All students should be completing past papers when set by their teacher on a regular basis outside of class and in class when required. Papers have been set as homework since the Christmas holidays and will be one of the main sources of revision for students. All papers will either be marked by the class teacher or self-assessed using model answers in class. Analysis then takes place where students can identify topic areas of strength and weakness for themselves in each paper. Students make a record of areas for development and are then required to go away and independently revise these areas. If the situation arises where multiple students are finding a specific area challenging then through whole class analysis the class teacher will revisit this topic in class during the revision period.
Once areas for development are identified by individuals there are different ways in which to revise these topics:
- Through revision guides and workbooks provided by the department at the end of Y10. Each revision guide is of the appropriate level, linked directly to the Edexcel GCSE scheme, split up into easy sections over the 4 main strands in mathematics, has clear explanation and worked examples and provides some practice questions at the end for each topic. Workbooks are tied directly to the revision guides and provide a range of questions for each topic that students can work through. Answers are also provided.
- MathsWatch VLE website: Ideal for GCSE students wanting a talked through explanation of each topic with worked examples and worksheets linked directly to topic clips.
Website: www.mathswatchvle.com Centre ID: bicester
Username: your initial, then surname, then the year when you started as a year 7 (no gaps), e.g. Tom Smith, a student who was a year 7 in September 2012 would be tsmith12
- MyMaths website: Ideal for KS3 and GCSE revision. Breaks topics up into interactive lessons where students can follow online explanation similar to those in class, worked examples and answer questions provided along the way. Each lesson come with an on-line homework which provides a short range of problems for students to try and mark easily. For those wishing to boost themselves up to the next grade there are booster packs also available with tasks in line with each grade boundary for all 4 strands.
Website: www.mymaths.co.uk Username: bicester Password: parallel
Revision sessions are run during tutor times for identified students, after school on Thursdays and lunch time Wednesdays for all students wishing for additional revision opportunities for their GCSE.
Revision at AS and A2 will normally revolve around past paper practice. Packs of all past papers for each module are given to students in booklets in the run up to completion of teaching each. Students are expected to use these as part of their independent revision outside of the classroom. Some may be set also for homework during revision periods and therefore marked in class using model answers. Through these papers teachers and students can identify areas for development and therefore allow students the information needed for where to target revision.
Together with past papers, students are able to use:
- Chapter reviews: made up of past paper questions and sectioned into topics, these reviews which will have been marked throughout the year with SIR and ALPS marking will allow students to revisit and start to recognise how examiners are likely to pose questions in different topics. Many students find this one of the main areas they need to focus on as identification of the topic within a questions is one of the most challenging parts of the examinations themselves. Each review is also graded when marked, allowing students to see clearly which chapters of each module to focus on more with revision than others
- MyMaths website: this has a fantastic section for some of the modules especially those at AS that breaks the working down easily for students to follow and test themselves accordingly. Login information is the same as for GCSE.
Revision sessions are run after school on Mondays and lunch time Tuesdays for all students wishing for additional revision opportunities for AS and A2.
Easter school and pre-exam sessions
Easter school will run this year for AS and A2 students only in the mornings of 29th and 30th March. Sessions will be split up between identified modules and publicised closer to the date. All AS and A2 students will be encouraged to attend.
Pre-exam sessions will run for GCSE students on 1 or 2 weekends prior to the GCSE exams at the end of May. Having students attend sessions closer to the exams we feel is more beneficial than working at Easter.