Year 10 Assessments in Module 2

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Dear Parents and Carers,

The first set of mock assessments in Year 10 will take place from Monday 22nd November until Friday 3rd December, 2021. There will be an assessment for each of the subjects that your child studies at LAB and each subject teacher will indicate to your child when their class will be sitting their subject assessment (although these will occur during normal timetabled lessons).

Mock assessments are an essential opportunity for pupils to familiarise themselves with the format of GCSE style assessments and for both pupils and their teachers to gain a clear indicator of current academic performance. It is vital that pupils give 100% effort in all revision activities as the assessments will yield essential information on areas of strength and areas that need development in each subject. 

To assist all parents and carers with supporting your children at home with revision, each subject has provided revision tips & advice as well as key websites that can be used at home for independent study. These can be found on the next few pages. As well as this content, all physical classes have a Google classroom that contains all lessons that have been delivered so far this year. This is an excellent resource base that pupils can use to relearn content that they need to develop or that they may have missed due to absence.

Below are also some general tips to assist with productive revision at home:

  • Finding a quiet place that is free from distractions (mobile phone, TV, laptop, games console, etc) will help your child to focus. 
  • Small amounts of regular revision are better than large sessions. Creating a simple timetable may help organise their time.
  • Taking breaks are essential for productivity, energy levels and focus. Taking a 15 minute break for each one hour revision session will help in this regard.

Finally, please note that pupils must ensure that they arrive for each examination with the correct equipment as outlined in our Academy equipment list.

We would like to thank you in advance for supporting your child with their revision in preparation for their first experience of GCSE style assessments. 

Best wishes,

 

Mr J Ritchie 

Assistant Principal 

Head of Data and Assessment 

 

Subject Specific Revision Tips and Advice with key websites.

Subject Revision Tips/Advice Revision resource/website
Art During the GCSE Fine Art Mock you will spend 3 hours creating an initial response to the theme ‘Natural Forms’. Preparation is vital for this course rather than revision.

You have explored and experimented with drawing techniques and processes, you have studied the work of artists inspired by the theme; in preparation for your personal and meaningful response (your mock exam) you will need to have experimented as much as possible with your initial idea. This may look like: drawings in pen, pencil, graphite, biro; paintings in watercolour, acrylic, ink; etchings, lino prints, experiments in clay. Try every possible material and process that you can; you can do this at home with any resources you have (pens, pencils, even cold coffee!) What will communicate your idea in the best way?

During the exam you will work to realise your intentions and create a piece of work that concludes all of the experimentation, insights and studies you have created so far.

Any resources to support your idea development and experimentation (exam preparation) can be found on the Google Classroom. Code: ddgm2ud
Music Use the Google Classroom (jsw6g3y) to access the slides and knowledge organiser for Baroque and the set work Bach Badinerie. This will include questions on the general features of Baroque as well as questions on the specific piece. Make sure you listen to the piece (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVxwuirUX-M) and take notes on DR SMITH you hear. Background notes on Bach’s Badinerie
Drama Use the Google Classroom (775fams) access the slides, knowledge organisers and writing frames to support you with the exam question. Make sure you rewatch Shrek the Musical (0:00 – 26:00) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7tPOfFXWZc) and take note of the actor’s portrayal of the characters and their use of voice and movement techniques. GCSE Drama Bitesize AQA
Geography Join the I&S GCSE revision classroom (i4z6h3t) and work through the crib sheet pack provided by your teacher, as well as utilising the exam practice workbook. Review textbook pages (scanned in on the classroom) and lessons posted also. You will need a strong understanding of everything within the physical Geography of the UK module studied so far (including the coasts module, up to our coastal management case study of Lyme Regis).

You will also need to review and understand our rivers topic:

1) Long profile and bradshaw model

2) Fluvial processes and upper/middle course landforms

6 and 9 mark questions will be included in the assessment.

Seneca Learning Physical Geography of the UK
History Join the I&S GCSE revision classroom (i4z6h3t) and review the Knowledge Organiser and Medicine through Time Revision Guide. You should also look over the lessons posted by your teacher in their Google Classroom. You will need to have a strong understanding of everything up to and including Germ Theory (to be taught at the beginning of Module 2).

Please also pay close attention to the sentence starters given in the knowledge organiser and ensure you have remembered the seven factors.

You will not need PANDA in this assessment.

Seneca Learning Medicine Through Time
Religious Studies Join the I&S GCSE revision classroom (i4z6h3t) and work through the materials posted by your teacher. You should make sure that you spend time on the Seneca Learning App and that you have a good undertsanding of the first two modules of Religion and Ethics in Islam (The Beliefs of Islam, Living the Muslim Life). Seneca Learning Religion and Ethics Islam
English Please join the GCSE Literature Google Classroom (hbl7bws) where you will find the Boys Don’t Cry Knowledge Organiser which you must begin revising over the half term break. You will also find support on how to construct a critical essay; use the supporting resources to practise constructing your response to the example essay questions available. You must finish reading Boys Don’t Cry prior to Module 2.

Please join the GCSE Language Google Classroom (ncs6ra7) 

where you will find the Edexcel Revision Workbook along with comprehension tasks and support with transactional writing. If you have any questions, please post them on the Google Classroom stream.

GCSE Edexcel Language Bitesize

https://www.gcsepod.com/

Seneca learning

Maths Students should review their lessons on the Google Classroom; use their crib sheets to identify their gaps and access the corresponding clips on the HegartyMaths website.

Students can also access the library of Corbett Maths worksheets and videos for additional practise as well as challenge.

Effective revision in maths is to review your prior learning through watching a video and writing out notes and key examples and then to practice questions from the lesson worksheets and exam questions.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z9p3mnb

https://hegartymaths.com/

https://corbettmaths.com/contents/

Science Students should read or listen to information from GCSEpod. GCSEpod resources will be set, these contain videos and questions regarding content for the exam.

All the lessons will be put on Google Classroom. Knowledge Organisers and past paper questions with mark schemes will be available. Review these resources and then rewrite the notes and then test yourself with past paper questions and mark schemes or the multiple choice questions on GCSEpod.

https://www.gcsepod.com/
MFL Little and often is the best approach (10 minutes every other day rather than an hour once a week)

Use the LOOK, COVER, SAY, CHECK technique to test yourselves on your Knowledge Organisers.

Recording your voice and listening back.

As much exposure to the language as possible, whether that is through music, films, books or any language apps such as FluentU, Babbel and Duolingo.

Google Classroom: all lesson resources and Knowledge Organisers

Quizlet: flashcards and games to revise your Knowledge Organisers

Language nut: key language in context in a range of reading, listening, speaking and writing tasks.

D & T Revision material placed on Google classroom. Use the websites to read the information, make notes, watch the videos and then take the short tests/quizzes at the end of each topic.

Classroom codes as follows:

Mr Laher: hbjaemv

Ms Endersby: kae27eb

Ms Fairs: caqw5i3

Considering usability when designing

Papers and Boards

Timbers

Investigating

Photography During the GCSE Photography Mock you will spend 3 hours creating an initial response to the theme ‘Distortion’. Preparation is vital rather than revision.

You now have creative control over a DSLR. You have explored and experimented with photographic techniques and processes, you have studied the work of photographers inspired by distortion; in preparation for your personal and meaningful response you need to have experimented as much as possible with your initial idea. This may look like: physical collage, digital collage, layering compositions, taking portraits that use a wide aperture, taking portraits that use a slow shutter speed, portraits that use high/low key lighting, taking portraits using props (masks/mirrors).

Try every possible way to take a portrait as you can. What communicates your ideas of distortion in the best way?

During the exam you will work to realise your intentions and create a piece of work that concludes all of the experimentation, insights and studies you have created so far.

Any resources to support your idea development and experimentation (exam prep) can be found on the Google Classroom. Code: pxjqff6
PE Two comprehension/exam-based practice tasks to be assigned to all pupils via their GCSE Physical Education Google Classroom. In addition, both GCSEPod and the knowledge organisers should be used to support revision for our first formal exam of the year. All instructions will be clearly explained within the Google Classroom. https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/

Seneca class code: bxq18zxjr1

ASDAN During your assessment, you will be required to produce webpages to promote a product or event. It would be a good use of your time, therefore, to begin researching the types of event[s] or product[s] you would like to market, and to research how current websites which do so use aesthetics (meaning colour and layout) and functionality (meaning how easy it is to use) to achieve this. Following your research, you should use the website design worksheets on Google Classroom to being practicing making your own website.  ASDAN Google Classroom