Welcome to the Year 10 Curriculum Evening September

Welcome to the Year 10 Curriculum Evening September

Welcome to the Year 10 Curriculum Evening September 2018 Key Stage 4 2018-2020 Outline GCSE Assessment schedule Exams Monitoring & Tracking Reporting Higher Tier or Foundation Tier at GCSE Study Tips Revision & Preparation GCSE Assessment Schedule

GCSE is assessed by a combination of Examinations, Practical Elements and Controlled Assessment. Currently Y10 students will be sitting a Full GCSE exam in Religious Studies and an IGCSE in English language GCSE final certification will take place in the Summer of Year 11 In English 20% of the marks available will be allocated to SPaG. Other subjects will have a varying requirement. Exams, Practical Elements & Controlled Assessments Each Exam, Practical Element and Controlled Assessment will require the necessary amount of preparation. Teaching will move on to the next topics in preparation for the next Practical Element or Controlled Assessment Due to the ongoing nature of the GCSE Schedule, there is no slack time!

Y11 now have 21 full school weeks left Y10 therefore have approximately 48 full school weeks left Subject Summary for Exams, Practical Elements & Controlled Assessments Art: OCR J171 Portfolio 60% Set Task 40% (10hrs) Biology: AQA 8461 2 Exams 1hr 45mins each 50% each + 10 Required Practicals Chemistry: AQA 8462

2 Exams 1hr 45mins each 50% each + 8 Required Practicals Computer Studies: Eduqas 601/8291/X 1 Exam 1hr 45mins 62.5% + Online Exam 2hrs 37.5% + Programming Project (20hrs) Design and Technology: AQA 8552 1 Exam 2hrs 50% + Portfolio & Prototype manufacture 50% (30-35hrs) Drama: CAMBRIDGE IGCSE 0411 1 Exam 2hr 30mins 40% + 3 Practical Pieces 60% Economics:

OCR J105 2 Exams 1hr30mins 50% each English Language: CAMBRIDGE IGCE 0500 (Y10) 2 Exams 50% each P1 1hr45mins P2 2hrs AQA 8700 (Y11) 2 Exams 1hr45mins 50% each (SPaG 20%)+ Spoken Language Task English Literature: AQA 8702 2 Exams: P1 1hr45mins 40% P2 2hrs15mins 60% French/Spanish: AQA 8658 4 components 25% each: P1 Listening Exam 35/45mins, P2 Speaking Task, P3 Reading Exam 45/60mins, P4 Writing Exam 1hr/1hr 15mins

Geography: OCR J384 3 Exams: P1 & P2 1hr 45mins 35% each, P3 1hr 30mins 30% + Field Work Study History: AQA 8145 2 Exams 1hr45mins 50% each ICT: Cambridge IGCSE 0417 3 components: P1 Exam 2hrs 40% P2 Practical Test 2hrs30mins 30% 2hrs30mins 30% P3 Practical Task

Mathematics: AQA 8300 3 Exams 1hr30mins 33.33% each Further Mathematics: AQA 8365 2 Exams 50% each 1hr45mins Music: OCR J536 3 components: P1 Portfolio 30% P2 Practical Performance 30% P3 Exam 1hr30mins 40% Physical Education: AQA 8582 3 components: Analysis 40%

P1 & P2 Exams 30% each1hr15mins, P3 Practical Performance & Physics: AQA 8463 2 Exams: P1 & P2 1hr 45mins 50% each, + 10 Required Practicals Religious Studies: Edexcel 1RB0 2 Exams 1hr45mins 50% each Science: AQA 8464 {Trilogy: Biology, Chemistry & Physics 2GCSEs} 6 Exams 1hr15mins 16.7% each + 21 Required Practicals

Monitoring & Tracking As your son completes Internal Assessments, GCSE Exams or CAs his progress will be monitored by Mr McGinty Any student causing academic concern will be given the necessary attention to ensure he understands what needs to be done Depending on the nature of the concern parents may be contacted Parents are encouraged to register any concern they may have about their sons progress, email: [email protected] Reporting To keep parents appraised of their sons progress through Key Stage 4 (KS4) Interim Reports are produced at Christmas and Easter. These reports include a Minimum Expected Grade for the current year and a judgement as to how likely your son is to make that grade by the end of the year. Parents evening takes place during the

Spring Term and a full report is produced at the end of the Summer term in Y10 A full report replaces the interim report at Christmas of Y11 New Grading System https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/grade-descriptors-for-gcses-graded-9-to-1 Minimum Expected Grades CAT Score to GCSE Grade Distribution in Geography U 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

8 9 Median (middle person) achieves a 5 in Y11 in Geography: Hence our minimum expectation will be a 5 in Y11. in Y9 & Y10 these number grades will be sub divided into say; 4-, 4 & 4+ Higher Tier or Foundation Tier In Maths & Science at GCSE Higher Tier allows access to New Grades 9 to 4 Foundation Tier allows access to New Grades 5 to 1 The Grade 9 will be awarded to approximately the top 20% of students achieving Grade 7 or 8.

The Head of Maths, MFL & Science departments will make a judgement as to which tier your son will be entered for in November of Y11. Evidence from previous performance coupled with current progress is used when making the judgement. We want the best grade possible. Study Tips PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT ATTEND MATHS HELP SESSIONS: Tuesday to Friday 8:00am to 8:30am; Tuesday 3:30pm to 4:30pm and Thursday 3:30pm to 4:15pm Ask questions as often as necessary

Learn the TIMES TABLES Seek extra help on trickier topics Attention levels at maximum Concentration levels at maximum General considerations The Homework timetable can be used as a template for organisation In KS4 homework is set with duration of up to 45 minutes per

homework. Your son may finish a particular homework within that time frame; that is excellent news as he has clearly understood the task set and has been able to complete the work independently. However, any remaining time (of the 45minutes) can then be used in any of the following ways: Review previous work in that subject, Make some summary notes on recent topics, Learn key spellings,

Learn key facts, Test himself on the facts he thinks he knows, Read through his notes, Read through any set texts, Re-read any set texts, Do some past paper questions **,

Organise next weeks independent work, Teach you the recent topic to demonstrate understanding, Make a power point presentation on the topic, Make some summary notes on not so recent topics, ....... Revision Purpose: To be prepared in sufficient time to enable students to achieve their full potential Organisation is the key element of an effective Revision Timetable Students need to realise that they are the

ones who will benefit from their efforts Revision lists found via the website, go via The Home page; Members tab (log in); Students; Exams; Exam information & revision If you fail to plan you plan to fail! Revision Power Point Summary Download from school website: Section 1: Retention Section 2: Developing a method Organising yourself Time-table Time-table examples Section 3: Session outline/structure Section 4: Other considerations Thank you for your attention.

Any Questions? If you have any concerns that occur to you later this evening please do not hesitate to contact Mr McGinty.

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