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2013-14 Assessments and Exams Key Stage 4

Gaynes School A Specialist Language and Applied Learning College


Assessment in Key Stage 4 Throughout Key Stage 4 pupils are assessed by a number of different methods: Coursework  this is an essential part of some of the practical subjects in Key Stage 4 and can in some subjects contribute up to 60% of the final grade;  some coursework tasks may be spread over a few weeks, whilst others may last for several months;  sometimes pupils complete a range of tasks from which they choose the best ones to submit for examination;  well managed coursework is a way pupils can maximise their achievement since it offers opportunities to seek advice and support and to improve the standard of the end project;  careful advanced planning, good time management and the ability to meet both shortterm and long-term deadlines are essential if pupils are to achieve the best possible marks for coursework assignments;  if a Department has concerns about the quality or amount of coursework produced by your son/daughter, they will contact you directly by letter or e-mail, informing you of their concern and suggesting ways this can be addressed.  Students are responsible for adhering to the rules and regulations for the purposes of coursework based tasks as outlined by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) – please refer to the PDF document titled “Information for candidates – coursework assessments” which can be found in the Exams Information link. Controlled Assessment  this is a new style of coursework found now in many subjects;  different coursework tasks need to be completed under different levels of control, which will be made very clear in advance by their teachers;  Limited Control – this is where work is completed independently by the pupil but without being directly supervised by a teacher;  High Control – this is where work is completed independently by the pupil in class; the work is formally supervised under exam conditions; it is kept securely in school at all times and cannot be taken home; candidates must not communicate with each other.  Students are responsible for adhering to the rules and regulations for the purposes of controlled assessment based tasks as outlined by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) – please refer to the PDF document titled “Information for candidates – controlled assessments” which can be found in the Exams Information link.. Linear Exams – applicable to Year 10 students  Following Ofqual's announcement in December 2011, a number of changes will be made to the current GCSE qualification. The changes were proposed in the Government's White Paper The Importance of Teaching, published in November 2010.  For two-year GCSE courses beginning in September 2012, all GCSE assessment will be linear in structure, so that examinations are taken at the end of the course. This will mean;  re-sits of individual modules will end;  students will still be able to retake full GCSEs.  Controlled assessments are internal assessments and not part of the exam cycle, so the timing of these will not be affected by the change.


Students are required to read and understand the “Information for Candidates” notices provided by JCQ: o Information for Candidates – on-screen tests – please refer to PDF document titled “Information for candidates – onscreen tests” in the Exams Information link; o Information for Candidates – written examinations – please refer to PDF document titled “Information for candidates – written exams” in the Exams Information link; o Information for Candidates – social media – please refer to PDF document titled “Information for candidates – social media” in the Exams Information link;


What is Controlled Assessment? Controlled assessment is a new form of internal assessment that replaces coursework in GCSEs. It is part of the assessment scheme in most, but not all, subjects. As the name suggests it implies increased control over assessment of students’ work as defined by the awarding bodies. Controlled assessments have a time guidance that needs to be adhered to, therefore good attendance is very important.

Controlled assessment differs from coursework essentially in that the final piece is produced under closely supervised conditions. In some subjects this may mean writing up the final piece in class over the course of one or more lessons monitored by your teacher. Supporting materials such as notes may be used during the writing up, but not a complete draft. Your teachers will give you details on how controlled assessment is carried out in their subjects.

A few basic guidelines  

Make sure you know what you are expected to do and when – ask your teacher if you are uncertain! Check interim and final submission dates for any draft work. Try to work well in advance of them and, if you have more than one piece with a similar deadline, organise your time to make sure both are given the time and attention they deserve. Plan thoroughly and follow your plan. Ensure that your research is completed well, as you will be allowed access to this during supervised controlled assessments.


Problems with Deadlines

 Being well prepared to meet deadlines is crucial.  Listen carefully to the teacher’s instructions and check always if unsure  Research is an important stage. For more formal controlled assessments it will be important to make effective use of this stage to get feedback on draft work.  Ensure you talk to your teacher during this stage to check on your progress.  Keep a clear record of your notes and draft work. It is your responsibility, if you have a genuine reason for finding it difficult to meet a date or deadline, to inform your subject teacher sufficiently in advance. Circumstances where special arrangements would be considered might include for example a sustained period of illness. Having to meet more than one deadline around the same date would not be regarded as a genuine reason. Loss of work related to computer problems is not generally an acceptable reason in delaying a deadline; you should always have backups to any coursework – for example on the school network, hard drive at home or on a USB memory stick.


Levels of control In controlled assessment s there are varying degrees of control. Your teacher will give you guidance within each subject area. This gives an overview of the conditions you may find yourselves working in for either the whole task or parts of the task. What does formal supervision (high level of control) mean? •  • 

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Students must be in direct sight of the supervisor at all times. Use of mobile phones, MP3/4 and other electronic devices is strictly prohibited and all breeches will be noted and reported to the exams office. The use of resources is tightly prescribed, normally only research folders/diaries. Students must complete all work independently but those students who work with learning support, following an assessment, can be assisted; this is noted and declared to the examination boards. Students are not permitted to communicate with each other. The assessment is carried out under ‘examination conditions’. No assistance can be given to students.

What does informal supervision (medium level of control) mean? • • •

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Students do not have to be directly supervised at all times but there must be adequate supervision to ensure that work can be authenticated. Use of mobile phones, MP3/4 and other electronic devices is strictly prohibited and all breeches must be noted and reported to the exams office. Teachers must ensure that: o the students’ work is their own o plagiarism does not take place o the contributions of individual students are recorded accurately. Students have access to resources. Students can work together. Students can receive limited teacher guidance.

What does limited supervision (low level of control) mean? • • • • •

Some work can be completed without supervision, outside the classroom/centre. Students will be given guidance on how to complete low control tasks. They are usually research tasks that students can collect at home and bring to class. Students have access to resources such as books and files during low control tasks. Students can work together to collect information but how they use this information in their work must be on an individual basis. Students can receive guidance from teachers during low control tasks.

Use of ICT Where the use of ICT is permitted during the controlled assessments, you will be given very clear guidelines regarding its use within the subject area. You will not be permitted to access work in-between controlled assessment sessions.


Year 11 pupils have written this fact sheet to share their experiences and advice with regards to controlled assessments and revision. Hopefully you will find their suggestions useful and inspiring when it comes to your revision: Favoured revision techniques           

Brainstorming Mind maps Revision posters to put up in your room Key word/topic cross sticks Creating stories or songs using key words Fact sheets or flash cards Exam questions and past papers Look-cover-test-check Condensing class notes into key points Use of revision guides Use of different resources e.g. GCSE bite size, highlighters, colour paper etc

Tips and suggestions  Test run some of the above techniques early in year 10 to find the most suitable techniques for you  Plan and prepare a revision timetable early (failing to prepare is preparing to fail!)  Be organised and stick to your plan  Discover your learning style and pick techniques that will reflect your style  Believe in yourself and maintain a positive attitude Help provided by the school An electronic GCSE Revision Handbook designed to help your child to revise more effectively in the run up to their GCSE examinations can be found on the school’s website:http://www.gaynes.havering.sch.uk/revision-1.html In addition to the handbook you will also find further information regarding:   

Information specifically tailored to subject areas; Instructions on how to access past papers; Different learning styles; Staying healthy.

It is also recommended that your child checks with their subject teachers to see if there is any particular areas that they feel your children would benefit from focusing on initially. Ultimately it is down to you, the more effort you put in the more you will achieve


The following are suggestions that have been made by pupils in Y10 and Y11 who are currently going through controlled assessments.  Offer to test your child or try to make time if they ask you to help  Gently remind your child to stick to their revision timetable  Remind or encourage your child to schedule and take appropriate breaks within their timetable  Try to make dinner for the same time every night where possible to ensure your child can stick to their timetable. Or ask for a copy of the timetable so that you can work dinner in with the schedule each night.  Provide “brain food” to ensure your child has the energy to concentrate and work  Try to provide a quiet and relaxing work space  Alleviate some of your child’s responsibilities or chores during the assessment period  Help them avoid distractions e.g. mobile phones, TV, younger siblings  Try to provide or arrange transport to and from school to alleviate the worry of being at exams on time without having to rely on public transport.  Stop your child over revising provide reassurance on how hard they are working  Try not to over reward your child during the assessment period perhaps reward them after instead  Provide appropriate revision resources e.g. highlighters, pens and pencils


Additional Science SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

OCR 21st Century Science A J242

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK %) Unit 4: A154 - Practical Investigation (25%) Please note that we do not intend completing multiple pieces of work in lessons so it is imperative that students submit work to the standard of which they are capable. Controlled assessments will be carried out over the period:  Year 10: 16 Dec - 31 Jan 2014.  Year 11: 16 Sep – 11 Oct 2013.

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES Examined Units  Students will study nine units over the course of the two years (three each from Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Students will be tested at the end of each unit, then after each set of three units. Formal mock exams will be held in December 2013 and March 2014. Controlled Assessment  OCR will provide a hypothesis which students design a simple experiment to test. Data collected is used to draw tables, graphs and conclusions and the experiment is evaluated. The task will be set from unit B4 - The Processes of Life.  In the preparation stages students can carry out research on suitable methods, and further science, outside the classroom.  The practical and write-up will both be carried out under controlled conditions in the classroom. During the practical students will work in pairs or small groups; each member of the group must complete some of the practical work and each student must develop their own response in determining how best to collect and record the primary data.  During the final section of the write-up students must work on their own, using any research/experimental data they have collected. Secondary data can be researched and used by students in their write-ups. These sessions will be conducted under exam conditions.  Should a student arrive for the write-up with no data or research materials we are unable to provide materials; they will be restricted to the stimulus information provided by OCR. Reports will be hand-written.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE Examined Units  Revision classes prior to any multiple unit tests, mock exams and the GCSE examinations.


Controlled Assessment  Prior lessons in the subject areas involved.  Introductory lessons by class teacher.  Homework before release of the controlled assessment to give students opportunity to practice their data handling skills.  Research homework during the controlled assessment.  After school booster sessions on data handling skills for students; parents are welcome to attend these sessions.  Some limited guidance from class teacher during research phase.  Information evening for parents and students.

HOW TO PREPARE / WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME Examined Units  At the start of each unit students will be given a set of recall statements taken directly from the GCSE specification. These are the basic facts students need to know; please support your child in learning this information at home.  With the move to terminal assessment there will be a long period between the first taught unit and the formal GCSE examination. Students should spend some time each week reading over the work done in lessons. Controlled Assessment  Homework for the first half term will include skills practice for the controlled assessment; please support your child by making sure this work is completed and submitted.  Homework on release of the controlled assessment will be research for the science of the experiment – students can make notes from books and gather print outs from the Internet, newspapers, magazines etc. Students should make notes in their own words, as they cannot copy and paste large chunks of research into their final work. Students can, however, bring in quotes, relevant diagrams and graphs cut out ready to insert into their work (not graphs of their own data).  Full references must be given so students should check that they are writing these down as they go along. Students can write a bibliography at home in advance of the write-up sessions, but cannot assess reliability of sources outside of the write up.  Use the links on the Science pages of the school website to access reference materials from the exam board; exemplar work with marking commentaries will help students become familiar with the standard of work required.

ASSESSMENT 

A162 – Units B4, B5, B6 (25%) – written exam; June 2014 for Year 11; June 2015 for Year 10.  A172 – Units C4, C5, C6 (25%) – written exam; June 2014 for Year 11; June 2015 for Year 10.  A182 – Units P4, P5, P6 (25%) – written exam; June 2014 for Year 11; June 2015 for Year 10.  A154 –Practical Investigation (25%) – controlled assessment; June 2014 for Year 11; June 2015 for Year 10.


ART & DESIGN – Fine Art SYLLABUS INFORMATION: Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

AQA Art and Design – Fine Art 4200

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK 60%) Unit 1: 42021 – Portfolio of Work All work is marked using the assessment objectives. This includes coursework and controlled assessment. Assessment Objective 1 Develop your ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding. Assessment Objective 2 Refine your ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes. Assessment Objective 3 Record your ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions in visual and other forms. Assessment Objective 4 Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES            

Observational drawing Collecting Images and Information Taking photographs Analysing images Using a variety of media/materials Experimenting with different ideas Developing and refining ideas Studying the work of a variety of artists Studying artwork from different times and cultures Making links between artists work and independent ideas Realising intentions Presentation

SUPPORT AVAILABLE The art rooms are available for extra work and tuition at all times for GCSE students, this includes lunch and after school. The Art Department is always ready and willing to respond to phone calls, emails or letters, so please contact us if you have any further questions.


WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME Homework is set every week with clear assessment criteria. Homework forms a very important part of coursework and is essential in achieving target grades. Students should spend 1 hour per week on their art homework. Areas of support include: Presentation Spelling Research Writing skills (evaluation and expressing personal opinion) Practical art work Appropriate time spent on homework Key Words Tone Line Composition Media Portrait Experiment Observational Drawing Collage Form

Texture Pattern Cross – hatching Materials Viewfinder Manipulate Landscape Acrylic Paint Shape

Colour Image Equipment Still Life Sketch Technique Natural Forms Digital Media Sculpture

ASSESSMENT – WEIGHTING OF COURSEWORK AND EXAM Unit 1 – 42021 - controlled assessment - 60% Coursework includes all class work and all homework. Unit 2 – 42022 – controlled exam – 40% The exam is 1 term of preparation and 10 hour controlled test. All homework is marked and graded and includes comments for students to act upon. Students will gradually make progress over the two year period and progress is usually made at a slow and steady pace.


ART & DESIGN – Photography SYLLABUS INFORMATION: Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

AQA Art and Design – Photography: Lens-Based and Light-Based Media 4200 - 3570

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK 60%) Unit 1: 42061 – Portfolio of Work All work is marked using the assessment objectives. This includes coursework and controlled assessment. Assessment Objective 1 Develop your ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding. Assessment Objective 2 Refine your ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes. Assessment Objective 3 Record your ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions in visual and other forms. Assessment Objective 4 Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES      

Digital photography Dark room techniques – Lumen prints, photograms, pinhole photography, film Photo montage Image manipulation Sight specific photography Artist Studies

SUPPORT AVAILABLE The art rooms are available for extra work and tuition at all times for GCSE students, this includes lunch and after school. The Art Department is always ready and willing to respond to phone calls, emails or letters, so please contact us if you have any further questions.


WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME Homework is set every week with clear assessment criteria. Homework forms a very important part of coursework and is essential in achieving target grades. Students should spend 1 hour per week on their art homework. Areas of support include: Presentation Spelling Research Writing skills (evaluation and expressing personal opinion) Practical art work Appropriate time spent on homework Key Words Light, composition, media, digital manipulation, lumen, photogram, collage, experimental, pinhole, develop, dark room, enlarger.

ASSESSMENT – WEIGHTING OF COURSEWORK AND EXAM Unit 1 – 42061 - controlled assessment - 60% Coursework includes all class work and all homework. Unit 2 – 42062 – controlled exam – 40% The exam is 1 term of preparation and 10 hour controlled test. All homework is marked and graded and includes comments for students to act upon. Students will gradually make progress over the two year period and progress is usually made at a slow and steady pace.


Biology SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

OCR 21st Century Science A J243

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK %) Unit 4: A164 - Practical Investigation (25%) Please note that we do not intend completing multiple pieces of work in lessons so it is imperative that students submit work to the standard of which they are capable. Controlled assessments will be carried out over the period 18 Nov - 20 Dec 2013.

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES Examined Units  Students will study seven units over the course of the two years. Students will be tested at the end of each unit, then after each set of three units as examined at the end of the GCSE course (B1/B2/B3; B4/B5/B6). Formal mock exams will be held in March 2014. Controlled Assessment  OCR will provide a hypothesis which students design a simple experiment to test. Data collected is used to draw tables, graphs and conclusions and the experiment is evaluated. The task will be set from unit B4 - The Processes of Life.  In the preparation stages students can carry out research on suitable methods, and further science, outside the classroom.  The practical and write-up will both be carried out under controlled conditions in the classroom. During the practical students will work in pairs or small groups; each member of the group must complete some of the practical work and each student must develop their own response in determining how best to collect and record the primary data.  During the final section of the write-up students must work on their own, using any research/experimental data they have collected. Secondary data can be researched and used by students in their write-ups. These sessions will be conducted under exam conditions.  Should a student arrive for the write-up with no data or research materials we are unable to provide materials; they will be restricted to the stimulus information provided by OCR. Reports will be hand-written.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE      

Prior lessons in the subject areas involved. Introductory lessons by class teacher. Homework before release of the controlled assessment to give students opportunity to practice their data handling skills. Research homework during the controlled assessment. After school booster sessions on data handling skills for students; parents are welcome to attend these sessions. Some limited guidance from class teacher during research phase.


Information evening for parents and students.

HOW TO PREPARE / WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME Examined Units  At the start of each unit students will be given a set of recall statements taken directly from the GCSE specification. These are the basic facts students need to know; please support your child in learning this information at home.  With the move to terminal assessment there will be a long period between the first taught unit and the formal GCSE examination. Students should spend some time each week reading over the work done in lessons. Controlled Assessment  Homework for the first half term will include skills practice for the controlled assessment; please support your child by making sure this work is completed and submitted.  Homework on release of the controlled assessment will be research for the science of the experiment – students can make notes from books and gather print outs from the Internet, newspapers, magazines etc. Students should make notes in their own words, as they cannot copy and paste large chunks of research into their final work. Students can, however, bring in quotes, relevant diagrams and graphs cut out ready to insert into their work (not graphs of their own data).  Full references must be given so students should check that they are writing these down as they go along. Students can write a bibliography at home in advance of the write-up sessions, but cannot assess reliability of sources outside of the write up.  Use the links on the Science pages of the school website to access reference materials from the exam board; exemplar work with marking commentaries will help students become familiar with the standard of work required.

ASSESSMENT    

A161 – Units B1, B2, B3 (25%) – written exam;  June 2014 for Year 11;  June 2015 for Year 10. A162 – Units B4, B5, B6 (25%) – written exam;  June 2014 for Year 11;  June 2015 for Year 10. A163 – Unit B7– written exam;  June 2014 for Year 11;  June 2015 for Year 10. A164 –Practical Investigation (25%) – controlled assessment;  June 2014 for Year 11;  Carried out in November/December 2013 for Year 10 for submission June 2015.


Business Studies SYLLABUS INFORMATION: Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

Edexcel Business 2BS01

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK 25 %): Unit 5BS02 – Investigating Small Business  The research phase where students will need to collect primary and secondary research to solve a problem linked to a small business.  The students will have the choice of 5 problems set by the exam board.  The research task may be completed during lessons and also at home.  On completion of the research task, the formal write up of the task will commence. The research phase should take up to 6 hours. The write-up can take up to 3 hours and must be completed under strict supervision.

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES: Please see above. The actual task will be released by Edexcel towards the end of the summer term and will involve students solving a problem linked to a local business. There will be 5 tasks and students will need to choose one to complete. The write up of the Controlled Assessment will commence in September 2014.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE: Help will be available at lunchtimes and after school on selected evenings from 3.15 – 4.00 pm

HOW TO PREPARE / WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME: 

Research may be carried out during lessons and at home.

ASSESSMENT:   

Unit 5BS01 – Introduction to Small Business (25%) – written exam; (May/June 2015) Unit 5BS02 – Investigating Small Business (25%) – controlled assessment. (Autumn Term 2014) Unit 5BS03 – Building a Business (50%) – written exam; May/June 2015


D&T – Catering SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

WJCE Hospitality and Catering: Catering (single award) 4730

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK %) Unit 1: Two controlled assessment tasks: Task 1:

Catering Skills a) Planning the task; b) Carrying out the task; c) Evaluating the task.

Task2:

Investigating and planning the task a) Investigating and planning the task; b) Carrying out the task; c) Evaluating the task.

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES    

Selecting suitable dishes to make; Evaluate choices (costing/nutritional value); Plan the task; Research and investigate.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE    

After school classes run by Miss Caruana; GCSE Catering text books; Time plan of controlled assessment; Parents notified if their child is not meeting the deadline dates or working at their target grade.

HOW TO PREPARE / WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME   

A time plan of controlled assessment and deadline dates will be sent home to parents; Gathering relevant Primary and Secondary research from the Internet; Making sure your child adheres to the time plan and deadline dates.

ASSESSMENT 

Unit 1: 4731 – Catering Skills relating to preparation and service (60%) controlled assessment: Task 1: Catering Skills (20%);  Task2: Investigating and planning the task (40%). Unit 2: 4732 – Catering, food and the customer (40%) – written exam.


Chemistry SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

OCR 21st Century Science A J244

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK %) Unit 4: A174 - Practical Investigation (25%) Please note that we do not intend completing multiple pieces of work in lessons so it is imperative that students submit work to the standard of which they are capable. Controlled assessments will be carried out over the period 3 Feb - 14 Mar 2014.

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES Examined Units  Students will study seven units over the course of the two years. Students will be tested at the end of each unit, then after each set of three units as examined at the end of the GCSE course (C1/C2/C3; C4/C5/C6). Formal mock exams will be held in December 2013 for Year 11 and March 2014 for Year 10. Controlled Assessment  OCR will provide a hypothesis which students design a simple experiment to test. Data collected is used to draw tables, graphs and conclusions and the experiment is evaluated. The task will be set from unit C6 – Chemical Synthesis.  In the preparation stages students can carry out research on suitable methods, and further science, outside the classroom.  The practical and write-up will both be carried out under controlled conditions in the classroom. During the practical students will work in pairs or small groups; each member of the group must complete some of the practical work and each student must develop their own response in determining how best to collect and record the primary data.  During the final section of the write-up students must work on their own, using any research/experimental data they have collected. Secondary data can be researched and used by students in their write-ups. These sessions will be conducted under exam conditions.  Should a student arrive for the write-up with no data or research materials we are unable to provide materials; they will be restricted to the stimulus information provided by OCR. Reports will be hand-written.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE    

Prior lessons in the subject areas involved. Introductory lessons by class teacher. Homework before release of the controlled assessment to give students opportunity to practice their data handling skills. Research homework during the controlled assessment.


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After school booster sessions on data handling skills for students; parents are welcome to attend these sessions. Some limited guidance from class teacher during research phase.

HOW TO PREPARE / WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME Examined Units  At the start of each unit students will be given a set of recall statements taken directly from the GCSE specification. These are the basic facts students need to know; please support your child in learning this information at home.  With the move to terminal assessment there will be a long period between the first taught unit and the formal GCSE examination. Students should spend some time each week reading over the work done in lessons. Controlled Assessment  Homework on release of the controlled assessment will be research for the science of the experiment – students can make notes from books and gather print outs from the Internet, newspapers, magazines etc. Students should make notes in their own words, as they cannot copy and paste large chunks of research into their final work. Students can, however, bring in quotes, relevant diagrams and graphs cut out ready to insert into their work (not graphs of their own data).  Full references must be given so students should check that they are writing these down as they go along. Students can write a bibliography at home in advance of the write-up sessions, but cannot assess reliability of sources outside of the write up.  Use the links on the Science pages of the school website to access reference materials from the exam board; exemplar work with marking commentaries will help students become familiar with the standard of work required.

ASSESSMENT    

A171 – Units C1, C2, C3 (25%) – written exam;  June 2014 for Year 11;  June 2015 for Year 10. A172 – Units C4, C5, C6 (25%) – written exam;  June 2014 for Year 11;  June 2015 for Year 10. A173 – Unit C7– written exam;  June 2014 for Year 11;  June 2015 for Year 10. A174 –Practical Investigation (25%) – controlled assessment;  June 2014 for Year 11;  June 2015 for Year 10.


HOME ECONOMICS: Child Development SYLLABUS INFORMATION: Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

AQA Home Economics: Child Development 4580

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK %): Unit 2: Research Task - 20%  One task to be submitted;  Chosen from list of tasks provided by AQA;  Based on the following sections:  Parenthood  Pregnancy  Diet Health and care of the child  Support for the parent and child;  Should involve approx. 7 hours supervised work – medium / low level. Unit 3: Child Study - 40%  Study of a single child;  Closely linked to the “Development of the Child”;  Include research based on one of the AQA tasks provided;  Offers opportunities to demonstrate a range of skills – observation and analysis;  Should involve approx. 20 hours supervised work – medium / low level.

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES: Please see above.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE:   

Additional research material from GCSE Child Development text books; Time plan of controlled assessments; Letters sent to inform parents of deadline dates or targets met or not met.

HOW TO PREPARE / WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME:     

A time plan of controlled assessment and deadline dates will be sent home to parents; A copy of Gaynes School’s booklet regarding controlled assessments provided to parents; Gathering relevant Primary and Secondary research from the Internet; Making sure your child adheres to the time plan and deadline dates.

ASSESSMENT:   

Unit 1 – written exam paper – 40%  Consists of 6-8 compulsory questions Unit 2 – research – controlled assessment – 20% Unit 3 – child study- controlled assessment – 40%


Drama SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

Edexcel Drama 2DR01

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK %) Unit 1: 5DR01 – Drama Exploration (30%)  6hr Practical Exploration, 20% (controlled conditions)  Documentary Response, 10% (controlled conditions) Unit 2: 5DR02 – Exploring Play Texts (30%)  6hr Practical Exploration, 15% (controlled conditions)  Documentary Response, 5% (controlled conditions)  Live Theatre Response, 10% (controlled conditions)

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES Unit 1:  Using drama to explore ideas & issues in response to stimulus material. Unit 2:  Explores a play, enabling students to develop knowledge & understanding of the ways in which playwrights, performers, directors and designers use the medium of drama to communicate with an audience.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE Prior class work, teacher guidance, teacher and peer feedback, practice, access to sample work from previous GCSE students, extra contact time beyond timetabled lessons.

HOW TO PREPARE / WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME  

Students must keep up to date with note making and homework. Excellent attendance levels are essential for successful completion of GCSE course.

ASSESSMENT   

Unit 5DR01 – Drama Exploration (30%) – controlled assessment; Unit 5DR02 – Exploring Play Texts (30%) – controlled assessment; Unit 5DR03 – Drama performance (40%) – practical exam.


English Language SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

AQA English Language 4705

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK %) Unit 3: ENL03 – Understanding spoken and written texts and writing creatively (40%) There is no coursework in English Language; instead pupils have four controlled assessments. All of these controlled assessments are completed in class in exam conditions over three sequential lessons. The teacher is not allowed to provide any guidance between these lessons, all the pupils are allowed to bring into these assessment lessons is one page of notes. Pupils are not permitted to draft their assessment task and receive feedback on this before the assessment however, a week before the assessment pupils will be given the chance to write a very similar task and receive feedback on this to act as guidance for the real controlled assessment. 14th Oct 2013 (4 lessons)

Extended Reading Essay ‘Of Mice and Men’

3-4 hours

15% of total GCSE mark

11th Nov 2013 (3 lessons this week)

Creative Writing 1 A story based on the poem ‘Out of the Blue’ by Simon Armitage

2-3 hours

15% of total GCSE mark (combined with creative writing 2)

27th Jan 2014 (4 lessons) 10th Feb 2014 (2 lessons this week)

Spoken Language Study Texting/web based interactions

2-3 hours

Creative Writing 2 ‘Life in the C21st’

1-2 hours

10% of total GCSE mark

15% of total GCSE mark (combined with creative writing 1)

16th Dec 2013

Mock Exam (Reading only)

31st Mar 2014

Mock Exam (Reading and writing)

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES Please refer to CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK

SUPPORT AVAILABLE Please refer to CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK


HOW TO PREPARE / WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME Please refer to CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK

ASSESSMENT 

ENG1 F/H – Understanding and producing non-fiction texts (60%) – written exam.

The written exam for English Language is split into section A and section B and is two hours long.

Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Section A: Reading  Answer 4/5 questions based on 3 nonfiction media texts Section B: Writing  One shorter writing task (more informative or descriptive and is based on personal details and/or experience)  One longer writing task (which argues, persuades or takes a point of view which must be sustained)

1hr 15 mins

30% of your GCSE mark

1 hour

30% of your GCSE mark


English Literature SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: AQA Syllabus Title: English Literature Syllabus Code: 4710

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK %) Unit 3: 47103 – The significance of Shakespeare and the English Literacy Heritage (25%) The significance of Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage 21st Oct 2013 (4 lessons)

Shakespeare and Literary Heritage  ‘Explore the ways that writers present disturbed characters.’ Focus on Jack from Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Iago from Shakespeare’s Othello.

3-4 hours 25% of your total GCSE

ASSESSMENT 

47101 – Exploring modern texts (40%) – written exam. This exam is split into section A and section B and is 1hr 30 minutes.

Section A:  Answer one question from a choice of two on ‘The Woman in Black’ Section B:  Answer one question on an extract from ‘Of Mice and Men’ the question will be in two parts:–  Part a: will be responding to a passage from the text;  Part b: will linking this passage to the whole text. 

45 mins.

20% of your GCSE mark

45 mins.

20% of your GCSE mark

47102 – Poetry across time (35%) – written exam; This exam is split into section A and section B and is 1 hour 15 minutes long.

Section A:  Answer one question from a choice of two, comparing the named poem in the question with one other poem of your choice from the anthology poetry cluster entitled ‘CONFLICT’. Section B:  Answer one compulsory question on an unseen poem.

45 minutes.

23% of your GCSE marks

30 mins.

12% of your GCSE marks


16th December 2013

Mock Exam (poetry only)

31st March 2014

Mock Exam (both papers)

Tuesday 20th May 2014

English Literature GCSE exam (Unit 1, The Woman in Black, Of Mice and Men)

Thursday 22nd May 2014

English Literature GCSE exam (Unit 2, Poetry)

N.B.

English Literature information is only applicable to Year 11 students


Geography SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

Edexcel Geography A 2GA01

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK 25%) Unit 4: 5GA04 – Investigating Geography  

Internal assessment with controlled conditions ( 50 marks) Investigation in 4 parts : Sections 1 - 3 limited control;  Section 4 high level of control.

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES  

Students collect data for their investigation during a field trip. It usually is a coastal investigation where the students carry out certain fieldwork techniques Students use data to answer a question / hypothesis in their investigation which comprises of 4 parts: The purpose of the investigation;  Methods of collecting data;  Methods of presenting data;  Analysis, conclusion and evaluation.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE   

Geography teachers will give advice and guidance on completion of field work techniques etc; Geography teachers at school will give advice on presentation techniques and what is to be included in each section etc; Tomorrows Geography textbook gives an example of a controlled assessment.

HOW TO PREPARE / WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME 

Find maps and information about the sites that were visited on the field trip from Google/ multimap etc.

ASSESSMENT    

Unit 5GA1 – Geographical Skills and Challenges (25%) - written exam; Unit 5GA2 - The Natural Environment (25%) - written exam; Unit 5GA3 – The Human Environment (25%) – written exam; Unit 5GA04 – Investigating Geography (25%) – controlled assessment.


D&T: Graphics SYLLABUS INFORMATION: Exam Board: OCR Syllabus Title: D&T Graphics Syllabus Code: J303

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASKS Unit A531: Introduction to designing and making (30%):  This unit aims to give candidates an introduction to Designing and Making using Graphic materials.  Candidates must select one of the published themes given to them by the exam board as a starting point for this coursework unit, which forms a Controlled Assessment element of this specification. Once selected, the candidate will then need to identify a specific product or starting point that is associated with the theme.  Candidates then undertake research associated with the specific product before establishing their own design brief and detailed specification for an improved or similarly functioning prototype*. They then develop their design and use modelling before making and testing their prototype* and evaluating the making process. Throughout, the candidate will record research and design developments using portfolios.  In order to skillfully design, model, make and evaluate their prototype*, candidates should undertake the processes outlined below.  This unit is a Controlled Assessment unit.  *In this context a prototype is defined as the first example of a product that could be further developed or modified. Candidates will be assessed on their ability to: Demonstrate Creativity:  Use appropriate recording and drawing techniques including the use of ICT  Identify the principles of good design and relate products to the needs of the user  Identify the significance of trends in existing products. Demonstrate Designing Skills:  Produce an appropriate and considered response to a design brief  Produce a detailed specification for the product  Use detailed notes and annotated drawings to record original design ideas  Use a range of Graphic skills and techniques  Use CAD to support design development  Clearly communicate details of the chosen design for prototype* production. Demonstrate Good Making Skills:  Use appropriate modelling techniques to aid product development  Make reasoned decisions about materials/components  Select appropriate equipment  Work skillfully and safely to produce a high-quality prototype* that is fit for purpose  Demonstrate ability to produce surface graphics to a high level of competency  Apply knowledge of digital media and new technologies as appropriate  Demonstrate a practical and thorough understanding and ability in solving technical problems effectively and efficiently as they arrive


Record key stages in the creation of the prototype*.

Demonstrate critical skills:  Evaluate the processes involved in making the final prototype*  Suggest modifications to improve the modelling and prototype* process Unit A533: Making quality products (30%):  In this unit, candidates will be expected to further develop skills and abilities gained while undertaking Unit A531 in order to design and make a fully functioning quality product. The type of project selected needs to be challenging but realistic in terms of the resources and time available. Candidates should be encouraged to consider their own needs/requirements or those of an identified user group, as well as the situation in which the product will be used.  Candidates will be required to consider the focus of the design brief before developing a design specification. Candidates need to demonstrate their ability to plan, to develop creative and original design ideas and to carry out a range of practical activities.  Candidates will be expected to critically evaluate their ideas against the design specification to identify, with reasons, the chosen design proposal for product development. As a result of product development, candidates will be expected to give reasoned decisions for the materials and equipment required for the production of the final product. Throughout the task, the candidate will record, research, design developments and production using a portfolio to include photographs and other digital media.  Candidates will be expected to test and critically evaluate their final product against a product specification. Candidates will be assessed on their ability to: Develop and demonstrate designing skills:  Use appropriate recording and drawing techniques;  Produce a creative and considered response to a design brief;  Produce a detailed specification for the product;  Use detailed notes and annotated drawings to record original design ideas;  Use ICT/CAD/CAM to support design development;  Use drawing and annotation to clearly communicate details of the design chosen for prototype production. Demonstrate good making / workshop skills:  Use appropriate modelling or trialling techniques to aid product development;  Plan, organise and record key manufacturing activities by means of comprehensive notes and photographic evidence;  Make reasoned decisions about materials / components;  Select appropriate materials;  Select appropriate tools and equipment;  Work skilfully and safely to shape, form, finish materials and assemble components;  Apply knowledge of systems and control, ICT and new technologies are appropriate;  Complete the product to a high-quality standard;  Demonstrate the ability to produce surface graphics to a high level of competency;  Demonstrate a practical and thorough understanding and ability in solving technical problems effectively and efficiently as they arise.


Demonstrate critical evaluation skills:  Evaluate the product against the specification;  Undertake detailed testing and present meaningful conclusions.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION Unit A535: Sustainability and Technical aspects of Designing and Making (40%)   

The new paper has 80 marks and is one and a half hours long. Section A consists of 15 short answer questions and one question which may involve sketching, annotation, short sentences and extended writing. Section B consists of 3 questions which may involve sketching, annotation, short sentences, and extended writing. This section will focus on the technical aspects of working with materials, tools and equipment and design of products.

Candidates will be marked on the quality of written communication in this paper.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE   

Prior class work/guidance/practice (the school will provide all of the materials and equipment necessary) The pupils will be given access to several web sites which will give them support with their work. After school and lunch time lessons will be made available to the pupils if they are experiencing difficulties.

ASSESSMENT   

A531 – Introduction to designing and making (30%) – controlled assessment; A533 – Making Quality products (30%) – Controlled assessment; A535: Sustainability and Technical aspects of Designing and Making (40%)


History SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

Edexcel History A: The Making of the Modern World 2HA01

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK 25%) UNIT 4: 5HA04 – Representations of History  3 questions  Question 1 = 20 marks (1 hour)  Question 2 = 10 marks (30 mins)  Question 3 = 20 marks (1 hour)

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES   

For each of the three questions students will complete a written answer in class time under controlled conditions (no talking). The first question students will answer is ‘How effective were the Vietcong tactics of booby traps and underground tunnels in the Vietnam war?’ The following two questions will require students to analyse representations of the Vietnam War which they are not allowed to see until two weeks before the tasks begin.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE 

Teaching will be focussed on the requirements for each question leading up to the writing of an answer.

HOW TO PREPARE / WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME    

When students write their answers they are allowed to have with them a page of A4 notes for every ten marks. They are also allowed to take a plan and must have a bibliography. Student’s notes cannot consist of complete sentences or a draft and will be checked by staff prior to the answering of questions. At home when researching students can be supported as much as possible.

ASSESSMENT    

Unit 5HA01 – Peace and War: International Relations 1900-1991 (25%) – written exam; Unit 5HA02B – Russia 1917-39 (25%) – written exam; Unit 5HA03B – War and the transformation of British Society (25%) – written exam; Unit 5HA04 – Representations of History (25%) – controlled assessment.


ICT – Cambridge Nationals SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

OCR IT Level 2 J810

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASKS Not applicable

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES ICT skills are essential for success in employment and higher education, and are among the fundamental transferable skills required by employers. Cambridge Nationals deliver these skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things. Student will:  Create a website for a company  Create and review an animated flash video  Learn about computer systems including hardware and software  Learn about current communication methods  Various IT based tasks

SUPPORT AVAILABLE  

Online resource that is available to the students. Daily catch-up classes run internally.

HOW TO PREPARE Students will have been prepared during their previous lessons and extra work will be given when required.

ASSESSMENT    

R001: R002: R005: R007:

Understanding computer systems (25%) – written exam; ICT solutions in Business (25%) – coursework module ; Creating Product and Multimedia (25%) – coursework module ; Products sound and vision (25%) – coursework module.


ICT – DiDA – CiDA NG SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title and Code:

Edexcel CiDA

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASKS Not applicable

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES CiDA from 2012 has been developed from the popular DiDA qualifications, with a change of focus to emphasise creative computing. It aims to empower learners to play an active role in the digital sector rather than being simply consumers of digital content. Tailor made to meet the needs of today’s creative industries, the qualification covers imaging, creative multimedia, website development and computer game production. Students will:  Create database and spreadsheets for use in a business  Create an interactive website  Create a computer game  Various other IT tasks

SUPPORT AVAILABLE Online resource that is available to the students. Daily catch-up classes run internally.

HOW TO PREPARE Students will have been prepared during their previous lessons and extra work will be given when required.

ASSESSMENT  

DA201 – Developing Web Products; DA204 – Game Making.


Mathematics SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

Edexcel Mathematics A (GCSE 2010) IMA0

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK %) Not applicable

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES Everyday maths; Functional skills maths has now been added: 30-40% (foundation level);  20-30% (higher level).

SUPPORT AVAILABLE Revision classes, Intervention, My Maths (www.mymaths.co.uk) and Maths Watch CD which is available for purchase from the Maths department.

HOW TO PREPARE / WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME   

Each student has a 'Maths CD' for revision use. These can be purchased for £3.00 from Mr. Gilbert (highly recommended). A scientific calculator is essential and is required in class in order to guide students on how to use it. In support of this, the Maths faculty is issuing a 'guide to preparing for your maths exam' together with a list of essential topics to revise.

ASSESSMENT Two written exam papers:  IMA0/1 foundation or higher tier – Non-calculator paper;  IMA0/2 foundation or higher tier – Calculator paper. Topics covered in the exam papers:  Number;  Algebra;  Space and shape;  Measures;  Statistics;  Probability. Grade boundaries:  Foundation tier – C – G;  Higher tier – A* - D (E allowed).


Modern Foreign Languages GCSE SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title and Code:

Edexcel French German Italian Spanish

2FR01 2GN01 2IN01 2SP01

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASKS - 60% There are two types of controlled assessment:  Unit 2: speaking – 30%.  Unit 4: writing – 30%.  There will be a controlled speaking and writing assessment for each major topic in KS4 languages.  The 2 pieces of speaking and writing likely to achieve the highest grades will be chosen to send to Edexcel.

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES Speaking:  Phase 1: class work and homework to learn and practise the vocabulary and grammar needed for…  Phase 2: Pupils are given the task title and personal preparation time in class to answer around 6 questions.  Phase 3: The formal assessment itself. 4-6 minutes recorded with a teacher. Writing:  Phase 1: class work and homework to learn and practise the vocabulary and grammar needed for…  Phase 2: Pupils are given the task title and personal preparation time in class to answer around 6 bullet points about the topic.  Phase 3: The formal assessment itself lasting a maximum of 1 hour. G – D pupils should produce 100 – 175 words per task. C – A* pupils should produce 200 – 300 words per task.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE   

Phase 1: teachers will prepare students for a variety of questions likely to appear in the assessment including giving model answers. Teachers will make suggestions as to how to improve the work. Phase 2: Pupils will have access to work from Phase 1, dictionaries, textbooks, Boardworks and other published materials. Pupils are allowed to prepare a plan of 30 words with 5 small pictures. Phase 3: Pupils will have access to their 30-word plan for writing and speaking plus a dictionary for written assessments.


HOW TO PREPARE Take each assessment opportunity as a way to show what you can do! Include 3 tenses, opinions, reasons and connectives. Do learning and drafting homework to help us help you!

WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME Buy one of the vocab or GCSE language guides from Resources. Oxford language dictionaries will help pupils draft work independently at home. The following websites are all excellent sources of practice and revision: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/  http://www.atantot.co.uk/  http://www.atantot-extra.co.uk/  www.linguascope.com Listen to pupils practising even if you don’t speak the language. Ask pupils what topic they are working on and try to find a few words in Italian, Spanish, French or German to help. Allow pupils to stick Post-it notes with key words on to the fridge, etc. If you know a pupil is really struggling, let their teacher know.

ASSESSMENT    

Unit 1 – Listening (20%) – written exam; Unit 2 – Speaking (30%) – controlled assessment; Unit 3 – Reading (20%) – written exam; Unit 4 – Writing (30%) – controlled assessment.


Modern Foreign Languages: Spanish NVQ-QCF SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title and Code:

OCR Level 2 Certificate in Spanish – 08620

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK %): Speaking 25% Listening 25% Reading 25% Writing 25%

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES We will be using the revolutionary i-languages course to support students prove they can:  Read routine language text in familiar everyday work situations  Speak using routine language in familiar everyday work situations  Understand routine spoken language words in familiar everyday work situations  Write using routine language in familiar everyday work situations. As this is a vocational qualification, students will use the context of work and global trade as the medium for their study of Spanish. Students will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence which is built up during the course. It is anticipated that students will take responsibility for ensuring the completion and maintenance of their portfolio.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE Completed lesson material available on the computer network. Pupils will have access to classwork, dictionaries, textbooks, Boardworks and other published materials. Pupils are allowed to retake assessments if necessary.

HOW TO PREPARE / WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME Oxford language dictionaries will help pupils draft work independently at home. The following websites are all excellent sources of practice and revision: www.bbc.co.uk/languages,  www.atantot.co.uk,  www.atantot-extra.co.uk  www.linguascope.com Listen to pupils practising even if you don’t speak the language.

ASSESSMENT The Level 2 NVQ Award in Spanish is a four unit qualification. Students must complete one unit in each skill area. (Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing) Three units must be completed at Level 2. The fourth unit can be taken at Level 1 or Level 2. Students can take assessments when they are ready.


Music SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title and Code:

OCR GCSE Music - J535

Full specifications can be found on: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/type/gcse/amlw/music/

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASKS (60%) B351 – Integrated Tasks (30%):  Performance 1 (‘P1’) – Solo  Composition 1 (‘C1’) – For solo instrument  Commentary B352 – Practical Portfolio (30%):  Performance 2 (‘P2’) – Group  Composition 2 (‘C2’) – For ensemble or Dance music or Programme music  Composition Log & Evaluation

(15%) (10%) (5%)

(15%) (10%) (5%)

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES     

Perform & compose individually & in groups Use music technology Evaluate own & others’ work Listen to, Analyse, Evaluate & understand a wide variety of music Develop knowledge & understanding of:  Musical elements, devices, tonalities, structures  Use of resources, conventions, processes, music tech & notations  Contextual influences that affect the way music is composed, performed & listened to

SUPPORT AVAILABLE   

Prior classwork / guidance / practice Opportunities to book time with PW (dates for 2013-14 TBC – will be displayed on Music Dept. Website & notice board outside B22 in September 2013) Resources on Music Dept. Website – www.gmu.org.uk

HOW TO PREPARE / WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME   

Encouragement of pupils to practice their instrument(s) at home Encouragement of pupils to participate in as many ensemble as possible to widen their musical understanding and enjoyment Utilise the Music Room & facilities outside of lesson time


ASSESSMENT B351 B352 B353

B354

Integrated Tasks Practical Portfolio Creative Task  45 minutes timed exam in June of Yr11  Create a short piece of music based on a stimulus Listening Exam  90 minute exam in June of Yr11

(30%)

(30%) (15%)

(25%)

See above See above


Physical Education SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

AQA Physical Education 4890

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK 60%) There are 2 controlled assessments: Practical work and a written assessment. Pupils will be continually assessed through the PE practical lessons. The written controlled assessment is an analysis task on one sporting activity. Usually pupils will complete the observations in a Physical lesson or at a School Club. Pupils can observe performance outside of school.

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES 1. Performing a range of sports in school or outside of school. 2. Observing a student performing a sporting activity and recording observations. 3. Writing a description of the strengths and weaknesses of the performance. Describing a range of drills that could be used to develop performance.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE Prior class work/guidance/practice carried out in Year 10 and 11. Provision of Clubs for a range of sports.

HOW TO PREPARE / WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME Observing sport and recording strengths and weaknesses. Playing sport for a club Example work is available in the PE subject area of the school website.

ASSESSMENT  

Unit 48903 – Knowledge and Understanding for the Active Participant (40%) – written exam; May 2015; Unit 48904 – The Active Participant (60%) – Controlled Assessment. (Spring term 2015) This includes the controlled written assessment.


Physics SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

OCR 21st Century Science A J245

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK %) Unit 4: A184 - Practical Investigation (25%) Please note that we do not intend completing multiple pieces of work in lessons so it is imperative that students submit work to the standard of which they are capable. Controlled assessments will be carried out over the period 25 Feb – 22 Mar 2014.

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES Examined Units  Students will study seven units over the course of the two years. Students will be tested at the end of each unit, then after each set of three units as examined at the end of the GCSE course (P1/P2/P3; P4/P5/P6). Formal mock exams will be held in March 2014. Controlled Assessment  OCR will provide a hypothesis which students design a simple experiment to test. Data collected is used to draw tables, graphs and conclusions and the experiment is evaluated. The task will be set from unit P4 – Explaining Motion.  In the preparation stages students can carry out research on suitable methods, and further science, outside the classroom.  The practical and write-up will both be carried out under controlled conditions in the classroom. During the practical students will work in pairs or small groups; each member of the group must complete some of the practical work and each student must develop their own response in determining how best to collect and record the primary data.  During the final section of the write-up students must work on their own, using any research/experimental data they have collected. Secondary data can be researched and used by students in their write-ups. These sessions will be conducted under exam conditions.  Should a student arrive for the write-up with no data or research materials we are unable to provide materials; they will be restricted to the stimulus information provided by OCR. Reports will be hand-written.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE    

Prior lessons in the subject areas involved. Introductory lessons by class teacher. Homework before release of the controlled assessment to give students opportunity to practice their data handling skills. Research homework during the controlled assessment.


 

After school booster sessions on data handling skills for students; parents are welcome to attend these sessions. Some limited guidance from class teacher during research phase.

HOW TO PREPARE / WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME Examined Units  At the start of each unit students will be given a set of recall statements taken directly from the GCSE specification. These are the basic facts students need to know; please support your child in learning this information at home.  With the move to terminal assessment there will be a long period between the first taught unit and the formal GCSE examination. Students should spend some time each week reading over the work done in lessons. Controlled Assessment  Homework on release of the controlled assessment will be research for the science of the experiment – students can make notes from books and gather print outs from the Internet, newspapers, magazines etc. Students should make notes in their own words, as they cannot copy and paste large chunks of research into their final work. Students can, however, bring in quotes, relevant diagrams and graphs cut out ready to insert into their work (not graphs of their own data).  Full references must be given so students should check that they are writing these down as they go along. Students can write a bibliography at home in advance of the write-up sessions, but cannot assess reliability of sources outside of the write up.  Use the links on the Science pages of the school website to access reference materials from the exam board; exemplar work with marking commentaries will help students become familiar with the standard of work required.

ASSESSMENT    

A181 – Units P1, P2, P3 (25%) – written exam;  June 2014 for Year 11;  June 2015 for Year 10. A182 – Units P4, P5, P6 (25%) – written exam;  June 2014 for Year 11;  June 2015 for Year 10. A183 – Unit P7– written exam;  June 2014 for Year 11;  June 2015 for Year 10. A184 –Practical Investigation (25%) – controlled assessment;  June 2014 for Year 11;  Carried out in February/March 2014 for Year 10 for submission in June 2015.


D&T : Product Design SYLLABUS INFORMATION: Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

OCR D&T Product Design J305

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK %): Unit A551 - Developing and applying design skills (30%) Pupils will need to identify a problem that their user has and follow the design process accordingly to resolve the problem. Pupils do not make what they design. Pupils will need to show the following:  Details of a situation/problem along with evidence of the problem.  Details and evidence of a specific user/group  A design brief  Existing product analysis/research of other factors  Specification  Produce a range of design ideas that relate to their specification and other design influences  Model aspects of their design to test the feasibility of their design.  Evaluate their design against the specification. Pupils will need to be able to draw their ideas as well as using CAD Should involve approx. 20 hours supervised work. Unit A553 - Making Testing and Marketing (30%) In this unit pupils will produce a portfolio with photographic evidence of the making, testing and marketing of a product. Pupils will need to show the following:  A concept page with a specification to show what is going to be made.  A production log of the making  Images of the final quality product  Testing the product against a specification  Suggest modifications  Identify how the product could be manufactured in the real world  Way of marketing the product – ‘a sales pitch’ Pupils will need to be able to use a range of tools and equipment in the workshop with accuracy to produce a high quality prototype. Should involve approx. 20 hours supervised work.

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES: Please see above.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE:    

Additional research material from GCSE OCR product design text books; Time plan of controlled assessments; Letters sent to inform parents of deadline dates or targets met or not met. Intervention


HOW TO PREPARE / WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME:  

A time plan of controlled assessment and deadline dates will be sent home to parents; A copy of Gaynes School’s booklet regarding controlled assessments provided to parents;  Encourage your child to practise their drawing skills and revise key topics at home using the following websites: www.technologystudent.com www.mr-dt.com These websites offer the pupils activities to complete that support what is being taught during lessons.  Making sure your child adheres to the time plan and deadline dates.  Encourage your child to attend intervention for extra support to secure improve the grade of their controlled assessment.  Ensure your child is revising and preparing for exam units and attending the revision classes.

ASSESSMENT:  

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Unit A551 (controlled assessment) - developing and applying design skills (30%) Unit A552 – Innovation Challenge (20%) This is a structured practical exam that will take place in the workshop, pupils will be given a problem to solve and they will need to use modelling materials to do this. Pupils will need to be able to write a specification, create a range of designs and evaluate their work. Unit A553 – (controlled assessment) Making, Testing and Marketing (30%) Unit A554 – Design influences (20%) – written paper based on design influences and existing designers. Pupils will need to be able to answer questions based on a range of design topics such as sustainability, globalisation, marketing etc.


D&T : Resistant Materials SYLLABUS INFORMATION: Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

Edexcel D&T Resistant Materials 2RM01

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK %): Unit 5RM01: Creative Design and Make Activities (60%)  This unit aims to give candidates an introduction to Designing and Making using Resistant materials.  Centres will choose a task(s) from a range provided by Edexcel (available on website at the start of each academic year). These tasks can be contextualised to best suit centre-specific circumstances.  All work, with the exception of research and preparation, must be done under informal supervision. Research and preparation may be completed under limited supervision.  Candidates then undertake research associated with the specific product before establishing their own design brief and detailed specification for an improved or similarly functioning prototype. They then develop their design and use modelling before making and testing their prototype and evaluating the making process. Throughout, the candidate will record research and design developments using portfolios.  In order to skillfully design, model, make and evaluate their prototype, candidates should undertake the processes outlined below.  This unit is a Controlled Assessment unit (40 hours in total)  In this context a prototype is defined as the first example of a product that could be further developed or modified. Candidates will be assessed on their ability to: Demonstrate Creativity:  Use appropriate recording and drawing techniques including the use of ICT  Identify the principles of good design and relate products to the needs of the user  Identify the significance of trends in existing products. Demonstrate Designing Skills:  Produce an appropriate and considered response to a design brief  Produce a detailed specification for the product  Use detailed notes and annotated drawings to record original design ideas  Use appropriate modeling materials to aid product development.  Use CAD to support design development  Clearly communicate details of the chosen design for prototype production. Demonstrate Good Making Skills:  Plan and organize activities  Make reasoned decisions about materials and components  Select appropriate materials  Select appropriate equipment  Work skillfully and safely to shape, form and finish materials and assemble components  Complete a quality prototype  Apply knowledge of systems and control, digital media and new technologies as appropriate


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Demonstrate a practical and thorough understanding and ability in solving technical problems effectively and efficiently as they arise Record key stages in the making of the prototype*.

Demonstrate critical skills:  Evaluate the processes involved in making the final prototype  Suggest modifications to improve the modelling and prototype process Demonstrate good making/workshop skills:  Use appropriate modeling or testing techniques to aid product development  Plan, organise and record key manufacturing activities by means of comprehensive notes and photographic evidence  Make reasoned decisions about materials/components  Select appropriate materials  Select appropriate tools and equipment  Work skillfully and safely to shape, form, finish materials and assemble components  Apply knowledge of systems and control, ICT and new technologies as appropriate  Complete the product to a high-quality standard  Demonstrate the ability to produce surface graphics to a high level of competency  Demonstrate a practical and thorough understanding and ability in solving technical problems effectively and efficiently as they arise. Demonstrate critical evaluation skills:  Evaluate the product against the specification  Undertake detailed testing and present meaningful conclusions. Marking Breakdown  There are a total of 50 raw marks available for the designing and 50 raw marks available for the making. One overall raw mark out of 100 is required.  Marking of a task(s) will be carried out by teachers and moderated by Edexcel. Develop and demonstrate designing skills:  Use appropriate recording and drawing techniques  Produce a creative and considered response to a design brief  Produce a detailed specification for the product  Use detailed notes and annotated drawings to record original design ideas  Use ICT/CAD/CAM to support design development  Use drawing and annotation to clearly communicate details of the design chosen for prototype production.

WRITTEN EXAM TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK %): Unit 5RM02: Knowledge and Understanding of Resistant Materials Technology (40%) 

5RM02 – Knowledge and Understanding of Resistant Materials Technology (40%) – written exam;

Overview of content  Students will develop knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in design and technology.  Students will learn about industrial and commercial practices and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times.


The knowledge and understanding students develop in this unit can be applied easily to Unit 1: Creative Design and Make Activities.

Overview of assessment  This unit is assessed through a 1-hour and 30-minute examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.  The examination paper will be a question and answer booklet and all questions are compulsory.  The examination paper will consist of multiple-choice, short-answer and extendedwriting questions.  The total number of raw marks available is 80.  The first examination will be in 2010 and will be available in each June series thereafter.

ASSESSMENT  

5RM01 – Creative Design and Make Activities (60%) – controlled assessment; 5RM02 – Knowledge and Understanding of Resistant Materials Technology (40%) – written exam;


Religious Studies SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Code:

Edexcel Religious Studies 2RS01

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASKS Not applicable

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES Students will cover 8 units 4 for each paper    

Believing in God Matters of Life and Death Marriage and the family Religion and Community Cohesion

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Religion: rights and responsibilities Religion: environmental and medical issues Religion: peace and conflict Religion: crime and punishment

SUPPORT AVAILABLE Revision classes will be available and the school website has revision material

HOW TO PREPARE Each student will be given revision material. The school website also has revision powerpoints for each topic.

ASSESSMENT  

5RS02 – Religion and Life Based on a Study of Christianity (50%) – written exam; 5RS08 - Religion and Life Based on a Study of Christianity and at least one other religion (50%) – written exam.


Science SYLLABUS INFORMATION Exam Board: Syllabus Title: Syllabus Code:

OCR 21st Century Science A J241

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT TASK (WEIGHT OF THE TASK %) Unit 4: A144 - Case Study and Practical Data Analysis (25%) 25% split evenly between a Case Study (research project) and Practical Data Analysis. Please note that we do not intend completing multiple pieces of work in lessons so it is imperative that students submit work to the standard of which they are capable. Controlled assessments will be carried out as follows:Case Study 3 Feb – 28 Feb 2014 Year 10 Practical Data Analysis 9 June – 11 July 2014 Year 10

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES Examined Units  Students will study nine units over the course of the two years (three each from Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will be tested at the end of each unit, then after each set of three units. Formal mock exams will be held in 16th December 2013 and 24th March 2014 for Year 11 and 20th January 2014 for Year 10. Controlled Assessment - Case Study  OCR will provide stimulus material from which students are expected to devise a question to research and answer in the form of a written report. The task will be set from unit B1 – You and Your Genes.  In the preparation stages students can carry out research outside the classroom.  The write-up will both be carried out under controlled conditions in the classroom. Students must work on their own, using any research/experimental data they have collected. Secondary data can be researched and used by students in their write-ups. These sessions will be conducted under exam conditions.  Should a student arrive for the write-up with no data or research materials we are unable to provide materials; they will be restricted to the stimulus information provided by OCR. Reports will be hand-written. Controlled Assessment - Practical Data Analysis  OCR will provide a hypothesis which students design a simple experiment to test. Data collected is used to draw tables, graphs and conclusions and the experiment is evaluated. The task will be set from unit C2 – Material Choices.  In the preparation stages students can carry out research on suitable methods, and further science, outside the classroom.  The practical and write-up will both be carried out under controlled conditions in the classroom. During the practical students will work in pairs or small groups; each member of the group must complete some of the practical work and each student must develop their own response in determining how best to collect and record the primary data.


During the final section of the write-up students must work on their own, using any research/experimental data they have collected. Secondary data can be researched and used by students in their write-ups. These sessions will be conducted under exam conditions. Should a student arrive for the write-up with no data or research materials we are unable to provide materials; they will be restricted to the stimulus information provided by OCR. Reports will be hand-written.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE Examined Units  Revision classes prior to any multiple unit tests, mock exams and the GCSE examinations. Controlled Assessment  Prior lessons in the subject areas involved.  Introductory lessons by class teacher.  Homework for the first term will include skills practice for the controlled assessment.  After school booster sessions on controlled assessment skills for students; parents are welcome to attend these sessions.  Some limited guidance from class teacher during research phase.  Information evening for parents and students.

HOW TO PREPARE / WHAT SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED AT HOME Examined Units  At the start of each unit students will be given a set of recall statements taken directly from the GCSE specification. These are the basic facts students need to know; please support your child in learning this information at home.  With the move to terminal assessment there will be a long period between the first taught unit and the formal GCSE examination (20 months). Students should therefore spend some time each week reading over their Science work. Controlled Assessment  Homework for the first term will include skills practice for the controlled assessment; please support your child by making sure this work is completed and submitted.  Homework on release of the controlled assessments will be research – students can make notes from books and gather print outs from the Internet, newspapers, magazines etc. Students should make notes in their own words, as they cannot copy and paste large chunks of research into their final work. Students can, however, bring in quotes, relevant diagrams and graphs cut out ready to insert into their work (not graphs of their own data).  Full references must be given so students should check that they are writing these down as they go along. Students can write a bibliography at home in advance of the write-up sessions, but cannot assess reliability of sources outside of the write up.  Use the links on the Science pages of the school website to access reference materials from the exam board; exemplar work with marking commentaries will help students become familiar with the standard of work required.  Students should also attempt to make notes in their own words, as they cannot copy and paste large chunks of research into their final work.


ASSESSMENT 

A161 – Units B1, B2, B3 (25%) – written exam;  June 2014 for Year 11;  June 2015 for Year 10.  A171 – Units C1, C2, C3 (25%) – written exam;  June 2014 for Year 11;  June 2015 for Year 10.  A181 – Units P1, P2, P3 (25%) – written exam;  May 2014 for Year 11;  May 2015 for Year 10. A144 –Practical Data Analysis and Case Study (25%) – controlled assessment;  June 2014 for Year 11;  Practical assessments in February/March 2014 for Year 10 for submission in June 2015.

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