GCSE exams can be a daunting prospect – don’t worry! We are here to help.
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.
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 February||9:00am - 3:00pm||Year 11 Textiles Coursework Catch-Up||T4||N. Hutchinson|
|Monday 18th February||9am-1pm||Year 11 Engineering Coursework Catchup||T5||J. Sanderson|
|Monday 18th February||9:00am - 1:00pm||Year 11 Product Design Coursework Catch-Up||T6 & T9||D. Roberts|
|Monday 18th February||9:30am - 2:00pm||Year 11 Art||Art 2||A. Pearson|
|Monday 18th February||9:30am - 2:00pm||Year 11 Photography||Art 5 & 6||L. Meynell|
|Monday 18th February||10am - 1pm||Year 13 French||B35||L. Williamson|
|Tuesday 19th February||9am - 11:30am||Year 11 French (Foundation Paper)||B35||L. Williamson|
|Tuesday 19th February||12pm - 2:30pm||Year 11 French (Higher Paper)||B35||L. Williamson|
|Tuesday 19th February||10am - 12pm||Year 11 Maths Higher Paper Intervention||A17||D. Fender|
|Thursday 21st February||10am - 1pm||Year 11 Spanish Revision||B36||S. York|
|Friday 22nd February||10am - 12pm||Year 11 Maths Higher Paper Intervention||A17||D. 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.
As well as the above, click here for a another set of posters with lots of revision tips.
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 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|
|Engineering||WJEC LEVEL 1/2 AWARDS IN ENGINEERING|
|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)
GCSE English Language AQA Complete Revision & Practice – Grade 9-1 Course (with Online Edition) (CGP GCSE English 9-1 Revision)
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.
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
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
Craig & Dave Revision Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8H6-anK0t4&list=PLCiOXwirraUAvkTPDWeeSqAKty3LAG37-
NEW DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY GCSE PRACTICE EXAMINATIONS AND MARK SCHEMES
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