Heaton Manor School and Sixth Form Year 10 Parents Information evening Claire Smith Deputy Headteacher Welcome to the Year 10 Parents Information Evening Nigel Holmes Assistant Headteacher Director of Upper School Elspeth Dowling Year 10 Learning Co-ordinator Year 10 Parents Information Evening Elspeth Dowling Year 10 Learning Coordinator My role is to have the overview of learning for the year group, which means I am responsible for tracking the progress of students, alongside the heads of faculty. Communication Routes: by email or by phone as outlined in the booklet. Year 10 Parents Information Evening • Important Dates for 2012/13 • At the end of every half term you will receive a report card which will show progress, attainment and effort. • Friday 25 January Full Report – outlining progress and appropriate next step targets for each subject • Tuesday 12 March Parents Evening • Wk beginning 25 March Green/Yellow Route Work Experience • Wk beginning 8 July Blue Route Work Experience Lynn Kerr Head of English Faculty GCSE English/English Language Develop reading skills Reading skills examined: • Infer • Deduce • Analyse • Compare What can I do at home? How to Develop Reading Skills? • Read with your child – develop a reading culture in the house. • Read and discuss the news- BBC news website or a quality paper. Read the sections your child is interested in – even sport. • Encourage your child to read as many different types of texts as they can- magazines, leaflets, books, autobiography. Develop Writing skills • Look at different types of writing with your child, for example texts that inform or explain, or texts that describe or persuade. • Help your child develop the technical accuracy needed in their work – encourage them to avoid the spell checker on the computer and use a dictionary. VLE and English • Homework helps to support and extend skills developed in the classroom. • All homework can be found on the VLE by clicking the ‘HWK’ tab. • Students can also access the ‘Independent Learning Section’ on the English VLE to extend their understanding of the skills needed for the exam. • The ‘Help and Guidance’ section provides students and parents with the outline of the course. Chris Easton Head of Maths Faculty How to Support Your Child to Succeed in Maths • • • • Calculator MyMaths (login: heaton, password: angle) Ownership of homework Period 7 & Practice Exam Questions & Feedback • Belief! Alex Miller Head of Science Faculty How to Support Your Child to Succeed in Science Green/Yellow Route Pathways Through KS4 2012 1 Unit 1 = Principles of Science 2 Unit 2 = Chemistry and Our Earth 3 Unit 3 = Energy and Our Universe 4 Unit 4 = Biology and Our Environment Principles of Applied Science 120 GLH (Equivalent to 1 GCSE). Specification and guide to content can be found at http://www.edexcel.com/quals/firsts2012/appliedscience/Pages/titlesandstructures.aspx 5 Unit 5 = Application of Chemical Substances 6 Unit 2 = Application of Physical Science 7 Unit 3 = Health Applications of Life Science Application of Science 120 GLH (Equivalent to 1 GCSE). 8 Unit 4 = Scientific Skills Specification and guide to content can be found at http://www.edexcel.com/quals/firsts2012/appliedscience/Pages/titlesandstructures.aspx How Is the Course Assessed? 1 Externally Assessed Year 10 2 3 Internally Assessed 4 5 6 Internally Assessed 7 8 Externally Assessed Year 11 How Is the Course Assessed? 1 Externally Assessed Unit. June 2013. • Paper-based Test 25% • Assesses knowledge and application of principles of science vital to learning at Level 2. • Contains a variety of question types including objective questions, structured questions and calculations. 8 Externally Assessed Unit Exam Date T.B.C. • Paper-based Test 25% • Assesses skills in Planning, Processing and forming Conclusions skills most vital to effective scientific investigations. • Contains objective questions, structured questions and calculations. What Is Being Taught This Year Year 10 BTEC Green Route •New units 2,3,4 •New Unit 1 for exam in June 2013 BTEC Yellow Route •New units 2,3,4 •New Unit 1 for exam in June 2013 Note 5 Lesson per week. What Is Being Taught Next Year Year 11 BTEC Green Route •New units 5,6,7 •New Unit 8 for exam in June 2013 Triple Science Yellow Route •New units 5,6,7 •New Unit 8 for exam in June 2013 Note 5 Lessons per week. Richard Faraday Advanced Skills Teacher Homework @ HMS When I was growing up, my parents told me, 'Finish your dinner. People are starving.' I tell my daughters, 'Finish your homework. People are starving for your job.' Thomas Friedman 3 time Pullitzer prize winning journalist Homework gives you the edge – 7 reasons why! • Homework teaches students about time management. • Homework teaches students how to set priorities • Homework gives students another opportunity to review the class material. • Homework teaches students that they may have to do things - even when they don’t want to. • Homework teaches students how to take responsibility for their part in the educational process. • Homework teaches students how to work independently. • Homework teaches students the importance of planning, staying organized and taking action. Why do teachers set Homework • Consolidate and review learning that has taken place in class • Demonstrate understanding of principles from the curriculum • Stretch and challenge students to allow them to take the next steps • Allow students to engage with the curriculum and see the relevance of the subject Types of Homework • There are many types of homework: a) a focus on content and / or b) a focus on skills e.g. observational, research, analysis etc. • It is not an expectation that all homework will be a written piece of work but, more often than not, that will be the case. • In KS4 a lot of the homework will be revision past exam questions to allow students to improve exam technique whilst revising the content. • In the more vocational courses there will be more of an emphasis on independent research, information gathering that could support the assignments that they must complete in school Where do I find the Homework? Most of the homework will be published on the VLE Homework page How much homework ? • The Homework guidelines have been designed so the students have the recommended amount of homework in line with most recent DfE guidelines from Direct Gov: “The guidelines for secondary school children are: • Years 7 and 8: 45 to 90 minutes per day • Year 9: one to two hours per day • Years 10 and 11: 1.5 to 2.5 hours per day • Your child shouldn’t be expected to spend much longer on homework than the guide times. It doesn’t matter if activities don't take as long as the guide times as long as they are useful. Schools should organise homework carefully so that children aren't asked to do too much on any one day. “ How can Parents help? • There are several tips and advice on the VLE homework webpage • Some basic bits of advice include:- 1. check students planner regularly and ensure they have them when they leave for school 2. ensure they have a distraction free area to work 3. encourage them to be proactive in seeking advice 4. encourage them to plan their time carefully Andrew Holburn E-Learning Manager Supporting Your Child Using The VLE • Access the Student VLE using your Child’s login details Classroom – School Departments • Lesson Resources, Revision Materials, Useful Weblinks, Videos, Internet feeds, Coursework/Controlled Assessment Information…. Student Room • Exams information, Work Experience Placement Lists, Online - Ask for Help, Revision Help…. Feedback • If you experience any problems with accessing the VLE or have any suggestions/comments then please contact me at school. [email protected] Gavin Rule Information Systems Manager The behaviour summary is a total of EVENTS recorded connected to either Praise or Consequence For more information on your child’s behaviour record simply click on the Behaviour tab to the left of the screen Jill Rayson Year 11 Learning Co-ordinator Sue Taylor Head of Careers Education, Advice and Guidance Careers and Work Experience There are eight skills that employers want you to have whatever industry you’re working in. 1. Communication 2. Teamwork 3. Problem-solving 4. Initiative and enterprise 5. Planning and organising 6. Self-management 7. Learning 8. Technology Work Experience Dates • Green and Yellow Mon 25 – Thu 28 March • Blue Mon 8 – Fri 12 July Andy Costello Director of Sixth Form Why Heaton Manor Sixth Form? • • • • • Raising of school leaving age Support for students Curriculum choice Student success Facilities Thank you for attending the Year 10 Parents Information Evening.