rewards) Peace and quietRevise all your subjects – not just your favourite!Make your own revision notes – we remember nearly 30% of what we writeRe-write your notes – summarise them – say them out loudTop Revision Tips
27 More top revision techniques Use a variety of techniquesPractice past papersAsk/phone a friend. Get parents to test you.Eat properlyBe positiveMore top revision techniques
28 Summary Make it fun Make it SMART Start now Website will have this PPT and resources such as Revision Plans and Key WordsSummary
29 From All the Staff at the College Good LuckWe have never had a group of students who deserve success more than your sons and daughters.
31 English x 2English Language is English. Along with maths, this is the one that matters more than any other subject.English Literature needs to be taken seriously because it can easily be one of your 5 GCSEs.But it’s not quite as important as English Language and maths.
32 THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS:In English Language there is nothing to revise.
33 The bad news is this:In English Language, there is nothing to revise.
34 RESPONSIBILITY and URGENCY IN LESSONS Daniela FerreiraZak Ollington
35 What can I do to help my son/daughter? Later, I’ll gave you a special, DIY pack ……
36 WRITING Students to do a 25 minute writing task 2-3 times per week. Follow the guidelines that we will be working on in classAnd which are listed in the packPARENTS TO EVALUATE IT ……
37 PARENTS: MANY of the TARGETS don’t REQUIRE SPECIALIST KNOWLEDGE 1. Evidence that they have tried to generate a list of possible topics2. Evidence that they have tried to turn this list into a clear plan with at least 3 main topics3. That they written a brief introduction and a brief conclusion4. The first sentence of each main paragraph / section should indicate clearly what that paragraph will be about (topic sentence)
38 READING: find an article (newspaper or internet) In the headline, the word “……” suggests ………….The introduction is engaging. In the phrase “ ……………………….,” the word “……” suggests …………………..Another interesting use of language is where it says “………………..,” because the word “……..” suggests …………………….In the picture, one detail I can pick out is ………………….. and this links to the article because ………………………………..
39 In shortWe will be giving the students a clear consistent method to follow for each task.We will be practising these processes in lessons.You can help them to practise at home.BUT IF THE STUDENT IS TRULY MOTIVATED FROM WITHIN, EVERYTHING BECOMES SO MUCH EASIER.
45 Functional SkillsShow them the electricity meter!
46 Calculator They must buy their own SCIENTIFIC calculator We have them here for £3.75The longer they have their calculator the better they become at using them and they are all slightly different
47 They will appreciate your time (on the inside). enjoyEnjoy supporting them, have a snack, drink, chat whilst you are helping them. Make it as positive an experience as you can for both of you.They will appreciate your time (on the inside).