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:

Subject Assessment Maps

In order to help you to plan and manage your time please use the table below for assessment windows and deadlines within the academic year.

Year 10 in 2019/20

Year 11 in 2019/20

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

When the Exams Timetable becomes available (usually in late January) it will be posted here for you to be able to download.

You will be able to use the filters within it to create your own personalised version of the timetable.

As during the summer examinations periods since 2016, 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

When our Mock Examination Window timetables become available they will be posted here for you to be able to download them.

Year 10 Mock Examination Window Download Timetable

When Available

Year 11 Mock Examination Window Download Timetable

When Available

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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 (GNiT)

After School, 15:10-15:40

Various Venues – See Programme

Download the GNiT Programme Here
Mathematics After School, 15:10-16:10 in M1 & M2 After School, 15:10-16:10 in M1 & M2
Biology After School, 15:10-16:00 in S3
Chemistry After School, 15:10-16:00 in S9
German Electives (Period 5), 14:30-15:30 in L5

Grammar and the Writing Paper

After School, 15:15-16:15 in L5

Grammar and the Writing Paper

Also use the Verb Blitz App on

Apple Store

Google Play

And

Linguascope

Spanish Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in L9 Use your revision guides and workbooks at home, regularly consolidating vocabulary.
Art Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in A1/A2

After School, 15:10-16:10 in A1/A2

Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in A1/A2

After School, 15:10-16:10 in A1/A2

Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in A1/A2

After School, 15:10-16:10 in A1/A2

Lunch Time, 12:40-13:30 in A1/A2

After School, 14:30-16:30 in A1/A2

Drama Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in PA3/PA4 Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in PA3/PA4 Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in PA3/PA4 Lunch Time, 12:40-13:30 in PA3/PA4 Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in PA3/PA4 Work on your performance pieces in any lunch time.
Music Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in PA2 Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in PA2 Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in PA2 Lunch Time, 12:40-13:30 in PA2

Electives (Period 5), 14:30-15:30 in PA2

Product Design Lunch Time, 12:40-13:30 in T4/T5

After School, 14:30-16:30 in T4/T5

Textiles After School, 15:10-16:30 in T6
Year 11 LS Hub Lunch Time, 13:30-14:10 in SF2 After School, 15:10-16:00 in SF2 Additional support for any subject through the Learning Support Hub

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

We are very pleased to provide programmes of revision and support sessions for Year 11 (GCSE) students within our ‘Easter School’ and ‘May School’. Details will be downloadable here when they become available.

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
Parent & Student Revision Guide Our own revision guide offers information and ideas on revision, study and how parents can support their children.
Chunked & Spaced Revision Combining principles to plan revision and succeed – An article to help you understand the principles with an example and blank, printable, template of a ‘Chunked & Spaced’ Revision Timetable.
SENECA Learning A highly recommended revision site that was mentioned in the Ninth Edition of ‘The Journey’.
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.

VISYON ‘Space to Talk’

Visyon is a charity that supports the emotional health of children, young people and their families in the Cheshire and Staffordshire moorlands areas – see https://www.visyon.org.uk/

They run open access ‘Space to Talk’ sessions for Year 11 students that are feeling anxious about their GCSEs after-school on a Wednesday afternoon at the Waters Green Medical Centre.

Students aged 15+ can book 30 minute slots to talk to a Counsellor – call 01260 290000 to book.

Study Cafe

Our “Study Cafe” is open for business… 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.

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Parental Support for Students

Parent & Student Revision Guide Our own revision guide offers information and ideas on revision, study and how parents can support their children.
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
Take me to the web-page The presentations from the most recent Year 10 Information Evening.
Take me to the web-page 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.
Download Year 11 P&R Presentation The presentation from the Year 11 Preparation & Revision Guidance Evening on Thursday 11th October 2018.
Download Resource Pack Resources pack from the Year 11 Preparation & Revision Guidance Evening on Thursday 11th October 2018.
Download the Year 10 P&R Evening Presentation and Resource Pack The presentation and resources from the Year 10 Preparation & Revision Guidance Evening on Monday 4th February 2019.

Below are a number of resources from the past KS4 Information Evenings that remain relevant and were mentioned in the above P&R Evenings:

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).