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Welcome to Mayfield Schools Exam Page.

Exams are organised in the school by the Examinations Manager, Mrs Patis and any questions or queries should be directed to her. Contact [email protected]

We hope that the following information will inform and help you in supporting your child in the exam process.

If you have any queries about revision for exams then please refer to this page here.

When are exams held?

External Exams are organised by the Examinations Boards in the summer series in May and June. Controlled Assessment take place throughout the school year. Internal school exams will be fitted in the timetable around the external exams, in the main this will be during the summer series.

Below are the master timetables for external exams that could be held by the school. Your child should be informed by their class teacher if they are due to sit any exams. The school will also send home a timetable for your child.

Exam TimeTables

Exam Rules

All exams, both internal and external exams are run in accordance to the rules and regulations laid down by the JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications), pupils should ensure that they are familiar with the rules.

Exam Certificates

Current Pupils

We feel that it is important to recognise the qualification achievements of pupils. Therefore the school retains Certificates until a suitable presentation can be arranged).

Lost Certificates

If you need confirmation of your results as you have lost your certificates you will need to contact the exam boards direct. This could take a number of weeks.

Click Here for details of how to contact the exam boards.

Exam Download

 

 

Homework

Homework and Preparation for learning

 

Key Stage Four

Homework is set in all core and option subjects. Many of these homework tasks involve the creation of revision resources, exam questions or revision. They often focus on developing independent learning techniques.

Students are required to record all homework tasks in their school planner.

The frequency with which homework is set at Key Stage Four can be accessed on the below.
 

Preparation for learning - Years 7 and 8

What is Prep? 

Prep is short for ‘Preparation for learning’ – this is the name we give to extended independent learning projects at Mayfield school. We call it Prep to show that it is a vital part of a child’s learning and is vital in them making progress. 

How often is Prep set? 

English, Maths, Science and IL (International Languages) Prep is set every lesson – all other subjects set Prep projects according to the rota below.

What sort of tasks will my child be given to do? 

Each subject will set tasks that will support your child’s learning for that subject. This could include (but is not limited to) the following kinds of tasks: 

  • Creating pieces of work that show what they already understand on a topic; 

  • Creating pieces of work that show what they have recently been taught; 

  • Reading about a topic that will be covered in later lessons; 

  • Practising using knowledge taught in previous lessons; 

  • Quizzes that test their knowledge on a previous topic; 

  • Extended writing tasks that develop your child’s ability to write for longer periods of time. 

Where will my child find the prep tasks? 

Your child will have each prep task explained to them by their subject teacher. We don’t normally print out the tasks for pupils - when they are at home they can remind themselves of the tasks by going to the school webpage and clicking on the ‘Student Prep’ link. Should you require printed versions of each of the prep tasks then please contact Mr Tite(Assistant Headteacher). 

Year 7 Prep

Year 8 Prep

How long should my child spend on their Prep? 

Your child should spend 30 minutes per subject per week on their Prep. Although they can spend longer than this on their tasks, it is important that pupils come to school refreshed and rested, as well as have time for other activities, so please do help them to manage their time.  

To help with this your child will have written a study plan in tutor time, which you can find in their planner. 

Who will my child hand in their Prep to? 

All Prep projects should be handed in directly to their subject teacher.  

When do they hand their Prep in? 

Prep deadlines will be different for each class and will be set by the class teacher. Pupils will be asked to record deadlines when the project is set.

My child needs help with their Prep – what can they do? 

There are a number of things your child can do if they need help with their Prep: 

  • Speak to their class teacher; 

  • Use the help and guidance documents (in the same location as the tasks); 

  • Go to homework club (every day between 3pm and 4pm in room 151) where an adult will help them with their Prep; 

  • Look in the school library for books that might help them with the task. 

What will happen if my child doesn’t do their Prep? 

We recognise that at first your child may find it hard to organise their Prep. In the first instance that your child doesn’t complete their Prep we give them a second chance to make amends and to bring it in to their teacher. 

If your child gets into the regular habit of not completing Prep to a reasonable standard we try to identify the reasons for this and work with them and you to ensure that they begin completing it on time and to a standard we know they are capable of. 

Homework Policy

Prefects and Young Mentors

 

Young Mentors

 

We are now open for applications from our current Year 11 for the role of Young mentors.

Senior Revision

Introduction

Revision is a minefield – lots of people will tell you what they think worked for them when they took their exams. The trouble is, what worked for other people (and in exams that may have been completely different) won't always help you. Luckily we have some excellent advice to help you with your studies. Luckily in the run into your exams, your teachers will provide you with lots of opportunities to get help with your revision - below are the most up to date list of revision opportunities.

 

Year 11 Revision Guide

  1. Planning when to revise

The first step in successful revision is ensuring that you have a sound revision plan in place – a good plan not only follows the princples of spaced practice and interleaving, but it should also take into account the other things in your life. Things that you can't move or change (eg family commitments, chores, eating) and things that you can be flexible on (eg social life, playing computer games, social media, spending time with friends). For more details on how to complete a revision plan that is balanced and achievable click here.

  1. Choosing the best way to revise

Once you have your revision plan in place there is still the question of what to do next. We recommend using the strategies outlined by the excellent Learning Scientists and in particular Retrieval Practice. These strategies have been developed by a group of cognitive psychological scientists whose research focus is the science of learning. These strategies have been researched and proven to be the most effective ways to retain information – not just for your exams but also beyond!

Please click the link below to read more about how to build Retrieval Practice into your revision.

    Retrieval

  

  1. Choosing what to revise

There are several different exam boards, each of whom has slightly different specifications for the same GCSE. Therefore, it is really important that you have the right materials to revise from otherwise you could be revising the wrong things.

Luckily, your teachers have produced this booklet to help you and made this folder of resources.– this will provide you with the information you need (or the locations of where to find the information) to help you with your revision.

You can also purchase revision guides from school – just print out this form (or get a spare copy from pupil services) and take it (along with any money) to the general office. All of these revision guides have been recommended by your teachers so you know they are the best ones for your exams.

Other Useful Information

If there is something you require for your exams that you cannot find below then please contact Mrs Patis in the General Office or at [email protected]

English Revision

Welcome to the English Revision page.

 

Here you will find useful links and information to help you revise for your GCSE exams in English Language and Literature, as well as Mayfield exams in Year 9 and PIRA tests for Years 7 and 8.

 

Our Mayfield examinations for Year 9 use modified versions of the English Language GCSE Paper 1 - please see the information below for revision ideas. Look for Year 9 for ideas and support!

Below are links to English Homework Resources.

 

Year 11 are currently studying for:

  • AQA GCSE English Language
  • AQA GCSE English Literature

Look at our GCSE Revision Checklist to support your independent retrieval.

Links to exam websites:

 

Years 7 and 8.

Pupils in Key Stage 3 will sit PIRA reading tests once per term. These standardised tests produce an age-related reading score that enables the department to track progress from year to year and provide a link to Key Stage 2.

The test will generate:

  • A diagnostic profile for each pupil with areas of strengths and weaknesses;
  • A standardised score that will be communicated home.

An example test can be found online here.

How to revise for a PIRA test:

The best way to prepare for the PIRA tests is to read widely and often. Some strategies that you can try include:

  • Reading Accelerated Reader texts at a suitable level for their ability;
  • Reading non-fiction tests, for example, BBC News.
  • Having discussions about characters, themes and narratives;
  • Revising key skills on the BBC Bitesize website.

 

Years 9 and Years 10 and 11

GCSE English Language - what you will be asked to do:

English Language Paper 1 Key facts: 50% of GCSE

Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing

Q #

Skill

Marks

Timing

 

Read the extract from the novel

 

15 mins

1

Finding four facts from the text

4

5 mins

2

Analyse part of an extract looking at words and features

8

10 mins

3

Analyse the structure of the extract (NESTS)

8

10 mins

4

Make an analysis based on an opinion

20

15 mins

5

Writing to describe either based on an image or starting a story with a prompt

40 (24 content, 16 SPaG)

45 mins

 

TOTAL

80

1 hour 45 minutes

 

Years 10 and 11

English Language Paper 2 Key Facts: 50% of GCSE

Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

Q #

Skill

Marks

Timing

 

Read the two extracts – one modern text and one from the nineteenth century

 

15-20 mins

1

Finding four facts/opinions from the text

4

5 mins

2

Summary of the similarities and differences between the two texts

8

10 mins

3

Analyse the language of the extract

12

10 mins

4

Comparison of perspectives of the two writers

16

15 mins

5

Writing to persuade using a specific form

40 (24 content, 16 SPaG)

45 mins

 

TOTAL

80

1 hour 45 minutes

 

Years 9 and Years 10 and 11

TIP!  Remember - focus on Question 5 - it is worth half the marks of each paper!

Revision checklist - GCSE English Language

Am I secure in the knowledge of:

  • TiPToP (Paragraphs)
  • SCS1 (Sentences)
  • SPAMROD (Figurative language)
  • AFOREST (Rhetorical language)
  • PEEE(L) (Analytical writing)
  • NESTS (Structure)
  • Forms (Styles of writing e.g. newspaper article, speech etc.)

If you need a hand, look here.

Top revision tips:

  1. Read - why not download the BBC News App onto your phone or look at the website.  Read a random story.  Think about that the 10 most important points are.  How does the writer show their perspective?  What are the key words or features of language?
  2. Learn the mnemonics - which ones do you use for each question?  
  3. Revise word classes - what are the different types of words?  What do they do?
  4. Vary sentences - keep your writing interesting by varying your sentence lengths and structures.
  5. Consider your discourse markers - how will you make your writing fit together?
  6. Practice planning - use the Power of 3 and base your ideas on the senses.  Google an image and think about how you would describe it.

Download our handy GCSE summary guide here.

Remind yourself of the skills you need for each question here.

Useful links:

  • BBC Bitesize - useful tips on revision as well as spelling, punctuation and grammar.

GCSE English Literature - what you will be asked to do:

 

Years 10 and 11

English Literature Paper 1 Key facts: 40% of GCSE

Shakespeare and the 19th-Century novel

Q #

Skill

Marks

Time

1

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

  • Read the extract
  • Analyse the language
  • Include quotations from across the play
  • Link to historical context

30

 

+4 for SPaG

45 mins

2

Novel: A Christmas Carol

  • Read the extract
  • Analyse the language
  • Include quotations from across the play
  • Link to historical context

30

45 mins

 

Checking answers/planning

 

15 mins

 

TOTAL

64

1 hour 45 minutes

 

Have a look at the key quotations for Romeo and Juliet and A Christmas Carol to help you revise!

For this exam, each question will have a printed extract that pupils can refer to.  However, in order to aim for a ‘strong’ pass of Grade 5 and above, they will need to include quotations that they know from across the text.

The exam board want to see a lot of quotations to support opinions and ideas, embedded into answers.

Try the BBC Bitesize website for hints and tips with Shakespeare or the 19th Century Novel.

Or, try watching Mr Bruff on Youtube.  He has playlists for:

English Literature Paper 2 Key facts: 60% of GCSE

Modern texts and poetry

Q #

Skill

Marks

Time

1

Modern play: An Inspector Calls

  • Plan your answer based on knowledge of the play
  • Analyse the language
  • Include quotations from across the play
  • Link to historical context

30

 

+4 for SPaG

45 mins

2

Poetry: Power and Conflict

  • One poem printed
  • Compare to a second from knowledge
  • Analyse the language and devices
  • Link to historical context

30

45 mins

3

Unseen Poetry:

  • Read unseen poem
  • Analyse language and devices

24

20 mins

4

Unseen Poetry:

  • Read second unseen poem
  • Compare to the other
  • Analyse language and devices

8

10 mins

 

Checking answers/planning

 

15 mins

 

TOTAL

96

2 hour 15 minutes

 

Try the BBC Bitesize website for hints and tips with modern drama or the poetry.

Look at the Genius.com annotated poems for Power and Conflict.

Or, try watching Mr Bruff on Youtube.  He has playlists for:

 

Top revision tips:

  1. Use the PiXL Lit App either online or download to your phone, see your teacher for help logging in;
  2. Remind yourself of the subject terminology using this glossary;
  3. Re-reading the texts – copies are available online from £2 to £7;
  4. Use revision guides;
  5. Watch adapted versions as films;
  6. Re-read the poems and find similarities;
  7. Understand the names and personalities of characters – supported with quotations;
  8. Know the narrative and key themes – supported with quotations;
  9. Choose an unseen poem and analyse it using TWIST(ED);
  10. Learn quotations - consider look, cover, write and check.

REMEMBER!  There are lots of revision resources, hints and tips on the school Moodle!

English Revision

Maths Revision

Welcome to the Maths Revision Page

Maths Revision

 

Year 11:

 

Year 11 Maths Revision

 

Click here to visit the Pixl Maths App


Year 10:

 

Click here to visit the Pixl Maths App


Year 9:

Revision topics Set 1,2 and 3

Fractions, decimas and %
Coordinates
bar charts
scales and scale drawing
solving equations
volume
expanding, simplifying and factorising
Gradients
Speed
Proportion
Rearranging
Substitution
Area
Probability
Rounding
Estimation
Straight line graphs

Revision Set 4

Money
Perimeter
Time
Number
Coordinates
Simplifying
Mean from a list
Squares, roots and cubes
BIDMAS
Line graphs
Scale drawing
Frequency tables

 

Year 8:

Click here to visit the Pixl Times Table App

Key Topics to revise for the PUMA test in January

 

Shapes, perimeter , mirror lines

Factors multiples squares and primes

Sequences

Substitution

Fractions, decimals and %

Probability

Angle facts

Median mean and range

Venn diagrams

Number machines

 

Year 7:

Click here to visit the Pixl Times Table App

Key Topics to revise for the PUMA test in January

 

Place value

Ordering numbers

Inequalities ( using the signs)

Converting units (length)

Factors, square and multiples

Decimal places

Perimeter

Pictograms/bar charts/two way tables

Symmetry

Rounding 10,100,1000

 

Please, do not hesitate to ask your teacher for more support.

Science Revision

Welcome to the Science Revision page.

Paper 1

  • Biology units 1 – 4
  • Chemistry units 1 -5
  • Physics units 1 - 4

 

Paper 2

  • Biology units 5 – 7
  • Chemistry units 6 – 8
  • Physics units 5 and 6

 

Year 10 Mayfield assessments

  • Biology  - Units 3,4 and 7
  • Chemistry – Units 7, 8, 9 and 10
  • Physics – Units 3, 4, 7

 

Year 9 Mayfield assessments

  • Unit B1 and B2 – Cell biology and Organisation
  • Unit C1  and C2 – Atomic structure and the periodic table, and bonding.
  • Unit P1 and P2 – Energy and Electricity

 

Year 8 Mayfield Content

  • Periodic table
  • Ecosystems
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Health and lifestyle
  • Motion and pressure
  • Metals and Acids
  • Adaptations and inheritance.
  • How Science Works – Scientific Investigations, graphing and analysis

 

Year 7 Mayfield Content

  • Cells
  • Particles and their behaviour
  • Forces
  • Space
  • Elements
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Light and Sound
  • Reproduction
  • How Science Works – Scientific Investigations, graphing and analysis

 

Useful links

Exam board specification – This cover everything that potentially will come up in your exams. http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

My-GCSEscience – Loads of revision videos, exam questions, answers, blogs and mindmap sheets. https://www.my-gcsescience.com/

BBC bitesize – The classic revision website from the BBC now updated for the new specification. https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

Snap revise – Tonnes of revision videos and resources to download (does require a FREE signup) https://snaprevise.co.uk/

Educake – use your personal login and password to access hundreds of exam-style questions https://www.educake.co.uk/

After school revision

Science surgery is on every Friday in room 36 and we are here to answer questions, provide resources, and practise your skills in the run-up to the exam!

Seasonal Revision

Seasonal Revision

School Day

Start

Finish

Duration(mins)

Activity

07.45am

08.15am

30

Breakfast Club

08.15am

08.45am

30

Resilience (Year 7 and 8 only)

08.45am

09.45am

60

Lesson 1

09.45am

10.45am

60

Lesson 2

10.45am

11.35am

50

Tutor/Assembly: Victory Discovery

Break: Endeavour Intrepid

Break: Victory Discovery

Tutor/Assembly: Endeavour Intrepid

11.35am

12.35pm

60

Lesson 3

12.35pm

1.35pm

60

Lesson 4

1.35pm

2pm

25

Lunch

2pm

3pm

60

Lesson 5

3pm

4pm

60

Extra-Curricular or Lesson 6 (for Year 11 only)

 

Sports Fixtures

Sport Provision

Curriculum Map - Core PE 2020/2021          
         

 

   
Key Stage 3 Year 7 (Mixed) Year 8/9 Boys  Year 8/9 Girls 

 

Key Stage 4 Year 10/11 Boys Year 10/11 Girls
Autumn Gymnastics  Rugby Gymnastics   Autumn Football Badminton
  Rugby Table Tennis Netball     Rugby Spinning
  Netball Football Hockey     Basketball Netball 
  Table Tennis Basketball Table Tennis     Table Tennis HRE
Spring Basketball Rugby HRE     Fitness Testing Fitness Testing
  Trampolining Table Tennis Rugby   Spring Spinning Netball 
  Football Football Trampolining     Badminton Hockey
  Hockey Basketball Netball     Football HRE
  Spinning Spinning Spinning     Hockey Trampolining
Summer Tennis Tennis Tennis   Summer Tennis  Tennis 
  Cricket Cricket Cricket     Softball Rounders
  Handball Handball Football     Cricket Cricket
  Striking Games Softball Rounders        
          Two Theory lessons and Two Practical lessons per Fortnight
Students will complete an activity for approx 6 lessons and then rotate     Practical is a choice based - Except the Fitness assessments
around a carosel. Students will complete two indoor and two outdoor   Activities can vary dependent on the interests of the group
activities per term.             
In Year 9, students complete one theory lesson per fortnight. In Year 7 and 8         
students will complete a theory lesson twice per half term.         
Students have to complete prep homework linked to the Cambridge National        
content in the Spring term. Students are also actively encouraged to attend         
extra-curricular clubs every week.            
In year 7 and 8, all students will complete the bleep test at least once per half         
term to improve their fitness.            

Targets And Learning

TBC