E-Safety Presentation – 25/05/16

We would like to invite all parents to an e-safety presentation delivered by our Police School Liasion Officer, PC Jeff Mather on Wednesday from 6.30-8pm. As you will know, e-safety is such an important issue these days and it can be very difficult for adults to keep up with the latest developments; this session is aimed at ensuring parents understand the issues and know how to help keep their children safe online. If you are intending on coming along, please let Ann Mogey know on 01925 750711 or amogey@lymmhigh.org.uk so that we can ensure there are sufficient refreshments. (If you are a Year 7 parent and have already completed a reply slip about this, there is no need to let Mrs Mogey know again).

Year 8 Revision Topics

Please see below a list of revision topics recommended by subject teachers.

SCIENCE

  • Photosynthesis
  • Breathing
  • Plants
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Reactivity of metals
  • Energy forms
  • Heat transfer
  • Transverse and longitudinal waves
  • Refraction and dispersion

GEOGRAPHY

  • Rainforests – Where they are, the climate, the vegetation and animals and their adaptions to the rainforest, causes of deforestation, effects of deforestation
  • Climate change – What is global warming, the greenhouse effect, causes of global warming, effects of global warming (sea level rise, changing weather patterns, ice melt), renewable and non renewable energy.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Topics:

  • God and Creation
  • Good and Evil
  • Forgiveness
  • Life after death

Exam technique:

  • Keywords
  • Personal opinions regarding the issues we have learned about
  • Understanding and explaining how people are affected by the issues we have covered
  • Evaluating these issues (for and against views)

Format:

Section 1: Keywords x 5

Section 2:

  • Part a) (2marks): Keywords
  • Part b) (4 marks): ONE opinion with TWO well explained reasons
  • Part c) (8 marks): FOUR explained points with examples
  • Part d) i (3 marks): 3 Reasons for your opinion on an issue
  • Part d) ii (3 marks): 3 Reasons for the opposite opinion

Section 3: Two evaluation mini-essays.

HISTORY

Topics to revise:

  • Industrial Revolution
  • Factory conditions
  • Inventions
  • Development of the police
  • Jack the Ripper
  • British Empire
  • Colonies of the empire e.g. Australia, India, New Zealand, America
  • Should we be proud of the empire?
  • Why did Britain want an empire?
  • Slavery 
  • Slave triangle
  • Slave auction
  • Life on a plantation
  • Abolition of slavery
  • World War One
  • Why did men join up to fight?

Skills

  • Creating an argument – why do you agree or disagree?
  • Explanation using specific evidence
  • How useful is the source to a historian?

FRENCH

Revision Topics 

  • Holidays: countries, weather, accommodation types, booking/reservations, complaints, free time activities, present, past and future tenses
  • Healthy lifestyle: meals, food, quantities, numbers, café/restaurant language, past/future meals, healthy living (food), body parts, injury/illness, at the doctor’s, daily routine, time
  • Opinions, Question phrases

Question Structure

  • Listening paper: yes/no/true/false/letter in a box type questions. Any written answers given in English
  • Reading paper: as per listening exam, plus a short translation into English
  • Writing paper: questions mainly in English, building up from one word answers, to short sentences, to an extended paragraph, plus 5 short sentences to translate into French
  • Speaking: a 2 minute conversation with your class teacher, in French, about any of the topics listed above

Revision Tips

  • Use www.linguascope.com (username lymm, password Madrid1234) to revise all topics
  • Use your exercise books to revise vocabulary
  • Write model answers to expected questions (given by class teacher) and learn them and/or key vocabulary phrases
  • Practise both speaking and writing your model answers
  • Get your parents/carers/siblings to test you on vocabulary

GERMAN

Revision Topics 

  • Self, family and pets: name, age, birthday, appearance, personality, animals, descriptions
  • School: favourite subject, opinions about other subjects with reasons (using ‘weil’), uniform, what you eat and drink at school, with opinions
  • Hobbies: what you enjoy doing after school and at the weekend – present and future tenses
  • Home: where you live, your house, your bedroom, opinions

Question Structure

  • Listening paper: yes/no/true/false/letter in a box type questions. Any written answers given in English
  • Reading paper: as per listening exam, plus a short translation into English
  • Writing paper: questions mainly in English, building up from one word answers, to short sentences, to an extended paragraph, plus 5 short sentences to translate into German
  • Speaking: a 2 minute conversation with your class teacher, in German, about any of the topics listed above

Revision Tips

  • Use www.linguascope.com (username lymm, password Madrid1234) to revise all topics
  • Use your exercise books to revise vocabulary
  • Write model answers to expected questions (given by class teacher) and learn them and/or key vocabulary phrases
  • Practise both speaking and writing your model answers
  • Get your parents/carers/siblings to test you on vocabulary

MATHEMATICS

Set 3

  • Using a calculator effectively
  • BIDMAS
  • Calculations and Number Properties (Squares, Cubes, roots, primes etc.)
  • Factors, Multiple, LCM and HCF
  • Properties of 2D Shapes
  • Angle properties
  • Writing expressions
  • Collecting like terms
  • Expanding brackets
  • Substitution into expressions and formulae
  • Solving equations
  • Rounding and Estimation
  • Fractions (Identifying, Simplifying, Equivalent fractions, Fractions of Amounts, Adding and Subtracting etc)
  • Probability
  • Percentages (Links to Fractions and Decimals, Percentage of amounts, Percentage change)
  • Averages and Range from raw data and from a frequency table
  • Calculating with Decimals
  • Powers and Roots
  • Perimeter and Area of 2D Shapes inc Circles
  • Volume of Prisms
  • Plotting Coordinates
  • Plotting Linear Graphs
  • Units
  • Writing a number as a product of primes
  • Representing Data
  • Surface Area of Cubes and Cuboids
  • Sequences

Set 2

As well as knowing the material from set 3, students in set 2 should know:

  • Factorising expressions
  • Expanding double brackets
  • Setting up and solving equations
  • Mean from a grouped frequency table
  • Standard Index Form
  • Index/Power Laws
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Percentage Multipliers
  • Quadratic Graphs
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem
  • Equations with Fractions
  • Volumes of Prisms

Set 1

As well as knowing the material from sets 3 and 2, students in set 1 should know:

  • Compound growth and decay
  • Reverse percentages
  • Trigonometry (SOHCAHTOA)
  • Solving Quadratic equations by factorising
  • Probability and Tree Diagrams
  • Cumulative Frequency and Box Plot diagrams
  • Calculating with Standard Index Form

Important Notice from the Governors

You may see press coverage this week about the professional conduct hearing convened by the National College for Teaching and Leadership in respect of Miss Angela Walsh, who was formerly Principal of Lymm High School, about her conduct in 2012 and 2013. The Secretary of State for Education has issued a prohibition order against Miss Walsh which means she cannot teach in any school in England. This is the most serious sanction which can be imposed on a teacher. We are glad to see these matters brought to a proper conclusion, and we welcome the Secretary of State’s decision.

We would like to thank everyone – staff, governors, parents, students and the wider community – who has worked so hard over the last three years to move on from those very difficult times. Under the leadership of Gwyn Williams as headteacher since April 2015, the school is now progressing well, securing the best examination results in Warrington last year and having a renewed sense of its purpose and place in the community.

We had many more applications for Year 7 in September 2016 than we had places, though we are pleased to say that we have still accommodated all applications from children at our partner primary schools. But there is still much more to do, and the governors and headteacher believe that our very able and well-motivated students are capable of even greater things in the future.

Kieran Walshe                               Rebecca Knowles

Chair of governors                        Vice-chair of governors

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Parents Forum – Wednesday 27th April 2016

I’d like to remind parents and carers of the Parents Forum event I am hosting next Wednesday (27th April) from 6-7.30pm. The focus of the event will be on home-school communication and I will be grateful to anyone who is able to attend and support us with improving this aspect of the school. We are aiming to make some changes to the website to aid communication, as well as the Parent Portal and Key Stage 3 reports; draft versions of all will be available and I am looking forward to hearing your feedback. There will also be an opportunity to let us know if you feel there are any other areas of communication in which we can improve. If you are intending to come along, please let Mrs Headon (hheadon@lymmhigh.org.uk) know so that we can ensure that we have the right amount of refreshments.

Please note that this is not the forum to raise any very specific complaints you might have (though you must contact me separately if you do have any), but rather an opportunity to discuss more generally the way the school operates.

Mr G Williams – Headteacher

Ty’n-Y-Felin Summer Camp 2016

TY’N-Y-FELIN SUMMER CAMP 2016

It gives us great pleasure to confirm the Tynny Summer Camp will take place this year from Monday 25th July – Saturday 30th July for Years 7 – 10. The coach will leave school at 9:30am on Monday 25th July and return approximately 3:30pm on Saturday 30th July.

Activities are likely to include coasteering, sea kayaking or Canadian canoeing, beach-combing at Silver Bay, art, BBQ, beach art, football, rounders, problem solving, team challenges, quiz night, movie night, cliff-jumping, camp fire, table-tennis, disco, basketball, crabbing at The Creek, trip to Rhosneigr and many more.

The cost of the camp will be £315. In order to secure a place for your child on the Tynny Summer Camp 2016, please pay the required non-refundable deposit of £100 via Parent Pay by Friday 22nd April 2016. Once payment has been made please can you return the enclosed medical/consent form to the school shop. The remaining balance must be paid by Friday 17th June 2016.

Click here to read the Summer Camp letter.

40B Bus Service Changes

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO 40B BUS SERVICE

We have received a notice from Network Warrington regarding important changes to the morning schedule for the 40B bus service.

The service has been re-timed in the morning – please see the new schedule below. The changes will begin at the start of the new term on Monday 18th April 2016 (after the Easter Holiday). Afternoon times will remain the same.

Network-Warrington

Rugby Presentation Evening

There has been a tradition at Lymm to hold a presentation evening to celebrate the achievements in Rugby. We would like to invite you to the 2016 Rugby Presentation Evening on Friday 26th February in the main school hall at 6:30pm. Refreshments will be available from 6:00pm. Please click here to read a letter with more information.