Transition Work for Students Joining Y12

Your MGGS 6th Form Journey Begins Here!

We are looking forward to welcoming you into the MGGS Sixth Form next academic year.

You have a valuable opportunity in the coming months to prepare for your A Level/Cambridge Technical qualifications, and we want to support you in this. The transition from Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5 is challenging and, despite reducing the number of subjects you study considerably, the depth, breadth, quality and amount of work that you will do will increase. You will grow in your experience, expertise and love of these subjects and will make many happy memories while you’re in the Sixth Form; we are very proud of the community we share and the fantastic work ethic and achievements of our students. Sixth Form study is very different and the best way to ensure a smooth transition is to be ready.

The tasks below have been compiled by MGGS Heads of Department and the Sixth Form Management Team, and have been planned carefully to develop your skills and to enable you to ‘hit the ground running’ when you start your Sixth Form study. We usually release this material after our induction events in July but have chosen to release our transition material early in order that you can broaden your understanding of the subjects you plan to study in advance of the A Level/Cambridge Technical course. In light of the cancellation of examinations and the time you are now spending at home, we have also included lots of additional material – we do not expect anyone to complete all of it!  

First you will find a list of general tasks and advice – none of these are compulsory at this stage but looking through them will give you a good idea of our values and priorities as a school and help you to plan for your time with us.

Below the first table are a selection of tasks for each of our Key Stage 5 subjects for entry 2021.  Compulsory tasks, to be handed in during your first Y12 lessons, are marked with a *.  Other tasks are optional and offered as extra opportunities for development and extension. You can choose how many you undertake.

If you are considering a number of subjects, completing this work may help you to finalise your decision.

If you have any questions related to these tasks, please contact the relevant Head of Department or central@mggs.org. Thank you in advance for your hard work on this; we hope you enjoy it!

Mrs Ransom
Assistant Headteacher for Key Stage 5

1 Do something positive for your mental health and wellbeing

There is a lot that is useful out there, e.g. the Radio 1 Life Hacks podcast (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0875218) which has an episode on mental health generally and one on school closures too.

2 Regularly review your GCSE work, especially in subjects you plan to continue (or related subjects, e.g. maths is relevant in Maths, Sciences, Social Sciences, Business, Economics, Computing, Geography and many more!)

Make sure you’ve finished the course and are secure in your knowledge. You’ll be building on this in KS5 and the knowledge you’ve gained from GCSE courses is an essential foundation for A levels, so make sure you stay on the ball and keep facts, methods and skills fresh in the run up to starting sixth form.

3 Consolidate your independent study skills:

MGGS Sixth Form follows a programme of activities devised by the VESPA Mindset team. Attached are some activities to get you started:

4 Fall in love with your subjects!

Cultivate your passion with super curricular reading. There are lots of good ideas for super curricular activities on Unifrog (if you have access to this through your current school, look at the ‘Geek Out’ section under your subject).

There are also great ideas on:
Staircase12 (University of Oxford) – https://www.univ.ox.ac.uk/applying-to-univ/staircase12/
Discover Downing (University of Cambridge) – http://www.discoverdowning.com/resources/
You might also be interested in Oxplore, which asks big questions to get you thinking – http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/increasing-access/oxplore

5 Podcasts

Find one you like and listen to it regularly to keep up to date in your subject(s). The MGGS Student Guide to Radio 4 may help.

6 One of the options for your Sixth Form Extra hours will be to take on some independent study. You can start this now! Look at the Future Learn courses and MOOCs and find one that is relevant to your future study or career. There are also some great boredom buster courses https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/collections/boredom-busters
7 The Open University has massively increased the number of free courses that are available on their website. This could be a good way to explore an area that you are planning (or considering!) to study in the future https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue
8 Start working on Post-16/18 careers:

  • Visit the National Careers Service for advice on particular pathways and to find out more about skills required in employment. https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/. Complete the skills assessment as a starting activity – this may then help you plan what to work on next.
  • Find out whether there is a professional body for your chosen field of work and check out their website including recent news and any relevant journals that they publish. If you are successful in your field you’ll be expected to be up to date, so get ahead while you have the time. Googling “professional body for x career” is a good place to start if you’re not sure. These sites will also let you know if your degree needs to be accredited or not. For example, any career within psychology will require registering with the BPS (British Psychological Society), and membership requires you to have an accredited psychology degree.
  • One of our top tips is always to join LinkedIn. Join LinkedIn and start making connections with industry professionals. As a keen and ambitious student everyone will want to connect with you if you’re polite and enthusiastic. Include messages with connection requests. Interact with content and keep your page up to date. The network you build here may serve your career long into the future (your classmates may go on to be big business tycoons in a range of fields, so don’t forget to connect to each other too).
9 If you are looking to learn a new skill, British Sign are offering a British Sign Language Course for only £3 to students- https://www.british-sign.co.uk/coronavirus-crisis/

The tasks below have been compiled by the relevant Head of Department and teachers and have been planned carefully to broaden your understanding of the subject to enable you to ‘hit the ground running’ when you start the A Level/Cambridge Technical course. If you have any questions related to these tasks, please contact the Head of Department using the email address detailed below.

Thank you in advance for your hard work on this; we hope you enjoy it!

Mrs Ransom

Department: Art (Art, Craft and Design)
Head of Department: Mrs Jenkins
Contact email: kjenkins@mggs.org

Tasks (in priority order):
All tasks are described below and any additional resources required can be found in this folder.
Those marked with a * must be submitted to your class teacher when you start the A Level/Cambridge Technical course.

  1. *FILL a new sketchbook of photographs, drawings, thoughts, analysis, and artist research which you find inspiring between now and the start of your course. Here are some links to resources that will give you lots of ideas of how to fill a sketchbook page.
    1. Art, Craft and Design – Sketchbook
  2. Watch ‘Graysons Art Club’ and respond to some of his ideas.
  3. Look at First Site for your free Artist Activity Packs, put together by various famous artists. https://firstsite.uk/download-artist-activity-pack/
  4. Look at online exhibitions over the summer, as many of the great galleries have put their exhibitions/tours online. In fact, since the lockdown has been global we now have the opportunity to visit international gallery shows online. Here are some links:
    The Art Newspaper article about exhibitions
    Free Art Magazines
    List of virtual days out

Department: Art (Graphic Communication)
Head of Department: Mrs Jenkins
Contact email: kjenkins@mggs.org

Tasks (in priority order):
All tasks are described below and any additional resources required can be found in this folder.
Those marked with a * must be submitted to your class teacher when you start the A Level/Cambridge Technical course.

  1. *Complete the 160 Project linked here – 160 Project
  2. Create a Pinterest board or small sketchbook full of examples of Graphic Design that you find inspiring/exciting
  3. Look at First Site for your free Artist Activity Packs, put together by various famous artists. https://firstsite.uk/download-artist-activity-pack/
  4. Watch ‘Graysons Art Club’ on catch up and respond to some of his ideas.

Department: Biology
Head of Department: Mr Munro
Contact email: tmunro@mggs.org

Tasks (in priority order):
All tasks are described below and any additional resources required can be found in this folder.
Those marked with a * must be submitted to your class teacher when you start the A Level.

  1. Topical video at the moment: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nln7d
    Our secret universe: the hidden life of a cell
    Documentary exploring the inner world of the human cellular structure via the narrative of a viral infection from within the world of a single cell.
  2. *Read document – Transition information – AQA complete all activities
  3. *Complete – Transition from GCSE to A level workbook
  4. *Maths Skills for Biology
  5. Read The