Welcome to Year 9 Parents' Information Evening - One school; One team; One voice - John Mason School
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Staff here this evening: Mrs Prior: Head of Year 9 Mr. Davies: Assistant Headteacher: Ethos, Behaviour, Safety and Welfare Ms. Butler – Director English and Associate Senior Leader This evening’s Mr. Moreton – presentation will be Director of Mathematics and Associate Senior Leader Dr. Stanger – Director of Science and Associate Senior Leader on the school website tomorrow, under the Parents/Year Groups Section
• Proud of our • Passionate about learning • Keen to inspire • Valuing ourselves and each other • Determined to be the best we can be Honesty Kindness Respect
Communication • PMX – Parentmail – weekly newsletter, announcements, community news, learning updates (Please complete the green contact details sheet if you are not yet signed up) • Your child’s planner – messages for the tutor, comments about homework or simple questions • Email – more individual question or personal request, praise • Telephone – immediate concern that requires a personal approach • Meeting – more serious, review of progress 7
Mr. Bate ‘Show My Homework’ • A new way to record, track and monitor homework at JMS • 24/7 access • View quality and quantity of homework • Translation into over 50 languages • Free apps available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android devices • Receive automated notifications before homework is due 8
9 What is Show My Homework? A simple online homework calendar showing homework information, deadlines and attachments for students. month From 19th September, all homework will be displayed 05 online, using Show My Homework. Increased student engagement 90% Homework setting consistency 100% Time saved tracking and monitoring homework 95% Customer support satisfaction 95% www.showmyhomework.co.uk The world's No. 1 online homework solution
10 Multiple children If you have more than one child at the school, they will appear on the same page. From here you can find their Homework; Announcements and Events that apply to them; and their Gradebook. www.showmyhomework.co.uk The world's No. 1 online homework solution
11 Homework calendar Homework appears in the calendar as a block, stretching from the issue date to the due date. Select a piece of homework for more details. Homework types Assignment Differentiated Class test Numeracy test Spelling test Quiz www.showmyhomework.co.uk The world's No. 1 online homework solution
12 Homework description In this view we can see a task’s title and description, set and due dates and how it should be submitted. Helpful resources – files & websites – are displayed below the homework. www.showmyhomework.co.uk The world's No. 1 online homework solution
13 Notifications In Settings, you can manage Notifications. Make sure to download the Show My Homework App, for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android Devices. www.showmyhomework.co.uk The world's No. 1 online homework solution
Launching Show My Homework • Go to johnmason.showmyhomework.co.uk anytime and click on “Homework calendar”. • Filter homeworks by Year, Teacher, Subject or Class to find your child’s homework. • From 19th September, all homeworks will be set on the system. • You’ll soon receive a login to allow you to customise Show My Homework to meet your needs. INSET Days - Sept 2016 14
Ms. Butler; Director of English, Associate Senior Leader GCSE English and GCSE English Literature
GCSE English Language Key points: • 100% exam • 2 papers equally weighted • Writing and reading equally weighted • SPaG worth 20% (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) Sept 2016 16
English Literature Key points: • 100% exam • 2 papers Texts at John Mason School • Macbeth by William Shakespeare • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson • An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestly A copy of all 3 texts can be purchased from us for £14 Sept 2016 17
Mr. Moreton; Director of Mathematics, Associate Senior Leader GCSE Maths
What has changed? • Subject content (& the demand) has increased • Fewer marks at lower end, more marks available at the higher end. • 3 exams instead of 2. • 3 x 1.5hr papers 80 marks each • New grading structure: 9-1 replacing A*-G. • Much more emphasis on reasoning & problem solving. • Fewer formulae provided in exam.
Exams Foundation grades 1 - 5 Higher grades 4 – 9 3 Exams: • P1 Non Calculator • P2 Calculator • P3 Calculator
Foundation 1-9 Explained 50% 50% 1 2 Lower 3 Upper 3 4 5 Approximately equivalent to… G/F E D- D+ C C/B
Higher 1-9 Explained 50% 50% 4 5 6 7 8 9 Approximately equivalent to… C C/B B A A/A* A*
Preparation Completing various specimen papers from exam board – AQA. This includes 2 formal mock exams in Year 11. Students receive detailed feedback on their strengths & weaknesses. Owning and using your own calculator is ESSENTIAL.
Revision guides We will be selling revision materials including guides and workbooks.
Dr. Stanger; Director of Science, Associate Senior Leader GCSE Sciences
What has changed? • New exam board – AQA Combined Science Trilogy (or biology, chemistry and physics if chosen as option) • No controlled assessments, ‘required practicals’ instead. • Six exams at end of course (summer 2019), whether ‘core’ science, or tripe science is followed.
Year 9 Course All students will cover six units of the new GCSE in year 9: B1- Cell Biology B2 - Organization of Living Organisms C1- Atoms & the Periodic Table C2 - Bonding P1 - Energy P2 - Electricity
How to support Good homework completion and on going revision are absolutely vital. Revision guides can be purchased from the science faculty to support independent learning. Students will be given a learning checklist at the start of each topic. You can use these to support your child if they miss a lesson or want to complete extra work at home.
Mr. Davies The Options Process During this year, students will decide which subjects they would like to choose to specialise in at GCSE. Initial decisions will be made by February: confirmed in May. Key people involved in this: • Mrs. Munro: Deputy head, Curriculum • Students and parents/carers • Tutors • Mrs. Prior as Head of Year • Teachers • The Senior Leadership Team • Our independent Careers Advisor, Terry Bianchini 30
How much choice do students have? Every student MUST study: • English Language • English Literature • 2 Sciences • Maths Most students will study: • At least one language • At least ONE of History and Geography Two or three further subjects (e.g. Art, Design, Business Studies, RS, Psychology, Sociology, P.E., Music, Computing, Statistics, Health and Social Care……) 31
Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) In Soc. Ed lessons: reflections on skills, areas of interest; research into possible careers Close links with employers and colleges Our ethos: • A broad and balanced curriculum • Flexible pathways for students with different interests and abilities • Plenty of advice, individual attention for students and clear communication with parents • Opportunities to reflect, to re-consider • Aspiration, challenge and support 32
33 Students will also be able to gain IAG from visiting speakers and presentations, along with opportunities to visit providers from a range of pathways……… www.showmyhomework.co.uk The world's No. 1 online homework solution
34 www.showmyhomework.co.uk The world's No. 1 online homework solution
Code JMSox1415. It’s full of good careers advice. There is a tab on the website to guide the user through all its functions.
The Options Process • October – February: Students will receive careers advice and guidance. (This started last year with careers sessions in Soc. Ed lessons, and our iDay in July) and will discuss and reflect on their skills and interests. • November : GCSE evening. Subject teachers on hand to talk about the courses that will be available to choose from. • 8th February: Year 9 Parents’ Evening: an opportunity to speak to your child’s teachers about their progress in their current subjects. • February half term: Options chosen • March-April: Students interviewed by tutors, SLT, Careers Advisor etc. as appropriate to ensure that their choices are appropriate. • May: choices confirmed. 36
Assessment and Reporting
Data points: (these are called Progress reports) Y9 have 4 data collections per year. Reports are sent home and put in student planners. Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6 Year 9 19/10/16 27/01/17 29/03/17 10/07/17 Parents’ Evening: Year 9 – 8th February 2017 The Year at A Glance
39 Grades to numbers: New GCSEs Current GCSE grade New GCSE level - awarded from next summer (2017) A* Half becomes grade 9, the remainder grade 8 A Most would get Grade 7 (some would be 6 and some would be 8) B Grade 6 C Mostly grade 4; some Grade 5 D Grade 3 E Grade 2 F Grade 1 G U 0 www.showmyhomework.co.uk The world's No. 1 online homework solution
Mrs. Prior Welcome Year 9
Growth Mindset A Fixed Mindset is where you believe that intelligence and talent are fixed at birth. A Growth Mindset is where you believe that intelligence and talent can go up or down, depending on the amount of effort and practice that takes place. 41
Attendance As a school, out minimum expected attendance target is 96%. Although in a maths or science test, 95% sounds great (and it is!), in attendance terms it is not enough. 1 week holiday - 2.5% drop in Attendance - 25 lessons missed - 25 hours missed learning 2 week holiday - 5% drop in Attendance - 50 lessons missed - 50 hours missed learning 95% Attendance - 2 weeks off per year - 50 lessons missed (50 hours learning missed) 90% Attendance - 4 weeks off per year - 100 lessons missed (100 hours learning missed) 85% Attendance - 6 weeks off per year - 150 lessons missed (150 hours learning missed) 80% Attendance - 8 weeks off per year - 200 lessons missed (200 hours learning missed)
Accelerated Reader/DEAR Time
• Every afternoon, students have 20 minutes of ‘Drop Everything and Read’ time, in which they read silently as a tutor group. • Every student has a booklet that they use to record their reading in: Accelerated Reader/DEAR Time
Key dates this year • 5th and 6th October – Humanutopia • 21st October – iDay • GCSE Options Evening – 3rd November • December 14th – Christmas Celebration • Year 9 Parents’ Evening - 8th February • Choices hand in deadline – 20th February. • July 2017 – iDays 45
Opportunities and enrichment • Various sports clubs • Music lessons • Homework club on a Wednesday in the LRC from 3:10 until 4:00 • Contributions to Assembly • Manga Club • Film Club • Trips • Adventure Service Challenge 46
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