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Year 11 GCSE Online Classroom – izpujum

  • An online classroom has been set up for our Y11 students aimed at supporting them in their preparation for the exams. This is done through Google Classroom.
  • Heads of each Department will be able to post key information such as past papers and other supportive materials to help students.
  • The platform also allows students to communicate should they need to ask a question relating to their GCSE studies.
  • Students can download the Google Classroom Application and sign in using their log-in details issued to them by the school. If you need this information again, please see Mr Marcus in the Learning Resource Centre.

Message from Huddersfield New College to Y11 Students

Huddersfield New college have asked that ALL year 11 students who have applied for a course to access and read through the pre-course materials that are now available on their website on this link: https://www.huddnewcoll.ac.uk/student-life/preparing-for-a-levels
There are many free resources online at the moment so take advantage of the time you have and get prepared for the best possible start at college.

Message from C&K Careers to Y11 Students

C&K Careers are offering you the opportunity to win £100 in love2shop vouchers! All you have to do is follow the link below and fill in a quick survey about your experience of using our services in school.

The survey will only take 5 minutes to complete. Please be honest as this will help us to continue to improve the careers advice and guidance that we offer to future Year 11s.

Link to survey – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VBVVZ2T

Don’t forget that we are still here to offer support to you in the future if you need us. Our Chat helpline is available on 01484 213856. You can also email us at [email protected] and we’re on Facebook Messenger here: https://www.facebook.com/CKCareers. The service is available Mon – Fri 9am- 5pm & Thurs 9am – 8pm.

Thanks and good luck!

Key Documents

 

 

Memory Recall Sessions

Key Revision Sessions

Exam Boards

  • English: AQA
  • Maths: (Higher – Edexcel) & (Foundation – OCR)
  • Science: AQA
  • Geography: AQA
  • History: Edexcel
  • RE: AQA
  • French: Edexcel
  • German: Edexcel
  • Music: Eduqas/Pearson
  • Art: AQA
  • Photography: AQA
  • Drama: AQA
  • BTEC Performing Arts: Pearson
  • BTEC Sport, Activity & Fitness: Pearson

Download Support Materials

We are working with Elevate, a company specialising in revision and study skills in order to maximise our students’ success. We have already had a very successful study skills session and parent seminar and are looking forward to 2 further sessions before the GCSE exams. Please use the valuable tools available on the student portal which includes revision materials, support with organisation and further advice for students and parents. Click on the icon link above, enter the password provided to you by your tutor and create a free account – you can contact the school if you need the password.

In order to support learning and achievement, we subscribe to GCSEPod. This provides a platform to prepare for important examinations. At the heart of GCSEPod are our videos. We call them “Pods”. Each one is a highly concentrated, 3-5 minute burst of audio-visual learning and specialist subject knowledge for 20 curriculum areas. It’s written by expert subject teachers then rigorously quality assured.

Useful Resources

Y11 Mock Plan GCSE Countdown

 English: AQA

English Language Paper 2, Question 5 (40 marks)

Past Papers

Maths: Edexcel/OCR

Below are useful websites for revision purposes;

 Science: AQA

GCSE Biology
 GCSE Chemistry
 GCSE Physics
GCSE Combined Science Trilogy

Geography: AQA

Geography GCSE Details 2020

Below are useful websites for revision purposes;

History: Edexcel

Below are useful websites for revision purposes;

RE: AQA

Below are useful websites for revision purposes;

French: Edexcel

  • The link for active learn is
  • https://pearsonactivelearn.com
  • All students taking Languages have a login for this and homework is set on this too. Students also access any areas they wish at any time.
  • Another we use is Duolingo which is great for practising vocabulary and sentence structure. It is free to use and students set up their own accounts.
  • https://www.duolingo.com
  • Language Gym – great for grammar. Students can practise any part of grammar. Games allow them to learn and this is a free resource too.
  • https://www.language-gym.com

German: Edexcel

  • The link for active learn is
  • https://pearsonactivelearn.com
  • All students taking Languages have a login for this and homework is set on this too. Students also access any areas they wish at any time.
  • Another we use is Duolingo which is great for practising vocabulary and sentence structure. It is free to use and students set up their own accounts.
  • https://www.duolingo.com
  • Language Gym – great for grammar. Students can practise any part of grammar. Games allow them to learn and this is a free resource too.
  • https://www.language-gym.com

Music: Eduqas/Pearson

Art: AQA Art

Photography: AQA

BTEC Sport, Activity & Fitness: Pearson

 

 

 

Apps to Support

Distraction blockers

  • SelfControl: This thing is amazing. It’s an app that lets you block any site on all browsers for any period you like. You can adjust the settings to match your needs and goals. I keep it simple and just block Facebook for periods of 3 hours when I really need to get through study. Check it out here
  • Cold Turkey: This one is really similar to SelfControl, and has lots of added functionality and premium versions for those who will do anything to ‘not study’. Those interested can find it here

Languages and Learning

  • instaGrok: Just type in the topic you’re studying, and instaGrok will make you a mind map with quotes, key points, pictures, videos and links to sources and sites. It basically takes care of research and note-taking for you.
  • Duolingo: This language learning app tracks your progress as you use flash cards and other useful tools to learn another language. Duolingo is completely free and is fun to use.

Organisation and Sharing

  • Wunderlist: I use Wunderlist for everything. If you love making lists, and sub-lists and setting digital reminders, this one is for you. I really like the simple interface and how it syncs across multiple devices.
  • Evernote: This one is more focused on note-making, but includes all the functionality that’s in Wunderlist. It’s a bit more complicated to use, but once you get it, it can be your one stop shop for note taking.

Google Calendar & other calendar apps:

  • If you don’t know about Google Calendar, then you’ve probably been living under a rock! Use this to create your perfect study timetable, send yourself push notifications to study and set up study groups with friends!
  • Dropbox: An obvious choice for anyone who needs to share files on a cloud. Once again, an obvious go-to.

Speed Reading, Watching, Dictation

  • Zap Reader: You copy and paste text you’d like to get through quickly into the reader and push play. ZAP Reader will throw words at you one at a time in quick succession so that you don’t need to move your eyes across the page. You can also control the speed that the words are delivered too.
  • iAnnotate: Annotate your PDFs on the go so you can take notes and read all on your tablet.
  • VLC Media player: Speed up or slow down videos to your own speed with VLC. You can watch a 1 hour lecture or video in 40 minutes!
  • Dragon Dictation: Use your voice to dictate a text message or email, create Facebook status updates or a Tweet, and anything in between – simply speak and see your text content appear with Dragon Dictation.

Light and Sound

  • f.lux: f.lux adjusts the light levels and colour tones of your computer screen to match the time of day. This allows your eyes to adjust naturally so that you’re not staring at bright screens right before bed.
  • Noisli: Noisli allows you to play different types of sounds to help you block out surrounding noise. I like to use this when I’m in a study area where people are talking. It allows me to block them out without distracting myself.
  • Raining.fm: Like Noisli but just the sound of rain. Rain is a very comforting sound and blocks out the sound of brothers and sisters distracting you!
  • Meditation
  • 1GiantMind: An app that teaches you how to meditate. I like to use this to de-stress after a busy day and clear my head before exams.
  • Headspace: Another very useful meditation app used by more than 4 million people worldwide!

 

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