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Jan GCSE modules

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creamteas Sat 05-Jan-13 18:35:50

Anyone else have DC with January modules? How is the revision going? My DD has 4 papers (English Lang & 3 Science).

The science is not a problem, has always achieved As, so no worries there. But but the English is a real worry. As she is ASD she really struggles with interpretation and imagination.

It is not helped by the fact that it is not really possible to have any certainly about where the grade boundaries are anymore.....

creamteas Sat 12-Jan-13 15:55:32

Sorry to hear that mrsr, there is so much pressure isn't there.

It is not helped with the constant rhetoric that GCSEs are easy and everyone should get a string of a*s when for many DC even getting a C or a D is an achievement.

boschy Mon 14-Jan-13 11:25:03

"It is not helped with the constant rhetoric that GCSEs are easy and everyone should get a string of a*s when for many DC even getting a C or a D is an achievement. "

so true creamteas. It breaks my heart when they struggle and struggle to get that bloody C, and people come out with how easy the exams are. Quite honestly, I dont understand a single word of DD1's maths revision book.

she went to a maths session at school on sat, they reviewed last week's test and she thinks she might not have done quite as badly as she thought. next maths paper is tomorrow.

mrsr re the heavy periods - DD1 has just gone on the pill for that very reason and I'm thinking that if she stays on it just for 6 months til we get through GCSEs that could be helpful. (it also has the added bonus that she has FINALLY learnt to swallow a tablet as result!) Not worried that she is sexually active; I suppose a slight concern about taking hormones etc, but it's her body and she's got to get through it.

boschy Wed 16-Jan-13 13:44:19

not sure if this is the place, but DD1 just called to tell me that she has a place in 6th form at her current school (which is what she wants) to do all her choices as long as she gets her C in English. She can re-do maths as many times as necessary. hooray, she is so happy and so am I!

dont think Tuesday's maths test went that well, so we may well be in for multiple retakes on that front. C in English is achievable, fingers crossed and a fair wind.

bruffin Wed 16-Jan-13 15:31:04

Thats good to hear Boschy grin

JustinMumsnot Wed 16-Jan-13 15:50:40

That must be a weight off both your minds, Boschy!
I'm waiting for DD1 to come home to find out how her English exam went today - she was very stressed when she left this morning - I know she was well prepared (am an English teacher!) but she didn't seem to believe me when I told her.

creamteas Wed 16-Jan-13 20:08:02

Good news Boschy

We have a respite week this week with no exams then have 3 sciences next week.

KatyMac Wed 16-Jan-13 20:45:40

DD is still off school & is now 'post-viral' - so no exercise no school & grumpy sad teenager; goodness knows how that affects GCSEs

creamteas Wed 16-Jan-13 21:13:30

Sorry to hear that Katy, hope she feels better soon

boschy Thu 17-Jan-13 08:01:03

oh katy poor DD and poor you! any idea when she can get back to school? can they give you any idea of what/whether she could do some revision or coursework at home?

KatyMac Thu 17-Jan-13 10:02:29

Thanks - they have said "wait & see" hmm & she can't dance at all (which for her is a nightmare)

Startail Thu 17-Jan-13 10:19:32

Good luck to anyone else's DCs who have science or anything else today.
Hoping snow doesn't cause further stress to anyone with exams tomorrow and next week.

thanks to KatyMacs DD, who I know much prefers dancing to anything else.

Mrsrobertduvall Fri 18-Jan-13 15:10:34

We have science on Tuesday.
Oh god.
Another D looming.

KatyMac Fri 18-Jan-13 18:39:50

Thanks Startail - it's hell; GCSE can go hang but she has missed weeks of dance class sad and that really hurts

creamteas Sun 20-Jan-13 20:49:54

School have announced they are cancelling the Geog GCSE paper tomorrow. DD is not doing geog, but lots of her friend's are sad.

All the other schools seem to be opening for exams, it is not till the afternoon and we live in a bloody city. So I think deciding this now is very premature angry.

We do have biology first thing on Tuesday though, so they better open then

webwiz Mon 21-Jan-13 10:14:06

DS's school is shut due to snow but is still open for exams. That does seem a bit premature creamteas I know DS's friends are still sitting their geog exam.

creamteas Mon 21-Jan-13 18:25:22

By 7 this morning, all the main roads were fine and the buses & trains running normally, so even if the school buses didn't run, everyone could have got in safely for the afternoon.

I think the HT's inbox was not be happy reading!

On the plus side, they are open tomorrow so DD will not miss biology.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 22-Jan-13 08:47:25

Oh shit, I've caused a stupid argument with dd this morning - she has Physics on Friday and doesn't seem to be doing enough: her dad knows this stuff, and is aware this is her weakest subject, but she won't talk it through or be helped - all she's prepared to do is be asked the most basic questions from the AQA revise book - 'name a kind of energy' - whilst she potters around her room not really listenning, and there appear to be significant gaps in her understanding.

She's usually so conscientious but just doesn't seem to want to think about this at all, won't let her father tell her anything ('he's not a teacher!') and is saying 'it's not the last chance anyway, I can resit it' ffs.

SO I stupidly brought this up at 8.10, as am really concerned she is just not working and now, predictably enough, she's gone storming off to school. I have messed this one up sad

webwiz Tue 22-Jan-13 09:59:17

Oh don't worry TheOriginalSteamingNit she'll have a good moan about you to her friends and you can sort it out when she gets home.

DS has a french speaking controlled assessment today and when he is asked about his family he has a nice passage prepared about how much I nag him hmm

JustinMumsnot Tue 22-Jan-13 11:58:01

Feel your pain, TOSN. I have to say speaking as a teacher, having a Y11 of my own is giving me such a useful perspective on the psychology of exam stress. Can't wait till this week is over - DD is stressed to the max and I can't say a thing right!

Ormiriathomimus Tue 22-Jan-13 13:59:44

Biology AQA second paper was this morning. DS1 doesn't have his phone. Anyone have any feedback yet?

SwedishEdith Tue 22-Jan-13 16:26:56

Yep, my eldest has just come back - said it was OK, quite fair with some questions she had to think about and apply knowledge rather than regurgitate stufff (I'm clearly paraphrasing here grin)

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 22-Jan-13 17:17:16

Nothing here until Physics on Friday - dd has spoken to dp and they're on speakers again, and so are we...

and she got her mocks results today which were fab so maybe she's not quite the lost cause she seemed this morning smile

JustinMumsnot Tue 22-Jan-13 17:21:02

DD was pleased with Biology. She had a German controlled assessment as well today which also went well. Chem on Thurs and Physic Friday and an English controlled assessment and then she can relax a bit (and so can we).
TOSN - that's great news about your DD's mocks.

creamteas Tue 22-Jan-13 19:58:43

DD had biology too, but no feedback apart from the usual ok! Also going Chem and Physics this week.

Thankfully no controlled assessments this week, but has French 'soonish' hmm. We got sent a timetable at the beginning of the year, but they don't seem to be sticking to it, and she is very vague on details!

webwiz Tue 22-Jan-13 20:11:10

Glad things are happier in your house this evening TOSN.

DS has a bit of a controlled assessment pile up this week thanks to an early finish and a day off due to snow. French went well today so that one can be ticked off the list. No science exams thankfully I don't think I could cope with those as well!

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