Cross-curricular skills report

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Cross-curricular skills update – Spring term 2015
During the Spring Term, the academy’s skills focus has been on basic exam skills. These have been
done with all year groups from 7-11.
All our students take tests regularly, from early in Year 7 and having a good understanding of how to
handle exam questions is something that is valuable to all students. It is obviously of critical
importance to our older students who are sitting GCSEs and A levels.
Work done with students covered a range of areas including rules for exams, writing extended
answers, knowing what the exam question requires, sample questions from two different
departments and an acronym (CUSTARD) to help students remember some key exam tips.
CUSTARD stands for: circle, underline, scribble, try, account, read do – and has been taught and
explained to all students.
Results were as follows.
Whole Academy
Exam Skills
Score %
Identifying Command Words
97.2
C.U.S.T.A.R.D
79.5
Meaning of Command Word Test
84.7
Basic Science Exam Question
72.4
6 Golden Rules for Exams
78.7
Connective Spelling Test 1
90.5
Connective Spelling Test 2
91.6
PE Exam Question
89.7
TOTAL AVERAGE SCORE
85.5
Key Stage 4 only
KS4 Exam Skills
SCORE %
Command Words
99.5
C.U.S.T.A.R.D
84.5
Meaning of Command Word Test
93.5
Basic Science Exam Question
69.6
6 Golden Rules for Exams
77.9
Connective Spelling Test 1
93.3
Connective Spelling Test 2
97.3
PE Exam Question
90.5
TOTAL KS4 AVERAGE SCORE
88.3
Key Stage 3 only
KS3 Exam Skills
SCORE %
Command Words
95.6
C.U.S.T.A.R.D
75.8
Meaning of Command Word Test
78.2
Basic Science Exam Question
74.5
6 Golden Rules for Exams
79.3
Connective Spelling Test 1
88.3
Connective Spelling Test 2
87.9
PE Exam Question
89.0
TOTAL KS3 AVERAGE % SCORE
83.6
May 2015