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Revision Guidance Year 11

When it comes to revision it can be hard to get started.  We want to help you develop and provide guidance in a range of areas, so you get the most out of your experience and get a head start ready for your summer examinations!

Revision Kit List

You MUST have the correct equipment for all your examinations.  You can purchase items/exam ‘ready pencil cases’ from Student Services at very reasonable costs.

Pens at least two (black ink) Pencils at least two Set Squares
Eraser Ruler Protractor
Compass Highlighters Scientific Calculator
Pencil Sharpener Clear Pencil Case

SCIENCE – How parents can help their son/daughter

Educake can be used by students (they must make sure that they use the GCSE Combined Science OCR Gateway pages), as well as specimen and past questions which can be found on the OCR website and www.physicsandmathstutor.com.  We look forward to seeing lots of students at help sessions with past questions that they need help with!

Please continue to support your child with learning Physics formulae and key definitions.  Revision guides are still available from the Science Prep Room and help sessions  3.20pm-4.20pm every Friday.

Thank you for your support.

  • Revision guides
    These are available from the Science Prep Room at a cost of £5.50 for Combined Science (Higher or Foundation) and £8.25 for Separate Science (Year 9 and 10 set 1 only).
  • Help them to learn the Physics formulae 
    They can attend the Science Help Session on Friday 3.20pm – 4.20pm to collect a formula sheet and set of flash cards.  (We will even help them to make the flash cards). Please test them at home, just the same as you worked with them on spellings and times tables when they were at primary school.  

MATHS – How parents can help their son/daughter

Challenges to help with revision can be extremely helpful and assist with progress in readiness for the upcoming maths examinations.  Please click the links below for daily questions/tests.

Week 1 Challenge  Week 2 Challenge  Week 3 Challenge
Week 4 Challenge  Week 5 Challenge

ENGLISH – How parents can help their son/daughter

  • Test them on key quotations from either the poems or the novels they have studied.
  • Time them when they are answering exam style questions.
  • Watch their Shakespeare play with them, ask them to explain key details.
  • Encourage them to read good quality non-fiction texts e.g. newspapers and biographies.

ART AND ART TEXTILES – How parents can help their son/daughter

  • All students have begun their ten week Externally Set Assignment on the theme ‘Reflections’.
  • Students need to work independently outside of lessons in their sketchbooks exploring this theme.
  • Please look at their books regularly and get them to speak to you about their ideas.

Within the project students must complete the four exam objectives.  See below:

  • A01 Responding to the work of Artists. Students will create artists pages exploring the minimum of three artists. Ask them how the selected artists work links to their chosen theme.
  • A02 Experiment with a range of Media. Students need to show refinement in their choices. Ask them what materials they work best in. See if they can improve on their work? Do they need to use a wider tonal range for example? How could they develop their work?
  • A03 Develop a journey in their Work. Ask them what their initial theme is and how it could develop as they progress over the ten weeks?
  • A04 is the Final Outcome.  The artwork that they will create during the ten hour exam. Please make sure, when the time comes, that your child knows what they are going to be creating and that they have planned for the whole ten hours. The piece needs to relate to their sketchbooks.

Please encourage your son/daughter to attend revision sessions and ask for help if needed.  The ten weeks will fly by.  There are a range of resources that have been created to help them with their projects.

GCSE Art Inspiration
Reflections Artists Bank
Reflections Mind Map

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY – How parents can help their son/daughter

  • All students have been loaned an AQA Revision guide.
  • Ask them to explain the progress that they have made with their NEA (Coursework). Get them to expand on decisions they have made in order to justify their development so far.
  • Test their understanding of key topics related to the exam. Each week the students are introduced to a new element and will need to research further to gain a greater understanding.
  • Ask them to tell you about how to answer a question in a GCSE exam; paying attention to the command words, marks awarded and what the question is asking them to do.
  • Discuss products we use in our every day lives and form decisions on the materials used, function, environmental considerations and Target Market.
  • Use www.technolgystudent.com to research into topics covered in lessons in order to build upon their understanding and be able to make links.

Design and Technology Exam Revision List 2019

FOOD PREPARATION AND NUTRITION – How parents can help their son/daughter

  • If practical work has been completed, talk to your son/daughter about the skills they used to make the dish and identify ways that the dish can be improved.
  • Using the revision guide encourage them to talk about the topics that they have covered in class.
  • Students can use the knowledge organisers to highlight key concepts and ideas within the Food Preparation and Nutrition specification.
  • Encourage your child to create a set of revision cards for topics as they are covered in class.

Revision Guides are available to borrow from the Food Technology office.  These guides are to be returned after the completion of the final exam. The revision guide covers all areas of the AQA specification and includes questions that will help students recall and apply knowledge and understanding.

AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition Unit Topics

GEOGRAPHY – How parents can help their son/daughter

  • Use the topic checklists to make sure all areas of the specification have been reviewed.
  • Check that your child is making revision materials for each unit – spider diagram, mind map, flash cards, poster, post it notes, lists.
  • Encourage your child to read through notes regularly. Using colour pens to highlight and categorise can be useful.
  • Ensure your child is doing 30-45 minutes revision at a time, properly concentrating – no phones, laptops, ipads, TV etc.
  • Test your child using flash cards.  Explaining things to other people helps them to remember.
  • Ask them to tell you about the differences between High Income Countries, Low Income Countries, and Newly Industrialising Countries.
  • Get your child to think about causes and consequences, and to make sure they are able to make choices and justify decisions.
  • Use the exam board website – Eduqas.  In the Geography GCSE section you will find sample exam papers and mark schemes. http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/geography/gcse-b/

PSYCHOLOGY – How parents can help their son/daughter

  • Review the revision guides together click here
  • Ask to see evidence of their wonderful flashcards they have made using the revision material on Moodle.
  • Test their knowledge using the flash cards on each subtopic e.g. Individual Differences, Research Methods, Perception etc.
  • Test their knowledge using the flash cards on symptoms and treatments for mental health disorder e.g. ADHD, phobias, schizophrenia, depression.
  • Ask them to tell you about the most interesting type of treatment back in history for mental illness e.g. lobotomy or electric shock treatment.
  • Time them when they are answering 6 mark exam style questions. Students should aim to write a side of A4 in 6 minutes for 6 mark evaluation questions. One mark per minute.
  • Ask them to tell you about the most interesting Psychological study e.g. Diamond and Sigmundson, Zimbardo, Asch, Loftus and Palmer.

SOCIOLOGY – How parents can help their son/daughter

  • Review the revision guide click here 
  • Ask to see evidence of their wonderful flashcards they have made using the revision material on Moodle.
  • Test their knowledge using the flash cards on each subtopic e.g. family, education and crime.
  • Time them when they are answering 24 mark exam style questions. Students should aim to write at least a side of A4 in 24 minutes for 24 mark evaluation questions. One mark per minute.
  • Ask them to tell you about the most interesting sociological concept e.g. subcultures, self fulfilling prophecy, gender socialisation, triple shift, feral children, dark figure of crime.