Preparatory Subject Work for Students Joining our Sixth Form in September 2020


Preparatory Subject Work for Students Joining our Sixth Form in September 2020

Preparatory AS English Work for Y11 Students 

If you are planning to take either English Language or English Literature at AS level in Y12, please find some time in the coming weeks to complete the preparatory tasks outlined below. 

All this information is also on our ‘Year 11 English 2019-20’ Google Classroom site: code sgrtfze – check this regularly as we will use it to share important messages and additional tasks. 

English Literature 

If you have any questions relating to GCE English Literature, please contact Mr. Hadley on the following e-mail address:  

james.hadley@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

  1. Read through the Specification and take a look at the AS Specimen Assessment Materials (Unit 1 and Unit 2) – all available on the WJEC website here: https://www.wjec.co.uk/en/qualifications/english-literature-as-a-level/?sub_nav_level=course-materials#tab_resources
  2. Watch one or more of the TED Talks on ‘Anything Literature’ available on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watchv=?9jtQpVK3dsk&list=PLDZjuS22RzEyvwFy-OTQsUtQkFKM17_0g
  3. Read a wide range of Literature for enjoyment, across a range of genres and periods – prose, poetry and drama. Take a look at these lists of the Top 100 Novels in English and see how many you have read: · The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/17/the-100-best-novels-written-in-english-the-full-list · BBC Culture: http://www.bbc.co.uk/culture/story/20151204-the-100-greatest-british-novels
  4. Why not complete a free online Open University course? You might consider one of the following courses on the Open Learn website – https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue
  • Reading (Introductory – 8 hours)
  • Approaching Plays (Intermediate – 15 hours)
  • Approaching Poetry (Intermediate – 20 hours)
  • Approaching Prose Fiction (Intermediate – 20 hours)
  • What is Poetry? (Introductory – 12 hours)

Below are some more specific tasks on the set texts for the AS course: 

  1. ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte
  • Buy the recommended copy of the text (Penguin Classics ISBN-10: 9780141441146 Amazon £5.99) and complete a first reading – start making your own chapter notes on plot, character and theme
  • Listen to the BBC Podcast ‘Jane Eyre (In Our Time)’ – available on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjarsCIbFfo
  • Watch the documentary ‘Bronte Country: The Story of Emily, Charlotte and Anne Bronte’ – available on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyTeDZZBphI
  • Watch a stage or film version of the novel – you can rent it on Amazon Prime for £3.49 or stream different versions on YouTube. It is also being streamed online for free by The National Theatre April 9th-16th
  • Research and make notes on the Victorian period and the Victorian novelists, focusing in particular on social structure and the views/expectations of women and children
  1. ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee Williams
  • Buy the recommended copy of the text (Penguin Modern Classics ISBN-10: 0141190272 Amazon £5.76) and complete a first reading – start making your own scene notes on plot, character and themes
  • Watch a stage or film version of the play – you can rent it on Amazon Prime for £3.49 or stream clips on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6TrgQxf3lk
  • Research and make notes on 1940s New Orleans, focusing on the following main themes: Jazz and the historical significance of this movement, attitudes towards women and marriage, post-war America, male masculinity, the decaying American South
  1. ‘Mean Time’ by Carol Ann Duffy and ‘The Whitsun Weddings’ by Philip Larkin
  • Buy the recommended copy of ‘Mean Time’ (Picador ISBN-10: 9781509852949 Amazon £7.55) and complete a first study of the poetry collection – start making notes on your ideas for each poem
  • Buy the recommended copy of ‘The Whitsun Weddings’ (Faber & Faber ISBN-10: 0571097103 Amazon £6.52) and complete a first study of the poetry collection – start making notes on your ideas for each poem
  • Buy and read a copy of the study guide ‘Larkin and Duffy: A Guide for WJEC Eduqas A Level English Literature (ISBN-10: 1975867553) – Amazon £12
  • Watch ‘The Lost Lectures: Carol Ann Duffy’ and make notes on the main ideas presented: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSyii8Sp-pk
  • Watch ‘The South Bank Show: Philip Larkin’ and make notes on the main ideas presented: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdeEFErYVtk
  • Have a look at the ‘Duffy and Larkin Introduction’ PPT

English Language 

If you have any questions relating to GCE English Language, please contact Mr. Ferrier (Learning Manager) on the following e-mail address:  

dfe@castellalunmail.com 

 

  1. Read through the Specification and take a look at the AS Specimen Assessment Materials (Unit 1 and Unit 2) – all available on the WJEC website here: https://www.wjec.co.uk/en/qualifications/english-language-as-a-level/?sub_nav_level=course-materials#tab_resources
  2. Buy and read the following textbooks:
  • Revision Express AS and A2 English Language (ISBN-10: 1408206536) on Amazon for £11.99 – recommended for all students
  • Mastering Advanced English Language by Sara Thorne (ISBN-10: 9781403994837) on Amazon for £23.39 – optional extra
  1. Watch the following clips and make notes on the key ideas presented:
  1. Brush up on your basic grammar and linguistic terminology. Revise and test yourself on BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zyrn9qt/revision/
  2. Look through the ‘A-Level English Language Glossary of Key Terms’ document and RAG rate each term based on your current knowledge/understanding – Green = confident (understand/know it) > Amber = semi-confident (sort of understand/know it) > Red = not confident (don’t understand/know it). Once you have identified your areas of weakness, do some research and self-teaching notes, and make revision cards/posters.
  3. Read some David Crystal books on the English Language and English Grammar – the following are recommended:
  • Rediscover Grammar
  • How Language Works
  • The English Language: A Guided Tour of the Language
  • The Stories of English
  • The Story of English in 100 Words
  • Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson is also a great read.
  1. Develop your own skills as a writer by setting yourself some short fiction and non-fiction writing tasks. Try writing a commentary (analysis) on your own writing, justifying the language and style choices that you have made using the PEE principle. Look out for any writing competitions to enter online or in magazines!
  2. Why not complete a free online Open University course? You might consider one of the following courses on the Open Learn website – https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue
  • Exploring the English Language (Intermediate – 9 hours)
  • Forms and Uses of Language (Introductory – 4 hours)
  • Language in the Real World (Advanced – 6 hours)
  • Start Writing Fiction (Introductory – 12 hours)
  • What is Good Writing? (Introductory – 12 hours)

AS PHYSICAL EDUCATION 

In preparation for this course, it is important that students read through the specification which can be found using the link below. Students are encouraged to pick a topic from the course content, words or phrases that they have little or no knowledge of and complete a research page on it. Students should try and amplify their research by continuously linking the course content to specific sporting examples.

Students need to have a good base knowledge of the course content prior to beginning the course.

Once complete, students can put their work into a file ready to use in September when we begin the course.

Link for specification: 

https://www.wjec.co.uk/media/zpzffdr4/wjec-gce-physical-education-spec-from-2016.pdf 

For those students who can access Google Classroom please join the ‘How to Prepare for AS/A2 PHYSICAL EDUCATION 2020-2022 Google Classroom page using the code: b5gc6we. 

If you require further information please contact the Subject Leader – Miss Beccy Roberts 

beccy.roberts@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk  

 

BTEC SPORT LEVEL 3 NQF (Single & double award) 

The first unit students will begin is the examination unit, Unit 1 – Anatomy and Physiology. As it is the only examination unit in the course students can begin to look at Unit 1 in the specification (link below) and see exactly what they will need to learn for the exam and start to research the different topics. Year 11 GCSE Physical Education & Science theory work can also be used to remind students of the different concepts.  

The specification will also give students who have not studied a BTEC course before an insight into how it is taught. The other units being covered in Year 12 will be Unit 7 Practical Sports for single award students and for double award students Unit 22 Investigating Business in Sport and Unit 23 Skill Acquisition in Sport.  

National Extended Certificate in Sport specification for single award (worth 1 full A-level). 

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Sport/20161/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446938096_BTEC_Nat_ExtCert_Sport_SPEC.pdf 

National Diploma in Sport specification for double award (worth 2 full A-levels).  

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Sport/20161/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446939482-BTEC-nationals_L3_diploma-sport-spec.pdf

If you require further information please contact the Subject Leader – MrsSarah Thomas 

Sarah.thomas@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

 

Music 

If you have opted to take Music at A level in September and feel that you would like to prepare for this in some way, our advice would be to just keep practising your performance. Performance is a large part of the course, so to keep this going is really important, it is also worthwhile for your own wellbeing. You could also make a start on some composition ideas for your free piece – maybe use what you have worked on during the GCSE course as a starting point. 

Please take the time to have a look at the current specification to see what will be expected of you.  

https://www.wjec.co.uk/media/fsybcs5b/wjec-gce-music-spec-from-2016-e.pdf 

If you require further information please contact the Coordinator for Music – Mr Andrew Searson 

Andrew.searson@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

 

Drama 

The WJEC AS Drama and Theatre Studies course comprises two units: 

Unit 1 – Theatre Workshop: you will reinterpret a published play from a selection given and a new interpretation of it using the influence of a recognised theatre practitioner/company. 

Unit 2 – Text into Theatre: A written exam based on a series of questions on the set text?Medea?drawing upon ideas from live performances seen.
 

The best way to prepare is to research the plays on offer and recognisedtheatre practitioners and companies. Although the theatres are closed at present the National Theatre is streaming live productions via its YouTube channel bringing the theatre to your on living room so get streaming! 

For those students who can access Google Classroom please join the ‘How to Prepare for AS Drama’ class code: 4ick3qb.  

Please take the time to have a look at the current specification to see what will be expected of you.   

https://www.wjec.co.uk/media/is0ccyer/wjec-gce-drama-and-theatre-spec-from-2016-eng.pdf 

If you require further information please contact the Subject Leader – MrsRebecca Lloyd-Jones 

Rebecca.lloyd-jones@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

 

BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts Dance  

The certificate in Performing Arts is the equivalent of an AS at A-level. 

It consists of two units: 

Unit 1 – Investigating Practitioners Work 

Unit 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance 

In preparation for both units it is a good idea to research some practitioners, learn about their background and watch some of their work. 

If you have access to Google Classroom then please join ‘Preparing for Level 3 Btec Performing/Production Arts’ class code: vb4x3op 

Please take the time to have a look at the current specification to see what will be expected of you.  

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Performing-Arts/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/Pearson-BTEC-Nat-Ext-Cert-Tech-Specification.pdf 

If you require further information please contact the Subject Leader and Learning Manager – Mrs Sarah Thomas 

Sarah.thomas@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk  

Geography 

At A level Geography students learn about geographical events. Students need a strong understanding of?geographical processes?of coasts, tectonics, the water and carbon cycles and ecosystems. Students?learn detailed case studies of the social, economic, political and environmental?effects?of events such as earthquakes, regeneration, migration and climate change. Students will study China in depth. The? management? of geographical events is also studied at varying scales – local, national and international. 

To prepare for A level Geography students can keep up to date with global events using websites such as National Geographic, BBC News, The Guardian, The Economist and the Independent.??Documentaries by David Attenborough, Simon Reeve, Stacey Dooley and Evan Davis provide background information on places, ecosystems and social issues. For those who enjoy reading, Prisoners of Geography and Divided by Tim Marshall are a good read. The Very Short Introduction series by Oxford University Press has an excellent range of books on topics such as Plate Tectonics, International Migration and Modern China. You can also find a range of resources for each unit on the Learning through Geography pages on the Hwb Wales website: https://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk 

If you can access Google Classroom there is a poster to view.. 

If you require further information please contact the Subject Leader – Miss Cari Edwards 

Cari.edwards@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

  

Government and Politics 

In Year 12 you study two units: 

Unit 1 – Government in Wales and the United Kingdom. 

To study Government and Politics you have to have a natural interest in UK politics and that means keeping up to date with what is going on in the news. Take this opportunity to really start to engage with what is going on politically in the country (although it is all a bit ‘one note’ at the moment!) In Unit 1 we look at how government works and how the different branches of our government work together both nationally and locally. In preparation for studying Unit 1 you should carry out some research on the UK constitution with a particular focus on what a constitution is, what type of constitution the UK has, how it can be changed and amended and examples of when this has happened. You may also want to compare our constitution with that of the USA’s as theirs is very different.  

The website https://www.britpolitics.co.uk/a-level-politics-study/ is useful to start your research. 

 

Unit 2 – Citizenship and Democracy 

A lot of what we study in government and politics requires an awareness of what is currently going on nationally as regards the political climate and the ability to place this alongside the concepts we study.  

In preparation for studying Unit 2 carry out some research in to the European Convention of Human Rights and the British Human Rights Act – What are they? What are our human rights? How are they protected? Over the next few months follow the news and any political changes that take place. Collect examples/stories which appear in relation to the protection of our human rights and any issues relating to democracy and the protection of it. For example, in the current situation consider how the police are enforcing social isolation – does this infringe our human rights? Gather examples which can be used to debate the issues. 

Please log onto the Google Classroom page using code igxfwtp for copies of the specification and to post any questions. 

If you have any questions, please email the Subject Leader and Learning Manager at sarah.edwards@castellelun.flintshire.sch.uk 

 

Health and Social Care  

In Health and Social Care there are two options that can be taken together or on their own. 

A-level Health and Social Care (Child Pathway) (single A-level for students thinking about careers in nursing, midwifery, teaching, health and fitness, psychology, counselling, biomedical studies, occupational therapy, speech therapy, radiology, health promotion, public health)   

Students please log onto Google Classroom using code: no6ckf6 for full details. 

Here you will be asked to read the specification and associated materials which have been uploaded.  

The first activity is based around researching perspectives of health and well-being and ill-health. The second is to research the stages of play and benefits of play to infants and young children.  

 

Level 3 Certificate Health and Social Care: Principles and Context (this is equivalent to the double pathway we currently run/points equivalent to the single A-level). Here, students gain a certificate at the end of the second year after studying three units. There is no duplication in units between the A-level and Certificate.  

Please can students log onto Google Classroom using code: olgwahg for full details. Here, students will be asked to read the specification and associated reading materials which have been uploaded. 

Students can use the website https://www.simplypsychology.org/ to research the following theories in preparation for studying the unit.  

  • Behavioural Theory: Pavlov, Skinner, Watson 
  • Biological Theory: Gesell 
  • Cognitive and other Development Theories: Aaron Beck, Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson  
  • Ecological Theory: Bronfenbrenner  
  • Human Development Theories: Bowlby Attachment Theory, Cumming and Henry Disengagement Theory of Aging, Nature/Nurture  
  • Humanistic Theory: Maslow, Rogers  
  • Psychosocial Theory: Erikson  
  • Social Learning Theory: Bandura, Vygotsky 

If you require further information please contact the Subject Leader MrsShan Williams 

Shan.williams@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

 

History 

In Year 12 you study two Units in History. Unit 1 British History, 1485 -1603 and Unit 2 Weimar Germany and its challenges, 1918- 1933. Here is some research for both units that you can be getting on with in preparation for September.  

 

Unit 1- British History: 1485-1603:  

Topic 1: The methods used by Henry VII to establish the Tudor dynasty 

Students should research Henry V11 as King of England: 1485-1509 by reading around the topic and making some focused notes on the following in particular: The Battle of Bosworth, Henry Tudor’s claim to the throne, Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck: The Pretenders, Henry’s Foreign Policy, The Control of the Nobility, Henry’s Financial Policies, How Henry governed the country, Statecraft or Luck, How Henry successfully passed on the throne to his son, Henry V111. 

Useful Resources to help with this include: 

 

Unit 2- Weimar Germany and its challenges – 1918-1933 

To help prepare for the History AS course we would advise that students research the end of the WWI from a German perspective and the effects the war had on Germany politically, economically and socially. The documentary in the following link is useful for investigating the closing months of the war for the Germans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUuHRbtz6dE 

?As a punishment for losing the First World War, Germany was made to sign the Treaty of Versailles. Students are strongly advised to research the Treaty of Versailles, its terms and who was involved in its creation. There should be?a particular focus on the ‘Big Three’ Woodrow Wilson, (USA President) David Lloyd George, (British Prime Minister) and George Clemenceau (French Premier) and what they individually wanted from the Treaty and how far they wanted Germany to pay. The following link is?useful as a foundation for your investigation:?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjJ1bEAfDlg 

The use of educational websites will help in your research: 

Please log onto the Google Classroom page using code xk34jcp for copies of the specification and to post any questions. 

If you require further information please contact the Subject Leader – Miss Ffion Byrne 

Ffion.byrne@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

 

Psychology 

Studying Psychology at AS Level consists of two exams – Approaches in Psychology and Research Methods. In order to prepare for your studies in Year 12, you can start to research the five main approaches that exist within Psychology. You will need to know the following for each of the five approaches – the three main assumptions, how you form relationships, one therapy, and classic piece of research and then evaluation of each of the approaches.  

In order to get a baseline understanding of each of the five approaches, research into the main therapies that each approach focuses on and also the classic research that upholds the approach. 

 

  1. The Biological Approach – Therapy: Drug therapy; Classic Research: Raine. 
  1. The Psychodynamic Approach – Therapy: Dream analysis, Classic Research: Bowlby. 
  1. The Cognitive Approach – Therapy: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Classic Research: Loftus and Palmer) 
  1. The Behaviourist Approach – Therapy: systematic desensitisation; Classic research:  Watson and Rayner.  
  1. The Positive Approach – Therapy: Mindfulness; Classic research: Myers and Diener 

 

The following PDF of the AS textbook to help with your research: 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1H0zpz-8f_IW2w-Xhb-JR9BqVZS2exMM5 

If you want some additional, more focused work then there is a ‘transition booklet to Psychology’ that you can complete and at the end of this booklet there is a number of different psychology related series/films you can watch on Netflix. You will need to download the booklet and save it to your own drives in order to fill it out …https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vpvooa_BTTgXJzaFb4feA0RBPaate7Z7Z5qfsnmbng  

Please log onto the Google Classroom page using code titdyg3 for copies of the specification and to post any questions. 

For further information please contact the Subject Leader at:- 

nco@castellalunmail.com 

 

Religious Studies 

Planning on starting A level Religious Studies next year? 

Here are some activities and things to think about, to get you started. You could write about any of the ideas that interest you, to keep your skills up to scratch: 

Activity 1 

Scenario: I’m on school lunch duty and I see and hear a girl saying nasty things to another girl while they’re eating their shepherd’s pie. 

Questions: 

Why is it OK, and my duty, to tell her off for being unkind? 

Why is it not OK for me to tell her off for eating meat (I’m vegetarian)? 

Which, if any, of our beliefs are ‘just a matter of personal preference’ and which, if any, refer to some kind of absolute fact? 

Should we leave others to their ‘personal preference’ in matters of ethical belief, or are some ethical beliefs right and others wrong in an absolute sense? 

Is there an ultimate truth, an absolute right and wrong, about ethical truth claims? 

 

Activity 2 

https://thepanpsycast.com/episodes-by-category 

Get to know some of the philosophers you will meet during your A level course by listening to some of these podcasts: 

Practise your note-making skills by pausing and writing a summary of what you’ve heard so far. 

The ones particularly relevant for the A Level Course are:

Episode 4Natural Law 

Episode 5Utilitarianism

Episode 12Situation Ethics

Episode 7The Ontological Argument, 

Episode 8The Teleological Argument

Episode 9The Cosmological Argument

If you want to watch a series all about Ethics and Philosophy for a bit of light relief, The Good Place’ on Netflix is also excellent. 

Any Questions please email Mrs Doran (Subject Leader for RS) –  

gdo@castellalunmail.com 

Mathematics and especially Further Mathematics are challenging yet very rewarding subjects. Studying Mathematics at a higher level will allow you to see how it has many more applications than what you have experienced at GCSE.? 

In Year 12 you will sit two exams in Pure and Applied Mathematics that includes both Mechanics and Statistics.? If you have chosen to study Further Mathematics as well as Mathematics then, in Year 12, you will additionally study the A2 modules and sit four exams.? This will give the Further Mathematicians an A Level in one year. (You will do the Further Mathematics qualification in Year 13.)? 

The Mathematics Department is committed to ensuring that you make good progress throughout your AS course.? In order that you make the best possible start to the course and can engage with the lessons, we recommend the following: 

  • Use the following link to access the specification.? Units 1 and 2 are AS,Units 3 and 4 are A2. You will recognise lots of the topics in Unit 1.? 

https://www.wjec.co.uk/media/lm3fegtu/wjec-gce-maths-spec-from-2017-e.pdf 

  • It is essential that you retain your knowledge acquired at GCSE.? The following link takes you to the induction booklet we usually hand out at the end of Year 11.? Work through it, it mainly covers the basic algebra that is required.? 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1QMw2TqO4zeOeSUvU-vFwkNFHSNSEn5VgxdzLSeGdHc8 

  • Remember you still have access to ‘Mathswatch’ so you can review all the higher grade algebra topics on there.? There is also a section of AS Level videos so you can watch some of those.  As I said before, you will recognise lots of the topics, so as you watch the videos you will notice the questions can get more challenging, yet you are still applying the same basic techniques in most cases.?? 
  • The following website has links to YouTube videos that look at ‘The Jump’ between GCSE and AS Level. 

http://m4ths.com/gcse-to-a-level-bridge.html# 

  • If you have studied Additional Mathematics, it will be beneficial for you to review this work too. We are aware that not everyone that opts for Mathematics will have had this opportunity, so it is not a requirement and all the work that overlaps will be taught during Year 12 and not assumed.? 
  • The course requires you to have a calculator with specific functionality.? The one we recommend is the following (this is because we all know how to use this one). 

CASIO FX-991EX Advanced Engineering/Scientific Calculator (UK VERSION). The link takes you to Amazon but you can purchase it elsewhere.? 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/FX-991EX-Advanced-Scientific-Calculator-VERSION/dp/B0719FWP3X/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=classwiz+casio&qid=1587029633&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyOEs5OEtSOUhZN0Q1JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNzU2NjI3MlVEQ1VRSDdSNVFRWiZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMjAwMDU5MUE4VTVWTEFEMUdDWSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU= 

  • The following revision guide covers all the topics in Units 1 and 2 

 

WJEC MATHEMATICS FOR AS LEVEL PURE & APPLIED: REVISION GUIDE 

ISBN: 978-1-912820-33-7

If you require further information please contact Mrs Lindsey Thompson 

lindsey.thompson@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

French AS at Castell Alun: Preparation tips and advice. 

Bonjour Yr 11. You have a really unique opportunity this year to get a head start on your AS course. It’s important to keep using your French from now until starting the AS Level French course to make sure you retain all the knowledge you’ve acquired during your study of French. Here’s an overview and a few things you could do to get prepared for the exciting AS Level course. 

The year 12 course consists of two units:-  

Unit 1 – The speaking exam. This is a 12-15 minute exam in 2 parts. 

You will get a chance in this part of the exam to give your opinions, defend your point of view and demonstrate your knowledge of aspects of society and culture in France and French speaking countries. 

Task 1  Arguing a point of view based on a written stimulus card  (5-6 minutes)  This will be on the theme of Regional culture and heritage in the French speaking world.   

You could start preparing for this by researching a region/ area of a French speaking country that you would like to talk about. You can find out information about the following things: regional cuisine, language(s) spoken there, regional festivals, main regional landmarks/ museums, regional dances/ costumes, visitor attractions in the region 

Task 2  Discussion based on a second written stimulus card (7-9 minutes) This will be on the theme of Being a young person in French-speaking society  

You could start preparing for this by researching the following topics. Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships / relationships • Youth trends, issues and personal identity • Educational and employment opportunities.  

Unit 2 – Listening, Reading, Translation and Critical Response in Writing (2h30mins) 

You will be asked to answer listening and reading questions based on the themes above.There will also be a translation from French into English. The final question is a written response, in French, to the film that you have studied. 

You could start preparing for this by doing the following: 

  • Watch the film ‘La Classe’ ( also known as Entre Les Murs) and find out as much as you can about the film and why it was so successful in France and beyond. 
  • Revise all your grammar notes from GCSE, maybe keep a diary/ blog in French of what you are doing during this time of crisis. Make posters. Revision guides for your room/study area. 
  • Join the Google Classroom AS French 20-21 page using this code yobyakq where your teachers will post helpful sites that you can use to really develop your French skills. 

The following websites will be very useful to you for general listening and reading about modern France and French speaking countries. 

https://www.phosphore.com/ – a really interesting magazine for young French people 

https://www.1jour1actu.com/ – a varied, easy to access, news site with a series of excellent videos  

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/ – a fabulous site for learners at all levels 

For further information please contact either Mrs Ciara Brennan (Learning Manager) or Mrs Jo Bewley (Second in  MFL) 

Ciara.brennan@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

Jo.bewley@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk  

 

German AS at Castell Alun: Preparation tips and advice. 

Guten Tag all Yr 11 students, from Castell Alun and other schools. You have a really unique opportunity this year to get a head start on your AS course. It’s important to keep using your German from now until starting the AS Level German course to make sure you retain all the knowledge you’ve acquired during your study of German. Here’s an overview and a few things you could do to get prepared for the exciting AS Level course. 

The year 12 course consists of two units:-  

Unit 1 – The speaking exam. This is a 12-15 minute exam in 2 parts. 

You will get a chance in this part of the exam to give your opinions, defend your point of view and demonstrate your knowledge of aspects of society and culture in Germany / Switzerland / Austria. 

Task 1  Arguing a point of view based on a written stimulus card  (5-6 minutes)  This will be on the theme of Regional culture and heritage in the German speaking world.   

You could start preparing for this by researching a region/ area of a German speaking country that you would like to talk about. You can find out information about the following things: regional cuisine, language(s) spoken there, regional festivals, main regional landmarks/ museums, regional dances/ costumes, visitor attractions in the region 

Task 2  Discussion based on a second written stimulus card (7-9 minutes) This will be on the theme of Being a young person in German-speaking society  

You could start preparing for this by researching the following topics. Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships / relationships • Youth trends, issues and personal identity • Educational and employment opportunities.  

Unit 2 – Listening, Reading, Translation and Critical Response in Writing (2h30mins) 

You will be asked to answer listening and reading questions based on the themes above.There will also be a translation from German into English. The final question is a written response, in German, to the film that you have studied. 

You could start preparing for this by doing the following: 

  • Watch the film ‘Das Pferd auf dem Balkon’ and find out as much as you can about the film, using online resources. 
  • Revise all your grammar notes from GCSE, maybe keep a diary/ blog in German of what you are doing during this time of crisis. Make posters. Revision guides for your room/study area. 
  • Revise as much vocabulary as possible – vocab is the key to the language! 

For further information please contact Mrs Ciara Brennan (Learning Manager) or Miss Lydia Jones (Year 12 AS Level Teacher) 

 

Welsh AS Level Preparation 

It’s important to keep using your Cymraeg from now until starting the AS Level Welsh course to make sure you retain all the knowledge you’ve acquired during your study of Cymraeg. Here’s an overview and a few things you could do to get prepared for the exciting AS Level course. 

The year 12 course consists of three units:- 

Unit 1 – The speaking exam based on the study of the film Patagonia. You could get a head start on your study and do some research about the film or even watch the film. 

Unit 2 – The coursework element, which entails extended writing on a Welsh theme of your choice. You could start preparing for this by researching possible topics. If you wish to start writing, I recommend writing an extended piece all about yourself. 

Uned 3 – The language and literature exam paper. You would benefit grom going over all your language patterns and tenses from your GCSE llyfryn iaith booklet. There will be a number of language tasks on the Google Classroom page, code x4r32fv. Please join the class and have a go at the language tasks. 

There are also some useful apps ‘Say Something in Welsh’, ‘Duolingo’ and ‘Cymru fyw’. Try and watch some programmes on S4C, even if you watch with subtitles, it’s good to hear spoken Cymraeg. 

Feel free to get in touch with any questions via the Google Classroom. Diolch a phob lwc. 

If you require further information please contact the Coordinator for Welsh – Mrs Helen Wareing 

Helen.wareing@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

Introduction to AS Biology 

AS Biologyis an interesting,challenging and very rewarding A-level course. Due to the demands of the course it is essential that you have a minimum of a B grade in science, maths and English language. To have the most positive and successful start to the course, a good understanding of the following areas of GCSE science would be beneficial. 

  1. CELLS and TRANSPORT ACROSS MEMBRANES. This in one of the fundamental cornerstone principals covered in unit 1.1 This includes naming and knowing the function of cell organelles and understanding the principles of osmosis, diffusion and active transport. 
  1. Chemical elements and BIOLOGICAL COMPOUNDS (water, carbohydrates, lipids and proteins, plus DNA). 
  1. The concept of ENZYMES as biological catalysts and the limiting factors which affect their efficiency. 

Before you start. 

Here are some links to a 3 part documentary series that will give you some useful insight into the topics covered in AS Biology. 

Part 1: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7lp64m 

Part 2: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7lp64n 

Part 3: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7lp7ak 

For a copy of the WJEC AS specification (pages 12-32 of the following document) go to 

It is recommended that you buy yourself the WJEC AS text book as they are available in class but cannot be taken home. 

ISBN: 978 1 908682 50 5 

There is also an online revision guide available from Bangor University. https://www.bangor.ac.uk/going-to-university/revision-guides/biology-en-2019 

This is a link from the exam board explaining how the course is set out and assessed and will explain how the marks are awarded and how much weighting is given to each exam.  

https://youtu.be/TkJpn3lhDVA 

For further information contact Subject Leader, Mrs Holly Reeves 

Holly.reeves@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

  

Introduction to AS Chemistry 

AS Chemistry is an interesting, challenging and very rewarding A-level course. To have the most positive and successful start to the course, a general understanding of the following four areas of GCSE chemistry would be beneficial. 

  1. Formula and Equations.

Chemical formulae and simple equations are an essential part of the fabric of chemistry. Being readily able to identify and name simple compounds (e.g. sodium chloride, calcium carbonate) is important, as is the ability to balance simple chemical equations. 

  1. Naming Compounds

Throughout secondary school, manycompounds are studied. A large majority fell into two categories, those with a metal and a non-metal (the -ides family) and those made from a metal, a non-metal and oxygen (the –ates family). Familiarity with recognising and naming these compounds is important. 

  1. Bonding

A large part of the GCSE course is the study of bonding. The three main types of bonding in chemistry, covalent, ionic and metallic are covered extensively at GCSE and only skimmed over at A-level. Being able to draw, describe andexplain the properties of each is expected at AS level. 

  1. Acids and Bases

Acids and bases form one of the largest, most diverse and most important parts of the chemical landscape. They are ubiquitous in nature. The four most important types of neutralisation reactions between acids and bases are covered at GCSE and a familiarity with them is expected at A-level (acids and alkali, acids and bases, acids and metal carbonates, acids and metals). 

All the above areas are revisited at A-level. However, they are covered in enough detail at GCSE that a strong familiarity with each area is expected of prospective students. 

For further information contact Subject Leader, Dr Martin Galvin 

Martin.galvin@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

  

Introduction to AS Physics 

As a potential AS Physics candidate you are expected to have excellent knowledge of GCSE Physics (either Double Award or Separate Science route) to at least B grade standard. 

Where possible, all year 11 Physics work provided by your teacher should have been completed via Google Classroom. 

Successful candidates should also demonstrate ability in Mathematics, to at least B grade standard. 

In addition, the Google Classroom tasks provided in the “Year 11 to Year 12 Physics Transition” classroom (access code 2f5m52k) should be attempted. The cornerstone topics of Physics; namely Waves, Forces, Energy and Particles, all of which are studied at GCSE, are looked at here. A sound knowledge of all these areas will benefit anyone wanting to study physics further. 

You should be prepared to sit an entry test during the first week back to school in September. 

Please contact your teacher via Google Classroom for any further help or information. You may also contact Subject Leader, Mr Jeremy Roberts. 

Jeremy.roberts@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

 

Preparing for the Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science  

For the first half term of the year 12 course students will develop knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and physiology. The content during this time is very similar to that covered in the AS Biology course but the main difference being that the knowledge and understanding developed are vocationally relevant. So students will gain an understanding of the normal functioning of the body at a cellular and physiological system level. The learning will focus on how those systems react in different situations and how the systems could go wrong affecting the health of individuals. 

Utilising GCSE knowledge (Year 10 Unit 1 and Year 11 Unit 2): 

The key areas of the GCSE specification which will be developed during the first half term of this course are: 

Animal cell structure and the transport systems for movement of substances in and out of cells (diffusion, osmosis, active transport) – Unit 1.1 

Biological molecules: – formation and structure of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, (all units) enzymes (Unit 1.1) and DNA (Unit 2. 3) 

Human physiological systems: 

Respiratory – Unit 1.2; Digestive – Unit 1.3; Circulatory – Unit 1.4; Nervous, (Hormonal) Endocrine and (Skin) Integumentary – Unit 2.5; Immune – Unit 2.8 

Revisiting and developing a deeper understanding of the structure and functions of these systems would be of great benefit to all students. 

In addition, they will study for the first time, the musculo – skeletal and lymphatic systems. 

Useful Websites and reading materials https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zsw7frd (GCSE website to recap prior knowledge) http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/biology https://www.rsb.org.uk/education/teaching-resources/secondary-schools (“Chemistry for Biologists” section and then the relevant sections mentioned above). 

A level textbooks: e.g. WJEC Biology for AS level ISBN 9781908682505 https://www.biochemistry.org/education/schools-and-fe-colleges/factsheets/ 

For any further information you can email Mrs Wade (Learning Manager and Course Leader) 

helena.wade@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

AS Art and Design 

There aren’t many courses as varied as art and design. The objective is to give you all the creative, technical and management skills needed to be successful in your specialist area of study, so as you can imagine this means a lot of variety. 

In your first year, you will be working with other students in the class whose dreams range from illustration, to fine art, fashion, or architecture. You’ll develop a rounded view of the creative industry and learn as much from your friends as you will from your teachers, so be prepared to keep your mind open and look for opportunities where you can. 

To prepare for AS you will need to build on your prior GCSE skills and be able to work independently. By continuing to experiment with materials and enhance already strong observational drawing techniques you will not only improve your skills but develop a natural curiosity and creative approach to tasks. You’ll also need to review the work of other artists to develop your confidence and criticism, along with patience, analysis, and research. 

This resource will help you to understand the different areas we will cover during the year. 

https://www.studentartguide.com/ 

 

Tasks you can do in preparation for your studies:  

  • Develop your drawing skills by producing tonal, detailed drawings in pen and pencil. Here are some links to help you: 

Portrait Drawing – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80ewdDwAVk4 

Drawings from Photographs- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFGqgdSTLiM 

  • If you don’t have a sketchbook then you can make one out of other bits of paper, Here’s how: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsTlVe0Xgwc 

  • Try to widen your knowledge of artists from the present and the past by visiting galleries and museums online, here are some to get you started: 

https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern 

https://www.vam.ac.uk/ 

https://www.moma.org/ 

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/ 

You should keep notes and images of any artists that interest you and why. You should also make a note of where you found the artist.  

If you require further information please contact the Subject Leader, Mrs Stephanie Flaherty 

Stephanie.flaherty@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

 

AS Food and Nutrition 

There are many things you can prepare for the Level 3 Food Science course.

 

Food Safety

Food Safety is a key factor on the course delivering the practical element. The food standards agency offer a variety of on line courses these include allergen training. 

Task: allergyytraining.food.gov.uk. It provides six modules to complete on line.

 

Nutrition is a key part of the course and you will need to have a clear understanding of nutrients and healthy eating.

Watch the video link to learn more about what is meant by a healthy diet.  

Explain what a healthy diet is and the key elements of the Eatwell Guide.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tJYcNt6Bpk 

Explore the concept of energy intake, expenditure and energy balance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-5w67NAOlo

Task: Watch the podcast about energy and answer the questions below.

What is energy? 

Why do we need to eat food? 

How much energy do we need? 

What are the factors that affect ‘energy out’? 

What is energy balance? 

Food Presentation: It is important to understand how to layout food products in order to improve tier visual appearance. Use the following websites and videos to investigate what makes food look good. You are welcome to search for other tips and guidance on food presentation techniques. This is partially important, as you will be required to photograph the products you make.

Task: Write a list of tips and ideas for successful food presentation.

http://www.howtocookgourmet.com/foodpresentationtips.html

http://www.cravemag.com/features/the-art-of-food-presentation/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Udzs_MPNpMQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YBnczqciHI

Food in the news: Create a “food in the news” media folder. Between now and the beginning of September collect any articles that you find referring to Food and Nutrition. The Guardian and Observer newspapers, the BBC news and the BBC Good Food Magazine are good starting places. You could also look at the free papers and magazines available at food retailers.

Task: Select 2 articles that you think are important/news worthy. Summarise the key points and explain why you think that each article was published/written.

If you require further information please contact the Subject Leader, Mrs Maxine Molloy 

Maxine.molloy@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk  

 

AS Computer Science 

Computer Science A Level builds on the content covered at GCSE. In order to achieve a high grade in the A Level, students must be a proficient programmer in Python. There are many tutorials online such as https://www.w3schools.com/ and https://www.learnpython.org/ that will set challenges and even mark tasks for them. 

Students should also start exploring using Tkinter, through Python. There are numerous tutorials available on Youtube to help them. A suggested resource is https://youtu.be/YXPyB4XeYLA 

In addition to this, students must understand all of the lesson content covered at GCSE. In order to consolidate this, students should create a revision presentation or video summarising the content covered each of the 10 theory sections. Theory content is available in the online text book here: https://tinyurl.com/CS-THEORY 

 If you require further information please contact the Subject Leader, Mr Carl Mitchell 

Carl.mitchell@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

  

BTEC Business 

 Being curious is a fundamental element of Business at Level 3. Pick a large organisation to research and contrast to a small, local organisation. Consider how are they similar and how are they different, this helps to understand how different businesses work. This free course will help to learn about the different types of businesses:  https://www.open.edu/openlearn/money-business/business-strategy-studies/different-types-business/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab. It would be advantageous to learn how to Harvard Reference. 

If you require further information please contact the Subject Leader, Miss Lauren Robinson 

Lauren.robinson@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

 

AS Economics 

Economics studies the allocation of scarce resources. We are amid times when supply-side shocks are impacting the ways in which goods and services are allocated. Start a ‘Coronavirus: Impact on the Economy’ journal discussing how new measures change the economy day by day. This free course will help to learn some basic economic principles: https://www.open.edu/openlearn/society-politics-law/exploring-economics-the-secret-life-t-shirts/content-section-0

It would be advantageous to listen to ‘The Economist’ podcast on Spotify.

If you require further information please contact the teacher, Mr David Davies 

David.davies@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

  

Criminology 

Criminology is a mixture of psychology, sociology and law. As such it is a very broad course that is of interest to many people who want to go to University, join the criminal justice system or undertake a variety of professional roles.

 Within the course we have traditional lessons, guest speakers and mock crime scenes to explore.  

The best preparation is a mix of watching shows about criminal investigations (BBC and Netflix), news stories and forensic science cases. This is an excellent BBC series about are we tough enough on criminals It would be an excellent start, for you to think and talk to your family about this, as the course encourages you to develop your own views and evaluation. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000dv33/crime-are-we-tough-enough-series-1-1-the-courts 
 

The second way is to ensure that you develop an interest and awareness of the main issues within the criminal justice system. You can do this by following the key post on the Castell Alun Criminology Twitter page. I post daily a mix of stories and follow the key people involved within the world of Criminology. 

https://twitter.com/CahsCriminology 

The third way you can begin to prepare is to log onto the 2020 Criminology Google classroom page. I will be placing stories and the first months lessons; each lesson through the year will be placed on Google classroom. 

Google classroom Criminology 2020 entry

class code: 34p4daq 

The fourth way is to buy the criminology text book, and if you cannot do this the work sheets and tasks are to be found on the text book webpage: 

https://criminology.uk.net  

Looking forward to seeing you next academic year. 

If you require further information please contact the Subject Leader, Mr Emyr Owen 

Emyr.owen@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk 

  

AS Product Design 

The following resources have been compiled to provide students with a broad a varied overview of the Product Design curriculum, ranging from subject background reading, upskilling and looking at modern day Product Design. 

General Subject knowledge (reading mater) outlining some of the content of the specification, direct from the WJEC curriculum.  

https://resources.wjec.co.uk/Pages/ResourceSingle.aspx?rIid=2647 

Product tank – This series of YouTube Videos helps outline the working process of a Product Designer from idea to concept development. (How a product designer generates ideas) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnKeVs-_9zs&list=RDCMUCxyQKi7ipjA3Cz-VQUYanNQ&index=3 

Upskilling -Creating Design   

 

CAD  

The use of Computer Aided Design software (CAD) is necessary throughout the coursework units of both Yr. 12 and 13, the software of choice is Autodesk’s Fusion 360.  

All download links can be found below.           

https://www.autodesk.co.uk/products/fusion-360/students-teachers-educators

 

A broad range of fusion based support materials can be accessed by following the links listed below.  

https://www.google.com/search?q=fusion+360+tutorial&rlz=1C1GCEU_en-GBGB884GB884&oq=fusion+360+&aqs=chrome.4.69i57j0l6j69i60.6904j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 

 

Sketching 

The following YouTube tutorials will help to outline the key skills needed to produce freehand sketches. These techniques are fundamental in creating product design ideas for your coursework portfolio.        

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbNY51gmTHY&list=PLjypA7Osz28PiSD81jDbgqwpRy6YGvOa0 

The following media links listed below, provide a range of suitable programmes to support general subject knowledge.  

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/grand-designs 

https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80057883 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b077nzdc/episodes/player 

 

If you require further information please contact the Subject Leader, Mr Phil Barnes 

Philip.barnes@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk