An evening workshop for Able and Talented Year 9 students and their parents was held in the library on Wednesday 27th November 2013. The purpose of the evening was to explain how parents can support their sons and daughters in gaining grades A* and A at GCSE.
Over forty people attended and the library was buzzing with activity as families enjoyed a variety of activities that highlighted key skills for achieving top grades at GCSE. The participants discussed important aspects of learning and completed a diamond ranking task before tackling a learning styles quiz. A memory game brought out a competitive streak in many of the pupils and their parents.
Achieving top grades at GCSE requires students to utilise a range of higher order thinking skills and these were certainly in evidence as families tackled a challenging logic problem based on topological groups.
After a refreshment break the recent changes to the GCSE system were explained and parents were impressed with the strategies used at CCSC to both challenge and support students and ensure they achieve their aspirational GCSE grades.
The final activity of the evening saw families interpreting historical information about candidates for the throne in 1066, presented via three highly entertaining and memorable role plays.
The evaluations of the evening were extremely positive with many parents commenting on how much they enjoyed taking part in activities alongside their child.
The workshop was presented by Mrs C Tilt and Mr L Mackin and they were assisted by four members of the year 11 prefect team.
Mrs C Tilt
Leader of Able and Talented Provision