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GCSE Revision Information

The aim of this page is to offer subject-specific guidance for supporting your child to prepare for their exams.  There is a lot of useful advice on how to prepare and plan for exams, in general, such as using revision timetables and various learning techniques - see page Helpful Hints and Advice for Revision. There are also various things you can do to support your child with their individual subjects.  The objective of this page is to provide more information from each subject area.

General useful sites for curriculum topics
Get Revising https://getrevising.co.uk/          
S-cool revision website www.s-cool.co.uk          
BBC Bitesize www.bbc.co.uk/education          
GCSE Past Papers http://www.fastpastpapers.com/page16.html          

Exam board websites
OCR www.ocr.org.uk
AQA www.aqa.org.uk
WJEC www.wjec.co.uk
CIE www.cie.co.uk

These provide details of the exam specification and past papers.  It is important to practise past papers for all subjects.  As well as revising knowledge it gives a feel for timings and the sort of questions asked.



BUSINESS STUDIES
Websites: www.tutor2u.com

www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk

A summary of the areas to learn are detailed here revision list together with a scorecard for students to monitor their progress.
The Business Studies Department has organised revision sessions for students and the timetable and other information can be found in the following letter issued to students. 



ECONOMICS
Websites www.tutor2u.com 

https://www.youtube.com/user/EconplusDal 

https://www.youtube.com/user/pajholden


COMPUTER SCIENCE
Websites: www.teach-ict.com
For past papers: www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computing-j275-from-2012

Students are given revision guides.  The relevant OCR published revision guide is 'My Revision Notes OCR Computing for GCSE Computer Systems and Programming'.
For revision the key points for students to remember are:

  • Learn, and use the correct technical terms
  • Use P.E.E. structure for 6 mark questions

The ICT department will be running revision sessions after February half term.

Google Classroom

The ICT department has all their material on Google Classroom. The GCSE Computing handbook, all topic notes, revision questions and past papers can be found there. 



DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
Graphic Products, Systems & Control & Resistant Materials
Websites: www.technologystudent.com

www.mr-dt.com/graphics/main.htm

www.designandtech.com

www.design-technology.info/home.htm

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zvg4d2p

Revision guides:
Revision Cards - Graphic Products
Revision Cards - Resistance Materials

Catering and Hospitality
Websites: Hospitality and Catering - Past Papers
Revision guides: CGP Revision Guides for WJEC Catering and Hospitality


DRAMA

GCSE Drama Revision Pack 2016



ENGLISH

Literature

The best revision your son or daughter can do is to reread the Literature texts. They will have studied two of the following: An Inspector Calls – J.B. Priestley; A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens or Blood Brothers – Willy Russell; as well as a Shakespeare text – Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth or The Tempest.

Websites: Great Expectations - BBC GCSE bitesize

An Inspector Calls - BBC GCSE Bitesize

Blood Brothers - BBC GCSE Bitesize

MacBeth - BBC GCSE Bitesize

Romeo and Juliet - BBC GCSE Bitesize

Christmas Carol - Sparknotes

Great Expectations - Sparknotes

The Tempest - Sparknotes

Romeo & Juliet - Sparknotes

MacBeth - Sparknotes

A Christmas Carol Revision - BBC Bitesize, 19th Century Prose
Revision Guides: Coleridge Press Study Guide - Blood Brothers

Your child's English teacher will have given specific tips in class which will all be in his/her exercise book(s).


Language
Snap Revision Reading, Papers 1 & 2.  Published by Collins, available from Amazon

Snap Revision Writing, Papers 1 & 2.  Published by Collins, available from Amazon



GEOGRAPHY
Websites: www.coolgeography.co.uk/GCSE/AQA%20GCSE.htm

www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/geography
Google Classroom

All resources from the course will be on Google Classroom GCSE WJEC Class – You would have been given a code to join this class.  Please use Google Chrome to access GoogleClassroom (select to access).

Your login details for GoogleClassroom are your school email address and your school system password. 

There are revision resources on Google Classroom for Year 11.  Sign up using the code x5w176 once you have logged into your account in Google Classroom 

There is also a revision section where mind maps PLC and a revision guide for each topic can be found.



HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Health and Social Care External Assessments are completed in Year 10.

Sample Assessments are available on:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/

As an overview. The course content includes going over past papers and the mark scheme. We will go over the style of answering questions. Revision guides will be available from the department.



HISTORY

History Revision sessions on Sports Leisure and Tourism are being held every Tuesday p6.



MATHEMATICS
Websites: www.mymaths.co.uk

Pixl Maths App

Students have a username and password for both sites - any problems students should contact their Maths teacher.

Other websites that students may find useful are:
 Mr Barton maths
 www.educationquizzes.com
studymaths.co.uk



MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Websites: www.quizlet.com

www.kerboodle.com
Google Classroom

Google Classroom has substantial material from Authentik - GCSE practice listening tests and questions.



MUSIC

Exam is Unit 1: Listening to and Appraising Music - 1 hour; 80 marks; 20% of GCSE

Students will respond to questions based on short musical excerpts drawing on music from all five Areas of Study: Rhythm & Metre; Harmony & Tonality; Texture & Melody; Timbre & Dynamics; Structure & Form.

Key Revision points:
• Remember all keywords
• Read the question carefully
• Look at how many marks each question is worth and make sure you make the required number of points e.g. if it is 2 marks, make sure you make 2 points.

Websites: www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music/
General Listening (lots of things to do):  www.tanbur.co.uk/quiz.html

www.trainer.thetamusic.com/en/content/music-training-games
Instruments of the orchestra: www.thirteen.org/publicarts/orchestra
Major and minor: www.cnx.org/content/m35163/latest/?collection=col10214/latest

www.ccnmtl.columbia.edu/projects/majmin/lessons/10238.html
Cadences:

cnx.org/content/m35164/latest/?collection=col10214/latest
N.B. full cadence = perfect cadence, half cadence = imperfect cadence

Books: CDG books (handed out in class).



PE

The AQA exam paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and split into 3 sections: 10 multiple choice questions (10 marks);  Short answer questions (30 marks);  2 Long answer questions (30 marks).  The exam is on 19th May 2017.  Practice exam papers can be found on the AQA website.  When practising exam papers students should allow one minute per mark - use the time, don’t rush as that is when silly mistakes are made.

To revise students should read through the list of topics and cover ALL topics using their book and the topic on page sheets - Powerpoint - 'Topic on a page'. Practice questions should be done on each topic, using the mark schemes to help them learn. They should also use the Covey pack to help them and update it regularly to monitor their understanding.  A summary of the areas to learn is detailed here AQA revision list. Make good use of acronyms to trigger key information (SPORTFIT). Students should attend all revision sessions!

Websites: www.teachpe.com/

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/znyb4wx

www.pe4learning.com

www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/pe


PSYCHOLOGY

Specification: OCR GCSE Psychology ( from 2012)

Some useful revision websites:

https://getrevising.co.uk/resources/psychology-notes

https://tuxfordgcsepsychology.wordpress.com/home/

Useful revision books:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Revise-Psychology-GCSE

In addition, there will be a revision section on the GCSE Psychology Google Classroom



RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zb48q6f

Old GCSE Specification (before September 2016)

The old RS exam revision notes are included below. Have a look at this for extended reading and research - These will help to expand your knowledge beyond the new specification.

Religion and Life issues - Revision Notes
Religion and Human Experience - Revision Notes

New GCSE Specification (from September 2016)
GCSE textbook you use in lessons - use this to help form your revision and make notes from

TOP TIPS for the final Exam



SCIENCE
Websites: www.bbc.co.uk/education - follow links to relevant subject

www.my-gcsescience.com - users have to subscribe and only core videos are free - a fee is charged for additional subscription packages 
YouTube Channels: The Fuse School - Global Education

Tyler DeWitt 

Lammas Science

Bozeman Science

The Science department has available for purchase the revision guides for your child’s course in either Triple Science or Core/Additional Science. The guides include revision material, exam questions and answers.

Kerboodle

To help support revision at home your child has access to Kerboodle, an online platform that will have useful lessons, revision materials and worksheets (and ISA homework) for them to assess their progress at home, at lunchtime or homework club in the library. To access Kerboodle, they need to search for the application on Google and then log onto the AQA GCSE course (not the AQA GCSE 1-9 course).

Login details are as follows:
Username:  First initial and surname – all lowercase i.e. Joanna Smith would be jsmith
Password:  the same as username i.e. jsmith. (note: if they have logged on before they may have changed their password and will need to use this instead)
Institution code: dl3
The system will invite them to change their password to save and use this next time they log on.

If students have difficulty with their passwords they need to get their passwords reset by contacting staff in the E-Learning Office.

AQA Past Papers

The link below gives you access to past papers and the AQA exam board.
http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Spec codes for the GCSEs:
Biology - 4401
Chemistry - 4402
Physics - 4403
Science A - 4405
Additional Science - 4408

 


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