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Triple science can someone help me/advise me for my dd?

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Dreamgirls234 Tue 17-Jun-14 13:51:00

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ab987 Tue 17-Jun-14 14:35:58

Tutor over the summer hols? First step is talk to the school- you are paying for it!!!- so go and speak to relevant teachers.
Why would her teacher not give her revision material? Are you happy with this considering you are paying for her education?

BackforGood Tue 17-Jun-14 14:58:50

I'm confused. If she's gone down a year, then I'm confused how she didn't do Yr9 physics last year?
If she's used to being top of the class, why has she gone down a year anyway ?

ab987 Tue 17-Jun-14 15:19:15

I'm confused toosmile
I assumed she'd been put back because she was bullied and this had affected her learning...but this doesn't tally with you saying she was top in her old school. And if she has sat yr 9 tests ( and was in year 9?) then if she's been put back to yr 8 surely the tests are easier- or same applies if she was in yr 10 and is now end of yr 9- surely she's covered the work at her old school if she was a year higher there?

Unexpected Tue 17-Jun-14 15:46:32

OK, had a very quick look at your other threads. She was already in Yr 10, now moved back to Yr 9 and has done some Yr 9 triple science exams in which she hasn't done well. I don't understand how she got through Yr 9 and 10 without apparently doing the Yr 9 Physics though?

Your dd is new to the school so I would think the teachers will cut her some slack for being new and possibly taking some time to get up to speed. However, if I read correctly she has moved from state to private (presumably selective) so she may find that where she was top of her class before she now settles somewhere in the middle of this particular cohort.

If you have email contact with the teachers, I would email the science teacher/HoY/HoScience to explain the difficulty. If your daughter is expected to sort these things out herself, she will need to seek out the relevant teacher, talk through the results and come up with a plan of action to improve her grades - perhaps some revision over summer, perhaps some tutoring or something else? Important to be seen to be proactive.

Worst case, if she ends up doing double, this is not the end of the world. Double is a perfectly respectable GCSE unless she is set on doing something very science-y.

ab987 Tue 17-Jun-14 15:56:40

I just want to add that if you are paying then you ought not to feel under confident about contacting the school. I used to teach in indy schools and it was expected that parents with concerns would make contact- you are the customer!

ExitPursuedByABear Tue 17-Jun-14 16:00:17

I don't understand how she could have missed Y9 physics if she stayed down a year. Surely she will have done it twice?

Are the standards much higher in her new school?

I am sure the science staff will be happy to discuss your concerns.

Hakluyt Tue 17-Jun-14 16:05:29

I would make an appointment with the Head of Science immediately and go and talk about it. You need all the facts before you and dd can do any thinking or planning.

Dreamgirls234 Tue 17-Jun-14 16:15:49

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ab987 Tue 17-Jun-14 16:16:36

Maybe the OP made a typo and meant she had done no yr 10 physics at her former school.

ab987 Tue 17-Jun-14 16:22:36

I'm more confused now. Triple science is all 3 sciences taught singly and the equivalent to 3 GCSE all single subjects ( my son did this.) Double science is still all 3 subjects but they are compressed into 2 GCSE passes so the content of each subject is reduced by a third roughly.

Are you sure that you have got it right because why would a teacher teach 1 term of physics to get ahead with triple science? maybe I'm being dim but I'm lost with this! Are you saying that the physics part was done in the first term and your DD joined the school later than that- and then all that was taught was biology and chemistry?

If she did poorly at physics then why can't you see the benefit of revising that over the summer- she will need to know it well for her exams end of yr 11.

ab987 Tue 17-Jun-14 16:25:36

You should also talk to the HoD about the unhelpful attitude of the teacher- no teacher in private ed will remain there very long if parents complain and it's justified.

PiratePanda Tue 17-Jun-14 16:32:15

Genuine Q - does she HAVE to do Physics? Obviously if she thinks she might like to do Physics or possibly Engineering at university then yes, but can she just do double science instead?

BackforGood Tue 17-Jun-14 16:38:36

Pirate - the double science is 2/3 of the work load, but incorporates all 3 disciplines - it's not possible to do 'just' chem and biol and leave out physics, you have to do all 3, to get the 'double' award.

I have to say OP, I'm no clearer after your update. As ab987 says, not teaching physics to 'get ahead' with triple science doesn't make sense. You need to talk about this with the school staff though.

ExitPursuedByABear Tue 17-Jun-14 16:39:09

Double science is all three. See earlier post.

If she is happy that she can do the GCSE work without the foundation of Y9 then why worry?

If she is just bothered about not coming top, then she will have to learnt to love with it.

ExitPursuedByABear Tue 17-Jun-14 16:39:53

Sigh. Bloody iPad.

TeenAndTween Tue 17-Jun-14 16:40:04

To help clarify:

Broadly speaking, the OPs daughter didn't do much y9 physics at her old school as they missed it out. The y9 Physics appears not to be part of the GCSE syllabus either. So the DD was examined on a load of stuff she hadn't really done.

You should be able to talk to the school and explain this, and show results from y10 work at previous school, and make a good case for doing triple.

TeenAndTween Tue 17-Jun-14 16:42:26

ps Although it seems surprising that GCSE doesn't appear to build on y9 I can imagine it could be the case given the 'modular' nature of courses these days. Sorry, can't remember what DD1 did in y9.

camptownraces Tue 17-Jun-14 16:43:51

PiratePanda,,,One third of double science IS physics.

The problem may be connected with the two schools teaching different subject specifications from different awarding bodies. Or, if you like, new school is teaching a different syllabus from a different exam board.

Mother needs to ask new school what can be done to pull daughter out of this hole. And needs to ask now, as they have probably only got another two or three weeks before the summer hols. And be prepared to put in quite a bit of effort at home, before next school year starts.

ab987 Tue 17-Jun-14 16:52:19

Teen I'm confused by your post too now smile

It doesn't make sense that the teacher at her current school had abandoned physics after 1 term of it 'to get ahead with the triple science' because physics is PART of triple science. I could understand if the teacher had covered the physics in term 1 of year 9, before the DD joined the school, then did biol in term 2 and chem in term 3, or whatever along those lines.

But the DD still needs to learn the physics she missed or didn't grasp, because her exams show she didn't know it.

Dreamgirls234 Tue 17-Jun-14 17:00:27

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Unexpected Tue 17-Jun-14 17:02:27

Well if they've already told her she'll be ahead in Yr 10, I doubt they are going to refuse to let her do triple, are they? This is beginning to sound like a storm in a teapot.

Dreamgirls234 Tue 17-Jun-14 17:06:12

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Hakluyt Tue 17-Jun-14 17:12:25

Go and talk to the Head of Science.

Dreamgirls234 Tue 17-Jun-14 17:19:57

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