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The Hollyfield School
Key Stage 3 SATs and Key Stage 4 Information January 2008

Key Stage 3 Standard Attainment Tests
Core Subjects



Key Dates:Practice SATs
SATs Week School Exams

4th – 5th February
6th – 9th May

19th – 23rd May

Results will be included in the annual report

Examination Rules.
•No electronic equipment in the exam room

•All equipment must be in a clear pencil case
•Candidates may not borrow equipment during the examination •Pupils MUST be at the examination room 15minutes before the exam time •Communication between candidates is not allowed •Candidates may only leave the examination room in cases of a medical emergency

Ms. M. Moodie KS3 Co-ordinator for English

English has three papers:Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3 Reading paper 1 hr 15 min Writing paper 1 hr 15 min Shakespeare Paper 45 min

Paper 1
 Three

Reading paper

1 hr 15 min

linked texts to read for 15 minutes

The answer booklet then has a range of questions about the texts . All questions are to be answered.

Paper 2

Writing paper

1 hr 15 min

 Longer

writing task

45 minutes


marks  Shorter writing task 30 minutes marks

Paper 3

Shakespeare Paper 45 minutes.

There are two plays being studied this year.
“Much Ado About Nothing” (Fast Track Classes) Act 4 Scene 1 and Act 5 Scene 4 “Richard III” (Express Classes) Act 1 Scene 2 and Act 4 Scene 4

 One

reading task on an extract from the

play  Key scenes questions

Revision Tips: Revision workbooks will be provided. Shakespeare Revision Guide can be ordered from the English Department www.BBCbitesize How to Help !  Practise Reading !  Practise Writing !  Practise checking all work !

Ms. J.Wijayarantne KS3 subject Co-ordinators

Maths has four levels Level 3-5 Level 4-6 Level 5-7 Level 6-8
Pupils are entered for the appropriate level depending on their school assessments.

Maths has three papers

Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3

Non-calculator Calculator Mental Maths

1 hour 1 hour 20 minutes

Revision Suggestions:
Revision Guides + workbooks Practice Examination papers – used in class How to help: Ensure that your child has the necessary equipment from now in all lessons and on the day of the exams. Web sites:

Ms. N. Basar KS3 subject Co-ordinator

Pupils are entered in two tiers: Level 3-6 Level 5-7 There are two science papers, both including questions on all four areas of study: Scientific enquiry: Biology Chemistry: Physics All papers are one hour long. Calculators will be needed in ALL Exams.

Revision Tips:
All Year 7,8+9 work in the exams. Revision Guides £2.00 (from school)



Key Stage 4
The gateway to adulthood

Extra Privileges
•Choice in what you study
•New Uniform •Work Experience •More Responsibility •Lunch at 12.45p.m.

KS4 Subjects 2006-2008 English Core Curriculum

Technology R.E, I.C.T, Games,
B.Tec. Single GCSE. Courses

Art & Design Health & Social Care ICT (DIDA) Media Sports Studies

Art Drama Geography French P.E.

Music ICT History Spanish

Personalised Learning
This means:

Providing the most appropriate educational package for each pupil, not a common package into which each learner must fit.

GCSEs or equivilent  5 of these at Grade C or above

How can this best be achieved ?

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Tracking pupil progress Evaluating previous performance Additional support for those who might not achieve these expectations Parental involvement New courses more suited to the pupil’s abilities and interests Reduced pressure Real training in how to learn and how to succeed 100% attendance in KS4

How will we fulfil these ideas.?
1. 2.

3. 4. 5.


Tracking and evaluation is already in place Two pathways have been developed with additional Maths and English time for those who have achieved lower levels in SATs and a G4G programme. Increased time allocation to GCSE options this year. Reports 3 times per year for all pupils and information/meetings for those in the G4G programme Combined courses more suited to the workplace Only 8-9 GCSEs for some pupils to reducing the exam pressure. Practical study skills for all pupils.

What is a B.Tec
work related curriculum  Equal to 4 GCSE grades of A*-C  100% coursework (no examination)  More differentiated to each pupil  Extra time for English and Maths  Able to progress to A Level or Level 3 courses.
 More

Does this work?
Some schools nationally have seen an extra 30% of their pupils achieve 5 x C grades through the introduction of the B.Tec courses

What does this look like in practice ?
Two clear pathways to success.

Pupils are assigned to these on the basis of their Average Points Score in SATs

Pathway 1
Core Curriculum
English: (1 or 2 GCSEs)

Double Science

ICT RE (full GCSE)


Single Science + 1 GCSE

B.Tec Courses
(4 GCSEs) Art + Design

Study Plus Technology (+1)

Sports Studies Media ICT

Health & Social Care

Pathway 2
Core Curriculum
English: ( 2 GCSEs)

Double Science

(full GCSE) (Short Course) Art Drama French History P.E.

GCSE Options
Music ICT Spanish Geography Triple Science 3 choices

Study Plus Technology
Food, Textiles, RMT, Tech + RE

Diary of Events
SATs Event Date KS4 Options

Information Evening Pupil Assembly SATs Booklet sent home

14th January 7p.m. 15th January 15th January 16th-19th January

Information Evening Pupil Assembly

Subject Assemblies

Practice SATs Exams.

4th-5th February

Year 9 Parents Consultation Evening – Thursday 7th February
8th February
Booster Programme starts for identified pupils Mid-term assessment sent home inc. Practice SATs results

KS4 Subject Information booklet sent home

11th February 29th February Options Form returned to, and discussed with, Form Tutor. SAM Learning 10 Hour Challenge!

Target Setting 10th+11th March

7th – 18th April – EASTER HOLIDAY Revision classes in some subjects SATs Examinations

21st April – 2nd May 6th – 9th May 12th May – 12th June 13th June Options interviews where first preference is not available. Letters confirming academic offer for 2008-2010 sent home.

What now ?
1. Talk to your child about their subjects
2. Read the Options booklet 3. Spend time going through your mid-term assessment

4. Come to the Consultation Evening
5. Complete and return the Options Form


6. Senior staff will interview pupils if necessary after options have been received.


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