Y12 Summer Holiday Work 2016-10-14T10:50:56+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 Wednesday 7th September 2016. 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.

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.

Subject Summer Work Documents
Art – Fine Art Read and complete the tasks outlined in the document Fine Art Summer Work 2016 Fine Art Summer Work 2016
Art – Art Graphics Read and complete the tasks outlined in the document Art Graphics Summer Work 2016 Art Graphics Summer Work 2016
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.
Investigate and produce a report covering the following things:

  • 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 2016 booklet. Chemistry Introduction and Summer Work 2016

Chemistry Induction Practical 2016

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 ‘credit crunch’ and whether the recession was a ‘double dip’ one. 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 pocket.

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 Read ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini as discussed in the induction lesson.  Do some research into the history of Afghanistan since WW2.
English Lang & Lit Read ‘The Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold.
Further Maths Complete the Further Maths Induction Booklet 2016. Further Mathematics Induction Booklet 2016
French You will need to obtain a copy of the grammar workbook “La Grammaire en Clair” and work on any areas where you feel you need to consolidate your knowledge and understanding. Also, you will need to go on the website www.20minutes.fr and find at least three articles (preferably more) which you should print off, read, understand and be prepared to talk about in your first lesson in September.

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.

  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 2016
German Independent Learning Log 2016
German Languages Online Exercise Log 2016
German Personal Pronouns Sheet 2016
German Perfect Tense Sheet 2016
German Imperfect Tense Sheet 2016
German Nominative and Accusative Cases Sheet 2016
German Genitive and Dative Cases Sheet 2016
German Dative Trigger Verbs and Word Order Sheet 2016
German Word Order Sheet 2016
German Word Order 2 Sheet 2016
German Present Tense Sheet 2016
German Answers 2016
Geography 1) Basic Geographical Knowledge Students embarking on an A-level Geography course do not always have a basic geographical knowledge. This means that when faced with questions asking you to describe and explain patterns using maps (or even for case studies or graphs referring to different areas of the world) you are unable to use geographical locations or places in your answers. To improve this I would like you to begin to learn the continents, countries, physical geography and counties as specified below. There will be a test once a fortnight throughout the first term. You can learn this using the following website and test yourself in advance:

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

2) Geography in the news

Keep up-to- date with local and global issues in the news relating to geography. Create a one-side A4 summary sheet of a local, national or global news item that is relevant to geography and has interested you over the summer. Bring this ready to hand in and to be displayed on our “Geography in the news” display board.

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.
ICT If you study ICT at MGGS you’ll be developing your knowledge and skills at using software programs to build computer systems. To help you get off to a flying start to your technology career, please complete the following: Please complete an HTML online course delivered by Codecademy (http://www.codecademy.com/).

If you have prior knowledge of HTML programming please complete the more advanced courses, including CSS.

Please bring your work to your first  ICT lesson.

Maths Please complete the Maths Induction Booklet 2016 Mathematics Induction Booklet
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 the Rio Olympics, the political leadership elections, a major movie release or a breaking celebrity scandal.
Physical Education The Rio Olympics are taking place this summer.  Please watch one of the events/sports 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: Watch the Olympic Games and 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 Olympics? 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 Maths Practice 2016
Physics Ratio Worksheet 2016
Physics Standard Form Worksheet 2016
Physics Units Worksheet 2016
Physics Indices Worksheet 2016
Psychology  Listen to the podcasts at the link below and make summary notes:


Religious Studies  Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

  1. Complete Worksheet A27 and be prepared to present your laws and reasons to the rest of the group.
  2. Take one possible answer to where morality comes from e.g. God, genetic predisposition etc., and record reasons that could be given to back this up.
  3. Write a paragraph in response to this question: Are laws based on morality or is morality based on laws?

Philosophy of Religion

Watch the following clip:


  1. Summarise the story of the cave in three paragraphs.
  2. What possible meaning/s has this allegory?
  3. What does this story suggest about human knowledge?
  4. What does this story have to say about truth?
  5. ‘We have no proof of the existence of God.’ What might the allegory of the cave contribute to a discussion of this claim?
  6. In the story of the cave, Plato is summing up his philosophy. There are clues as to his views on metaphysics, epistemology and politics. Find out what these words mean then write two or three sentences explaining how the analogy of the cave links to each of these topics.
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.

  1. Complete the grammar booklet and mark/correct using the answers. This can be submitted electronically or on paper.
  2. Purchase the DVD “El Laberinto del Fauno” (around £4.00 from Amazon) and watch the film.
  3. Do 20 minutes of something Spanish related every day and record on your independent learning log.
Spanish Grammar Booklet Answers 2016
Spanish Grammar Booklet 2016
Spanish Independent Learning Log 2016
Product Design Complete two product disassemblies as discussed in the induction lesson.  Please read the guidance carefully (in the document Product Design Summer Work 2016). Product Design Summer Work 2016
Theatre Studies Research the work of Bertolt Brecht. Compile a research project (approx 700 words) that answers the following questions:

  1. Who was he?
  2. Why is he an important theatre practitioner?
  3. What is Epic Theatre?
  4. What conventions/techniques are particular to this style?
  5. What is the difference between Naturalistic/Dramatic Theatre and Epic Theatre?

Buy a copy of Set Text 1 –  The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht (Methuen Students Edition).

  1. Buy a sketchbook for coursework.
  2. Generate 20 design ideas for felted bag project – leave the first 3 pages blank for product analysis.
  3. Research & buy wool tops for felting and bring experiments to the first lesson in September. Try out making small bobbles or spikes and creating a distinct pattern within the felt (use YouTube video tutorials to guide you).