GCSE English and English Literature English • There are two papers for English, imaginatively titled Paper 1 and Paper 2. – Examination: 60% – Written Coursework: 20% – Speaking and Listening Coursework: 20% There are five pieces of written coursework: THESE SHOULD ALL HAVE BEEN COMPLETED IN YEAR 10. English Examination • Paper 1: – A: Reading Media and Non-Fiction. – B: Writing to argue, persuade or advise. • Paper 2: – A: Poetry from Different Cultures (Anthology) – B: Writing to inform, explain, or describe. English Literature • 30% coursework; 70% exam • Section A: Set Text. – Of Mice and Men – Lord of the Flies (Mr Leadbitter) – To Kill a Mocking Bird (Mr Fennemore/Ms Little) • Section B: Set Poets – Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage and pre- 1914 poems (Anthology). How can you help? • Take an interest! Look at the poems in the anthology, read the set text and talk about them with your son or daughter. • Reading at home: newspapers; magazines; journals; adverts. • Revision guides: CGP, Lonsdale. Make sure they are for AQA Specification A. These will also available to buy from the library Science • Two qualifications – GCSE Science and GSCE Additional Science • GCSE Science course taught in Year 10 comprises of 6 multiple choice tests, 3 pieces of coursework and a practical mark. • GCSE Additional Science – comprises of 3 MC tests, 3 written texts, 3 pieces of coursework and a practical mark. • Triple science – three qualifications. • GCSE Biology • GCSE Chemistry • GSCE Physics • All courses consist of 2 pieces of coursework, 3 multiple choice tests, 2 written tests and a practical mark. This year Nov exams • resits for GCSE science only. • Triple science students have 3 MC tests and 3 written exams for Unit 2 modules. • Revision guides available from library £3 March exams • Additional science students – P2 and C2 multiple choice and written exams – 40% of grade. • Triple science students – retakes only where appropriate June Exams • Additional Science students – P2/C2 retakes where appropriate and B2 multiple choice and written exams. • Triple students – Unit 3 exams (3 of them) – 30% each!!! How can you help • Give cash to buy revision guides (on sale in library). • Ensure they revise – written exams will drop grades - they will find them hard. • The dept will give out revision materials in the run up to exams – make sure they use them! How the dept will help • Will warn parents through post of the exam dates and times • Will provide revision materials • This year will put on revision classes after school in lead up to exams. GCSE Mathematics • 2 written exam papers • Paper 1 non calculator • Paper 2 calculator Equipment It is essential that students have • Pen, pencil, ruler, compass and protractor for both papers • A familiar calculator for paper 2 only How can you help • Revision guides from the library £3.00 • Practice papers from maths office £2.50 for 6 papers with mark scheme • Practice using compass • Ensure the student knows how to use the functions on their calculator How will the dept help • Question level analysis after tomorrow’s papers and the mocks. • Revision classes after school from January onwards. • Supervised use of computer room to access Sam learning and BBC Bitesize programs.
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