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. 50-53
Past Paper Practice, Paper 4
How we covered the material:My daughter wanted to go at her own pace with percentages and ratio, and then have me mark her work before next week.
She also started Past Paper 4, so that I could mark it and find areas of weakness or missing knowledge/skills.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: This will be done when I have marked the exercises, and when the past paper is completed.
IGCSE English Language (0500)
Cox, (2010) Cambridge IGCSE First Language English Teacher's Resource [ISBN 9780521743693], pp.24 -28 (Unit 5)
How we covered the material: we go through the reading together, and then we discuss various focus points related to the material. In this unit, it was 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. 23 - 41
McCleavy (2005) Twentieth Century History: International Relations since 1919 [ISBN 9780521893503]pp. 62 -63
Shepperson (Ed.) (2003) GCSE History: Complete Revision and Practice [ISBN 9781841463759], pp. 62 - 67
How we covered the material:Continued with the League of Nations. The overarching question on the success of the League of Nations was deconstructed with a mnemonic that I created to help my daughter. It was using the ABCDE approach (though not necessarily in that order). That is, deconstruct and plan to answer a question by considering:A - what assumptions underlie the question?
B - Because (don't forget to give your opinion and answer the question!)
C - Content and context (the meaty stuff in your answer)
D - define all the terms necessary (especially from the question)
E - examples and evidence (to underscore your points)
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: This will be done next week when I grade the essay that answers the question.
IGCSE English Literature (0486)
Own materials and notes.
How we covered the material: After reading all ten short stories, it was now time to consider the short story genre, and writer's effects. This was partly done through teaching and partly through discussion.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: Through discussion and note taking.
IGCSE Geography (0460)
Guinness & Nagle (2014) Cambridge IGCSE Geography [ISBN 9781471807275] pp. 16 -18
How we covered the material: After completing the reading, it was up to my daughter to answer the key questions at the beginning of the chapter on page 2.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: Graded the answers to the questions. Honestly not impressed as there was lacking detail, effort and enthusiasm in each answer. I let my daughter know that the work was sub-standard, and made a note to revisit this topic later (and maybe from a different angle to create more interest).
IGCSE Co-ordinated Science (0654)
Mackean & Hayward (2014) Cambridge IGCSE Biology (Third Edition) [ISBN 9781444176469] pp. 41 - 50
How we covered the material: Read through osmosis and active transport in the book and also used online videos to complement the t
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: Through discussion and by eliciting examples, wherever possible