Year 11 Early Entry
4pm 4th October 2011
Early entry 2011 -12
In 2010, Set 5 were
entered for the
November papers
for GCSE maths
(early entry)
25 out of 26 students achieved a grade C.
Of these 25, 24 continued to study Maths
and were entered for the Higher tier in the
summer. The final results for set 5 were
impressive –
Grade A - 7, Grade B – 11 , Grade C -10
If your daughter is in either
Maths Set 5 taught by Mrs. Oblikova
or in Maths set 6 taught by Mrs Brolly
they have been entered for the November
examinations this year.
When are the exams?
Paper 1- Non-calculator paper
Wednesday 9 November (afternoon)
Paper 2 – Calculator paper
Monday 14 November (morning)
How are the teachers helping your daughter to
prepare for these exams?
• Practice papers –marked regularly by staff
and discussed with students
• After school revision sessions
(set 5 – Tuesdays, set 6 – Wednesdays)
• Revision materials have been sold including:
Guides and workbooks
Mathswatch CDs
How can you help your daughter to prepare for
these important exams?
• Make sure she has access to the appropriate revision materials –
and encourage her to use them regularly
• Encourage her to look up the things she doesnt know and her
teacher for individual help
• Ensure she is completing the practice papers to the best of her
ability – and handing them in on time
• Check her contact book to ensure she is completing the whole
• Make sure she attends all the specific revision sessions provided
by her individual teacher
What other resources are available?
There are numerous revision websites
available (see booklet) but especially:
What else is being provided?
Additional revision sessions will be held in the
run-up to the exams. These will be different for
each class:
For SET 5 - held in half-term on Friday 28 October
and Friday 11 November (after school)
For SET 6 - held on Saturdays on 22 October (pm) ,
5 November (am) and 12 November (pm)
Extra session (both sets) held in the morning
before the afternoon exam
Full details are in the booklet and times will go home in a letter
• The Mathswatch CD is an excellent revision
resource that students can use at home
(picture here)
The Maths area of school VLE has other resources
specifically targeting D to C grade work
C if U can!
How do you know how well your daughter is
You should have received individual details
outlining your daughter’s achievement on the
practice papers she has completed so far
How will you know how well your
daughter is progressing?
All students in sets 5 and 6 will complete
Mock GCSE Maths exams on
Friday 14 October and Tuesday 18 October
The results of these will give you an up-todate picture of your daughter’s achievement
in Maths in terms of a current GCSE grade.
Is there anything else can you do to
support your daughter?
Please make sure
they have all the
available resources
including their own
If you would like to speak to either
Mr. Shepherd (Head of Maths/Head
of Year 11) or me for further advice,
we will be both be available after
the presentations.
GCSE Early Entry English
January 2012
Course Structure
Unit 1 Exam
40% of Final GCSE Grade
Understanding & Producing
Non-Fiction Texts (2hrs
Unit 2 Speaking & Listening
20% of Final GCSE Grade
Discussing & Listening
Unit 3 Controlled Assessments Understanding Creative Texts
40% of Final GCSE Grade
Poetry (4 hrs)
Producing Creative Texts
Two Creative Assignments
Why Early Entry?
• Gives students an extra opportunity to achieve a Grade
C or above
• Gives students the opportunity of experiencing exam
conditions and what is expected of them on the
examination paper
• All students will sit the Foundation Paper to achieve a
Grade C
• If they obtain a D students will resit for a Grade C in
the summer
• If they obtain a C students will sit the higher tier paper
to achieve a Grade B in the summer
What will my daughter have to do in this
Section A - Reading
Section B - Writing
Read 3 short non fiction
Q6 & Q7 = Two compulsory
Q1 Select & retrieve
1 x shorter answer
Q2 Inference
1 x long answer
Q3 Inference
Q4 Looking at the language
features of a type of writing
Q5 Comparison of
presentational features
What will the school do to support my
•Teach the skills required
•Two mock exams
20th October 2011
November Mock Exam
• After School Exam Preparation
Sessions (first week in January)
• Saturday 7th January 2012 –
10.00am -12.00pm
How can I help my daughter?
• Ensure
that she completes the assigned SAM
Learning tasks
• Ensure that she completes practice materials
• Expose her to as many non-fiction/media type
materials as possible e.g. Fact and opinion related
newspaper articles, leaflets, travel writing, quality
magazines etc...
• Read widely
• Go through the English activities for Reading &
Writing on BBC GCSE Bitesize website
• Visit englishbiz.co.uk
Core Science Modules
Many students in 11.3-11.8 have new Science
modules or Science module resits on 15th
There are six modules:
Biology a and b, Chemistry a and b and
Physics a and b.
Saturday Science School
12th November. Very successful in the past.
Dear Parent/Carer,
Your daughter has GCSE Science modules on Tuesday, 15th November 2011 at 8.45am in
the Sports Hall. Please could you make sure she is in school on time with a black pen and a
calculator ready for her exams.
To help her prepare, the Science faculty will be running a revision morning on Saturday
12th November. We feel that this morning, combined with your daughter’s own revision
programme, will help her improve her current grade.
Lucy is entered for the following modules on Tuesday, 15th November 2011.
Biology b
Chemistry a
Reply slip
Biology b 
Biology a 
Chemistry a 
Physics b 
Biology b 
Biology a 
Chemistry b 
Physics a 
Biology b 
Chemistry b 
Physics a 
Core Science Modules
Supporting your daughter:
•Use of revision guide
•Bitesize / SAM Learning
Core Science Modules
Year 11 Early Entry
A mantle
Past papers google ‘AQA Science A 4461’
This question is about the Earth and its structure.
Match words, A, B, C and D, with the numbers 1– 4 in the sentences.
4pm 4thBOctober
C atmosphere
D crust
Since the Earth was formed, the percentages of the gases in the . . . 1 . . . have
At the centre of the Earth is the . . . 2 . . . .
The middle layer of the Earth where convection currents form is the . . . 3 . . . .
It was once thought that mountain ranges formed because the . . . 4 . . . was

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