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 the start of term in September. 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. Remember, 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
Art – Fine Art Read and complete the tasks outlined in the document Fine Art  and Art Graphics Summer Work

Fine Art and Art Graphics Summer Work

Art – Art Graphics Read and complete the tasks outlined in the document Fine Art  and Art Graphics Summer Work

Fine Art and Art Graphics Summer Work

Biology Please see the following document for Summer work:

Biology Summer Holiday Work

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 Please see the following documents for Summer holiday work:

Chemistry – Overview and Summary of Summer Work

Chemistry Summer Work Maths 1- Ratios and amount of substance

Chemistry Summer Work Maths 2- The Avogadro Constant

Chemistry – Welcome day Practical Task – Emission Spectra

Chemistry – Support Sheet – Standard form and significant figures

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 Please see the following documents for Summer holiday work:

Famous Economists Poster

Keynes Hayek Lyrics

English Please see the following documents for Summer holiday work:

English – Summer Holiday Work

English – Suggested A Level Reading List

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 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 Maths Summer Induction Booklet

French Please see the following document for Summer holiday work:

French – Summer Holiday Work

German Please see the following documents for Summer holiday work:

German Summer Work

Geography The news

In Geography the news is so important, it keeps you up to date with relevant information that can be used to make synoptic links with topics that we study.

Over the summer you need to keep in touch with what is going on in the news nationally but also internationally. I would like you to create a folder that you keep news items in or summaries of what has been happening in the news. This could be from newspapers, notes from watching the news, online news searches, from using BBC or Sky news apps or listening to the news. You can group your news findings into topics with dividers, it can be as obvious as human or physical geography or into much smaller groupings. I would like you to summarise the news articles but then also explain how this links to Geography.

History Please see the following documents for Summer holiday work:

History – Summer Holiday Work

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 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

Media Studies You will need to select one recent advertising campaign (within the past 5 years) to create a case study on. Your case study should include:

  • An annotated copy of the print advertisement used in the advertising campaign in order to reach and engage its audience. Consider the choice of image, body language, camera shot, use of written codes, lighting, costume. What are you being informed about the product and brand?
  • A 500 word analysis of the television advert, exploring the ways that it has been constructed to engage the audience. Try to use technical media language in your analysis such as names for camera shots.

A poster design for a new advertising campaign similar to the one you have explored. This could be hand drawn or photographed but should be detailed and use appropriate conventions for a poster of its kind.

Physical Education Pick a sporting event of your choice that happened in 2019 for example

  • Cricket World Cup
  • Netball World Cup
  • Wimbledon

Please complete an information sheet (include pictures, make it interesting) on the event you picked and include the following;

  • The history of the sport
  • Something that happened in the tournament that was memorable
  • Identify one of the skills used in the game (explain the analysis of movement for that skill) and which energy system they would use; when and why?
  • Pick one player who was your player of the competition explain why?
  • Identify the long term benefits of taking part in that sport/activity
Physics Please see the following documents for Summer holiday work:

Physics – A Level Transition Worksheet

Physics – Summer Holiday Work

Product Design
  • Design an everyday product – identify your Target Market and the function of the product.
  • Source a selection of food and drinks packaging and use this to model your design.
  • You need to calculate the carbon footprint of your model.

Your design sketches and the model should be brought to your first lesson in September, where you will be required to present and discuss your design and modeled outcome.

Religious Studies Please see the following documents for Summer holiday work.

Religious Studies – Summer Holiday Work

Spanish Please do the following in preparation for studying A Level Spanish at MGGS:

  • Watch Pan’s Labyrinth (it is about £5 – £6 on Amazon and is sometimes on Amazon and Netflix) and any other Guillermo del Toro films (see list here)
  • 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.
  • Revise all grammar from GCSE, particularly tenses. You must keep a record of what you have done and when (screen shot and date):

https://www.language-gym.com/#!/

https://conjuguemos.com/

https://personal.colby.edu/~bknelson/SLC/

  • Start a Spotify playlist with songs in Spanish (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 may also wish to read one or more of the following novels:

  • The Return by Victoria Hislop
  • Guernica by Dave Boling
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
  • Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
  • As I walked out one midsummer morning by Laurie Lee

They provide a lot of information about either the Civil War and/or the Franco dictatorship.

If you fancy a challenge then try reading one of the texts on the A Level reading list:

  • Federico García Lorca La casa de Bernarda Alba
  • Gabriel García Márquez Crónica de una muerte anunciada
  • Laura Esquivel Como agua para chocolate
  • Ramón J. Sender Réquiem por un campesino español
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón La sombra del viento
  • Isabel Allende La casa de los espíritus
  • Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer Rimas
  • Fernando Fernán-Gómez Las bicicletas son para el verano
  • Luis de Castresana El otro árbol de Guernica
  • Gabriel García Márquez El coronel no tiene quien le escriba

You may consider purchasing the following:

Theatre Studies Please see the following document for Summer holiday work:

Drama and Theatre