GCSE Exam Information Evening

Report
Bullers Wood School
Year 11 Examination
Information Evening
Wednesday 2nd November 2011
She always leaves
everything to the
last minute – and
it’s always when
the printer is
broken!
She always says
she has no work
to do!
There are a
million websites
to help but how
do you know
which are any
good?
I don’t understand all this
course work, levels and
modular exams – it’s
completely different from
when I was at school
Reports
Adult Literacy And Numeracy
ALAN
• Numeracy Level 2 – 23 points
• Literacy Level 2 – 23 points
Students achieving both Literacy and Numeracy
is the equivalent to a B at GCSE
Mock Examinations
Targeted Intervention
SAM Learning Secondary
www.samlearning.com
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Revision Exercise -Maths
Topic Questions
Student Progress Report
Questions
Please see Mrs. May at the end of
the evening
1. Reading non-fiction:
understand / presentation /
language
2. Be able to write to describe,
persuade, inform – three different
types of writing
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Writing to describe – use all five senses: hearing,
smell, taste, touch, feel. Using metaphors and
similes to make your writing contain pictures
(imagery)
Writing to inform
Writing that is clear, factual, straightforward,
non-biased
Writing that answers the questions: who, what,
when, where, how
Writing to argue/ persuade
Emotional
One sided
biased
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Make your sentences shorter: 12 words.
Make some much shorter: 3 – 5 words.
Use “and” less
Join some sentences with “that”, “who”,
“which”
Write some 2 part sentences starting with
“As …, …”, “Although …, …”, “When …, …”
1.Choose the right question: letters are most
straightforward
2.Do a spider diagram of ideas, then number
them 5-7 for paragraphing
3.Use:
• Vivid description
• Dialogue
• Questions
• Then & now – go from past tense
into the present
• For & against
A small number of
words make a big
difference
There are 3 easy
ways to improve
your spelling
See
Hear
Memorise
1:
Be-lie-ve
2: Bu-sin-ess
3: Se-para-te
4: Envi-ron-ment
Hear
5: Govern+ment
6: Feb-RU-ary
7: Happen+ed
8: Sur+prise
9: Interesting
10: Accommodation
11: Skilful
12: Necessary
GCSE MATHEMATICS
2011 -12
How is the Maths Department helping your
daughter to prepare for her maths exams?
• Revision materials have been sold including:
Guides and workbooks
Mathswatch CDs
• Practice papers – marked regularly by staff and discussed
with students
• After school/lunchtime revision sessions may be offered
What maths resources are available?
There are numerous revision websites
available but especially:
Maths Watch
The Maths Watch CD is an excellent
revision resource that students can
use at home
We now also have Maths
Watch on the VLE
Click on the Maths Watch
link in the left hand
corner
Your daughter’s teacher will go over exactly how
to access Maths Watch on the VLE in class.
The Maths area of school VLE has other resources
specifically targeting D to C grade work
C if U can!
10 STEPS TO SUCCESS
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 look up the things she doesn’t know and to ask
her teacher for individual help
• Ensure that she is completing the practice papers to the best of
her ability – and handing them in on time
• Check her contact book to ensure that she is completing the
whole paper
• Make sure that she attends any specific revision sessions
provided by her teacher
Other good sites include .....
When are the exams?
• All students are taking the LINEAR
specification which comprises of TWO papers
– one calculator and one non-calculator
• All students (except the early entry students)
will be entered for the March exams
What happens after March?
• Set 1 will begin studying for the FSMQ in
Additional Maths
• Students in Sets 5 and 6 (if they achieved grade C
in the November exams) will transfer to Higher
Tier and work towards a grade B or above in the
June exams.
• All other students will continue to study maths
and prepare for the June exams.
• Only once the results of the March exams have
been issued, will discussions take place with
individuals about possible resits or about using
the time to concentrate on their other subjects.
How do you know how well your daughter
progressing?
• Ask your daughter to show you the
practice papers she completes and
the marks/comments she receives.
Help her to improve her performance
on these papers by encouraging her to
look up things she has forgotten
and by testing her on key facts
• Make sure she completes as much of the paper as
she can and hands it in on time!
How will you know how well your
daughter is progressing?
All students will be taking
Mock GCSE Maths exams during
Mock Exam week which is from
28 November to 3 December
Students will be taking past GCSE exam papers
and so 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 necessary
resources to support the
learning - including their
own calculator and
suitable maths
equipment
Additional Science 2012
When are the exams?
•January or June (most students) depending
on group.
Number of Papers
3 exam papers at Foundation or Higher
• 1 x 45 minute Biology
• 1 x 45 minute Chemistry
• 1 x 45 minute Physics
• ISA done in school
What we are doing in school?
Working through the syllabus in Biology,
Chemistry and Physics.
Doing lots of past paper questions.
Doing ISAs.
Setting homework regularly.
Topics
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Cells
Plants
Food Chains
Waste
Enzymes
Bodies
Inheritance
Atoms
Structures
Properties
Rates
Energy
Useful chemistry
Movement
Energy
Momentum
Static Electricity
Circuits
Mains Electricity
Power
Nuclear Reactions
This label was taken from a cola drink.
Great Taste!
Ingredients
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•
•
•
•
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Carbonated Water
Sugar
Colouring
Phosphoric acid
Preservative
Flavouring
The pH of this drink is 2.5
Which one of the ingredients in the cola drink causes the low pH?
(1 mark)
Draw a ring around the name of the ion that gives the cola drink its
low pH.
chloride
hydrogen
hydroxide
sodium
(1 mark)
Read the article about the use of nanoparticles in sun creams.
Sun creams
Many sun creams use nanoparticles. These sun creams are very
good at absorbing radiation, especially ultraviolet radiation.
Owing to the particle size, the sun creams spread more easily,
cover better and save money because you use less.
The new sun creams are also transparent, unlike traditional sun
creams which are white. The use of nanoparticles is so successful
that they are now used in more than 300 sun cream products.
Some sun creams contain nanoparticles of titanium oxide.
Normal-sized particles of titanium oxide are safe to put on the
skin.
It is thought that nanoparticles can pass through the skin and
travel around the body more easily than normal-sized particles.
It is also thought that nanoparticles might be toxic to some types
of cell, such as skin, bone, brain and liver cells.
How is the size of nanoparticles different from normal-sized
particles of titanium oxide?
(1 mark)
Suggest how the size of nanoparticles might help them to enter the
body more easily.
(1 mark)
Give two advantages of using nanoparticles in sun creams.
(2 marks)
Why might nanoparticles be dangerous inside the body?
(3 marks)
THINK - EXAM TECHNIQUE!
What you can do at home
Take an interest.
Encourage.
Support us if we ring home.
Make sure she brings work to lessons.
Calculator to exams, etc.
Helping with Mock Preparation
Preparation for mocks:
•Organisation.
•Use of revision guide (£3.50).
•Bitesize / SAM Learning.
•AQA Website past questions.
Core Science Module Resits
Many students have core Science
module resits on
Tuesday 15th November.
Saturday Science School
12th November. 8.50-1.00
Very successful in the past.
Revision Classes
Student Summary of
Completed Course Work
sent home in December
Students need to meet or
succeed target grades
Once coursework completed
the lesson time is used for
revision
Level 2 BTEC Information
Revisin Classes
Students need a merit to continue on to the
level 3 Applied Learning Courses
Students who receive
Distinctions will already
Have started the level 3
qualifications themes
Level 2 BTEC Information
Revision Classes
Easter Holidays
Attendance, Punctuality &
Behaviour
Empirical research shows that students with between 95 - 100% attendance are more
likely to achieve 5+A*-C Grades at GCSE
Structured Revision Sessions
4 at AS Level
3/4 at A2 Level
General Studies
Students need to gain at five A*-C
grades at GCSE including English,
and Mathematics………..
…..and a grade B in the chosen
subject
5 GCSEs at Grade A*–C
including English
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Tuesday
th
8
November 2011
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Thursday
th
12
January 2012

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