Revision

Click here to watch a very helpful video on revising.

 

Best Approach

1. Break your revision into chunks

It's better to use spaced practice. Learn a topic over several shorter sessions rather than studying for hours on end until you’ve finished. Even leaving gaps of days between sessions is fine.

Take breaks and keep going back to your topics. This way your brain has to work to recall what you're learning every session and the information is more likely to get stored in your long-term memory. In other words, you'll be more likely to remember it in the exam.

2. Revise actively

Instead of just reading through your notes or highlighting them, make question and answer flashcards or turn your notes into something more visual like mindmaps, tables of advantages and disadvantages, timelines or cause and effect tables. These will help you recall the information you need and turn what you've learned into answers to real questions.

3. Test yourself

Test yourself regularly and do it often. Be ruthless with yourself; find the gaps in your knowledge and fill them. 

Why is testing so effective? It seems there are two reasons.

Firstly, the act of testing involves retrieving information from long-term memory – the answer you need but also related information. Pathways in the brain are created that link information and make it easier the next time you need the information.

Secondly, testing yourself teaches you what you know and what you don't. That means you can restudy the material you were weaker on – plugging the holes in your learning.

4. Combine all three!

How can you put these three pieces of advice together? Let’s say you're learning an important topic. You might allocate five revision sessions for this, each half an hour long and a few days apart.

In the first session, make your own brief notes based in your class notes and in the second session, turn these into question and answer flashcards.

In the third session, test yourself on these cards and in the fourth, practise an exam question, checking your answer against the mark scheme. For the fifth and final session, check how well you did and filling in gaps in your knowledge.

This way, you’ve used all these three techniques: spaced practice, active learning and testing.

 

Click below for useful information and hints and tips on effective revision strategies:   

PDF icon  Note-taking Hints 

PDF icon  Hints on How to Revise 

PDF icon  How to Make a Mind Map 

Download PDF icon  Revision Timetable Planner    

You should also visit the various subject sections below for more subject-specific revision advice.   

Revision Guidance and Information for Pupils

Equipment List 

  • Two pencils
  • A rubber
  • A ruler
  • A pen and cartridges or two pens
  • A sharpener
  • A few colouring pencils
  • A 360/180 degree protractor
  • A pair of compasses

For Science and some Maths papers you will also need:

A calculator

  • You may take one small mascot into the exam room.
  • You may take a bottle of water in to the exam room.
  • Bags should not be brought in to the examination room.
  • The examination should take the time indicated on the exam paper. If you finish early please check through every question at least once.
  • Please assemble outside the exam room five minutes before the start. 

  • All exams will start on time. It is your responsibility to ensure that you arrive on time with the required equipment.

Examinations are always conducted in silence and no pupil should communicate
with another at any time during the exam.

English

All English prep, spelling tests and revision are set via Google Classroom. Individual classrooms can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate link below:

4CEO 4JES
5HJM 5IDV
6XSRP 6YSRP
7XCEO PS7SRP
8XPJD S8SRP

Maths

7PS - RGU 

Please click here. All information has also been emailed to you.

8X - RGU 

Please click here. All information has also been emailed to you.

8PS

Please click here. All information has also been emailed to you.

Please click here for Revision tests.

Science

7X Science revision - FCB

Your assessment in November will cover the Biology topics you have learned this term and some essential Biology basics from last year. 

Please click here

8X Science revision - FCB

Your assessments in November will be split into 3 papers;

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

The questions in these papers will cover topics you have covered in Years 6 & 7, as well as what you have learned this term.

  • Please use the revision document to help with your revision. 
  • Be honest with revision - do not keep revising the photosynthesis equation if you already know it
  • Revise the aspects you struggle with
  • Re-reading a textbook again and again is not revision. Test yourself using various formats and question styles.

Please click here for a full list of revision topics.

There is a revision grid on Google classroom to use to sign off when you have covered a topic.

Useful sites and apps are:

PS8 Science Revision - ECC

Please click here for your revision document.

Languages

French PS7 - MKJ

Pupils in PS7 have been given a Extended Writing Task Challenge Sheet to practise over the half term holidays. They should also continue with their Speaking Assessment sheet and their "Moi" slides presentation. They are familiar with these tasks as they have been working on them in class. They should take their folders and contents home for holiday revision. They can use Linguascope and their worksheets to help with vocabulary. Revision requirements are stuck in their peach coloured subject revision sheet as shown below.

PS7 French Revision - Autumn 2019

  • 5 Minute Challenge Sheet - writing task practice
  • Practice Qs & As on your Speaking Assessment sheet

French 7X - RSG
Should be revising: 

  • the different words for the jobs that people can do.
  • the sentences we learned at the start of term to give basic information about themselves. This includes being able to say them and write them down.

To do this there are two Quizlets on https://quizlet.com/join/eTmaAA9RS
 

Each Quizlet has a flashcards section, learn section, write section, spell section and test section as well as some games to help them learn. The test section  can be done as many times as wanted so that scores can be improved upon. The test can be customised so that pupils can remove/add certain types of question. There is also an option to print an assessment at the end and these can go in your child's subject Learning Log.

French S8 - RSG
Pupils all joined the relevant class in lessons this week (https://quizlet.com/join/qfv22QbC6)

Those new to PS8 this year focus on learning the set verbs on: Past Holiday French

Those who were in the set last year should pick any of the term sets given on topics they feel they need to go over again. Some are from last year as revision, others are completely new but will help them make their writing flow in French better.

All pupils can have a go at writing about a past holiday using the five brick approach to forming a sentence that we have covered in class this term (i.e. giving the following information in each sentence: when you did something, what you did, where you did it, who you did it with, why you did it/what you thought of it). Completed pieces can be shared with me direct and I will provide feedback.

French 8X - MKJ

Pupils in 8X have been given a sample Exam Paper to practise over the half term holidays.They can use Linguascope and their guide sheets to help with vocabulary. Revision requirements are stuck in their peach coloured subject revision sheet as shown below. 

Year 8 French Revision - Autumn 2019

Go through the Practice Exam Paper and try to do both the Reading and Writing Section tasks. 

Use the Guide Sheets to help you.

Highlight things you have found tricky so we can over them after half term.

Global Studies

PS7 - PJD

In Week 11 of next half-term, you will sit ONE Global Studies exam paper that will include questions and tasks on:

  • Deserts (remembering facts)
  • Climate Graphs (interpreting and answering questions)
  • Ethical arguments (e.g. Marathon des Sables)
  • Evaluating and interpreting historical sources (like documents, journals, paintings, photographs)

To prepare for this exam, try to review, revise and practise the following areas during the half-term holiday:

  1. Deserts - facts, definitions and features. Use the ‘Deserts: Need to Know’ document that we completed and reviewed in class. You will find a corrected version of this on Google Classroom.
     
  2. Learn the locations of the following major world deserts - Sahara, Arabian, Patagonian, Gobi, Great Basin, Great Victoria, Kalahari. You need to be able to locate and label these on a world map. You have some blank world maps to practise on. 

  3. Make sure that you can understand and answer questions about different climate graphs.

  4. Check that you can answer questions such as:
    1. Which month, on average, was the hottest/coldest?
    2. Which month, on average, was the wettest/driest?
    3. Which months might be most affected by floods?
    4. Which months might be most affected by drought?
      Use the website that we looked at in class: https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/@6350257/climate

  1. Complete the ‘Evaluating Historical Sources’ exercise  that relates to the story of Burke and Wills. Completed work will be reviewed next term.

7X

In Week 11 of next half-term, you will sit ONE Global Studies exam paper that will include questions and tasks on:

  • Deserts (remembering facts)
  • Climate Graphs (interpreting and answering questions)
  • Ethical balanced arguments (e.g. Marathon des Sables)
  • Evaluating and interpreting historical sources (like documents, journals, paintings, photographs)

To prepare for this exam, try to review, revise and practise the following areas during the half-term holiday:

  • Deserts - facts, definitions and features. Use the ‘Deserts: Need to Know’ document that we completed and reviewed in class. You will find a corrected version of this on Google Classroom. 

  • Learn the locations of the following major world deserts - Sahara, Arabian, Patagonian, Gobi, Great Basin, Great Victoria, Kalahari. You need to be able to locate and label these on a world map. You have some blank world maps to practise on. 

  • Make sure that you can understand and answer questions about different climate graphs.
    Check that you can answer questions such as:
    • Which month, on average, was the hottest/coldest?
    • Which month, on average, was the wettest/driest?
    • Which months might be most affected by floods?
    • Which months might be most affected by drought?
      Use the website that we looked at in class: https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/@6350257/climate

  • Complete the ‘Evaluating Historical Sources’ exercise  that relates to the story of Burke and Wills. Completed work will be reviewed next term

8X

Please click here for your revision document.

S8

Please click here for your revision document.

Latin

Please refer to the following pages to help with your child’s revision. These documents are intended to be helpful reminders of the topics covered and should be used for reference in conjunction with the material on Google classroom.

The documents on translation tips and exam revision tips are generic and should be referred to by all classes.

Each class has a specific set of revision guidelines which are to be found on Google classroom and below.

7X

Year 7 will be having a class assessment during the assessment week. We will be focusing on noun and adjective endings and vocabulary, in particular how to translate nouns and adjectives when their endings change.

Pupils will need to look at the Year 7 Latin Grammar booklet below to help them with further explanation.

There will also be a question that tests their knowledge and understanding of the roman history section.

PS7:

Y7 Latin Grammar

Year 8/PS8:

Y8 Latin Grammar

PS8:


 

Assessments:

PS7: 

Your assessment will have four sections:

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • A short translation
  • Roman history

You will need to know the endings for all three noun types and present tense verbs. These are on p. 51 of your prep diaries. You will need to understand and be able to translate prepositional phrases and adjectives.

Vocabulary is as the lists we learnt in Year 6 and the adjectives from this week. 

Roman history is this term's work plus the Roman life we studied last year - don't worry, the questions are extremely straightforward.

All of the work we have covered this term in class is on classroom with powerpoints, worksheets, page numbers and a short explanation. Please also use Quizlet

Year 8

Your assessment will have four sections:

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • A short translation
  • Roman history

You will need to know the endings for all three noun types and present, imperfect and perfect tenses tense verbs. These are on p. 51 of your prep diaries. You will need to understand and be able to translate prepositional phrases and adjectives, adverbs and to answer questions about the case and tense of a given verb or noun.

Vocabulary is as the lists we learnt in Year 6 and the adjectives from this week. 

Roman history is this term's work plus the Roman life we studied last year - don't worry, the questions are extremely straightforward.

All of the work we have covered this term in class is on classroom with powerpoints, worksheets, page numbers and a short explanation. Please also use Quizlet

PS8:

Your assessment will have four sections:

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • A short translation
  • Roman history

You will need to know the endings for all three noun types and present, imperfect and perfect tenses tense verbs. This will include irregular perfect tenses.

Endings are on p. 51 of your prep diaries. You will need to understand and be able to translate prepositional phrases and adjectives, adverbs and to answer questions about the case and tense of a given verb or noun.

Vocabulary is as the lists we learnt in Year 6 and the adjectives from this week. 

Roman history is this term's work plus the Roman life we studied last year - don't worry, the questions are extremely straightforward.

All of the work we have covered this term in class is on classroom with powerpoints, worksheets, page numbers and a short explanation. Please also use Quizlet

Useful Links:
www.cambridgescp.com is the online area for the Cambridge Latin Course. It has practice translations and grammar and vocabulary games.

www.quizlet.com every class has its own quizlet area which can be accessed through Google classroom

cram.com - vocabulary testing flashcards
username: irenadevoy, password: holmwood

There are other valuable websites such as:  http://www.arlt.co.uk/celinks.html 
http://www.virdrinksbeer.com  is particularly good for the grammar section of the exam