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 This page is to help you, the parents, to help your children at
 home.  It will be updated termly.
Below is information on the work we do with KS4, for the other Key stages click the link using the above menu.

Key Stage 4

Students in KS4 follow an academic programme that mixes core and elective IGCSE subjects. Information about the course content students will be covering in each can be found on the individual TBS subject pages.

IGCSE is the first time that most children will have their academic performance assessed externally. Some students may need additional help to deal with the linguistic, organisational and conceptual challenge that IGCSEs can present. However, there is no reason why language or learning difficulties should stop students making good progress in KS4.

The school follows the Cambridge (CIE) IGCSE in the majority of cases, which is the most popular international curriculum for 14-16 years-olds. This means that examinations and syllabuses are carefully designed to avoid linguistic or cultural bias for non-native English speakers. Cambridge programmes are intended to develop global awareness whilst supporting the development of language proficiency.

CIE will also make special access arrangements for students who need help to perform at their best in examinations. These access arrangements can include:

  • Extra time in examinations
  • Use of a word processor
  • Rest breaks
  • Modified papers
  • Readers / scribes
  • Exemption from elements of an examination

Most of these access arrangements must be applied for in advance and are agreed on the basis of evidence provided by school and, in some instances, professionals outside school. If this is something that would benefit your child, their mentor or the Learning Support department will discuss this with you at the appropriate time.

In addition, school will identify and provide one-to-one or small group assistance for students who require additional support. At the moment this includes:

  • In class support from qualified learning support staff and language teachers
  • Where school feels it is necessary, the provision of individually designed differentiated support materials covering both course content and examination skills
  • Team teaching to ensure the needs of specific groups of students are being closely focused upon
  • Where the need is extreme, extraction classes and additional learning support to complement classroom teaching

Student in year 9?

Students will get a great deal of advice about selecting their options and preparing for IGCSEs when they are in year 9. Most students will be able, with some of the arrangements outlined above, to follow a full programme of IGCSE subjects. It is unlikely but possible that a student would be better suited to following a modified curriculum; for example, taking fewer elective subjects and having more individual support on key skills or language acquisition. Again, If this is something that would benefit your child, their mentor or the Learning Support department will discuss this with you at the appropriate time.

Useful links for KS4 parents and students

General

www.bbc.co.uk/revision

www.s-cool.co.uk

English IGCSE

The TBS English department

http://www.tbskathmandu.org/curriculum/secondary/english

The CIE English IGCSE page

http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/middlesec/igcse/subject?assdef_id=1029

Revision websites

www.grammarnow.com

www.shakespearehelp.com

www.englishbiz.co.uk

www.wsu.edu

Maths IGCSE

The TBS maths department

http://www.tbskathmandu.org/curriculum/secondary/maths

The CIE Maths IGCSE page

http://www.cie.org.uk/docs/qualifications/igcse/uk/IGCSE%20Maths%20UK.pdf

Revision websites

www.myimaths.com

Science IGCSE

The TBS science department

http://www.tbskathmandu.org/curriculum/secondary/science

The CIE Co-ordinated Science page

http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/middlesec/igcse/subject?assdef_id=885

Revision websites

http://www.gcsechemistry.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/chemistry/

http://www.docbrown.info/page10/page10.htm

http://www.s-cool.co.uk

History IGCSE

The TBS history department

http://www.tbskathmandu.org/curriculum/secondary/history

The CIE History IGCSE page

http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/middlesec/igcse/subject?assdef_id=864&gclid=CLyeutbIrLkCFSEl4godu0MAVg

Revision website

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/

Business Studies IGCSE

The TBS Business Studies department

http://www.tbskathmandu.org/curriculum/secondary/business-studies

Textiles Technology GCSE

The TBS DT department

http://www.tbskathmandu.org/curriculum/secondary/design-a-technology

The Edexcel Textiles page

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/dt/Textiles/Pages/default.aspx

Geography IGCSE

The TBS geography department

http://www.tbskathmandu.org/curriculum/secondary/geography

ICT IGCSE

The TBS ICT department

http://www.tbskathmandu.org/curriculum/secondary/ict

MFL IGCSE

The TBS MFL department

http://www.tbskathmandu.org/curriculum/secondary/modern-foreign-languages

Music IGCSE

The TBS Music department

http://www.tbskathmandu.org/curriculum/secondary/music

PE IGCSE

The TBS PE department

http://www.tbskathmandu.org/curriculum/secondary/physical-education

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Dates to Remember

Term Dates 2014
Term 3
Tuesday 7th January – Friday 4th April·
Half Term: Monday 17th to Friday 21st February
Term 4 

Wednesday 23rd April - Friday 4th July

 Half Term: Monday 26th to Friday 30th  May
 

 

School Timetable

Secondary Section (KS3, KS4, KS5)
08:15 Registration

10:30 (approx.) Break (20 minutes)
12:50 (approx.) Lunch (50 minutes)
15:30 Afternoon  Registration and end of School day*
15:30 – 16:30 Secondary After School Clubs
*Except Friday when the School day ends at 14:30

 

Primary Section(Early Years, KS1, KS2)
08:05 - Teachers on duty to supervise the children
08:15 - Bell rings, school day begins
10:00 - 10:25 Early Years and Key Stage 1 Morning Break
10:20 - 10:40 Key Stage 2 Morning Break
11:50 - 12:45 Early Years and Key Stage 1 Lunch
12:00 - 12:45 Key Stage 2 Lunch
14:30   End of day for Early Years / Key Stage 1 & 2
14:30 - 15.30 Primary After School Clubs