How to help your child to do their best in their GCSE courses by sammyc2007

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									How to help your child to do
 their best in their GCSE
       Alleyne’s High School
       Committed to Success
        Alleyne’s High School
Success results from a partnership between

• School
• Students
• Parents
           Support from school
•   High quality teaching
•   Support from the pastoral team
•   Mentoring
•   Raising aspirations
•   Praise
•   Study skills
•   Monitoring
•   Out of school revision sessions
       Students Responsibility
• Set clear goals
• Self- motivation and self-discipline
• Organisation
• Time management
• Understanding their own preferred learning
• Revision
              Parental support
•   Encouraging good time management skills
•   Monitoring deadlines e.g. Coursework
•   Getting involved in your child's learning
•   Motivation
•   Emotional support
•   Providing support with revision
•   Any concerns contact school
      COURSES IN Year10 and Year 11

A) BOARD                            AQA
i) Students taking the examination in
   Nov 2008
   2 written papers at the end of the course
   plus Coursework
. Paper 1 - Non-calculator          40%
. Paper 2 - Calculator              40%
. Coursework                        20%
       COURSES IN Year10 and Year 11


.   1st piece – an investigation is done in
    year10 just before Christmas.
.   2nd piece – a statistical survey is done in
    the Summer Term in Year10.
.   Students will have the opportunity to
    improve on their first attempts after
    feedback has been given by staff.
         COURSES IN Year10 and Year 11

      Students taking the examination in
      June 2009
      2 written papers at the end of the course.
      Paper 1 - Non-calculator         50%
      Paper 2 - Calculator             50%
      COURSES IN Year10 and Year 11

C) Early Entry
. In the present year 11 sets 1,2 and 3 are
   being entered for the examination in
   November as an experiment in an
   attempt to convert potential D grades to
   C grades. If this is a success it will be
   repeated next year.
        COURSES IN Year10 and Year 11


          Higher       A* → D(E)

        Foundation      C →G
      COURSES IN Year10 and Year 11

E) Modular Course
   A small number of students follow this
   course which involves sitting a series of
   module tests throughout Years10 and 11
   together with a terminal examination.
      COURSES IN Year10 and Year 11

   All courses are supported by the weekly
   ‘after school’ sessions given on a
   Wednesday and Thursday where
   students can gain extra advice on
   relevant topics or given the opportunity
   to complete homework.
              Examinations Schedule

• Year 10 - English Literature

• Year 11 - English

• Year 9 – “Romeo and Juliet”
• Year 10 – “Great Expectations” (Prose)
             “Educating Rita” (Drama)
(All to be completed by December 2007)
             Original Writing (June 2008)
• Year 11 - Media
           Year 10 Scheme of Work

• Autumn: “ Great Expectations” coursework
           “Educating Rita” coursework
• Spring: Exam poetry
           Exam text – “Of Mice and Men”
• Summer: Revision and exam preparation
           Original Writing Coursework
                                Year 11

• Media coursework (Completion date Oct)
• Poetry for the English exam
acquisition and practice of exam skills.

• Students:
    Hard work
    Responsibility for coursework and texts
   Take full advantage of Revision Sessions
What can YOU do for your child?

• Purchase a copy of “Of Mice and Men” and
  the revision guide
• Check work/ dates for completion etc
• Encourage!
• Praise!
GCSE Sciences
  AQA Specifications

   David Bradbury
   Head of Science
     Changes from previous years
►2  Single GCSEs to make up the double
  award: Core Science + Additional Science
► Separate grades for each GCSE e.g. Core
  Science B Additional Science A*
► No coursework: data analysis tests (ISAs)
              Core Science
► Taught   and assessed in Year 10
► Focus on How Science Works – the process
  of doing science and judging the value of
  scientific data
► Theory concentrates on key scientific ideas
  e.g. atomic theory, energy, human biology
► Contexts from current science issues
► Module tests plus ISA
           Additional Science
► Taught and assessed in Year 11
► Focus on the detailed scientific knowledge
► End exam plus ISA (no module tests)
► Preparation for A-level: makes the
  combination equivalent to the old double
  award Science
     Additional Applied Science
► Taught  and assessed in Year 11
► Alternative to Additional Science
► Focus on technical uses of science (e.g.
  sports science, food science)
► 60% coursework, 40% end exam
► Preparation for BTEC Science course (not
  for A-level sciences)
       How you can help us …
► Emphasise   that Year 10 is now a GCSE year
  in Science – the module exams count!
► Talk about science issues: the Year 10
  course uses science that is in the news as
  its context
► Revision guide (available through us in the
  new year)
► Support with homework, etc.
Design & Technology

 Year 10 Curriculum
  19th September
Courses and Coursework Content

    Electronic Products        60% coursework
    Resistant Materials        60% coursework
    Graphic Products           60% coursework
    Textiles                   60% coursework
    Food Technology            60% coursework
    Catering                   60% coursework
    Health and Social Care 66.6% coursework
    BTEC First Certificate Art &Design Fashion
              (Continuous Assessment)
               How parents can help!
   All subjects issue students with a guidance
    booklet/information sheets. Read through these and get
    students to explain what they need to do.
   Projects are broken down into manageable “chunks”. Interim
    deadlines are set to allow initial assessment and to inform
    students on how their work can be improved. Ensure students
    meet set interim deadlines and any improvements are made as
    soon as possible.
   Allow students to practice practical skills – especially
    important for food technology.
   Ensure that all work is completed and handed in by the
    required deadline.
                How parents can help!
   All projects require some research and investigation, help with
    these aspects is invaluable.

   Display deadline dates at home and be persistent in checking
    that they are meeting them.

   It is inevitable that students will require some additional
    workshop time, this will be made available and students need
    to take full advantage of this facility.
         ICT - KEY SKILLS

• Students in Year 10 are starting a one
  year course of two lessons per fortnight
• They will be working towards a Key Skills
  qualification in IT
• The Key Skills qualification is awarded at
  both Level 1 and Level 2
          ICT - KEY SKILLS

• Students have to sit a test, which is
  multiple choice and externally assessed
• The test is one hour long and will most
  probably be in February 2008
            ICT - KEY SKILLS

• Students also have to produce a portfolio of
  work, which is assessed internally
• The portfolio is split into two activities:
  Activity 1 is completed before Christmas
  Activity 2 is completed by February 2008
• The portfolio is assessed against the strict
  criteria laid down by the Exam Board
          ICT - KEY SKILLS
You can help your son/daughter by:
• helping him/her to be organised,
  encouraging the use of the planner to
  detail what needs to be done
• helping him/her to prepare for the test by
  completing practice papers
• helping us to get the work in on time
General points about transferring/accessing work
• Bringing work in on a disk is fine BUT the disks are volatile
• CDs are fine but very few machines have writers
• USB pen drives are the best! They are much more stable
  and work can be re-written to them
• Students can log on to the network and access their files
  via the School website.
• Students can also use the school email to transfer work
              Further Information?
1. For the Key Skills:
2. General questions:
   contact Mrs K Hewson via the School Office

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