GCSE exams can be a daunting prospect – don’t worry!  We are here to help.

Information Evening

On the 6th February we held an information evening with loads of useful tips.  The presentation of the evening can be found here.  It contains key dates, revision tips, apps that will help with revision.

Seneca Learning

This is a new web based learning and revision platform open to all students.  www.senecalearning.com   Students can use this resource for free and experience a different way to revise and plan for those exams.  Struggling to get going? We’ve created a guide to help you!  Seneca Guide

February Half Term Revision

We have some revision sessions on over the Half term holidays – perfect opportunity to catch up or get extra help.  All the sessions are below.

Monday 18th February9:00am - 3:00pmYear 11 Textiles Coursework Catch-UpT4N. Hutchinson
Monday 18th February9am-1pmYear 11 Engineering Coursework CatchupT5J. Sanderson
Monday 18th February9:00am - 1:00pmYear 11 Product Design Coursework Catch-UpT6 & T9D. Roberts
Monday 18th February9:30am - 2:00pmYear 11 ArtArt 2A. Pearson
Monday 18th February9:30am - 2:00pmYear 11 PhotographyArt 5 & 6L. Meynell
Monday 18th February10am - 1pmYear 13 FrenchB35L. Williamson
Tuesday 19th February9am - 11:30amYear 11 French (Foundation Paper)B35L. Williamson
Tuesday 19th February12pm - 2:30pmYear 11 French (Higher Paper)B35L. Williamson
Tuesday 19th February10am - 12pmYear 11 Maths Higher Paper InterventionA17D. Fender
Thursday 21st February10am - 1pmYear 11 Spanish RevisionB36S. York
Friday 22nd February10am - 12pmYear 11 Maths Higher Paper InterventionA17D. Fender

Planning your revision sessions and breaks is extremely effective.  We’ve made you a customisable timetable in Microsoft Word for the half term break so you can plan your days. Not got word?  You get that free as a student at EMS…Check the guide out of how to get it here.

Revision Tips

As well as the above, click here for a another set of posters with lots of revision tips.

Quizzing Yourself

This is one of the most effective forms of revision. Here’s a word template you can download and amend to create Revision Cards for you.  Create for testing yourself, or even better, get someone else to test you!

Planning Revision

Planning your time and when you are going to fit in those revision sessions is crucial in success.  We’ve created you a weekly customisable timetable to plan your evenings and weekends to get the most out of your time.  Not got Word?  Get it for free here

Have a watch of the little clip below – it’s light hearted and quirky but the message is true.

If you are looking to buy revision guides or find more information about the course you are taking your exam in, then the full list of specifications are below.

Y11 Specifications 2018-19
English Language AQA GCSE English Language
English Literature AQA GCSE English Literature
Maths Edexcel GCSE Mathematics
Statistics Edexcel GCSE Statistics
RE WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Religious Studies
Science – combined AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (8464)
Physics AQA GCSE Physics
Chemistry AQA GCSE Chemistry
Biology AQA GCSE Biology
Geography AQA GCSE Geography (8035)
History Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History
French AQA GCSE French
German AQA GCSE German
Spanish AQA GCSE Spanish
Technology AQA GCSE Design and Technology
Food AQA GCSE  Food preparation and nutrition
Dance AQA GCSE Dance
Music Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Music
PE AQA GCSE Physical Education
Child Development OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Child Development
H&SC Pearson BTEC LEVEL 1/LEVEL 2 TECH AWARD in Health and Social Care
Art AQA GCSE Art and Design
Photography AQA GCSE Art and Design
Business GCSE OCR GCSE (9-1)Business
Business BTEC Pearson BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Business
Computing OCR GCSE (9-1)Computer Science
iMedia Level 1/2 OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia

Some of our departments have given us some great revision places to check out and details about the best revision guides to use.  See that below.

Revision Guides / Websites and Apps recommended by our Departments.

CGP – GCSE AQA PHYSICAL EDUCATION for the Grade 9-1 Course – Complete Revision and Practice Guide

CGP Geography for the Grade 9-1 Course – Complete Revision and Practice Guide (buy online from the school shop which is cheaper than Amazon – http://www.parentpay.co.uk)

WJEC Eduqas GCSE 9-1 Religious Studies Route 8 – MyRevision notes (Hodder)

English Language
GCSE English Language AQA Complete Revision & Practice – Grade 9-1 Course (with Online Edition) (CGP GCSE English 9-1 Revision)

English Literature
Literature guides are dependent on classes and students should talk to individual teachers.
CGP GCSE English 9-1 Revision guides are available for An Inspector Calls, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, A Christmas Carol, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Also New GCSE English Literature AQA Poetry Guide: Power & Conflict Anthology – for the Grade 9-1 Course (CGP GCSE English 9-1 Revision  Guide)

French revision guides
CGP – New GCSE French AQA Complete Revision & Practice (with CD & Online Edition) – Grade 9-1 Course    (FAS41).  CGP – New GCSE French AQA Exam Practice Workbook – for the Grade 9-1 Course (includes Answers)    (FAQ41)

French websites for revision

  • Vocabulary revision – Create an account on https://wwwquizlet.com to create personalised study sets of vocabulary you need to revise.
  • Join the AQA GCSE French class on emsfrench to review the vocabulary set by the exam board (AQA)

Good for grammar and vocabulary revision
Excellent interactive exercises revising the topics for the AQA exam.
Use http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/french
Revise by completing Foundation or Higher exam-style questions

German revision guides:
CGP –  New GCSE  German  AQA Complete Revision & Practice (with CD & online edition) Grade 9 – 1  (DAS41)  CGP – New GCSE German AQA Exam Practice Workbook for the grade 9 – 1 Course (DAQ41)
Vocab apps/websites for independent revision:
https://wwwquizlet.com Join the GCSE German class on lhenderson_ems to practise and consolidate vocab as well as create own study sets.

Spanish revision guides
CGP – New GCSE Spanish AQA Complete Revision & Practice (with CD & Online Edition) – Grade 9-1 Course    (SPA41). 
CGP – New GCSE Spaish AQA Exam Practice Workbook – for the Grade 9-1 Course (includes Answers)    (SPA41)

Spanish websites for revision
Create an account on https://www.quizlet.com to create personalised study sets of vocabulary you need to revise.
Search ems_spanish and join the class AQA Spanish GCSE for AQA related vocabulary
Spanish vocabulary practice with a number of different learning strategies
Good for exam-style listening practice
Apps –  https://www.duolingo.com/ http://www.gojimo.com

Child Development
OCR Revision guides available (lots have already been distributed to the year 11’s)
Students should download all the resources from the shared area

My Revision Notes: OCR GCSE (9-1) Business (Mike Schofield)
CGP – New GCSE Business Complete Revision and Practice – for the Grade 9-1 Course

The History Department are selling these (50% off retail price – see Mrs Hannah) There are 4 different areas all published by Hodder (My Revision Notes – Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History)

Maths – please use Maths watch Disc
https://corbettmaths.com/more/practice-questions/ – Practice questions.
https://corbettmaths.com/more/practice_papers/ – Practice papers
https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html – Edexcel topic practice questions
https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/papers.html – Edexcel practice papers

Music Revision Websites- Vital for the wider listening and dictation sections of the exam.

Computer Science:
Craig & Dave Revision Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8H6-anK0t4&list=PLCiOXwirraUAvkTPDWeeSqAKty3LAG37-

Product Design


New GCSE Grading

GCSE grading changed to a new system last year.  Students are now graded 9-1 instead of the old way of A*, A, B etc.  Click here for a helpful video which explains the new GCSE grading system.

New Science Grading System

Science has changed too – Here’s another little helpful video which explains the change. Click Here