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PRESTON LODGE HIGH SCHOOL

MAKING S4 WORK FOR YOU 2009 – 10

SQA Examinations in S4

 What can I expect?  Deadline dates  Internal elements  Homework expectations  Study hints


Welcome to S4! This year will hold new challenges for you - not least the SQA exams you will sit in May 2010. The exams at the end of S4 give you the opportunity to show what you are capable of over 2 years, and the final results will not just depend on your performance in the exams next May. Most of your courses have an Internal Element and your mark for this will contribute to your overall grade. The internal element will vary from a Folio in English to Design Activity in Craft & Design. This booklet details the internal element for each subject and gives important deadline dates. It is your responsibility to meet these deadlines. You should take time now to highlight your subjects and read what is expected. Deadline dates of 30 January or 27 February 2010 may seem like a lifetime away and not worth giving much thought to now. However, you are not going to realise your full potential if you leave everything until the last possible moment - planning and organisation are essential. You will also see details of homework expectations for each Standard Grade. You should work out what your total commitment to homework will be for all your subjects and produce a weekly planner, taking into account your other commitments with some leisure built in e.g. sport, TV programmes, socialising. The priority must be given first to study. The booklet also gives some tips on studying and revising. Your Social Education teacher will also review these with you throughout S4. Planning now means that when that large brown envelope containing your results arrives next August you will have done as well as you are really capable of.

BE ALL YOU CAN BE


Subject

ADMINISTRATION Intermediate1/Intermediate 2

Internal Element

What is involved?

Practical Abilities

Assessed by means of a series of assessments and a final exam to allow candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, problem solving and practical skills. These assessments are from the SQA and must be passed to be entered for the external exam.

Homework expectations • Homework is given at the appropriate level at appropriate times during the course. Work is also expected to be carried out at home for Knowledge and Understanding and Problem Solving • Assessments at the end of units and for exams in S4. • In S4 pupil’s homework should take no more than one hour. • No homework involving the compulsory use of computers will be issued although pupils are welcome to use the machines in the department for any additional practice or to catch up on work missed through absence.

Subject

ART AND DESIGN Intermediate2/Intemediate1/Access3

What is involved? An Art & Design Award is based on evidence of three activities. 1. Expressive Activity

Evidence – three A2 sheets of expressive work on a chosen theme – to be sent to the SQA for marking in April 2010. 2. Design Activity Evidence – three A2 sheets of work developed from a chosen problem-solving brief – to be sent to the SQA for marking in April. 3. Art & Design Studies One written Design Project comprising two designers, with supporting research evidence, and Analysis of Designs using the Design Issues. One written Art Project comparing two Expressive Artists along with evidence of research and investigation into their lives, work, and movement or time period to which they belonged. Plus the analysis of artwork using the Visual Elements. A 1 hour written exam derived from the Design Study and the Art Study projects will complete the course. Candidates have two opportunities to sit this exam (November and February). Candidates who are being presented at Int2 level will also have a 1hour SQA external exam in May. All work should be completed to the highest possible standard to ensure success.


Subject

ART AND DESIGN Intermediate2/Intemediate1/Access3 (cont’d)

Departmental deadline for completion of work Expressive Activity – Completion by March Design Activity - Completion by December Art & Design Studies – Design Project – February; Design Project – November *Deadline dates will be posted in Department as reminder. Prelim exam November – all day practical exam. Written Exam –1 hour - November and/or February (2 opportunities) Homework Expectations are that the pupil will engage the following activities: 1 Research, reading and Internet surfing for information and images for Art and Design Studies. Essays researched and written at home with guidance from class teacher. This will allow maximum time in class for practical work. 2 Investigation and resource gathering for Design Work. Model making, prototyping, sketching and planning, problem solving, museum visits, reading and sketchbook development to support classwork. 3 Sketchbook/scrapbook to support Expressive Work. General drawing, collage and thematic investigation. All of this activity supports and enhances the pupil’s chances of SQA success. Observed drawing in sketchbook, general drawing, collage, collecting resources, research and investigation are expected to be ongoing at home, whether set homework is given or not.

Subject

BIOLOGY Standard Grade

Internal Element

What is involved?

Practical Abilities

10 techniques 2 investigations

Departmental deadline for completion All practical assessment is carried out in lesson time. It should be completed by the end of the first term. Homework expectations Pupils are expected to do 2 hours homework per week. This is either 1 hour set work to be marked plus 1 hour reading over work done in class, or 2 hours learning for a test. The purpose of Biology homework is to reinforce work done in the classroom and to prepare pupils for their examinations. Timings are approximate and may vary slightly from week to week.


Subject

BIOLOGY Access3/Intermediate1

Internal Assessment

What is involved?

For the Access3 course there are 3 end of unit tests and a number of Techniques to complete. For Intermediate1 there are 3 end of unit tests, a number of techniques to complete and an Investigation to carry out and report on. All internal assessments will be carried out in class time. There is no external SQA exam for the Access3 course. Intermediate 1 has an end of course SQA exam. Homework expectations Pupils are expected to do about 1 hour of homework per week. This will include written homework as well as reading over and learning work done in class

Subject

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Intermediate 1/Intermediate 2

Internal Element

What is involved?

Practical Abilities

Assessed by means of a series of assessments and a final exam to allow candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, problem solving and decision making. These assessments are from the SQA and must be passed to be entered for the external exam.

Homework expectations •

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Homework is given at the appropriate level at appropriate times during the course. Work is also expected to be carried out at home for Knowledge and Understanding, Problem Solving and decision making. Assessments at the end of units and for exams in S4. In S4 pupil’s homework should take no more than one hour.


Subject

CHEMISTRY Standard grade

Internal Element

What is involved?

Practical Abilities

5 techniques 2/3 investigations

Departmental deadline for completion End of February 2010 Homework expectations Written Homework – This will be given regularly throughout the session to cover Knowledge and Understanding (KU) and Problem Solving (PS) aspects of the course. About one hour per week on average is the time required for homework and regular revision. Study for end of topic tests - Each week time should be spent studying for end of topic tests, which occur on average every 4-5 weeks. This should involve revision of classwork. Regular study should reduce the amount of work required for year exams.

Subject

CHEMISTRY Access3/Intermediate1

Internal Assessment

What is involved?

Knowledge and Understanding, Problem Solving, and Practical Activities will be assessed in school at the end of each unit of work. Pupils who are successful at Access3 level will be given the opportunity to go on to attempt Intermediate1 level. There is no external SQA exam for the Access3 course.

Homework expectations Homework is an important part of the course and will be given regularly. Regular study will also be required for end of unit tests. It is important to remember that to gain an award for the course pupils must pass all the units of the course.


COMPUTING STUDIES Standard Grade

Subject

Internal Element

What is involved?

Practical Abilities

Pupils must complete a coursework folio of programming and nonprogramming practical assessments AND they must complete at least TWO practical investigations

Departmental deadline for completion February 2010 Homework Expectations Pupils are expected to put aside a minimum of 2 to 3 half hour slots per week to: • • • •

read through classwork and relevant areas of the textbook prepare and evaluate practical work complete written homework begin a programme of revision

ENGLISH Standard Grade

Subject Internal Element

What is involved?

Writing Folio

2 pieces of writing

Reading Folio

3 literature essays based on texts read in class.

Talk Assessment

2 assessed talks (1 group; 1 individual)

(1 informative/discursive; 1 creative)

Departmental deadline for completion Folio -

3 final drafts completed by October break 2009 4 final drafts completed by Christmas break 2009

Folio -

full folio to be completed by beginning March 2010

Homework expectations 2 hours weekly: • reading • preparation of work for Reading and Writing folio pieces • language work • preparation for Talks


Subject

ENGLISH Access3/Intermediate1/Intermediate2

Internal Element

What is involved?

The following assessments must be completed during the course of S3/S4, but do not contribute to the student’s final grade. Talk assessment

2 assessed talks – 1 group and 1 individual, leading to a Core Skills award in Communication.

Personal Study

An essay on a text of the student’s choice, researched independently and written up in an hour’s assessment in class.

Writing

A creative, personal or discursive piece of writing.

Textual Analysis

One assessment in S3

Close Reading

One assessment in S4

Departmental deadline for completion By the end of S3, students should • Have completed their Core Skill award in Communication •

Have chosen and completed notes on their Personal Study text

By Christmas of S4, students should • Have completed their assessments in Textual Analysis and Writing •

Have completed their Personal Study Assessment

By Easter of S4, students should • Have completed their assessment in Close Reading Homework expectations 2 hours weekly: • Reading and note-taking • Preparing for Literature Essays • Preparing for Talk assessment • Language work


Subject

GEOGRAPHY Standard Grade

What is involved? External examination assesses the work done since the start of third year. There will be a prelim, which is the same format as the final exam. The remaining internal assessments (NAB’s) will need to be completed successfully to gain an overall award. Homework expectations 1

Pupils are expected to keep up-to-date with their knowledge of work covered in class by revising/learning each week. This is essential to achieve a good grade in the knowledge and understanding element.

2

Formal homework will be given on each topic covered. This is to allow pupils the opportunity to develop and practise their enquiry skills and to assess the success of their revision programme/understanding of course work.

3

Homework Clubs are available each week on a ‘drop-in’ basis.

Subject

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION

Internal Element Unit 1 – Technical Graphics 1 Unit 2 – Technical Graphics 2 Unit 3 – Computer Aided Graphics External Element Graphics Folio Examination

Intermediate 2

What is involved? Units 1 and 2 develop drawing, sketching and rendering abilities. Unit 3 develops computer aided drawing and graphics.

Presentation folio completed in March. Computer generated graphics and drawing. Examination April/May covering drawing abilities and graphic knowledge and interpretation.

Homework expectations Homework will be given at regular intervals throughout the session so that learning may be reinforced.


Subject

HISTORY Standard Grade

Internal Element

What is involved?

External examination which contains two sections •

Knowledge and Understanding

Enquiry Skills

Homework expectations 1

Regular completion of classwork.

2

Essay/extended answer questions given once a fortnight*

3

Enquiry Skills questions given once a fortnight* Take advantage of ‘after’ school and Easter Revision classes too!

* These will be based on past exam questions.

Subject

HOME ECONOMICS Standard Grade

Internal Element Practical and Organisational Skills

What is involved? Practical Skills Task - 3 Practical Tasks to be completed this session - the final one may be moderated by an outside examiner. Practical Assignment - 2 Assignments over this session. This is an extended piece of work which takes approximately 4 weeks to complete. ( Final one may be moderated by the SQA.)

The Practical Skills Tasks must be completed by 26 March 2010. Moderation can be within the four weeks of February. Practical Assignment Final one has to be completed by 26 February 2010 and the practical element may be moderated by the SQA. Homework expectations Questions testing Knowledge and Understanding and Handling Information are set every week with pupils given 2 or 3 days to complete the task. The pupils have to work on their assignments at home when necessary. They are also given large pieces of investigative work on an appropriate subject twice a session. This takes up to 4 weeks to complete.


Subject

HOSPITALITY Intermediate1

Internal Element

What is involved?

This course is covered by four units of work, which are internally assessed. A 1 hour 30 minute practical examination with dishes set by the SQA has to be completed by the end of March. This practical examination may be moderated by the SQA. Cookery Processes and Food Preparation Techniques are completed in third year. Food Hygiene for the Hospitality Industry and Practical and Organisational Skills are completed in fourth year. Homework No formal homework is given but pupils are expected to practise their practical skills at home to boost confidence and skill level. They are also expected to practise the two dishes for the final examination at home after a run through in class.

Subject

HOSPITALITY Access 3

Internal Element

What is involved?

This course is internally assessed with no external examination. The course consists of four units of work, two of which are completed in third year. Cookery Processes and Food Preparation Techniques are completed in third year. The further two half units namely Food Hygiene for the Hospitality Industry and Hospitality - Organisation of Practical Skills, are completed in forth year. These units are assessed in class time during practical lessons using an observation checklist. Departmental deadline for completion All units have to be completed by the end of March.


Subject

MATHEMATICS Standard Grade / Intermediate 1

Internal Element For Intermediate 1 only: External Element

What is involved? Three Unit assessments completed during the course of S3 and S4 completed by March 2010 at the latest but probably earlier What is involved?

1 paper with calculator 1 paper without calculator

Both assessing knowledge and understanding, reasoning and enquiry

Homework expectations 1 2 3

As home study a pupil may be required to continue/complete an exercise started in class. Each unit of work has specified homework at all levels of study Pupils are expected to do home study/consolidation/revision. The quantity of homework, and the time taken will vary according to the level of study.

Subject

MODERN LANGUAGES – FRENCH Standard Grade

Internal Element

What is involved?

Speaking Writing

3 internal assessments (final mark based on these) Folio of 3 pieces of work (final mark based on folio)

Departmental deadline for completion March 2010 Listening and Reading Exam set by SQA at either Credit/General or General/Foundation levels. Homework Expectations 1. 2. 3. 4.

Vocabulary learning Preparing for speaking and writing assessments. Revision of classwork Reading practice (C/G)

Time per week will vary according to the level of study.


Subject

MODERN LANGUAGES – GERMAN Access 3

If pupils have passed all internal assessments set in S3 they should expect the following: Internal Element

What is involved?

Speaking Reading Listening

5 conversations 4 texts and questions 2 listening texts and questions

Departmental deadline for completion March 2010 Homework Expectations 1. Vocabulary learning 2. Preparing for Speaking assessments 3. Revision of classwork Pupils should be spending 1 hour per week on either 1, 2 or 3 above.

Subject

MODERN LANGUAGES – SPANISH Access3

If pupils have passed all internal assessments set in S3 they should expect the following: Internal Element

What is involved?

Speaking Reading Listening

5 conversations 4 texts and questions 2 listening texts and questions

Departmental deadline for completion March 2010 Homework Expectations 1. Vocabulary learning 2. Preparing for Speaking assessments 3. Revision of classwork Pupils should be spending 1 hour per week on either 1,2 or 3 above.


Subject

MODERN STUDIES Standard Grade

What is involved? External examination which assess: • •

Knowledge and Understanding (40% of exam) Enquiry Skills (60% of exam)

Homework expectations 1

Keep up to date with classwork.

2

Complete Past Paper questions given once per week.

3

Take advantage of supported study classes.

4

Keep abreast of current affairs – newspaper, TV news etc.

Subject

MUSIC Standard Grade

Internal Element

What is involved?

Performance (2nd Study) Inventing

Tape recording Tape recordings and performance plans/scores

Departmental deadline for completion 1 March 2010 but work will be assessed earlier if ready.

Homework expectations 20-30 minutes instrument study daily. Additional work on Listening revision and Inventing projects on a weekly basis. Some of this work needs to be done in the Music Department. Solo practical examination with visiting examiner in February/March 2010. Attendance at after school Listening Club is encouraged.


Subject

MUSIC

Intermediate2

Internal Element

What is involved?

Performance Inventing

Tape recording Tape recordings and performance plans/scores/programme work

Departmental deadline for completion 1 March 2010 but work will be assessed earlier if ready.

Homework expectations 20-30 minutes instrument study daily. Additional work on Listening revision and Inventing projects on a weekly basis. Some of this work needs to be done in the Music Department. Solo practical examination with visiting examiner in February/March 2010. Attendance at after school Listening Club is encouraged.

Subject

PHYSICAL EDUCATION Intermediate 1/Intermediate 2

Internal Element

What is involved?

NAB will be completed in one area of analysis. The following assessments must be completed during the course of S4 and will contribute to final grade. Performance: Assessed internally in 2 activities with external moderation (50% of course award) Analysis and Development of Performance: Assessed by a Question Paper, which is marked out of a total of 60 marks (50% of course award).

Homework expectations 2 hours per week. Essay questions will be given out weekly and deadlines must be adhered to.


Subject

PHYSICS Standard Grade

Internal Element

What is involved?

Practical Abilities

2 investigations 8 practical techniques

Departmental deadline for completion All must be done in school. Two Investigations - to be completed in Autumn term of S4. Techniques completed during S3 and S4. All to be completed by the February holiday. Homework expectations S3 and Autumn Term S4: 40-60 minutes set homework including learning of “knowledge” on a weekly basis. Revision for tests as necessary Spring term S4: 40-60 minutes set homework, 30 -40 minutes past paper homework (weekly). Increasing amounts of revision

Subject

PHYSICS Access3/Intermediate1

Internal Assessment

What is involved?

There are end of unit tests for each Unit of the course. There will also be a prelim exam. Three ‘Outcome 3’ reports must be completed by the February break. Two further ‘Outcome 3’ reports for Electronics must be completed by the Easter holidays. There is no external SQA exam for the Access3 course.

Homework expectations Pupils are expected to do about 30 minutes a week of set homework, review of work done in class and revision for tests and exams.


Subject

PRACTICAL CRAFT SKILLS (WOOD) Intermediate 1/Intermediate 2

Internal Element

What is involved?

Unit 1 - Bench Skills 1 Unit 2- Bench Skills 2 Unit 3 – Machining and Finishing

In all three units pupils will manufacture a number of pieces of work to gain and improve skills.

Course Project

Pupils will manufacture a piece of work, which will then be assessed and may be moderated by the SQA.

Departmental deadline for assessment March 2010 to allow time for assessment. Moderation – visiting moderator some time in May 2010.

Subject

PRODUCT DESIGN

Intermediate 2

Internal Element

What is involved?

Unit 1 – Design Analysis

Units 1 and 2 develop knowledge of design issues and design ability. manufacturing processes, design process. Unit 3 develops knowledge of tools, materials,

Unit 2 – Develop Design Proposals Unit 3 – Manufacturing Products External Element Design Assignment

Written Examination

Design Brief issued by SQA in February and completed in March – marked by SQA. Designing, graphic and modelling skills assessed. Examination in May covering processes, materials, design issues.

Homework expectations Pupils are expected to complete work, which covers knowledge and understanding of tools, materials, manufacturing processes and design issues.


Subject

RELIGIOUS STUDIES Standard Grade

What is involved? Completion of all units World Religions, Issues of Belief, Issues of Morality and Investigation. Knowledge and understanding and evaluation of issues must be demonstrated.

Departmental deadline for completion Investigation to be fully completed and handed in by 15 March 2010. Failure to hand in investigations will result in an overall fail. Homework expectations At least 1 hour of homework per week. Regular knowledge and understanding tests take place during S4. The investigation element requires considerable individual research and written work outwith the classroom.

Subject

RELIGIOUS AND MORAL EDUCATION Intermediate1/Intemediate2

What is involved? Completion of all learning outcomes. Departmental deadline for completion All learning outcomes and investigation must be completed by 17 March 2010 in order to gain the award.

Homework expectations Homework as required to complete learning outcomes. Aspects of projects/investigations will be completed within school time with the use of the Internet and also some work to be completed outwith school time. Homework will be given weekly based, where possible, on past paper questions.


STUDY HINTS Timetable •

Organise your week into times for studying, relaxation, exercise etc.

Draw up a study timetable and allow 40-45 minutes per subject during each study session.

Start each study session with your favourite subject - this will get you going; next, do the subject you like least - while you are still fresh; finish each study session with your second favourite subject.

Memory •

You can learn better methods of remembering.

Use as many senses as possible when learning. i ii iii iv v vi

Actively see the writing on the page in words and diagrams. Jot down briefly what you learn or make spidergrams. Close your eyes and visualise what you learn. Say it out loud and actively hear it. Tell someone about it and have them ask you questions about it. Highlight important parts of our notes.

Actively think of the meaning of what you are learning and actively associate the new material with what you already know.

The facts will be remembered longer if they are overlearned i.e. keep on learning them even when you know them e.g. would you ever forget the alphabet? It has been overlearned.

Where facts have to be learned by rote i.e. “off by heart” it is useful to do so just before bedtime.


Method •

Have a positive attitude to the work you have to do - I can do it.

Use the SQ3R method of study developed by FP Robinson:i Survey what you have to do - read it through quickly ii go back over the material, Questioning yourself on it; iii Read it over more slowly, finding the answers to your questions; iv Recite it to yourself, recalling what you have read; and v Revise, making notes on small cards.

Memory Systems •

For those facts which have to be learned in a list: i ii iii

Find a rhythm if possible e.g. remember learning your tables? Make up a mnemonic e.g. “My Very Entertaining Monkey, Judy, Sat Upon Naughty Pluto” gives the planets of the solar system. Try to work out some system of remembering for yourself.

Write formulae, scientific principles, history dates, etc, on cards and pin onto notice board, back of door, etc where you will glance at them often.

For formulae and vocabulary use flash cards made from postcards. pocket and look at them at spare moments.

Keep these in your

Place of Study •

Use a regular place for study without distractions - radio, music, TV or people talking.

Arrange good lighting and ventilation with only adequate heat; clothing.

Have a good surface with space for textbooks and writing paper and a firm, straight-backed chair.

Make sure you have a clock or watch.

wear warm, comfortable


Revision •

Material that has to be retained over long periods should be studied and revised.

You should revise material: i ii iii

the day after learning it; 4 or 5 days after learning it; and about 10 days after learning it.

Research has shown that much more is retained when this system is followed; the revision sessions may be quite brief.

Motivation •

Decide that you are interested in the subject material.

Decide that you like study - a positive attitude is a big help in learning any subject.

Realise the satisfaction that can be gained when you know a subject.

Set realistic goals, both short-term and long-term and work towards them.

Short-term: set out clearly what you will cover in any 45 minute sessions. If you do not finish it in the set time, put it aside, keep to your timetable and return to the unfinished topic later.

Long-term: Think of the long life ahead and work towards a career.

Pre-Exam Revision •

Make out a list of what has to be covered in each subject, allowing ample time for revision before exam.

Display on notice board and tick off each topic as it is revised.

Talk to your friends about what you have learned - this is revision.

Make full use of cards prepared at the third R stage of the SQ3R method.


Concentration •

You can improve your concentration.

Follow your timetable.

Take 2 or 3 minutes relaxation between each 40/45 minutes subject study session.

After about 1 1/2 hours take a 20 minute break for light refreshment.

Take plenty of exercise each day and lots of sleep at night.

If your concentration wanders, devise your own method of getting it back For example close eyes, take deep breaths, flex and relax muscles, note time. Set yourself a goal of not letting your attention wander again for, say, a quarter of an hour. If you achieve this goal, repeat routine, lengthening your time goal.

Examinations •

Always keep previous exam papers to hand and work towards answering the questions.

Prior to the exam, make sure you know in details the format of each exam paper, length of time for each question and what choice (if any) there will be.


Making S4 Work for you 2009