I’ve gone very quiet for me on the blog front recently because LD#1’s GCSEs start in 2 weeks’ time.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, this is the first lot of big exams they take at age 16, and cover nine or ten subjects, some of which are compulsory (Maths, English, Science) and some optional.
A couple of weeks ago, I asked whether she wanted help with Science. She said, “OK”, so I printed out some past papers and got a bit of a shock when she couldn’t do any of them. (She’s predicted an A…) She can tell me roughly about the concepts she has revised, but can’t work out how to be specific enough with her language and analysis of data.
It’s a bit like those moments when they’re small and you look up and find they’ve climbed a huge tree and instead of saying what you’re thinking, which is “Aargh!” you say, “Wow, look at you, you are so clever!” in order not to panic or scare them.
So pretty much every spare moment until mid June is going to be the two of us sat in front of some kind of GCSE textbook.
It’s given me some fuel for those conversations where people say that GCSEs are getting easier, because Physics GCSE is definitely not! I have a Physics A-level and am struggling to get to grips with the OCR P7 module, which is all about space and the Universe. I went on the internet to look for advice, and all I could find was these students on thestudentroom.com going “That P7’s hard, isn’t it??”
French GCSE on the other hand is ludicrously easy. Students from this country will be fine when they go to France if they stick to the topics of the decor of their school and what they want to do when they grow up, all spoken very slowly. Although having said that, I’m probably tempting fate now.
On a nicer note, here are some pictures from my house warming a few weeks ago:
Made the flowers as I watched The Godfather. I wasn’t really concentrating on the film, which is probably why it made less than no sense to me. It seemed to be just people killing each other and I couldn’t work out why it’s supposed to be one of the greatest films of all time. It’s quite nicely produced, I suppose. Also, eminently parodiable.