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Year 9 Key Stage Science

26 Mar 2019

Dear parent / carer,

As you are aware, your son / daughter will be sitting end of Key Stage Science exams in May. These are an important part of the transition process to Key Stage 4, with exam results being shared with our partner schools and used to place students in the appropriate ability group in Year 10. The exams also provide a great opportunity for students to demonstrate just how much they have learned over the last three years, consolidating key knowledge and concepts ready for the start of their GCSE studies.

In Science, students will sit two 50 minute exam papers. One will focus on scientific enquiry and the other on scientific content. We are encouraging students to begin revision in preparation for the exams over the next few weeks.

Revision is best done in a quiet space and in small chunks. Each student will find that certain revision techniques work better for them than others, therefore I would ask you to encourage you son/daughter to try as many different active strategies as possible e.g. testing themselves, making flash cards, creating mind maps etc.

Pocket Poster GCSE revision guides are now available to purchase from the school priced at £3.50. Students will be able to use these books now and at their Upper School. Books will need to be purchased through Parent Pay. Each book will comes with a code to access the Pocket Poster App in full and with an information sheet indicating what should be revised now.

To further support revision activities, you may also wish to look at the following resources:

  • Student exercise books
  • Revision websites, such as BBC Bitesize
  • FoldR website foldr.ibstockcollege.leics.sch.uk – this contains all the fact sheets and PowerPoints for our    topics. Students will also find past exam papers and interactive revision PowerPoints. Students need to use their normal school log-on to access this
  • FoldR app – access using the web address above and usual school log-on
  • Science revision Apps e.g. ‘KS3 Science review’ (free for Y7 topics), ‘I am learning KS3 science’ (£1.99) and ‘Science KS3 Dynamite’ (£2.99).

Many thanks for your support in this matter. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me

Kind regards

Mrs Gayle Wright

Faculty Leader Science and PE

 

gaylewright@ibstockcollege.leics.sch.uk

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