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Title: Year 9 Options Evening


1
Year 9 Options Evening
  • Thursday 6th November 2014

Please sign-in at the entrance hall Can we
please request that all students sit with
parents/carers this is an important part of the
Options process.
2
Year 10 and 11 Curriculum
Subject Hours Qualification
English 4 English and English Literature GCSE
Maths 4 Maths Methods and Maths Applications GCSEs
Science 5 or 6 Either Double Science GCSE Or Biology, Chemistry and Physics
PE 2
PSHE 1 Taught in two tutor times
Option subjects 4 x 2 or 3 GCSEs or BTECs
3
GCSE English - Y10 and Y11
  • Students take a GCSE in English Language and
  • a GCSE in
  • English Literature.

Examinations in English Language which will test
reading and writing skills. There will be
separate speaking and listening
assessments Examinations in English Literature
will test understanding of poetry, prose and
drama texts.
4
Mathematics
The new Mathematics GCSE courses are starting in
September 2015. We will be looking at the
ratified courses over the next two months to make
a decision on which exam board to use. Assessment
is likely to be 3 papers at the end of Year 11,
one of which will be non calculator. There will
remain a Foundation and Higher tier.
5
Science
  • Double Science (Core Science in Y10 and
    Additional Science in Y11)
  • OR
  • Triple Science (3 GCSEs over Y10 and Y11 -
    Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each subject has
    2 lessons per week)
  • You can take A Level Sciences from both routes.
  • Entry onto A Level subjects depend upon grades
    and student effort in the subjects.

6
Double Science
  • 3 x 1 hour (tiered) exams in Biology, Chemistry
    and Physics, all worth 25 taken in the summer of
    Year 10.
  • The remaining 25 comes from the Controlled
    Assessment marks and these will be completed at
    the end of this current school year.
  • This results in a GCSE in Core Science at the of
    year 10. The Additional Science qualification
    then follows the same structure in year 11.

7
Triple Science students
  • Commit to attending an after school lesson every
    Tuesday.
  • Need to be aware that they will be taking 9 x 1
    hour exams (3 Biology, 3 Chemistry and 3 Physics)
    at the end of Year 11.
  • All students are welcome onto the Triple Science
    course if they are willing to work hard, as shown
    through their year 9 lessons.
  • All students will sit Controlled Assessments in
    Biology, Chemistry and Physics during the course.

8
Triple Science
  • This results in three separate GCSEs in Biology,
    Chemistry and Physics.
  • Two thirds of the content for Triple Science is
    the same as the Core and Additional Science
    qualifications.
  • Triple Scientists will study an additional
    Extension topic in each of the three sciences.

9
Summary
10
Any questions?
  • Your science teacher will be able to discuss with
    you the most suitable route to choose.
  • In addition the following staff can also help
  • Mr A Sampson, Head of Science
  • Mrs H Russell, KS3/Year 9 Science leader

11
Qualification types
A mixture of traditional and vocational
qualifications
  • GCSE
  • BTEC Certificate
  • Cambridge National award in ICT
  • Level 1 Vocational Qualifications

12
GCSE
  • Will be mostly written examinations with
    coursework in a few subjects
  • Pass grades range from A to G

BTEC (Extended Certificate)
Examination and Coursework 3 units of work
which are equivalent to 1 GCSE (Grade A to
C) Students who pass are awarded either Pass,
Merit, Distinction or Distinction
13
The Options form 2015 2017 (Page 25 of the
options booklet)
  • In box A you will choose a language option. There
    is the provision to not take a language if it is
    considered appropriate.
  • In box B you will choose a humanities option

14
In box C you make 4 choices in priority order
GCSE Art and design Cambridge award ICT
BTEC Business studies GCSE Music
GCSE Drama BTEC Sport
GCSE French (dual linguists) GCSE Hospitality
GCSE Geography GCSE Product Design
GCSE History GCSE Graphics
Your order of preference is very important.
Students can only study one technology option.
15
Option Blocks
  • All student choices are considered at the same
    time
  • Option blocks are formed based on the majority of
    students getting their choices
  • These blocks form the timetable

16
Option Blocks
  • There will be four option blocks
  • The subjects in one block are all taught at the
    same time on the timetable
  • E.g.

17
Timetable
  • This year the timetable for Year 10 looked like
    this

18
Box D
  • Students wishing to be considered for Triple
    Science must tick the box to confirm this.
  • Students can choose to study BTEC Dance instead
    of core PE.
  • Students wishing to be considered for a college
    placement must tick the box to confirm this. We
    will not know until later in the year what
    provision is available. Students on alternative
    placements will forfeit one, potentially two
    option choices.

19
Part B Compulsory Subjects
  • Deadline for completed forms 28th November

20
Calendar of events
  • Monday 17th- Friday 28th November Option
    interviews
  • Friday 28th November Final deadline for
    submitting option forms.

Y9 Progress Check 12 December to parents/carers
Y9 Parents Evening 22nd Jan
Y9 Mentoring Tues 27 Jan-Fri 30 Jan
Y9 Progress Check 20 March to parents/carers
Y9 Mentoring (Exam Focus) Tues 28 April Fri 1st May
Y9 Exam weeks w/c 11 May and w/c 18 May
Y9 Year Progress meet 30 June
Y9 Report 3 July to parents/carers
21
Options Interviews
All parents are invited to attend an interview
alongside their son or daughter with a Senior
member of staff. If you wish to take up this
opportunity the contact details are in the Option
booklet. 17-28th Nov Melanie.Fish_at_jmonline.org.
uk Holywell - Mr Williams Beacon - Mr
Hammond Jubilee - Mr Collard Midsummer - Mr Evans
Mr Sampson Selected Students - Mr Mudge and Mrs
Lee Catherine Webster Careers Advisor
22
The overwhelming majority of students get their
options choices. However some may not because
  • There is a change in the staffing structure of
    the school.
  • There are insufficient numbers to run a course.
  • There are too many students choosing one
    particular course.
  • There is strong evidence to suggest this is not
    an appropriate choice.

23
Classic Option Mistakes
24
Good advice about Options
25
Ultimate Options Choice?
Skills/Abilities
Passion
Experience
26
Calendar of events
  • Monday 17th- Friday 28th November Option
    interviews (Melanie.Fish_at_jmonline.org.uk)
  • Friday 28th November Final deadline for
    submitting option forms.

Y9 Progress Check 12 December to parents/carers
Y9 Parents Evening 22nd Jan
Y9 Mentoring Tues 27 Jan-Fri 30 Jan
Y9 Progress Check 20 March to parents/carers
Y9 Mentoring (Exam Focus) Tues 28 April Fri 1st May
Y9 Exam weeks w/c 11 May and w/c 18 May
Y9 Year Progress meet 30 June
Y9 Report 3 July to parents/carers
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