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Year 10 Curriculum Evening. October 23 2012. Aims of the evening. Provide information about the curriculum and assessment Help you support your child in staying safe and healthy Help to build strong relationships. Who is Who?. Jane Waters Deputy Headteacher

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aims of the evening
Aims of the evening
  • Provide information about the curriculum and assessment
  • Help you support your child in staying safe and healthy
  • Help to build strong relationships
who is who
Who is Who?
  • Jane Waters Deputy Headteacher
  • Tom Beveridge Assistant Head
  • Jon Ryder Assistant Head
  • James Roberts Year Leader 10
  • Jenny Singh-Jarrold Deputy Year Leader
  • Debbie EmmanuelLearning Leader English
  • Katy Taylor Year 10 English
  • ThilakaNagleswaran Learning Leader Maths
  • Krishna Thacker Learning Leader Science
key stage 4
Key Stage 4
  • 2 years – Year 10 and 11
  • Most courses are 2 years and there will be exams at the end of the 2 years
  • Some courses have controlled assessments like mini exams
  • You will have interims/reports/parents’ evenings as in KS3
  • Students sit different examination boards in different subjects
  • They are marked in Grades not Levels
they will start preparing for the next step ks5
They will start preparing for the next step - KS5
  • Interviews this year to monitor
  • Interviews next year to prepare for exams and KS5
  • 6 Bs to sit 4 AS Levels
  • 6 Cs to sit 3 AS Levels
  • A in Maths to do Maths
  • B in Science but A if 2 Sciences
  • Only 4 went off to do medicine - must be realistic in their aspirations
don t
  • Make comparisons with older brothers or sisters
  • Talk too much about what you did when you were sitting exams
  • Worry about the way they are revising if they are revising
  • Expect them to study 24/7
  • Leave them to it in their rooms with MSM and Facebook to distract them
what do we ask of our students
What do we ask of our students?




  • Year 10 students are being interviewed before half term.
  • We want them to focus on how they learn.
  • We also need them to think about their future.
gcse english language and literature

GCSE English Language and Literature

Mrs Emmanuel- LL of English

Miss Taylor- Head of KS4 English

key facts about gcse english language literature
Key facts about GCSE English Language & Literature
  • Two year linear course.
  • Both Language and Literature exams take place in May/June 2014.
  • 2 qualifications: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.
  • Both GCSEs consist of a mixture of Controlled Assessment and External Examination.
  • Pupils will be entered for either Higher or Foundation tier entry.
texts studied at gcse
Texts studied at GCSE
  • John Steinbeck’s novel ‘Of Mice and Men’
  • Susan Hill’s novel ‘The Woman in Black’
  • A range of poetry from the anthology entitled ‘Moon on the Tides’
  • William Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’
hot tips
Hot tips
  • How can you help to support your child for GCSE Language/Literature at home?
    • Encourage your child to read widely and often. Learners need to read fiction and non-fiction, so try and encourage them to read novels, poetry, short stories, plays, newspaper articles, websites, non-fiction books etc.
    • Talk to your child about the marking and feedback they have received. Discuss how they could develop their skills and encourage them to edit and improve their work at home based on feedback.
    • Encourage your child to create a homework/revision timetable and stick to it.
    • Each time your child comes across an unfamiliar word, encourage them to look it up and keep a glossary.
    • Help promote technical accuracy by proof-reading written work with your child.
gcse mathematics
GCSE Mathematics

Mrs Naguleswaran

Learning Leader for Mathematics

Yr11: Harveen Judge


GCSE Mathematics

• From September 2012, the only difference is that all students will sit the linear examination at the end of Year 11. (no modules in Year 10)

examination content
Examination Content
  • Two tiers:
    • Foundation Tier (Grades G up to C)
    • Higher Tier (Grades D up to A*)
    • The decision on tier of entry will be
    • made in Jan/Feb 2014 based on internal assessments/ mock exams.
  • Assessed entirely through written examination
  • No coursework or controlled assessments.

Hot Tips

1) Make sure your child has the correct equipment for each lesson and for homework. 2) Look at their books on a regular basis to see what they are doing? Is the quality of work as you would expect from your child? Is it well presented? 3) Check the comments made by the class teacher on their homework.4) Take an interest in their homework – encourage them to do it at home and get them to explain the maths to you to consolidate understanding.

gcse science @skhs

GCSE Science @SKHS

science careers for skhs students
Science Careers for SKHS students
  • Biochemical engineering
  • Medicine
  • Biochemistry
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Biomedical science
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Actuarial Science
  • Natural Sciences
  • Pharmacology
we offer 3 pathways in year 10
We offer 3 pathways in year 10
  • Triple Science
  • Combined Science
  • BTEC
triple science
Triple Science
  • Students following this course will not have any external assessment until the end of year 11
  • At the end of year 11 they will have completed 1 piece of coursework for each subject and will sit 3 exams for each subject
  • They will get 3 Science GCSEs, Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • GCSEs will be awarded at the end of year 11. These grades will be separate and may be different.
combined science
Combined Science
  • In year 10 students will take 3 external module exams. These, along with coursework will lead to a CORE GCSE.
  • They will be awarded 1 GCSE at the end of year 10 – this is the core science GCSE.
  • This grade is fixed and modules cannot be retaken due to the new government guidelines.
what happens for combined science students in year 11
What happens for combined science students in year 11?


If the Grade from Core science is a B = ADDITIONAL SCIENCE IN YEAR 11

If the Grade from Core science is a D or below = BTEC SCIENCE IN YEAR 11

If the Grade from Core science is a C = ADDITIONAL/APPLIED SCIENCE IN YEAR 11

pathway leading to a levels in science
Pathway leading to A-levels in Science

Providing they meet the entry requirements…




Positive experience of Science at Seven Kings

  • know what they are studying at the moment in science.
  • Ask them to see the specification they have been given
  • Check they have a revision plan for each unit from around Christmas.
  • Make sure they have a revision guide
  • Keep looking in their science book and planner
  • If you are concerned let us know early
  • Delivers quality lessons that focus on developing skills and exam technique
  • Offers 1:1 support and revision sessions


  • Organised
  • Motivated
  • Proactive in seeking help from the teacher
  • Taking advantages of opportunities available

Some thoughts from year 10 Combined Science Students

‘Our teacher made a revision summary in the middle of our book which we can pull out. I found it really useful’

‘We always practice exam questions which helps me to see how I might have to explain things in the exam’

‘Chemistry helps me understand and open my eyes to how science is used in everyday life’

gcses can be a stressful period as most of you know
GCSEs can be a stressful period as most of you know!
  • There are many different ways you can support your child, during their GCSE studies.
  • Some strategies will be suitable year-round, whilst others will really be most valuable at times of high-pressure, so around coursework deadlines or in the run-up to exams.

Help your child to manage their time, by devising revision timetables.

  • This may not sound that helpful but students will feel less stressed when they know they have a plan that is manageable and they can stick to!
  • Create an environment in which they can study

Eating is important! This is true all year round, but especially at exam time!

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at a reasonable time whenever possible, will help your child to be alert, healthy and able to concentrate fully. Don’t ask make it an expectation!

It is important that your child does things other than study!

  • Actually ensuring they have time to wind-down is really important.
  • Spending time with family, friends or getting outside for some fresh air will be really good for them and it’s a great stress-reliever!
  • As long as it’s time spent away from the computer (working/social network sites etc), it’s good!
sign posting your next steps
Sign-posting your next steps
  • Planning for Good Revision – to run again if you would like it to
  • Careers’ Master Class – 7th November, 6-7pm
  • An Introduction to Effective Revision Strategies – 28th November, 6-7pm
  • Sign-up sheets in reception
  • Let us know if there is anything else you want
  • Parent learning booklets available on the website