Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Year 11 Easter Letter

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As the Easter holiday approaches, so do the formal summer examinations. We understand that students will need to take a break and re charge during Easter, but that they will also be completing revision and preparation for assessments and exams which begin in only a few weeks’ time.

Revision of key topic areas or skills is vital at this time to ensure your child achieves the best outcomes. A small effort each day can lead to big gains over a period of time, so it’s never too late to begin learning those key facts and quotes, or developing key exam techniques.

Staff at OSCA have provided a range of resources and revision materials to help students with their independent learning.

The first point of call will be a student’s academy email address, where staff may have emailed individual assignments to students. Academy email accounts can be accessed here.

All students have also been emailed a help sheet on how to remotely access our student drive. (Which can also be accessed here.) This drive will hold all of a student’s work, and also a range of bespoke revision materials and resources created by our staff.

We also provide access to a range of online revision tools such as GCSEPod, which covers a wide variety of subjects, and Mathswatch.

Most students will also have access to revision guides purchased or provided by the academy.

The best revision and preparation is bespoke to your child’s needs. No student should try to revise ‘everything’. A focus on the key topics or style of question they find most difficult will be most effective. Revising for short bursts of 30-45 minutes, with a short break, then another short burst, is also very effective.

We have already done a huge amount of work with the students since the start of year 11 on how best to revise. However, just as a reminder, the least impactful style of revision is reading notes. This is a passive activity and has been shown to be ineffective. Making charts, tables, and colourful posters is a much more active method of revision. Using video and song to trigger memory, or taking quizzes and ‘teaching’ someone else are much more likely to help those facts and figures stick.

We hope that you have found this brief update useful in supporting your child in these last few vital weeks of revision and preparation. Many thanks in advance for your support during this time, as always.

Yours Faithfully,

Miss F Cutler – Associate Principal