Sixth Form September 2021

Information for students joining Sixth Form in September 2021

Work to be Completed Over the Summer

Students in certain courses will really benefit from completing a bit of work over the summer. Please see below a list of courses and the relevant work. Not all subjects are shown so don’t worry if you don’t see your course, it just means your tutor has chosen not to ask for any work to be prepared in advance.

3DD (DT)

Visit at least one exhibition/ museum (Design Museum, V&A, British Museum – Ideally that has a Product Design / Technology focus, but if you can’t find anything relevant visit an Art or Photography exhibition.

·         Complete an account of the experience, both visually (drawings, sketches, photographs, postcards…) and some written thoughts on the work seen (try to talk about specific pieces).

·         Start a scrap book or collection of pieces of product design based products that interest and inspire you – pages from magazines, packaging, flyers, online images. Focus on Architecture, Furniture, Lighting, Jewellery.

Business

Business students need to complete the Business A Level Year 11 to 12 Bridging Resources which they can find here . You can find the mentioned numeracy assessment here.

Chemistry

Please use the information in the PowerPoint to help you complete the questions in the OCR transition from GCSE to A-level maths skills document.

Powerpoint

OCR Transition Document

Computer Science

1. Go to http://www.jetbrains.coand request a free student licence (this is not instant, so don’t leave it until the last minute)
2. Install IntelliJ and the appropriate version of Java and a development engine to the laptop that you will use in Computer Science lessons.
3. Learn the basic Java syntax to:
a. Produce an output to console
b. Take an input from the keyboard
c. Declare variables
d. Assign inputs to variables
e. Concatenate outputs to console

Dance

Get fit and set yourself some creative goals. Work on your strength, flexibility and stamina. Take dance classes and be physical. Go out and watch live performances and visualise yourself in the performance. Ask yourself, ‘What would it take for me to do that?” Cultivate the mindset of a creative artist and performer.

Drama

During your course you will explore a wide variety of live theatrical performances, play texts, practitioners and theatrical genres.

Over the summer, before you begin the course, we would recommend that you see at least one live production and begin to consider how directors, performers and designers work together to produce a show that makes an impact on a live audience.

Your set texts for the course will be MACHINAL by Sophie Treadwell and WOYZECK by Georg Buchner, and we would suggest you familiarise yourself with these either by reading them or watching a film/live theatre version.

You will explore a variety of practitioners and other play texts, none of which will be decided until the course is underway and we have had the opportunity to work together. We do not require any specific advance learning but would encourage you to use the reading list below over the summer to begin preparing for your course.

 

SUGGESTED READING LIST

As A level students you are expected to conduct independent study, including research and reading around your subject. Outside your lesson times you are expected to conduct an equal amount of study (so for 5 lessons a week this would be just over 4 ½ hours). There will be plenty of time beyond your set prep for you to access the list below. All of these will give you a greater understanding of the world of theatre and those who work in it. Most of these are available through the Drama department or the Library, and if you would like to borrow a copy you are most welcome. Anything we do not currently have can be ordered for you.

Please note – this is just a selection of the texts we recommend and you may also wish to read others. We would be happy to recommend a further selection once you have exhausted these! It is also not essential that you read the Practitioner texts in their entirety but select chapters to gain a flavour of the methodology.

Practitioners/genres:

An Actor Prepares – Stanislavski
Brecht on Theatre – Brecht
The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre– Scott Graham
Games for Actors and NonActors – Augusto Boal
The Empty Space – Peter Brook
Shakespeare on Stage– Julian Curry
The Theatre and its Double– Antonin Artaud
Immersive Theatre– Josh Machamer

Play Texts:

A Doll’s House – Ibsen
Eight – Ella Hickson
Look Back in Anger– John Osborne
4.48 Psychosis– Sarah Kane (WARNING – contains strong language/imagery)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream– Shakespeare

English

We are thrilled that you have chosen to study the English literature A level course with us here at Frensham in September. A level style allows for freedom of thought and interpretation and with this in mind, you need to read the two texts detailed below over the summer so you can bring your fresh ideas to the lessons in September.

Atonement by Ian McEwan: ISBN:978-0-099-42979-1 Vintage (£9.99)

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald: ISBN: 978-0-141-18263-6 Penguin Classics (£6.99)

Both texts are readily available on Amazon. It might be useful, but not mandatory, to consider purchasing alongside these core texts, the accompanying York notes for A Level study which are priced £7.99 and are available for both texts (visit www.yorknotes.com for details.) The above two texts will form the basis of your coursework, which is worth 20 of your final A Level grade.

The emphasis of the coursework is designed to promote love of literature, critical, independent and thought-provoking responses which are not necessarily designed to be prescriptively taught; so, wider interpretations are of the essence. So having an understanding and familiarity of the coursework texts before you start the course will be invaluable. If you have any questions before September, please feel free to contact us on the emails below.

We do of course hope that the prospect of reading these two outstanding novels over the summer is a welcomed one; we think you are in for a real treat!

Happy reading!

Samantha Stuart (Head of English): [email protected]

Teachers of A Level:

Alison Bundy: [email protected]

Zoë Richardson: [email protected]

Fine Art

  • Visit at least one art exhibition or museum. If you are unable to due to covid restrictions, visit some online museums or galleries.
  • Complete an account of the experience, both visually (drawings, sketches, photographs, postcards…) and some written thoughts on the work seen (try to talk about specific pieces).
  • Complete at least 4 drawings or paintings made from direct observation (not from photographs) A3 or A4 scale, possible larger is you have the opportunity. Own choice of subject matter, but getting outside for fresh air would be a nice option!

Film Studies

We would like students to watch the films during the holidays that are being studied next term. (film list for Autumn term) 

1.      Watch the Hitchcock film Vertigo and any other Hitchcock from the list 

2.      Watch the Coen film No Country for Old Men and any other Coen films from the list 

3.      Watch any of the complimentary films from the long list. (film list for the summer) 

Autumn Term List

Summer Holidays List

Graphic Communication

  • Visit at least one exhibition/ museum (V&A, British Museum or Design Museum – Ideally that has a Graphic Design focus, but if you can’t find anything relevant visit an Art or Photography exhibition.
  • Complete an account of the experience, both visually (drawings, sketches, photographs, postcards…) and some written thoughts on the work seen (try to talk about specific pieces).
  • Start a scrap book or collection of pieces of graphic design that interest and inspire you – pages from magazines, packaging, flyers – photograph posters you like.

Languages

Revise tenses with Languages Online

Read online newspapers and watch films in your chosen language

Maths

Students will be emailed directly with summer preparation work during the first week of the holiday. If they do not receive anything by the second week, please contact [email protected]

Photography

Current restrictions have made worldwide exhibitions, talks, news and features more readily available online. Visit at least one photography exhibition.
• Complete an account of the experience, both visually (thumbnail photographs) and some written thoughts on the work seen (try to talk about specific pieces) so you can include them in your coursework at a later date.
• Be prepared to present your visit to the group in September
• Below are suggestions but you can also find your own:

The Photographer’s Gallery

Artsy

Time Out

Photo London

Masters of Photography

Photography Now

Serpentine Galleries

Southbank Centre

V&A Museum

National Portrait Gallery

Tate

Moam Amsterdam

Guggenheim

Alison Wright

Netflix Tales by Light

Magnum Photos

Physics

IGCSE course
Make sure you are secure in the IGCSE course you have done – in particular the section on motion and motion graphs and properties of matter and Hooke’s law. These are the two topics you will study first.  A revision guide would be a good resource to use.

Units
For the first lesson you should present notes on the seven base units we use in Physics – the name of the base physical quantity and unit. Also five examples of derived units, which are built from the base units again stating the name of the derived  physical quantity and unit

Vectors and scalars
Be able to define each of the above and give five examples of each.

Unit prefixes
Present a table showing a range of these – e.g.milli, micro. kilo, Mega, etc with the unit abbreviation. Eg mega-M

All the above should be written or typed so it can be checked.

SENECA
If not already signed up, please sign up for SENECA

Physical Education

During the summer, please download the AQA full specification and familiarise yourself with the units that we will cover over the next two years. Make a list of any topics that are completely new and take the opportunity to read the key points on these from within the specification. https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/physical-education/as-and-a-level/physical-education-7582

In Addition, for your practical sport you need to continue to take part in this. Stay fit, stay active and ensure you playing your sport on a regular basis. To link with your coursework, make a list of your strengths and weaknesses in your sport and we can look to address these in September.

Psychology

We would suggest that all psychology students subscribe to the ‘Crash Course Psychology’ Youtube channel and watch a few clips introducing key areas, such as ‘Intro to Psychology’, ‘Remembering and Forgetting’ and ‘Social Influence’.

We also recommend signing up to the British Psychological Society Digest so you can get a feel for current psychological research. You can sign up here.

Finally, we would highly recommend reading The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson and anything by Malcolm Gladwell, in particular, Blink.

Sociology

We recommend that you put the BBC News and The Guardian apps on your phone, so you can keep up to date on current affairs and social/educational issues.

On BBC Radio 4 there is a brilliant show called Thinking Allowed which you can listen to here.

You could also read The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.

German

  • Watch “Das Leben der Anderen” (The Lives of Others)
  • Read “The Visit” by Friedrich Durrenmatt
  • Revise grammar on german.net