GCSE presentation - Hundred of Hoo Academy

GCSE PPE Celebrations
Performance based on individual PPE papers:
 Biology PPE – 15 pupils secured B+
 Chemistry PPE – 10 pupils secured B+
 Physics PPE– 12 pupils secured B+
Overall performance based on all three PPE papers and
ISA scores:
 Grade A - 2 pupils
 Grade B - 15 pupils
Why every mark counts…
 B1 19 C
 C1 25 D
 P1 12 U
 ISA 37 C
= Overall D…
7 more marks in total moves to C grade
 B1 25 C
 C1 19 D
 P1 25 C
 ISA 42 A
= Overall C…
9 more marks in total moves to B grade
Exam Dates
 Biology 6th June
 Chemistry 10th June
 Physics 12th June
Areas for improvement…
 Lack of simple recall e.g. name a plant hormone – couldn’t
be answered.
Not attempting whole questions
Not being specific enough in answers e.g. ‘pollution’, ‘waste
gases’ instead of ‘carbon dioxide or sulphur dioxides’
Not using any of the information in the question
Rephrasing the question as an answer without saying
anything new!
Simply quoting back data without actually explaining what
it meant or manipulating it.
General Advice
 Mark a minute so time yourself carefully
 Start by going through and answering all the
ones you can do first so you don't run out of
time on questions you could have answered
 Underline command words describe,
explain, suggest in the question
Data Questions
 Read all the data given as the information provides
Use data and quote back facts in your answer when it
tells you to.
Use the equation sheets and carefully select the
correct equations to use – you may need to use more
than one for a question
Check you haven't missed out one mark questions
where there aren't lines to write e,g if you have to add
plots or a line of best fit to a graph
Show working out for all calculations and equations
that you have used
Include units in all your answers
6 Mark QWC questions – GCSE & BTEC
 6 mark QWC questions involve extended writing just
like we've practiced in class
Brainstorm useful scientific keywords and put them
in the margin before you start. This will help develop
your answer
You can use bullet points if it helps you sequence
your ideas they must still be full sentences for QWC
Read back your work to check spellings and
grammar is accurate to get the QWC mark
These questions could be asking you to write a
practical method - remember to include what you will
measure, equipment and controls
 If you fail to achieve a minimum of a C grade overall
and need to resit you will be required to re-enter for
the whole Core Science qualification
 This would mean resitting all three exams and a new
piece of coursework (ISA) alongside your Additional
Science GCSE
 You cannot resit just one of the exams to improve your
How you can prepare…
DON’T just read the textbook/revision guide, you need to
actively engage with the material….
 The Science booklet outlines the topics you need to revise
with a link to Bitesize and AQA past papers
 Use Bitesize – there are pages of notes you can print and
highlight, animations and tests
 Use the revision tests on Bitesize to assess your
understanding at the end of each topic
 Practice as many past papers as possible and carefully read
the mark schemes so you develop your understanding of
what the examiners are looking for
 Answer the questions in the CGP revision guides and
workbooks to test your understanding
GCSE Opportunities
Science A levels can lead to careers in:
Forensic science
Veterinary and Medical Science
Food Scientist
Medical Research

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