GCSE Exam Information Evening
Transcript GCSE Exam Information Evening
Bullers Wood School
Year 11 Examination
Wednesday 2nd November 2011
She always leaves
everything to the
last minute – and
it’s always when
the printer is
She always says
she has no work
There are a
to help but how
do you know
which are any
I don’t understand all this
course work, levels and
modular exams – it’s
completely different from
when I was at school
Adult Literacy And Numeracy
• Numeracy Level 2 – 23 points
• Literacy Level 2 – 23 points
Students achieving both Literacy and Numeracy
is the equivalent to a B at GCSE
SAM Learning Secondary
Revision Exercise -Maths
Student Progress Report
Please see Mrs. May at the end of
1. Reading non-fiction:
understand / presentation /
2. Be able to write to describe,
persuade, inform – three different
types of writing
Writing to describe – use all five senses: hearing,
smell, taste, touch, feel. Using metaphors and
similes to make your writing contain pictures
Writing to inform
Writing that is clear, factual, straightforward,
Writing that answers the questions: who, what,
when, where, how
Writing to argue/ persuade
Make your sentences shorter: 12 words.
Make some much shorter: 3 – 5 words.
Use “and” less
Join some sentences with “that”, “who”,
Write some 2 part sentences starting with
“As …, …”, “Although …, …”, “When …, …”
1.Choose the right question: letters are most
2.Do a spider diagram of ideas, then number
them 5-7 for paragraphing
• Vivid description
• Then & now – go from past tense
into the present
• For & against
A small number of
words make a big
There are 3 easy
ways to improve
How is the Maths Department helping your
daughter to prepare for her maths exams?
• Revision materials have been sold including:
Guides and workbooks
• Practice papers – marked regularly by staff and discussed
• After school/lunchtime revision sessions may be offered
What maths resources are available?
There are numerous revision websites
available but especially:
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
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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
Additional Science 2012
When are the exams?
•January or June (most students) depending
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.
Setting homework regularly.
This label was taken from a cola drink.
The pH of this drink is 2.5
Which one of the ingredients in the cola drink causes the low pH?
Draw a ring around the name of the ion that gives the cola drink its
Read the article about the use of nanoparticles in 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
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?
Suggest how the size of nanoparticles might help them to enter the
body more easily.
Give two advantages of using nanoparticles in sun creams.
Why might nanoparticles be dangerous inside the body?
THINK - EXAM TECHNIQUE!
What you can do at home
Take an interest.
Support us if we ring home.
Make sure she brings work to lessons.
Calculator to exams, etc.
Helping with Mock Preparation
Preparation for mocks:
•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.
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
Level 2 BTEC Information
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
Level 2 BTEC Information
Attendance, Punctuality &
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
Students need to gain at five A*-C
grades at GCSE including English,
…..and a grade B in the chosen
5 GCSEs at Grade A*–C
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