Year 10 - how much Easter revision?

(34 Posts)
Dancergirl Tue 05-Apr-16 10:41:35

Dd is in Year 10 and this year her internal end of year exams are quite early, starting on 19th May.

School have recommended 2 hours of revision per day but so far dd has done very little. I'm fed up of nagging to be met with eye rolls hmm

How much are your dc doing?

noblegiraffe Tue 05-Apr-16 10:52:56

I'm not expecting my Y10 class to have done anything over Easter.

Dancergirl Tue 05-Apr-16 10:53:43

Really, what do you teach noble?

noblegiraffe Tue 05-Apr-16 10:58:25

Maths in a high-achieving state school.

Y11, 12 and 13 are the ones we spend cajoling to work through the holidays because their exams actually count. Y10 internal exams I'd be pleased if they did some revision in the weeks before the exams. I've not even started thinking about them yet!

BertrandRussell Tue 05-Apr-16 13:01:56

Ds has part of a Spanish GCSE next week, and a Statistics GCSE in June. He's doing an average of about 45 minutes a day. He also has some homework which I don't think he's touched.

Dancergirl Tue 05-Apr-16 13:12:31

So if no 'proper' GCSEs this year you think it's ok to doss away the Easter holidays?

titchy Tue 05-Apr-16 13:29:29

My year 10 is dossing. He'll do homework this weekend Sunday ready for school on Monday. No controlled assessments or anything that actually counts coming up so he may as well relax. Suggest you quit nagging tbh.

tiggytape Tue 05-Apr-16 13:35:26

So if no 'proper' GCSEs this year you think it's ok to doss away the Easter holidays?
Absolutely. DS is in Year 10 and is perfecting his dossing skills this week.

Last term was hard (controlled assessments, mid year exams plus lots of work to cover in each and every subject).
Next term will be hard (controlled assessments, end of year exams and new work to cover in each and every subject).
Time out to relax is important and it doesn't count if pupils have the expectation of 2 hours per day of work hanging over them. A bit like going away on holiday but having the office call you everyday.

LottieDoubtie Tue 05-Apr-16 13:38:38

Another teacher here. Yes FGS let him doss.

It will matter next year. This year it really (really) doesn't. Kids get nagged and bullied into revision enough, the easter holidays when you're 14/15 are not the time for it.

Yankeetarts Tue 05-Apr-16 13:42:22

My ds year 10 has his first GCSE science exam I'm may,his school has said they should be doing 3 hours a day,he hasn't done anywhere near that

noblegiraffe Tue 05-Apr-16 13:44:07

Yes Dancer, I think holidays, as in a complete break from work, are very important to our young people. Term time is very hectic for them and next term is going to be a very long one.

Mental health issues are a huge and growing problem in teenagers. Y11 is a bloody awful year for them and you can trust that next Easter they'll be piled high with past papers and school revision sessions. I really don't think that work done in Easter of Y10 will make a massive amount of difference to the overall outcome, but a decent break will do them good.

LIZS Tue 05-Apr-16 13:53:17

Dd's been recommended 16 hours, across 3 weeks. She takes gcse maths this year.

OhYouBadBadKitten Tue 05-Apr-16 13:54:03

three hours a day for one exam??
dd is doing just four-five hours a day in Year 11 for all of her exams. And that seems like loads.
Let them doss while they can, this year is horrid!

LIZS Tue 05-Apr-16 13:57:14

That's across all subjects. Internal exams are immediately before half term with one maths paper that week.

OhYouBadBadKitten Tue 05-Apr-16 14:02:48

oh ok! phew! Its still a lot - next term is so long. Don't tell your ds I said so though!

Balletgirlmum Tue 05-Apr-16 14:07:05

Dd will be in year 10 next year. I expect she'll do the same as usual - a week away or at a ballet residential plys a week at home perhaps doing the odd half hour of academic study. In year 11 I would expect her to spend the week she isn't away doing an hour a day.

Dancergirl Tue 05-Apr-16 14:13:09

Totally agree with the pressure teens are under these days.

Which is why I stress to dd to spread her work out and don't leave revising or even understanding things to the last minute. Isn't it better to do some work/revision now to take the pressure off next year?

Balletgirlmum Tue 05-Apr-16 14:17:35

If there is something she struggles with or is behind on then yes, otherwise let her have a proper break.

noblegiraffe Tue 05-Apr-16 14:29:54

The pressure will be on next year whether she works this Easter or not. She won't find herself saying next Easter "oh I don't need to revise quadratic equations because I did them last Easter". She will also probably struggle to revise effectively because she won't have been provided with the revision materials that she will be in Y11.

If she is worried about these internal exams or a particular subject, or if she struggles to fit in homework around school hours because of other commitments then a bit of schoolwork wouldn't go amiss, but two hours per day is just sucking all the joy out of the holidays.

clary Tue 05-Apr-16 14:33:57

I teach MFL and I have asked my year 10s to draft out a couple of paragraphs from work we have done, which will help them in their next CA. That's all.

DD is in year 10 and has done some HW. That's all and it's fine.

LittlehamHums Tue 05-Apr-16 14:53:44

My year 10 Ds had done nothing school related. He needs a good rest before all the stressy exams in year 11. I have told him it is compulsory to have some fun.

He is also volunteering one day in a charity shop to get some idea of the outside world.

LittlehamHums Tue 05-Apr-16 14:59:10

And he enjoys the shop as they give him books.

Exams will take over family life next year. Enjoy the freedom now while it lasts.

AtiaoftheJulii Tue 05-Apr-16 16:04:53

I have no idea whether my y10 has any homework this holiday. He certainly hasn't done any work, and I wouldn't expect him to. Dd1 didn't revise in her y10 Easter break, dd2 might have done because she's a swot she had maths, English Lang, and core science gcse's that summer.

MissMillament Tue 05-Apr-16 17:03:51

My Y10 class have exams the first week back. I have given them a detailed list of revision activities they could be doing and left it up to them how much of it they do.

RalphSteadmansEye Tue 05-Apr-16 17:24:21

My yr 10 has done nothing all Easter. But his mocks are after May half term, not before.

He absolutely needs a break - works very hard in term time.

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