Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students build on the skills, knowledge and understanding gained at Key Stage 3 to begin their preparations for further study or the world of work. This is an essential stage in a student’s education as the competencies developed and the GCSE grades gained will be key to gaining a place on A Level or college courses and increasingly these are taken into consideration by universities.

All students are expected to work consistently hard and are set challenging GCSE targets based on their prior attainment. Progress toward these targets is monitored and parents receive an Assessment Tracker report each term, showing their child's target grade and predicted grade along with attitude to learning and home-learning grades in each subject studied. Parents also have the opportunity to discuss their child's academic progress in a consultation evening with all subject teachers and will receive a formal written report annually.

All students take GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science, with the vast majority also taking a Modern Foreign Language. Students are then able to choose an additional 3 GCSE subjects of their choice. A small number of students are selected to follow a 4-option pathway each year.

Below are the option booklets for each pathway, click on the relevant image to see the option booklet of your choice.

 

           

 

 

GCSE Options Evenings – Subject presentations

Click on the relevant link below to view the PowerPoint presentations from the Options Evening.

 

 

Art and Design        Computer Science     Computer Science iMedia       Drama      Food Preparation and Nutrition    Geography              History                MFL           Music        Religious Studies     Click on the link to view Video      Religious Studies Video      Science      

 

Examination Timetable and Exam Boards

Examination Time Tables For The Coming Year

 

 

Downloads:

Year 11 Trial Exams Timetable

 

Student Revision - Guidance, Support and Weekly Booster Sessions

Weekly Booster Sessions Timetable

 

Subject Booster Sessions. To be advised

 

Revision Timetables:

Student Revision Planner

Revision Websites:

There are a wide range of revision materials available through the school VLE. In addition students may find the following websites useful for revision:

 

BBC Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/highlights/curations/zpbdxfr
MyMaths: http://www.mymaths.co.uk/
Sam Learning: https://www.samlearning.com/
S-cool: http://www.s-cool.co.uk/
Skoool: http://www.skoool.com.eg/
GCSEPod: https://members.gcsepod.com/login

 

 

 

Parent Revision Tips and Elevate Education

Business & Economics Revision Guidance

Follow these steps for effective revision and preparation for your forthcoming Business exams:

 

  1. RAG (red, amber, green) the specification to identify areas where you feel comfortable versus those where you need to fill in knowledge gaps. 
  2. Use the Tutor2U Course Companion and CGP revision guides to fill the knowledge gaps you identified in step 1. 
  3. The following resources provide useful revision material:

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zpsvr82

https://members.gcsepod.com/login

https://www.samlearning.com/

https://www.tutor2u.net/business

 

AQA Specification - Business GCSE      AQA GCSE (9-1) Business Companion 

 

Computing Revision Guidance

Computer Science Revision Advice

 

Trial exams:

You will have two exams in your trial exams, Computer Systems and Programming, Algorithms and Computational Thinking. Your scores from both these papers are combined to give your final grade

 

1. Start with the RAG sheets

There is an awful amount of content to cover (and remember) at GCSE Computer Science, so start with the RAG sheets (these are available on OneNote for you). RAG the content and then focus on those areas which you have shaded red or amber.

 

2. Create flashcards

There is no point in simply reading through the information in your book. Create flashcards for the important people, places and events for each topic. The glossary in each textbook and your RAG sheet can help you with this.

 

3. Look at your programming Project

Use the work that you have completed in your programming project to help your preparation for Paper 2. In this paper you will be expected to write in Pseudocode/Flow charts (the marker will be looking at techniques and logical thinking in these questions).

 

4. Revision Guides

Using the revision guides issued to you last year, complete the activities and answer the questions.

 

5. Practice

Once you have consolidated your knowledge, apply this to the specimen papers, mark these using the mark scheme or ask your teacher to do so for you. Papers and mark schemes can be found here.

 

6. Supplement your knowledge

Don’t rely on the internet, we have provided you with exam-board specific revision guides, but the BBC Bitesize website is useful to supplement what you already have.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCiOXwirraUAvkTPDWeeSqAKty3LAG37-  Craig N Dave revision channel

GCSE Pod

EXA foundation Mooc you have been given access to this year

 

Dance Revision Guidance

Effective Revision in Dance

The below links will take you to a variety of resources to support your son or daughter through revision for all elements of the dance written exam. These are broken down into: 

  • All you need to know for Component 2
  • Revision Guide for Component 2
  • RAG (audit) 6 Anthology Works for Section C of Component 2
  • Posters
  • Link to the E-hub
  • 10 Mock Papers and Mark Schemes

 

  1. 'All you need to know for Component 2' - is a student friendly specification broken down into easier bullet points that students can RAG. These are the only points students will be asked about in the exam.
  2. 'Revision Guide for Component 2' - is a comprehensive document that goes through the three sections of the written exam in detail. It provides examples of 1, 2, 6 and 12 mark questions, advice on how to go about planning the essays, revision aids and tools.
  3. '6 Anthology Works for Section C' - is six audits that students can RAG their knowledge and understanding of each Anthology. These are really useful in finding gaps in students’ knowledge.
  4. 'Anthology Posters' - These are a great tool for remembering the key information. The students should display these in their bedroom.
  5. 'Link to E-hub' - is a link to the GCSE Dance E-hub, an online resource that will take students through features of each Anthology work. This is great for revision, with mini tests and mock exam papers.
  6. 'Mock Exam Papers' - 10 mock papers for students to complete and self-mark with mark schemes attached.

 

When revising your child should first familiarise themselves with what is expected for the written element of the course by ragging all you need to know for Component 2 and reading through the C2 Revision Guide. The written exam for GCSE dance comprises of three sections A, B and C. The revision Guide goes through exactly what is going to be asked of the students and how to answer the questions. This is a useful guide for parents to understand what is being asked of the students. They should then RAG the revision material before answering any questions – this includes an audit for each Anthology work for section C. Audit of the six Anthology works. RAG’s should be completed at the start of the revision process. Green = confident and can give examples, Amber = Red = weak, unsure needs clarification. Once confident, they should be working through the 10 Mock Papers. Firstly completing these papers under exam conditions then self-marking with the mark scheme and then annotating where they went wrong to ensure they do not make the same mistakes twice.

It is always better to spend a little time each day on revision rather than cramming for a long period of time, so think little and often. Where possible, students should have their own work space with access to a laptop/computer.  You may wish to support your child with revision by testing them.

 

All you need to know for Component 2   Revision Guide for Component 2

 

RAG (audits) 6 Anthology Works for Section C of Component 2

A Linha Curva   Artificial Things   EofE   Infra   Shadows   WHE

 

Anthology Posters

ALC Poster   Artificial Things Poster   EofE Poster   Infra Poster   Shadows Poster   WHE Poster

 

10 Mock Papers

Paper 1   Guidance 1   Paper 2   Guidance 2   Paper 3   Guidance 3   Paper 4   Guidance 4   Paper 5   Guidance 5   Paper 6   Guidance 6   Paper 7   Guidance 7   Paper 8   Guidance 8   Paper 9   Guidance 9   Paper 10   Guidance 10

 

E-hub https://www.artspool-e-learning.com/ Login details will be handed out shortly.

 

Design Technology Revision Guidance

KS4 Technology Revision Pages

Technology

  • A Core Study Guide along with specific topic workbook has been issued.
  • Students should RAG rate the revision list to identify which areas they are most confident with and which areas they need to focus on more.  
  •  Students should use their GCSE revision guide as a starting point, whilst the content provides a foundation on which to base their revision. 
  • Students should complete past papers from the revision pack provided. This is an excellent way to test knowledge and develop exam techniques. The most important aspect is marking the paper. If students have not scored full marks they should amend the answer to do so. If they have scored full marks then they should try and find extra marks and further improve their answers. Answer sheets can be found online on Show My Homework. 
  • Students should plug any gaps in knowledge by using the GCSE Pod https://www.gcsepod.com/. Students should use the Pods to write key notes. 
  • YouTube can be a great way to see interactive videos on tough topics.  Also, BBC Bitesize and Technology Student are also useful websites to aid revision notes and learning.
  • The preliminary context for the first question has been provided by the exam board. Students know this. It is in their revision guides as well. Context: Developing Countries. Q1 in the exam paper can range from 15 to 25 marks of the paper, this can count up to 25% of the paper, so it is important to research and prepare for it.

Some useful websites.

https://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/design-technology

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zvg4d2p

http://www.gojimo.com/gcse-designtechnology-revision/

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Category:GCSE_Technology_Revision_Notes

 

 

Drama Revision Guidance

Drama - KS4 revision guidance for school website

 

The GCSE Drama course is split up into three components. Scroll to find the component you are focussing on.
You will find a range of resources, grading criteria and information to help with revision and home learning.

 

Course Overview

WJEC-Eduqas-GCSE-Drama-specification

Component 1 Material

Marking_Grid_Component-1-AO1_Supporting_Portfolio_of_Evidence

Marking_Grid_Component-1-AO2_Performance

Marking_Grid_Component-1-AO4_Evaluation

Component 2 Material

GCSE Component 2 Lesson by Lesson Powerpoints

Component 3 Material

DNA

Evaluation Exam Question

Exam Technique - Deconstructing a Question

Plot & Character Analysis

Links to Revision Sites

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/drama/drama_wjec/

 

 

English Revision Guidance

English Revision

Read and annotate the Student Friendly Outline to know what is covered for each exam.

Read and annotate the Step By Step guide for Lang and Lit to understand the approaches to the exams.

See the websites below for advice and additional specimen materials:

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-language/gcse/

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702

Click here for practice papers for Lang

Click here for practice questions on Lit

See below for additional Support materials on AIC:

An Inspector Calls character booklet   Character Quotation Bank   Inspect exam quotes

Click here for additional Support material on the anthology

See below for additional support for Macbeth:

Acts 1-3   Acts 4 and 5

Click here for additional support for DJMH

Click here for Mark Schemes

 

Film Studies Business Revision Guidance

Revision for Component 2 Global film

 

http://resource.download.wjec.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/vtc/2017-18/17-18_3-5/GCSE%20FILM%20STUDIES%20Comp%202%20SAMS%201.pdf

 

Revision for aesthetics in film

http://resources.eduqas.co.uk/Pages/ResourceSingle.aspx?rIid=1035

Resource - Eduqas

 


Resource - Eduqas

A series of factsheet based study notes for each of the focus films in Component 2. To be used as a starting point to explore and enhance the study of key films.

Skyfall fact film sheetGCSE Component 2 - Section C: Contemporary 

 

WJEC Course specifications

WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in FILM STUDIES

WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in FILM STUDIES GCSE (9-1) ACCREDITED BY OFQUAL DESIGNATED BY QUALIFICATIONS WALES Teaching from 2017 For award from 2019 SAMPLE ASSESSMENT

 Film Practise resource material

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/film-studies/gcse/WJEC-Eduqas-GCSE-Film-Studies-SAMs.pdf

Revision website

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zysdxfr

GCSE Moving Image Arts Film language and techniques learning resources for adults, children, parents and teachers

 

 

Food Technology Revision Guidance

KS4 Food Studies Revision pages

Food Preparation and Nutrition

  • A Revision Guide along with specific topic list and electronic textbook has been issued.
  • Students should RAG rate the revision list to identify which areas they are most confident with and which areas they need to focus on more.  
  •  Students should use their GCSE revision guide as a starting point, whilst the content provides a foundation on which to base their revision. 
  • Students should complete past papers from the revision pack provided. This is an excellent way to test knowledge and develop exam techniques. The most important aspect is marking the paper. If students have not scored full marks they should amend the answer to do so. If they have scored full marks then they should try and find extra marks and further improve their answers. Answer sheets can be found online on Show My Homework. 
  • Students should plug any gaps in knowledge by using the GCSE Pod https://www.gcsepod.com/. Students should use the Pods to write key notes. 
  • YouTube can be a great way to see interactive videos on tough topics.  Also, BBC Bitesize are also useful websites to aid revision notes and learning.

Topics to be covered in the mock:

Page numbers relate to the online Food Preparation and Nutrition Revision Guide and texbook, the details are highlighted below within the online resources online.

  • Food, Nutrition and Health pg. 1-21
  • Food Science pg. 22-33
  • Food Safety pg. 34-41
  • Food Choices pg. 42-54
  • Food Provenance pg. 55-68
  • Food Preparation Skills pg. 69-76

Additional Materials to support your revision

  • GCSE Bite size: Revision, Activities and Tests - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/foodtech/
  • CGP AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition Revision Guide, can be bought online for approx. £5.95 (Please ensure the AQA edition is purchased, grading 1-9)
  • CGP AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition Exam Practice Workbooks can also be purchased for approx. £5.95 (Please ensure the AQA edition is purchased, grading 1-9)
  • AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition Revision Guide Approx. £8.99 (This is Hodder Education version; this particular revision guide offers more detail then the CPG version. However the CPG revision guide is more student friendly)

Some useful websites.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/food/gcse/food-preparation-and-nutrition-8585

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zvg4d2p

http://www.gojimo.com/gcse-designtechnology-revision/

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Category:GCSE_Technology_Revision_Notes

http://resources.eduqas.co.uk/Pages/ResourceSingle.aspx?rIid=691

 

 

Geography Revision Guidance

History Revision Guidance

History Revision Advice

Trial exams:

You will have two exams in your trial exams, Weimar and Nazi Germany and the Reigns of Richard and John

1. Start with the RAG sheets

There is an awful amount of content to cover (and remember) at GCSE History, so start with the RAG sheets (these are also stuck in the front of your exercise books). RAG the content and then focus on those areas which you have shaded red or amber.

2. Create flashcards

There is no point in simply reading through the information in your book. Create flashcards for the important people, places and events for each topic. The glossary in each textbook and your RAG sheet can help you with this.

3. Knowledge Organisers

Your teachers are preparing knowledge organisers for each key topic, you can use these as the basis of your revision. Get someone to test you on a regular basis.

4. Revision Guides

Using the revision guides below, complete the activities and answer the questions.

5. Practice

Once you have consolidated your knowledge, apply this to the specimen papers, mark these using the mark scheme or ask your teacher to do so for you. Papers and mark schemes can be found here.

6. Supplement your knowledge

Don’t rely on the internet, we have provided you with exam-board specific textbooks, but the BBC Bitesize website is useful to supplement what you already have. 

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/guides/zt9v7hv/revision/1

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zhphvcw

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zwjwxnb/resources/1

7. Additional revision materials

Pearson’s have published a range of inexpensive revision guides with lots of advice and hints and tips in them. These can be purchased here.

 

Conflict in the Middle East   Medicine through time   Reigns of King Richard and King John   Weimar and Nazi Germany

RAG Conflict in Middle East   RAG Medicine through time   RAG Richard and John   RAG Weimar and Nazi Germany

 

Mathematics Revision Guidance

Effective revision for Mathematics:

For best practice Mathematics revision we would always advise that students are completing exam style questions and receiving immediate feedback. Below you will find useful resources that facilitate this practice. The most effective revision is when students have found problem questions and bring these to their class teacher to go through.

  1. Using MathsWatch, a website with up to date videos on how to do all topics for GCSE Maths, students can find topics and will be given immediate feedback [How to find questions on MathsWatch]  

https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/

Username: Firstname.Surname@rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk

Password: students have chosen their own passwords

MathsWatch User Guide

  1. Test Papers once a week, these will be printed and given to all students in Year 11, teacher will either set for home learning and/or use for classwork.
  2. Completing MathsWatch folder, all year 11 students have a folder with printed questions on each topic which they will complete in class, at Easter they will be able to take this home.
  3. Extra papers – MathsMadeEasy is a website with lots of practice and past papers for you to look at, and it also has solutions.

https://mathsmadeeasy.co.uk/gcse-maths-revision/edexcel-past-papers/

  1. Topic based papers – Maths Genie is website with test papers for each individual topic within GCSE Mathematics.

https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html

  1. Daily revision – Corbett Maths can be used on a daily basic to aid revision. It has five questions every day, with solutions, that a differentiated in five different ability ranges

https://corbettmaths.com/5-a-day/gcse/

 

Modern Foreign Languages Revision Guidance

French

  1. Vocab needs to be regularly re-visited. This can be done via Quizlet and is self-marked. (Hyperlink below - Quizlet)
  2. Each fortnight there are activities set in the GCSE AQA French workbook. You each have one of these. Work through the activities on the overview (downloadable resource) by the deadline shown. Tasks marked *are for students with a target of 7-9. Listening files can be accessed via the appropriate file (Hyperlink below – French revision audio). Work can be self-assessed using the mark scheme at the back of the book.
  3. Regularly revise your general conversation questions for the speaking exam – use the checklist (downloadable resource) to ensure you have included all the elements of language you need to for your target grade. There are copies of sample questions as well as some template answers to guide you (downloadable resources). Then look at the student friendly mark scheme (downloadable resource) and reflect on which of the success criteria you have fulfilled.
  4. In the GCSE French Revision Aid (downloadable resource), you will have access to lots of key grammar notes. If after reviewing your work, you feel you need further practice, go to the relevant section in your grammar and translation workbook or on Languages Online (hyperlink below). You can also access the relevant topic areas on Active Learn and This is language (hyperlinks below)
  5. Once you feel confident with different topic areas practise a writing task using the downloadable resources in this section. Then look at the student friendly mark scheme (downloadable resource) and reflect on which of the success criteria you have fulfilled.
  6. If you would like to practise translations or literary texts, the downloadable workbooks and answer booklets will give you tips/hints.
  7. Listening and reading past papers can be accessed not just on the AQA website but also Edexcel and OCR websites (links below).

https://quizlet.com/mdaredrup/folders/year-10-gcse-vocab-tests/sets

https://quizlet.com/mdaredrup/folders/year-11-gcse-vocab-tests/sets

https://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/secondary/GlobalPages/mfl-91-revision-audio-samples/aqa-gcse-9-1-french-revision-audio.aspx

www.languagesonline.org

www.pearsonactivelearn.com

www.thisislanguage.com

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658/assessment-resources
www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/past-papers

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/support/support-topics/exams/past-papers.html?Qualification-Family=GCSE&Qualification-Subject=French%20(2009)&Status=Pearson-UK:Status%2FLive&Specification-Code=Pearson-UK:Specification-Code%2F2FR01%22%20OR%20category:%22Pearson-UK:Specification-Code%2F2fr01

 

GCSE French Revision workbook - overview from 2018   French Translation Activities   French Translation Answers   Year 10 French Overview   Year 10 French Speaking   Year 11 French Overview   Year 11 French Speaking   GCSE French Literary Texts   GCSE French Literary Texts Answers   Checklist for Speaking and Writing   Speaking Mark Scheme   Foundation Writing Mark Scheme   Higher Writing Mark Scheme

 

 

German

 

1) Vocab needs to be regularly re-visited. This can be done via Quizlet and is self-marked.

https://quizlet.com/sstreatfield/folders/aqa-stimmt/sets

2) Each fortnight there are activities set in the GCSE AQA German workbook. You each have one of these. Work through the activities on the overview (downloadable resource) by the deadline shown. Tasks marked *are for students with a target of 9-7. Listening files can be accessed via the appropriate file

www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/secondary/GlobalPages/mfl-91-revision-audio-samples/aqa-gcse-9-1-german-revision-audio.aspx

Work can be self-assessed using the mark scheme at the back of the book.

3) Regularly revise your general conversation questions for the speaking exam – use the ‘Aiming for the top’ thermometer (downloadable resource) to ensure you have included all the elements of language you need to for your target grade. There are copies of sample questions as well as some template answers to guide you (downloadable resources). Then look at the student friendly mark scheme (downloadable resource) and reflect on which of the success criteria you have fulfilled.

4) In the GCSE German Revision Aid (downloadable resource), you will have access to lots of key grammar notes. If after reviewing your work, you feel you need further practice, go to the relevant section in your grammar and translation workbook or on Languages Online

www.languagesonline.org

You can also access the relevant topic areas on Active Learn

www.pearsonactivelearn.com

and This is language

www.thisislanguage.com

5) Once you feel confident with different topic areas practise a writing task using the downloadable resources in this section. Then look at the student friendly mark scheme (downloadable resource) and reflect on which of the success criteria you have fulfilled.

6) If you would like to practise translations or literary texts, the downloadable workbooks and answer booklets will give you tips/hints.

7) Listening and reading past papers can be accessed not just on the AQA website but also Edexcel and OCR websites

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/german-8668/assessment-resources

www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/past-papers

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/support/support-topics/exams/past-papers.html?Qualification-Family=GCSE&Qualification-Subject=German%20(2009)&Status=Pearson-UK:Status%2FLive&Specification-Code=Pearson-UK:Specification-Code%2F2GN01%22%20OR%20category:%22Pearson-UK:Specification-Code%2F2gn01

 

GCSE German Revision workbook - overview from 2018

GCSE_German-Literary-Texts-booklet-answers   GCSE-German-Literary-Texts-booklet

German-Translation-Activities-Booklet    German-Translation-Answers-Booklet

Sample answers for speaking - general conversation   

Speaking Mark Scheme   Student friendly specification

Aiming for the top - Year 11    Writing mark scheme   Writing Templates

GCSE German Revision Aid   General Conversation Speaking Part 1   General Conversation Speaking Part 2

 

Music Revision Guidance

Effective Revision in Music

The below links will take you to a variety of practise questions for all elements of the exam. These are broken down into the Areas of Study (A.O.S) we learn in lessons. Each A.O.S booklet will cover the listening questions based on the Set Works, Unfamiliar Listening and Melodic/Rhythmic questions. There are also two Practise Papers for students to work through with audio files and mark schemes. Mark schemes are also provided for all A.O.S booklets as well as a Student Tracking Sheet to monitor how well they are doing in each Area of Study for each type of question. Track listings are provided for questions near the end of each booklet, which can be found on Youtube.

The BrainScape link will take you to a series of flashcards useful for general revision. These are good for quick recall questions, which parents / carers can be part of when helping. I have also included Revision Power Points for Set Works that are used in lesson, as well as video scores which make it easier for students to follow the music on the score as it is playing. These can be used for general revision.

When revising your child should go over the revision material before answering any questions – this includes creating a playlist of the Set Works if they haven’t already and listening to the pieces on repeat. Once confident, they should be working through the A.O.S booklets and learning the Mark Scheme for where they went wrong – question types repeat in similar ways so answers can be learnt from the mark scheme. It is always better to spend a little time each day on revision rather than cramming for a long period of time, so think little and often. Where possible, students should have their own work space with access to a laptop/computer and headphones to complete the work effectively. You may wish to work through these questions out loud with your child in timed conditions to simulate the exam (a ‘user friendly’ version of the Specification has been provided for the exam component for you to gain a better understanding of what is required). It is not essential to print the booklets out, but you may wish to do so.

NB: Please ensure all files are fully extracted before use. If there are any issues accessing these files then please email me at ptompkins@rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk

Good luck and happy revising!

 

User Friendly Specification

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ybfp1whamv64z05/AABGHVgBDtUYImpaXTKDCTnsa?dl=0

A.O.S 1 Booklet

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1vxhn0dje558y70/AAD748k7bBkvjOO0o69Vvxe0a?dl=0

A.O.S 2 Booklet

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ravvxszscdc8lca/AADbtuPxGo1-Eo_Fn6tuMYOsa?dl=0

A.O.S 3 Booklet

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ggq35gsko92b9nv/AACfONLt4Yz1NYorEPIFuiupa?dl=0

A.O.S 4 Booklet

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/soq3ouo4ir7aj72/AAA4UufZuKfKg4YVkstmiEe0a?dl=0

Practise Papers

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j5ssynncuort9mz/AACInUGllyrz0uO3LRth7TdBa?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8lc5tlwoxb8o2hc/AADFWp9SWTXpnWhqFzzlbSTCa?dl=0

BrainScape Flashcards

https://www.brainscape.com/p/1QFNT-LH-5U3T7

Revision Power Points

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3af4l90kx2lwkje/AADUtbb6xjTQIW6Hy6B-9ilZa?dl=0

Video Scores

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ipn306sf3do9co8/AABDHLm4td0g51rgBQz5LRR0a?dl=0

Essay Guidance & Practise Questions

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kqbtr7z3kaattha/AADaIg-u58i55g9cfwdRwXJ9a?dl=0 

 

Psychology Revision Guidance

Coming soon

 

Religious Studies Revision Guidance

Trial exams:

You will have one, 2 hour, trial exam on the content covered throughout Year 10. The topics are:

  • Issues of Relationships
  • Issues of Good and Evil
  • Issues of Life and Death
  • Issues of Human Rights

1. Start with the Subject Learner Checklists

There is an awful amount of content to cover (and remember) with the GCSE Religious Studies course, so start with the Subject Learner Checklists (which Mr Pearcy has given you - copies attached). RAG the content and then focus on those areas which you have shaded red or amber. Make sure you know the definitions of the key concepts along with all terms throughout the subject learner checklist. These have been taken directly from the specification.

2. Create Flashcards/Revision

There is no point in simply reading through the information in your book. Create flashcards for the important beliefs, teachings and practices for each topic. The glossary of key concepts and your RAG sheet can help you with this. Use the belief, teaching and practice maps which have been created to help you develop your approach to 'explain' questions. Attached. 

3. Knowledge Organisers

Mr Pearcy is preparing knowledge organisers for each key topic, you can use these as the basis of your revision. Get someone to test you on a regular basis through setting simple closed ended questions which tests your knowledge. Extend this further through the use of open ended questions which requires an explanation. 

4. Exam Structure

Using the evaluation and explain template guides below, set yourself, and complete questions, asking your friend or teacher to mark these and guide you on how to improve your response.

5. Practice

Once you have consolidated your knowledge, apply this to the specimen papers, mark these using the mark scheme or ask your teacher to do so for you. Papers and mark schemes can be found here. You are only being examined on Component 1 as part of your Trial Exam. 

6. Supplement your knowledge

Don’t rely on the internet, there are age/GCSE appropriate textbooks available, but the BBC Bitesize website is useful to supplement what you already have. It has been written for the WJEC exam board (the Welsh equivalent of the course we are studying). You may note that the content is organised differently, but the same nonetheless. 

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/z3xvfcw

7. Additional Examination Guidance

Not only can you refer to ongoing advice which has been given throughout the course, which will help you improve your examination technique, but you could have a look through the examiner's report which highlight some of the common errors which were made by candidates nationally. 

 

2018 Examiners Report     Evaluation Ladder - Suffering Example       Evaluation Ladder   Explain Ladder

Explain Ladder - Injustice Example       GCSE RS Sample Assessment Materials and Mark Scheme

GCSE Subject Learner Check     Key Concepts List       Revision Cloud

 

 

Science Revision Guidance

Science (AQA)
(Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

 

Revision is most effective when it is done throughout the year – in small quantities at regular intervals.

For each of your science subjects you should be allocating 1 hour per week to revision (This is on top of homework set by the class teacher). The best way of ensuring that this is done regularly and without distraction is by making and sticking to a homework/revision timetable like the one below.

How to revise?

Many students have different ways of revising that work best for them, but some of the most effective are:

  • Creating mind-maps from memory and then building on them with information from textbooks and GCSE specific videos.
  • Annotating text books to make links between topics.
  • Using revision resources such as BBC Bitesize and CGP textbooks. Make sure that you are using the resources specific to your exam board and course e.g. AQA Combined Science or AQA Physics Single. Be sure to complete the activities and practice questions available, not just reading the information.
  • Set yourself questions on www.educake.co.uk to practise. (For Physics, you can use Isaac Physics) 
  • Create flashcards for each topic and have a friend or family member test you on all the keywords.

 

 

Leading up to exams season, you will need to start completing as many past paper questions as possible to gain experience of exam technique and the type of questions you may encounter in the real exams.

Past papers can be found at this link: https://revisionscience.com/gcse-revision/science/science-gcse-past-papers/aqa-gcse-science-past-papers

 

Other useful links as recommended by teachers:

 

https://members.gcsepod.com

https://quizlet.com/Mike_Metcalfe

https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/physics

CGP Revision guides are available at school purchase cost from the science technicians.

 

 

 

Physical Education Revision Gold

Please complete each section and follow the 8 simple steps.

  1. RAG rate the specification.
  2. Complete a mind map from memory on each topic.
  3. Using GCSE Pod, BBC bitesize, your revision guide and lesson notes update the mind map using a different coloured pen. Highlight the areas you still don’t understand.
  4. Create revision resources for these topics using GCSE Pod, BBC Bitesize, your revision guide and lessons notes
  5. Complete exam questions for all topics and mark the paper using the exam criteria.
  6. Purple pen your exam answers to include all content from the mark scheme.
  7. Repeat step 3 and 4 again for gaps in knowledge
  8. Reattempt specific exam questions and mark again.

Paper  1

 

Cardiovascular and Respiratory System TEST   Components of Fitness TEST 

Effects of exercise on the body systems TEST   Movement Analysis TEST

Muscular System TEST   Principles of training TEST

Reducing injury warm ups cool down TEST  Skeletal System TEST

 

Paper 2

Commercialisation TEST   Diet TEST  Engagement Patterns TEST

Ethics and social Culture TEST   Health and Wellbeing TEST

Injury TEST    Sport Psychology TEST