Revision and learning links

 

Below are resources and signposting to areas to help you with your revision:

 

Art

https://twitter.com/VandykeArtDept

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/

www.bbc.co.uk/education

www.vam.ac.uk/  – Victoria and Albert Museum

www.artcyclopedia.com/ – good art search engine

 

Geography

Geography revision at Vandyke: Pupils are advised to obtain a revision guide which includes a workbook of questions to aid their work at home. These can be used for homework tasks or for straight revision purposes. Near to their exams they will be offered a chance to purchase a school case study book which should also help with their revision of specific places within the exam.

Further to this pupils are encouraged to use relevant websites and phone apps which will encourage them to revise or to simply have a greater understanding of the world around them. The list below comprises of both websites and apps.

The exam board website (AQA) can be used to find past papers and mark schemes, they also include examiners reports which can identify key things pupils should be doing to reach top marks.

AQA – https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035/assessment-resources

The BBC is good for general news and bitesize for revision:
BBC news – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news
BBC Bitesize (please bare in mind this website covers many topics we do not study at Vandyke) – https://www.bbc.co.uk/education
Revision buddies (app)

Games to improve general world/map knowledge:
Geolinks – https://geolinks.pbworks.com/w/page/11412796/Geography%20Games?
Jetpunk – https://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/how-many-countries-can-you-name.php
Geoguessr – https://geoguessr.com/

For pupils who wish to do additional research or broaden their knowledge of world geography, the following list of documentaries and programs can be found on you tube and often have excellent examples which can be used within their exams:

Unreported World and the Tribe (Channel 4)
Megacities and History of the world (Andrew Marr)
Amazon, Arctic, Going tribal (Bruce Parry)

Greece, Indian Ocean, Russia, Caribbean (Simon Reeves)
Galapagos (BBC)
Planet Earth, Blue Planet and Dragons of Galapogos (David Attenborough)

Geography revision sessions for current year 11 pupils are held on a Friday after school every week from the start of year 11 until their last exam.

History

The exam board we use is AQA and their website is a valuable place to find the specification, the examiners reports, past papers and mark schemes. High attaining students independently and regularly engage with this freely available information to gain additional tips on how to achieve the highest marks.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/gcse/history-8145

There are four exam units:
Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World
Germany 1918-1945
Conflict & Tension between East & West 1945-1972

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation
Health c.1000- Present day
Restoration England 1660-1685

There are several History revision guides which are available to purchase through the Finance office. These are invaluable and can be used throughout the course for homework, preparation for PIP assessments as well as in preparation for their mock and final exams.

In addition, there are several useful websites which offer good additional information to help prepare for your exams:

www.schoolhistory.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/

https://www.johndclare.net/

https://www.revisegcsehistory.co.uk/

To immerse yourself in the period whilst enhancing your understanding of the course, we recommend watching a film or documentary or reading a novel set in the period. Recommended titles include:

Films:
Hitler: The Rise of Evil
History File (episodes available for the Germany and Cold War units)
Downfall
The Pianist
Sophie Scholl
Valkyrie
13 Days
The Lives of Others
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Bridge of Spies

Books:
Fatherland – Robert Harris
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Alone in Berlin – Hans Fallada
Two Brothers – Ben Elton
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold – John Le Carre
The Hunt for Red October – Tom Clancy

There are History revision sessions every week for Year 11 students from September onwards on a Monday and Friday night

ICT

Particularly useful are:
www.teach-ict.com

plus the exam board sites:

www.edexcel.com
www.aqa.org.uk
www.ocr.org.uk

And interactive learning material for AQA A Level, OCR Cambridge Nationals and GCSE Computing on:

www.my-dynamic-learning.co.uk

 

MFL

Useful websites for French, German and Spanish.
www.atantot.com or www.atantot-extra.co.uk – ask your teacher for the username and password. Good for general vocab revision.

https://funwithlanguages.vacau.com/ – free access to this site for French, German and Spanish.
www.languagesonline.org.uk click on French, German or Spanish flag to access vocabulary & grammar practice.  Good for tenses.

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/french/  or www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/german/ www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/spanish/ great for vocab revision, split into topics.

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zhsvr82  Try the new GCSE bitesize for modern foreign languages

You can also do practice listening and reading questions at different levels. It guides you through the answers and you can see the scripts of the listening extracts.

www.ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk/07-langcoll/02-MFL-resources.shtml Click on the French, German or Spanish flag and then video quizzes for excellent listening & reading practice. The transcripts for these quizzes could be really useful for widening your knowledge of vocabulary.

https://quizlet.com  Free access to lots of different vocab, just type in topic and you will find lots of vocab which you can practise learning.

Click on the following links to access the GCSE vocab list from Edexcel for each language for year 11 GCSE students:

French vocabulary

German vocabulary

Spanish vocabulary

German only
www.lerndeutsch.org.uk  – lots of useful top areas, no password required.
www.klar.co.uk – ask your teacher for the username and password.

AS and A2 French
BBC languages website – Le Mensuel, useful for current affairs, A Level topics. listening and reading practice, also help with key vocab.
www.1jour1actu.com/ news website for French teenagers. Good for current affairs & A level topics and reading practice.
www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/news – go to Le Mensuel section and browse by topic for listening and reading practice on current affairs and A Level topics.

For AS and A2 German
www.dw.de  excellent reading and listening exercises on current affairs.
www.sowieso.de news articles on current affairs and A Level topics.

https://funwithlanguages.vacau.com/ – look at A level section.

Spanish only

www.spanish-games.net – free games and activities

www.cvc.cervantes.es/ensenanza/mimundo/default.htm (mi mundo en palabras) – interactive material designed for younger children.

www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/ – free online resources

www.babbel.com/Spanish – interactive activities

www.tudiscoverykids.com – fun Spanish language website for pre-school children

 

Science

Follow these direct links to find the most useful revision sites for GCSE science subjects:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/aqa/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/triple_aqa/

https://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes

https://quizlet.com/sign-up

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