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    FAMILY LEARNING BOOKLET

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    Contents

    Whole School 3-4

    Accounting 5

    Administration and ICT 6

    Art and Design 7

    Biology 8

    Business/ Business Management 9

    Chemistry 10

    Computing Science 11

    Drama 12

    English and Literacy 13

    ESOL 14

    French 15

    Geography 16

    German 17

    Graphic Communication 18

    History 19

    Home Economics – Hospitality 20

    Library 21

    Mathematics 22

    Media Studies 23

    Modern Studies 24

    Music 25

    Physical Education 26

    Physics 27

    Practical Metalworking 28

    Practical Woodworking 29

    Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies 30

    Glossary 31

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    Top 10 Tips for Parents – Helping Students Develop Effective Study Skills

    1. HOME STUDY ENVIRONMENT:

     Ensure your student has a well set up and organised space to work in. You may like to have the Internet capable

    computer in the main part of the house, students can collect their research onto a memory stick and then use this to

    work on assignments on a cheap notebook computer (not connected to the internet) in their room. Or you may choose

    to switch off the wireless internet in the house for 2 half hour blocks each night.

    2. ORGANISATION AND FILING:

     It is a great idea to set up a folder for each subject that stays at home – somewhere to file away past tests, assignments,

    and completed topics to keep everything together.

    3. TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS:

     Clarify with your student the concept that in secondary school students are expected to do a set amount of schoolwork

    each night (as opposed to just getting the homework done as quickly as possible). Seniors should be spending from 1.5

    up to 3 hours per night on schoolwork. It is best to either have a timetable with slots allocated to schoolwork or else

    have students do a certain number of half hour blocks each night.

    4. MANAGING WORKLOAD:

     Check that students are using their diary as a planner by breaking down larger pieces of work and scheduling when

    they will do each step (this can be done in pencil so can be changed as needed). Check how students keep track of the

    work they have completed and check that uncompleted work is moved forward in the diary to the current day.

    5. DEALING WITH DISTRACTIONS:

     The best way to deal with distractions is to work in half hour blocks with no distractions during this time. This means

    during the half hour blocks allocated to schoolwork, no Facebook, TV etc – not for the whole night, just for those half

    hour blocks. Or students can take the approach of having a 2 minute ‘tech break’ every 15 minutes. You may like to

    see if your Internet Anti Virus/Security software has a parental control option where you can block access to particular

    websites for blocks of time.

    6. IMPROVING CLASSROOM SKILLS:

     Have students keep a list of questions they need to ask their teacher about and encourage them to ask about these in

    class or else make an appointment to see their teacher outside of lesson time.

    7. SUMMARISING:

     Suggest your student takes any study notes they make to school and asks their teacher to have a quick look to check

    they are on track and see if there is any way they could improve the notes they are making.

    8. ACTIVE STUDYING:

     In addition to retaining the content, students need to practice applying the skills of the subject, doing as many revision

    questions and past exam papers as possible. You may like to look at purchasing an additional textbook in a different

    brand so that students have more questions to use as revision.

    9. LIFESTYLE AND BALANCE:

     The best students are those with a healthy lifestyle and good balance in their lives and most importantly if they are

    getting enough sleep (amount needed varies but the average is around 8 hours). It is also important that students have

    time to do the things they enjoy, spend time with family and friends and also have ‘down time’ just to relax.

    10. PERSONAL BEST:

    Rather than having students competing with others, stress the concept of ‘personal best’, the idea that whilst not

    everyone can be at the top of the class, everyone is able to work towards achieving the best results they are capable of.

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    Study Support Lunchtime study support sessions are held for both National 5 and Higher Administration on a Wednesday. However, drop in sessions for both are available at lunchtimes throughout the week. Pupils are free to attend any lunchtime or study support periods to help raise their attainment.

    Useful Resources Books:

     The department recommend both the Leckie and Leckie textbook and the Bright Red Books available for N5.

    Websites:

     The Bright Red revision tests/questions online are very useful as are BBC Bitesize, Scholar and the Tutor2U website.

    Homework provided can be used for revision for each topic as can the Departmental Resources of notes and activities for each topic.

    Additional Information Past Papers are available from the department but can also be accessed on line via the SQA website. National 5 The external assessment for National 5 Accounting is made up of a 100 mark question paper and a 50 mark assignment. Higher The external assessment for Higher Accounting is made up of a 100 mark question paper and a 50 mark assignment. The assignment is set by the SQA and submitted to them for external marking. Advanced Higher The external assessment for Advanced Higher Accounting is made up of a 150 mark question paper and a 50 mark project. The assignment is set by the SQA and submitted to them for external marking. All topics covered in class are tested through homework and tests at the end of each unit. Deadlines

     SQA Assignments have to be completed by middle of March.

     All NARs need to be completed by Easter Holidays.

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    Study Support Lunchtime sessions available for N5 and Higher during lunchtimes. Pupils are free to attend any lunchtime or study support periods to help raise their attainment.

    Useful Resources

     Past papers for IT and Theory has been emailed to all pupils.

     Leckie and Leckie textbooks and Bright Red Books are available for N4/5 and Higher.

     Downloadable resources are available from the pupil Shared Area within school

     Tests and homeworks can be used for revision for each topic.

     Departmental Resources of notes and activities are also available for each topic

    Additional Information Past Papers are available from the department but can also be accessed on line via the SQA website. National 5 The assignment completed in class assessing both theory and practical will be externally marked by the SQA and will count for 100% of the final grade. This must be completed before the exam diet in May. Higher The assessment for Higher Administration is split up as follows:

     External written exam – 30%

     Internal practical assignment – 70%

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    Study Support The following study support sessions are held on a weekly basis:

     National 4/5: Mon-Thurs lunchtime Tuesday 3.30-5.30pm in Art 6 Thursday 3.30-5pm in Art 2 or Art 6

     Higher: Mon - Thursday lunchtime Tuesday 3.30-5.30pm in Art 6 or any other day by request

     Higher Photography Mon-Thurs lunchtimes, Tuesday 3.30-5.30pm or any other day by request in Art 5

    The Art and Design Department operate an open door policy. If any pupil S1-6 has any questions or needs any help with either coursework or homework an Art and Design teacher will be available during lunchtimes or after school.

    Useful Resources How to Pass National 5 Art and Design Hodder and Gibson ISBN 987-1-4441-8732-8 SQA exemplars on SQA website Expressive Activity checklist Design Activity checklist Word banks on shared documents Past papers Higher Photography resources in shared documents Expressive and Design information sheets on shared documents

    Additional Information The following are deadlines for course work:

     Higher Expressive and Design Folios to be completed and handed in by 20th April 2