Helping my child to succeed at GCSE
‘Let your Light Shine’
Welcome
Key Staff
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Miss Brown: Assistant Headteacher
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Mr Taylor: Head of Year
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Mr Bayne: Assistant Head of Year
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Mr Clark: Lead T&L Coordinator
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Mrs Hammill: Head of English
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Mr Medd: Head of Maths
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Dr Lear: Leader of School to School Partnership and Department
Support (Science)
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Dr Goode: Head of Science & Biology
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Mr Davis: Head of RE
Student Subject Target Grades
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The ‘Aspirational
target grade’ is the
GCSE grade that your
child should achieve
based on their
progress from KS2.
These grades have
been given to your
child at the beginning
of Year 10 for each
subject studied.
They should be
recorded on page 134
of their planner.
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
U
Target
L4
Current
Predicted
GCSE Reform
Why?
In order to promote a more holistic learning
experience and relieve demands of too much
coursework, we have moved to linear
assessment
What?
Modular exams are exams that are taken at the
end of each unit or part of the GCSE, while
linear exams are exams taken at the end of the
course.
(DfE 2014)
Student Progress Against Targets
The progress of your son/daughter is tracked throughout their GCSE courses.
November 2014: (Year 10) - teachers assess progress.
2.
March 2015: (Year 10) - teachers assess progress.
3.
April 2015: (Year 10) - Grade report to parents/Parent Evening.
4.
April 2015: (Year 10) - Mock exams.
5.
June 2015: (Year 10) - Report to parents.
6.
July 2015: (Year 10) – Work experience opportunity
…………………………………………………………………………
1.
Term 1: (Year 11) - teachers assess progress/Mock exams.
2.
Term 2: (Year 11) – Teachers assess progress/Report to
parents/Parent Evening.
3.
Term 3: (Year 11) - teachers assess progress.
1.
June 2016 – GCSE Examinations
N.B. As a result of monitoring progress, student class moves may result at our
discretion
Achieving Potential
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Support from subject teachers for the highest
achievement.
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All students will experience study skills and preparation for
exams with revision techniques.
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Planning and revision materials supplied to students
throughout the course.
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Tutorial time spent planning a revision programme.
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Revision classes and Booster classes
◦ Tues: Maths
◦ Wed: Science
◦ Thurs: English
N.B. Revision attendance is not considered optional
In school “Revision Booster” sessions May 2014
· Students
attend revision booster sessions for subjects they are studying.
· All other times pupils are revising with their teachers in lesson.
· When they have completed the exams for a subject they are to use this lesson time to revise
for other subjects and are supported by their class teacher.
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
1
2
3
4
9
P1 and 2
RE
P5 and 6
Biology
10
11
17
18
25
5
6
7
8
P5 and 6
MFL
12
13
8-9 am Pre exam
Prep—Biology
11-12pm Pre
exam Prep—
Geography
14
P5 and 6
Chemistry
15
16
8-9am Pre exam P3 Pre exam
Prep Chemistry
prep PE
P5 and 6 History
19
20
P1, 2 , 3 - Physics 8-9am pre exam
prep—Physics
21
22
P1 and 2
P3—pre exam
Geography
prep English Lit
P 5 and 6 History
23
24
HALF TERM
26
28
30
31
27
Sun
29
How do I seek advice from the school?

If you need any advice from the school contact your
child's Tutor or Mr Taylor/Mr Bayne Head of Year

If there is a personal issue Mrs Hughes- school social
worker and Miss O’Neill, our school Chaplain, are
available.

If there is an attendance issue Mr. Humble leads the
attendance team.
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You could communicate with subject staff or mentors
(where applicable) via the planner.
Preparing for success at St Robert of
Newminster School
What can we learn from Michael Jordan to
help us prepare for our examinations?
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45mMioJ5
szc
• Michael Jordan is commonly acknowledged as the worlds greatest
basketball player.
What can we learn from Michael Jordan to
help us prepare for our examinations?
I have not
I’m not
quite got it…..
smart
YET
I’ll use some of the
strategies
we
have
I give
up!
used in class to
help.
What am I
I can’t do this. I’m
missing
no goodto
at help
it!
me get better?
Good there are 25
other
in
Plan Aletters
did not work.
the Alphabet!
What can we learn from David Beckham and
Jonny Wilkinson about preparing for exams?
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUsfT3_k1
0A
What can we learn from David Beckham and
Johnny Wilkinson about preparing for exams?
I’m going to
figure
out how
She
is so smart.
I’ll
never
that smart.
shebedoes
it so I
can try it.
can always
II can’t
make
improve
I will
it any so
better
keep on trying.
I just can’t
do
I’m going
to train
Maths!in
my brain
. .
Maths
This
work
is good
Is
this
really
my
enough.
best
work?
I’m
the right
I’monawesome
track
at
this
Mr Taylor
Head of Year 10
&
Mr Bayne
Assistant Head of Year 10
Parents/Carers – How can I help?????
I can’t stand the
arguments when I
try to help....
He’s always
got an
excuse, I
don’t know
what to
believe!
Surely she shouldn’t
be going out again
when she’s studying
for GCSE’s?
I’m surprised
she’s not got
any
homework, I
expected
more in Year
11
I’ll just write her a
note to excuse her late
homework, just this
once....
New expectations of your child:

Taking more responsibility for their own learning.

Developing strategies for persisting when they find lessons
challenging.
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Organising themselves, notes, handouts and information for
different subjects and topics within each subject.
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Increased homework.
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Planning their time over a long period.
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Understanding the relative importance of each piece of
work.
GCSE Expectations
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Pupils are fully prepared for each lesson with all the necessary
equipment.
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Approach to work is always conscientious

Homework is always completed to the highest standard and handed
in on time.
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Controlled assessments are completed to the highest standard.
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Pupils regularly re-visit their learning and revise topics.
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Pupils are fully prepared for assessments and internal examinations.
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Pupils attend extra revision and booster sessions.
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Pupils attend study support when necessary.
The Biggest Challenge: Priorities
Friendships
 Family life
 Social life
 Hobbies
 Clubs
 Fashion
 Romantic Concerns
 GCSE’s?
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A Partnership
• You are the expert on your
own child and always have
been his or her most
important teacher.
You
Your
Child
•Your support, encouragement
and interest can make a
School
spectacular difference to your
child’s motivation and ability
to cope with demands of
GCSE.
Attendance
A GCSE in under 5 days???
You may think you’ve got forever BUT look at how many
hours of lessons you have in Year 10.
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Eng/Maths/Sci 4.75 days (3hrs per week)
Opted Subjects 3.16 days (2hrs per week)
You will cover most topics only once in these hours so
learning first time round is the key to successful revision
and exam results!
Every Lesson Counts!!!!!!!!!!!
Your role may include some or
all of the following:
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Attendance Officer
Banker – paying for files, pens etc.
Project manager – rules for homework, getting
study/social life balance right.
Sounding board and Adviser – helping your
child to verbalise any frustrations they may
face.
Study Buddy – showing an interest in the
subject, helping with homework, testing them.
What you can do right now:

Check your child’s planner weekly and sign it.
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Use the planner to communicate with HOY/Tutor/Subject
teacher.
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Ensure your child is equipped for each and every lesson.
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Check your child is completing homework, encourage
good presentation of work in books.
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Show an interest – ask them to explain what they are
enjoying at school?
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Ensure your child attends and is punctual every day.
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Support the School.
Rewards System
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Using the new SIMS system in school,
teachers, tutors and Heads of Year can add
achievement points to each student profile.
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Year 10 students are aware of these points
and should strive to gain as many positive
achievement points as they can each term
as these will be rewarded.
Y10 Parent Information
Evening
Subject Leader for English
Mrs Hammill
Pathway 1
Pathway 2
GCSE English Language and
GCSE English Literature
GCSE English
2 GCSEs
1 GCSE
Year 10 Pathways
Pathway 1
GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
10 R1: Mrs Hammill
10 N1: Mrs Stebbing
10 R2: Mrs Lillie
10 N2: Mrs Lillie and
Miss Armstrong
10 R3: Mr McNally and
Mrs Stebbing
10 N3: Mrs Reed
Pathway 1
GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
In Year
10 students study, and are entered
for, GCSE English Literature.
August
2015: students are awarded GCSE
English Literature.
Why do we enter for GCSE English
Literature in Year 10?
Pathway 1
GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
Why do we enter for GCSE English
Literature in Year 10?
 Students
are able to access the course and
be successful.
 Students only enter for English and Science
in Year 10 meaning they have time to
dedicate revision to these two subjects.
 Students can then focus on GCSE English
Language in Year 11 as well as other
Subjects.
Year 10: GCSE English Literature 2014
A*- C pass rate: 93.89%
Pathway 1
GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
Unit 1: exam: Exploring Modern texts
Monday 18th May
Unit 2: exam: Poetry Across Time
Friday 22nd May
Unit 3: Controlled Assessment x1:
Shakespeare& English Literary Heritage
Autumn half- term 2
Pathway 1
GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
How can I help my child?

Revision guides for novels, plays and poetry: letter.
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Revision classes for both exams from February: letter.

Support with Controlled Assessment, particularly during the
Christmas holidays.
Pathway 2
GCSE English
10 R4: Miss McLean
10 N4: Mrs Bowers
10 R5: Miss Armstrong
10 N5: Mr Miller
Learning this year
Controlled
Assessment
Unit 1 Exam
60%
40%
Learning this year
Controlled Assessment lessons
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Shakespeare e.g. Macbeth
English Literary Heritage e.g. Great
Expectations
Other Cultures e.g. poetry
Creative Writing
Creative Writing
Learning this year
Dedicated exam-focused lesson

Reading for pleasure: individually or class
reader.

Reading non-fiction: newspapers and
articles.

Literacy skills: spelling, punctuation and
grammar.

Prepare for creative writing C.A. and the
non-fiction writing in the exam unit.
Pathway 2
GCSE English
How can I help my child?
 Encourage
your child to read: novels, newspaper articles,
autobiographies, audio books.
 Proofread
your child’s homework: spellings, capital
letters etc.
 Revision
guides for exam unit.
Exam Board Information
•
•
•
•
Edexcel
Linear Course
Mathematics A (1MA0)
Website: www.edexcel.com
Exam Information
• Two possible tiers of entry
Higher tier – grades A*- D (E allowed)
Foundation tier – grades C – G
• Two written papers: each contributes 50% of the final
grade.
• Pupils will sit two exam papers each 1 hour 45
minutes.
• Paper 1 – Non calculator
• Paper 2 – Calculator
• 100 marks on each paper
Level 2 Further Maths
• Potential for some high achieving students to
sit
• AQA
• Linear Course
• Can also achieve A^ (A* with distinction!)
• Level 2 Further Mathematics (8360)
• Website: www.aqa.org.uk
Exam Information
• Two written papers: non-calc contributes 40%
of the final grade, calc 60%.
• Pupils will sit two exam papers: non-calc 1
hour 30 minutes, calc 2 hours.
• Paper 1 – Non calculator
• Paper 2 – Calculator
Assessments & Intervention
Assessments
Monitoring
Revision classes
Intervention
Equipment required
• Pen
• Pencil
• Ruler
• Rubber
• Protractor
• Compass
• Scientific calculator
• Green pen
Revision material
Useful websites
http://www.mymaths.co.uk/
Login: newminster
Password: equation14
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
http://www.examsolutions.net
Sixth Form
• We offer Maths and Further Maths in sixth form.
• A minimum of a B grade is needed to study
ordinary Maths in the Sixth form.
• A minimum of an A grade is needed to study
Further Maths.
Success in GCSE Science
The Journey
Dr C Lear & Dr D Goode
Our Vision

To work together with our students and
with you as parents/carers to deliver the
best quality education and life chances for
the pupils and the community we serve.

To motivate, inspire, educate and deliver
success.

To encourage aspirations.
Science in Year 10

GCSE Science A (AQA)

Separate Science GCSEs in Biology,
Physics and Chemistry (AQA)

BTEC First Award in Principles of Applied
Science (EDEXCEL)
GCSE: Key Points
BTEC
Number of
exams
1 exam (25%)
in March
Dual award students
Will sit Science A
Separate
Sciences
3 exams (B1, C1, P1)
In June 2015
No External
Science
exams this
year
ISA (25%) in January
3 ISAs in
Summer
term
(With possible second
attempt in May if
needed)
Coursework
Assignments
throughout the year
All GCSE classes including Separate Sciences will have Mock exams in April
Key Exam Dates
Dual Award
Unit 1 Biology
5th June
Unit 2 Chemistry
9th June
Unit 1 Physics
12th June
BTEC
Unit 1
Principles of Science
Written paper
4th March
Resit paper
(only if required)
15th May
GCSE Coursework
SCIENCE COURSEWORK counts for 25% of the GCSE grade.
It involves researching an experiment, writing a plan under exam
conditions, carrying out the experiment and then completing a
second exam paper
Year 10 ISA preparation has already begun in lessons.
ISA’s will commence in week beginning 19th January.
Please ensure that your child is in school during that time.
BTEC

BTEC Firsts - Students study the Principles of
Applied Science course in year 10.

75% of the course is internally assessed
assignment work. 25% of the course is an
externally assessed exam.
Statistics
In 2014:
Additional Science: A*-C = 78%
Science A: A*-C = 84%
BTEC: Passes = 100%
Overall Sciences (including BTEC and Separate
Sciences): A*-C = 86%
Progression into Year 11
BTEC Principles of Applied Science students will
progress to study BTEC Applications of
Science
Dual Award students will progress to study
GCSE Additional Science.
Separate sciences continue with their courses
and prepare for 9 exams in the Summer of 2016
How can you support your
son/daughter’s learning in Science?
Ensure they complete all homework tasks.
Meet deadlines, revise for exams, get good ISA results first time round.
Support and additional help to achieve the best possible results.
Make sure they prepare fully for the exams in March (BTEC) and June
(GCSE).
Encourage them to attend Thursday evening revision sessions which will
start in the spring term.
We also recommend buying a Revision Guide – available from the
Science department for £4.50.
Moving Forward
You must reflect by looking back and learning from
Year 9 but we are now moving forward towards real
external exams which will give you real qualifications.
We must now work hard with determination & support
to ensure we are successful in Years 10 &11.
For Our Students Remember..
..... It’s About Your Future.
“Believe you can and you’re halfway
there” – Theodore Roosevelt
We will be sending out letters soon with key
information including our Science expectations.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any
questions at any time.
The Provision of Religious
Education in Year 10
“Two are better than one, because they
have a good reward for their toil. For if
they fall, one will lift up his fellow.”
(Ecclesiastes 4:9)
“Provision for Catholic education
is outstanding.
Section 48 Inspection Report,
April 2012
“In key stage four (KS4)
attainment is outstanding and
pupils make very
good progress.
Section 48 Inspection Report
April 2012
Key Stage 4 RE
Edexcel GCSE
2 hours of RE per week in Year 10 / 3 hours in Year 11
2 exams in May / June 2016
All students have the opportunity to achieve up to an A* in the
subject.
Students are examined on two skill areas:
1. Knowledge and Understanding
2. Analysis and Evaluation
What will I study in GCSE RE?
Year 10
Year 11
Religion and Society:
Religion and Life
Based on Catholic
Christianity and Islam
Based on a study of
Catholic Christianity
50% of GCSE
50% of GCSE
GCSE results 2013
A*-C = 68.75%
GCSE results 2014
A*-C = 73.4%
A*-E = 100%
Maximising success in RE
 Take advantage of revision materials provided
by the department.
 Attend revision sessions (in class and online)
 Complete homework tasks to the best of your
ability
 Begin revision early – remember you will be
examined on both Year 10 and Year 11 work.
What next?
Year 12 - Christian Ethics
Year 13 - Christian Theology and Philosophy
Currently 94 students in Year 12 and 77 in Year 13.
One of the largest cohorts of opted students across Sixth
Form and outstanding results in Year 12 & Year 13:
Year 13 2014 = 93.2% A*-C and 70% A*-B
Year 12 2014 = 69.5% A-C and 50% A-B
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