Revision

This section will provide you with any additional academic material and information for revision.

Revision – Autumn Term 2015

 

Please find an updated revision guide below.

 

Revision guide 2014-2015

 

Individual subjects will have revision material updated during the term.

 

English

Scholars

Scholars will sit two Scholarship papers in November, reflecting two different styles of Scholarship papers. We will be practising the techniques for these responses and the only opportunity for revision is really to practise planning and writing different styles of composition. We will also practise and review these in class.

 

Revising for English

 

English is very unlike other subjects when it comes to planning revision because there are no easy to learn tick lists of topics to remember and quite often there are no right or wrong answers.

When you answer a comprehension question it is very often what you THINK that counts. What the examiner is looking for is that you are able to explain your answer clearly and support your conclusions by making direct and appropriate reference to the text.

The best way to prepare and revise for comprehension tests is to read lots of different types of texts: novels, factual books, newspapers, magazines, instructions, autobiographies, persuasive writing, speeches and lots of different types of poetry.

When you read each one try to focus on both the content and meaning of the text. Try also to decide how you feel about it and what the author is hoping to achieve. What was his or her purpose in writing the piece? How does he or she want you to feel?

You then need to think about how you might respond to each individual passage. You can do this by writing some notes in a revision note book or by highlighting key parts and phrases that mean something to you. It might also help to read the material with someone at home and then discuss the content and meaning with them.

Timed reading and writing

One of the hardest things to do is to write ’to time’ A good way of preparing for examinations is to complete written exercises in a set time.

Comprehension texts

Allow yourself 35 minutes to complete comprehension exercises. Start by reading the text at least twice before looking at the questions. Then focus carefully on the demands of each question, before committing your thoughts to paper. It may be useful to ‘highlight’ key words within each question to help you stay focused and on track.

Remember to answer the questions in full sentences and pay close attention to the value of each question as this will determine the depth of answer that is required. Where possible make direct reference to the text in order to support your conclusions.

Creative writing

Use a character or setting, a poem, a photograph, a painting or a piece of fiction as a ‘launch-pad’.

Try and write in a particular style and create a specific mood or atmosphere in your writing.

Remember to time yourself – 40 minutes is a good guide – but remember also, that it is very important to plan your ideas before you begin to write – planning is very important as it gives your writing structure and purpose.

Remember to structure your story carefully. It should have: a powerful opening, an interesting plot with twists and turns, an exciting and where possible original climax and conclusion, interesting characters and a believable and imaginative setting.

Discursive writing

Look at newspapers or magazines for discursive writing ideas. Spend at least five minutes making a detailed plan – if you can’t think of anything to write in your plan then choose a different subject/question!

Paragraph 1 should be an introduction and state why you chose to answer the question. Paragraph 2 should enable you to put forward one side of the argument. Paragraph 3 should give you the opportunity to counter this and offer the other side of the argument. In paragraph 4 you should try to outline your own opinion based on the evidence you have discussed and in paragraph 5 you should offer your final thoughts and conclusion.

Studied Literature

If you are studying a particular text be sure to annotate/ highlight the important areas of the story or use post – it notes to draw your attention to key aspects of the story.

Look closely at the key characters and consider how their relationships develop throughout the book.

Consider if there are any key themes within the text and if you can learn anything from the text.

Understanding and enjoying poetry

Find an anthology of poetry that appeals to you. There are many available to choose from. Pick out a poem that catches your eye. Vary the type of poem you choose. Read the poem at least twice and see if you can understand the meaning. Make notes where appropriate or discuss with someone at home.

Then look carefully for more depth in the poem and see if you can F.L.I.R.T. with the content.

Look at its FORM and shape, consider the type of LANGUAGE that the poet uses, look closely for any examples of IMAGERY within the poem, check to see if the poem has a RHYME scheme or a particular RHYTHM and consider if the poem has a particular TONE throughout.

As you consider all of these things ask yourself: Why has the author chosen to do this? What is s/he hoping to achieve? What is s/he hoping the reader will gain from this? Is there a deeper meaning to the poem than you might first think? What do you think of the poem?

 

French

All revision material is available for download on the French department website:

www.thefrenchdepartment.com

 

Geography

Form 8

  1. Global location
  1. OS maps
  1. Plate Tectonics:
  • Structure of the earth
  • Oceanic / continental crust
  • Tectonic plates and boundaries including diagram of destructive and constructive plate boundaries
  • Global distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes
  • 2 case studies: 1) 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami and 2) 2010 Mount Merapi, Indonesia
  1. Weather and climate
  • Difference between weather and climate
  • Microclimates
  • The water cycle
  • Types of rainfall: relief, frontal and convection including diagrams
  • Causes of temperature and rainfall variation from place to place in British Isles
  1. Rivers and coasts
  • Processes of weathering, erosion and transportation
  • Landforms and diagrams showing their formation:
    • Valley
    • Waterfall
    • Gorge
    • Meander
    • Caves, arches, stacks, stumps
    • Beaches
    • Spits

Christmas revision 2015

 

History

Form 8

CE candidates will sit a full CE paper. The paper will be divided into an Evidence section and an Essay section. The question in the Evidence section will either be on Henry VIII and the Reformation or the Plague and the Great Fire. Both questions have been practised in class. Children in their second year of form 8 should prepare both topics. Children who are in their first year in form 8 will answer on Henry VIII and the Reformation. Both questions have been practised in class. There is also information in the ISEB revision guide on both topics. For the Essay the children must choose one from a choice of 10. There is a fairly wide ranging choice and all of them should have prepared three topic areas on which they feel comfortable to write. We have discussed this at length in class and also attempted several timed essay questions. Both of the topics that serve as possibilities for the Evidence question could also work as essay titles.

Scholars will sit appropriate scholarship papers which will be discussed with them individually in class.

 

Form 7

The form 7 exam is made up of three parts; factual knowledge, an evidence or source question and a short essay. The children have been asked to learn about the reigns of Henry VII and in particular whether he was a successful King and the reign of Henry VIII up to and including, Thomas Wolsey the Field of The Cloth of Gold in 1520 and Henry’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon.

 

Form 6

The form 6 exam is made up of three parts; factual knowledge, a simplified evidence or source question and a short essay. The children have been given 4 A4 revision sheets on Haraald Hardrada and the Battle of Stamford Hill, the 4 claimants to the throne, the Battle of Hastings and The feudal system. We have also done revision on castles (especially Motte and Bailey castles) in class. These are the only topics which will be covered in the exam.

 

Latin and Greek 

Scholars will sit appropriate scholarship papers which will be discussed with them individually in class.

Form 8 

 

Latin CE Vocabulary List, Level 1

CE Vocabulary List Level 1, self test booklet

CE grammar booklet. level 1

Latin CE Vocabulary list, Level 3 and Common Academic Scholarship

CE Vocabulary List Level 3 and CA Scholarship, self test booklet

CE grammar booklet, level 3

 

Form 7

Latin CE Vocabulary List, Level 1

CE Vocabulary List Level 1, self test booklet

CE grammar booklet. level 1

 

Form 6

Revision To-Do

Latin CE Vocabulary List, Level 1

CE Vocabulary List Level 1, self test booklet

CE grammar booklet. level 1

2nd Conjugation – Moneo

1st Conjugation – Amo

1st and 2nd Declensions

 

Maths

Form 8

CE candidates will sit two papers – Non-Calculator and a Calculator paper. These will be full or close to full C.E. papers. There are three levels of paper – 1, 2 or 3. Pupils will sit a paper relevant to their own level. The ISEB revision guide has information on which topics are sat at each level. In class the pupils are given lots of practice sitting these papers.

 

Scholarship candidates will sit appropriate scholarship papers and will have had practice working through these papers before the examination.

 

Form 7

In Year 7 the examination is made up of two papers. One paper is mainly on material covered in the Autumn Term and has some questions that need a calculator. The second paper is more general and tests work that has been also covered in year 6 – this is a non-calculator paper. Revision is done in class for these examinations and the pupils are encouraged to take these revision sheets home if they need extra time revising.

 

Form 6

In Year 6 the examination is one non-calculator paper. This paper tests work that has been covered in the Autumn Term. Revision is done in class and sheets can be taken home if needed.

 

The ISEB produces a useful Mathematics revision guide and can be sourced from “www.galorepark.co.uk”.

The pupils should also be encouraged to visit the “Mymaths” website.

 

Religious Studies

Form 8

The exam will be a full CE paper, in which they are to answer one question from Section A (Old Testament) and one question from Section B (New Testament).  Children need to revise the material from Form 7 (Moses and the Burning Bush, David and Bathsheba, Nathan’s Parable, both Solomon stories, both Elijah stories and both Isaiah stories).  They also need to revise the stories we have covered so far this term – Jesus’ birth, the Temptations, Jesus calls the first disciples and the Transfiguration.

It is worth noting that the exam is only 40 minutes long.

 

Form 7

Children will be required to answer two CE questions, based on material covered this term.  They need to revise Moses and the Burning Bush, David and Bathsheba, Nathan’s Parable as well as both Solomon stories.

It is worth noting that the exam is only 40 minutes long.

 

Form 6

There are four stories to learn for this exam – Ezekiel and the Exiles, Daniel and the Lions’ Den, “A Girl Named Mary” and “His Name is John”.  Two of these stories will have questions that require shorter answers and the other two stories will be required to be re-told in their own words (to be approximately 3/4 of an A4 page in length).

 

Science

Form 6

Yr 6 Guide Science autumn 2015

 

Form 7

Yr 7 Guide Exam autumn 2015

 

Form 8

Yr 8 for Biology autumn 2015

Yr 8 guide chemistry aut 2015

Yr 8 guide for Physics autumn 2015

 

CE Topics

Science revision notes for summer exams 2014

Biology Breathing and respiration revision

Biology Cell revision

Biology classification and variation revision

Biology feeding relationships and adaptation

Biology Health revision

Biology Nutrition and Digestion Revision

Biology photosynthesis revision

Biology skeleton and muscles revision

Chemistry Acid revision

Chemistry Chemical reactions

Chemistry elements compounds revision

Chemistry metal reactivity revision

Chemistry Separation techniques revision

Chemistry solutions revision

Chemistry states of matter revision

Physics Earth and the Solar system revision

Physics electric circuits and current revision

Physics energy changes and sources revision

Physics Forces revision

Physics Light and sound revision

Physics Magnets and electromagnets revision