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Ms J L Hamill (Headteacher)
45-65 Oaks Lane, Newbury Park
Ilford, IG2 7PQ

Challenge Yourself

The More Able Programme is designed to encourage you to stretch and challenge yourself across the curriculum. This can take many forms:

  • Different activities/challenges in the classroom
  • Discovering ways to challenge yourself outside of the classroom using independent learning skills
  • Taking part in extracurricular opportunities and events

You can also use the subject specific strategies provided to ensure that you make the best progress possible while at Oaks Park.

Subject Key Stage How can I stretch and challenge myself?
English KS3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

●     Research the context of any text we study in class

●     Read over class notes and write any questions you have to ask your class teacher

●     Improve spelling and grammar; make use of good websites

●     https://uk.ixl.com/ela/year-8

●     Read around the topic, read other novels/works by the same author

●     Read regularly at home using the reciprocal reading strategies used in class

●     Visit bbc bitesize or sparknotes to help with reinforcing understanding

●     https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3kw2hv

●     http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/christmascarol/

KS4 ●     Practise past papers online (edexcel english literature or language GCSE and go to course materials)

●     https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/english-literature-2015.html

●     http://www.sparknotes.com/sparknotes

Reread key exam texts

●     Purchase revision guides for all the key texts studied (these are in C3 at the cost of £2.75)

●     Read over class notes

●     Make revision posters at home

●     Learn key quotes needed for the exams

●     Revise the context of each text studied in school

KS5 ●     Organise and run English society, you can get members to perform poems/discussions/debates etc.

●     Read around the context of the texts you study

●     Read other works by the same author of texts you study in class

●     Read critics ideas/opinions on the texts you study

●     Speak to teachers about targets and re-write essays getting feedback

Maths KS3 ●     Attempt the ‘puzzle of the week’ displayed in the Maths corridor.

●     Make use of online Maths games such as SuperMathsWorld and BBCbitesize.

●     Ask your teacher for extension tasks.

●     KS3 Maths club in C15 Wednesdays at lunch time (puzzles and problem solving)

●     Create mind-maps and summary notes at the end of each topic.

KS4 ●     Practice past papers online.

●     At the end of each topic/concept, create summary notes imagining you had to explain the topic to someone else.

●     Speak to teachers about targets and to identify specific areas to focus on.

●     Make use of MyMaths to revise topics covered previously and to develop understanding of new topics.

●     Test your understanding by completing the review section at the end of each chapter in the CGSE book (available on kerboodle).

 

Science

KS3 ●     Complete extension tasks in class

●     Read ahead on the Activate textbook on Kerboodle and make notes

●     Complete the webquest tasks on Kerboodle

●     Complete intervention tasks on google classroom

KS4 ●     Complete the ‘Bump up your grade’ tasks on Kerboodle

●     Complete Webquest tasks on Kerboodle

●     Teach someone in your class who is struggling

●     Complete exam questions on google classrooms, mark your answers and create a bank of model answers for each topic

KS5 ●     Read articles from relevant magazines or online (e.g. New Scientist)

●     Attend university talks and lectures

●     Complete Webquest activities on Kerboodle

●     Teach someone who is struggling in your class

●     Complete exam questions on google classrooms, mark your answers and create a bank of model answers for each topic

History KS3 ●       Complete the push yourself tasks in lessons for an extra challenge.

●       Collect a reading list of the current topics from your teacher to gain a deeper understanding.

●       Go on google classroom and complete the intervention and revision tasks for each unit

●       Visit http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/ and create a timeline of key events for your unit.

KS4 ●     Complete the ‘Challenge’ questions at the end of every chapter in your textbooks.

●     Work your way through and complete the ‘thinking historically’ and ‘writing historically’ activities in your textbooks.

●     Write answers to the potential exam questions found on the Google Site.

●     For the Anglo-Saxons and Normans unit read Marc Morris ‘The Norman Conquest’ to enhance your understanding of the period as a whole https://www.amazon.co.uk/Norman-Conquest-Marc-Morris/dp/0099537443/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1510584230&sr=8-3&keywords=marc+morris

●     Watch the Robert Bartlett series on the Normans and make detailed notes. The first episode and subsequent episodes can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7SX3ulV_tk

●     For the Cold War unit read John  Gaddis ‘The Cold War’ or Robert Service ‘The End of the Cold War’ to enhance your understanding of the period as a whole https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cold-War-John-Lewis-Gaddis/dp/0141025328/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510584245&sr=1-1&keywords=john+gaddis / https://www.amazon.co.uk/End-Cold-War-1985-1991/dp/1610397711/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510584263&sr=1-1&keywords=the+end+of+the+cold+war

●     Watch the BBC Documentary ‘The History of the Cold War’ and make detailed notes. The episode can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndk_

KS5 ●     Visit the Pearson Edexcel website to read exemplar answers and help guides. Click on course materials and then teaching and learning materials: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/history-2015.html

●     Go to this great library in London offering access free of charge. They have a brilliant exhibition on the Holocaust and they open late on Tuesdays. Amazing for your coursework: http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/

●     Watch the suggested documentaries for the British Warfare Depth unit. The list is in your google shared folder.

●     Practice planning essay responses in 45 minutes. There are many potential questions in your google shared folder.

 

Art

 

KS3-5 The four areas of knowledge, making, generating ideas and evaluating will allow you to explore your emerging talents as an artist; fostering an independent learning process.

 

Knowledge

Research any artists that are referenced in a lesson

Watch youtube tutorials of techniques learnt in lessons; this will help extend your knowledge

 

Making

Take the skill you learnt in class and try to replicate it at home. Be inventive with materials. In class, once you have mastered the skill, look around the room and try to help others with their making.

 

Generating Ideas

Take some extra paper home and produce thumbnails inspired by your work in lessons; these can be as wild and imaginative as possible. Try thinking about combining techniques to produce a new way of working.

 

Evaluating

Take a step back from your work with a partner. Discuss the work asking yourself

-What’s working well?

-What affect is the image having on the audience?

-Where the intentions realised or did you find a new process that you enjoyed working in?

Evaluation always works best when done in a group.

Geography KS3 ●       Complete the push yourself tasks in lessons for an extra challenge.

●       Complete the pre-reading which is sent home on the current topic – can you ask your teacher one question about each piece of reading.

●       Go on google classroom and complete the intervention and revision tasks for each unit

●       There will be prizes/raffle tickets for students have can show their teacher a newspaper article of ‘Geography in the News’ each week. This should be an article relating to geography that students have summarised as well as outlining links to geography and keywords – there is a template reflection sheet if needed.

KS4 ●     Complete the push yourself task in lessons.

●     Go beyond your pre-reading; can you think of a question to ask each lesson about what you are learning about.

●     Using your past papers as well as your key command word guide, create questions that you think you could be asked on each topic.

●     Use twitter/guardian website to find graphs/maps/pictures to do with each topic e.g. https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwidzsyo-bvXAhUJVRoKHaXWBW0QjhwIBQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fhome.bt.com%2Fnews%2Fuk-news%2Fhomes-to-vanish-in-coastal-erosion-11363963902969&psig=AOvVaw00gQ7fC6gNujh2MNSM35Yy&ust=1510676139791518. What questions could you be asked about this unseen resource? Annotate around to tease out information about the source.

●     Visit the Pearson Edexcel website to find the maths for geography guide; are you confident in all of the skills listed?

●     Map skills: The Ordnance Survey have a great website which helps to revise and explore OS maps online as well as video clips to explain any maps skills you may be having difficulty with:

●     https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/

●     https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/resources/map-reading/

●     http://www.toporopa.eu/en/

●     For Changing Cities: visit the MoL’s exhibition on ‘Changing Cities.’ – great to see theories in practice.

●     For Rivers: There are lots of documentaries that will help you consolidate rivers unit: Raging Rivers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt5uJrWW1gE, Sue Perkins and the Ganges. Make a spider diagram of the features you can see, uses for the river and the human and physical interactions.

●     Energy resources:  Research case study examples of different energy resources. Decide who would be stakeholders in each type of energy and the +ve and -ves for each. You may want to answer this as a ‘Discuss’ question.

●     Y11/Y9: ensure you are making revision cards/mind maps as you are going along – are you reviewing your notes?

KS5 ●     Attend RGS/Queen Mary School’s lectures. These are great for broadening your knowledge as well as an introduction to university style lectures.

●     Visit the Pearson Edexcel website to read exemplar answers and help guides. Click on course materials and then teaching and learning materials.

●     Complete the possible questions that is given for each subject and ensure you have completed the longer answer questions that are push-yourself in each lesson.

●     Revisit marked answers/tests and redo based on feedback.

●     Increase wider reading for the subject: Tim Marshall’s ‘Prisoners of Geography’ is a great base for superpowers and energy resources.

●     Read ‘Dispersal: Picturing urban change in east London’ → great for NEAs as well as regeneration and rebranding of East London. The Economist also usually has great geographical related articles

Performing Arts

 

 

KS3 Drama

●     Watch as much theatre as possible to gain experience as an audience member as well as gaining exposure to different types of theatre (this could be live or pre-recorded theatre)

●     Research the role of the performer, director and designer.

●     Research the history of theatre.

●     Read as many plays as possible (especially Shakespeare and Greek Tragedies).

●     Create a dictionary of keywords to expand your drama vocabulary.

 

KS4 Drama

●     Conduct additional research on the following drama practitioners: Bertolt Brecht, Konstantin Stanislavski, Punchdrunk, Frantic Assembly,Antonin Artaud

●     For component 3 visit the Pearson Edexcel website to read exemplar answers and help guides. Click on course materials and then teaching and learning materials.

●     Purchase relevant study guides and revision books- information currently displayed outside the drama office.

●     For the practical components of the course attend the weekly intervention sessions available to ensure you are fully prepared for your practical performances. Get someone to record the performance and they using the assessment criteria (on google classroom) assess whether you are achieving the top band for all areas.

●     Use the BBC GCSE bitesize website.

●     Conduct additional reading, please collect a reading list from Miss Burcombe.

●     Watch as much live theatre as possible.

●     Volunteer to lead an activity in class.

KS5 Drama

●     For component 3 visit the Pearson Edexcel website to read exemplar answers and help guides. Click on course materials and then teaching and learning materials.

●     Purchase relevant study guides and revision books- information available on Pearson Edexcel website or speak to a member of the drama department.

●     For the practical components of the course attend the weekly intervention sessions available to ensure you are fully prepared for your practical performances. Get someone to record the performance and they using the assessment criteria (on google classroom) assess whether you are achieving the top band for all areas.

●     Conduct additional reading, please collect a reading list from Miss Burcombe.

●     Ensure that all activities in the IL booklet are completed and checked by a member of the department. Extension tasks will then be provided.

●     Watch as much live theatre as possible.

●     Volunteer to lead an activity in class.

Media & Film

 

KS4 ●     Create revision flashcards in preparation for examination

●     Complete all essay questions in past exam papers

●     Use slideshare to research key texts

●     Collaborate with KS5 students on theorists and key terminology

KS5 ●     Create revision flashcards in preparation for examination

●     Complete all essay questions in past exam papers

●     Wider reading

●     Complete an in depth review of  the specification

●     Mentor KS4 students for revision purposes

●     Refer to departmental website for extended pieces of work

MFL KS3 WRITING – Write a short blog/journal entry in French/Spanish using three different tenses (e.g. past, present, future tense) and using the 3rd person too, (he/she/they). Obviously this can be a blog/journal on anything (their interests).

SPEAKING – Record a message which can then be sent to a French Pen Pal. Pupils must use three tenses and add opinions/justifications.

LISTENING – Watch a French/Spanish film/TV Show and then write a short summary of that film in French/Spanish.

KS4 WRITING –  Creating a poem/song with rhymes in either French/Spanish (using more than three tenses like the conditional, past perfect + using the 3rd/2nd person)

LISTENING – Watch a French/Spanish film/TV show and then write a more detailed summary/review of that film in French/Spanish using opinions and justifications.

SPEAKING – Pupils will be able to have a spontaneous Skype/Facetime conversation with a native French speaker (Pen Pal).

KS5 WRITING – write a 2 page article about an aspect of French/Spanish culture (using a range of different tenses, 1st/2nd/3rd person, using more unfamiliar language)

LISTENING – Watch a French/Spanish film/TV show and then write a more detailed summary/review of that film in French/Spanish using opinions and justifications. (no subtitles allowed)

SPEAKING: Pair up with someone and create a short diologue (e.g. an interview where they can ask and answer questions). Pupils must record themselves and use a range of complex grammar/vocabulary.

PE KS3

 

 

 

 

 

●     Attend extra curricular clubs to enhance your knowledge on a range of sports

●     Volunteer to be the captain, coach or official in your lesson

●     Challenge Mr Todd to name the 11 bones and 19 muscles of the body for GCSE PE

●     Write a food diary for a week. Analyse what food and drink you consume and suggest ways you can improve your diet

KS4 ●     Attend extra curricular clubs to enhance your knowledge on a range of sports

●     Create a presentation on a section of the GCSE specification to teach to another student

●     Watch a game of sport and pick an athlete from that game. Write a full analysis on their performance

●     Create question cards to test your knowledge on a topic that you need to develop

ICT KS3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

●     Programming in scratch online-calculator challenge

●     Register with Code Academy and program in Python ready for year KS4.

●     http://www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/ict/

●     Binary image representation and text representation challenge whereby they have to crack binary codes using the ascii table and draw images using binary codes.

●     http://barclayscodeplayground.co.uk/

KS4/5 ●     Use Bitesize to help with revision

●     Login to appshed to build apps and use algorithms

●     Attend Mr Iqbal’s lunchtime and after school ICT sessions.

RE KS3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

●       Complete the push yourself/ extension tasks in lessons for an extra challenge.

●       Collect a reading list of the current topics from your teacher to gain a deeper understanding.

●       Go on google classroom and complete the intervention and revision tasks for each unit.

●       Find 3 quotes about the topic we are studying from Holy Scriptures and write them out in your own words. Explain whether you agree/ disagree with the quote with reasons supported by evidence/ examples.

KS4 ●       Complete the push yourself/ extension tasks in lessons for an extra challenge.

●       Collect a reading list of the current topics from your teacher to gain a deeper understanding.

●       Complete additional exam questions using online past papers

●       Using past papers and exam skills booklet, create questions that you think you could be asked on each topic.

●       Improve your answers from your exam skills booklet

●       Watch films/ documentaries linked to the topic we are studying (ask your teacher for suggestions), consider whether the portrayal of the issue was accurate and fair.

●       Create revision notes/ revision mind maps for each topic as we go long

●       Create an online blog/ keep a diary for every lesson of the term. Document what went well and what you still think you need to improve on.

 

Social Sciences KS4 Sociology

●     Complete additional exam questions using online past papers/Edmodo

●     Rewrite exam questions after you have been given teacher feedback.

●     Complete all the challenge questions in class – look for the orange boxes on your PowerPoint slides.

●     Watch suggested documentaries on your topic areas (e.g. family types, crime, social inequality and stratification, education) – Ask your teacher or look on Edmodo for suggestions.

●     Read the news every day and look out for articles which relate to your course content – bring any in that you think are relevant.

●     Complete Y11 independent learning booklets for both units.

●     Create revision notes for each topic as you go along so that you keep the information fresh in your mind.

●     Attend any intervention offered to you.

●     Make a list of questions of things you do not understand or would like to know for each topic – ask your peers or your teacher to answer them.

●     Increase your wider reading – visit our ‘push yourself’ library in F12 to borrow an A level or university level book.

Health and Social Care

●     Write down feedback from teacher as to what you are required to do to achieve the higher grades specific to each unit.

●     Read through your work and make sure you have covered everything in the contents section

KS5 Sociology

●     Complete additional exam questions using online past papers/Edmodo/question booklets provided in class (there are over 100 questions in these).

●     Rewrite exam questions that have been marked by your teacher – ensuring to implement all the improvements suggested.

●     Ensure that you are applying the exam question structures e.g. PERC/PERCAL – write this in the margins of your practice questions.

●     Peer assess and self assess your work using mark schemes on the AQA website/Edmodo

●     Ensure your MyPLC is up to date – use it to identify and focus on areas you do not understand

●     Complete all the challenge questions in class – look for the orange boxes on your PowerPoint slides.

●     Watch suggested documentaries on your topic areas (e.g. family types, crime, social inequality and stratification, education, beliefs in society) – Ask your teacher or look on Edmodo for suggestions.

●     Read the news every day and look out for articles which relate to your course content – bring any in that you think are relevant.

●     Complete your independent learning booklets using the textbooks.

●     Complete the additional activities online (linked to your IL booklets- follow the links).

●     Create revision notes for each topic as you go along so that you keep the information fresh in your mind.

●     Keep your folder well organised so it is easy to find your previous work – make sure you have dividers and labels for different topics.

●     Complete or attend all interventions that you are invited to/asked to attend.

●     Ensure that your purple book has detailed responses to teacher feedback.

●     Increase your wider reading – use the Haralambos book to help you, or visit our ‘push yourself’ library in F12 to borrow a university level book.

Health and Social Care

●     Use the test mark schemes given out after every test to rewrite answers that you didn’t do well on

●     Use mind maps and cue cards to revise key definitions and outlines

●     Complete extra exam questions each weekend and use mark scheme to check answers

●     Practice the 12 mark questions and look at exemplars to see how marks are awarded

Psychology

●     Complete the challenge tasks in your workbooks

●     Complete extension questions in your pack of exam questions

●     Complete your A*-B booklet

●     Watch the extra videos and articles on Edmodo / google classroom

●     Read some of the recommended reading in your handbook.

●     Become a buddy and help mentor another student

Food Technology KS3 ●     Complete extended nutrition sheet in class, identifying ingredients used, what the nutritional content of the food product is and the chemical properties of ingredients.

●     Complete bronze, silver or gold extended questions in class.

●     Watch food programmes and video clips from YouTube, farm to fork, love food hate waste, grain train and food fact of life in order to extend your knowledge and skills base.

●     Practise cooking recipes at home to build skills and confidence.

KS4 ●     Complete extended nutrition sheet in class, identifying ingredients used, what the nutritional content of the food product is and the chemical properties of ingredients.

●     Complete bronze, silver or gold extended questions in class.

●     Use a range of websites such as ; British Nutrition foundation, Jamie Oliver’s site as well as http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/food-preparation-and-nutrition/ for revision and practise exam papers.

●     Use Revision Guide textbook and workbook  to embed subject knowledge

●     Use your google classroom to revise and practise exam materials.

Textiles KS3 ●     Push yourself to work in a really focused way in class, ask your teacher how you can extend your skills and improve your products.

●     Outside of school visit museums and galleries to broaden your design knowledge – The Design Museum, V&A Museum and the Science Museum materials gallery are all free and very interesting. There is also the Fashion & Textiles Museum in London Bridge, although there is a charge for entry.

●     Watch craft or design related programmes on TV. Try out craft activities yourself at home – there are some great tutorials on YouTube and Hobbycraft stores do various free workshops teaching craft skills.

●     Sketch and draw as much as possible – sketching skills are crucial at GCSE. Try to draw a range of different items, practice drawing different materials and textures.

●     If you enjoy sewing and have access to a sewing machine have a go at making simple products at home – paper patterns for all different garments, accessories, toys and home furnishings are widely available online. Fabrics can be bought more cheaply from street markets.

KS4 ●      As above, plus use the OCR website to find practice exam papers to have a go at home

●     Go to the school library or your local library and look for books on design history – some key movements to look up:

●     Memphis group

●     Bauhaus

●     Arts & Crafts

●     Modernism

●     Art Nouveau

●     Art Deco

●     Futurism

●     Use the ‘sketch a day’ website for drawing practice

Product Design KS3 ●     Push yourself to work in a really focused way in class, ask your teacher how you can extend your skills and improve your products.

●     Outside of school visit museums and galleries to broaden your design knowledge – The Design Museum, V&A Museum and the Science Museum materials gallery are all free and very interesting.

●     Watch architecture, engineering or design related programmes on TV.

●     Think about the products you use at home, particularly modern technologies. How do they work? Who designed them? Use the internet to explore this information.

●     Sketch and draw as much as possible – sketching skills are crucial at GCSE. Try to draw a range of different items, practice drawing different materials and textures.

KS4 ●     As above, plus use the OCR website to find practice exam papers to have a go at home

●     Go to the school library or your local library and look for books on design history – some key moments to look up:

●     Memphis group

●     Bauhaus

●     Arts & Crafts

●     Modernism

●     Art Nouveau

●     Art Deco

●     Futurism

●     Use the ‘sketch a day’ website for drawing practice

●     Independent research is key – there is a lot to cover! Focus on a material area per week and write up a page of notes for future revision

Construction KS4 ●     Look at websites and go to the different suppliers of Construction materials. Relate the following factors for any real life construction project to your work:

  1. Cost of materials
  2. Calculating quantities of materials
  3. Checking materials prior to purchase
  4. Where to find the best prices

●     Evaluate the need for the correct PPE whilst watching construction related programmes. These will include: Grand Designs, DIY SOS, and Building Alaska. In each of the episodes, look into the possible tool box talks that you would deliver and the risk assessments that you would want in place.

KS5 ●     Look out for different structures that appeal to you. Establish how they have been made and the materials and technology needed to construct them. This will support your Unit 1, 2 and 4 work.

●     Establish the load bearing walls in your own home. Every time you visit a house of a friend, work out where their load bearing walls are and inform the occupant. Give detailed reasons for your observations. This will support your Unit 1, 2 and 4 work.

●     Work out the foundation types that have been used on at least three buildings that you pass on the way to or from school. This will support your Unit 1, 2 and 4 work.

●     Evaluate the need for the correct PPE whilst watching construction related programmes. These will include: Grand Designs, DIY SOS, and Building Alaska. In each of the episodes, look into the possible tool box talks that you would deliver on Health and Safety topics and the risk assessments that you would want in place to ensure the safety of you and your employees. This will support your learning for the Unit 1nd Unit 5 work.

Business & Economics KS4/KS5 ●     Use the resources on our google classroom to write answers to extended mark questions. Use the guidance too on contextualised analysis and evaluation.

●     Produce answers to exam questions (all past papers are in your google classroom) with different levels of answers demonstrating knowledge, application, analysis and evaluation.

●     Create cue cards with questions on one side and answers on the other and ask your family and friends to test you regularly.

●     Watch the videos and news links on our google Classroom to keep up to date on real world business events.  Use the menu on the left of the classroom homepage to find the links.

●     Watch Dragon’s Den and note key business vocabulary used and also work out the projected value of the business (net assets) and calculate the return on investment / return on capital employed from the data in their pitch.  This programme will also develop year 9 with your pitch for your enterprise activities.

●     Use tutor2u.net for additional notes and videos to make summary notes on each topic.

●     Look at examiners reports on the exams to find common errors and therefore know how to avoid them.

●     Become a business guru in the classroom and support your classmates by explaining key points and skills for extended writing and accounts questions.  6th formers to volunteer for mentoring as part of your super curriculum.

●     Ask your teacher for additional financial calculations questions to complete.

●     Read and make notes from a variety of text books to enhance your notes.

●     6th formers to complete your IL booklet and active revision guide.

●     6th formers keep your MyPLC up to date and take action to change your red and ambers to green.

●     Economists to complete the above and to complete their numeracy and IL booklets, attend the lunchtime intervention and after school assessments. Use the resources on Edmodo.

 

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