Welcome to Castle School Parents for Learning Evening March 2011. The Current Situation. GCSEs are imminent! Much of this will affirm what you already know The most important person is your child Them, you and us … we’re all in this together!. What can you do?.
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THE BIG CONVERSATION
Call it a ‘meeting’
Make an agenda
Formality (even if fake)
Pin to kitchen board/door?
Take as much emotion OUT as you can by creating some distance
Don’t let your irritability show
This family member is No1 for this period of time (without too much pressure)
All in this together: really will help!
Watching television / DVDs / computer games / on computer
Get into balance with school work
Only a short period of time
what books/textbooks do I need?
have I got them?
do I need to catch up on any bits?
coursework: is it done?
organise notes: sort (or put in a file)
any reading to do……?
introduce idea of timetable……
Makes everyone feel better
Makes your child (and you) feel efficient and organised
Gives a place to start
Learning is best at the beginning/end of each revision session
Maximum concentration time is around 40 minutes
Targets for each session, then a stop/reward
Positive non-revision time
3 possible sessions a day
In any non-school days, your child doing 2 sessions
A ‘session’ is 2 hours (made up of 2 blocks of 40 – 45 minutes + 15 mins breather)
Is your child a lark or an owl……?
Spring 2 week ‘holiday’
Summer Whit ‘half term’
Exams start 16th May
Exams finish 27th June
What the timetable looks like
The exact length of revisions slots
Pages of notes or text can be daunting
Selecting key ideas is essential
Use colours to denote dates, key words, names etc.
Summary of information
Key ideas, words, quotations
Use both sides
Use to test
Using your child’s natural life support system
Downloads / CDs
Using what they know and like …. ICT
Revision Apps are available for….
HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Sony
Bitesize is free, others from 59p - £1.19
Exams all finished by : Mon 27th June
Year 11 Book Clearance : Mon 27th June (am)
Sixth Form Induction Day : Tues28th June
Year 11 Prom : Thurs 30th June
GCSE results available : Thurs 25th August
This thought can
This can be useful for
………..as well as a well-earned holiday?
Key : getting students on the right sort of courses, on which they are likely to succeed next year
Support available at all times between now and Sept….from Mr Nicholson and 6th Form team
The availability of 1-year programme and Eng/Maths re-sits
The main difference, on all courses, is the expectation of more independence in thought, organisation, motivation, work completion
Look beyond the ‘minimum entry requirements’ for next year
e.g. “4Ds” for a BTEC First course
“5Cs including 4Bs” for specific A-levels
How will people look at your ‘GCSE profile’ in future years :
Maths/Eng (and Sci) increasingly vital for most areas
The competition for the most popular university courses