Thursday, December 14, 2017

Crash Course on Study Skills

You may already know about this, but CrashCourse on YouTube has some really useful stuff for a variety of subjects.

I just stumbled across a Study Skills section that might be of use for revision




Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Macbeth_Insights @GCSE_Macbeth

@GCSE_Macbeth


Working through Macbeth, one useful idea at a time. Created by an English teacher and GCSE examiner; not affiliated with a school or exam board.
It's a twitter account that tweets out lines from the play with analysis.


Monday, November 27, 2017

National Citizen Service (NCS) summer 2018 programme

I am delighted to let you know that this year your child will be given the opportunity to register their interest in the National Citizen Service (NCS) summer 2018 programme - an exciting, unique opportunity which connects young people from different backgrounds across Hampshire, builds confidence and inspires them to make a positive impact in their local area.


Personal Best Education (Mountbatten School Services Ltd) is the local provider of NCS, a government-funded programme. We deliver a part-residential programme which consists of 3 phases, Monday to Friday, after exams in the summer.


Why do NCS?
Young people meet a network of amazing people
It boosts employability skills
It makes students CV’s and UCAS statements stand out
Young people can access future opportunities from top employers
Young people face new challenges and learn a variety of skills
Gives young people a chance to get their voice heard!


Is it for my young person?
In one word – YES! NCS is a chance for 15 to 17-year-olds* to come together and achieve amazing things. Let's face it – life's too short to be stuck indoors. So why not kick-start
their future with a summer they will never forget! Thanks to government backing, the most you'll ever pay for this unbeatable experience is £50, but this cost could be less or even free depending on your circumstances. If you sign up before Christmas you will get this fantastic opportunity for £35. This provides you with transport (from our designated drop off and pick up point), food and accommodation during phases 1 and 2, plus you even get a free sleeping bag, t-shirt and hoodie!


The Programme:
The programme takes place in the summer holidays over 3 or 4 consecutive weeks.


Phase 1: Young people will experience the freedom of being away from home with new friends and get the chance to take part in adrenaline-fueled activities like: coasteering, surfing, total wipeout assault course and high ropes.


Phase 2: During phase two young people stay away from home at a local activity centre. They will take part in a different workshop each day in areas such as: media, sport, performing arts, design and carpentry.  


Phase 3:  Young people now get the chance to put all the skills and experiences developed in phases1 and 2 into practice as a team, agreeing on a social action project that will make a difference to their local area.


Graduation: It's time to celebrate in style. We think it's only right that young people and their team should enjoy a well-earned reward for doing something truly inspirational in their community.


When can we take part in NCS?
Each programme will run for either 3 or 4 weeks, Monday to Friday, depending on which of the start dates you choose from:


18th June 2018
25th June 2018
2nd July 2018
9th July 2018
16th July 2018
23rd July 2018

Start your amazing journey:
You can visit http://www.pb-education.co.uk/ncssummer2018/ for more information about the programme and to sign up. You can also contact our local NCS Events coordinator on 07714783565 or email harry.draycott@mountbatten.hants.sch.uk.


Places for the programme are on a first come first served basis and early application is advised as the programme has limited spaces. We highly recommend this unique and valuable opportunity and hope you will encourage your child to take part.


*Equivalent to Year 11 and Year 12/First Year of College


Yours sincerely


Harry Draycott
(NCS School Liaison coordinator)

One week after practice exams assembly

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Collecting Exam Certicates

All ex year 11 can collect their exam certificates on Monday from the D@rt from 4:30-7:30. 

If they would like someone else to collect their certificates on their behalf they must complete the slip attached to the information letter. 

If they need a copy they should contact reception before Monday.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Examiners’ tips for English Language Paper 2

Candidates are offered the following advice:

• For short answer Questions 1 and 4 ensure that you are responding briefly and selecting
information, not just writing out a section. For Question 4, make sure that you read the
question carefully.

• For the AO2 (language and structure) questions, make sure you are offering ideas
about how language is used. Again, for Question 2, many of the candidates gave an
example, but not all offered a comment about how language was used. For Question 5
the example is given for you, so read the example and talk about how language is used
rather than selecting another example from it.

• For Question 3, consider the way Text 1 has tried to engage you as the reader. You could
pay particular attention to the opening and closing of the text as these are important
points for any writer. They will help you to see how the writer has shaped their text to
initially gain the interest of the reader and then to leave them at a particular point.

• In Question 3, try to cover points on both language and structure, commenting on
the different techniques that have been used by the writer and how they engage and
interest the reader.

• For your evaluations, make sure you are thinking about which elements from SITE
are useful for the text you have read, and use evaluative vocabulary when you are
commenting. You do not need to comment on language and structure here unless this
supports your evaluation. You can think about the audience and purpose of the text and
whether it would be successful for readers.

• For question 7a, always comment on similarities. You can comment on differences in 7b.
There are only 6 marks for 7a so be brief and succinct here. In 7b, link comparisons back
to ideas of the writers and their perspectives.

• When you are writing, always think about your reader, what you want them to
understand and how you want them to react at different parts of your writing; then
choose the best words, phrases or techniques available to you to achieve those effects.

• Think carefully about how you will begin to write so that it is engaging for your reader
from the very start.

• As you begin to write, know where you will end. This will help you to write in a manner
that is cohesive and coherent for your reader.

• Take care throughout with accuracy of all sorts: spelling, punctuation and grammar.

• Keep a close eye on the time during the examination and use the number of marks
available for each question as an indication of how long you should spend answering
each question.

Examiners’ tips for English Language Paper 1

Candidates are offered the following advice:

• Read the passage in section A very carefully, identifying the different ways in which the
writer has tried to engage you as the reader.

• Pay particular attention to the opening and closing of the text as these are important
points for any writer and they will help you to see how the writer has shaped their text
to initially gain the interest of the reader and then to leave them at a particular point.

• On question 3, try to cover points on both language and structure within the space
you have been given and with a time allocation that is appropriate to the six marks the
question offers. There is no need for an introduction or conclusion on this question.

• Try to identify the different techniques that have been used by the writer and how
successful you feel the writer has been.

• When you are writing, always think about your reader, what you want them to
understand and how you want them to react at different parts of your writing; then
choose the best words, phrases or techniques available to you to achieve those effects.

• Think carefully about how you will begin to write so that it is imaginative and engaging
for your reader from the very start.

• As you begin to write, know where you will end. This will help you to write in a manner
that is cohesive and coherent for your reader.

• Take care throughout with accuracy of all sorts: spelling, punctuation and grammar.

• Keep a close eye on the time during the examination and use the number of marks
available for each question as an indication of how long you should spend answering
each question.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Mind Set from BBC Bitesize: Smart advice from exam survivors


GCSEs and Nationals are just around the corner and revision is a priority for thousands of students. Exam anxiety is reportedly at record levels, so BBC Bitesize has stepped in.

Last year, Bitesize asked students from across the UK what type of resources would help them deal with exam stress. The answer they gave us was short, shareable videos featuring young people who've recently taken their exams.  

So that’s what we’re launching today at bbc.co.uk/mindset.

The Mind Set is a group of twelve young people, from a range of social backgrounds, with mixed GCSE and Nationals results. What they have in common is the belief that they performed to their full potential, by developing the right mental attitude and taking practical steps to revise effectively.

Across twelve short films and infographics, they offer advice on a range of topics, including getting started with revision, seeking support, keeping motivated, and maintaining self-confidence. Their advice is supported by an experienced team including a leading educationalist, a GP and a high-profile psychologist.

Find out more on the The Mind Set website.

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