Year 11 GCSE Maths Practice Paper 2

Attached here are the predicted practice papers we promised to bring to you for your half term holidays. These will help towards your revision for GCSE Maths Paper 2 on Thur 7th June at 9am.
There is a paper for you to print and complete, worked solutions and an examiner’s mark-scheme to help you self assess and narrow down your areas of weakness. This is a really good way to see how the method marks are allocated and how to show your workings to optimise your marks out of 80.
At the end of today’s English exam, you were given a list (Yellow = higher, Blue- Foundation) This is also a guide to help you narrow down your revision. We will do this again after paper 2 for you.
It is important that you appreciate that anything can come up on the 2nd exam so make sure you revise other parts of the course too. In other words, doing this exam paper is just a start to help you see what else you need to work on in more detail using mymaths.co.uk, your books and your revision workbooks, etc. The 2nd of our revision workshops on Wed 6th June period 1,2,3 with your Maths teacher. We will be looking at topics that haven’t come up on paper 1 but also being aware that you might have some requests for topics you want us to cover.
Well done for your hard work and commitment so far.
All the very best with your half term revision!
Ms Devine and the Maths Team.

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Dear parents of students in Year 7 and 8,

Find below links to folders containing Science resources to support your child with revising and preparing for their forthcoming end of year Science exams.

Year 7 Science revision resources

Year 8 Science revision resources

Many thanks for supporting your child with their revision and preparation for these forthcoming tests. If you do have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Mr V Gunnoo, Head of Science

New Student Librarian Team

 

The library would like to welcome the new student librarian team, who give up their break and lunchtimes to help.  Duties include issuing and returning books, along with basic librarian skills.

Their contribution is very valuable, and they are a real asset to the library.

Students show Respect

Thank you to all of our community who observed the minutes silence for Victims of the Manchester bombing and for victims of terror worldwide. Students had the opportunity to discuss the issues raised in PREP the day before.

Healthreach in half term

If you’re in Years 9 or 10 and are interested in a career within healthcare, then the University of Reading have the perfect session for you to attend over the half term break. The University will provide seminars on pharmacy, cardiology and psychology, with a talk about ethics and the opportunity to ask questions about the courses offered.

The session is entirely free and simply requires students to take along a packed lunch. The session runs from 9am-2pm on Tuesday 29th May. You must sign up in advance. You can use the link here: https://www.reading.ac.uk/forms/crm/subjecttaster.aspx

 

Mock Trial Team Do EPCS Proud!

Having swept to success in the first round, Easthampstead Park Community School’s Mock Trial team competed in the Regional Final of the Magistrates Competition on Saturday morning at Reading Crown Court in an attempt to reach the National Final in Birmingham in June.
We were drawn against National champions, Ranelagh, and the eventual competition winners, The Holt, so the opponents could not have been tougher. Our students competed brilliantly and gave the other teams challenging questions and responded well under great pressure in cross examination.
Unfortunately we didn’t make the top 3 so won’t be in the final but the students did the school proud and have learned invaluable skills and gained enormous confidence from such an experience. Thank you to staff and to the families who came in great number to support, and to Mr Blay for providing this fantastic opportunity for our students.

Y11 Maths revision support

Dear Y11 parents,
Below is the Y11 GCSE Maths support and countdown calendar. As we count down to the 3 exam papers in GCSE Maths, we have decided to increase the number of sessions before, during and after school so that students can come to Maths to get the support they need.
The sessions include:
  • morning 8.00am open doors
  • after school ‘Maths gym’ from 3.10-4.00pm
  • pre- exam workshops
  • normal lesson times
  • practice papers on the school website
This is a follow up from the recent letter I sent to you and so I hope that students are doing their part at home as advised on this attachment and in that letter.
Students have been given a copy of this calendar, during their English lessons today (yellow).
If you have any questions, please contact me.
Kind regards
Ms Devine
Head of Mathematics

We are South East Regional Winners…again!

Our Bike It Crew worked tirelessly for two whole weeks trying to promote safe and sustainable travel to school. The Bike It Crew provided students with an assembly on safety tips, how to complete an ‘M’ check and gave reasons as to why sustainable methods of transport are crucial in reducing your carbon footprint. The students did a fantastic job of sharing their passion for cycling with others and as a result, our number of students cycling to school increased significantly. Over the course of The Big Pedal competition we did have some beautiful sunny weather which no doubt contributed to our great score too – we ended up being South East Regional Winners and overall we came 7th nationally! Well done to everyone involved!

Over the next week, winners of the daily competitions we ran during The Big Pedal will also be shared. The Bike It Crew created 10 fabulous competitions for all of our Discovery students to enter, including a wordsearch, hangman, a spot the difference, a debate and a quiz. They also shared this fantastic video on how to check your bike is safe to ride:

The big competition, where students could win a goodie bag that included a set of lights, a backpack, waterproof backpack cover, new bell and snap band, remains open until the last day of term. The competition was to ‘create a bike of the future’. All entries must be posted in the finance post box on the Maths corridor, or handed to Mrs Thornton. The winner will be announced after half term. Good luck!

May the 4th – Star Wars Numeracy Day

On Friday 4th May, Mr Jones and the Maths department took the opportunity of being creative with the calendar and making a link between the significance of May the 4th and Star Wars (‘may the force’). Every seeking to draw attention to number fun, the Maths team and other departments such as English, really got into the spirit of the day by dressing up in Star Wars fancy dress. Our whole school aim was to input a Star Wars themed numeracy challenge into each subject area.
In Maths the students in Year 7 had to downsize planets from the Star Wars universe and make the Star Wars galaxy using differently sized balls. Year 8 made probability games using Star Wars themed games. A variety of Star Wars themed worksheets were created for various topics and students created their own Star Wars Top Trumps too! In Design and Technology, students considered the importance of measurements when creating Star Wars themed greeting cards, whilst Venn Diagrams and characterisation using a range of Star Wars icons, went on in English.
Thank you to all who got involved either with dressing up or planning linked activities in order to further raise the profile of numeracy across the school.