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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

14 September 2022

12 October 2022

20 October 2022

13 December 2022

Step Up to GCSE information evening

GCSE Geography Urban Field Trip

Yr10 Settling-in Tutor Evening

Year 10 Rewards Assembly

Spring Term

w/c 9 January 2023

w/c 16 January 2023

 

20 February 2023

23 February 2023

28 March 2023

Year 10 Assessments

 

 

Year 10 Reports to parents

Year 10 Parents evening

Rewards Assembly

Summer Term

w/c 12 June 2023
w/c 19 June 2023
w/c 26 June 2023

28 June 2023

7 July 2023

w/c 10 July 2023
w/c 17 July 2023

11 July 2023

11 July 2023

Year 10 PPE exams

 

GCSE Coastal Field Trip

Year 10 Awards Assembly

Work Experience (TBC)


Year 10 Reports to parents

Yr10 Intervention Evening (SLT)


Year 11

Term

Date

What is going on?

Autumn Term

15 September 2022

w/c 31October 2022
w/c 7 November 2022

12 December 2022

14 December 2022

Yr11 Revision/Applications and Tutor evening.

Year 11 PPEs
 

Rewards Assembly

Year 11 Progress Reports and smith proformas to Parents

Spring Term

12 January 2023

w/c 30 January 2023
w/c 6 February 2023


7 March 2023
 

27 March 2023

28 March 2023

1 April 2023

Year 11 Parents’ Evening

Year 11 PPEs
 


Year 11 Progress Reports and smith proformas to Parents

Rewards Assembly

Yr11 Intervention Evening (SLT)

Year 11 Reward Trip

Summer Term

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

GCSE Exam dates

Celebration Morning

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

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Year 11 After School Booster Sessions

Additional Information

Please click on the links below to view:

Step up to GCSE Presentation - Sept 2022