Exam Revision Guides
Hello to the HeadStart community. I am delighted to be joining such a vibrant International School at such an exciting time in its development and I look forward to getting to know the children, parents and staff during this first year of what I trust will be the beginning of many more to come. I originally worked as a Stockbroker and then in Commercial Finance in the United Kingdom before I retrained, completing a four year BEd (Hons) degree at Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom and have spent sixteen years teaching in the Independent sector there; the last seven years as Deputy Head of a Preparatory School in Hertfordshire. There are three guiding principles which I try to develop in all children and live my life by, these are: Self Reliance; Positive Thinking; and Leaving people and places in a better state than when you found them. I believe that in order to prepare our children to make a valuable contribution as citizens in their global society following these guiding principles will stand them in good stead; especially as it is expected that they will be using technologies as yet undiscovered and working in jobs and dealing with problems that have not yet been created. My wife and I have travelled many times to the beautiful country of Thailand, however, not since our daughter was born, so we are very much looking forward to introducing her to the wonderful people, food and places of Thailand and South East Asia. “It takes a village to raise a child” as the saying goes … and we here at HeadStart are in a partnership with you as parents in order to ensure your child achieves their true potential and to be the best that they can be – for there is a spark of greatness in everyone.
Revision guides have been produced to provide specific, directed help to parents and students. The guides cover the examinations, both internal and external, that students take during the course of their HeadStart educational journey.
Examination Preparation for Term 1
In November students begin to revise for the upcoming exams. Preparation begins with revision in class. Students should also begin to revise at home. This will culminate in exam week which starts at the end of November.
Year 2 will be examined in the core subjects of English and Maths; Years 3, 4 and 5 will be examined in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. The other subject areas are all assessed through on-going teacher assessment. The results will be reported back to parents at the end of term 1 through the reports and the parent conferences which take place in December.
Progression Test Revision Packs for Term 3
At the end of each academic year, students in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 have an end of year test (Year 2) or a Cambridge Progression Test (Years 3, 4 and 5) in the Core Subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. At the start of Term 3, Year 6 take a Cambridge Checkpoint Test which is a series of diagnostic tests in English, Mathematics and Science. The papers are marked by Cambridge and the results are known towards the end of Term 3.
Parents and students should carefully read the revision guides and the sample questions as this will provide a solid foundation prior to, and during, a student’s revision schedule.