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Key Stage 4 - Assessment Notices from the Bulletin - February

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Message from Mrs Parker regarding Year 11 French GCSE Controlled Assessment

Year 11 French GCSE controlled assessments will be taking place over the period commencing 11th February and ending 8th March. Your child will be able to give you the exact date. There will be 2 controlled assessments: a Speaking task and a Writing task on the topic ‘Future plans, education and work’.
The students  will know what they need to revise. They will know the date and time of both assessments. They have all the notes and help sheets necessary to create a high standard piece of work and they will have worked with their class teacher to ensure their material is correct.
Please DO encourage your child to come to the controlled assessment clinics with the French assistants on Friday lunchtimes and also make an appointment with their French teacher to help them at lunchtimes or after school.

Revision advice:
The students who do best are those who are familiar with the material they have prepared and are able to speak clearly and with a good accent.  I suggest www.linguascope.com. Our school username is lander and the password is polyglot. The students should look on the ‘intermediate’ section of the website. Also, the BBC Bitesize revision site is very good. Look under the topic heading ‘Healthy Living’.
 
Strategies for revising for Speaking tests include the following:
• Reading aloud to a real or imaginary audience
• Reading in your head and hearing how it sounds to you
• Putting pictures to your phrases and sentences to help both with pronunciation and retention of phrases ( a  picture of a door could help with the phrase ‘médaille d’or’)
• Recording yourself reading your prepared work and then listening back to it
• Writing out your prepared sentences and phrases on alternate lines of a page with a phonetic version of  difficult words on the empty lines
Working with your teacher or the assistant at lunchtime or after school as above!

Strategies for Writing tests include:
• Ordering notes into topic ‘chunks’
• Creating mind maps with pictures/symbols matched to certain phrases
• Use of colour to highlight words that you frequently misspell
• Practising spellings of difficult words
• Learning opening phrases. For example ‘Je pense que….’ plus a series of possible opinions to follow this.
• Creating storyboards to link words and pictures of what you want to say
• Working with your teacher or the assistant at a lunchtime or after school as above!
 
As with all exams, it is important that your child gets enough sleep – particularly in the couple of nights leading up to the exam. A regular calm routine at bedtime helps with this. Research has also shown that a short walk in the fresh air on the morning of the exam is beneficial. Thank you for your help at this time which can be very stressful for your child. With enough revision, I am sure he/she will be very successful!



Any Year 11 students who do not do IT as an option subject should have had a letter in their tutor wallet explaining that they have been entered for Functional Skills IT in March. This is a qualification worth half a GCSE at grade B and is a useful addition to your qualifications for college and work. The qualification is gained through a two hour practical exam which students will sit in the week of 4th - 8th March. A revision letter outlining Moodle resources and revision sessions will be circulated in February. If you have any queries please see Mrs Griffiths, Mrs Bache or Mr Burn as a matter of urgency

 


A Message from Mrs Parker for Year 10 Parents Regarding GCSE French Writing Controlled Assessment


Dear Parent/Carer
I am writing to make you aware of the forthcoming Year 10 GCSE French examination later this term: Writing Controlled Assessment (Holidays).

The preparation sessions for this will take place in French lessons in the week beginning 11th February and the assessments will be in the week commencing 25th February. Your child will have been told the date of their individual assessment.

We are preparing for these in class over the next 2 weeks and it is important that your child brings all notes and homework to each lesson. The languages staff is available to help with pronunciation and planning at lunchtimes and after school by prior arrangement.

There are websites your child can visit to listen to clear French on the topic. The students who do best are those who are familiar with the material they have prepared and are able to speak clearly and with a good accent.  I suggest www.linguascope.com. Our school username is lander and the password is polyglot. The students should look on the ‘intermediate’ section of the website. Also, the BBC Bitesize revision site is very good. Look under the topic headings ‘Holidays Abroad’.

Strategies for revising for Writing tests include the following:
• Ordering notes into topic ‘chunks’
• Creating mind maps with  pictures/symbols matched to  certain phrases
• Use of colour to highlight words  that you frequently misspell
Practising spellings of difficult words
Learning opening phrases. For example ‘L’année dernière….’ plus a series of possible actions to follow this.
• Creating storyboards to link  words and pictures of what you  want to say
Working with your teacher or the assistant at a lunchtime or after school.

As with all exams, it is important that your child gets enough sleep – particularly in the couple of nights leading up to the exam. A regular calm routine at bedtime helps with this. Research has also shown that a short walk in the fresh air on the morning of the exam is beneficial.

Thank you for your help at this time which can be very stressful for your child. With enough revision, I am sure he/she will be very successful!


Jill Parker
Team Leader MFL

 

 

 

Richard Lander School