KS4 Micro-Site

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Welcome to the Key Stage 4 Micro-Site! A source of information for Tytherington School’s KS4 students and their parents…

Also, don’t forget the other information, revision support and materials that are available for access on the following two web pages:

Controlled Assessment (CA), Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) and Coursework

In order to help you to plan and manage your time please use the table below for CA, NEA and coursework deadline dates within the academic year.

As deadlines are set, they will appear in the table below:

Year Group Subject Coursework Element Deadline Date or Time Period
11 Art Coursework Portfolio 14/12/2018
11 Art Practical Examination Week of 22/04/2019
11 Art Examination Sketchbook 03/05/2019
11 Computer Science Non-Examined Assessment (Coursework) 15/05/2019
11 Engineering Task 1 (Written exam) 05/10/2018
11 Engineering Task 2 (Orthographic drawing & written questions) 09/10/2018
11 Engineering Task 3 (Isometric drawing & written questions) 16/10/2018
11 Textiles  Non-Examined Assessment (Coursework) 14/12/2018

Summer Examinations

What's in your hands...? - Click for larger version
What’s in your hands…? – Click to see a larger version

It is time to get yourself prepared for you summer examinations at the end of Key Stage 4. “What’s in your hands…?” is a reminder of the power that you have to impact your own future through the efforts that you make now. Consider the message that it gives and what you can do…

 

Exams Timetable

Once the Summer 2019 examinations timetable is available, it will be made available for you to download from here. It is normally published towards the end of January in the academic year.

As during the 2016, 2017 & 2018 summer examinations, there will not be any “Study Leave”, but students will be supported throughout the examinations period with personalised timetables that contain lessons and “Booster Sessions” that are strategically timed ahead of their exams. This proved to make the difference for all students in 2016, with them praising and thanking Tytherington School for doing it and enabling them to have at least 5 hours of structured revision each day. Please watch the following video of our 2016 Year 11 cohort discussing no study leave…

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PiXL Wave & Mock Examinations

Once the PiXL Wave & Mock Examinations timetable is available, it will be made available for you to download from here.

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Professionally Predicted Grades

PPGs are a prediction of how well a student is expected to do when considering their controlled assessments, ongoing assessment and effort and attitude:

Professionally Predicted Grade

Other subjects, especially the core subjects of English & Mathematics, will be running “Walking-Talking Mocks” and other mock examination style sessions in order to support our students in their readiness for the real thing.

Other Information Linked to Assessment

For legal information and information that has been released by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), please see the drop-down menu above entitled “Exams”.

English and Maths: New GCSE Grades 1-9

Please click here to be taken to the Ofqual publications describing the reforms to GCSE grading, or watch the following video that has been released by the government:

Please also download a fact sheet that has been produced to explain the new grading system:

Download Fact Sheet

Support to be the best that you can be

There are many methods of support that are and will be available to you during the course of Key Stage 4. Watch the following video the following video of our 2016 Year 11 cohort discussing no what helped them the most…

Revision & CA Support Sessions

As the year progresses details of revision and CA or other coursework support sessions will appear here.
The following table shows the targeted revision and controlled assessment improvement sessions that are running at present:

Subject Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Other
English  Getting Nerdy in Thirty

After School, 15:20-15:50

 Getting Nerdy in Thirty

After School, 15:20-15:50

Download the ‘Getting Nerdy in Thirty’ Programme Here 
Drama Work on ‘Devised Pieces’

Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in PA4

After School, 15:15-16:30 in PA4

Work on ‘Devised Pieces’

After School, 15:15-16:30 in PA4

Work on ‘Devised Pieces’

Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in PA4

Work on ‘Devised Pieces’

Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in PA4

During Electives, 14:30-16:00

Work on ‘Devised Pieces’

Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in PA4

History ‘Medicine’ Unit Revision

Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in L4

Textiles Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in T6 During Electives, 14:30-16:00 in T6 Additional ‘Drop-In’ sessions after October Half-Term
Resistant Materials / Engineering Any lunch time or after school – Make arrangements with Mr Taylor

For further subject specific information about revision, revision guides and parent guides please see our KS4 Micro-site | Revision Guidance webpage.

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Holiday Revision Schools

The programme of revision and preparation sessions that will be on during the Easter and May Half-Term holidays will appear here once they are arranged.

In addition to the above programme, our Library will be open from 10:00-15:00 each day in the first week of the Easter Holidays for quiet revision.

Aiding Revision & Preparing Yourself

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The table below gives you some sources of great general information and resources to help you prepare and do the best that you can when your exams come around:

Web Link Description of Resource
ExamTime ExamTime is your place for Revision Tips/Sample Resources/Study Tools and much much more
Get Revising Everything you need to find, create, and share study resources
BBC Bitesize A home of both study guides and class clips
S-cool GCSE revision site with guides and question banks
Guide to Revision from OCR A guide to revision from OCR.
Skills Guides from OCR We’ve produced a set of skills guides that aren’t subject specific, but each cover a topic that could be relevant to a range of qualifications – for example ‘communication’, ‘legislation’ and ‘research’. (OCR)
Surviving Exams NHS tips on surviving exams and coping with exam anxiety

Power to Perform Recipes

(Large Download)

A collection of 20 recipes designed especially by chef Mark Lloyd, all including ingredients that will enable students to feel fuller for longer and perform well.

The ultimate key to success in your exams is to do the best that you can in your coursework and begin revising early so that you feel prepared and ready.

#TSBestYouCanBe

For further subject specific information about revision, revision guides and parent guides please see our KS4 Micro-site | Revision Guidance webpage.

From Your NHS Youth Ambassador for Cheshire East

The NHS Youth Ambassador for Cheshire East, in partnership with Leighton Hospital and the Cheshire East public health team, has undertaken a project to create a leaflet informing Year 11 students about the importance of their physical health around the GCSE exam season, focusing especially on nutrition.

Having completed her GCSE’s last year she became aware of conflicting advice from both her own school and her fellow students about how to best prepare her mind and body for the challenges of the intense revision period.  She feels that the health choices she made contributed to her academic success and enabled me to achieve 3 grade 9’s and 8 A* at GCSE.

Her leaflet can be downloaded here.

Student Mentoring Support

We will be publishing our student mentoring support programme for 2016-17 soon that will provide Year 10 & 11 students with the opportunity for support through our Study Cafe, One-to-One or Group Mentoring.

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Study Cafe

Our “Study Cafe” will be opening for business soon… It is held in the Library and Sixth Form iCafe. It is completely open to you as a quiet space to get a free tea, coffee or hot chocolate and sit and calm your nerves before the day ahead (or at the end of the day on certain days of the week). Also, feel free to ask for support from the staff that will be there. The odd Custard Cream and Bourbon Cream biscuit will make an appearance as well.

Before School

(8:15-8:40)

After School

(3:30-4:30 Monday-Wednesday & Friday, and 3:00-4:00 Thursday)

Monday Open during Mock Examinations & Summer Examinations Open – Mrs Woods
Tuesday Open during Mock Examinations & Summer Examinations Open – Mrs Woods
Wednesday Open during Mock Examinations & Summer Examinations Open – Mrs Woods
Thursday Open during Mock Examinations & Summer Examinations Open – Mrs Woods
Friday Open during Mock Examinations & Summer Examinations Open – Mrs Woods

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Parental Support for Students

From Your NHS Youth Ambassador for Cheshire East

The NHS Youth Ambassador for Cheshire East, in partnership with Leighton Hospital and the Cheshire East public health team, has undertaken a project to create a leaflet informing Year 11 students about the importance of their physical health around the GCSE exam season, focusing especially on nutrition.

Having completed her GCSE’s last year she became aware of conflicting advice from both her own school and her fellow students about how to best prepare her mind and body for the challenges of the intense revision period.  She feels that the health choices she made contributed to her academic success and enabled me to achieve 3 grade 9’s and 8 A* at GCSE.

Her leaflet can be downloaded here.

From Partners in Excellence (PIXL)

Partners in Excellence (PiXL) have been looking into support that Parents can provide to their children in the build up to and during examinations. The following documents provide information, including practical tips for supporting students and recipes to provide the “Power to Perform”:

Resource Description of Resource
Prepare to Perform A guide for parents providing 10 tips for supporting children through their exams.

Power to Perform Recipes

(Large Download)

A collection of 20 recipes designed especially by chef Mark Lloyd, all including ingredients that will enable students to feel fuller for longer and perform well.

KS4 Information Evening Resources

KS4 Information Evenings

Our KS4 Information Evenings provide students and parents with a great opportunity to learn more about Key Stage 4 and how to work together to get the best out of Years 10 & 11.

Below are the presentations from the most recent KS4 Information Evenings:

Resource Description of Resource
Download Year 10 Presentation The presentation from the most recent Year 10 Information Evening.
Download Year 11 Presentation The presentation from the most recent Year 11 Information Evening.
Download Year 10 and 11 P&R Presentation The presentation from the Year 10 & 11 Preparation & Revision Guidance Evening on Tuesday 13th March 2018.

Below are a number of resources from the past KS4 Information Evenings that remain relevant:

Resource Description of Resource
IPA – Ideas Plan Answer Presentation A model for getting the most out of students in their literacy based work
IPA Resource Resources to use at home to work together to develop the speed and quality of literacy based work (page 2 is a printable IPA worksheet with a guide to the sheet on page 11).