Year 11 Parent and Carer Bulletin – December 2019
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for all of your support during this busy mock examination period. Year 11 have made a fantastic start to this academic year, our bulletin includes important information about what is coming up after the Christmas break for our students and includes strategies suggested by subject tutors to ensure students achieve their maximum potential.
Year 11 are currently completing their studies of the final 5 poems from their Power and Conflict Anthology. After Christmas, they will be studying R.L. Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, so the Christmas holidays should give the opportunity to find the text they were given in Year 9.
Encourage students to read as many books as possible! The more they read, the more they become used to understanding a wide variety of texts. This will assist with their completion of the both Language and Literature GCSEs;
All home learning is being set on a weekly basis on Doddle so please encourage students to complete this work. There is a tracking sheet in their revision folders that you can use to track and monitor their engagement with home learning tasks. These are explicitly linked to the GCSEs so students should be completing them on paper and keeping them in the relevant divider of their folders.
Completing these home learning tasks IS revising for the exams, but students can also use the flowcharts that were given out at parents’ evening/have been assigned on Doddle to target areas they are unsure of.
Encourage students to ask as many questions as possible and get involved with the various activities and learning experiences on offer!
Look out for revision tips on our Twitter page @PHS_EngDept
Read and re-read your GCSE English Literature texts. There is a production of An Inspector Calls being performed at the Lowry in January, we would definitely recommend you to book tickets if you can!
Check through lesson notes and ask your teacher to clarify anything you are unsure about.
Year 11 maths supported study runs every Wednesday 3-4pm in the library and the sessions will start again on 15th January. If your child has been invited please remind them that they need to attend every week. If your child has not been invited but they would like a quiet place to work with help available when required, please encourage them to come along. Students should bring with them some work to complete during this session or some questions they have struggled with.
All students have now inputted their mock data into the PiXL Maths App. They can now go to ‘Take a test’ – ‘my summary PLC report’. This gives a list of all the topics they need to study at GCSE level and what they have already shown their ability level to be on this topic. The more students use PiXL, the more it personalises to the student. This will prove to be valuable feedback to both the students and class teachers.
The students will take their next set of mock exams for Maths at the beginning of February. They will do a non-calculator paper and on of the calculator papers.
In the new year, the maths team are launching a revision Padlet. It is a website with links to a variety of resources which are helpful for revision. You can do a 30 second mental maths challenge, do an online exam and get a grade immediately and even watch Mr Bean do a Please continue to support the students to complete all their homework and classwork to the best of their ability and to engage fully with each lesson.
Students have recently completed Paper 1 mock exams for Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will receive feedback in lessons after Christmas.
Students will sit full Paper 2 mocks in March as follows:
Paper 2 Chemistry mock- 3rd March
Paper 2 Biology and Physics mocks- 4th March
Revision for exams:
The majority of students purchased these last year. If your child does not have one and you would like them to have one, below are details of how to order directly from CGP:
Double Science revision guides:
Triple science students (will need separate ones for Biology, Chemistry and Physics):
If your child has an account for this, please encourage them to use it as it is an excellent revision resource. Activation codes have now been handed out to students, so please ensure your child has re-activated their account from last year.
If you did not purchase a subscription to this last year, and are interested in getting this for your child, full details and prices can be found here: https://www.my-gcsescience.com/pricing/
Revision is on every Monday 3-4pm in Room 7. All students are welcome to attend the extra revision sessions each week. A different topic will be covered each session. Please speak to KAS or AKE regarding these.
Thank you to all the students who have managed to bring in their video evidence for sports they compete in outside of school by the deadline of Christmas. These will now be marked and moderated in school.
Cambridge National Sport Studies
Students will take their Exam on Wednesday 8th January 2020 and this WILL COUNT TOWARDS their final mark for this subject. It is important that they prepare fully for this during the Christmas holiday. Catch up is on Monday’s 3-4pm in Room 7. Students can use this time to complete work / do extra revision for the exam.
Students have been working well in core PE on the whole and on the different activities they are on.
Please continue to bring the correct PE kit, take part with enthusiasm and be active in your PE lesson.
We now have a ‘PE Personality of the Half Term’ each half term. Can you be awarded with this before the end of Year 11?
Reminder about using Doddle for additional revision material to help during theory lessons.
We have recently had the Year 11 Mock Exam. This was a successful mock where students were able to trial two of their dishes and begin to use skills that they have been using in KS3 and now in KS4. Students need to keep practicing their skills at home to further their skills and practice their presentation techniques. Their final practical will take place in March 2020.
Students should be using their revision guides to revise key topics for their mock examination at the end of the week.
PowerPoint guidance is on Doddle for students to catch up with their NEA folder work over the Christmas break. Extra intervention sessions are held on a Thursday after school with Mrs Browning.
Students are beginning to come to the end of the design section of their NEA, the deadline for the final design section is the Monday 6th January (details can be found on Doddle). It is imperative students ensure they are up to date so that they are able to start the practical aspect of the Project.
As you will have been aware, the Product Design Intervention sessions that run each Monday and Wednesday after school were placed on hold during the mock exam period. As of the 6th January these will run again as normal.
Students have completed their component 1 assignments meaning they have now banked 70% of their final grade. After Christmas we will be starting work on their own Business pitches. If any parent/carer would like to sit on our panel of experts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This will involve a couple of hours watching student pitches, asking questions and offering feedback to help them to reflect on their performance.
Well done to all students who have performed their solo piece this term in preparation for their recording session next term. The Solo AND Ensemble piece must be recorded to the best possible standard before the deadline - Friday 28th February. This is worth 60% of their final grade so make sure they are practicing for around 8 minutes each night! Mr Western is available every Tuesday night 3:10 – 4:00pm for rehearsing and feedback on their performances.
It has been really pleasing to see so many students booking appointments this term for help with their composition coursework especially their free composition. Next term the students must work on the composition set to a brief provided by AQA. Both compositions must be recorded by March 13th 2020. Once the compositions have been recorded, the students have to complete two essays describing the compositional process involved and how their composition has been successful describing which compositional devices are present in their work.
Over the Xmas holiday, students must continue to listen to the three Beatles tracks chosen by AQA. The students have a written analysis for each Beatles track which they must understand thoroughly in preparation for the written exam next year.
All the students are currently preparing for their External Examination. This will take place on Wednesday 8th January 2020 and is worth 25% of their final grade. All of the students have been provided with a useful 14 page revision guide – RO81 Pre-Production Skills. There are some questions on each topic and a set of answer sheets for them to use once they have answered the questions.
On Monday 6th January both groups will have the opportunity to prepare for examination during periods 3 and 4.
11B in room 60 with Mr Bemowski
11D in room 73 with Mrs Bemowski
Could I please take this opportunity to clarify the school rules regarding coats. We encourage students to wear a coat to and from school we just ask that they put them in their locker or bag once inside the building.
Hoodies/sweatshirts are not part of the school uniform and must not be worn under blazers this included being a replacement for a coat on the way to and from school.
Hoodies/sweatshirts will be confiscated.
We appreciate parents invest a lot of money in school coats please make sure they are named as if they are misplaced it is easier for them to be returned if found.
A word from Mrs Handby
I would like to add my thanks to everyone who has supported the year team with regards to excellent attendance and punctuality at key stage 4, could I please remind parents and carers to book routine medical appointments outside the school day.
Thank you for all of your hard work year 11 and well done on such a brilliant first term. Have a lovely and restful Christmas holiday and we will look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 6th January 2020.
Please contact us if there are any issues or if you have any questions at all.
Thank you for your continued support.
Rhian Dempsey (email@example.com)
Director of Learning to key stage 4
A Handby (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Welfare Leader to key stage 4