Year 11 Parents/Carer Information

Year 11 2018/19

Subject Information for Parents and Carers

Dear Parent or Carer,

Please find some information from our staff about what is being taught this year and how you can help your child to achieve the best possible outcomes in May/June 2019.

Asking your child what they have been working on can really help them to identify their own gaps and each subject teacher has given some advice of how you can support your child or some useful websites that you could look at together.

We welcome your support, which is key to the overall success of your child.

Thank you in anticipation of your support, and should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact either the teacher or myself.

Julia Stubbs

Deputy Headteacher – Outcomes and Teaching Standards

Click link for subject:

ArtComputer ScienceEnglish LanguageEnglish LiteratureDanceDramaD&TFrenchGeographyHistoryMathsMediaMusicPEScience CombinedScience TripleSpanish 


Art

Subject Leader: Ms F Awolaja

Exam Board: AQA

The GCSE in Art, Craft and Design is a broad and flexible course that requires students to develop an appreciation of the creative process through a practical response, using a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, materials, techniques and processes. Students explore critically how artists, craftspeople and designers from diverse cultures, times and societies have arrived at solutions and communicated meaning using the formal elements. Students use this knowledge when developing new ideas,

The examination consists of two Components

Component 1 is Coursework and weighted at 60%

Component 2 is an Externally Set Exam of 10hrs (set over two days) weighted at 40%.
The preparation time for this component is 8 weeks from the release of the paper. It is therefore essential that students use their preparation time wisely, to achieve the best result.

Art and Design equips students with the skills to enjoy, produce and engage with the visual arts throughout their lives, and it has immense value as a GCSE subject. GCSE Art and Design provides the opportunity for students to:

  • explore both contemporary and historical sources of art, craft and design
    first hand through, for example:
  • visiting museums, galleries, art shows and fairs
  • experiencing audio-visual productions, including still and moving imagery
  • their surroundings and environments.
  • take an individual approach to their art, craft and design making
  • develop the skill of selecting their best and most appropriate work for presentation.

Component 1 (60%) Personal Portfolio (Coursework)

• Students create a personal portfolio (Coursework) of work that demonstrates the knowledge, understanding and skills of the subject. This component through a range of projects allows students opportunities to: 

  • develop and explore ideas
  • research primary and contextual sources
  • experiment with media, materials, techniques and processes

Assessment overview 

• Students’ work must comprise supporting studies and personal response(s). 

• Students’ work must show evidence of all four Assessment Objectives.

Component 2 (40%) Externally Set Assignment (ESA)

The Externally Set Assignment (ESA) represents the end of the GCSE course as it brings together all the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in Component 1. 

• Students continue to work in the same title as they did for their coursework (Personal Portfolio)

• Students present personal response(s) to an externally set broad-based thematic starting point, set by the exam board in the ESA paper, which they will receive at the beginning of February.

Art tips;

  • Complete homework according to the homework guidelines set. Attend lunchtime or after school catch up sessions to improve work.
  • Make time  for Art work, do not rush or do it at the last minute.
  • Take care in the presentation of work.
  • Ask for help.

How parents can help students in Art?

  1. Ensure that work is being completed, please check in their planners, also the work will be placed on Google classroom so they can access it.
  2. Ask what they are doing in lesson
  3. Ensure they complete their work/homework in line with the AQA assessment criteria.
  4. Visit at least one museum with them to help them understand the work of artists. The Tate Modern is a very good museum.
  5. Set aside quality time, at least several hours to really spend on their work.

Art Websites
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/

https://www.tate.org.uk/

https://www.npg.org.uk/

https://www.saatchigallery.com/

https://www.studentartguide.com/featured/gcse-art-sketchbook-coursework

(see what others are doing for inspiration)

Return to top of page


Computer Science

Subject Leader: Mr A Naidoo

Exam Board: OCR

The examination consists of two written papers.

Component 01 – Computer Systems

  • Systems Architecture 
  • Memory 
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks 
  •  Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security 
  • System software 
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Component 02 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

  • Algorithms 
  • Programming techniques 
  • Producing robust programs 
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

Revision

Websites

Tips

  • Make sure your child is completing the homework according to the homework guidelines set. This will help when they start revising.
  • Plan when they are going to revise and ensure they follow these times.
  • Encourage them to watch the tutorial videos and make detailed notes.
  • Remind them to ask for help.
  • Students are encouraged to use the key websites to familiarise themselves with topics they may be unsure about.

How parents can help students in Computer Science?

Students need to be aware of the key concepts in Computer Science. Please encourage them:

  1. By asking what they are doing in lesson
  2. Complete their notes using the CraignDave videos.
  3. Ensure they are completing their homework.
  4. To revise using Quizlet for the key terminology.
  5. Ask them questions on the key terminology.

Return to top of page


English Language

Subject Leader: Ms Ackerley

Exam Board: AQA

The mock exam will be a full English Language Paper 2: Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives. They will have 1 hour and 45 minutes for this exam. 

Section A Reading: 1 hour (40 marks)

Q1: True/False- 5 min

Q2: Write a summary- 8 min

Q3: Explain, comment, analyse- 12 min

Q4: Compare ideas and perspectives- 20 min

Section B Writing: 45 minutes (40 marks)

Transactional writing

  • 5 min planning
  • 35 min writing
  • 5 min proofreading

How to revise for English Language exams:

  1. Read widely! Your child should be reading for 30-45 minutes per day.
  2. Once a week, choose story from a newspaper or online newspaper read it. Then they should summarise what it was about to a friend or relative. This is excellent exposure to the type of text they will get in the real exam, and allows them to practise the important skill of summarising information.
  3. Make a note of the questions that they struggle with and practise those ones first.
  4. Do regular, timed, practice questions.

Useful revision websites:

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zcbchv4

Return to top of page


English Literature

Subject Leader: Ms Ackerley

Exam Board: Edexcel

The English Literature mock exam will be a full  Paper 2: 19th Century Novel and Poetry since 1789. They will have 2 hours 15 minutes for this. 

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: 55 minutes

  • Part a) 25 minutes- analysing an extract- language, structure and form
  • Part b) 25 minutes- analysing a character/theme over whole novel

Relationships poetry:

  • 35 minutes
  • One essay  question comparing two poems- language, structure, form and context

Unseen poetry: 45 minutes

  • 1 essay question comparing 2 poems- analysing language, structure and form
  • 15 minutes reading and planning
  • 30 minutes writing

The specific texts students will study for their GCSEs are below.  They will only be tested on Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and the poetry during the November exams. 

  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • An Inspector Calls  by  JB Priestley
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by RL Stevenson
  • The relationships cluster in the Edexcel poetry

How to revise for English Literature exams:

  • Build in lots of self-quizzing as part of the revision for the literature exams. Test themselves regularly on key quotes- use flashcards and the Leitner Method (there are lots of videos on youtube about how to do this) to make revision more effective.
  • Make a note of the questions, quotes or information that they struggle to recall and prioritise learning this.
  • Do regular, timed, practice questions.

Resources to support retrieval practice:

  1. Quizlet (https://quizlet.com/) Ms Ackerley has set these up for each of the Literature texts.
  2. ‘English Lit Notes’ quote learning videos on YouTube.
  3. Revision guides given out in class. 
  4. Resources on Google Classroom.

Useful revision websites:

The following sites will have detailed notes on all of the set texts for GCSE English Literature.

Spark Notes: https://www.sparknotes.com/ 

Lit Charts: https://www.litcharts.com/

Cliffnotes: https://www.cliffsnotes.com/

Shmoop: https://www.shmoop.com/ 

Return to top of page


Dance

Subject Leader: Ms Stephanou

The subject content details the knowledge, understanding and skills that students are expected to learn during the course of study. This is set out below in three core areas of dance: performance, choreography and appreciation. 

The GCSE Dance Anthology The GCSE Dance Anthology underpins learning across each of the three core areas. The anthology’s mix of artistic, cultural and aesthetically diverse works, has been selected to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of the wide range of dance choreographed and performed in the United Kingdom today. 

The anthology consists of six short professional dance works each between 12 and 30 minutes duration. There is a filmed interview with the choreographer or company associate, which explores the choreographic approach of the choreographer and the defining characteristics of each work. Students must study all six works. 

Together the six works include: 

  • different dance styles and fusions of style 
  • a selection of established and emerging choreographers 
  • different numbers and combinations of dancers 
  • a variety of choreographic approaches 
  • different choreographic structures 
  • a variety of types of performance environment 
  • a variety of aural settings 
  • inclusive dance 
  • dance influenced by other cultures. 

Study of the works can inspire students to develop their own performance, creative and choreographic practice, at the same time as the knowledge, understanding and analytical skills required for critical appreciation. 

Component 1:  Performance and choreography 

Performance 30%

  • Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration) 
  • Trio performance (five minute performance piece)                   

Choreography 30%

  • Solo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or a group dance for two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes)                                

Component 2: Dance appreciation 40%

What’s assessed 

  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills 
  • Critical appreciation of own work 
  • Critical appreciation of professional works 
  • 40% of GCSE 
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes • 80 marks 

Questions Based on students’ own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance.

Students will be required to stay after school post-AIM until 18:00 working on their choreography coursework. Any queries or concerns please email a.stephanou@amsi.school 

Important information

  • 9th November Dance CA for the set phrases
  • 30th November Dance mock written paper
  • 14th December Choreography CA

26th April Dance Practical Examination

Return to top of page


Drama

Subject Leader: Mrs Harris

Component 1 – Written Exam – Exam in May 2019

  • Pupils will answer 4 multiple choice questions about theatre roles and stage types.
  • Pupils are studying Blood Brothers and will answer 4 essay style questions about how to perform the characters.
  • Will answer an essay style question on a Live Theatre Performance that they have seen.

Component 2 – Devised Performance Exam and Essay 

  • Pupils devise an original piece of Drama. Exam on 11th and 12 December 2018
  • Devising Log Essay hand in date March 2019

Component 3 –  Scripted Performance Exam

  • Pupils study a play and perform 2 extracts to a visiting examiner. Exam in April 2019

How can you support your child? 

  • Ask them about their Devising Log Essay as they are completing this for homework.
  • Test them on theatre roles and stage types.
  • Ask them to tell you the story/talk about the characters in Blood Brothers

Component 1 – Written Exam – Exam in May 2019

  • Pupils will answer 4 multiple choice questions about theatre roles and stage types.
  • Pupils are studying Blood Brothers and will answer 4 essay style questions about how to perform the characters.
  • Will answer an essay style question on a Live Theatre Performance that they have seen.

Component 2 – Devised Performance Exam and Essay 

  • Pupils devise an original piece of Drama. Exam on 11th and 12 December 2018
  • Devising Log Essay hand in date March 2019

Component 3 –  Scripted Performance Exam

  • Pupils study a play and perform 2 extracts to a visiting examiner. Exam in April 2019

How can you support your child? 

  • Ask them about their Devising Log Essay as they are completing this for homework.
  • Test them on theatre roles and stage types.
  • Ask them to tell you the story/talk about the characters in Blood Brothers

Return to top of page


AQA Design & Technology GCSE (Full course)

Teacher: Daniel Bethell

The new Design and Technology GCSE qualification enable pupils to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. They will learn from the wider influences on the subject including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors.  The course covers core technical (Unit 1) and designing and making principles (Unit 2). The new qualification is modern and relevant, so pupils can learn about contemporary technologies, materials and processes, as well as established practices. The core technical principles will be delivered during the first year  through classroom lessons, text book (PG ONLINE AQA D&T (1-9) 8552 Text book) and Google Classroom. Each unit is worth 50% of the final grade.

Pupils will need to be resilient and be able to complete work outside of the classroom.

Unit 1– 35 hours, design and make.

Unit 2– 2 hour written exam.

How parents can help students in Design and Technology?

  1. By asking how they are doing in lesson.
  2. By reminding them come to lunch GCSE coursework sessions (Tues to Thurs).
  3. By making sure that they do their homework (This is often in Google Classroom).
  4. By encouraging them and promoting a strong work ethic.

 E-mail contact details: d.bethell@amsi.school

Return to top of page


French

Teacher: C. Chevalier-Riffard

Exam board: Edexcel

Number of lessons per week: 3 lessons (3 hours) + 2 AIM sessions every 3 weeks

You don’t read a book about swimming and suddenly know how to swim. You get in the water and practise swimming. But you’ll need some support. Just like in language.

What are we doing in French this year?

From September to December we are finishing the content of the curriculum. From January to May we will review all the themes from the beginning, While using the Edexcel Revision Workbook that can be purchased from the school at a reduced price of £4; this is an essential revision aid to support exam preparation. Currently, in lessons we are learning about holiday and travel past and future; in AIM we are working over exam questions with a particular emphasis on speaking skills.  For that reason, attendance to AIM is key.

How is the student going to be graded?

Students will be placed in Higher (9-4) or in Foundation (5-1). Each student is carefully placed in the appropriate tier, in order to be successful, according to their results in the mocks and in continuous assessments.

When is the exam going to take place?

All the exams are marked externally by the Edexcel board of exams.

  • Speaking exam will take place at the end of April. (Dates not confirmed).
  • Listening, reading: May, 14th. (Provisional)
  • Writing: May, 17th. (Provisional)

Each skill is worth 25% of the final grade.

How parents can help students in French?

Students acquire language when they understand what they hear and read. Encourage them:

  1. By asking what they are doing in lesson
  2. By reminding them  come to lunch booster sessions: Tuesday ( Higher)
  3. By making sure that they complete their homework (Every week)
  4. By encouraging them to watch shows in French on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube… (20 minutes x 2 or 3 times a week)
  5. By reminding them of useful websites such as BBC bitesize and languagesonline.org.uk

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Return to top of page


Geography

Subject Leader: Mr Hogarth

Geography GCSE  AQA 8035

Exam: Unit 1 Living with the physical environment 80351 35%
Exam: Unit 2 Challenges in the human environment 80352 35%
Exam: Unit 3 Geographical skills and applications 80353 30%

Unit 1: 

Living with the physical environment (we will be revising most of this in terms 1 and 2)

In this unit students will study natural hazards, the living world and physical landscapes. 

Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment. (we will begin our revision of these topics at the end of term 2 and finish during term 3)

In this unit students will study the UK economy, the global economy, urban development and the challenges of resource management.

Unit 3: Geographical skills and applications. (we will begin our work for this in term 4) 

In this unit students will study geographical skills and complete the fieldwork component of their course.

How can I help my child in geography?

  • If they are revising for geography ask them to teach you or a sibling what they have learnt.
  • Remind them to make the most of lessons! If they are working hard in their geography lessons and any AIM sessions they have they should reach their potential.
  • There will always be at least one quiz every week and resources are available online so they can always revise!
  • Encourage them to read the news and see if they can see any geographical issues.
  • Encourage them to email me or look around online if they get stuck on a piece of work.

Exams:

There are geography mock exams in November. Students predicted grades on college and 6th form applications will be based on this result. 

Unit 1: 21.05.19

Unit 2: 05.06.19

Unit 3: 12.06.19

Please contact me with any questions or concerns: t.hogarth@amsi.school

Return to top of page


History

Head of Department: Mr A King a.king@amsi.school

Exam board: AQA (9-1)

Number of lessons per week: 3 lessons (3 hours) + 2 AIM sessions every three weeks

Paper 1: (Examination 50%)

Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship & Conflict and tension, 1945-1972

Paper 2: (Examination 50%)

Britain: Migration, empires and the people: c790 to the present day & Norman England, c1066-1100 

Units Studied:

British Migration, Peoples and Empire c.790-Present

Germany 1890-1945

The Cold War 1945-1972

Norman England 1066-c1100

What are we doing in History lessons this year?

From September to October we will complete the Cold War unit. From October until December we will complete the Norman England unit. The Spring Term will then be used to review all of the delivered content, starting with the Year 10 units (British Migration & Germany). This will allow students to fill in any knowledge gaps and focus on mastering the required skills for each individual unit.

The mocks will consist of 2 papers, covering all 4 taught units. Students will complete the exams in the same way they would during their Summer exams – with 1hr 45mins total per paper (students are advised to spend 50 minutes on each section). The papers will be marked and key areas for development will be identified for revision purposes after the mocks.

How is the student going to be entered & graded?

There are no tiered entries for History. This means all students sit the same paper and will then be graded from 1 to 9.

How parents can help students in History?

Google Classroom is used extensively to support students and it is vital that all students are encouraged to engage with it as often as possible. The key areas of support are as follows

  • Use the revision guides linked on Google Classroom
  • Complete the exam skills booklets and practice questions linked on Google Classroom
  • Use online resources such as BBC Bitesize to support revision
  • Complete exam questions under timed conditions at home
  • Show completed exam style questions to the teacher in order to gain feedback on areas for improvement

Thank you for your support.

Return to top of page


Maths

Head of Department: Ms R Dattani r.dattani@amsi.school 

Exam board: Edexcel (9-1)

Number of lessons per week: 5 lessons (5 hours) + 1 AIM session every other week

What are we doing in Maths this year?

From September to November we will complete the curriculum, in November the first set of Mocks will take place. Students will complete three papers, 1 non-calculator and 2 calculator papers which is what they will be sitting for their GCSE Maths exam. The papers will be marked and key topics will be identified to be taught after the mocks. 

How is the student going to be graded?

Students will be placed in higher (9-4) or in Foundation (5-1). This means that the student is carefully placed in the appropriate tier, in order to be successful. 

How parents can help students in Maths?

Students improve their Maths skills by practicing maths, hence please encourage them:

  1. To use vle.mathswatch.com, all students have logins and homework is set on mathswatch regularly. Students are able to watch any topic videos and complete the interactive questions section to ensure they have understood the topic.
  2. To use revision guides and workbooks (can be brought from Ms Dattani, two for £5)
  3. Use onlines resources such as justmaths.com and onmaths.com to attempt exam style questions.
  4. Ask their teacher for help if needed on a topic. Always attempt areas you feel are the weakest.

Thank you for your support. 

Return to top of page


Media

Head of Media: Ms S. Narayanan s.narayanan@amsi.school 

Exam Board: AQA (9-1)

Number of lessons per week: 3 + 2 AIM sessions every 3 weeks

GCSE Media Studies engages students in the in depth study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework:

  • Media Language 
  • Media Representation
  • Media Industries 
  • Media Audiences

Students are required to study media products and 18 Close Study Products (Case Studies) from all of the following media forms: 

  • Television 
  • Film 
  • Radio 
  • Newspapers 
  • Magazines 
  • Advertising and marketing 
  • Online, social and participatory media 
  • Video games 
  • Music video 

Assessment:

Media 1 (Written Exam) 1 hour 30 minutes • 84 marks • 35% of GCSE 

Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations. 

Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences. 

Questions will range from 2 to 16 marks and relate to an unseen source and the 18 Close Study Products studied over the 2 years. The paper will end with an extended response question (20 marks).

Media 2  (Written Exam) 1 hour 30 minutes • 84 marks • 35% of GCSE 

Section A will be based on a screening from an extract of one of the television Close Study Products and can test any area of the theoretical framework. 

Section B will be based on either newspapers or online, social and participatory media and video games and can test any area of the framework.

Questions range from short, medium and extended response assessing depth of knowledge and understanding of the course.

Non-exam assessment: Creating a Media Product (Coursework)  • 60 marks • 30% of GCSE

Students are set a brief by AQA and have plan, develop and create a print media product.  Students will need to submit a Statement of Intent (a 300 word outline of how they intend to meet the brief) and a print media product aimed at a specific audience.

How can parents help students studying Media?

  • Students have access to the Close Study Products student guide on Google Classroom. There are 18 Close Study Products in total. Please encourage your son/daughter to study the Close Study Product that is set by me each week. Links to the media products are outlined in the booklet.
  • The AQA GCSE Media Studies Student Book is available for purchase via the following website: www.illuminatepublishing.com which provides detailed chapters on the 4 key concepts and Close Study Products.
  • Please encourage your son/daughter to use revision websites such as BBC Bitesize (GCSE Media Studies), Quizlet (AQA GCSE Media Studies) and Mediaknowall (GCSE Media Studies) where they can revise key media terminology and concepts for the exam.
  • Please ask your son/daughter what they are doing in Media lessons and encourage them to ask their teacher for help if needed with a topic.

Thank you for your support

Return to top of page


Music

Teacher: J. Dow + J. Williams

Exam board: Edexcel

Number of lessons per week: 3 lessons (3 hours) + 30 minute instrumental lesson + 2 AIM sessions every 3 weeks

What are we doing in Music this year?

The focus this year is to ensure ALL coursework for Unit 1 (Performing) and Unit 2 (Composing) is completed to the highest possible standard. In addition we will be continuing to study the set works in preparation for the Unit 3 listening exam.

UNIT 1 PERFORMING:

For this unit students must submit 2 recorded performances. One performance must be a solo and the other an ensemble. The instrumental teacher prepares students you for this unit. The total performing time must be a minimum of 4 minutes. Students cannot submit a recording of a piece that is less than 1 minute. If necessary, students can perform more than one solo or ensemble piece in order to ensure your total performance time exceeds 4 minutes.

UNIT 2 COMPOSING:

For this unit students must submit 2 compositions. One composition can be in a style of the student’s own choice and the other must be in response to a brief set by Edexcel. Each of the compositions should be approximately 2 minutes and 30 seconds in length.

UNIT 3 LISTENING AND APPRAISING:

This is a 1 hour and 45 minutes listening and appraising exam. Students will be tested on their knowledge of the 8 set works that we have studied and their ability to use this knowledge to respond to extracts that they hear during the exam.

How will the work be marked?

  • The performances are marked out of 30. The total mark out of 60 for performing is 30% of the grade.
  • The compositions are marked out of 30. The total mark out of 60 for performing is 30% of the final grade.
  • The  listening and appraising exam is 40% of the final grade.

When is the exam going to take place?

All the exams are marked externally by the Edexcel board of exams.

  • Performing – 2 performances will be recorded in school and the recordings will be sent to the moderator. These recordings should be completed by the end of the spring term.
  • Composing  – 2 compositions need to be completed by the end of the spring term. Recordings of your compositions, the score and a write up describing what they have composed will be sent to the moderator.
  • Listening  – the listening exam is at the end of the course and tests your knowledge of the 8 set works that we have studied.

How parents can help students in Music?:

  1. Check that your child knows when his/her instrumental lesson is. The rotas for these lessons are on the school website.
  2. Encourage your son/daughter to practise his/her instrument regularly (at least 30 minutes 5 times a week). The practise rooms are always open before school. This is an excellent time to practise!
  3. Encourage your son/daughter to listen to one set work each week. You could listen with them and ask them to talk to you about the piece. This is a great way for your son/daughter to develop confidence in their knowledge of the works.
  4. Encourage your son/daughter to listen to other works that are by the same composer or are similar in some way to the set work.

Return to top of page


PE

GCSE – Last GCSE PE results 83% A-C.

Teacher – Mr Panayioutou.

We are using the exam board OCR. The grades are from 9-1

The course consists of two 1 hour exams which are each worth 30%.

40% of the course is coursework.

Pupils are assessed on their playing ability in 3 sports worth 30% in total.

Pupils are to complete a written piece on one of the sports worth 10%. This coursework we have started and is on Google Classroom for the pupils to work on at home.

NCFE – Last NCFE results 93% 4+. Teacher Mr Errington.

Level 2 Certificate in Health and Fitness. The grades are from 9-4. This course has four units; three pieces of coursework and one 2 hour written exam. The coursework is all on Google Classroom and can be completed at home. 75% of the class have passed the exam element in year 10. The resit exam is on 7th November 2018. If the pupils do not pass this second attempt they will be entered for the Level 1 Qualification; however, the maximum grade for a Level 1 Qualification is a Grade 3.

How parents can help students in PE?

Encourage them:

  1. By asking what they are doing in their lessons
  2. To come to lunch/after school sports clubs.
  3. To do their coursework on Google Classroom
  4. To revise using Quizlet (10 minutes a day, everyday)
  5. Check that your child knows when his/her practical PE lessons are.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Return to top of page


Science – Combined Class SET 2-5

Subject Leader: Mrs Linque

Exam Board: AQA

Number of lessons per week: 6 lessons (6 hours) AIM IS A LESSON in Science ALL students MUST ATTEND

Qualification details:

Combined Science -Trilogy (Double Award) is a two year study programme in which students attain two separate GCSE Science qualifications. The two GCSE’s are made up of a combination of Biology, Chemistry and Physics content. For combined science, they will receive two GCSE grades. Higher paper= Grades 9-3 Foundation paper= Grades 5-1

Important information for this year

GCSE Trilogy Science involves a large amount of theory and practical knowledge. Students will have separate lessons for each science with a specialist teacher.  All students MUST bring their appropriate textbook to every lesson. All students will receive at least one exam question each week to complete from their Biology, Chemistry or Physics Teacher these must be completed as homework for exam practise. All students must start their revision now. Please come and see any member of the science team at break and lunch for extra support.

Mock Exams-

DECEMBER MOCK EXAM (In Main Hall): Biology- 04/12/18 Chemistry-05/12/18 Physics-06/12/18 Each student will sit three exams. One Biology, One Chemistry and One Physics. Each Exam will be 1hr 15 minutes long. These exams will help us to decide on Higher or Foundation papers for each student.

FEBRUARY EXAM (In Classrooms): DATE TBC . This exam will be to support timed exam practise and support final revision before the real exam.

Kind Regards

Mrs Linque  EMAIL: a.linque@amsi.school

Return to top of page


Science – Triple Class SET 1

Subject Leader: Mrs Linque

Exam Board: AQA

Number of lessons per week: 6 lessons (6 hours) AIM IS A LESSON in Science ALL students MUST ATTEND

Qualification details:

Triple Science – Is a two year study programme in which students attain three separate GCSE Science qualifications. The three GCSE’s are made up of  Biology, Chemistry and Physics. For combined science, they will receive three different GCSE grades.

Higher paper ONLY= Grades 9-4 .

Important information for this year

GCSE Triple Science involves a large amount of theory and practical knowledge. Students will have separate lessons for each science with a specialist teacher.  All students MUST bring their appropriate textbook to every lesson. All students will receive at least one exam question each week to complete from their Biology, Chemistry or Physics Teacher these must be completed as homework for exam practise. Please come and see any member of the science team at break and lunch for extra support.

Mock Exams-

DECEMBER MOCK EXAM (In Main Hall): Biology- 04/12/18 Chemistry-05/12/18 Physics-06/12/18 Each student will sit three exams. One Biology, One Chemistry and One Physics. Each Exam will be 1hr 15 minutes long. These exams will help us to decide on Higher or Foundation papers for each student.

FEBRUARY EXAM (In Classrooms): DATE TBC . This exam will be to support timed exam practise and support final revision before the real exams.  

Kind Regards

Mrs Linque  EMAIL: a.linque@amsi.school

Return to top of page


Spanish

Teacher: Natxo Castillo i.castillo.acosta@amsi.school 

Exam board: Edexcel

Number of lessons per week: 3 lessons (3 hours) + 2 AIM sessions every 3 weeks

You don’t read a book about swimming and suddenly know how to swim. You get in the water and practise swimming. But you’ll need some support. Just like in language.

What are we doing in Spanish this year?

From September to December we are finishing the content of the curriculum. From January to May we will review all the themes from the beginning, While using the Edexcel Revision Workbook that can be purchased from the school at a reduced price of £4; this is an essential revision aid to support exam preparation. Currently, in lessons we are learning about job world and future aspirations; in AIM we are working over exam questions, developing the necessary skills for the students to pass their exam, for that reason, attendance to AIM is key.

How is the student going to be graded?

Students will be placed in higher (9-4) or in Foundation (5-1). This means that the student is carefully placed in the appropriate tier, in order to be successful. Unless proven excellent and consistent results in Foundation, students will not be placed in Higher.

When is the exam going to take place?

All the exams are marked externally by the Edexcel board of exams.

  • Speaking exam will take place at the end of April. (Dates not confirmed).
  • Listening, reading: May, 13th. (Provisional)
  • Writing: May, 17th. (Provisional)

Each skill is worth 25% of the final grade.

How parents can help students in Spanish?

Students acquire language when they understand what they hear and read. Encourage them:

  1. By asking what they are doing in lesson
  2. To come to lunch booster sessions: Monday (Higher), Thursday (Foundation)
  3. To do their homework on Pearson Active learn (Every week)
  4. To watch shows in Spanish on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube… (20 minutes x 2 or 3 times a week)
  5. To revise using Quizlet (10 minutes a day, everyday)

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Return to top of page

X

Christmas Jumper Day 14th December

¤