A full set of classes this week, so we tried to make the most of it!
The accelerated IGCSEs were covered as follows:
IGCSE Maths (0580)
Pemberton, (2012) Essential Mathematics for Cambridge IGCSE: Extended, [ISBN 9780199128747] pp. 169; 264 -267
How we covered the material: First things first: there were a lot of mistakes made on one section related to percentages. So, we had to go over the material again, one problem at a time and correct the work. Then my daughter moved onto the set work.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: It was important to go slowly through the corrections to make sure the mistakes were corrected and understood. So this was slow, necessary progress towards skill acquisition.
IGCSE English Language (0500)
Cox, (2010) Cambridge IGCSE First Language English Teacher's Resource [ISBN 9780521743693], pp.29 - 41 (Unit 6 and 7)
How we covered the material: we go through the reading together, and then we discuss various focus points related to the material. In these two units,we continued to look at how a writer achieves effects through words and the technical use of language.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: Discussing elements of a writer's craft helped me to assess my daughter's skills.
IGCSE History (0580)
Cantrell, J. (2013) 20th Century History for Cambridge IGCSE [ISBN 9780199136360] pp. 43 - 64
McCleavy (2005) Twentieth Century History: International Relations since 1919 [ISBN 9780521893503]pp. 64 - 87
Shepperson (Ed.) (2003) GCSE History: Complete Revision and Practice [ISBN 9781841463759], pp. 75 - 88
How we covered the material:This new topic on international peace collapse was set as a research piece. So, with the books set, as well as online resources, my daughter read and took notes on this time in history.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: I will check in with the work covered next week, but my daughter will have time to research and answer the set question on international peace collapse. Then I will mark her essay and give her feedback for improvement.
IGCSE English Literature (0486)
Own materials and notes; online study guides.
How we covered the material: Carrying on with short story work, my daughter was introduced to literary analysis. Using online study guides like SparkNotes or Shmoop, it is easy to categorise what needs to be understood about a literary piece.
My daughter chose one of the short stories to analyse, using the structure of study guides and her own style.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: This will be done once I have the analysis in to mark. As this is the first time doing the exercise, I have given my daughter two weeks to complete the activity.
IGCSE Geography (0460)
Guinness & Nagle (2014) Cambridge IGCSE Geography [ISBN 9781471807275] pp. 19 - 26
How we covered the material: This unit, on migration, was read first and then we discussed issues and watched a short video on immigrants into the USA.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: Through discussion. This was a lively topic to discuss as illegal immigration into Arizona is so topical for my daughter. Great way to aid skill acquisition, through local examples.
IGCSE Co-ordinated Science (0654)
Mackean & Hayward (2014) Cambridge IGCSE Biology (Third Edition) [ISBN 9781444176469] pp. 59 - 65; 51 -58
How we covered the material: Read through notes on enzymes and biological molecules in the book and also used online videos to complement the textbooks.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: Through discussion and by eliciting examples, wherever possible