Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

Dare to be wise

  • HOW CAN YOU IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF ACHIEVING SUCCESS IN THE SUMMER?

  • HOW CAN YOU ORGANISE THE TIME THAT YOU HAVE REMAINING?

  • HOW CAN YOU ENSURE THAT YOU PERFORM CONSISTENTLY IN ALL OF YOUR EXAMS?

Whilst the clock is ticking down on the time that you have remaining until your exams there is still a significant amount of time if you are organised and work hard. There are a number of simple things that you can do in order to be as prepared as possible. Often the hardest thing is actually starting your revision. The information below is intended to help you organise your time: to provide useful websites that might provide guidance and good ideas and to give you access to the advice and support that is available in school. All of these will help you to do well in your exams, but the most important factors that will relate to the amount of effort that you make to learn the material and if you grasp the correct examination technique. The harder you work, the more successful you will be, but you also need to stay calm and to pace yourself.

General Revision Advice for Students

General Revision Advice for Parents

Departmental Advice

Art

All students have been advised by their Art teachers about which elements of their coursework they need to improve and this could include outcomes of work and/or sketchbooks. Students know how the work is marked, are aware of the assessment objectives and know what they need to do to improve their grade. If in doubt they could look at the AQA website for GCSE single award Fine Art.

 

Business Studies

The final exam is based on the case study Tom’s Toys & GG Toys plc.  Students have studied this extensively in class.  Students should use their text book, which they have at home, and revision pack.  The text book has been cross-referenced against their case.  The revision pack contains a revision guide, gap filler exercises, short-answer questions and a full practice exam. 

Computer Science

Computer Science GCSE has two written papers. The first is focused on Computer Systems and the second focuses on Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming. Each student has access to a Microsoft Office 365 Class OneNote where all of the course content, worksheets and presentations are stored. We would recommend the following website as an additional source of revision:

 

Resource Description Link
Computer   Science 6 a day A website that has a bank of past exam questions along with the answers on a separate sheet. When revising, trying doing one of these a day when revising as it will help with exam practice and help to identify your areas of weakness https://computerscienceuk.com/gcse-9-1/6-a-day-revision/
Teach-ICT A  website full of useful resources and explanations of the theory elements to the course http://www.teach-ict.com/http://www.teach-ict.com/
BBC   Bitesize Bitesize is a good overview of the theory topic areas that we cover throughout the course http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty
Codio Online coding environment www.codio.com
Code   Academy Interactive Coding tutorials in lots of languages. Up to date content with more tutorials being added all of the time www.codeacademy.com

 

GCSE D&T: Resistant Materials & Engineering

From the selection of the independent learning resources listed on the school website the two most useful for GCSE preparation are:

www.technologystudent.com – see the sections for Resistant Materials or Engineering also the materials prepared by the author for this year’s themed questions.

BBC Bitesize http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/ - use the resources for your D&T course.

AQA Past Papers & Mark Schemes are available at the links below;

Resistant Materials Past Papers

Engineering Past Papers - Use Unit 1 Only

 

BTEC Engineering.

Students should use the ‘Revision PowerPoint’ issued in school.

The following website links are also recommended;

http://www.memrise.com/home/

http://www.the-warren.org/engineering%20contents.html

Note: These links are also suitable for GCSE Engineering.

 

BTEC Construction.

Students should use the ‘Revision Powerpoint’ issued in school and located here;

Unit 1 Revision Notes

 

English

 

English Language mock exam revision Paper 2 Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives

Information on this exam can be found here:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/assessment-resources

Reading: You are given two non-fiction pieces to read and answer four questions on. One is from the 21st century and one is from the 19th century. To prepare for this try and read editorials in newspapers or online and determine the perspective of the writer and how the writer uses language to shape their view.

GCSE Biteisze offers advice on reading non-fiction here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z8n487h

Writing: You are given one issue to write an opinion piece on. This will be linked to the theme of the reading material. You may have to write an article, a letter, a speech, text for a leaflet or an essay. Your writing must be formal.

GCSE Bitesize website has revision activities for writing here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zwfw2p3

Students also have GCSE English Language revision guides for sale at £2 each.

English Literature mock exam revision paper 1 ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’

Information on this exam can be found here:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702/assessment-resources

The best revision you can do is to read both texts again. If possible, also watch film adaptations. You need to learn key quotations for your responses – make lists/charts/mind maps of the quotations that are most useful.

For both of these texts you should have a CGP revision guide. Read this through and complete the activities. (If you have not yet purchased these they are available from Mrs Aiken at £3 each).

You also have a booklet of possible exam questions on both of these texts. Use this for revision. You could plan out answers; write full answers and assess them yourself; or write the openings of answers.

Remember to support your answers with relevant context related to when the text was written.

GCSE bitesize has revision on ‘A Christmas Carol’ here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zcs8qty

and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zxxg9qt

Ethics and Philosophy

Study the key word sheets you have been given and learn these really well. 

Learn the A3 summary revision sheets you have been given. These contain all the key areas you need to know.

Look at the following websites:

GCSE Bitesize ; Religious Studies. Look at the sections on Sanctity of Life and war and Peace. Remember you are studying Christianity and Judaism.

www.reonline.org.uk–look at the sections under Religious Studies on: The World:- Conflict/War. Human Rights. Justice and Reconciliation. Medical section.

http://www.revisionworld.com/

http://www.rsrevision.com/GCSE/. Look at sections on Peace and Justice, Religion and Medical ethics. Religion and Equality: Forgiveness and Reconciliation

 

 

 

Geography

Students should use these sites to help with their revision

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/   (GCSE Bitesize)

http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcses/geo_landt/new/geography_a_materials.php?id=09&prev=09  (Past papers and mark schemes on the AQA website)

 

History

Students should be reviewing all of their work i.e. highlighting notes, making revision notes. In addition to this students should practise exam questions in timed conditions – this could include re doing a whole assessment or practising questions that they are weaker in. These questions should be in pupils’ books already. A list of useful websites is on the VLE in the GCSE section but the main ones are:

http://www.johndclare.net/

http://www.schoolhistory.co.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/SpartacusIndexHistory.htm

 

ICT

Students will find the following revision sites useful:

http://teach-ict.com/gcsehome.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ict/

http://www.reviseict.co.uk/revision/

 

Maths

A complete set of revision lessons can be found at the  MyMaths website: www.mymaths.co.uk.

Further guidance is available by following the link to MyMaths homework on the VLE.  Your child has been given a personal log-in code. 

 

MFL: FRENCH, GERMAN AND SPANISH

Students are given vocabulary booklets/revision guides to work from at home. For further revision at home, students can use www.kerboodle.com  with access code issued by class teacher or BBC bitesize on the BBC website. In class they will be doing a range of past papers and context papers.

Revision sessions will be offered for every skill and tier of entry (Listening Foundation/ Higher and Reading Foundation/ Higher) prior to examinations.

GCSE Latin Revision

Students have text-books and extensive notes.  Students should focus on:

  • Learning the set texts
  • Learning the vocabulary on the defined vocabulary list
  • Revising grammar

Most of the sheets are available via remote access in Student Resources.

Any queries or requests for further advice should be addressed to Mrs Sutton.

 

Music

Students have recordings of and extensive notes on the 12 set works, from which they should be revising thoroughly. Most students already have a CGP revision guide and the department has a stock of these if they are required. All students must sign out a copy of the anthology in order that they can revise thoroughly over the Easter Holidays.

 

Performing Arts

Students are working towards their final practical exam on the 20th of May. They should ensure they are keeping their black log books up to date following the guidelines in the booklet they have been given. Students should also ensure they work independently on their individual performances or design elements. 

 

PE

Students have bought an exam board specific Revision guide that has exam style questions in. They should methodically work through this in the order suggested by the guide

 

Science

 

Science students studying for Combined Science or Triple Science can access Pearson Active Learn Resources where they have tasks set by their teachers that also gives them access to pages from the science textbook. To log on to Pearson Active Learn students should go to the weblink below and log in with their user name and password. Any student who has forgotten their username or password should speak to their science teacher so that these can be reset.

http://www.pearsonactivelearn.com/

The BBC bitesize website also has revision material and practice questions. This material is common to all exam boards and is not specific to the Edexcel specifications that we follow.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

The links to the Edexcel specifications can be found here:

http://www.durhamjohnston.org.uk/curriculum/11-curriculum/75-7#gcse-science-sept-2016

Any pupils who have purchased science books should obviously use these for revision