We are aware that many of our parents wish to help their child with their studies as much as they possibly can. With this in mind we have compiled a list of some useful revision and education web sites and advice.
GENERAL USEFUL WEBSITES
PRACTICE PAPERS FOR EXAM BOARDS
GUIDES AND WEBSITES BY SUBJECT
A word of caution on revision guides:
- First check what course your child is completing - what examination board? What course code? The revision guides mentioned below may not be appropriate for your child's specifications.
- Revision guides should not be a substitute for revising from course notes, relevant textbooks and for completing past papers.
- Revision guides are not advisable for all subjects - for subjects such as History, Music and Drama where there is a lot of choice on the specification you may find that only a small amount of the revision guide may actually be relevant.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
- There are some good quiz type websites for D&T on Materials Blockbuster Game featuring D&T Material questions on Materials, Wood, Metal and Plastic http://www.teachers-direct.co.uk/resources/quiz-busters
- Course book for AQA - AQA D&T Resistant Materials Technology
- Good revision guides from CGP eg CGP GCSE D&T Resistant Materials (AQA Spec)
- GCSE Literature - York Notes on set books are one of the best of the available series at this level. Check which exam board and which text your child is using.
- GCSE Language - student books are available eg AQA student book, but again, check which exam board and specification.
- A-Level - The York Notes especially written for A-Level will offer something useful on pretty much any mainstream set text. The Phillip Allan AS and A2 Guides on a number of set books are also good.
- For a good guide to writing well, try Elements of Style by Strunk and White.
- A useful website is Novel Guide http://www.novelguide.com
- For GCSE try CGP revision guides for each subject, remembering to check exam board and specification.
- For AS and A2 try the OCR Revise Geography published by Heinemann and the Student Unite Guides published by Philip Allan Updates.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT)
- With any Maths revision book, look out for a work book (pages of notes and formulae are all well and good, but in Maths effective revision is all about working through lots of practice questions.) The CGP revision books are a perennial favourite and good for Maths revision at any stage.
- Encourage your child to log on to MyMaths.com http://www.mymaths.co.uk and to use it! It is useful for revision specific topics or broader areas of the Maths curriculum. You can search it by topic or by level. The booster packs are great for revision and your child's teacher will be able to tell you which one he/she should be using.
- GCSE Maths Past Papers http://www.gcse.mathspastpapers.com is a great resouce for past papers.
- For AS Politics try AS UK Government and Politics Exam Revision Notes by Patrick Walsh-Atkins, particularly if your child has not managed to take adequate or clearly structured notes throughout the year.
- For A2 Politics (USA) try the Unit 3 and Unit 4 Workbooks published by Phillip Allan. They can be worked through by the student themselves and are excellent for cementing the basics.
- Also for A2 Politics Political Ideologies Exam Revision Notes, 2nd Edition, Hodder by Daniel Woodley.
- A useful site is School Science http://www.schoolscience.co.uk
- For GCSE try CPG Revision Guides for each subject
- For Physics AS and A2 Level, try the Heinemann OCR revision guides for succinct revision notes to jog memories on each topic, as well as quick-check guides.
Parents are reminded that whilst the Internet is a useful and effective learning tool, students should not be allowed to be on the Internet unsupervised. Here are some tips to help you:
- Ensure you are clear about what your child will be doing on-line and ask them to show you their work before and after Internet use.
- Limit the use of additional features such as a web cam to when you are present in the room.
- Keep computers and laptops in family areas so that you are aware of the sites your child is using.
- Report any abuse or impropriety to the apppropriate site authorities.
- Contact the Child Exploitation On line Protection (CEOP) authorities if there is anything that you suspect is inappropriate.
CEOP (www.ceop.police.uk) has some very useful resources for parents. it is quick and easy to register and you be sent regular updates on important information.
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Students that need medication during the school day MUST hand it in to staff in the Welfare Room first thing in the morning for safe-keeping. All medicine must be in its original packaging, showing an expiry date. A letter from home giving parental consent is also required.
Students who have allergies and need an EPIPEN are allowed to carry them, but we do advise that a spare is stored in the Welfare Room for emergencies.
Asthmas sufferers should carry their inhalers at all times, again we advise that a spare is stored in the Welfare Room.
Should a student's medical condition change or is newly diagnosed, please inform welfare staff as soon as possible, either in writing or my phone.
Crutches & Plasters
Students who wish to return to school on crutches/plaster casts must first obtain a letter from their doctor/hospital confirming that they are medically able to cope with the school environment. An appointment must then be made with welfare staff for an assessment on mobility and access to lessons etc.
Would parents please ensure that all of their child's/children's belongings are clearly labelled with their name, that way if items are lost we are quickly able to reunite the item with its owner!
In order to ensure that all our students have the opportunity to work on their homework in a well resourced and supportive environment, Kingsmead School runs a number of Homework Clubs during the school term.
Homework Clubs run every day after school in the library, 3:30-4:30pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 2:30pm-3:30pm on Tuesdays.
These clubs are open to all students in Years 7-11. They are supervised by staff who are able to support students in their understanding of the work they are undertaking. Subject and Year team specialist staff frequently drop into the clubs to offer additional support.
In addition to the daily Homework Clubs there is extra support for Key Stage 4 students preparing for GCSE examinations.
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Homework is an essential elemant in every student's learning. Homework is set for the following reasons:
- It extends the time students spend on active learning; homework also extends and consolidates what has been learned in class.
- It gives students the time to practise skills at their own pace.
- It allows students and teachers to see whether classroom learning has been understood.
- It helps students to be better prepared for fututre lessons.
- It helps develop independent learning skills needed for success in school and in the work-place.
- It allows parents to be more actively involved in understanding and monitoring progress.
In the academic year 2010-2011 we introduced a new 'Department Homework Not Completed' stamp. When a student fails to meet a homework deadline their Student Planner will be stamped with this. When parents make their weekly check of their child's planner if they see this stamp we would ask that you immediately discuss with your child the reasons why they did not complete the homework on time so that it can be avoided in the future. Are they spending too much time on MSN or Facebook? Do they need help in managing their time? Can you help them improve their organisational skills? Are they struggling with the subject?
The support of parents in helping your child achieve their best in their studies is key to their academic success.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2011 09:42