Raising Achievement Y10 Welcome and Introduction Communicating targets and achievement Core Subject information ◦ English (L Savidge) ◦ Mathematics (F Wilmot) ◦ Science (G Lowrie) Pastoral Support GCSE attainment is positively influenced by the level of parental engagement : The more parents get involved, the higher the level of attainment. Parents have the greatest influence on the achievement of pupils through supporting their learning in the home rather than supporting activities in the school. It is your support of learning within the home environment that makes the maximum difference to achievement. DFE Why we set targets? Where do they come from? Baseline Targets (minimum you should get) Aspirational Targets (aim high). Talking Targets ◦ The role of the subject teacher ◦ The role of the tutor 23rd Sept – Target Setting With Tutors 29th Nov – Autumn Assessment (focus on attitude to learning) 3rd December – Parents Evening 14th March – Spring Assessment 4th July – Summer Assessment and Yr10 Reports GCSE Louise Savidge AQA English Language 4705 Cambridge iGCSE English 0522 PLUS PLUS AQA English Literature 9710 AQA iGCSE English Literature 8710 AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature (Examined June 2015) Y10 Autumn 1 Eng Lang Creative Writing Two tasks CA1: 4hrs Eng Lit Two poems Autumn 2 Eng Lang Extended Reading Of Mice and Men CA2: 4 hrs Eng Lit Exploring Cultures Eng Lit Two poems Lang Lit Y11 Autumn 1 Eng Lit Exam Prep An Inspector Calls or The Crucible Eng Lit Two poems Lang Lit 20% Spring 1 Spring 2 Eng Lit Shakespeare & Literary Heritage CA: 4 hrs Eng Lit Two poems Summer 2 Eng Lang Mock Exam Preparation Understanding and producing non-fiction texts CA 1,2 and 3 40% 25% Autumn 2 Eng Lang Exam Preparation Understanding and producing non-fiction texts Eng Lit Two poems 60% Summer 1 Eng Lang Spoken Language Study CA3: 3hrs Eng Lit Two poems Spring 1 Eng Lit Exam Prep Poetry Cluster Unseen skills Spring 2 Eng Lit Exam Prep Of Mice and Men 35% 20% CA mop up. Speaking and Listening Summer 1 assessments Eng Lit ongoing Revision throughout Poetry Cluster Year 10 Eng Lang Revision Eng Lit Two poems S&L Certificate Cambridge iGCSE English Language and AQA iGCSE English Literature (English Lang examined October 2014/English Lit examined June 2015) Y10 Autumn 1 Eng Lang Coursework 1 Descriptive and/or narrative. Autumn 2 Eng Lang Coursework 2 Informative, analytical and/or argumentative. Spring 1 Eng Lang Coursework 3 Response to non-fiction text. Eng Lit Unseen poetry. Eng Lit Unseen poetry. Eng Lit Unseen poetry. Lang Coursework Portfolio: 40% Lit Y11 Autumn 1 Eng Lang Exam Exam Preparation Lang 40% Lit Autumn 2 Eng Lit Exam Prep View From A Bridge Spring2 Summer 1 Eng Lit Coursework . Two texts. Summer 2 Eng Lang Mock Exam Preparation Speaking and Listening assessments ongoing throughout Year 10 40% Spring 1 Eng Lit Exam Prep Unseen Poetry English Lit Exam: 60% Spring 2 Eng Lit Exam Prep Summer 1 Eng Lit Revision 20% AQA Mrs Greswolde Miss Roberts iGCSE Miss Hartley-Jones Mrs Jones Miss Savidge Mrs Shiels Mrs Stuart Encourage regular reading (both fiction and non-fiction) Get them to summarise the main points/events in a news story. Debate with them about contentious issues in the news. Read leaflets, information sheets and adverts and discuss who they are aimed and what they are trying to achieve. Buy a thesaurus and encourage them to use it to improve their vocabulary. Watch film versions of their set texts together and get them to talk to you about what they know, particularly differences in versions. www.bbc.co.uk/schools www.universalteacher.org.uk www.englishbiz.co.uk (A straightforward site which focuses on helping you to achieve higher grades in English and English Literature GCSE exams. You are also invited to send in questions.) www.englishplus.com (A site on English grammar; if you struggle with your apostrophes or semi-colons then this is the site for you) www.novelguide.com (Study guides for almost all GCSE novel and including full texts of some novels and plays such as “Of Mice and Men” and “Romeo and Juliet”) www.s-cool.co.uk (A great resource with notes on many popular GCSE texts) http://www.aqa.org.uk/students-and-parents.php (advice to students) Feel free to contact the English department at any time to ask for information or further advice. Your support is invaluable to us if we are all to help your son or daughter to achieve their full potential. GCSE Fiona Wilmot Linear examination – no coursework or controlled assessment – just 2 examination papers! Paper 1 is 1 hour 45 minutes without a calculator Paper 2 is 1 hour and 45 minutes with a calculator Targeting Will A and A* grades take the GCSE at the end of Year 11 Targeting Will A and B grades take the GCSE at the end of Year 11 Targeting the “good pass” of a grade C The aim is to enter these students for the GCSE at the end of Year 10, treating this examination as a mock. This enables us to receive detailed feedback on each question on the examination paper for each individual student. It also then allows us to enter them for the GCSE in November of Year 11. Between November and January these students will study for the Functional Skills examination. Results for the November examination are out in early January. Those that gain the “good pass” of a grade C will then have a choice. Having gained the “good pass”, they can either:- Continue with mathematics to improve upon their grade Use their mathematics time to study for their other GCSE subjects Targeting grades below the “good pass” of a C but with two years in which to study the course, we are hopeful that they will exceed their target grades Will take the GCSE at the end of Year 11 3 lessons a week 90 minutes of homework a week Needs to be “signed off” by yourselves Handed in on a Monday They primarily work in booklets Extension and support work is from the textbook All have a plastic zip wallet containing their booklet, a purple book of notes and examples and an exercise book to use for textbook work There are regular tests – every 3 to 4 weeks The dates of these tests are on the front of their booklets Progress We is monitored carefully will be in touch if we have concerns If students do not achieve the pass mark for the test, they are “recalled” to repeat the test. Support is available every Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime. There is a CD matching the booklet. This is £5 from their maths teacher. Buy the CD Make them use it Ensure they do homework Be curious about their work Be sympathetic about the regular tests but make sure they revise! Stay in touch Set 1 Mr Cannon and Mrs Kirby Set 2 Miss Bettelley and Mrs Genner Set 3 Mrs Wilmot Set 4 Mrs Wilkes GCSE Graham Lowrie ‘Double’ Science Triple Science Cambridge National Certificate in Science 2 GCSEs awarded – Science and Additional Science There are 3 units studied in Year 10 Biology 1 assessed on 6th June 2014 Chemistry 1 assessed on 10th June Physics 1 assessed on 12th June Centre-assessed unit – ISA’s makes up the other 25% Practical tests set by the exam board taken in lesson time (in Feb/March) A GCSE will be awarded at the end of Year 10 3 GCSEs awarded – Biology, Chemistry and Physics Course began in Year 9 9 exams will be taken at the end of Year 11 (3 each in Biology, Chemistry and Physics) Pupils will also complete 3 ISAs 1 GCSE awarded The Cambridge National Certificate in Science consists of Units: ◦ Unit 1: ◦ Unit 2: ◦ Unit 3: How scientific ideas have an impact on our lives How scientific ideas have developed How scientists test their ideas Unit 2 is assessed in an exam in Year 11 worth 25% of marks. Units 1 and 3 are assessed through a portfolio of work worth the remaining 75%. ‘Double’ Science – June 2014 Triple Science – Year 11 Cambridge National – Year 11 We will set homework and mark work according to school policy Order revision guides at a ‘knock-down’ price Run revision sessions in the run-up to your child’s exams Provide revision booklets on all topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics Monitor the completion of these booklets Give all assistance possible for centre-assessed coursework Keep you informed if your child is underperforming Ensure they complete all homework set Buy them the relevant revision guides Make them use it! Get your child to go to revision sessions Help your child access revision websites and materials through the school VLE (eg BBC Bitesize; www.aqa.org.uk; www.edexcel.com) Speak to your child about their work/results Contact the Science Department if you have any concerns Director of Learning Alison Shiels Role of the form tutor...first point of reference. Target reviews ..monitoring of progress, individual target setting. Subject teachers. Pastoral support. Role of DOL Mrs A Shiels E mail address [email protected] Dedicated quiet space Revision timetable Make sure they are using the internet for study and not to use social sites such as Facebook Please use the planner, communicate and support Attendance needs to be 100% Lots of praise, encouragement and TLC! Know where and when your examinations are! Take regular breaks agreed with your parents! Sleep! Don’t forget equipment especially a black pen/clear pencil case! Think about where you want to be in 20 years time! Thank you for your continuing support Communication Hard work We’re all in it together!