Welcome! What we hope to achieve: • Why choose S5 as the best option? • SQA and qualifications • The induction days Thurs 2nd and Fri 3rd June • Any questions? • Communication re issues as they arise
The best choice? • Being clear about expectations and the purpose of S5 and S6 • Qualifications and commitment • Adding to a portfolio of skills, qualities and attributes • Preparation for the next stage! • Supporting the work of the school
Success in S5 and S6 … run fast and don’t drop the baton!
Appropriate Pathways • S5 course is related to Standard Grade subject performance. • S6 course is related to S5 subject performance. • New subjects – “crash” courses. • 4 Levels – Advanced Higher, Higher, Intermediate 2 and Intermediate 1. • Other pathways – senior school is not just about “5 Highers”.
Pathways • Credit • General • Foundation HIGHER INTERMEDIATE 2 INTERMEDIATE1 … but there are sometimes exceptions because NQ courses are VERY different from Standard Grades
Some Words of Caution … • Standard Grade results are no guarantees of attainment in S5. • For example, nationally, 30.0% of Int 2 Geography candidates, 31.9% of Higher English candidates and 35.7% of Higher Technological Studies candidates last year failed. • Standard Grades are easier than 5th year courses.
Unit Assessments (NABs) • 3 or 4 assessments in each course. • Course award depends on passing Unit Assessments. • Opportunity for re-assessment. • Significant difference from Standard Grade.
Progression: volume • Significant learning requirement. • Constant revision required. • Much more homework.
Progression: quality • Much more demanding in terms of thinking. • Pupils have to accept this increase in difficulty.
Target-setting • Based on Standard Grade awards. • Also based on what teachers already know of each pupil’s ability in the subject area. • Also based on national progression statistics. • A target represents what the pupil could achieve with a good year’s conscientious work. • Targets are not promises!
Checking Progress • Constantly, through teacher feedback. • Formal checks in November, January (updates) and March (reports) – communicated to parents. • Prelims in February.
Support for Pupils • Teacher support is ongoing. • Additional opportunities within the department (supported study). • Private Study periods. • Mentoring. • Parental involvement – and parental contact. • Encouragement of independence and resilience. • 3-way process: school-pupil-family
HOMEWORK – what is it for? • Allows pupils to review classroom learning • Reinforces what has been learnt • Builds links between home and school • Encourages independent pupil learning • Gives opportunities for feedback
HOMEWORK – why is it important? • Pupils learn to organise and manage their time. • Pupils begin to take more responsibility for their own learning. • Pupils build on what they have learnt in school. • Without homework success in NQ courses is highly unlikely.
HOMEWORK – what types of homework might be given? Exam/past paper questions Completion of work Evaluation of work Project work Spelling/grammar work Speaking practice Consolidation Formal written exercises Revision THINKING Planning Practical tasks Correction of work Learning Short response answers Research Listening tasks Preparation of work Extended response answers Timed exercises Summarising text Reading Peer assessment
HOMEWORK – how can families help? • Create the right environment – discuss this with your son/daughter. • Know what homework your son/daughter has. • Ask your son/daughter to explain what they have learnt each day/week. • Ask them to teach you what they have learnt in their subjects. • Help your son/daughter plan their time. • Help your son/daughter to organise their study.
HOMEWORK – making time … • Careful planning of time allocation for homework • Work commitments • Home and family commitments • Sporting/Leisure commitments • Social commitments • Other activities – e.g. Facebook, MSN, computer gaming • Sleep
S5 Big and serious commitment STAFF SURVEY A – The year group are ready to take on the challenges of S5 B – The year group will need to make some minor improvements in their study habits to meet the challenge of S5 C – The year group will need to make major improvements in their study habits to meet the challenge of S5 3.7% 29.6% 66.7%
SQA Results • Issued to pupils on 4 August • Results may impact on choices for S5 • Contact school to discuss any changes – more details about this will be issued soon.
S5 Induction • What will the new S5 experience over the next two days?
PLP Self Defence Relaxation Time Management EMA Websense Money Management Careers Management