Specification

What is a specification?

A specification tells a student what content they have studied and what could come up on the exams.

The most successful students have a revision list and make sure that they cover the content of a course. This helps the student to focus their understanding of what they need to learn for their exams.

Sometimes they can use the course specification or syllabus to check what they need to learn for their exams. It is important when revising that a student uses the correct exam board and revision guides.

It allows students to:

  • Reinforce and embed school learning
  • Identify what knowledge they do know and what they don’t know
  • Make links with other learning
  • Practise applying their knowledge and skills under exam conditions ready for terminal exams

Gain confidence that they have covered the course – Everyone loves a tick list

Specifications can be found on the VLE (Firefly)

These can be accessed by your child through Resources/School Life/Revision/GCSE checklists-specification.

 

Revision Checklists

What is a revision checklist?

The most successful students have a revision list and make sure that they cover the content of a course. This helps the student to focus their understanding of what they need to learn for their exams. Sometimes they can use the course syllabus or a list created by their subject teachers.

These lists can be rag rated to enable students to focus on areas of weakness when revising.

It allows students to:

  • Reinforce and embed school learning
  • Identify what knowledge they do know and what they don’t know
  • Make links with other learning
  • Practise applying their knowledge and skills under exam conditions ready for terminal exams

Gain confidence that they have covered the course – Everyone loves a tick list

 

An example revision checklist is shown below for GCSE Physical Education.

These can be accessed by your child through the VLE (Firefly) under Resources/School Life/Revision/GCSE checklists.

 

AO1: Learners will be expected to know and understand:

 

Read through notes/ revision cards Practice questions Red – I don’t understand

Amber – I understand parts

Green – I get it

• how increasing physical ability, through improving components of fitness can improve health or reduce health risks and how this is achieved
• how participation in physical activity can improve emotional health and how these benefits are achieved
• how participation in physical activity can improve social health and how these benefits are achieved
• the impact of fitness on well-being – overtraining having a negative effect on health, and positive effects
• the importance of a well designed and implemented Personal Exercise Programme (PEP) to bring about health gains.
• lifestyle choices – limited to diet; activity level; work/rest/sleep balance and recreational drug use
• positive and negative impacts of lifestyle choices
• the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle.
AO2: Learners will be expected to apply their knowledge.

Through, for example:

• explanation of benefits of participation for a given individual within the question context, e.g. the possible emotional benefits of participation for a 25 year old man returning to physical activity
• recommendation of appropriate adjustments to lifestyle choices for a given individual within the question context.
AO3: Learners will be expected to analyse and evaluate
• the impact of lifestyle choices on performance.

 

Revision Planners

Revision planner example

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