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YEAR 10 INFORMATION EVENING. Wednesday 4 th June 2014. Purpose of evening…. Work Experience in January 2015 Maths GCSE English GCSE Science GCSE GCSE courses and exams Monitoring Progress Support, mentoring and Target Groups. Where are we now?.

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    1. YEAR 10INFORMATION EVENING Wednesday 4th June 2014

    2. Purpose of evening… • Work Experience in January 2015 • Maths GCSE • English GCSE • Science GCSE • GCSE courses and exams • Monitoring Progress • Support, mentoring and Target Groups

    3. Where are we now? • Thank you for your support during the options process. • Thank you from Mrs Parkins for Journey to Work activities. • On Monday 2nd June pupils began courses which end in 2016. • Nearly all exams will be taken at end of Year 11 in summer 2016. • During the start of Year 11 pupils will be selecting courses to study Post 16.

    4. Work experience • Work experience will take place from the 12th to the 23rd of January 2015. • Letters will be posted home with an ‘own placement’ form. • Deadline for ‘own placement’ forms to be returned by 12th September 2014. • We recommend just 1 placement for the full two weeks. • Assemblies between September – November.

    5. ENGLISH BACCALAUREATE • More emphasis placed on the following subjects; • ENGLISH • MATHS • 2 OF 3 SCIENCES • MFL • HISTORY OR GEOGRAPHY • Facilitating subjects which can lead to wide range of careers and courses

    6. Maths GCSE The Course: • Terminal exams – Non-Calculator & Calculator Paper • 1 hour 45 minutes per paper • Two tiers – Foundation & Higher • C grade on both

    7. Maths GCSE • Resources available… • MyMaths.co.uk • Grade descriptors on Learning Platform • After school sessions – Mondays 3 – 3.40pm • Green stamps - bookwork

    8. Maths GCSE • How can you as a parent help? • Talk to pupils, ask them about their learning • Reward effort, not achievement • Encourage a higher quality of written presentation • Check that they have and are using their equipment

    9. Maths GCSE • Look at their books, communicate here • Read their green stamps • Ask them how they are working towards their targets • Check their homework – they always have some!

    10. GCSEEnglish Language &GCSE English Literature OR GCSE English

    11. GCSE English What’s the difference? GCSE English Language & GCSE English Literature Two GCSE qualifications G-A* grades available Both language and literature is studied Literature is assessed predominately via examinations OneGCSE qualification G-A* grades available Both language and literature is studied Literature is assessed via controlled assessment only

    12. GCSE English Language • UNIT 2: Speaking &Listening 0% • Assessments throughout Year 10 and 11 • Pupils need to do three, we will do at least six and record best marks UNIT 1: Media and Non-Fiction Texts One Exam 60%: June 2016 • Reading Section – four questions on three given texts testing ability to distil, interpret, analyse texts for language and presentation • Writing Section – two functional writing tasks such as magazine articles, letters, reports…. UNIT 3: Controlled Assessment 40% Reading and Writing texts • Of Mice and Men analytical essay (September – October 2014) • 2 pieces of Creative Writing(June – July 2014) • Spoken Language study(January 2016)

    13. GCSE English Literature • UNIT 1: Examination 40% • Exploring Modern Texts • Of Mice and Men • The Crucible • UNIT 2: Examination 35% • Poetry Across Time • Anthology poems • Unseen poem UNIT 3 Controlled Assessment 25% Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage • Romeo and Juliet • Poetry • Essay about a theme or idea explored in both texts May/June 2016 May/June 2016 March/April 2015

    14. GCSE English UNIT 1: Media and Non-Fiction Texts One Exam 60% :June 2016 • Reading Section – four questions on three given texts testing ability to distil, interpret, analyse texts for language and presentation • Writing Section – two functional writing tasks such as magazine articles, letters, reports…. • UNIT 2: Speaking &Listening 0% • Assessments throughout Year 10 and 11 • Pupils need to do three, we will do at least six and record best marks UNIT 3: Controlled Assessment 40% Reading and Writing texts • Part a: Understanding creative texts • Romeo and Juliet • Poetry • Of Mice And Men • Part b: Producing creative texts • Two pieces of Creative Writing

    15. Controlled Assessments • In all English Controlled Assessments you are allowed to take in a planning sheet: • Students will always be given one the lesson before their assessment and should add useful notes to it. • It is the only thing they will be allowed with them during assessments apart from a blank copy of the text

    16. Texts All GCSE courses: • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare GCSE English Literature only: • The Crucible by Arthur Miller • Poetry Anthology (students will be given one of these in Year 11) • Exam board: AQA • www.aqa.org.uk

    17. GCSE Science • There are two possible routes followed to gaining GCSEs in Science subjects: • GCSEs in the Combined Sciences: Science and Additional Science • Biology, Chemistry and Physics studies in separate lessons with a subject specialist teacher • Units 1 – 4 Studied • 4 Written Exams • 2 Controlled Assessments (worth 25% of each GCSE) • 2 GCSEs in Total • GCSEs in the Separate Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics • Biology, Chemistry and Physics studies in separate lessons with a subject specialist teacher • Units 1 – 6 Studied • 6 Written Exams • 3 Controlled Assessments (worth 25% of each GCSE) • 3 GCSEs in Total

    18. GCSEs in the Combined Sciences: Science and Additional Science • Biology, Chemistry and Physics studies in separate lessons with a subject specialist teacher • Units 1 – 4 Studied • 4 Written Exams • 2 Controlled Assessments (worth 25% of each GCSE) • 2 GCSEs in Total • GCSEs in the Separate Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics • Biology, Chemistry and Physics studies in separate lessons with a subject specialist teacher • Units 1 – 6 Studied • 6 Written Exams • 3 Controlled Assessments (worth 25% of each GCSE) • 3 GCSEs in Total • At the moment, ALL pupils have studied Units 1 and 2 in all three sciences. • It has NOT been decided which exam entry route any pupil in Year 10 will follow. • The final decision will be made during second term of year 10. • You will be informed by a letter and it will result in group changes.

    19. GCSEs in the Combined Sciences: Science and Additional Science • Biology, Chemistry and Physics studies in separate lessons with a subject specialist teacher • Units 1 – 4 Studied • 4 Written Exams • 2 Controlled Assessments (worth 25% of each GCSE) • 2 GCSEs in Total • GCSEs in the Separate Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics • Biology, Chemistry and Physics studies in separate lessons with a subject specialist teacher • Units 1 – 6 Studied • 6 Written Exams • 3 Controlled Assessments (worth 25% of each GCSE) • 3 GCSEs in Total • The decision will be made by teachers’ ongoing assessment of: - Engagement and commitment to doing the best that’s possible in lessons - Full completion of homework - Evidence of independent preparation and revision for lessons and assessments - Performance in Controlled Assessments - A careful consideration of whether a pupil’s overall grade would be higher in the three GCSEs or two GCSEs

    20. CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS • Many subjects have a Controlled Assessment • All coursework done in school time • Compliment final exams to make up final grade • Take place during Years 10 & 11

    21. YEAR 10 EXAMS • In May 2015 pupils will be sitting internal exams in all subjects that they study. Revise starting today!! • These exams will not count towards GCSE final grades but are excellent indicators of progress and so are very important. The work is part of GCSE.

    22. Self motivation… • Pupils should be expected to take greater responsibility for their own learning. • Pupils should become aware of their responsibility to contribute to the classroom learning environment and develop the ability to talk about how they learn. • Pupils should seek to organise themselves and strategically plan for future improvement.

    23. Top Tips… • Get into a good study habit in the early days of your courses. • Get organised and deal with work as it is set. • Familiarise yourself with what you are exactly being asked to do and develop the appropriate communication skills so that you are able to effectively convey what you know. • Be prepared to further your own learning by doing your own independent research (homework). • Look at and understand how you learn best. • ‘Do the best that is possible.’ Realise the importance of the opportunities you now have.

    24. MEASURING PROGRESS… • Students should already be aware of their end of Year 11 Target Grades. These can be found on Progress Checks and Reports and in their individual subject books. • Year 9 reports. Year 10 PCs • Students will be working towards achieving their target grade by the end of Year 11. • Target Groups for those who are too far away from targets.

    25. THE BIGGER PICTURE… • Extra-curricular activities. • Sport. • Enrichment opportunities provided by school and parents. • Out of school interests. • Developing a greater awareness and understanding of the world around them. • Discussing their learning with their parents.

    26. SUPPORTING OUR PUPILS… • September booklet- including exam boards & revision lists. • Termly booklets. • Target Groups. • Gmail. • Revision/Exam Techniques. • Outside Speakers. • Mentoring Days. • Further Parent Information Evenings in Routes. • The School Website/Learning Platform.

    27. SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD… • Familiarise yourself with your child’s deadlines. • Help your child research and plan for the assessments. • Encourage further background reading on the identified topics. • Encourage visits to places of interest.

    28. HOME/SCHOOL CONTACT • If you are concerned about the progress of your son/daughter between mentoring days, please make direct contact with one of the following: • The Subject teacher/Head of Department • The Tutor / Mentor • Learning Mentor/Chaplaincy Assistant – Mr Yommy Adeyemi • Year Leader – Mr Phil Coldicott • Head of Faculty – Mrs Jo-Anne Hoarty