Key Stage 3 Assessment Period

The annual Assessment Period for Key Stage 3 students will run from Tuesday 13th to Friday 23rd June. Details of assessment content for each subject can be found in Table 2 below.

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Year 7 and 8All exams will take place during normal timetabled lessons within the Assessment Fortnight.  Pupils will be informed of the exact date and period by their subject teachers.

Year 9 :  Most exams will take place in the Main Hall or the Sports Hall (see Table 1 below for details which may be subject to change). This will be a useful experience for students in preparation for GCSE and other external examinations they will sit next year.

Table 1: Year 9 Exam Timetable – Main Hall or Sports Hall

Date Subject Band Time Venue Duration  
Tues 13th June English X 8.50 Main Hall 1.5 hours Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber
Y 11.10
Wed 14thJune History All Pupils 1.30 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber
Thu 15th June Geography All Pupils 8.50 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber
Fri 16th June Welsh All Pupils 1.30 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber
Mon 19th June REP All Pupils 1.30 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber
Tues 20th  June Biology All Pupils 8.50 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, calculator
Wed 21st  June Chemistry X 8.50 Main Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, calculator
Y 11.10
Thurs 22nd June Physics All Pupils 8.50 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, calculator

Some assessments for Year 9 will take place during normal timetabled lessons within the Assessment Period.  Pupils will be informed of the exact date and period by their subject teachers.

Table 2: Assessment Content

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Art No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exam – assessed during the course of the year. Tonal A5 study of mask.

This will assess the composition and the accuracy of proportion and perspective. We will also look at the successful application of tone, shape, pattern, texture and detail.

Pupils could try carrying out direct observations based on the relevant themes to help prepare for the test.

 
DT No exams  – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year.

 

 
Drama Assessment will take place in end of year practical: 2 hours across 2 lessons (this may fall outside assessment fortnight: students will be told by their class teachers). Assessment will take place in end of year practical: 2 hours across 2 lessons (this may fall outside assessment fortnight: students will be told by their class teachers). Assessment will take place in end of year practical: 2 hours across 2 lessons (this may fall outside assessment fortnight: students will be told by their class teachers).  
English (1hr) Narrative: Choice of two titles.

Pupils will complete preparation work/revision work prior to the exams in their English lessons. Pupils will be encouraged to consolidate their revision over half term with parents being able to help their child by doing some general spelling/ punctuation/ grammar and story planning revision.

(1hr) Narrative: The Injured Soldier story.

Pupils will complete preparation work/revision work prior to the exams in their English lessons and pupils will be encouraged to consolidate their revision over half term with parents being encouraged to help their child by doing some general spelling/ punctuation/ grammar and story planning revision.

 

(1.5hr) Series of Fiction Reading Comprehension Tasks and 1 x Non Fiction Writing task: Pupils will complete preparation work/revision work prior to the exams in their English lessons and pupils will be encouraged to consolidate their revision over half term with parents being encouraged to help their child by doing some general spelling, punctuation and grammar

*Exam in the Main Hall – see Table 1

French   No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year.  
Geography The exam will last 50 minutes and take place during one lesson in the assessment fortnight. We will let pupils know the date before they break up for Whitsun. Pupils will need to revise all the work they have covered this year. The exam will last one hour. Pupils will need to revise all the work they have covered this year.

 

The exam will last one hour. Pupils will need to revise all the work they have covered this year.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1

History 1 hour exam completed in assessment fortnight, based on the whole year’s work. The focus will be on factual recall. 1 hour exam, based on the whole year’s work. The focus will be on factual recall.

 

1 hour exam, based on the whole year’s work. The focus will be on factual recall.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1

 

Food and Textiles

No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year.

 

ICT Assessed through classwork – through a range of key tasks Assessed through classwork – through a range of key tasks Assessed through classwork – through a range of key tasks
Maths 1.5 hour exam in Maths based on the whole year’s work and spread over 2 lessons. 1.5 hour exam in Maths based on the whole year’s work and spread over 2 lessons.

 

1.5 hour exam in Maths based on the whole year’s work and spread over 2 lessons.

 

Music No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year.
PSE No exams. No exams. No exams.
REP No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year.

 

No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year. 1 hour exam based upon Year 9 work on Christian beliefs.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1

 

Science

 

 

 

 

 

Exams will take place in the classroom during assessment fortnight.

 

Biology: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Characteristics of Living Things and Habitats.

 

Chemistry: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Starting Science; Solids, Liquids and Gases; Acids and Alkalis.

 

Skills: 1-hour exam based on this year’s work – variables, tables, graphs, analysis of data, balanced and unbalanced forces.

 

Exams will take place in the classroom during assessment fortnight.

 

Biology: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Cells, Reproduction and Variation.

 

Chemistry: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Elements and Compounds; Separating Mixtures; The first part of Reactivity of Metals (their teacher will clarify this further if necessary).

 

Physics: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work.  Assessment based on the topic of Electricity and Energy.

 

*Three separate exams in the Sports/Main Hall – see Table 1

 

Biology: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Diet, Digestion, Respiration and Breathing.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1

 

Chemistry: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Chemical reactions 1; Chemical reactions 2; Environmental Chemistry

*Exam in the Main Hall – see Table 1

 

Physics: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Assessment based on the topic of Sound and Light.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1

Spanish No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year. No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year. No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year.
Welsh Assessment will be during one lesson and will be based on all topics covered across the year. Assessment will be completed in the class and will be based on all topics covered across the year.

 

Assessment will be completed in the Sports Hall and will be based on all the topics covered across the year.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1

Prize Giving 2017

We were delighted to welcome Mr Matt Elias, Performance Director of Welsh Athletics and former Olympic 400m runner, to present the prizes on 6th April.  During the evening we also enjoyed performances from Yasmin Reid, Alys Cleverley and Sara Pugh.  Sara picked up her Rotary Club Young Vocalist of the Year shield as well.

A full list of prize winners can be found below.

Matt Elias
Headteacher, Mark Powell, giving his final speech as Head of Y Pant

Year 7

Academic Prizes

Subject Name
Art Emma Hicks
Drama Nia Nozencroft
Design Technology (RM) Maddie Thomas
History Maddie Thomas
French Olivia Morgan
ICT Daniel Gammon
Music Nia Colcombe
Mathematics Marcus Docherty
Science Harri Burmingham
Religion, Ethics & Philosophy Katie Hardwidge
English Lauren Evans & Evie Morgan
Cymraeg Evie Morgan
Design Food/Textiles Evie Morgan
Geography Evie Morgan

Overall Winner – Evie Morgan – Award sponsored by: New Directions

Endeavor Prizes

Subject Name
Art Shakira Durbessich-Reed
Design Food/Textiles Shauna Archer
Design Technology (RM) Molly Francis
English Marceline Gebraska
French Kerris Watkins
Geography Sam Price-Thomas
ICT Levi Lewis
Music Abi Corderoy
Mathematics Ellie Cooper
Cymraeg Rocco Chung
Science Spencer Parry
Learning Support Lloyd Rose
R E P Riley Lloyd
PE (Boys) Gethin Poacher
PE (Girls) Abigail Blandford
Drama Evan-Ray Denscombe
History Evan-Ray Denscombe

Overall Winner – Evan-Ray Denscombe – Award sponsored by: WH Preene & Son

Year 8

Academic Prizes

Subject Name
Art Sara Greaves
Design Food/Textiles Jessica Doyle
English Jessica Doyle
Drama Mali Rhys-Thomas
Design Technology (RM) Isabelle Smith
History Dylan Hamer
ICT Emiah Ellis
Mathematics Andrew Suen
Cymraeg Luke Jones
Geography Alys Cleverley
Music Alys Cleverley
Spanish Alys Cleverley
Science Alys Cleverley
REP Alys Cleverley

Overall Winner – Alys Cleverley- Award sponsored by: New Directions

Endeavor Prizes

Subject Name
Art George Deaves-Small
Design Food/Textiles Owen Cockburn
Spanish Owen Cockburn
Drama Sam Shipman
Design Technology (RM) Phoebe Dalton
English Stephen Samuels
History Annabelle Bancroft
Music Taylor Brinicombe
Mathematics William Hinton
Cymraeg Ashleigh Harris
Science Liana Page
PE (Girls) Millie Lewis
PE (Boys) Iwan Jenkins
Learning Support Chloe Dunn & Livia Baker
Geography Livia Baker
ICT Livia Baker
REP Livia Baker

Overall Winner – Livia Baker – Award sponsored by: Glamorgan Financial Services Ltd.

Year 9

Academic Prizes

Subject Name
Art Katie Dunn
Design Food/Textiles Lydia Morgan
Drama Lydia Morgan
Design Technology (RM) Catrin Gratridge
French Thomas Hart
Mathematics Thomas Hart
Geography Fran McNally
History Shani Williams
Music Jake Lloyd
Cymraeg Hannah McCann
English Natalie Johns
ICT Natalie Johns
Science Natalie Johns
REP Natalie Johns

Overall Winner – Natalie Johns – Award sponsored by: Blakemore & Son Ltd.

Endeavour Prizes

Subject Name
Design Food/Textiles Bethany Luckett
Drama Rhys Winterburn
Design Technology (RM) Ross Cooper
English Catrin Parsons
French Alice Brannan
Geography Jamie Sallam
History Kaitlin Lewis
ICT Mia Jenkins
Music Sam Fletcher
Mathematics Courtney Jones
Cymraeg Ellie Hammacott
Science Caitlyn Huckridge
Learning Support Tyron Rees & Callum Eades
REP Lauren Short
PE (Boys) Mitchell Jones
PE (Girls) Elynor Backstedt
Art Ben Sutton

Overall Winner – Ben SuttonAward sponsored by: Mainline Travel

Year 10

Academic Prizes

Subject Name
Child Development Caitlin Lewis
Catering Melissa Cayford
Drama Anwen Harries
Design Technology Ben Chessell
Health & Social Care Chloe Whitehead
Welsh Baccalaureate Emilia Bolton
Mathematics Emilia Bolton
English Emilia Bolton & Yasmin Howells
Art Yasmin Howells
ICT Yasmin Howells
Spanish Rhiannon Cummings
Geography Katie Samuel
Business Studies Riya Kale
Computing Kieran Smith
Music Ieuan Davies
Cymraeg Caitlin Langstone
REP Daniel MacLean-Howell
Media Studies Lucy Challinor
Physical Education Jay Coombes
History Elizabeth Samuel
Biology Elizabeth Samuel
Chemistry Elizabeth Samuel
Physics Elizabeth Samuel

Overall Winner – Elizabeth Samuel – Award sponsored by: Llanharan Community Charity Shop

Endeavour Prizes

Subject Name
Art Jules Claes
Child Development Tyla Smith
Catering Cory Gooch
Design Technology Thomas Mead
Geography Catrin Jones
History Abigail Winterburn
Business Studies Megan Austin
Computing Miles Binding
Music Elliza Hill
Mathematics Carlos Lyddiatt
Chemistry Shaia Miles
REP Kirsty Price
Media Studies Liam Gilheaney
PE (Boys) Ben Vowles
PE (Girls) Olivia Enoch
Welsh Baccalaureate Georgia Harkus
ICT Ella Worgan
Spanish Ella Worgan
English Wanessa Sikorska
Learning Support Wanessa Sikorska
Biology Vivian Ogbomor
Physics Vivian Ogbomor
Drama Robert Billingham
Cymraeg Robert Billingham

Overall Winner – Robert Billingham – Award sponsored by: Llanharry Community Council

Year 11

Subject Name
Child Development Neilla Jenkins
Drama Sara Pugh
Design Technology Matthew Amesbury
English Megan Wallace
Business Studies Stacey Bull
ICT Kaylyn Broad
Computing Spencer Mehta
Music Meg Davies
Mathematics Zoe Li
Biology Noah Evans
Chemistry Ella White
Physical Education Brooke Powell
Catering Felicity Bancroft
Welsh Baccalaureate Felicity Bancroft
French Megan Schoen
History Megan Schoen
Geography Daniel Schoen
Cymraeg Daniel Schoen
REP Abi Vosper
Media Studies Abi Vosper
Art Frankie Mitchell
Physics Frankie Mitchell

Overall Winner – Frankie Mitchell – Award sponsored by: Llanharry Community Council

Endeavour Prizes

Subject Name
Art Rosie Connelan
Child Development Ella Cale
Catering Matthew Keating
Drama Cheyenne Rose Lewis
Design Technology Christian Alford
English Cameron Carmody
Geography Evan Evans
History Kate Davies
Business Studies Holly Ryan
ICT Alison Davies
Computing Joshua Parsons
Music Sophie Prosser
Mathematics Brandon Webb
Cymraeg Maia Chappell
Biology Megan Schoen
REP Safia Hafid
Media Studies Ethan Williams
Welsh Baccalaureate Christopher Sallam
PE (Boys) Jack Elvis
PE (Girls) Molly Rowlands
Chemistry Tyler Olds
Physics Tyler Olds
French Shannon Milne
Learning Support Shannon Milne

Overall Winner – Shannon Milne – Award sponsored by: Llanharan Community Charity Shop

Year 12

Academic Prizes

Subject Name
Design Technology Bethany Mason
Geography Elysia Humphreys
Business Studies Yung Tsui
ICT Jenna Trott
Mathematics David King
Cymraeg Poppy Horsey
Spanish Alex Davies
REP Menna Ward
Travel & Tourism Oliver Wheeler
Media Studies Caitlin Mead
Physical Education MacKenzie Melody
Welsh Baccalaureate Lois Ferns
Art Ewan Wilson
Psychology Ewan Wilson
Music Lewis Hawkins
Computing Lewis Hawkins
History Hannah Mealey
Drama Hannah Mealey
Biology Frankie Hopkins
English Frankie Hopkins
Chemistry Jack Smith
Physics Jack Smith

Overall Winner – Jack Smith – Award sponsored by: Vale Independent Financial Advisors

Endeavour Prizes

Subject Name
Art Phoebe Herbert
Drama Jason Spencer
English Chloe Winterburn
Geography Caitlin Mead
History Emily Howell
Business Studies Jess Matthews
ICT Elliot Harris
Music Evan Doyle
Spanish Ben Evans
Chemistry Molly West
Physics Lewis Hawkins
Media Studies Thomas Prosser
Welsh Baccalaureate Lauren Pickens
REP Charlotte Hamm
Travel & Tourism Charlotte Hamm
Cymraeg Daniel Mounter
Computing Daniel Mounter
Biology Megan Prewett
Mathematics Megan Prewett

Overall Winner – Megan Prewett – Award sponsored by : Llanharan Community Charity Shop

Year 13

Academic Prizes

Subject Name
Art Erin Jenkins
Drama Kate Porter
English Kesia Evans
History Keira White
Business Studies Rhodri Poacher
Travel & Tourism Rhodri Poacher
ICT Huw Jones
Spanish Nia Daniells
Physics Daniel Havard
REP Caitlin Bridges
Psychology Jack Jones
Media Studies Amelia Green
Geography Katie Crook
Biology Katie Crook & Juliet Johns
Mathematics Juliet Johns
Chemistry Juliet Johns

Overall Winner – Juliet Johns – Award sponsored by: Vale Independent Financial Advisors

Endeavour Prizes

Subject Name
Drama Dylan Bellis
English Georgia Guildford
Geography Zoe Morgan
History Jack Jones
Business Studies Oliver Wheeler
ICT Liam Grace
Mathematics Iwan Evans
Spanish Hywel Thomas
Biology Rachael Sinclair
Chemistry Katie Williams
Physics Josh James
REP Emily Evans
Travel & Tourism Emily Evans
Art Molly Robson
Media Studies Molly Robson

Overall Winner – Molly Robson – Award sponsored by: Purolite

Department Prizes

Prize Sponsor Recipient
Design Technology –

John Haydn Thomas Prize

Mrs Sian Bolton Matthew Amesbury
English Rotary Club of Llantrisant Kesia Evans
Spanish Pontyclun Van Hire Nia Daniells
History Llantrisant Community Council Kiera White
French The Community Shop of Pontyclun Megan Schoen
Design Technology (Food, Catering, Textiles, Child Development, Health & Social Care) Haveli Restaurant Neilla Jenkins
Information Technology Llanharan Community Charity Shop Kaylyn Broad
Computing Llanharry Community Council Spencer Mehta
Drama Butcher’s Arms Sarah Pugh
Travel & Tourism Mainline Travel Rhodri Poacher
Business Studies Lifestyle Financial Services Rhodri Poacher
Physics Mrs Sian Bolton Jack Smith
Art Llanharan Community Charity Shop Molly Robson
Psychology The Community Shop of Pontyclun Jack Jones
Media Studies Purolite Amelia Green
Physical Education Pontyclun Van Hire Abigail Blandford
Music The Community Shop of Pontyclun Lewis Hawkins
Cymraeg Llanharry Community Council Daniel Schoen
Religion, Ethics & Philosophy Mrs Sian Bolton Caitlin Bridges
Geography Llanharan Community Charity Shop Katie Crook
Biology Finning UK Ltd. Katie Crook & Juliet Johns
Chemistry Llanharan Community Charity Shop Juliet Johns
Mathematics Pontyclun Action Group Juliet Johns
Head Girl Mrs Sian Bolton Juliet Johns
Head Boy Mrs Sian Bolton Bob Davies

Pupil Improvement Awards

Most Improved Pupil in Year 07 – Isaac Jenkins

Most Improved Pupil in Year 08 – George Deaves-Small

Most Improved Pupil in Year 09 – David Mudd

Most Improved Pupil in Year 10 – Vivian Ogbomor

Most Improved Pupil in Year 11 – Ryan Mo

Sponsored & Presented by County Borough Councillor Barry Stephens J.P.

Special Awards

Rotary Clubs’ Shield – Young Vocalist of the Year – Sarah Pugh

Rotary Clubs of Aberdare, Llantrisant and Rhondda

Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Llantrisant

John Davies Memorial Prize – Keira White

Presented to the most successful student at A Level.

Sponsored by Mrs Sian Bolton

Award for Sustained Academic Excellence – Juliet Johns

Sponsored by Mrs Sian Bolton

The Computer Shop Talbot Green Award – David Mudd

Sponsored by JC Computers

Service to the School Community Award – Solomon Bolton, Poppy Horsey & Emilia Bolton

Sponsored by Pontyclun Action Group

Award for Outstanding Resilience – Christina Chen 

Sponsored by The Community Shop of Pontyclun

Rhondda Cynon Taff Positive Achievement Award 2016 – Daniel Schoen

Additional Award Sponsored by Llantrisant Community Council

MENNA BURMINGHAM YEAR 9 CLAIMS THE TITLE OF ENGLISH CHAMPION!

Menna Burmingham Y9 has been a black belt in Taekwondo for almost two years and regularly attends tournaments across the country.  She recently took part in the very busy TAGB English Championships that was held on Sunday 12th March at the Worcester Arena.  Menna competed in the Girls Black Belt Patterns. This is a fiercely competitive division and Menna had to go through three rounds, each time having to deliver her intricate pattern with the same level of accuracy and composure.  However, it certainly paid off in the final head-to-head round, where she gave an unbeatable performance to claim the title of English Champion for herself. (Menna’s no stranger to holding an English Patterns title though as she first lifted the trophy a couple of years ago when she was a Red Belt.)

Menna also reached the semi-final in the Girls Middleweight Black Belt Sparring event, (bronze) by combining some strong kicking with sheer skill and determination.

Her next major tournament is the Welsh Open in May. Menna is also hoping to travel to the European Championships in June which are being held in Poland.

Y Pant pupils visit the world in a day

Last week we took part in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Programme and were able to take pupils on field trips all over the world – and beyond!

Google came into school for the day and brought with them 60 smartphones.  Using the Google Expeditions App and cardboard Virtual Reality viewers, pupils were able to experience 360-degree tours to places as diverse as New York’s immigration centres, Barcelona, the Arctic, the Great Barrier Reef, the human respiratory system and the Moon!

Pupils were excited to experience this technology and there were many gasps of astonishment as we came face to face with a Great White Shark or experienced standing on the Great Wall of China.

Anyone wanting to try this at home needs two smartphones, or one smartphone and a tablet (one needs to act as the expedition leader) and a Google cardboard (which can be purchased for as little as £5 online).  Check your smartphone can run the Google Expeditions App before purchasing!  It’s fun and has some serious learning potential as well which we’ll be exploring.

Y Pant becomes Hogwarts for World Book Day

Thursday 2nd March was World Book Day and to celebrate, our librarian Mrs Heather Johns, put on a fantastic Harry Potter themed day.

Hogwarts took over the school and our houses became Hogwarts houses for the day.  We also participated in the Hogwarts Teacher Exchange Programme and welcomed Professors McGonagall, Trelawney, Umbridge & Quirrell among others to Y Pant.  Pupils were challenged to find all the Hogwarts staff during the day—a hard task as some had taken Polyjuice potion and looked a lot like Y Pant teachers.

Bake Off

We held a Harry Potter themed bake off and were highly impressed with ALL the amazing cakes that were brought in. 

Bake Off Winners and Runners Up

Bake Off Joint Winners: Emily, Megan, Teyha, Leah and Katie
Joint second Niamh, Briony, Sofia, Elena and Tayah
Third place Jessica
Highly Commended—Libby, Joel and Isobel

Quiz

Some pupils took part in a quiz in the Learning Resource Centre and then hunted for the missing snitches at the end.  The quiz was won by Aneurin 2 (Hufflepuff), the team comprised of, Sam F Davies, Corey Luke, Evan Marsland-Davies, Elise-Marie Shaw, and Libby Lee.

Reviews

We also challenged pupils to write a review of one of the Harry Potter books or films.  We had some fantastic entries (which will be displayed in the Learning Resource Centre).  The winners are:

  1. Harriet Kehl 
  2. Laura Mathieson 
  3. Jay Lock

Tweet

Pupils were also encouraged to sum up their favourite Harry Potter moment in 140 characters.  This was won by Caitlin Richards with the following:

 

Year 10 help at the St David’s Day Lunch

Year 10 Agored Cymru pupils volunteered to serve lunch for St David’s Day at the Lanhari Senior Citizen’s Hall. Community Participation is also an element of their Welsh Baccalaureate course. There were 50 guests who tucked into a traditional meal of cawl followed by tea / coffee and welsh cakes. Pupils called the raffle and enjoyed traditional Welsh songs such as Calon Lan and Myfanwy. The photos show the pupils building rapport with the guests and posing with the Mayor of RCT Mr Rhys Lewis.