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Year 10 – end of year assessments

Year 10 - revision for end of year assessments

Year 10

Below, you can find out more about the recommended areas Year 10 students should revise in preparation for their end of year exams.

Simply click on the subjects to find out more.

English

Students will sit a 1 hour 45 minute literature exam – poetry comparison plus unseen poem. Followed by full English Language Paper One – 1 hour 45 minutes. Students were given a list of quotes to learn over half-term and are covering the necessary revision in lessons.

Maths

Full GCSE exam paper – this could cover any area of the specification. Set 1 will sit a Higher paper and all others will sit a Foundation paper. Some questions may not have been completely covered but allows us to see what grade students are currently working at.

Science

Triple Science – Triple Science students will sit three exams (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) – each 1hr 45 minutes long and each worth 100 marks.

Students have covered the topics that make up Paper 1 – and will therefore sit full past examination papers. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Biology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics

Chemistry topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Physics topics 1–4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

The three separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE qualifications will be graded on a nine-point scale: 1–9 – where 9 is the best grade. A student taking Foundation Tier assessments will be awarded a grade within the range of 1 to 5. A student taking Higher Tier assessments will be awarded a grade within the range of 4 to 9. A student sitting the Higher Tier who just fails to achieve grade 4 will be awarded an allowed grade 3. Students who fail to reach the minimum standard for the allowed grade 3 will be recorded as U (unclassified).

The vast majority of students will sit Higher Tier exams in their Y10 exams. Combined Science – Combined Science students will sit three exams (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) – each 1hr 15 minutes long and each worth 70 marks.

Students have covered the topics that make up Paper 1 – and will therefore sit full past examination papers. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Biology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics

Chemistry topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Physics topics 1–4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Combined Science is worth two GCSE grades. The qualification is graded on a 17-point scale – : 1–1 to 9–9 – where 9–9 is the best grade.

Combined Science students are either entered for the Higher or Foundation tier. A student taking Foundation Tier assessments will be awarded a grade within the range of 1–1 to 5–5. A student taking Higher Tier assessments will be awarded a grade within the range of 4–4 to 9–9. A student sitting the Higher Tier who just fails to achieve grade 4–4 will be awarded an allowed grade 4–3. Students who fail to reach the minimum standard for the allowed grade 4–3 will be recorded as U (unclassified).

Students will be informed about which exam tier they have been entered for their Y10 exam. They will sit the same tier of exam for their three exams.

MFL - German

Year 10 – We will be doing a foundation tier past paper in listening reading and writing only (not speaking). Students should revise all topics studied this year and look through vocabulary for the final three topics. They can use their vocabulary booklets and our school accounts on Quizlet.com.

MFL - French

Year 10 – We will be doing a foundation tier past paper in listening reading and writing only (not speaking). Students should revise all topics studied this year and look through vocabulary for the final three topics. They can use their vocabulary booklets and our school accounts on Quizlet.com.

Geography

Students will sit a full paper one exam paper for 1hr 30 mins. Topics included will be: Challenge of Natural Hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, tropical storms, climate change, uk extreme weather); Living World minus the desertification section (ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests and hot deserts); UK Physical Landscapes (Rivers and Coasts).

History

The exam is a complete a one-hour paper on Germany 1890-1945. It covers six questions requiring written answers worth between 4 and 12 marks each. Students can revise using their notes, knowledge organisers or revision guides if they have purchased one.

Religious Education

One unit for Christianity ‘Beliefs & Teachings’, one for Buddhism ‘Practices’. Revision lessons completed with KAF/SMR – resources on Google and exam is 50 minutes long – 54 marks (half a full paper).

Music

One-hour Listening Exam (mid June); Student also complete a SOLO performance (mid to late June).

PE / Sports studies

Pupils will sit an exam on Fitness and Body Systems. The paper is 50 minutes long and comprises GCSE questions from previous exam papers.

Drama

Students will complete a mock NEA Scripted exam, performing scenes from ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell. Students are currently in rehearsal for this – an exam date will be communicated to parents once it has been finalised but this will be an evening during this half term and parents will be invited to attend. Written exam practice is currently taking place within lesson time alongside this.

Child Development

Pupils will sit a paper that questions knowledge on RO57 exam topics 1 and 4. Pupils will use their purple books to revise from and resources and revision aids are being created within our lessons prior to the exam.

Design Technology

Pupils will sit a full past paper. A focused revision guide has been placed on Google Classroom.

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