KS3 Independent Learning Booklet - Stopsley High School
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Introduction Welcome to your independent study booklet. Your teachers have taken time to provide the information included in the booklet, so please read it and use the resources recommended to support your learning. Teachers will still set homework for you and this must be done, but this booklet gives you advice and guidance on what else you can do. It gives you an outline of all of the different things that you can do to develop your skills, learning and knowledge away from the classroom. If you ever want to do something extra or if there is no homework set you should use this booklet. It suggests different independent enrichment activities that you can do and these activities range from watching movies and using websites to visiting museums and joining clubs. These can be fun things to do for all of the family and they provide excellent independent learning opportunities. This not only enhances learning within school, it is excellent preparation for the type of independent study that you will need to be able to do for exam courses in the future. Keep this at home and enjoy!
General Advice There are a number of themes that run across the subject advice that is included in this booklet. The 7 key features of successful students (punctual, presentation, prepared, respectful, focussed, co-operative and determined) that we use in school provide an excellent set of guidelines. The advice that occurs most regularly from heads of department is organisation. Getting yourself and your equipment ready for school helps you be ready for learning. It is also a crucial life skill that will help you throughout your life. Parents can help by checking the night before that children are ready for the next day. Attendance and punctuality to lessons are also crucial in students doing well in school, as well as also being a crucial life skill. We value employability very highly at Stopsley and employers tell us that they do too. People who get to work on time and well organised are the ones that get and keep good jobs. You will see through the following pages that each subject has advice on what to do before, during and after each lesson. After that there are additional tasks, activities, reading and websites that can support learning and understanding. The Drama, Music and English pages have slightly more specific tasks and advice but they are self explanatory.
Subject Art and Design What should students Students need to ensure they have the following equipment for lessons: 2B pencil, do before each lesson? rubber, sharpener and a ruler If students have missed a lesson, particularly a practical they will need to make up the time during available catch up sessions as well as checking Show my homework for any work missed. What should students Review their progress from the previous lesson focusing on their next steps and any do during each lesson? areas suggested for improvement. Focus on the learning and if unsure about anything simply ask. Students are asked to try their hardest and to challenge themselves by attempting the extension tasks. What should students Evaluate how the lesson went and what could be improved on next time through either do after each lesson? peer or self-assessment. Students should catch up with work if they are behind by attending a lunch time catch up session. Students are encouraged to ask if there is anything that they did not understand. Websites or online The student art guide has lots of useful tutorials and help pages for students that wish resources to support to develop their knowledge learning in the subject. https://www.studentartguide.com/ Miss Robinson has developed a Pinterest page which has a wide range of boards grouped by different artists, themes and art movements that would allow students to develop independent ideas and developments in their work https://www.pinterest.co.uk/surrealist1/ Students work, deadlines and tips are regularly posted on our department twitter page https://twitter.com/StopsleyArtDept Additional texts and The world of art books offer a wealth of information on different styles and art reading that will help movements develop understanding in the subject. Specific tasks and Students are strongly encouraged to develop on the skills learnt in class by practicing activities that can be them at home or attending lunch time sessions. Students are also encouraged to bring undertaken by students. their own work in to discuss with their teachers as this builds confidence and understanding of their own artistic interests. Regularly drawing still-life images from objects in front of them will develop and strengthen depth perception as well as use of shape and form. In addition the project based style of homework set by the department allows students to explore a wide range of tasks Queries or questions? Contact your class teacher for information. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Subject Dance What should students Students need to ensure they have the correct equipment for lessons, do before each this includes the correct kit for dance. Stopsley PE top, tracksuit lesson? bottoms, Stopsley PE jumper (optional), dance shoes (optional). If students have missed a lesson, they will need to attempt to make up the time during dance club sessions. What should students Review progress from the previous lesson. Focus on the learning and do during each activities set and if unsure about anything, ask. lesson? Students should challenge themselves by attempting more difficult tasks in the lesson and focus on thinking outside of the box and beyond the more obvious, especially during choreography tasks. What should students Evaluate how the lesson went and what could be improved next time. do after each lesson? Set a target to achieve next lesson. Ask if there is anything that was not understood from the lesson. Revise through the work that has been completed by practicing at home, work on anything that has not been completed during the lesson. Websites or online There is a large number of dance videos for choreography tasks and resources to support creativity that can be found by searching you tube. This may help learning in the with ideas and imagination for lesson tasks. subject. Interesting music for lessons and choreography tasks can also be found by searching you tube. Additional texts and Researching and reading articles on dance history, dance reading that will help choreography, dance techniques and dance performance. develop Some of these can be found in the school library as well as searching understanding in the the internet. subject. Specific tasks and Attending as many dance clubs and sessions as possible. activities that can be Completing homework tasks that are set and revising through and undertaken by practicing movement taught or learnt in lessons. students. Queries or questions? Contact your class teacher for information. firstname.lastname@example.org Subject Design Technology What should students Students need to ensure they have the correct equipment for lessons, do before each particularly pencils so they can draw and correct ingredients when lesson? they are cooking. If they have missed a lesson, particularly a practical they will need to
make up the time during the catch up sessions. What should students Review their progress in the previous lesson. Focus on the learning do during each and if unsure about anything simply ask. lesson? Try your hardest and challenge yourself by attempting harder tasks. What should students Evaluate how the lesson went and what could be improved on next do after each lesson? time. Catch up with work if behind. Ask if there is anything that was not understood. Websites or online The Focus In Education software allows pupils to explore all the resources to support different aspects of design technology. learning in the subject. http://www.focuselearning.co.uk/u/3651/uyorzpszprxrhrEphdrnABwfh qtpljlFc The technology student website has information on many aspects of design technology and tasks to complete. http://www.technologystudent.com/ Additional texts and Reading articles and news stories based on technology innovation. reading that will help A good place to find these is at: develop http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology understanding in the subject. Specific tasks and The technology student website has information on many aspects of activities that can be design technology and tasks to complete. Do the activities based on undertaken by the topic you are covering. students. http://www.technologystudent.com/ Queries or questions? Contact your class teacher for information. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Choose a homework each week from the menu below. Drama The Peri-ometer indicates the level of challenge the KS3 Takeaway homework may offer. Homework You must attempt at least one Hot task this term.
Write a script for 3 or Research the more characters, original Globe Find a famous based on the theme Theatre. Create a speech from any “Lost”. You can model of the Globe Shakespeare play. decide what/who is and include a Research it and learn lost and what handout/leaflet of it off by heart. happens. your research with it. Find out about the Design a programme different types of Create a playlist of to go with your latest theatre. Draw a music that could be piece of drama diagram of each and used with a short work. Remember to explain what difficulties play about a group include the names of an actor would have of children who get the actors and the when using that type of lost while on a part they played. stage. country walk. Do two sketches of Create an imaginary costumes from your character that you Create a DVD case for favourite piece of could use in your your favourite piece work so far. Label work at school. You of work so them carefully and should decide a far. Remember to include the fabric name, age, family put a short synopsis that they were made circumstance of the plot on the from. Remember to etc. The more detail back. state the play and you have, the better character! it will be. Create a comic strip Create a Facebook Create a quiz on of a story which profile or Wikipedia theatre and/or drama could be performed page for one of the skills. It must have at on stage. You need characters that you least 15 questions have played. to include some key and an answer sheet. lines to help the play KS3 be developed.
Dress-ups: Making sure our children have access to bits and pieces they can use to play a part is such a simple and effective idea. These do not need to be elaborate purchased costumes. A dress-up box could be a laundry basket with some old hats, old clothes and lengths of material and cardboard for creating. Things like these encourage children to use their imaginations, and that's what drama is all about. Retelling stories: Acting out scenes from favourite books and movies is natural for many children while others may need encouragement. Make yourself available to be part of the "game", to show support, while being extra careful not to take over. Encourage your child in the direction of a game based on a story they know, then stand back to watch the flowering of their imaginations. Even quite young children can re-tell a story with a puppet, a toy, or by acting it out. This sort of play is yet another way to celebrate reading! Role-play: This can be as low-key as playing "school" with Junior as the teacher, and parent as a student. It can also be a powerful tool to use with problems. Role-playing how to thank someone for a gift or deal with a bully really helps children prepare for difficult situations. Taking on the role of a character like the Wolf in Red Riding Hood helps children gain insights into what they're reading and connect it to the real world. Puppets: One great thing about puppets is they give shy children an opportunity to speak through something else. You don't need to buy commercial puppets; everyday objects can work just fine. Ask children to look at things around your home from a new perspective. How would a banana walk and talk? Imagine and create a conversation between a chair and a cushion, or a cheese grater and a spoon. Making puppets is a wonderful project for crafty parents and children, especially when you use recycled materials. Even younger children can create a simple puppet with a card and craft sticks. Commercial puppets can also be transformed with scraps of material to become characters from literature, linking puppets with what children are reading. Language games: Some of the best language games are storytelling games. Word-at-a- time story is one. Ideally you need a group of children, but it will work with two. Take turns telling a story, one word at a time. Children soon learn that what they say needs to make semantic sense, but may be as wacky and funny as their imagination dictates. Here's an example, if a small group consisted of three children, A, B, and C. A: One B: day C: we A: galloped B: to C: Mars A: on B: our C: bananas.
Improvisation: A simple way to think about improvisation is "making things up as we go along." Children and adults improvise all the time, working out how to solve problems for instance. One simple way to begin an improvisation is by having children dance around to music, then when the music stops, freeze. At a signal, they come to life as any character they like, moving and speaking as that character. If you have a small group of children, encourage them to make a still picture of a nursery rhyme scene, for example, then come to life and act out the rhyme. Reader's theatre: Yet another way to reinforce the connection between drama and reading, reader's theatre helps children internalize language and improves reading fluency and comprehension. While a true reader's theatre is a script being read aloud, children enjoy adding dramatic touches by adding props, voices, costumes and short improvised scenes. You can find more information about creating a reader's theatre script at The Book Chook. Drama classes: Formal drama classes offer such a lot to young people. Check your local community for availability. You may find some classes will lead to examinations (similar to many music classes), while others are more relaxed, focusing on improvisation and play-building. Drama offers a lot. Whatever the age or personality type, drama encourages children to think creatively and solve problems. In drama classes there's also a focus on working collaboratively, something most children can benefit from. But many drama-related activities can be incorporated into family and neighbourhood life, making them an ideal part of a parent's toolkit!
English Homework Choose your homework from the menu below. The chillies tell you how ‘spicy’ a homework is. Every term you should attempt at least one ‘flaming hot’ task! 1. Create a poster summarising today’s lesson. Use any key terms you have learned, make it informative and eye catching. 2. Research 5 facts about the author / poet we’re studying. Try and find out what inspired the writer to write the work we have studied. 3. Identify 15 key terms we have used in this topic and write a dictionary of terms Find out the definitions of key words, write them in your book and learn spellings. 4. Write 3 Tweets that summarise your thoughts and opinions about what you’ve learnt today. No more than 140 characters; use #’s for key words and they must be informative.
5. Create 5 challenging quiz questions about today’s lesson to test the rest of the class next lesson. Write the questions in your book with the correct answers. 6. Create a comic strip that shows what you think will happen next in the story. Use key words in the speech bubbles and captions. 7. Create a fact sheet summarising the lesson, but add additional research and facts of your own. Use sophisticated key words and use the internet to include extra facts (no copy & paste!). 8. Imagine you are going to do a TV interview with one of the characters from the book/poem you are studying. Write up a transcript of the interview in your exercise book. Think about what questions you will ask them and how they would respond. 9. Write a letter to the author of the book/poem explaining your ideas about it. Use any key terms you have learned, explain why you feel the way you feel by using quotations to back up your ideas. 10. Create a leaflet informing people about a topic explored in the text you’re studying e.g. unrequited love, homelessness or mental illness. Make sure your leaflet teaches people something about the topic and use key words from lessons. 11. Write a question that you think might come up in an exam about this text. Write a practice opening paragraph answering the question you’ve set. Remember to use quotations to support your point of view.
12. Create a Facebook profile for a key character in the text you’re studying. Include two private messages they’ve sent to other people. Who are they to and what will they say? 13. Write a newspaper article about one of the most dramatic events in the text you’re studying. Include specific, accurate facts with good English. You could include quotes and images. Have a look at newspapers for an idea of how they present articles. 14. Design an attention-grabbing webpage about the text you’re studying. Be creative; use any computer program, include factual info about the plot, the themes and the author. Link to other useful websites that may help with revision. 15. Write a rap that summarises the story you are studying. Use rhyme, be willing to perform the rap to the rest of the class. 16. Imagine you are going to teach the class part of the topic we are studying, come up with a starter activity for a lesson. How will you make the starter challenging? What do you want the students to learn from your task? 17. Write 5 PEE paragraphs exploring how the writer has presented a key theme or character in the text you are studying. Make sure you use evidence in every paragraph and explore more than one interpretation in your explanation. 18. Write a monologue from the point of view of one of the characters in your text. Ask your teacher for 3 challenge words to include. You must explore the character’s thoughts and feelings in detail.
19. Design a text book page about a language technique used in the text you are studying. E.G. repetition. The text book page should explain what the technique is, give examples and help students use the technique for themselves. Make it interesting to look at too. Choose an alternate setting and time for the text you’re studying and re-write the opening Research another accordingly. author/poet who has written similar material. Present it to the class. Imagine the text you’re studying is being turned into a film. Write the opening Research the time and place scene to the film and an Prepare and deliver a 2 minute mini-lecture on the your text is set in. What does evaluation explaining your author’s/poet’s life. this research add to your creative decisions. understanding of the text? What kind of world did the author/poet What kind of world did the author/poet live in live in and how is this reflected in the and how is this reflected in the text? Write text? Write an interview with the author an interview with the author that explores that explores these ideas. these ideas. What are the major themes of the text you are studying? Create a collage exploring the themes and How would modern-day audiences present it to the class. Be ready to react differently to the people who explain what images you’ve included originally read this book/poem at and why. the time? Write and perform a chat Create a graph that show episode that explores these shows the action of the ideas. text you’re studying. How are men and women presented in the text you are studying? Create a Where does the PowerPoint presentation that discusses action/tension go up or how men and women are shown in this down? text and why.
Subject Ethics What should students do Students should ensure they bring the correct equipment to all before each lesson? lessons including a pen and their exercise book if with them. Students are expected to catch up on any missed school/homework What should students do Ensure they are focused, prepared and ready to learn during each lesson? Participate in class discussion and allow others to do the same. Follow and respect the classroom rules Ask if they are stuck or unsure of anything What should students do Evaluate how the lesson went and what could be improved on next after each lesson? time. Catch up with work if behind. Ask if there is anything that was not understood. Conduct further research in the area, using books/websites etc that allow your learning to go further Websites or online https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zh3rkqt resources to support learning in the subject. BBC Bitesize offers a range of information on the KS3 topics on its website above. Additional texts and There are many books in the school and local library that can help reading that will help support learning for each topic. develop understanding in the subject. CGP books also cover a number of the topics we look at in KS3 Specific tasks and Ask the teacher for extra tasks to complete at home. activities that can be undertaken by students. Do wider reading around the life of a religious figure. Visit a faith community and talk to members about their founder. Visit BBC bitesize website. Queries or questions? Contact your class teacher for information. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Subject Geography What should students Students need to ensure they have the correct equipment for do before each lessons, particularly colouring pencils so they can colour in their lesson? diagrams. If they have missed a lesson, they will need to make up the time during the catch up sessions. What should students Review their progress in the previous lesson. do during each Ensure they are focused, prepared and ready to learn. lesson? They must try their hardest and challenge themselves by attempting harder tasks and extension tasks. Participate in class discussion and allow others to do the same. Follow and respect the classroom rules. Ask if they are unsure of anything. What should students Evaluate how the lesson went and what could be improved on next do after each lesson? time. Review the new learning that has taken place in the lesson. Make geographical links with the wider community and the world. Reflect on the geographical skills and how to apply them. Catch up with work if behind. Ask if there is anything that was not understood. Websites or online BBC Bitesize allows pupils to explore all the different aspects of resources to support Key Stage 3 Geography. learning in the subject. The website has information on Physical and Human Geography. There is also a section on the different geographical skills students need to know. Each topic will have activities and quizzes for students to complete. https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrw76sg
Additional texts and Reading articles and news stories based on Geography. reading that will help A good place to find these is at: develop understanding http://www.bbc.co.uk/news in the subject. https://www.theguardian.com http://www.independent.co.uk https://www.nationalgeographic.com There are many books in the school and local library that can help support learning for each topic. Specific tasks and Extra reading and research on the subject activities that can be undertaken by Ask the teacher for extra tasks to complete at home students. Use the online quizzes from the previous page Queries or Contact your class teacher for information: questions? firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Subject History What should students Students should ensure they bring the correct equipment do before each to all lessons including a pen and their exercise book if lesson? with them. Students are expected to catch up on any missed school/homework What should students Ensure they are focused,prepared and ready to learn do during each Participate in class discussion and allow others to do the lesson? same. Follow and respect the classroom rules Ask if they are stuck or unsure of anything What should students Evaluate how the lesson went and what could be do after each lesson? improved on next time. Catch up with work if behind. Ask if there is anything that was not understood. Conduct further research in the area, using books/websites etc that allow your learning to go further, Websites or online https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zk26n39 resources to support http://www.johndclare.net learning in the subject. http://www.historypod.net/ http://ks3historygames.co.uk/ https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ Additional texts and There are many books in the school and local library that reading that will help can help support learning for each topic. develop understanding In particular, the ‘Horrible Histories’ series can help you in the subject. learn facts that are not covered in class. The CGP History book series also covers several topics that we teach at KS3. Specific tasks and Extra reading and research on the subject activities that can be undertaken by Ask the teacher for extra tasks to complete at home students. Queries or questions? Contact your class teacher for information. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Subject Information Technology and Computing What should students Look at this week’s lesson resources in Google Classroom. do before each lesson? If they have missed a lesson, they should open the missing lesson resources from Google Classroom, work on the activities and clarify what they should know from their classmates or the teacher. What should students Review their progress in the previous lesson. Focus on the learning do during each and if unsure about anything simply ask. lesson? Keep stretching yourself beyond your comfort zone. If you are stuck you should try to solve the problem yourself before you ask the teacher. You can also use the Internet to look up answers to questions or check with your neighbour (providing the teacher is not talking to the class at the time.). What should students Look at the slides or resources again from Google Classroom. Check do after each lesson? there is a homework task from Show My Homework. Catch up with work if behind. Ask if there is anything that was not understood. Websites or online Teach ICT: http://www.teach-ict.com resources to support (student login username: lu27ux, password: python4) learning in the subject. BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z8mtsbk Khan Academy Computer Science https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-science Additional texts and BBC’s weekly IT show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006m9ry reading that will help develop understanding in the subject. Specific tasks and Code Academy Coding self learning tutorials for coding: activities that can be https://www.codecademy.com/ undertaken by students. W3C HTML and CSS self tutorials for web design: https://www.w3schools.com/ Queries or questions? Contact your class teacher for information. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Independent Learning Guide for ICT and Computing KS3 Students will be given opportunities to enrich and extend their learning in ICT and Computing by completing self study online learning modules. These may include the following: ● Code Academy https://www.codecademy.com/ ● https://hourofpython.com/ ● https://www.sololearn.com/ ● https://hourofcode.com/uk ● https://www.w3schools.com/ ● https://www.gcflearnfree.org/subjects/technology/ In addition or as an alternative, students will be assigned videos or podcasts to watch or listen to. These podcasts and videos will develop, broaden and enrich ICT learning in the classroom. Suitable podcasts and videos include: ● BBC Click https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006m9ry ● BBC Tech Tent https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01plr2p ● New Screensavers https://twit.tv/shows/new-screen-savers The assignments will be shared to students via SMHW and Google Classroom. Assignments will be encouraged and extra achievement points will be awarded for the successful demonstration of homework tasks. Evidence can include showing progress in class or taking screenshots which are submitted via Google Classroom and SMHW.
Key Stage 3 Mathematics – Years 7 and 8 Course content The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils: Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. Topic overview available as a separate document. National The National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Mathematics KS3 can be found Curriculum for www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239058/SECONDARY_ Maths national_curriculum_-_Mathematics.pdf Investigations and problem solving is integrated into the scheme of work and will enable each Investigations student to apply knowledge as well as develop the required standard in mathematical skills in and problem readiness for the GCSE course. solving At the beginning of year 7 students will sit a KS3 topic analysis assessment. There will be a range of pre-and post-topic assessments throughout the year and assessed tasks through Exams / marking and feedback throughout the course to track progress; end of term and year Assessment assessments. At the end of year 8 students will sit an end of key stage exam that will inform the basis of groupings for the GCSE course starting in year 9. Year 7 topic analysis assessment – Week 1 September Dates pre-and post-topic assessments - throughout the year Year 8 End of Key Stage Exam – End of June Extra Guidance for Students What should a Ensure correct basic Maths equipment for lessons including a scientific calculator. student do before Understanding of topic content of the previous lesson lessons? If any lesson time has been missed, ensure work is copied or see teacher for content. Use of Mathswatch VLE to secure prior learning. If homework is to be handed in it should be brought in by the deadline date. What should a Listen, participate and ask questions. Try to link new learning with previously learnt content. student do during Ask questions about anything not understood. each lesson? Complete work to the expected presentation policy and aim to improve their pathway. Effort, good work and progress will be rewarded with Maths achievement points.
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can make a difference...YOU! Whether you are a member of staff or a student, the tool enables you to identify strengths and areas to develop within the Mathematics curriculum. The app was built from the outstanding work of colleagues at Hinchingbrooke School and around the core principles of PiXL DTT (Diagnosis, Therapy and Testing). The app contains a range of in-built questions that allow students to practice (on or offline) the core skills within the Mathematics curriculum to ensure success in any GCSE exam. The app then allows areas of weakness to be remedied through therapy videos to ensure progress is made. With the ability of creating endless questions around the same topic, students are then able to test themselves to ensure that the problem has been resolved. To ensure all stakeholders are kept informed, the data can be exported in a range of formats including pdf report, csv file and onscreen covey board. http://mrbartonmaths.com/students/gcse/ Whatever your age or ability (I bet you are a lot better than you think you are), if you are preparing for an exam, missed a lesson, or just want to push yourself a bit, and whether you love maths or hate it with a passion (surely not!), hopefully you will find something in this website to help you. GCSE Maths Revision: Infinite Questions and Answers As you have probably been told 54,823 times, the only way to get good at maths is to practice. Unfortunately, that is very true. But fear not. The following resources are absolutely ideal for your GCSE Maths revision. Each of the links on this page share two wonderful things in common: you can generate an infinite number of questions, and you get all the answers. There are resources for quick-fire topic specific practice, and ones that allow you to create your own GCSE papers. Spend 10-20 minutes a night on this page, and you will feel more confident, more prepared, and perform better than ever. I promise. Here are four ways you might use the resources below: 1. Practice a topic you have just covered in class Say you have just finished a lovely week of lesson on angles, or straight-line graphs, or surds. You could do it in class, but can you do it at home without any help? Put yourself to the test by choosing that topic and trying out some questions. 2. Prepare for a topic that is coming up Next week you are revising the four operations with fractions. The problem is, you cannot remember how to divide fractions. Give yourself the very best chance of making the most out of the lessons by trying some fractions questions.
3. Optimal spacing Research suggests that the optimal time to retest yourself is 3 weeks after you have learned something. What topic were you studying 3 weeks ago? Now is the perfect time to test yourself out to see what you have truly understood. 4. Random Practice Pick a topic at random, or get someone to choose one for you. Or try a randomly generated GCSE paper. Keep yourself on your toes by making sure you don't know what is coming next. After all, that is what it will be like in the actual exam. So, fire them up and give them a whirl. And a massive thank you to all the wonderful people who use their skills to produce these. Mr Carter Maths Differentiated Topics consists of Bronze, Silver and Gold questions on a whole host of topics. Start with the bronze and then work your way across. How far can you push yourself? Then there is the Worksheets section where you can... you guessed it, generate and print worksheets. Differentiated Questions Generates a set of differentiated questions on your chosen topic. Answers can be revealed individually by clicking on the tiles or by using the 'Show Answers' button. GCSE Revision Grid This is amazing! Generates the more longer form, wordy GCSE Questions, which you an filter by topic or go for a random selection. You can ever choose your tier and whether you want calculator or non-calculator questions. Ideal! GCSE Practice Paper At the risk of repeating myself, this too is amazing. Flipping brilliant, in fact. You can generate GCSE practice papers of any length you want, with questions from any given subject area, and the answers are included. Starter Generator Choose the topic, choose the time limit, choose the number of questions, the difficulty, pretty much anything you want. It is a race against the clock! Topic Ladder A set of interactive questions designed to be answered by you on a tablet or computer. Each topic ladder can be easily differentiated to suit your own needs. Extra Guidance for Parents / Carers Does the school ● Topic homework is set as minimum through Show My Homework provide extra ● Students have access to MathswatchVLE, tasks may be set by the teacher, but
resources? students can also access tasks independently. Research has proven that use of this VLE can enhance students’ progress and ability to retain knowledge and increase grades. ● ~GCSE revision books can be purchased from the department towards the end of y8/start of y9, a letter will be sent via your child. Any additional texts you can recommend? http://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/secondary/Mathematics/11- 16/KS3MathsProgress/ISBN/Revision/ReviseKeyStage3MathematicsHigherStudyG uide.aspx http://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/secondary/Mathematics/11- 16/KS3MathsProgress/ISBN/Revision/ReviseKeyStage3MathematicsFoundationSt udyGuide.aspx How can I ● Set up a quiet place for them to work or revise. Be your child’s ‘study buddy’ by support my child? reminding them to switch off social media or other distractions. ● Encourage short, regular sessions (30-45 mins) with breaks in between. Encourage good diet and healthy lifestyle – maybe an activity, short walk or other interest. ● Encourage a Growth Mind set when they seem demotivated or can’t do the work. https://www.oxfordlearning.com/growth-mindset-tips-for-parents/ ● Set up a timetable for completing homework or revision Get them to explain their work to you, show you their completed work and help them mark past papers. Queries? Feel free to email Wendy Otway – Head of Mathematics firstname.lastname@example.org If the query needs to be redirected to the class teacher, then please allow 48 hours for a response. Subject Modern Foreign Languages
What should students Students need to ensure they have the correct equipment for do before each lessons, particularly a pen or ideally different colours of pens so lesson? that they can highlight key differences between English and the language they are learning. What should students Review their progress in the previous lesson. Focus on the learning do during each and if unsure about anything simply ask... lesson? Try their best and participate positively in the 4 skills (Listening, reading writing and above all, speaking. What should students Evaluate how the lesson went and what could be improved on next do after each lesson? time. Catch up with work if behind or after after a period of absence. Ask if there is anything that was not understood. Websites or online We strongly encourage pupils to continue and build on their resources to support learning outside of the classroom. Pupils can use websites learning in the such as BBC bitesize and other language websites which can subject. be accessed on a computer, smartphone or tablet. The login details for these specific websites are available from the class teacher of each language. http://www.zut.org.uk http://www.linguascope.com http://www.conjuguemos.com http://www.memrise.com http://jeudeloie.free.fr/ http://www.studyspanish.com/freesite.htm http://www.frenchrevision.co.uk/ http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~creitan/grammar.htm.
Additional texts and Reading articles and news stories based on the language they are reading that will help studying. develop watching films or the news in the language they are studying. Eg: understanding in the TV5 Monde subject. Specific tasks and All 4 skills can be practiced on the above mentioned websites activities that can be undertaken by students. Queries or Contact your class teacher for information. questions? email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
KS3 Music Homework Grid 2018 – 2019 Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Autumn * Elements of Music Poster. *Classical Indian Raga *Write a newspaper article I Choose one of the musical about Ludwig Van elements and use this as a Listen to two Indian Raga Beethoven. heading. clips on YouTube. Your poster should have a *Design a mind map that definition of your musical 1. Ravi Shankar shows all the different element and examples of https://www.youtube.com/ ways you can change and how it could be used. watch?v=7cSo5ZbyH38 arrange a piece of music. Listen to the first four 2. Anoushka Shankar minutes of Beethoven’s https://www.youtube.com/w Remember to check your Fifth Symphony. On your atch?v=IAU9TA6vr9A spelling and punctuation poster describe the way carefully. your musical element has Draw two pictures that been used. reflect the music. Write two paragraphs that describe *Write a poem about the the similarities and Elements of Music. differences between the musical clips. *Design a crossword puzzle Present your work on A4 with clues about paper. The Elements of Music. Remember to check your spelling and punctuation carefully. Autumn *Write two paragraphs *Watch your favourite *Write your own original II about your favourite Film clip on YouTube. song or rap. person. Why is this person You should include an your favourite person? How Write two paragraphs that introduction, two verses have they helped, describe how the music and a chorus, a bridge supported or inspired you? complements the events on and outro section. screen. Present your work Remember the lyrics *Write an original set of on A4 paper. should not be offensive. lyrics for the song ‘Next to Me’. *Create an information *What is your favourite booklet about the song and why? Write two *Design a magazine article composer John Williams. paragraphs about your about Emile Sande. Use favourite song and artist. pictures and illustrations to Use pictures to enhance Present your work on A4 enhance your work. your work. paper. Remember to check your spelling and punctuation carefully.
Spring *Take a piece of A4 paper. *Write your own original Research Project I Make it look old and bring it song or rap. What was fused to make to your next music lesson. Salsa? You should include an *Design a keyword list with introduction, two verses, Design a booklet that pictures about Medieval and a chorus, a bridge and provides information for a Music. Remember to outro section. Remember Year 9 student about check your spelling and the lyrics should not be Salsa music. punctuation carefully. offensive. What styles were fused together? What *Who was Johann *Design a magazine article instruments are used? Sebastian Bach? Design a about a famous rapper. Where would you hear booklet about this Salsa music? composer. Use pictures to Include at least seven facts What does the name and illustrations to enhance about their life. Use Salsa mean? your work. Remember to pictures and illustrations to check your spelling and enhance your work. Remember to check your punctuation carefully. Remember to check your spelling and punctuation spelling and punctuation carefully. carefully. Spring II *Write a fact file about *Design a poster about one *Write a newspaper article Ludwig Van Beethoven. of the following: about your favourite artist or band. Use full sentences and *African Drumming check your spelling and *Chinese Music Use pictures to enhance punctuation carefully. *The Blues your work. *Design a crossword puzzle Include facts about the *Watch a performance of based on facts from Ludwig style of music, history, your favourite artist on Van Beethoven’s life. instruments used and YouTube. What makes where you would hear the this performance exciting? *Design an illustrated music. Write two paragraphs that diagram of the orchestra describe the performance. during the Romantic era. Remember to check your Include five tips for a great Remember to label the spelling and punctuation performance. different sections of the carefully. orchestra and instruments. Remember to check your Remember to check your spelling and punctuation spelling and punctuation carefully. carefully.
Summer *Design a poster about *Write a newspaper *My Favourite Film I Bob Marley & Reggae article about one of the Music. following Jazz artists: Watch a clip from your favourite film. How is music used to Include facts about his *Duke Ellington depict the scenes? What life, family and music. *Ella Fitzgerald instruments are used? Use pictures and *Miles Davis How does the music add illustrations to enhance *Wynton Marsalis drama? Are any musical devices your work. *Diana Krall used? *Dianne Reeves Remember to check Write a fact sheet that describes your spelling and Remember to check the scene and how music is punctuation carefully. your spelling and used. Use pictures to enhance punctuation carefully. your work. Present your work on A4 paper. Remember to check your spelling and punctuation carefully. *Write a newspaper My Favourite Topic Summer *Create a poster about article about the band Evaluation II your favourite folk Coldplay. instrument. This year we have covered the Label the different parts *Design a poster about following topics: of the instrument. Coldplay. Include Arranging Fur Elise How do you play the facts about the band. Song writing instrument? What role Fusion Music does your chosen *Design a crossword Popular Music instrument have in a puzzle based on facts Film Music Folk band? about Coldplay and Musical Showcase Remember to check their songs. your spelling and Which topic was your favourite punctuation carefully. Remember to check and why? your spelling and Which topic was your least punctuation carefully. favourite and why? What have you enjoyed learning during Year 9? Do you have any suggestions for other topics? Use full sentences and paragraphs. Present your work neatly on A4 paper. Remember to check your spelling and punctuation carefully.
Subject Physical Activity, Sport and Well-Being What should students Students need to ensure they have the correct kit for all lessons, This do before each should include Stopsley High School polo shirt, long sleeved top, lesson? shorts or tracksuit trousers, long black socks and footwear. What should students Review their progress in the previous lesson. Focus on the learning do during each and if unsure about anything simply ask. lesson? Try your hardest and challenge yourself by attempting harder tasks. What should students Evaluate how the lesson went and what could be improved on next do after each lesson? time. Ask if there is anything that was not understood, especially if this is linked to new skills and techniques. Websites or online Reading articles and news stories linked to the world of sport, a resources to support good place to find these is at: learning in the www.bbc.co.uk/sport subject. https://olympic.org www.brianmac.co.uk Additional texts and Reading articles and news stories based on sports and fitness. reading that will help A good place to find these is at: develop http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/sport understanding in the And in sports related magazines subject. Specific tasks and Students can practice and refine skills and techniques learnt in activities that can be lessons to increase their knowledge and understanding. This can undertaken by happen in school at extra-curricular clubs or at any sports students. environment out of school, even on their own in some sports. Queries or questions? Contact your class teacher for information. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Key Stage 3 Science – Years 7 and 8
Course content Requirements of the National Curriculum arranged in topics that develop knowledge and understanding as well as practical skills, thinking skills and research skills. Framework as per Pearson Exploring Science, working scientifically. Topic overview available as a separate document. National The National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science KS3 can be found Curriculum for https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335174/ Science SECONDARY_national_curriculum_-_Science_220714.pdf Practical investigations and project work is integrated into the scheme of work and will Practical work enable each student to apply knowledge as well as develop the required standard in practical skills in readiness for the GCSE course. At the beginning of year 7 students will sit a baseline science test. There will be a range of topic tests, extended writing tasks, pathway assessed tasks throughout the course to Exams / inform pathway progress; two per half term. At the end of year 8 students will sit an end of Assessment key stage exam that will inform their end of key stage pathway and form the basis of groupings for GCSE course starting in year 9. Year 7 baseline test – Week 1 September Dates End of Year 7 Exam Topic tests / assessments – 2 per half term Year 8 End of Key Stage Exam – End of June Extra Guidance for Students What should a Read notes / recall content of the last lesson student do before Ensure content was understood lessons? If any lesson time has been missed, ensure work is copied or see teacher for content. Make notes of any questions for the teacher. If homework is to be handed in it should be brought in by the deadline date. What should a Listen, participate and ask questions. Try to link new learning with previously learnt student do during content. each lesson? Ask questions about anything not understood. Complete work to the expected presentation standards and aim for work at pathway standard. Effort, good work and progress will be rewarded with science credits. What should a Go over class notes / read around the subject / use relevant resources to reinforce learning student do after a and develop understanding. lesson? Complete homework tasks set on ‘Show my homework’ or ‘Sam Learning’ Some topics will have project home works by which students can be creative in their approach – They can use the ‘takeaway menu’ to choose tasks to complete. Websites to support learning 1. Edheads - Activate Your Mind! www.edheads.org Edheads is one of the best science websites for actively engaging your students on the web. There are currently ten interactive science related activities on this site. Those include create a line of stem cells, design a cell phone, brain surgery, crash scene, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, compound machines, simple machines, and weather. Edheads provides excellent educational content in science. 2. Science Kids www.sciencekids.co.nz
This site has a large collection of interactive science games focusing on living things, physical processes, and solids, liquids, and gases. Each activity not only gives the student valuable information, but also provides interaction and the opportunity to put the knowledge to use. Activities such as electricity circuits not only gives the student the opportunity to learn about circuits, but it also allows them to build a virtual circuit. 3. National Geographic Kids www.kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/ Want to learn about animals, nature, and people and places? Well this site has it all! It has a vast amount of videos, activities, and games that will keep students actively engaged for hours. Very informative and engaging site that will add to any lesson or activity. 4. Wonderville http://www.wonderville.ca/ Wonderville has a solid collection of interactive activities and games that students of all ages will enjoy. Activities are broken down into things you just can't see, thing in your world....and beyond, things created using science, and things and how they work. Each game and activity is connected. The game gives you a virtual opportunity to learn, while the related activity gives you a chance to investigate on your own. 5. Try Science www.tryscience.org/home Try Science offers a large collection of interactive experiments, field trips, and adventures. The collection spans the course of scientific genre covering many key scientific concepts. Each activity is engaging and informative. Students absolutely love this site. Activities such as "Got Gas?" are a natural draw for kids. You will not be disappointed in the lessons and activities this site has to offer. 6. Science Toy Maker www.sciencetoymaker.com This website has lots of instructions for classic science toys you can make at home. 7. Learning Reviews: Connecting Kids to Learn on the Web: Interactive Science Websites for Kids Containing Games, Experiments and Projects http://www.learningreviews.com/Science-Websites-for-Kids.html More than 450 free interactive science websites for kids and high school students, with games, lessons, experiments and projects. These mostly free sites help students learn earth sciences, animal, human and plant biology, astronomy, and high school physics -- even computer science and engineering. 8. Education.com http://www.education.com/activity/ One section of the larger education.com site, this specific area provides free activities and craft ideas for all ages. Includes math, science, and many other topics, sorted by both topic and grade level. 9. Energy Kids http://www.eia.gov/kids/index.cfm This website from the U.S. Energy Information Administration is chock full of information about energy; from energy basics to forms of energy, and from using to conserving. Visitors can go on virtual field trips across the country with Energy Ant through engaging photo journals. 10. BBC Bitesize KS3
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv The BBC website is popular for homework support and revision. It contains facts in topics to support understanding. With activities and quizzes to reinforce knowledge. Also video clips on topics can be viewed. Extra Guidance for Parents / Carers Does the school ● Topic homework is set as minimum through Show My Homework provide extra ● Students have access to SAM LEARNING, tasks may be set by the teacher but resources? students can also access tasks. Two tasks per week can enhance students’ progress and ability to retain knowledge ● KS3 revision books can be purchased from the department, a letter will be sent via your child. ● STEM club activities are available to enrich your child’s experience Any additional texts you can Other study books and revision books / work books are available recommend? through amazon. Science dictionaries are also very useful to develop students understanding of key vocabulary How can I support ● Set up a quiet place for them to work or revise. Be your child’s ‘study buddy’ by my child? reminding them to switch off social media or other distractions. ● Encourage short, regular sessions (30-45 mins) with breaks in between. Encourage good diet and healthy lifestyle – maybe an activity, short walk or other interest. ● Encourage a Growth Mind set when they seem demotivated or can’t do the work. https://www.oxfordlearning.com/growth-mindset-tips-for-parents/ ● Set up a timetable for completing homework or revision Get them to explain their work to you, show you their completed work and help them mark past papers. Queries? Feel free to email Louise Lissaman – Head of Science firstname.lastname@example.org or Gillian Fullman - Key Stage 3 Leader email@example.com If the query needs to be redirected to the class teacher then please allow 48 hours for a response.
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