KS3 Exams Overview

Key Stage 3

As well as the formal assessments taking place during the year each subject will also assess students through regular, department-wide summative assessments (roughly one substantial assessment every 24 lessons or so – in exam conditions) These will take place in years 7, 8 an d 9.

Year 7

Students will take the CATs (Cognitive Ability Tests) early in the September of their Year 7. These tests provide us with useful information as to students’ verbal, non- verbal and quantitative abilities. They are used alongside the information we get from primary schools and other baseline assessments carried out by individual subjects to help us in our teaching and target setting. No preparation is needed on the part of the students for these tests.

Students will take tests in English, maths and science after Christmas in the first and second week back in January. These will be taken in formal exam conditions and will assess students on what they have learnt so far at Lymm. Results will be reported as a percentage with comparison to the average and top ten percentage score also given to parents.

End of the year exams will take place in the fortnight starting the 8th May. Students will take tests in English, maths and science in the hall and in all other subjects in class. Results will be reported as a percentage for English Baccalaureate subjects: English, maths, science, history, geography and French. They will also be reported as a percentage for R.S. Comparison to the average is also given, as is the top ten percentage mark for these subjects. Students’ marks in their other non –English Baccalaureate subjects are used to inform their progress review data levels.

Maths

Topic areas to be revised for maths are those given on the maths subject pages on the website.  Maths staff will be sending home revision checklists via Show My Homework. You can help prepare your child for the tests in maths by encouraging them to practise further questions related to the topics studied on My Maths and Bite size.

Science

In science, students are following a tailor-made curriculum based on KS3 knowledge and skills but with more focus on developing ideas and knowledge that will allow them to thrive at GCSE.

A summary of the topics covered can be found on the KS3 science webpages.

Students will sit synoptic papers in January and at the end of the year that assess their understanding of all the material covered so far in biology, chemistry and physics.

The assessments that they sit will be based on KS3 questions and are most likely to involve recall and application of knowledge from lessons or analysis of experimental results.

For example, in year 7 a student may be asked to label a diagram of a cell or explain the role of different organelles within the cell, interpret a graph of distance versus time to work out speeds or suggest how a mixture could be separated.

English

For details of the assessments in English please follow this link to the English subject pages.

Year 8

Students will take tests in English, maths and science in the second week of January. These will be taken in formal exam conditions and will assess students on what they have learnt so far at Lymm. Results are reported as a percentage with comparison to the average and top ten percentage score also given to parents.

End of the year exams will take place in the fortnight starting the 8th May. Students will take tests in English, maths and science in the hall and in all other subjects in class. Results will be reported as a percentage for English Baccalaureate subjects: English, maths, science, history, geography and French. They will also be reported as a percentage for RS. Comparison to the average is also given as is the top ten percentage mark for these subjects. Students’ marks in their other non –English Baccalaureate subjects are used to inform their progress review data levels.

Maths

Topic areas to be revised for maths are those given on the maths subject pages on the website. Maths staff will be sending home revision checklists via Show My Homework. You can help prepare your child for the tests in maths by encouraging them to practise further questions related to the topics studied on My Maths and Bite size.

English

For details of the assessments in English please follow this link to the English subject pages

Science

In science students will sit exams which will test them on what they have learnt so far in science. A summary of the topics covered can be found on the KS3 science webpages.

Students will sit synoptic papers in January and at the end of the year that assess their understanding of all the material covered so far in biology, chemistry and physics.

The assessments that they sit will be based on KS3 questions and are most likely to involve recall and application of knowledge from lessons or analysis of experimental results.

For example, students may need to calculate the amount and cost of electricity used, relate changes to an environment to impact on populations or explain how indigestion tablets relieve the symptoms of excess stomach acid.

To help support students outside of class, the BBC Bite size website has a section for KS3 science which can guide them through the content:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

Revision quizzes can be found here:

http://www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/science/

Or there is a range of revision guides and work books available from CGP:

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/Parent/books_ks3_science

Year 9

Students will take tests in English, maths and science in the second week of January. These will be taken in formal exam conditions and will assess students on what they have learnt so far at Lymm. Results are reported as a percentage with comparison to the average and top ten percentage score also given to parents.

Maths

Topic areas to be revised for maths are those given on the maths subject pages on the website. Maths staff will be sending home revision checklists via Show My Homework. You can help prepare your child for the tests in maths by encouraging them to practise further questions related to the topics studied on My Maths and Bite size.

Science

In year 9, science students start covering the AQA (9-1) GCSE material and will be assessed using appropriate GCSE questions.  A summary of the topics covered can be found on the KS3 science webpages.

To help support students outside of class, the BBC Bite size website has a section for GCSE science which can guide them through the content:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

Textbooks, revision guides and work books to support students outside of class can be purchased from Hodder:

https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/Science#&pid=3&se=1156&limit=true&type=4

Details of the course can be found on the AQA website:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

English

Please see link to The English KS3 subject pages for information as to Y9 assessment in English

 Please “click here” for the KS3 Assessment Timetable for January 2017.

End of the year exams will take place in the fortnight starting the 24thApril. Students will take tests in English, maths and science in the hall and in all other subjects in class Students will sit a full GCSE (pre 2016) paper in maths during this exam window. They will sit a calculator paper under exam conditions in the hall. They will then sit a non-calculator paper under strict exam conditions in the classroom. In order to help them prepare the maths faculty will give them full revision lists. You can help your child by encouraging them to complete past papers in maths. These can be downloaded from the AQA website.

Results will be reported as a percentage for English Baccalaureate subjects: English, maths, science, history, geography and French. They will also be reported as a percentage for RS .Comparison to the average is also given as is the top ten percentage mark for these subjects. Students’ marks in their other non –English Baccalaureate subjects are used to inform their progress review data levels.