Year 9 Exams Information

The majority of exams will take place during the week of 2nd – 5th May.  However, due to timetabling, some may go into the following week.

English, Maths and Science exams will take place in the Exam Hall under strict exam conditions.  This will give our students an early experience of what it will be like to sit future exams.  All other subject exams will take place in lesson time, in their classroom, under the supervision of the class teacher. Practical subjects including the Arts, Music, Drama, DT and PE will be carrying out project and practical assessments over Term 5. The exams will, along with the ‘in year’ assessments, help to give teachers an accurate picture of each students attainment and progress over the year.

It is vital that students prepares early and thoroughly.  To help the students the content and style of the exam will be guided by the class teacher.  Below are the dates of the exams, along with teacher guidance on content.


All students in year 9 will be taking end of year exam or assessments across a range of subjects. To help with organisation, preparation and revision below is an outline for each subject of what will be covered, what revision materials that should be used and the timing of the exams.

English

Topics: GCSE exam style assessment focusing on creative writing

How to prepare: Mini assessments completed/lesson work that shows the type of task and skills required. Previous assessment targets focusing on SPaG and using effective vocabulary. Practice of writing descriptions and narratives.

When: Friday 5 May 2017 – Period 3

Maths

Topic: GCSE non calculator style exam – topics covered are shown below

How to prepare: The best revision resources are on the school’s VLE – Each topic is numbered. Go to https://vle.ashtonpark.net/mod/page/view.php?id=9992

2 Ordering Numbers; 13 Tallies and Charts; 14 Coordinates; 27 Calculations with Fractions including Mixed Numbers; 32 Substitution; 35 Angles in Polygons; 41 Translations; 52 Prime Factorisation; 57 Collecting Like Terms; 58 Expanding & Factorising; 75 Speed, Distance & Time; 97 Upper & Lower Bounds

When: Thursday 4 May 2017 – Period 4

Science

Topic: GCSE exam style assessment on Ecosystem processes; Separation techniques; Electricity and magnetism; Adaptation and inheritance; Metals and acids; Motion and pressure.

How to prepare: All topics are on the VLE including revision exercises and link to BBC bitesize.

Exercise books and key word and definition lists will be provided by the class teacher. Revision guides and workbooks are available to buy from the “Merchandise Shop” tab on the school website.

When: Thursday 4 May 2017 T Groups – Period 1 or S Groups – Period 3

History

Topic: GCSE exam style assessment focusing on The Home Front in WW2

How to prepare: Exercise book(s). Revision work on SMHW and given out in lessons. Revision lesson(s) before the assessment

When: Assessments in History lessons and will be spread over a two week period as follows:

9X1 Tuesday 9 May          9X2 Wednesday 3 May             9X3 Wednesday 3 May               9X4 Thursday 11 May

9Y1 Tuesday 11 May        9Y2 Thursday 4 May                9Y3 Tuesday 11 May                  9Y4 Tuesday 11 May

Geography

Topic: GCSE exam style assessment focusing on Volcanoes and Earthquakes. Focus will be on one of the real volcano and earthquake events studied. This will be an extended writing assessment.

How to prepare: Exercise book(s). Revision work on SMHW and given out in lessons. Revision lesson(s) before the assessment

When: Assessments will be in Geography lessons and spread over a two week period as follows:

9X1 Friday May              9X2 Friday 5 May                       9X3 Tuesday 9 May                    9X4 Wednesday 3 May

9Y1 Thursday 4 May      9Y2 Thursday 11 May                9Y3 Thursday 4 May                  9Y4 Tuesday 9 May

Religious Education

Topic: Evil and SufferingThe nature of evil and suffering; Types of evil; Causes of evil; Free will; Evil as a convincing argument against God’s existence; Reasons for suffering; Christian responses to evil

How to prepare: Exercise book(s). Revision work on SMHW and given out in lessons. Revision lesson(s) before the assessment

When: Assessments will be in RE lessons and spread over a two week period as follows:

9X1 Wednesday 3 May     9X2 Tuesday 9 May                   9X3 Thursday 11 May   9X4 Friday 5 May

9Y1 Tuesday 9 May         9Y2 Friday 12 May                    9Y3 Tuesday 9 May                    9Y4 Monday 15 May

Modern Foreign Languages

Topic: French Listening activity: Vocabulary of films and TV programmes; opinions; connectives; past, present and conditional tense. All revision/ work is in their book from Term 3/ 4.

How to prepare: Exercise books, Linguascope website (ashtonpark/Napoleon10)/languagesonline.com

When: Assessments will be in MFL lessons as follows:

9Fr1 Tuesday 2 May            9Fr2 No exam                       9F1 Tuesday 2 May                    9D1 Friday 5 May P1

Topic: Spanish Reading activity: Vocabulary of daily routine and pocket money, opinions, connectives. They will also need to revise the past (preterit and imperfect) and the present tense.

How to prepare: Exercise books, Linguascope website (ashtonpark/Napoleon10)/languagesonline.com

When: Assessments will be in MFL lessons as follows:

9S1 Tuesday 2 May             9S2 No exam                        9S3 Friday 5 May                       9SP1 Tuesday 2

9Sp2 Tuesday 2 May           9D1 Tuesday 2 May

Computing

Student have already taken the exam for the Entry Level Certificate in Computing. Results will be available on return to school in September

Practical Subjects

There is no written end of year exam for these subjects. Their final assessment grade will be based on projects and performance. Further guidance will be on Show My Homework

Music: ‘Music for film’a practical performance of a group piece to support the moving image. This will be performed on keyboards.

Drama: Characterisation, movement, use of space, vocal skills. A choice of stimuli to prepare a devised piece including a written evaluation

Art: Assessment will be based on sketchbook and portfolio completed throughout the year 

DT: Assessment will be based on all DT modules completed throughout the year

Non Examined Subjects

Please be aware that there is no end of year exam for PE and PSHE

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