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KS3 Study Support Resources

 

English

Books and Guides

CGP KS3 English Study Guide
CGP KS3 English, The Workbook
Collins KS3 English All in One Revision and Practice
CGP Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar The Workbook
CGP Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Websites
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3
www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/English
 
 

Maths

Books and Guides

KS3 Maths Complete Study & Practice (with online edition) (MHS33)
New edition for the 2014 curriculum!
KS3 Maths Study Guide (with online edition) - Higher (Levels 5 – 8)
KS3 Maths Study Guide (with online edition) - Foundation (Levels 3 - 6) 

Websites
www.mymaths.co.uk
www.hegartymaths.com
www.bbc.co.uk/ks3bitesize
www.sheffieldmaths.co.uk
 
 

Science

Websites
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3
www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/English
 
 

Religious Education

Books and Guides
Good News Bible
The Way, The Truth and The Life series (Catholic Truth Society) and its supporting website 
Websites
www.biblegate.com
http://www.tere.org
 
 

MFL

Books and Guides
Year 7: Studio 1 (Pearson)
Year 8: Studio 2 Rouge / Vert (Pearson)
Workbooks are also available for these courses.
Websites
Linguascope.com (Students have username and password)
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3 (French activities for KS3) 
 
 

History

Websites
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/history.shtml
www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zk26n39
www.schoolhistory.co.ukwww.activehistory.co.uk (school has a subscription to this, see class teacher for login details)
www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/history/ which cover a full range of topics. They contain a variety of games, quizzes, content revision and study skills. 
 
 

Geography

Books and Guides
Longmans provide good atlases
Websites
www.ngkids.co.uk/ is a great website to play games, watch videos, and learn fun facts about animals and places
Google earth provides excellent support for map work
www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrw76sg gives an overview and materials for all topics. 
 
 

ICT

Websites
www.doddlelearn.co.uk/app/login? Doddle learn – homework and revision tasks
BBC Bitesize – KS3Comprehensive ICT and computing resources including glossary of terms, revision topics and video tutorials
www.teach-ict.com/ Practise coding online (computing)
www.codecademy.com and www.khanacademy.org - Free office type software including word processing, spreadsheets and databases https://www.openoffice.org/ - Free Scratch programming software
http://scratch.mit.edu/ - Free Kodu programming software
http://www.kodugamelab.com/Online - video support for computing
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWsyrnOBsJs
 
 

 

KS4 Study Support Resources

 

Maths

Books and Guides

Students have already received details about the correct revision guides and workbooks for their individual course.

Websites
www.mymaths.co.uk
www.hegartymaths.com
www.bbc.co.uk/gcsebitesize
www.sheffieldmaths.co.uk
www.examsolutions.net
 
 

Science

Books and Guides

Revision guides for Core, Additional and Further Additional Science

Websites
www.s-cool.co.uk
www.revisionworld.com
www.my-gcsescience.com
www.docbrowns.info
 
 

MFL

Books and Guides
Year 9-11 French: Equipe Dynamique Foundation / Higher (Oxford University Press)
Year 9-11 German: Klasse 1, 2 and 3 (Oxford University Press)
Workbooks are also available for these courses.
CGP workbooks for French and German
Websites

Each student in Year 10 and 11 has an Active Learn account with their own personal login and password
Linguascope.com (Students have username and password)
BBC Bitesize has French and German activities for KS4

 
 

History

Books and Guides

The core text book for OCR Modern World History is “GCSE Modern World History” by Ben Walsh (Hodder publications).

Websites
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/
www.johndclare.net/
www.mrallsophistory.com/revision
Past papers are available for free download from http://www.ocr.org.uk/
 
 

Geography

Websites
AQA A Spec GCE Georgaphy - google search (past exam papers, mark schemes etc)
Cool Geography - google search
GCSE Bitesize Geography 
 
 

RE

Books and Guides

Good News Bible
YOUCAT (Youth Catechism)
youtube revision series  @MrMcmillanREvis  (but they must check the topic against their work since we do not do all the topics)

Websites

www.biblegateway.com

 
 

PE

Books and Guides

Edexcel GCSE Physical Education: Student Book. Published by Edexcel. ISBN: 978-1-8469-0372-4
Edexcel GCSE Physical Education: Unit 1 Theory of PE (5PE01 & 5PE03) Revision Guide. Published by Pearson. ISBN: 978-1-4469-0362-9
Edexcel GCSE Physical Education: Unit 1 Theory of PE (5PE01 & 5PE03) Revision Workbook. Published by Pearson. ISBN: 978-1-4469-0363-6
BTEC:First Award Sport Student Book. Published by Pearson. ISBN: 9781446905555

 
 

Business

Books and Guides

OCR applied business GCSE text book OCR Applied Business for GCSE (Hodder Education ISBN 978-034098-7391)

Websites

Business case studies to use as support material in exam http://businesscasestudies.co.uk/#axzz3QJGLtZXk
Doddle learn – all homework set through Doddle learn https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/app/login?
IFS Certificate in personal finance website – specification and support material http://www.ifslearning.ac.uk/FinancialCapability/Qualifications/CPF2.aspx
www.tutor2u.net/
Example GCSE business exam paper http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/68470-unit-a241-business-in-action-specimen.pdf
OCR applied business GCSE specification http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/81920-specification.pdf

 
 

ICT

Books and Guides

Textbook OCR cambridge national OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT Level 1 / 2 (Hodder education ISBN 978-1444-176537)
Textbook WJEC ICT Essential GCSE ICT for WJEC (Oxford ISBN 978-85008-541-6
Revision workbook to download for computing GCSE https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/OCR-GCSE-Computing-2012-Revision-Resources-6323005

Websites

OCR GCSE computing specification  http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/137810-computer-science-qualifications-overview.pdf
WJEC GCSE ICT specification http://www.wjec.co.uk/uploads/publications/15992.pdf
Cambridge National ICT specification http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals-ict-level-1-2-j800-j810-j820/
Computing topics via Teach-ICT http://www.teach-ict.com/gcse_computing.html
BBC Bitesize – revision material for all subjects at KS4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z98jmp3
quizzes http://www.teach-ict.com/gcse_computing/ocr/GCSE_A451_topics.html

 
 

Technology

Books and Guides

Art
The story of painting - from the renaissance to the present – Konemann
Hospitality and Catering
WJEC GCSE  - Hospitality and Catering – Lesley Woods, Scott Reymond
Health and Social Care
BTEC First Award Health and Social Care [Publisher =Pearson] – Penelope Graham and others. ISBN:  9781446905623 (We cover Units 1, 2, 6  and 5)
GCSE Health and Social Care for Edexcel [Publisher = Folens] – Angela Fincher and others ISBN:  9781850084372  We cover Units 1 and 2

Websites

BBC Active GCSE – Bite size revision - Art and Design

 
 

Music

Books and Guides

Level 2 BTEC AB Guide to Music Theory Part I Eric Taylor
AB Guide to Music Theory Part II Eric Taylor
100 Careers in the Music Business Tanja Crouch
I’m Good at Music What Job Can I Get? Richard Spilsbury
GCSE AB Guide to Music Theory Part II   Eric Taylor
GCSE Music OCR Areas of Study Revision Guide CGP
OCR GCSE Music Study Guide  Rudland, Galley and Marshall

Websites

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music/
www.musicatschool.co.uk/games/revision/index.htm

 
 

Drama

Books and Guides

AQA GCSE Drama: Student’s Book by Rob Thompson and Pauline Courtice
AQA GCSE Drama by Rob Price and Joy Morton

Websites

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/drama/
www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama-and-performing-arts/gcse/drama-4240/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

 
 

Online revision resources for all KS4 subjects http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z98jmp3

 

KS5 Study Support Resources

 

English

Books and Guides

AQA English Language and Literature B AS Unit 1: 'Introduction to Language and Literature' study published by Nelson Thornes
AQA English Language and Literature B A2: 'Student's Book (Aqa A2 Students Book)' published by Nelson
A2 Various study guides available for:  ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller
AS  ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F.Scott Fitzgerald
'The Kite Runner' by Khalid Hosseini 
A2 'Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte
‘Dr Faustus’ by Christopher Marlowe
‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare
Students at A2 level should also be reading widely within the Gothic genre. They have been provided with a reading list. 

 
 

Science

Websites

BBC bitesize
http://www.s-cool.co.uk
www.docbrowns.info

 
 

History

Books and Guides

Core text books have been issued to all A Level students. These are supported by www. Sociology.uk.net. A range of textbooks and reading materials are available in the reading area
“Edexcel AS History Unit 1 – Pursuing Life and Liberty”
Unit 2 “British Politics 1945 – 90”
Unit 3 core text is “Superpower Relations 1945 –90"

Websites

www.s-cool.co.uk and www.thestudentroom.co.uk has websites recommended by students for every topic
Overviews on all subject matter is available at http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/
Past papers for all units are available for free download at www.edexcel.com.
Use AQA to download past exam questions and mark schemes.
http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/A-level/AQA/AQA%20A%20level.htm contains material on all topics, as does http://www.acegeography.com/aqa-a-

 
 

Geography

Websites
Use AQA to download past exam questions and mark schemes. http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/A-level/AQA/AQA%20A%20level.htm contains material on all topics, as does http://www.acegeography.com/aqa-a-level.html 
 
 

Sociology

Websites

Core text books have been issued to all A Level students. These are supported by www. Sociology.uk.net. A range of textbooks and reading materials are available in the reading area of C3.
Past papers are available for free download at www.aqa.org.uk.
Revision websites include www.sociologyguide.com, www.sociology.uk.net and http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/sociology.htm

 
 

ICT

Books and Guides

AQA ICT exam specification
Cambridge technical ICT specification
ICT revision notes
AQA ICT text book A-Level ICT for AQA (Payne Gallway ISBN 978-1905292-349)
AQA ICT AS-level text book AQA Information and Communication Technology AS (Nelson Thorne ISBN 978-0748799077)
OCR GCSE computing specification 
WJEC GCSE ICT specification   
Cambridge National ICT specification
Textbook OCR cambridge national OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT Level 1 / 2 (Hodder education ISBN 978-1444-176537)
Textbook WJEC ICT Essential GCSE ICT for WJEC (Oxford ISBN 978-85008-541-6
AQA ICT A-level text book AQA Information and Communication Technology A2 (Nelson Thorne ISBN 978-0748799084)
AQA ICT AS-level text book

Websites

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/specifications/alevel/AQA-2520-W-SP-14.PDF
http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/83021-summary-brochure.pdf  http://www.tutor2u.net/revision_notes_ict.asp
http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/137810-computer-science-qualifications-overview.pdf
http://www.wjec.co.uk/uploads/publications/15992.pdf
 http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals-ict-level-1-2-j800-j810-j820/
Computing topics via Teach-ICT http://www.teach-ict.com/gcse_computing.html
BBC Bitesize – revision material for all subjects at KS4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z98jmp3
GCSE computing unit A451 theory and quizzes http://www.teach-ict.com/gcse_computing/ocr/GCSE_A451_topics.html
Revision workbook to download for computing GCSE https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/OCR-GCSE-Computing-2012-Revision-Resources-6323005
Essential ICT A Level: Essential ICT for AQA AS Level (Student book) (Essential ICT) (Folen ISBN 978-1850082804)
AQA ICT A-level text book Essential ICT A Level: Essential ICT for AQA A2 level (Student Book) (Essential ICT) (Folen ISBN 978-1850082828)

 
 

Music

Books and Guides

Level 3 BTEC 
AB Guide to Music Theory Part I    Eric Taylor
AB Guide to Music Theory Part II   Eric Taylor
Six Steps to Songwriting Success   Jason Blume
Lyrics: Writing Better Words for Your Songs Rikky Rooksby

 
 

Drama

Books and Guides

Edexcel AS Drama and Theatre Studies: Student Book by John Davy and Steve Lewis
Edexcel AS Drama and Theatre Studies: Student Book by John Davy and Steve Lewis
AS Drama & Theatre Studies: The Essential Guide for Edexcel by Alan Perks and Jaqueline Porteous
A2 Drama & Theatre Studies: The Essential Guide for Edexcel by Alan Perks and Jaqueline Porteous 

Websites

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/drama-and-theatre-studies-2008.html#tab-Studying 
http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415436588/ 

 
 

Health and Social Care

Books and Guides

Illustrated Dictionary Health and Social Care [Publisher Heinemann] – Yvonne Nolan ISBN:  9780435401054 

 
 

PE

Books and Guides

OCR AS Physical Education Published by Phillip Allen. ISBN: 978-1-84489-641-7
A2 Revise PE for OCR Published by Jan Roscoe. ISBN: 978-1-901424-53-9

 
 

Business

Books and Guides

Edexcel applied business AS-Level text book
GCE AS Level Applied Business Single Award for Edexcel Student Book (Heinemann ISBN 978-0435401139)
Edexcel applied business A-Level text book
A2 Applied Business for Edexcel: Single and Double Award (Causeway Press ISBN 978-1405821162)
General purpose business studies book (also suitable for further study) Business Studies (Causeway Press ISBN 978-1405892315)
Topic eye business booklets Shared with students from L drive (internal communication)
Teacher presentations and support material Shared with students via OneDrive and saved into areas

Websites

Business case studies to use as support material in exam http://businesscasestudies.co.uk/#axzz3QJGLtZXk
Online revision resources for business studies http://www.tutor2u.net/

NOTE: We advise that students proceed with caution when using study guides. They are useful as sources to consolidate and revise from, but should never be used as a substitute for the students’ own thinking, note making and essay writing.

 

Literacy Marking Key

Sp - Spelling error

P - Punctuation error

//NP - New paragraph

Exp - Poor expression

WW - Wrong word e.g. to / too / two

O or CP - Capital letter is missing

Gr - Grammatical error

 

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