Y12 Summer Holiday Work 2017-07-28T11:22:54+00:00

Holiday Work for New Year 12 Students


Below are the summer work tasks for all subjects offered in the Sixth Form. Read the relevant sections carefully, and, where appropriate, download the required documents.

All summer work needs to be completed to the best of your ability and brought to the first lesson in the relevant subject. Therefore, please ensure you have done this by Tuesday 5th September 2017. This work will ensure that you start your A level courses well, and will prepare you for the transition from Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5. Independent study skills are essential for success in the Sixth Form, and discipline and good habits established now will set you in good stead for the future. Students who do not complete the summer work will be liable for sanctions, and may find themselves behind from the beginning.

Each subject’s summer task is different, according to the demands of the course. We suggest you spend a minimum of 2-4 hours on each subject, but in most subjects, maintaining an interest in the subject matter throughout the holiday will best prepare you. In some subjects the amount of time spent will be difficult to quantify, and in some subjects you may need to do more over a longer period of time. Remeber, successful A level students will invest 20+ hours per week on their work, including both reactive (teacher-set) work, like that below, and proactive (self-set) work, including wider reading.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email, but bear in mind that school is not in session during the summer break and therefore you may not get a response quickly.

Subject Summer Work Documents
Art – Fine Art Read and complete the tasks outlined in the document Fine Art  and Art Graphics Summer Work 2017 Fine Art and Art Graphics Summer Work 2017
Art – Art Graphics Read and complete the tasks outlined in the document Fine Art  and Art Graphics Summer Work 2017 Fine Art and Art Graphics Summer Work 2017
Biology Use a range of resources to research the answers to the following questions. Bring your answers to your FIRST biology lesson in September. This is vital preparation for the first two topics and you will be at a disadvantage if you do not complete the questions to the BEST of your ability.

Cell Structure

  1. Name 3 things visible with a light microscope in both animal and plant cells.
  2. What is an electron micrograph?
  3. Which organelles contain DNA?
  4. Write the word equation for aerobic respiration
  5. The long, straight molecules of which substance provide strength in the cell wall of plant cells?
  6. Name three ways substances can cross cell membranes.
  7. What is a partially permeable membrane?
  8. Which molecule is the immediate source of energy for cells?
  9. Which type of microscope is used to show the detail inside a cell?
  10. What do we call diffusion of water molecules through the cell membrane?


  1. Name two monosaccharides
  2. Name two polysaccharides
  3. Why does a plant convert glucose into starch?
  4. Which element is always present in proteins but never in carbohydrates or lipids?
  5. Do plants perspire?
  6. What is the general structure of an amino acid?
  7. How plants obtain nitrogen?
  8. How animals obtain nitrogen?
  9. What is a hydrogen bond?
  10. Where would you find phospholipids in a cell?
Business Studies If you study Business at MGGS you’ll be better informed than the average person in the street about the big issues, such as enterprise and entrepreneurship. You’ll be encouraged to articulate your ideas and to distinguish between facts, bias and opinion.

Task: Choose a successful entrepreneur to investigate.
Produce a report to include:

  • Biography of entrepreneur, e.g. age, background etc.
  • An overview of the entrepreneurial / business activities
  • The entrepreneurial characteristics you feel they show
  • Key events / activities that have made them successful

Please bring your work to your first Business lesson.

Chemistry Complete the Induction Practical work based on the induction lesson experiment. Read and complete the Chemistry Introduction and Summer Work 2017 booklet. Chemistry Introduction and Summer Work 2017

Chemistry Induction Practical 2017

Computing If you study Computing at MGGS you’ll be developing you knowledge and skills at programming computer systems. To help you get off to a flying start to your programming career, please complete this task.

Task: Developing Programming Skills
Please complete a Python online course delivered by Codeacademy (http://www.codeacademy.com).

If you have no prior knowledge of programming please complete the Python basics course. If you have prior experience of programming you may choose the course that interests.

Please bring your work to your first Computing lesson.

Economics If you study Economics at MGGS you’ll be better informed than the average person in the street about the big issues, such as the impact of Brexit and whether austerity is the best fiscal policy for our future. You’ll be encouraged to articulate your ideas and to distinguish between facts, bias and opinion. It will also give you more confidence in your personal finances because you’ll be more aware of the changing economic situation and how this affects your disposable income.

Task: What is Economics?
Produce a fact file, presented in any way you deem fit, that answers the question, ‘what is economics?’.

To be successful, you must include references to local/national and international examples.

Please bring your work to your first Economics lesson.

English Literature
  • Buy and read ‘War of the Worlds’ by H.G. Wells
  • Buy a copy of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee Williams
English Lang & Lit Read ‘The Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold.
Further Maths Maintaining your mathematical practice during the summer break is really important if you’re to make a good start to A level further Mathematics. The Further Mathematics Induction Booklet 2017 will help you with this, including lots of examples of practice questions.

You should use this booklet to guide your preparation for the September induction test. You do not need to complete every question. The induction test will cover the same material as this Booklet, so use it to revise any areas of weakness.

Further Mathematics Induction Booklet 2017
French You will need to obtain a copy of the grammar workbook “La Grammaire en Clair” or the Heinemann A level French grammar workbook (both available on Amazon) and work on any areas where you feel you need to consolidate your knowledge and understanding. This is incredibly important as grammar is the foundation on which everything else has to be built. Also, you will need to go on the website www.20minutes.fr and find at least 10 articles (preferably more) which you should print off, read, annotate, understand (remembering to look up any words you don’t know) and be prepared to talk about in your first lesson in September. Create a file into which you can put all this work.

If you have a smartphone, you should download the apps “7 jours sur la planète” and “Linguascope Newshound” both of which are free, and listen to / watch / read as many articles as you can over the summer. You do not need to understand everything, but you should find at least one article which you could report on to the rest of the group in September. Try watching French films or TV series (many available on Netflix and Amazon video), or a DVD you know but with the French soundtrack instead of English.

  1.  Spend 20 minutes every day doing something German-related so you don’t forget everything over the summer. I suggest downloading an app like duolinguo and doing a bit every day. Deutsch Akademie is very good too, but the grammar explanations are all in German. You could revise your GCSE vocab from quizlet, or check out websites like Deutsche Welle for lots of exercises on all sorts of topics. Fill in your independent work log as you go.
  2. Work through all the grammar exercises in the transition section of AS Grammar workbook. The scans of these pages are the sheets on this website (listed in the next column). Mark these as you complete each sheet using the answers and do extra practice using www.languagesonline.org.uk for anything you didn’t do so well on (logging this on the exercise log).
  3. Get interested in all things German! Find out what’s happening in the news, read up on Germany’s more recent history since 1945, check out some German pop groups, watch a film in German, research a particular area in Germany, Austria or Switzerland and be prepared to tell us all about it when we meet in September.
German Introduction to the Course and Recommended Reads 2017

German Independent Learning Log 2017

German Languages Online Exercise Log 2017

German Personal Pronouns Sheet 2017

German Present Tense Sheet 2017

German Perfect Tense Sheet 2017

German Imperfect Tense Sheet 2017

German Nominative and Accusative Cases Sheet 2017

German Genitive and Dative Cases Sheet 2017

German Dative Trigger Verbs and Word Order Sheet 2017

German Word Order Sheet 2017

German Word Order 2 Sheet 2017

German Answers 2017

  • A diligent, enquiring Geographer will be able to locate different countries, cities, mountain ranges, rivers and natural environments. You will need to be able to describe and explain patterns using maps and graphs. To help you do this easily you will need to learn continents, countries, English counties, and physical geography. The following websites will help you do this and you will be tested throughout the first 3 terms to ensure your knowledge:

a) Continents and oceans http://lizardpoint.com/geography/world-quiz.php
b) Europe countries http://lizardpoint.com/geography/europe-quiz.php
c) Europe physical geography http://lizardpoint.com/geography/europe-physical- quiz.php
d) Africa countries http://lizardpoint.com/geography/africa-quiz.php
e) The Americas countries http://lizardpoint.com/geography/americas-quiz.php
f) England counties http://lizardpoint.com/geography/england-quiz.php

  • Being up to date with current affairs is so important in Geography. You must be reading/watching the news on a weekly basis. Keep up-to- date with local and global issues in the news relating to Geography. Create a folder during the summer which includes local, national and global news that is relevant to geography and has interested you over the summer. You will need to collect the article and then summarise it showing how it links to Geography.
  • Choose 2 different locations (they may be locations you are visiting over the summer or 2 locations in Kent) I would then like you to compare the physical and human geography of the locations. You can present this however you choose but you will be asked to hand this in during your first lesson back in September.


Gov. & Politics Keep a journal of current affairs in UK Politics in relation to your predictions on the series of issues that have come out of the Brexit vote. These were:

  • who will be Conservative leader and the new PM (the outcome of this has already been decided earlier than expected!)
  • what will happen to the Labour Party? Will Corbyn stay as leader, will a challenger become leader, will the party split?
  • what will happen to UKIP now Farage has resigned?
  • will there be a second Scottish Referendum? If not will Scotland remain in the EU?
  • when will Article 50 be invoked? What will a new deal with Europe entail?
  • what will happen to Northern Ireland and the peace process?
History Buy Tom Asbridge’s ‘The Crusades’. Read and make notes on the first chapter with a focus on who the key players were in Medieval Europe and the Medieval Near East. You may read further if you wish.
Maths Maintaining your mathematical practice during the summer break is really important if you’re to make a good start to A level Mathematics.  The Mathematics Induction Booklet 2017 will help you with this, including lots of examples and practice questions.

You should use this booklet to guide your preparation for the September induction test.  You do not need to complete every question.  The induction test will cover the same material as this Booklet, so use it to revise any areas of weakness.

Mathematics Induction Booklet 2017
Media Studies Compile a short case study of a media story you find interesting over the summer and be ready to talk about your interest in it during the first few lessons in September. Topics could include the coverage of a major sporting event, political leadership elections, a major movie release or a breaking celebrity scandal.
Physical Education Please watch one of the events/sports over the summer break and complete the following:

  1. Section 1: Write a report about the event that you watched – commenting particularly on a specific athlete or player.
  2. Section 2: Analyse their sporting performance – pick 5 skills they used during their performance.  For each skills state;
    1. The components of fitness they used.
    2. The muscles and the types of movements that they used.
    3. Which energy system they used and why.
    4. Which muscle fibre type they used and why.
  3. Section 3: As you watch a sporting event state as many different types of technology advances you can see. What examples of GPS and motion tracking software/hardware can you see. What are the benefits of these?
  4. Section 4: What examples of sports psychology can you see evident in the event? Aggression? Arousal? Confidence? Anxiety? How does this impact on the athlete’s performance and how may this impact on future performances?


The information can be laid out in any way you like, you can add pictures or use a table etc.  

Please hand this in in your first PE lesson.

Physics  Complete the Physics worksheets shown in the next column. Physics Summer Work 2017
Psychology  Listen to the podcasts at the link below and make summary notes:


Religious Studies Philosophy of Religion
Read the debate between Russell and Coplestonhttp://www.scandalon.co.uk/philosophy/cosmological_radio.htm

Make notes on who you think is more successful in the debate and why

Watch this lecture from Harvard (you will probably enjoy it).


Write a brief explanation of Utilitarianism and make a list of any weaknesses you can identify.


  1. Create a detailed explanation of the difference between the economic and immanent trinity
  2. research and explain the Chalcedonian definition
Sociology Write two handwritten sides discussing the question:

‘To what extent do you think Britain is a Meritocratic Society?’

Ensure your arguments are supported with specific evidence and examples.

Spanish What should you do before the start of the course?

  • Watch Pan’s Labyrinth and if possible Crimson Peak and The Devil’s Backbone (or failing that any other Guillermo del Toro film)
  • Revise all GCSE grammar




  • Download a newspaper app such as 20minutos onto your phone. Read at least two newspaper articles per week and attempt to translate some or all parts of the articles you have read into English.
  • Create a Spotify playlist of Spanish music (if Enrique Iglesias or Daddy Yankee is not your cup of tea, look for alternative Spanish music or whatever type you like as there will be an equivalent in Spanish)

You will need to show evidence of what you have done over the summer at the start of the course in September.

Product Design Using the structure you have been given re-design your base structure to fit in with the style of the Campana Brothers. Be as creative as possible. I am happy for you to choose a theme if it helps but it’s not essential.

If you did not attend the taster session please contact me at ltucker@mggs.org to arrange a structure to be given to you.

Theatre Studies Research the work of Constantine Stanislavski. Compile a research project (approx 600 words) that answers the following questions:

  1. Who was he? Who was he influenced by?
  2. Why is he an important theatre practitioner?
  3. What is Naturalism? What theatre style was popular prior to Naturalism?
  4. What is the ‘System’? How is it useful?
Textiles For Mrs Foy – Surface decoration research – dyeing and printing. Research and make bulleted notes on the following aspects of dyeing and printing:

  • Vat dying
  • Discharge dying
  • Resist dying (eg. tie-dye, batik)
  • Direct Printing
  • Discharge printing
  • Hand (block and stencil printing)
  • Rotary/flat bed screen printing
  • Transfer printing
  • Digital printing
  • Dye sublimation

You should be aware of how each one is used in industry and be able to describe each process

For Mrs Owen – Research Fibre source and classification  

  1. Download the specification from the AQA website (Fashion and Textiles 7562).
  2. Use the fibres listed on page 11 generate a tree thinking map (classification diagram) that describes the natural, regenerated and synthetic fibres. Illustrate your diagram so that it will act as a revision aid – see example on the next slide – Note this is just a start and I am expecting a high level of detail. You may have to make this on several separate pages/slides or complete a giant A4 sized paper copy
    Note: an understanding of these fibres is the basis for all other work in Section A – you need to work hard to ensure that you fully understand the relationships between the fibre groups and their properties
  • natural fibres: • natural plant/cellulosic fibres – cotton, linen, ramie • natural animal/protein fibres – wool, silk • hair fibres – cashmere, mohair, angora • manufactured fibres: • regenerated fibres – viscose, acetate • new generation lyocells – Modal®, Tencel®, Lyocell® • synthetic fibres: • polyamide (nylon), polyester, acrylic, elastomeric • chlorofibres (polyvinyl), fluorofibres (PTFE) • aramid fibres (Kevlar®, Nomex®) • inorganic fibres including glass, carbon, metallic.