The changing landscape. Year Ten and beyond...an information evening for parents . Summer 2013. Familiar Landscape. The I deal Adults. Self-Confident Organised Cooperative Motivated. Tolerant Enthusiastic Punctual Determined. rGCSE Skills. Finding things out for yourself
The changing landscape Year Ten and beyond...an information evening for parents.
The Ideal Adults Self-Confident Organised Cooperative Motivated Tolerant Enthusiastic Punctual Determined
rGCSESkills • Finding things out for yourself • Working with others • Thinking things over • Not giving up • Being accountable
The educational landscape has shifted BBC News EDUCATION & FAMILY GCSE exam brand name under scrutiny By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent MailOnline - English oral exam is cut from GCSE: Teachers accused of marking it too generously Telegraph.co.uk Tuesday 17 September 2013 HOME»EDUCATION Michael Gove: my revolution for culture in classroom Why we must raise education standards so children can compete with rest of the world MailOnline - Endless re-sits devaluing GCSEs: Employers and parents hit out at schools that churn out 'exam robots' as tougher tests see biggest drop in top grades
Linear Landscape Overview • Two year courses June 2015 Exams • Controlled Assessments from Sept 2013 to May 2015 across most subjects Exceptions • Science at the end of Y10 • Foundation Exam for Level 4-6 Maths students
Study Habits and Independent Learning Y10 Subject Support Every Wednesday 3.45 – 4.45pm
The wider landscape: “Busy students are successful students.” • Developing positive relationships beyond the classroom. • Encouraging participation in other aspects of school life for CV building
Attendance & Leave of Absence • The Government has changed the regulations so that there is no assumption that students can be granted ten days leave of absence/holiday. • We are now instructed to allow time off only for “exceptional circumstances.” • This means that we will not be granting leave for family holidays. • Please fill in a request form - available on website or from office.
You may have come up with the connection of fairy tales. Two key skills required for GCSE English Language and Literature. The images are all posters of modern interpretations of well known fairy tales.
Two GCSEs English Language and English Literature Both courses comprise a mixture of exams and controlled assessment. Our students take the AQA course.
English Language Course English Language Unit One – Reading and Writing Non-fiction texts. An exam worth 60%. English Language Unit Two – Speaking and Listening. Teacher assessed and doesn’t contribute to final grade. English Language Unit Three – Controlled Assessment. Teacher assessed worth 40%.
English Language Course English Language Unit One – exam worth 60% Section A: Reading • Retrieving information and making inferences. • Making and explaining connections. • Interpreting texts. • Comparing two texts and analysing the effects of language. Section B: Writing • Writing for a specific purpose. • Writing for a specific audience. • Writing in a particular form. • Using language, form and structure for effect.
English Language Course • English Language Unit Three – Controlled Assessment worth 40% • Two creative writing tasks – writing for in a particular form, for a specific audience and purpose. • One piece of writing analysing Spoken Language (could be their own use of spoken language). • One essay that assesses reading. Students respond to a question about character of themes in ‘Of Mice and Men’.
English Literature Course • Unit One, Exploring Modern Texts – exam worth 40% • Unit Two, Poetry Across Time – exam worth 35% • Unit Three, Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage – controlled assessment worth 25%
Year Ten • We concentrate on completing Unit Three English Language Controlled Assessment. • This allows students to develop the skills required to be successful in both the Language and Literature exams at the end of year eleven. Understanding Interpretation Analysis Comparison
Understanding Interpretation Analysis Comparison We could develop all of these skills using the images that we started with this evening. There is one other reason why I started with an image . . .
Year ten’s first controlled assessment task . . . • Unit Three Language Controlled Assessment, Creative Writing: Use a still image from a film as inspiration for your own writing. Week beginning 7th October
English Controlled Assessment – High Control • We can give lots of help and advice before the assessment week but not during. • As well as being assessed on the quality of their ideas and creativity students are assessed on the accuracy of their writing. • It is important that students learn to draft and edit their own work.
Key Skills for this Year • Read widely • Writing, drafting and redrafting • Using language and structure for effect • Varying vocabulary • Accuracy in spelling, punctuation and grammar • Thorough preparation beforehand. Ask your child to tell you about the significance of Austin’s butterfly – we believe that this is the key to success with the first controlled assessment
Science 2014 Triple Scientists (OCR J243,244,245) No exams until summer 2015. 3 exams, each 25% Controlled assessment 25% of each award. Each exam on Modules 1-3. 25% of Award Controlled assessment 25% of award
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The Return of the Extended answer 18 marks out of 60 for each paper. (3x 6 mark questions). 3 papers per qualification .
Ozone Foundation tier question Click anywhere on this screen to proceed. Navigate using the links at the bottom of every screen.
Question The Sun gives off radiation which then reaches the Earth. Some of this radiation is very dangerous to living organisms, including humans, but a chemical found high in the atmosphere protects us from it Explain why this radiation is dangerous and describe the process by which the chemical in the atmosphere protects us. Make sure that you use correct scientific terms in your answer. 
Explanation of question This is a free response question worth four marks. You need to recall and explain that ultraviolet radiation from the Sun is absorbed by ozone in the atmosphere, and that ultraviolet is ionising and causes damage to living cells. There are four marks available which suggests that you should make four distinct points.
. Previous Next G–E answer The light from the sun includes dangerous radiation, and it is absorbed by the greenhouse gases. comment This candidate is confused between greenhouse effect and the ozone layer. However, one mark is awarded here for the word ‘absorbs’, even though ozone is not mentioned. Ozone is, in fact, a greenhouse gas, but does not contribute significantly to greenhouse effect.
. Previous Next D–C answer Ultra violet from the Sun is dangerous, because it can give you skin cancer. It does this by ionising DNA in your skin cells. It is blocked by the ozone like this: comment This candidate gets marks for using the terms ‘ultraviolet’ and ‘ozone’. Another mark is awarded for stating that ozone ‘blocks’ radiation, although it is much better to use the word ‘absorbs’. This idea is backed up by the diagram. The candidate gains a fourth mark for stating that radiation damages living cells and is ionising. The candidate has gained full marks, even though ‘ionising DNA’ is a mixture of two ideas rather than a coherent explanation. The diagram alone would have been enough to gain the ozone and ultraviolet marks.
Rachel Thurlow Head of Maths
Maths GCSE • Assessed by two equally weighted exams – one calculator, one non-calculator OR three exams – two calculator and one non-calculator • No controlled assessment element • Available at two tiers • Higher level grades A* - D • Foundation level grades C – G Opportunity to take Foundation level in Year 10
KS3 Level 4, 5, 6 7+ FOUNDATION Exam: June Year 10 C D E, F, G FOUNDATION Exam: Nov Year 11 C D HIGHER Exam: June Year 11 FOUNDATION Exam: June Year 11
Support available in school Carefully selected individual routes to maximise grades Regular assessments to monitor progress Weekly support sessions – Thursday lunchtime, B16 - plus targeted boosters to prepare for exams Year 11 trial exam week Past papers available