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Smithdon High School

Step Up to GCSE

As a GCSE student at Smithdon High School, your Key Stage 4 curriculum will begin in Year 10 and build on the prior foundations of a Knowledge Rich Curriculum begun in Key Stage 3.

Year 10 will end with a series of examinations to check where you are in relation to your academic potential. This is the first of three series of examinations that take place to inform and guide you leading up to your final GCSE exams.  The feedback from each of these will allow your subject teachers to personalise your Year 11 curriculum. This means we will be able to use tutor time better to meet the needs of each and every one of you in preparation for your final GCSE examinations.

Included below are a range of resources that will support your revision during Years 10 and 11.

Timeline for the final year

This includes key dates for health checks, examination, reports and parents’ evenings. Please be aware that this document is subject to change.

Year 10

Term

Date

What is going on?

Autumn Term

8 September 2021

15 September 2021

13 October 2021

14 December 2021

Year 10 students return and begin first year of GCSE

Step Up to GCSE information evening

GCSE Geography Coastal Field Trip (TBC)

Year 10 Rewards Assembly

Spring Term

W/C 2 January 2022

27 January 2022

28 February 2022

2 March 2022

Year 10  Assessments

Sets 1 and 2 GCSE Science live

Year 10 Reports to parents

Year 10 Parents evening

Summer Term

5 May 2022

W/C 13 June 2022
W/C 20 June 2022

29 June 2022

8 July 2022

W/C 11 July 2022

12 July 2022

W/C 18 July 2022

Year 10/11 Drama Theatre Trip Norwich

Year 10 PPE exams


GCSE Urban Field Trip

Year 10 Awards Assembly

Work Experience (TBC)

Year 10 Reports to parents

Year 10 DofE Silver Expedition


Year 11

Term

Date

What is going on?

Autumn Term

16 September 2021

W/C 27 September 2021

W/C 1 November 2021
W/C 8 November 2021

2 November 2021

W/C 13 December 2021

13 December 2021

Step Up to GCSE Information Evening.

Health Checks

Year 11 PPEs


Year 11 Progress Report to Parents

Health Checks

Rewards Assembly

Spring Term

13 January 2022

W/C 31 January 2022
W/C 7 February 2022

14 March 2022

17 March 2022

W/C 21 March 2022

1 April 2022

Year 11 Parents’ Evening

Year 11 PPEs


Year 11 Progress Report to Parents

Year 11 Parents’ Evening

Health Checks

Year 11 Reward Trip

Summer Term

5 May 2022

TBC

TBC

TBC

Yr10&11 Drama Theatre Trip - Norwich

GCSE Exam dates

Prom

GCSE Results Day

 

Subject Information

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50 Facts Booklet

The 50-fact booklet below will support your preparation for these exams. Each subject page includes the core knowledge that pupils need to know in order to be successful.

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The Learning Scientist

All of these strategies have supporting evidence from cognitive psychology. For each strategy, we explain how to do it, some points to consider, and where to find more information.

  • Spaced Practice
  • Retrieval Practice
  • Elaboration
  • Interleaving
  • Concrete Examples
  • Dual Coding

Please find user guides below for each of these strategies.

The 6 Strategies for Effective Learning 

KS4 Intervention Clubs Programme

Please click on the link below:

KS4 Intervention Clubs Programme 

Additional Information

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Step up to GCSE Presentation - Sept 2021