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Countdown to GCSEs How to be prepared

The impact of moving to grades 9-1 and the new ‘good pass’ The bottom third of the current B grades and

Broadly the same proportion of students at a national level will achieve a Grade 4 and above as currently achieve a Grade C and above...

the top third of current C grades will become Grade 5

Approximately two thirds of those currently achieving a Grade C will get Grade 4.

GCSE English Language exams COMPONENT 1


Section A 20%:

Section A 30%:

Unseen prose fiction

Two unseen non-fiction texts (19th and 21st century)

Section B 20%: Creative writing: choice from a list of tasks

Section B 30%: Two transactional / persuasive writing tasks (e.g. a letter, speech, magazine article)

SPEAKING AND LISTENING Separate numerical mark, based on individual presentation followed by question and answer session

GCSE English Literature exams COMPONENT 1


Section A 20%:

Section A 20%:

‘Romeo and Juliet’ OR ‘Othello’ OR ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

‘The Woman in Black’ OR ‘Lord of the Flies’ OR ‘An Inspector Calls’ Section B 20%:

Section B 20%: Study of poetry from 1789 to the present day from WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology

‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ Section C 20%: Unseen poetry

GCSE English Language Spelling

•  Put key spellings up around the house.

•  Test your son or daughter regularly on these words.

•  Practise writing sentences with homophones in e.g. ‘to’ and ‘too’.

GCSE English Language Planning and writing quickly •  3-5 different points on any given topic: o  What advice would you give to someone who is about to get a dog? o  What arguments can you think of for or against allowing 16 year olds to vote?

•  Quick bursts of writing practice for specific purposes and audiences e.g. Write a leaflet for dog owners.

•  30 minutes per piece of writing in the exam.

GCSE English Language Unseen reading

•  Regular reading – novels, websites, free weekly newspaper o  o  o  o 

List five facts about…. What techniques does the writer use to persuade us that…? What impression does the writer create of…? What do you think and feel about…. when you read this article?

GCSE English Literature Which set texts has your son or daughter studied? All students have studied ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ and the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology.

Shakespeare: ‘Othello’ or ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ or ‘Romeo and Juliet’

20th century text ‘An Inspector Call’s or ‘Lord of the Flies’ or ‘The Woman in Black’

GCSE English Literature •  Re-read the set texts •  Learn key quotations. •  Revise characters, themes, ideas etc. •  Learn key points about context for ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ and the poetry. •  Youtube: BBC programmes about the Romantic Poets.

Mathematics GCSE Consists of three paper Paper 1 – Non-Calculator – 80 marks Paper 2 – Calculator – 80 marks Paper 3 – Calculator – 80 marks

New maths GCSE grades for 2017 •  Greater focus on problem-solving. •  Requirement to provide clear mathematical arguments. •  New added content at both Higher and Foundation level. •  Fewer formulae provided. (students expected to remember them!)

Revision PiXL APP Revision Guide – We recommend Collins Try practice questions. Past papers – can be bought from school Websites - -

What can you do to help? Be positive

‘I was never very good at Maths…’

What can you do to help? •  •  •  •  • 

Act as a “Project Manager” Know your child’s target grade Be positive & supportive Help them to organise themselves Get your child to explain

How people learn mathema.cs

Science GCSEs 2017

Structure of the course •  Each GCSE has 3 exams (biology, chemistry and physics) and a coursework section •  3 possible GCSEs: core, additional and further additional •  Each exam/coursework is worth 25% •  Old style grades still apply, so students will be looking at 2 or 3 grades from A*G

Resources •  •  •  • 

The OCR website Tassomai Doddle Revision packs

How you can help •  Encourage little and often •  Start now •  Make sure that your son/daughter knows how to access past papers and tassomai/ doddle •  Discuss with them what they are least good at and get them to revise that.

Exam dates •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  • 

B123 16th May (PM) C123 18th May (AM) P123 24th May (PM) B456 9th June (AM) C456 14th June (AM) P456 16th June (AM)   B7 19th June (AM) C7 21st June (AM) P7 23rd June (AM)


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