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2021 – Cycle 1 – Year 10 – Extra Report Information

Your child will be able to describe the assessments they sat at the end of last term. However, this page gives some further information on the assessments that were taken at the end of last. Each subject has a description of the assessments and year group averages for each assessment.

 

A copy of the knowledge organisers students used in cycle 1 can be found here.

 

Subject

Application Assessment

Knowledge Assessment

Description

Average %

Description

Average %

Art

Assessment of coursework project to date. Cumulative assessment of the progress in sketchbook and porfolio work.

60%

10 question test assessing recall and retrieval of colour theory, formal elements in art, printmaking and GCSE assessment criteria.

64%

Combined Science

Paper 1 Edexcel (in blind conditions so students do not use the mark scheme across two lessons).

39%

 

66%

Computing

Year 10 have spent this term learning the fundamentals of computer programming. They have learnt about the programming constructs sequence and selection, data types, comparison operators, logic operators and some basic string manipulation. At the end of each set of skills they have sat a practical programming assessment and a knowledge-based quiz. An average score has been calculated from these four grades. * The average score accounts for any absences during this time. As the OCR in Computer Science does not have a practical programming element, these grades do not reflect what will come up in the final GCSE exam but will have lay the foundations to access their Component 2 paper. Due to this, predicted grades are lower than what was achieved during this unit. if you have any questions about these then please contact RVH@stjamesexeter.co.uk

73%

 

81%

Engineering

Unit R106 Product Analysis and Research (Current progress from LO1 and 2)

54%

Full Unit R105 paper including all topics covered since September.

57%

English

Application: Students sat AQA’s GCSE English Literature paper on Shakespeare. The question focused on male aggression in the play. To be successful in the paper, students need to present a clear and well-argued argument in response to the question, presenting a clear point of view (or thesis) throughout their essay. Students receive marks for exploring themes, characters and ideas, for analysing the writer’s methods (language and structural choices) and for framing their comments in the context of when the text was written and set.

44%

20 multiple choice questions based on the Knowledge Organiser for Cycle 1 which was ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

66%

Food Technology

A longer marked question which has a focus on Fats and carbohydrates

 

The exam questions will focus on key knowledge learned this cycle. These will include: Hygiene, packaging & label ling, Food provenance, Food waste and Food storage

 

French

An end of unit assessment, covering the theme of cultural festivals and celebrations that students have been studying this term. They were assessed on reading and listening, having been assessed on writing in the middle of the cycle. 

38%

A 25 mark assessment, with elements of multiple choice all focused on knowledge from cycle 1 (theme of cultural festivals and celebrations). 

46%

Geography

Students sat a mixture of questions related to our first topic: The challenge of natural hazards. The paper was predominantly about climate change and weather hazards, with a small section on tectonic hazards. There were three opportunities for extended writing with 6- and 9-mark questions. The paper was out of 43 marks and sat by GCSE geography students across a number of the Ted Wragg Trust schools

43%

 

 

Health & Social Care

Past paper on Component 3. 

40%

A 20 question multiple choice test on Component 3. 

49%

History

A paper on medicine through time (10 marks available for knowledge recall).

36%

 

62%

iArt

Cumulative assessment of the progress in journals, practical and porfolio work.

47%

10 question test assessing recall and retrieval of elements of the history of Photography, camera function and theory of composition

63%

Jbacc

The JBACC Cycle 1 test for year 10 was an assessment of their knowledge and understanding of the Philosophy and ethics topic.  It consisted of 20 multiple choice question that was based on the key words in their Knowledge organisers and an evaluation question that was worth 12 marks.

 

43%

 

72%

Maths

A full GCSE past paper depending on current tier of entry, and using official grade boundaries.

32%

A twenty question test allowing recall and retrieval of all topics covered in lessons this cycle.

58%

Music

BTEC: Performance or live recording coursework.GCSE: FREE composition coursework and performance.

45%

BTEC: Unit 1 Music Industry paper.GCSE: GCSE paper – reduced content.

52%

Performing Arts (Dance)

The students performed a short monologue in the style of John Godber. 

59%

Completed a theory paper based on Godber style and characteristics 

77%

Performing Arts (Drama)

Students completed log book entries for the development of their skills and techniques 

71%

Students performed a scene from the play 'bouncers' which directly mirrors their component 2 assessment which will be performed early 2021 

71%

Psychology

A 55-mark written assessment, with appropriate questions taken from GCSE Paper 1 past papers. Assessing the content covered this cycle (Memory and Research Methods). Marked and graded according to GCSE criteria.

50%

A twenty-question multiple choice test assessing recall and retrieval of key words and concepts covered in the Knowledge Organiser and lessons this cycle.

76%

RS

The PRE test for Year 10 was an assessment of their knowledge and understanding of Christian Beliefs, teachings and practices. It consisted of two sections. The first was a Key words test out of 20 that assessed their basic knowledge of the topic. The second was a section of a past GCSE paper that assessed both their knowledge and skills of the topic.

 

 

 

72%

Sociology

 

47%

 

76%

Spanish

An end of unit assessment, covering the theme of cultural festivals and celebrations that students have been studying this term. They were assessed on reading and listening, having been assessed on writing in the middle of the cycle. 

51%

A 25 mark assessment, with elements of multiple choice all focused on knowledge from cycle 1 (theme of cultural festivals and celebrations). 

46%

Sports Studies

A full past paper – Contemporary Issues in Sport. They are sitting this exam in January 2022. 

57%

A 25 question multiple choice test on the Contemporary Issues module. 

83%

Statistics

An adaptation of a Statistics GCSE Foundation paper covering the topics taught this cycle.

37%