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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Examinations

 

Year 7

We are approaching the time of year when the Year 7 examinations will be held. These examinations will be held over a period of two weeks and will be in the school hall or gym. When students do not have an exam, they will follow their normal timetable. A personalised timetable for the examinations students will take will be given to each student.

A booklet is available below to support Year 7 students with their exam preparation. This booklet gives parents and students more information regarding the content of the exam and the key skills and subject knowledge that will be examined, for each subject.

There are several techniques that students should use to help them revise:

Spaced practice - the greater the planning and preparation given to creating revision timetables the more time students have to learn the content.  In addition, it gives students the time to break large units down into more manageable bite-size content. 

Interleaving - students study a topic for up to 20 minutes.  They then take a short break and study another topic for 20 minutes.  After another short break, they write down everything that they have learnt in both the 20-minute sessions.  This will build up the content stored and help to identify any gaps in their learning. 

Dual coding - students take a topic and change it into diagrams, pictures, mind maps etc.  We recall these much easier than written text, hence why we can remember faces but not always names!  

Retrieval Practice - students put away their books and write/sketch everything they can remember no matter how great or small.  This will help to again identify any gaps in learning - if they do not know it or cannot remember it, use the techniques above to help it sink in. 

Parents are asked to support students by ensuring that they revise and prepare for examinations in a manner appropriate for the year group.

Examples of how parents might assist include:

  • Help with creation of a revision timetable and ensure there are breaks included.  This can reduce panic and last minute ‘cramming’ of subject content the night before.
  • Please encourage your daughter to use the revision techniques above and ask questions about the techniques she has learnt.
  • Check she has copies of the relevant booklet where she can revise the key content for the exams from. Where there are gaps, encourage her to speak to/email her class teacher.
  • Ask your daughter to teach you the content of the exam in detail.  Studies have shown that when we teach others we are more likely to learn something ourselves and develop our understanding further.
  • Ensure your daughter has the required equipment for her exam.  Your daughter may require specific equipment for certain examinations e.g. a calculator for maths. Subject teachers will inform students about any specific requirements for their exams via the attached booklet.
  • Access websites / online resources with your daughter that are contained in the booklet attached.
  • Remove any items that can distract your daughter and encourage your daughter to study hard for 20 minutes without distraction and then take a break.  Studies have shown that this technique is far more productive than lengthy revision sessions.
  • Ensure your daughter gets plenty of rest and eats well during the examination period.
  • Discuss the exams with your daughter and help to alleviate any stress. We simply want to see their best, that is all.

Any subject specific questions about these examinations can be directed to the student's class teacher. For all other queries please do not hesitate to contact the Head of year, Miss Stanley.

Exam Timetables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 8

We are approaching the time of year when the Year 8 examinations will be held. These examinations will be held over a period of two weeks and will be in the school hall or gym. When students do not have an exam, they will follow their normal timetable. A personalised timetable for the examinations your daughter will take will be is available with this letter.

Please find below a booklet to support Year 8 students with their exam preparation.  This booklet gives you and your daughter more information regarding the content of the exam and the key skills and subject knowledge that will be examined, for each subject.

There are several techniques that students should use to help them revise:

Spaced practice - the greater the planning and preparation given to creating revision timetables the more time students have to learn the content.  In addition, it gives students the time to break large units down into more manageable bite-size content. 

Interleaving - students study a topic for up to 20 minutes.  They then take a short break and study another topic for 20 minutes.  After another short break, they write down everything that they have learnt in both the 20-minute sessions.  This will build up the content stored and help to identify any gaps in their learning. 

Dual coding - students take a topic and change it into diagrams, pictures, mind maps etc.  We recall these much easier than written text, hence why we can remember faces but not always names!  

Retrieval Practice - students put away their books and write/sketch everything they can remember no matter how great or small.  This will help to again identify any gaps in learning - if they do not know it or cannot remember it, use the techniques above to help it sink in. 

As a parent/carer we ask you to support your daughter by ensuring that she revises and prepares for her examinations in a manner appropriate for her year group.

Examples of how you might assist include:

  • Help with creation of a revision timetable and ensure there are breaks included.  This can reduce panic and last minute ‘cramming’ of subject content the night before.
  • Please encourage your daughter to use the revision techniques above and ask questions about the techniques she has learnt.
  • Check she has copies of the relevant booklet where she can revise the key content for the exams from. Where there are gaps, encourage her to speak to/email her class teacher.
  • Ask your daughter to teach you the content of the exam in detail.  Studies have shown that when we teach others we are more likely to learn something ourselves and develop our understanding further.
  • Ensure your daughter has the required equipment for her exam.  Your daughter may require specific equipment for certain examinations e.g. a calculator for maths. Subject teachers will inform students about any specific requirements for their exams via the attached booklet.
  • Access websites / online resources with your daughter that are contained in the booklet attached.
  • Remove any items that can distract your daughter and encourage your daughter to study hard for 20 minutes without distraction and then take a break.  Studies have shown that this technique is far more productive than lengthy revision sessions.
  • Ensure your daughter gets plenty of rest and eats well during the examination period.
  • Discuss the exams with your daughter and help to alleviate any stress. We simply want to see their best, that is all.

If you have any subject specific questions about these examinations, then please speak directly to your daughter’s class teacher. For all other queries please do not hesitate to contact your daughter’s Head of year, Ms Kelly-Smith rkelly-smith@carshaltongirls.org.uk

Exam Timetables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 9

What are the Year 9 Exams? 

The Year 9 Exams will be taking place in the week beginning Monday 14th June.

The exams will cover content delivered during students’ examination courses, which commenced at the start of Year 9. The exam topics for each subject are detailed in the following pages so that students can plan their revision accordingly. Each subject page also includes information about the examination format, what skills students will be tested on, command words and where to find additional revision resources.

The style of these tests will be modelled on GCSE questions which are used by the exam boards.  

Click below for more information

 

Year 10

Year 10 examinations will take place between 21st and 30th June 2021.

We want to make sure that every student has a great chance of being successful in these examinations and takes the opportunity to show what she knows and can do.

A Year 10 Study Support SharePoint has been set up for all students to access. It contains:

1. A Subject Examination Guide with entries from all subjects detailing:

  • The format of the exam
  • Topics to be covered
  • Where to find practice questions
  • Guidance on how to achieve top level answers
  • Definitions of command words

2.    A Revision Toolkit booklet with details and advice on effective revision strategies.

3.    Subject Revision materials provided by subject areas

These materials will be placed on ShowMyHomework and are also available below.

The Year 10 examinations offer a chance for parents to be actively involved in students' revision in ways that will be of great benefit in htheir final revision in Year 11. We have found that our most successful students in previous years benefited from active support from their parents, with the following proving highly beneficial:

  • Displaying a revision schedule at home
  • Testing by you: little and often
  • Explaining the content of what they have revised to you
  • Writing practice answers with you timing them
  • Giving their phone to you after an agreed time to avoid distraction!

 

Year 12

Year 12 exams take place 14th – 18th June.

Available below is the exam booklet we have prepared to support our students. This is also available to students on SharePoint and each student has also been given a hard copy. Plarents are encouraged to sit down with their daughter/son and discuss with them how they have been preparing for these exams and what their revision plans are.

The exams will not only allow us to monitor the progress of the students and identify strengths and areas for development, but to prepare them for the exams in Year 13 next year. We fully appreciate that some students will be anxious about sitting exams. We have a number of resources available on SharePoint for both revision and wellbeing. 

If students do not achieve their expected scores in these exams, we will give them the opportunity to re-take and address specific gaps in their understanding and how they are able to apply this.  We are aware of the very strong work ethic that many Year 12 students have demonstrated and know they will continue to display this until the end of Year 13. 

Access to S block

From 14th June, Year 12 will have full access to S block and will be the only year group in S block. The advantage of this is another IT workroom available to them and, when not in use, they will also have access to the classrooms to be able to study in smaller groups. The Common Room will be opened up and no longer divided to give Year 12 access to the whole space to use socially and safely.

Summer Work

Heads of Department will be sending out summer work for students to do over the summer holidays - more details will be shared about this after half term.

Please contact Mrs Norman, Director of Sixth Form, for further information if required bnorman@carshaltongirls.org.uk.

Year 12 Exam Booklet and Timetable