Science and STEM Lead, Sam Holyman explains the importance of reviewing advanced information content from GCSE Science to appropriately plan for the teaching materials for the new cohort of students in A Level Chemistry.
Many students are scared of maths and do not even attempt questions with a mathematical feel. Sam Holyman shares tips on how to encourage students to give it a go in the mathematical questions in the examinations.
Sam Holyman outlines required practicals for GCSE and A-level Science specifications that they are studying, including why they are vital in the school curriculum.
New to Oxford Smart Activate. Find out more Oxford Smart Activate is the next evolution of the best-selling KS3 series, Activate. From the initial discussions of the Curriculum Development group, through to the testing phase with over 20 Pioneer Schools working with Year 7 groups, the development of Oxford Smart Activate has been a team effort. We wanted to shine a light on […]
As we head towards Mock season for our GCSE groups, we are still unsure of the importance of this set of exams. In the past, Mocks gave students a little bit of the experience of what to expect in the real exam season, but this time, they could contribute to their actual GCSE grade if the examinations get cancelled for the third year running due to the Covid-19 global Pandemic. So, Mocks are more important than ever but how do we prepare our students best?
The world has been a strange place for the last year or so. One of themes at the moment is transition – how will society transition from lockdown restrictions and back to normal, restriction free living? What will ‘normal’ even look like now? Has our idea of normal been replaced with something different? For year […]
This year, as with last year, we are shrouded in uncertainty about what we’ll be able to do when focusing on transition this year between KS2 and KS3. Rules and roadmaps are being rolled out and put in place. However we are all aware this may change and leave us needing to adapt more traditional […]
Many of the students in my examination classes are struggling to engage in online learning and need ways to boost their motivation. They are unsure of the merit of spending time learning new content and practicing examination questions, as they feel that their grades will be generated from data that has already been collected. It […]
A game of snakes and ladders – that is how my 9-year-old son describes lockdown. This piqued my interest, and I was drawn away from my online virtual marking and gazed at him across the kitchen table to ask him to explain his metaphor. Zac is in Year 5 in an expanding multiphase academy, where […]
Public examinations are another casualty of the pandemic. The 2020 cohort saw centre assessed grades generated, by using the full range of available evidence to generate a fair and objective judgement of the grade each student would have got if the exams had been sat, along with a rank order of students . This information […]