Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

Dare to be wise




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


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 AS 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. 


D&T: Graphic Products, Electronic Products, 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 section for Graphics, Electronics, Resistant Materials or Engineering and also the materials prepared by the author for this year’s themed questions.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes– for AQA Past Papers & Mark Schemes.


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


D&T – Textiles technology

Students have been given specially purchased workbooks which they can work on at home but they will work more on them after Easter.  They should work carefully through each section using their notes in their folders to help them. Students have had a letter home advising them of revision material they can purchase but also they can borrow textbooks from the department that will be booked out to them. Students should monitor any topics that they find particularly difficult and ensure that they seek advice from subject staff.  They need to pay particular attention to the preparation material issued to them in  March that relates to Section A of the examination paper. Students will given revision questions but can request more to do at home.


http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcses/dandt.php?id=07&prev=06 – for AQA Past Papers & Mark Schemes.



Year 10 OCR English Language (3rd June)

GCSE Bitesize website has practice papers and revision activities for writing. In addition, you can access past exam papers on the OCR website:


Year 11 Edexcel English Literature (20th/22nd May)

You can view past papers on the Edexcel website here:


Re-read all of the 15 poems in the cluster you have studied in class. Now pair the poems according to: theme, language techniques, narrator’s voice, structure and setting. Remember, some poems fit into lots of categories.

Prose exam – ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’.

Animal Farm: Work though the revision tasks on themes in the novel. Remember, two out of the four questions on the exam are about themes. Of Mice and Men: Plan out (or write) 45 minute essays for any on the extensive list. Remember, to link all your points to the context of 1930s USA as this is worth 24/40 marks in the exam.


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





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)



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:






ICTstudents will find the following revision sites useful:






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. 



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.



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. 



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 students studying for Core Science or Additional Science or Triple Science can access Kerboodle where they have an online textbook plus a number of other resources such as animations to watch, podcasts to listen to and quick tests to try.  To log on to Kerboodle go to the weblink below and log in with your school user name.  Your school user name is also your password.  The organisation code is 2234. 


 The BBC bitesize website also has revision material and practice questions.  Remember the Core and Additional Science courses we do are the AQA courses.


There are also some links to other helpful KS4 science websites on the school website in the e-learning section but unlike the BBC bitesize material, these websites are not linked directly to the specifications for Core and Additional science.

Pupils studying the OCR Additional Applied Science course should use the revision guides they have been given to prepare for the exams.

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