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Year

11

Art (Fine Art)

Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic
Unit 1 Portraits (Unit 1 is worth 60% of the
final GCSE)/ Unit 2 Mock Exam

To begin with students will complete their


portrait final piece. Preparation for this was
completed in class before the summer
holiday. The final piece will be completed
over four weeks. It should be informed by
their developmental work and be clearly
influenced by one or more of the artists they
have studied during the portrait project.
Homework during the first 4 weeks will be to
complete the targets that were set in the
week 1 assessment.
On week 5 students will be issued with their
Unit 2 mock exam paper. This will consist of a
list of topics for students to choose to
respond to. They will develop a range of
ideas and research a relevant artist based
around their selected topic.
Artist research should have been completed
before half-term.

Autumn
Assessment Dates

Formative assessment will take


place on the first week back.
This will be a graded
assessment using GCSE
criteria.
Students should have improved
their work at the end of year 10
based on their last assessment
targets.
Summative assessment of the
portrait project will take place
whilst students are working
towards their mock exam.

Please note that as the mock exam takes a


considerable amount of time to complete students
will be continuing with the subject matter of
portraiture. We can then use this work within their
Unit 1 portfolio. This work can hugely increase their
mark for Unit 1. This is the final chance they have
to add work to Unit 1.
Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic
Unit 1 Portraits (Unit 1 is worth 60% of the
final GCSE)/ Unit 2 Mock Exam

Assessment Dates

Formative assessment of mock


exam preparation work will
take place midway through.

Students will have 5 weeks to develop their


ideas for a final piece. They will experiment
with a wide range of media and materials and
refine their use of different techniques.
Summative assessment of the
The mock exam will take place in the first
Unit 2 mock exam will take
week of December (tbc). Students must
place the week after however
complete their final piece under exam
feedback cannot be given until

conditions.
The final 2 weeks of the half term will be
spent putting together the final Unit 1
portfolio. This will then be assessed after halfterm and marks will be sent to the exam
board.

after Year 11 mock results day.

Ways you can help your child:

Support them with the organisation of their sketchbooks. Students will be


responsible for presenting their work in their own time.
Encourage them to maintain high standards of literacy across all written work.
Regularly review their work with them as this will help them to improve and will
assist them with annotating their work.
When they are completing research homework tasks encourage them to write
in their own words and to do so in an analytical style. They should focus on the
art work and not the artist.
After an assessment discuss their feedback with them. When targets have
been set prompt them to plan when and where they will complete this work.
If your child is struggling with any practical elements encourage them to
practise using YouTube tutorials to help them.
Encourage them to make use of the available lunch time catch up sessions.
This can be used to improve work or to get support as well as catching up with
missed work.
A useful website that could be used to help students with their understanding
of the course is http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/art/

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Sales and Personal Selling
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Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic
Learning aim A: Explore the role of sales staf

A.1 The functions of the role of sales staff


A.2 The skills that sales staff should have
A.3 The knowledge that sales staff should
have
A.4 The process of personal selling and
additional aspects of the role of sales staff

Autumn

Assessment Dates
Students in Year 11 are
assessed internally for this unit.
Systematic testing of theoretic
knowledge will be conducted 4
week into AT1. This will be in a
format that will contribute to
the overall assignment but will
be based on the content and
learning aims covered.
Students will contribute to the
completion of this unit
throughout the HT. As specific
learning aims are met, students
will be appropriately assessed.

Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic
Learning aim B: Demonstrate personal selling
skills and processes
B.1 Demonstrate personal selling skills
B.2 Demonstrate personal selling processes

Assessment Dates
Students in Year 11 are
assessed internally for this unit.
Systematic testing of theoretic
knowledge will be conducted 4
week into AT2. This will be in a
format that will contribute to
the overall assignment but will
be based on the content and
learning aims covered.

Students will contribute to the


completion of this unit
throughout the HT. As specific
learning aims are met, students
will be appropriately assessed.
Ways you can help your child:
Discuss key concepts with your child-Test their knowledge and understanding of
the various topic areas and ask them to link their learning to real life examples.
Meeting deadlines- Ensure that your child is completing work set by the class
teacher. Students failing to meet the deadlines will be at risk of failing the unit and
jeopardise their progression to Year 2.
Plagiarism- Emphasise the dangers of plagiarising to yor child. Any work considered
to be plagiarised will be disqualified by the exam board and could result in your child
being excluded from other exams/courses.
Reading around the subject-Encourage your child to use the following websites to
read around the various topics covered in lessons: www.biz/ed.co.uk,
www.skynews.co.uk, www.tutor2u.net

Yea Business Studies AQA GCSE: Unit 2


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Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic
Expanding a Business
Methods of expansion.
The benefits and risks to a business of
expanding methods of expansion used by
large businesses
Conflict between stakeholders and impact of
growth on stakeholders
Choosing the Right Legal Structure for the
Business
Private limited companies (ltd)
Public limited companies (plc)
The advantages and disadvantages of a
private limited company becoming a public
limited company
Changing Business Aims and Objectives
Reasons for changing aims and objectives as
businesses grow. How the objectives of larger
businesses might differ from smaller

Autumn

Assessment Dates
Exam questions/topic specific
activities will be assessed
throughout the half-term as
part of classwork and
homework.
Mid-term assessment (4 weeks
into AT1) could include the
completion of questions
requiring an extended
response, topic specific
multiple choice questions or
data response questions
completed under examination
conditions.
End of term and topic
assessment to cover all of the
topics covered.

businesses
Ethical and environmental considerations.
The wider social costs and benefits facing
business operation, such as ethical and
environmental considerations
Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic
Choosing the Best Location
Factors influencing start-up location decisions
and the importance of location to growing
businesses
The issues relating to international or global
expansion
The Marketing Mix
Impact and changes in price, product,
promotion and place for a growing business.
This section looks at each element of the
marketing mix in extensive detail and builds
on the knowledge from Unit 1.

Assessment Dates
Exam questions/topic specific
activities will be assessed
throughout the half-term as
part of classwork and
homework.
Mid-term assessment (4 weeks
into AT2) could include the
completion of questions
requiring an extended
response, topic specific
multiple choice questions or
data response questions
completed under examination
conditions.
End of term and topic
assessment to cover all of the
topics covered

Ways you can help your child:


Ask to see your childs exercise book. Are your childs notes clear and
well organised?
Encourage your child to ask questions during lessons to overcome any
weaknesses.
Encourage your child to read around a subject to widen their
understanding and relate topics to the real world. This will improve their
understanding and develop their independent research skills. The following
websites are good starting points:
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
www.tutor2u.com
www.aqa.org.uk/resources/business-subjects/GCSE/business-71317132/plan/podcasts

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Computer Science

Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic
Controlled assessment component.

Autumn

Assessment Dates
n/a

Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic
Controlled assessment component.

Assessment Dates
n/a

Ways you can help your child:


Check if they have homework on Its Learning.
Check your child is meeting deadlines, question what work they're currently doing.

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Drama GCSE AQA

Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic
Unit 1: Written Paper Section C Live Theatre
(20%)
On 15th September students will be going to
Lichfield to see The Woman in Black. In lessons

Autumn
Assessment Dates

Regular sample questions in


lessons.

they will be looking at how the actors used their


skills to create an effect on the audience. They
will be preparing to write two 20 mark essay
questions on this for their final written exam.
Here are two example questions from the 2016
paper:

Final assessment during


summer exam series.

Choose one scene or section from a play that you


have seen in performance.
0 9 Explain how the actor(s) used their acting
skills to sustain your interest, giving three
specific examples from the performance. You
should refer to physical skills, vocal skills and
your understanding of the play.
[20 marks]
And
1 0 Analyse how the acting in the performance
you saw helped to create mood and/or tension,
giving three specific examples of where this was
communicated successfully.
[20 marks]
Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic

Assessment Dates

Unit 2: Practical Work - Improvisation (30%)


During this half term students will work in groups to
create an improvised piece of drama with a set title End of Autumn Term.
that will be given out by the teacher at the start of
the project. They will be assessed on their
performance skills. Students will be required to
attend a minimum of one hour of rehearsal a week
to practise. This can be at lunchtimes or after
school in Central Drama.
Ways you can help your child:
Ensure that they attend at least one hour of extra rehearsal a week.
Encourage them to complete regular practice questions. The whole paper is 1hr 30.
Each individual 10 mark question is 10 minutes and 20 mark questions are 20
minutes. Exam papers, mark schemes and examiners reports can be found on the
AQA website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-4240/past-papersand-mark-schemes
Encourage them to re-read The Woman in Black regularly as revision.

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English

Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic
English Literature: Poetry Anthology
Two questions based on poems from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry
Anthology, one of which involves comparison.

Autumn
Assessment
Dates
Assessed regularly
throughout the half
term.

Relevant skills:
- Literal and inferential comprehension: understanding a word,
phrase or sentence in context; exploring aspects of plot,
characterisation, events and settings; distinguishing between what is
stated explicitly and what is implied; explaining motivation,
sequence of events, and the relationship between actions or events.
- Critical reading: identifying the theme and distinguishing between
themes; supporting a point of view by referring to evidence in the
text; recognising the possibility of and evaluating different responses
to a text; using understanding of writers social, historical and
cultural contexts to inform evaluation; making an informed personal
response that derives from analysis and evaluation of the text.
- Evaluation of a writers choice of vocabulary, grammatical and
structural features: analysing and evaluating how language
(including figurative language), structure, form and presentation
contribute to quality and impact; using linguistic and literary
terminology for such evaluation (such as, but not restricted to,
phrase, metaphor, meter, irony and persona, synecdoche, pathetic
fallacy).
- Comparing texts: comparing and contrasting texts studied,
referring where relevant to theme, characterisation, context (where
known), style and literary quality; comparing two texts critically with
respect to the above.

Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic
English Literature: Pre-1914 Prose
One source-based question on a post 1914 prose/drama text from
the above prescribed list
Relevant skills:
- Evaluation of a writers choice of vocabulary, grammatical and
structural features: analysing and evaluating how language
(including figurative language), structure, form and presentation
contribute to quality and impact; using linguistic and literary
terminology for such evaluation (such as, but not restricted to,
phrase, metaphor, meter, irony and persona, synecdoche, pathetic
fallacy).
- Literal and inferential comprehension: understanding a word,
phrase or sentence in context; exploring aspects of plot,
characterisation, events and settings; distinguishing between what is
stated explicitly and what is implied; explaining motivation,

Assessment
Dates
Assessed regularly
throughout half term.

sequence of events, and the relationship between actions or events.


- Critical reading: identifying the theme and distinguishing
between themes; supporting a point of view by referring to evidence
in the text; recognising the possibility of and evaluating different
responses to a text.
Ways you could help your child:
Encourage them to learn key quotations from key texts.
Encourage them to read widely around the writers we are studying, particularly the
poets.
Ensure they have begun their revision early on.
Test them on key terminology.
Discuss the texts with them at home.
Ensure they are re-reading key texts before the examination.

Year
11

Engineering

Autumn

Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic

Assessment Dates

Unit 1: Engineering World (External Exam Prep)


Sustainable engineered products
Characteristics, applications and advantages/disadvantages of Life
Cycle Assessment (LCA) at the following stages for engineered
products:
Raw materials extraction
Material production
Production of parts
Assembly
Use
Disposal/recycling
Minimising waste production in engineering
Characteristics, applications and advantages/disadvantages of
minimising waste production throughout the life cycle of engineered
products, using the four Rs:
Reduce materials and energy.
Reuse materials and products where applicable.
Recover energy from waste.
Recycle materials and products or use recycled materials

Unit 7- Assignment 1: Work Holding devices and the use/type


of Machining Tools
Investigate and discuss the drilling, turning or milling processes.
Identify a drilling machine and explain what it does.
Identify a turning or milling machine and explain what it does
Describe the functions of simple and complex tools used for
drilling.
Describe the functions of simple and complex tools used for
turning or milling.
Select and use simple and complex tools for accurate drilling and
turning or milling (photographic evidence).

Students are assessed every


four weeks, in addition to the
deadlines set via ItsLearning
and homework and revision
tasks
By the end of this term,
students are expected to
have competed;

Unit 7 Assignment 1

Identify and explain a simple workholding device for accurate


drilling.
Identify and explain a simple workholding device for accurate
turning or milling.
Select and use simple and complex workholding devices for
accurate drilling and turning or milling (photographic evidence)
Explain why particular tools and work-holding devices are useful
for different drilling and turning or milling tasks.
Evaluate the effectiveness of tools and work-holding devices for
different drilling and turning or milling tasks

Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic

Assessment Dates

Unit 1: Engineering World (External Exam Prep)

Modern production methods


Applications and advantages/disadvantages of the following
modern production methods for production/assembly lines:
Robots
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinery.

Students are assessed every


four weeks, in addition to the
deadlines set via ItsLearning
and homework and revision
tasks
By the end of this term,
students are expected to
have competed;

Unit 7 Assignment 2

Students will also


undertake their 3rd attempt
at the external exam November
Modern and smart materials in engineering
Applications, characteristics, properties and
advantages/disadvantages of the following modern and smart
materials used in engineering:
Modern composite materials glass reinforced plastic
(GRP), carbon fibre, Kevlar
Modern high-performance materials tungsten,
titanium, superalloys (nickel based,
Cobalt based), ceramics (boron carbide, cubic boron
nitride, zirconia)
Smart materials shape memory alloys (SMAs), shape
memory polymers,
Electrochromic, piezoelectric actuators and
transducers.
Mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering
processes
Processes including health and safety issues, characteristics,
applications and advantages/disadvantages of the following
engineering processes:
Machining turning, milling, drilling
Forming casting, forging
Fabrication welding, shearing
Electrical/electronic PCB manufacture, surface
mount technology.
Unit 7 - Assignment 2: Parameters, Techniques, Safe Working

Practices and Accuracy checks when machining workpieces.


Explain and discuss how to:
Set up the drilling machine with certain parameters before
machining.
Set up the turning or milling machine and monitor dynamic
parameters during machining
Produce two given machined workpieces that demonstrate
simple features of drilling techniques.
Produce two given machined workpieces that demonstrate
simple features of turning or milling techniques.
Produce two machined workpieces that demonstrate simple
and complex features of drilling techniques.
Produce two machined workpieces that demonstrate simple
and complex features of turning or milling techniques.
Carry out visual and specific checks carried out for accuracy
when producing the machined workpieces.
Demonstrate safety awareness and safe working practices
when machining workpieces.
Demonstrate high levels of precision and accuracy when using
drilling techniques.
Demonstrate high levels of precision and accuracy when using
turning or milling techniques.
Stress the importance of carrying out checks on the accuracy
of workpiece features both during and after manufacture.
Stress the importance of safe working practices when using
drilling and turning or milling techniques
Assess own levels of precision and accuracy, identifying
strengths and weaknesses and safe working practices
(photographic evidence).

Ways you can help your child:

All resources for the completion of this course are available via ItsLearing - All work can be
submitted electronically for assessment
Use the resources provided on ItsLearning to carry out revision independently at home.
Provide access to How Its Made YouTube Channel:
ttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjHsPBHX1NNbIqTy4eXVTig
Encourage your child to analyse items around them including details on how they are
manufactured
You can log on to the ItsLearning Portal via the website to monitor their progress

Year
11

Food Technology

Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic

Autumn
Assessment Dates

Unit A523: Making Quality Products


This unit focuses on:
designing for a need
working with tools and equipment
making a product
evaluating the product
Students will start this unit of Controlled Assessment in lessons and this
unit is worth 30% of their GCSE grade. Students will choose a theme
for this project from: -

Assessment will take place after


the first two weeks when
students have produced their
specification. This will be
graded and submitted towards
their controlled assessment.

Low income - Is suitable for a person on a limited budget.


Food around the world - Reflects an identified country from around the
world.
Celebrations - Is suitable for a celebration.
Desserts - Increases the range of desserts.
Students will complete the 16 mark Designing section of the
Controlled Assessment during this first half term. This includes cooking
four dishes of their choice, suitable for the theme they have chosen.
For homework this half term, students will need to complete research
for their chosen project, obtain client feedback, sensory evaluate the
foods they cook and prepare ingredients.
Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic
Unit A523: Making Quality Products
Students will continue to produce Controlled Assessment for this unit of
work in lessons.
They will complete the 24 mark Making/Trialling/Product Development
section of the Controlled Assessment during this second half term.
This includes developing a product from the first half term.
Unit A525: Sustainability and technical aspects of designing and
making
Students will take a mock exam in this unit during this half term. This is
the same unit they studied in Year 10. There will be some revision
lessons before the mock exam.
For homework this half term, students will be expected to use their
revision materials from Year 10, make additional revision materials and
revise thoroughly. They will also need to prepare ingredients.

Ways

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Ongoing teacher assessment


will take place as students
complete their practical work.

Assessment Dates

Assessment will take place after


the first two weeks when
students have completed their
Designing section. This will be
graded and submitted towards
their controlled assessment.
Ongoing teacher assessment
will take place as students
complete their practical work.
Mock exams will be graded A*G, however students will not
receive this grade until January.
There will be a full review of the
mock paper at this stage.

you can help your child:


Support with the organisation of their practical work. Practise the dishes at home, if necessary.
Encourage them to maintain high standards of literacy across all written work.
Talk to them about their Controlled Assessment project and the progress they are making on it.
Encourage them to attend catch up sessions, if they miss a lesson or fall behind.
Test them on their Unit A525 exam unit and encourage them to start their revision for this early.
For more information on the course, particularly the exam content, visit the website
http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-design-and-technology-food-technology-j302-from-2012/
and view the specification.

French GCSE

Examination Board: AQA

Autumn

Useful Websites: www.aqa.org.uk Specification full course 4655 (French)


Autumn Term 1 and 2
Unit / Topic
Assessment Dates
Written Controlled
Home and Environment : House and home, town
and local area, environment

Understand descriptions of house, home,


rooms and furniture and be able to describe
your own home
Compare diferent types of home
Understand and give descriptions of town
and local area
Understand, compare, talk and write about
diferent environmental problems
Continue to use French/Spanish in the
classroom and understand instructions in
the target language.
Aim to take the initiative in speaking and
show spontaneity

Grammar
Use comparative and superlative adjectives
Learn how to use more prepositions
Use adverbs of time and place
Practise placing two verbs together opinions plus
the infinitive including modal verbs
Learn how to use impersonal verb il faut (it is
necessary) in French
Use regular ER/IR/RE verbs (French) or AR/ER/IR
(Spanish) and more irregular verbs in the
present, past and future
Continue to practise using all forms of definite,
indefinite and partitive articles (the/a/an/some) in
phrases
Skills
o Add interest to writing and speaking by using
more descriptive detail, comparisons and
prepositions
o Find memory techniques to recall regular and
irregular verb patterns
o Take the initiative in speaking activities to ask
questions
o When writing, adapt phrases from the text to
answer questions
o Use strategies for understanding longer passages
such as visual clues, using social and cultural
context etc.
o In reading passages, try to work out unknown
words from the context or similarities to English
rather than using a dictionary

Assessment 1 worth 15%


Autumn Term 2

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Geography

Autumn Term 1 2016


Unit / Topic CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT
Students will be working on their Controlled
Assessment. This is worth 25% of the final
examination. Students must complete all work in
school in line with AQA A regulations.

Autumn
Assessment Dates
Continuous assessment.

Students are answering the following research


question:
What are the environmental, social and
economic impacts of the regeneration of
Birminghams CBD?
Ways you can help your child:
Visit Birmingham City Centre and visit the additional regeneration projects
e.g The Mailbox, The Cube, Brindley Place, Birmingham Library.

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History

Autumn Term 1 and 2


Unit / Topic
Students will complete an extended answer to a
controlled assessment question on the theme of
the conflict in Northern Ireland. A study of the
conflict will include lessons on;
The context of the conflict - Battle of the
Boyne / Easter Rising
The people involved in the conflict
Partition - why was it needed and did it
work?
The role of Sinn Fein and the IRA in the
conflict
The Civil Rights movement of the 1950s
and 1960s
Catholic Discrimination
The Troubles
Bloody Sunday
Attempts to resolve the conflict in the
1980s
The Good Friday Agreement of 1998
The aftermath of Good Friday
The current situation in Northern Ireland

Autumn
Assessment Dates
Students will draft and
complete a 2,000 word
extended answer to a question
that will be set during Autumn
Term 2.

Ways you can help your child:


Encourage them to complete their own independent research around the topics
listed.
Share family experiences of the conflict in Northern Ireland , for example the
story of the Birmingham Bombings
Encourage them to keep a record of current news stories about the conflict in
Northern Ireland

Year
11

Hospitality

Autumn

Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic

Assessment Dates

The focus of this half term is looking at the Unit 6 part of


the Hospitality course.
Planning, Preparing, Cooking and Finishing food

Planning a meal using a range of ingredients:


understanding food classifications, planning, nutrition,
food types.
Preparing diferent types of food items: food
preparation methods.
Tools and Equipment used to prepare food: tools,
equipment and safety.
Importance of Food Quality: quality issues, why
food quality is important.
Working in a safe and hygienic manner and
storing food items: personal responsibilities,
personal hygiene, correct work attire, reporting
accidents or near accidents, identifying potential
hazards, correct food storage, consequences of unsafe
food storage, good practice, legislation.
Cooking and Finishing food: Food cooking methods,
seasoning and tasting food, following recipes, correct
temperatures, healthy eating considerations,
minimising food waste.
Practical lessons: Practical lessons will focus on the
development of basic skills, presentation techniques and
different cooking methods.

Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic
Planning, Preparing, Cooking and Finishing food

Pupils will be assessed


consistently as the module is
controlled assessment based.
They will not be given the
final grade for this piece of
assessment until the end of
Autumn Term.

Assessment Dates
Pupils will be assessed

Tools and equipment for cooking food: Tools and


equipment, safety.
Finishing food: Finishing dishes, garnishes,
accompaniments, presentation equipment.
Reviewing food preparation, cooking and
finishing practices and methods: review
techniques, reviewing preparation, cooking and
finishing.
During this half term, pupils will complete the
controlled assessment for the Unit. This will be a
practical task that uses the skills learnt in his half
term.
Practical lessons: Practical lessons will focus on the
development of basic skills, presentation techniques and
different cooking methods.

consistently as the module is


controlled assessment based.
They will not be given the
final grade for this piece of
assessment until the end of
Autumn Term.

Ways you can help your child:


* Support them with the organisation buying ingredients. Students will be responsible for buying their
ingredients in their own time.
* Encourage them to maintain high standards of literacy across all written work.
*Encourage them to cook at home and present food in an interesting way.
*Ask pupils to spot links between their work and any Hospitality businesses that you may visit with
your child.
* Regularly review their work with them as this will help them to improve and will assist them with
their work.
* After an assessment discuss their feedback with them. When targets have been set prompt them to
plan when and where they will complete this work.
* If your child is struggling with any practical elements encourage them to practise using YouTube
tutorials to help them.
* Encourage them to make use of the available lunch time catch up sessions. This can be used to
improve work or to get support as well as catching up with missed work.
* Pupils should be revising Unit 1 content as they will ALL be taking the exam again in
January, as they get 3 attempts to do this. Please support your child with this.

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ICT GCSE

Autumn Term 1
Unit 1: Living in a Digital World
Personal Digital Devices
The purpose of and target audience for digital devices; ways in which
digital devices are used by individuals in their daily lives (learning
and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and
wellbeing and on the move).
Features of digital devices (portability, performance, storage, user
interface, connectivity, media support, energy consumption,
expansion capability, security features, applications); multifunctional devices, eg mobile phones that include a camera, have
limited game playing functionality and sometimes GPS.
How to select suitable devices/features to meet particular needs.

Autumn
Assessment
Dates
October 2016

The impact of age, gender and disability on individuals choice/use of


digital devices.
Methods of connecting devices (device to device, device to internet,
device to peripherals).
Peripheral devices that can be used with digital devices.
The impact of the use of digital devices on the way organisations
operate.
Health and safety risks associated with digital devices and how to
reduce or contain them; responsible use of digital devices.
Autumn Term 2
Unit 1: Living in a Digital World
Connectivity

Assessment
Dates
December 2016

Factors influencing the choice of digital communication in a network.


Equipment needed to create a home network; benefits and
drawbacks of wired versus wireless connections.
How different technologies can be used together, eg transferring a
picture from a phone via Bluetooth, then uploading to web via WiFi
and ADSL.
Factors affecting speed and volume of data transfer.
The significance of bandwidth and latency, and their impact on the
user experience.
Commonly used communication networks (Ethernet, wireless
Ethernet, GSM).
Commonly used communication protocols (VoIP, POP, IMAP, SMTP,
HTTP/S).
Security risks to data and how to reduce or contain them (firewalls,
encryption, authentication, digital).
Ways you can help your child:

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Get your child using revision websites like BBC bitesize to help them in their revision.
Encourage them to create revision materials like flashcards either by hand or using
the Quizlet website, at the end of each topic.

I T BTEC

Autumn Term 1
Unit 3 A Digital Portfolio
Design Your Portfolio
Understand the stages of a project life-cycle

Autumn
Assessment Dates
October 2016

Understand a digital portfolio structure


Understand how a user interface is created
and formatted, including assets required
Consider the content of the digital portfolio in
regards to file formats, compression and
accessibility
Autumn Term 2
Unit 3 A Digital Portfolio
Create and Test the Portfolio
Prepare content needed for the portfolio in
acceptable file formats and is stored in an
appropriate file structure
Create website pages using appropriate
authoring tools and techniques
Test the portfolio for functionality and take
appropriate action

Assessment Dates
November 2016

Ways you can help your child:

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Support your child with their homework.


Talk to your child about the different file formats that you might use in your job.

Mathematics - Foundation

Autumn Term 1

Autumn

Unit / Topic
Number: Number Revision, Indices and Standard
Form
Recap on basic number calculations including
with decimals.
Converting between fractions, decimals and
percentages and performing calculations with
fractions and percentages.
Be able to understand and use expressions
written in index form.
Perform calculations involving the simple laws of
indices.
Convert between ordinary numbers and standard
form and perform calculations in standard form.
Geometry: Transformations, 2D Representations
of 3D Shapes and Properties of Polygons
Be able to perform transformations on a coordinate grid by rotation, reflection, translation
and enlargement (including by fractional scale
factors).
Describe translations as 2D vectors.
Construct and interpret plans and elevations of
3D shapes.
Review angle properties, including in parallel
lines, and derive and apply the properties of
named quadrilaterals and other regular
polygons.

Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic
Algebra: Equations Revision, Simultaneous
Equations and Solving Quadratics.
Write expressions and equations from worded
contexts.
Solve one and two-step equations.

Represent inequalities on a number line and

solve inequalities.
Solve two linear simultaneous equations in two
variables algebraically and find approximate
solutions using a graph.
Expand and factorise quadratic expressions.
Solve quadratic equations by factorising and find
approximate solutions using a graph.

Assessment Dates

Assessment Dates
Mock 1 Examination December

Ways you can help your child:

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Support your child with their homework.


Use the resources on the www.mathsatplantsbrook.co.uk website.
Go through the lesson and online homework on https://www.mymaths.co.uk/
Download past papers and mark schemes from the AQA website.
Use the resources on the www.corbettmaths.co.uk website.
Help your child to organise a manageable revision timetable.

Mathematics - Higher

Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic
Number: Surds, Indices and Standard Form

Autumn
Assessment Dates

Perform calculations involving the simple and


complex laws of indices.
Convert between ordinary numbers and standard
form and perform calculations in standard form.
Calculate exactly with surds and simplify surd expressions.
Rationalise denominators and solve problems involving
surds.

Geometry: Transformations and Circle Theorems

Be able to perform transformations on a co-ordinate


grid by rotation, reflection, translation and
enlargement (including by fractional and negative
scale factors).
Describe translations as 2D vectors.
Describe the changes and invariance achieved by
combinations of rotations, reflections and
translations.
Apply and prove the standard circle theorems
concerning angles, radii, tangents and chords, and
use them to prove related results.

Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic
Algebra: Algebraic Fractions, Simultaneous
Equations and Equation of a Circle
Use and interpret algebraic notation.
Recap simple and complex rules of indices.
Simplify and manipulate algebraic expressions to

maintain equivalence (including by expanding and


factorising (including by Completing the Square)).
Simplify algebraic fractions.
Perform calculations with algebraic fractions
(addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
Solve two simultaneous equations in two variables
(linear and non-linear) algebraically and find
approximate solutions on a graph.
Recognise and use the equation of a circle with the
centre at the origin.

Assessment Dates
Mock 1 Examination December

Find the equation of a tangent to a circle at a given


point.

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change:


Gradients and rates of change
Interpret the gradient at a point on a curve as the

instantaneous rate of change.


Apply the concepts of gradients of chords and
tangents in numerical, algebraic and graphical
contexts.
Recognise and interpret graphs that represent direct
and inverse proportion.

Ways you can help your child:

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Support your child with their homework.


Use the resources on the www.mathsatplantsbrook.co.uk and www.corbettmaths.co.uk
websites.
Go through the lesson and online homework on https://www.mymaths.co.uk/
Download past papers and mark schemes from the AQA website.
Help your child to organise a manageable revision timetable.

Music Edexcel GCSE

Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic
Component 1: Performing 30% (60 marks)
Students can repeat the recording of the
performance from Year 10 if needed, and will record
an ensemble performance, totally 4 minutes.
Lessons will be used to look at approaches to
performing, the marking criteria, and exemplar
material. Pupils need to prepare their performances
with their instrumental teachers, in order to
overcome technical difficulties. They can use school
ensembles, or create their own pupil run one.

Autumn
Assessment Dates
The final deadline for the
ensemble recording will be
recorded Christmas.
Students will receive regular
teacher and peer feedback on
their performing throughout the
term.

Component 2: Composing 30% (60 marks)


Technical exercises will develop compositional
strategies, control and coherence, notation and
extending musical ideas. Students will then
compose two pieces of music; both inspired by the
12 set works. They have to produce a score, using
Sibelius, which they will work on during lessons.

Component 3: Listening 40% (80 marks)


Students will be analysing 5 of the set works and
revising the other 7 set works, chosen by the exam
board. Students will be given a copy of the score

Technical exercises will be


assessed throughout the year.
The final compositions will be
submitted Easter, 2017.

and will be tasks to analyse the music. Exam style


questions will be covered at the end of each set
work. This will include rhythm and melody
dictations, comparisons of set works, evaluating
the musical elements and longer essay style
questions. General knowledge of the musical
elements will help.

Regular example exam


questions.
Final exam is a written paper at
the end of Year 11.

Ways you can help your child:


Take them to see live music regularly.
Encourage them to participate in an extra-curricular music club.
Encourage them to listen to the set works on a regular basis, following through on
the score.
Ask to see their folder on a regular basis. This will need to be updated every week.
Encourage your child to listen to Radio 3. This will support the wider listening part of
the exam.
USEFUL BOOKS / WEBSITES:
Music fact cards key words
Edexcel GCSE Music ISBN: 978184690403-5
CGP GCSE Music ISBN: 978-1-84762 372 0
Musictheory.com

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Physical Education

Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic
Students will study applied anatomy and
physiology. Students will specifically focus on the
following topic areas:
The structure and function of the muscular
system.
The structure and function of the skeletal
system.
Be able to name, locate and classify all bones
and muscles in the body.
Describe and explain the movement that the
skeleton and muscles allow.
Explain how both systems work together to
aid sports performance.
Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic

Autumn
Assessment Dates
Assessment will be at the end
of the unit on the topic
covered.
A feedback sheet will be
completed to reflect on the
learning that has taken place
during the unit.

Assessment Dates

Students will study applied anatomy and


physiology. Students will specifically focus on the
following topic areas:
The structure and function of the
cardiovascular system.
The structure and function of the respiratory
system.
Be able to name and locate all sections of the
heart and lungs.
Describe and explain the pathway of blood
and oxygen around the body.
Describe the make-up of blood and the
percentages of gases in the air we inhale and
exhale.
Explain the process of diffusion between
oxygen and carbon dioxide between alveoli
and capillaries.
Aerobic and anaerobic exercise.
The short term effects of exercise.
Ways you can help your child:

Assessment will be at the end


of the unit on the topic
covered.
A feedback sheet will be
completed to reflect on the
learning that has taken place
during the unit.

Please make sure they are fully equipped for lessons including a pencil, pen,
calculator and a ruler.
Ensure they are completing at least one piece of homework per week per teacher to
the best of thei
ability. Students can access extra lesson and revision resources on the Its Learning
page.
Please examine their exercise book and discuss its content and presentation. Ensure
you see
and discuss the exam breakdown sheet from the mock exam as to how the student
can improve.
Students should attend the revision sessions being put on prior to the mock exams
also.

Year
11

Product Design

Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic
Coursework A553 (30%) Making, Testing and

Autumn
Assessment Dates

Marketing Products

Exploring ideas We will look into a range of


possible themes and past work to gain
inspiration for the final piece of coursework.
Student will have to think about it carefully as
they will have to make a fully functioning product
in the end. They can choose what materials and
what manufacturing methods they want to
construct their piece. It must be high quality.
Design Brief Students will choose a theme for
their coursework. It has to be something which is
a problem that they can possibly solve. They
should have a target market in mind.
Specification Students will write up a detailed
and justified specification that will support their
chosen product.
Drawing techniques Students will learn a range
of drawing techniques such as 2D design,
isometric, section view and rendering to help
visualise their idea.
Prototype Students will make a scaled model of
their idea so we can see exact size and to see if
it will fully function.

A mid-point assessment will


be done to check students
are on track and have
chosen the right project for
their skills set.

Homework will be set on revision and independent


research for their product.
Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic
Coursework continued..

Manufacturing The making stages will take us


into January. Students will all be making
something different and will therefore require
them to be independent where possible. We will
have 2 technicians on hand to help with cutting
materials and collecting resources. Each stage of
the making process will have to be photographed
to evidence students own work.
Skills Students may require extra help on
perfecting certain skills such as the use of the
laser cutter, cutting, filing, finishing, adding
electronics and so on. In this case students will
have to do this in a lunch time prior to the lesson
as there may not be time to show them in a
lesson.

Assessment Dates
Students will be assessed
every 4 weeks to see if they
are on track.
All students will have their
individual tracking sheets
with a checklist of all the
coursework titles in order to
self-check also.

Ways you can help your child:

All coursework has to be completed in school under controlled assessed conditions.

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Encourage your child to attend coursework catch-up sessions if they fall behind.
If they are absent they need to see me the next day to see what work they missed.
Encourage them to practice their drawing techniques
Encourage creativity and problem solving at home
Help with any new terms learnt in lessons
Purchase a revision book and help test their knowledge

Psychology

Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic
Biological Psychology: Criminal Behaviour
LO1: Understand the problems of defining and measuring crime.
LO2: Understand what is meant by criminal personality.
LO3: Describe and evaluate the biological theory of criminal
behaviour.
LO4: Explain the social learning theory as an alternative theory
for explaining criminal behaviour.
LO5: Demonstrate knowledge of Mednicks adoption study into
the genetic basis of criminal behaviour.
LO6: Show awareness of applications of research into criminal
behaviour in relation to crime reduction.

Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic
Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Development
LO1: Describe how cognitive development occurs in invariant
and universal stages.
LO2: Understand the stages of cognitive development.
LO3: Describe and evaluate the key concepts of Piagets theory.
LO4: Explain Vygotskys theory as an alternative explanation of
cognitive development.
LO5: Show awareness of applications of research into cognitive
development in relation to education.

Autumn
Assessment Dates
- B542 Past Papers sourced
from OCR website
Grades are awarded from A*-GUMS
marks as follows:
A*: 72; A: 64; B: 56; C: 48; D: 40; E:
32; F:24; G:16
(A* - 90%; A - 80%; B - 70%; C 60%; D - 50%; E - 40%; F - 30%; G 20%)

End of Unit test


Teacher assessment
Peer assessment
Self assessment

Assessment Dates
- B542 Past Papers sourced
from OCR website
Grades are awarded from A*-GUMS
marks as follows:
A*: 72; A: 64; B: 56; C: 48; D: 40; E:
32; F:24; G:16
(A* - 90%; A - 80%; B - 70%; C 60%; D - 50%; E - 40%; F - 30%; G 20%)

End of Unit test


Teacher assessment
Peer assessment
Self assessment

Ways you can help your child:


Ask your child about what they have learned in the lessons
Look through your childs classwork booklets. Ae they complete? Are they organised?
Are they filled neatly?
Ask your child to teach you an aspect that they are unsure about
Check that your child has completed all homework
Ensure your child uses the extra activities in their booklet and has a go at the exam
questions
Ensure your child revises for each end of unit exam

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If you are unsure/unhappy about anything contact one of the department

Religious Education

Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic: Medical Ethics

Christian and non-Christian arguments about


abortion
British law concerning abortion and the methods
used
Fertility treatment and the issues it creates
Christian teaching about fertility treatment
Key concepts and issues within euthanasia
The law and euthanasia
Issues raised by euthanasia in hospitals
Christian teaching about euthanasia
Christian attitudes towards suicide
Christian attitudes towards genetics
Christian teaching on animal testing

Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic: Peace and Justice

Causes and consequences of war


Concepts of Holy War and Just War Theory
Christian attitudes towards violence and the role
of pacifism
Christian attitudes about Justice and the Aims of
punishment
Christian teaching about capital punishment
Liberation theology
Social justice and role of one prominent
Christian Elizabeth Fry

Autumn
Assessment Dates
During the topic, students will
answer assessment style
questions within lessons.
They will be assessed at the
end of the topic answering
questions from past papers.
The assessment will take place
towards the end of Autumn
Term 1

Assessment Dates
During the topic, students will
answer assessment style
questions within lessons.
They will be assessed at the
end of the topic answering
questions from past papers.
The assessment will take place
at the end of Autumn Term 2

Ways you can help your child:

Encourage them to work out their own answers to our topic key questions

Visit websites like http://www.rsrevision.com/GCSE,


http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/rs/ and
http://www.tutor2u.net/religious-studies/blog/gcse-revision-quizzes-forreligious-studies and look for quizzes and resources for your child to complete
Encourage them to watch clips from websites like
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z6bw2hv and
https://www.truetube.co.uk/ethics-and-religion that have lots of short videos that cover
a range of topic areas

Ask your child to complete some independent research and teach you
something new they have learned

Year
11

Resistant Materials

Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic

Autumn
Assessment Dates

Coursework A563 (30%) Making quality products

Exploring ideas We will look into a range of


possible themes and past work to gain inspiration
for the final piece of coursework. Student will
have to think about it carefully as they will have
to make a fully functioning product in the end.
They can choose what materials and what
manufacturing methods they want to construct
their piece. It must be high quality.
Design Brief Students will choose a theme for
their coursework. It has to be something which is
a problem that they can possibly solve. They
should have a target market in mind.
Specification Students will write up a detailed
and justified specification that will support their
chosen product.
Drawing techniques Students will learn a range
of drawing techniques such as 2D design,
isometric, section view and rendering to help
visualise their idea.

A mid-point assessment
will be done to check
students are on track and
have chosen the right
project for their skills set.

Homework will be set on revision and independent


research for their product.
Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic

Assessment Dates

Coursework continued..

Design ideas Students will produce a range of


design ideas using a range of strategies. They will
develop these ideas and produce a final design
idea.
Skills Students may require extra help on
perfecting certain skills such as the use of the
laser cutter, cutting, filing, finishing, adding
electronics and so on. In this case students will
have to do this in a lunch time prior to the lesson
as there may not be time to show them in a
lesson.

Students will be assessed


every 4 weeks to see if
they are on track.
All students will have their
individual tracking sheets
with a checklist of all the
coursework titles in order
to self-check also.

Ways you can help your child:

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All coursework has to be completed in school under controlled assessed conditions.


Encourage your child to attend coursework catch-up sessions if they fall behind.
If they are absent they need to see me the next day to see what work they missed.
Encourage them to practice their drawing techniques
Encourage creativity and problem solving at home
Help with any new terms learnt in lessons
Purchase a revision book and help test their knowledge

Science

Autumn Term
Unit / Topic
Core and Additional Students: They will be studying
the structure of the atom, bonding, quantitative
Chemistry, Acids, Rates of reaction and electrolysis.
They will also be recapping C1 including Limestone,
metal extraction, hydrocarbons, emulsions,
pollution, cracking, fractional distillation and the
evolution of the Earth and its atmosphere.

Separate Sciences : Students will be studying


modules in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
In Physics students will look at ray diagrams
involving different types of lenses, levers, circular
motion, hydraulics and the use of scanning in the
real world.

Autumn
Assessment Dates
Mock exams in C1 and C2 in
December

ISA day in December during


mock exam period

Mock exams in B3, P3 and C3

In Biology they will investigate transport across


membranes, types of blood vessels, transport in
animals and plants, homeostasis and environmental
issues.
In Chemistry the will be revisiting C3 involving Water
Treatment, organic/inorganic analysis, history of the
periodic table and Quantitative Chemistry
Core Science: Students will be recapping element of
C1 and B1. Chemistry includes Limestone, metal
extraction, hydrocarbons, emulsions, pollution,
cracking, fractional distillation and the evolution of
the Earth and its atmosphere. The biology includes
Defence against disease, drugs including illegal and
testing new drugs, Action of the nerves and
hormones and some aspects of inheritance and
cloning.

C1 and B1 mock exam


ISA day in December during
mock exam period

Ways you can help your child:


Please make sure they are fully equipped for lessons including a pencil,
pen, calculator and a ruler. Ensure they are completing at least one piece of
homework per week per teacher to the best of their ability. Ensure students
bring the revision guide they have been given to every lesson. Students
can access extra lesson and revision resources on the dedicated KS4
Science Revision page on ITS LEARNING. Please examine their exercise
book and discuss its content and presentation. Ensure you see and discuss
the exam breakdown sheet from the mock exam as to how the student can
improve. Students should attend the revision sessions being put on prior to
the mock exams also.

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Spanish GCSE

Autumn

Examination Board: AQA


Useful Websites: www.aqa.org.uk Specification full course 4695 (Spanish)
Autumn Term 1 and 2
Unit / Topic
Assessment Dates
Written Controlled
Home and Environment : House and home, town
and local area, environment

Understand descriptions of house, home,


rooms and furniture and be able to describe

Assessment 1 worth 15%


Autumn Term 2

your own home


Compare diferent types of home
Understand and give descriptions of town
and local area
Understand, compare, talk and write about
diferent environmental problems
Continue to use French/Spanish in the
classroom and understand instructions in
the target language.
Aim to take the initiative in speaking and
show spontaneity

Grammar
Use comparative and superlative adjectives
Learn how to use more prepositions
Use adverbs of time and place
Practise placing two verbs together opinions plus
the infinitive including modal verbs
Learn how to use impersonal verb il faut (it is
necessary) in French
Use regular ER/IR/RE verbs (French) or AR/ER/IR
(Spanish) and more irregular verbs in the
present, past and future
Continue to practise using all forms of definite,
indefinite and partitive articles (the/a/an/some) in
phrases
Skills
o Add interest to writing and speaking by using
more descriptive detail, comparisons and
prepositions
o Find memory techniques to recall regular and
irregular verb patterns
o Take the initiative in speaking activities to ask
questions
o When writing, adapt phrases from the text to
answer questions
o Use strategies for understanding longer passages
such as visual clues, using social and cultural
context etc.
o In reading passages, try to work out unknown
words from the context or similarities to English
rather than using a dictionary

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Statistics

Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic
Time series, moving averages and seasonal
efects

Autumn
Assessment Dates
End of topic assessments.

Draw and interpret time series graphs.


Choose and calculate appropriate moving averages.
Draw and interpret trend lines.
Identify seasonal effects .
Calculate average seasonal effects and use them for
prediction of future values.
Draw and interpret z-charts.

Further statistical diagrams

Recognise poorly presented diagrams including


misuse of scale, area and volume.
Check, through calculation, that appropriate values
are used in diagrams involving scale, area, and
volume.
Draw and interpret choropleth maps.
Draw and interpret output gap charts.
Transform from one type of diagram to another.

Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic
Economic and social statistics

Calculate and interpret index and weighted index


numbers.
Calculate and interpret chain base numbers.
Understand the concepts of the Retail Price Index,
the Consumer Price Index and gross domestic
product.
Calculate and interpret crude rates.
Interpret standardised rates and their difference to
crude rates.
Use control charts to check issues of quality
assurance.

Probability

Use probability as a measure of how likely an event


is.
Use and understand the probability scale.
Recognise equally likely events.
Draw and use sample space diagrams.
Recognise mutually exclusive events.
Recognise independent events and find probabilities
of combined events.
Draw and use tree diagrams in simple and complex
situations.
Use tree diagrams for more complex situations.
Use relative frequencies.
Use diagrams to find probabilities (such as Venn

Assessment Dates
GCSE Mock Examination.

diagrams and tables).


Calculate expected frequencies.
Apply probabilities to generate simulations.
Apply probabilities to estimate the size of a
populations (capture/recapture).

Ways you can help your child:

Support your child with their homework.


Use the resources on the www.corbettmaths.co.uk website.
Go through the lesson and online homework on https://www.mymaths.co.uk/
Complete past papers and use mark schemes from the AQA website.

Year
11

Travel and Tourism Level 2


BTEC

Autumn Term 1
Unit / Topic
Unit 4 - International Travel and Tourism
Destinations
International destinations
Major gateways
Types of destination
Examples of international travel routes

Autumn

Assessment Dates
Students to carry out map work
based coursework tasks for Unit 4
throughout AT1.
Student to carry out investigations
into the Travel and Tourism Industry
for Unit 6 throughout AT1.

Unit 6 - The Travel and Tourism Customer


Experience
What is customer service?
Different organisations in the travel and
tourism industry

Autumn Term 2
Unit / Topic
Unit 4 - International Travel and Tourism
Destinations
Features of international destinations
Types of visitor
How to improve the appeal of destinations.
Unit 6 - The Travel and Tourism Customer
Experience
Customer types
Needs of different types of customer
Responding to customer needs

Ways you can help your child:

Assessment Dates
Students to complete investigations
into
destinations
across
two
continents
for
their
Unit
4
coursework throughout AT2.
Students to report on the different
types of customers and how
organisations satisfy them for their
Unit 6 coursework throughout AT2.

Get your child to explain their understanding of any of the bullet points
listed in 5 minutes. Question any aspect which may not be clear.
Ask your child what topic they have found difficult and how will they
overcome this difficulty? E.g.: speak to their teacher, conduct independent
research, get together will a class student and recap their notes, etc.
Ask to see your childs exercise book. Are your childs notes clear and well
organised?
Encourage your child to ask questions during lessons to overcome any
weaknesses or to clarify their understanding of a given topic.

Ask your child to explain their coursework tasks to you If they can they can
probably generate the evidence required by the exam board.
Full details of the content being studied can be found at:
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/travel-and-tourism-2013nqf.html