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Art and Photography Tips for Success

  • Recording. Draw or photograph from primary sources a range of images (Assessment Objective 3)
  • Look out for any Art or Photography related TV programmes especially on BBC4. Watch them and make notes for your personal portfolio (Assessment Objective 1)
  • Visit art galleries which are usually free. Take photos, collect leaflets, make notes and present in your personal portfolio (Assessment Objective 1)
  • Collect secondary images/ideas to support or inspire your work; use Pinterest  (Assessment Objective 2)
  • Decorate and enhance the presentation of your work in your personal portfolio by adding images of artist work, copying sections of artists work etc (Assessment Objective 2)
  • Produce planning sheets to show your ideas and include examples of artist/photographers work and make links with them (Assessment Objective 4)

Drama and Performing Arts Tips for Success

  • Get to know the assessment criteria – Your teacher will share these with you (and they are always included on BTEC assignment briefs).
  • Make sure you have an outline of the course and are prepared in advance for assessment deadlines. The last thing you want is to be unprepared or in a last minute panic.
  • Don’t just keep doing what you are already good at; target your areas for improvement.
  • Get involved in extra-curricular opportunities that will enrich and widen your learning experience.
  • Recording. Visit professional performance venues so you can gain experience and build your understanding, such as:
    • New Wolsey Theatre (£5 tickets), Regent Theatre, Dance East, Eastern Angles, Corn Exchange
  • Make use of digital media and online resources to learn more about your subject area, such as:
    • Youtube, BBC Bitesize, Digital Theatre, Websites for Performance and Production Elements…
  • Find your course on the exam board website and do a bit of extra research.
  • If there is anything you don’t understand… keep asking until you get a clear answer. Ask your class, ask your teacher and ask students who have completed the course.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and challenge yourself to take risks; nobody ever failed for trying too hard!
  • Be part of a successful team – work together to achieve your goals.

English Tips for Success

  • Check out past papers.  See your English teacher or go to the CIE website.
  • Go along to 'Catch Up' coursework on a Tuesday or Thursday after school.  Get your folder up to four levels of progress.
  • Watch a film version of the Tempest with the subtitles on!
  • Re-read your set text novel.  Re-read it again.  Get someone to test you!
  • Practice one of the Literature Exam essay titles available from your teacher.  Hand it in. 
  • Go to Bristol University’s grammar site to brush up on your punctuation skills. 
  • Read an article, identify as many points as you can and summarise it in half the length.  Bring both the article and your summary in to show your teacher.

Food Technology Tips for Success

  • Attend coursework catch-up sessions on Wednesday room G26 or by appointment.
  • To read one section of the revision book – at least one per week
  • To complete practise exam questions in the revision book - weekly
  • To create a revision chart of key words to use as prompts as a reminder
  • To buy a revision book see Mrs Redford  (ISBN – 978-1-906415-46-4/
  • To use coursework catch-up to develop skills and practical work
  • To ask if unsure about any aspect of theory – to ensure understanding

Graphics Tips for Success

  • Using everyday objects from the home, do some freehand isometric and orthographic drawings.
  • Use sketches to illustrate design ideas for the packaging of small objects – mobile phones, MP3 players etc.
  • Using the design sketches of packaging, use the thick line thin line technique and colour to improve the presentation.
  • Create some new logo designs for a number of your favourite companies.
  • Explore the work of the designers Robert Subuda, Wally Olins, Jock Kinneir and Margaret, Calvert, Alberto Alessi and H Beck – create a page of information about them with images of their work.

History Tips for Success

  • Ensure that you prepare properly for the coursework - it is the only part of the course that we can control.  There are no second chances so ensure you ask for help before the coursework.  You will always have a week’s notice before the final write up.  All the coursework is in the Autumn term.
  • Revise early and over a long period of time. Revision is always a marathon, not a sprint.
  • The best form of learning the overview topics is by creating a timeline. We have several in the department.  Stick it to a wall and learn a new bit every day
  • Set aside the Easter holiday for revision - you can have a long holiday after the exams.

Maths Tips for Success

The Maths Department has subscribed to a wide range of revision websites, which are accessible through the Felixstowe Academy website. These are excellent resources and can be used for revision in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Students can access these at the Academy or at home. We recommend that all students use these websites to consolidate what they have learnt in lessons and for revision throughout the year. 

Username: felixstowe
Password: inspire
Students can access “My Portal” using their unique passwords. Your teacher will have access to these if you have forgotten it!
User ID: felixstowe
Username: firstname.lastname (e.g. joe.bloggs)
Password: welcome
Method Maths is predominantly used in KS4:
User ID: felix
Username: firstname (e.g. joe)
Password: lastname (e.g. bloggs)

Modern Foreign Languages Tips for Success

  • Check out your DVDs at home and see if you can switch the soundtrack or subtitles to the language you are studying. From now on, make sure you buy the version which has the appropriate soundtrack
  • When hanging around in your room, doing homework, reading etc., listen to German/French/Spanish radio. Watch out for the apps which will soon be pushed out to your iPad
  • Take a picture of your room with your iPad. Now see if you can label all of the items in French/Spanish/German. Experiment with pictures of other rooms, your local area, a football match etc.
  • Avoid using Google Translate for  phrases, as this often does not work. Instead, use it for single words and apply the grammar you have learned in class (verb endings/ tenses / adjective endings etc. ) or try a more sophisticated online dictionary such as for French or Spanish and for German.
  • Translate words/phrases of your favourite song – juggle the grammar/adapt to make it fit the tune. Then sing it out loud facing a mirror with hairbrush mike!
  • Practise the language with your friends. Others will be desperate to know what you are saying!

Music Tips for Success

  • “Don’t leave your work till the last minute” – deadlines are set for your benefit 
  • Make sure you know when your deadlines are and stick to them – it is a good discipline to practise for general life, not just subjects in school 
  • Back your work up when using ICT – losing work is a nightmare and having to re-do it wastes valuable time and increases your stress level. Invest in a memory stick or at least email the work to yourself at school, at home and to your teacher(s) 
  • Get regular feedback on your work so you know how and what to improve. Hand it in on time! 
  • Record your practise and performance work on your iPad – to use with your practise diary – and to critique you progress 
  • Put yourself forward for the school concerts and performance opportunities – this will help you get the experience and meet the criteria to pass the course successfully 
  • Rehearse regularly with your peers to improve the standard of your performance – after school etc. 
  • Choose pieces that you enjoy playing and can be successful with – don’t be too ambitious too soon as this can de-motivate 
  • Are you having instrumental/vocal lessons? This is imperative if you want to consider taking a Level 2/Level 3 course or GCSE/A-Level in Music 
  • Don’t be afraid to work with people you don’t know – you may be surprised of the positive impact they can have on your musical development 

Textiles Tips for Success

  • Attend coursework catch-up sessions on Thursday room 214
  • To read one section of the revision book – at least one per week
  • To complete practise exam questions in the revision book - weekly
  • To create a revision chart of key words to use as prompts as a reminder
  • To buy a revision book see Ms D’Silva (ISBN – 978-1-906415-52-5/
  • To use coursework catch-up  to develop skills and practical work
  • To ask if unsure about any aspect of theory – to ensure understanding

Resistant Materials Tips for Success

  • Research and consider the work of successful designers like Philippe Starck, Thomas Heatherwick and Norman Foster. Draw some quick ideas for different products using these designers to influence your  own designs. 
  • Practice writing separate 20 line essays explaining your opinions on everyday products. Check for Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation.
  • Watch videos on You Tube and makes notes about the following Manufacturing techniques:
    • Injection moulding
    • Extrusion moulding
    • Blow moulding
    • Compression moulding
    • Rotational moulding
    • Rapid Prototyping
    • Laser cutting
    • Die Casting and Welding
  • Produce an information revision poster for the following 6 topics. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair, Rethink, Refuse. The posters need to show the relevance of the word to Design and Technology and the Environment.  Along with this it should have examples of products that this relates to and how it influences how designs of products change.
  • Search Newspapers, Magazines, TV and Internet to keep up to date with new technology and products.

Science Tips for Success

The Science department Tips for Success can be accessed through the links below: