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Information for current pupils of Y Pant

GCSE Maths & Numeracy Exam info for Year 10

Important Dates in Maths

Our current year 10 pupils will be sitting GCSE Numeracy and GCSE Maths in November 2017. The dates of the external exams are listed at the bottom. In preparation for this they will all be involved in mock exams to be held in October 2017.

Set 1 will be sitting higher tier and set 2 intermediate tier (with the option of then sitting higher tier the following summer). Set 3 will be sitting the intermediate tier and sets 4 and 5 the foundation tier (with the option of then sitting the intermediate tier the following summer). It is anticipated that the majority of pupils will re-sit these exams in the summer of 2018 in order to improve their grades. When pupils re-sit they always keep their BEST grade.

 

Nov 6th GCSE Numeracy – Unit 1 (Non-Calculator) (1¾ hours)

Nov 8th GCSE Numeracy – Unit 2 (Calculator) (1¾ hours)

 

Nov 10th GCSE Maths – Unit 1 (Non-Calculator)

Nov 13th GCSE Maths – Unit 2 (Calculator)

 

 

Maths GCSE equipment reminder

Maths GCSE exams take place the first week back after half-term. All pupils need to have:
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Calculator
Students need a clear pencil case. Water is allowed into the exam must the bottle must be transparent.

Out of School Revision and Support Sessions

The following revision and support sessions are now running.  More will be added as we progress through the year.

Subject

Session Day

Session Time

Staff Member

Target Students

Art & Design Tuesday 3.00pm – 4.00pm Mrs J Gold GCSE
Design Technology Monday – Friday Break and Lunchtime All department members All students welcome
Drama Monday 4.00pm – 6.00pm Mr O Thomas All students welcome
English Language Wednesday 3.00pm – 4.00pm GCSE
English Literature Wednesday 3.00pm – 4.00pm GCSE
Mathematics Tuesday 3.00pm – 4.00pm Mrs L Cranstone & Miss S Owen GCSE (11Y3 and 11Y4)
Religious Studies Monday – Friday Break and Lunchtime Mrs D Graves All students welcome
Additional Learning Needs Monday – Friday Break and Lunchtime All Dept. members All students welcome
Spanish Wednesday Lunchtime Senora V Fernandez GCSE

Surf Trip July 2016

As part of Activities Week we take a group of students to Croyde Bay in Devon every year for a “Learn to Surf” camp.  Isabelle Smith and Alex Parker, now in year 9, have written us a report – it sounds like they had a fantastic time!

At surfing we had great fun. We started our first lesson with a quick practice on the sand then we were ready to hit the waves! We had to wait for the lifeguards to take down the red flag because it was so misty first! The waves on the first night were great and we all stood up on our boards. That evening we had fish and chips and explored the beach and campsite. We made friends with the seagulls who seemed to like our ships and waking us up early!
The next day we had a huge breakfast and a proper awakening from the cold wetsuits! After struggling down to the beach with our boards we found some stranded jellyfish. The surf was great and the weather was lovely. We went out quite far to catch the best waves although most of us fell off that day! That night we had a BBQ and played beach volleyball and rounders.
The drive back the next day was on one of the hottest days of the year, on a bus with no air-conditioning! We all had a great time, and really enjoyed learning to surf.

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Lauren’s summer at Aberystwyth University

aber-summer-school2During the summer of 2015, I spent 6 weeks in Aberystwyth University as a student of the Summer University Programme. For six whole weeks during the summer, I lived as a student in student accommodation and attending lectures of varying intensity to then sit and examination lesson at the end of the course. The six weeks was split up into 3 periods of two weeks. I would sit a course of my choice and core skills and they would change every two weeks. Altogether, I sat 6 modules with university standard assessments.

The first two weeks of the holiday, I studied Core Skills one, which required me to write an essay of 1000 words about the influence of popular music on Western culture. I decided to do mine on Punk as it was a very influential part of the late 20th century and the first few years of the 21st century, although less influential during the latter. I also studied a subject of my choice, which was Psychology, in which was studied about Social Psychologist and, of course, the Stanford Prison Experiment. We also looked at the Robber’s Cave experiment which saw two groups of teenage boys on a camping trip. Neither of the groups knew about the other group, and after a week of activities, the two groups were brought together. The aim was to study hostility between groups. At the end of the two weeks, we had to write an essay of 1500 words on a question we were given, so I decided to Critically Evaluate the Behavioural Approach, along with a power point presentation highlighting a topic that we feel strongly about. My presentation was on how Social Media has led to a decrease of literacy rates across England and Wales. To results were shocking. I finished the first two weeks with a 2,2 in core skills and Psychology.

The second two weeks followed a similar format to the first part of the summer. I sat through 2 hours of core skills in the morning, researching and writing a 800 word essay on the question “To learn in Welsh is a privilege! Discuss”. Many people had strong views on this subject, myself included. I decided to take a historical approach to answering this question. My second choice subject was Drama. I quite enjoyed drama and the lecturer’s name was Ritz. However, he was also a philosophy teacher so the majority of the lessons were very philosophical based, including the scripted piece we studied; Waiting for Godot. Despite this, I very much enjoyed reading the play. For the assessment at the end of the middle two weeks, we had to perform a play of our stories that we had written and hand in a journal we had been keeping of the two weeks we were in Drama. This time, I received a 2,2 for core skills but a 2,1 in Drama.

The final two weeks, the core skills essay was about a question our team devised with an accompanying presentation. My team decided to do our assignment on “The Increase OF Global Communications has brought the human race together.” Discuss!

I found this essay and research to be very interesting and I enjoyed working as part of team to come up with a final product that we were all very happy with. I am still waiting on the results of this block at this time, but I am sure I have done well. My final chosen subject was Law. I was very excited about this as I aim to become a Homicide detective. I have now decided that I am going to study Criminal Law in Aberystwyth when I leave school and this programme has helped me decide.

But it wasn’t all work. The leaders of the programme put on a range of activities every night for us, making this experience not only an educational one, but a social one as well. I have made many friends that I will keep in contact with. This was a once in a lifetime experience and if any of you get the opportunity to do this, I would highly recommend it. At the end of the summer, there was a graduation ceremony where we received certificates and have been told that we have an offer of EE to get into Aberystwyth University which has helped me out a lot.

Lauren Pickens – year 13

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Important 6th form parking notice

Due to construction work for our new school building, there will be no parking facilities for the 6th form during September, October and November. Please seek alternative arrangements and we apologise for this short term inconvenience while we create your new facilities.
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