Year 12 Summer Work - 2017
Please find below the work set for each subject. You should work though the sheets for the subjects you are studying next year, this to be completed before the beginning of term. We recommend that you tackle this in the last couple of weeks of the holiday.
Feel free to choose one of the following on our recommended reading list:
How I Made It: 40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal All (Rachel Bridge)
This book provides easy to read insights into the stories of 40 successful start-up entrepreneurs. Great to use as examples along the course.
My Big Idea (Rachel Bridge)
In this book, Rachel takes a step back to consider what is behind the good business ideas that are converted into successful businesses. Easy reading with strong, relevant insights.
From Acorns (Caspian Woods)
Written by a man who has “been there” (to coin a phrase) but has retained that sense of passion about the challenges of setting up a successful business. Clearly written for the budding but committed entrepreneur, you can pick up some practical insights.
We look forward to welcoming you in September.
Candidates who wish to study Chemistry A level should prepare for the course by purchasing the CGP book “Head Start to A Level Chemistry”. This can be readily obtained from Amazon and other reputable book suppliers. It is not specific to any GCSE exam board and will be beneficial to recap all the key topics you should have already studied.
Please read the book, practise the questions and be prepared for a test in mid-September!ISBN: 978 1 78294 280 1
Please purchase and read copies of the following texts, while also reading the A-level Literature specification (link). You will need to be prepared to engage in discussion and close study of these texts when you begin the course in September.
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ ISBN: 978-0099740919
‘War of the Worlds’. ISBN: 978-1494745424
‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ ISBN: 978-0141190273
Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry, ISBN: 978-0571325405 – NB – the list of the poems you need to read and study for the course are on page two of the link ‘Poems of the Decade Commentaries’. Use this attachment when reading the poems as it will help you to identify the main issues/themes/ideas in each of the poems.
Please purchase and read a copy of the following text: (NB. This text is quite expensive. However, it is really worthwhile and will help you a lot with A-level English Language study. If you are not able to purchase it, please spend time reading grammar websites and blogs on the internet.) Also, read as many examples of non-fiction texts as possible – news reports, articles, online message boards, blogs etc., and choose two non-fiction texts from those that you read to discuss when you arrive in September. You will be asked to feedback on any aspects of the texts that you found of particular interest (e.g. language, style, purpose, audience, form). Please also read the A-level English Language specification (link).
‘Rediscover Grammar’ ISBN: 978-0582848627
Government & Politics
Please undertake some background reading on these two topic areas ready for September
UK Elections – looking closely at the results of the
2015 UK General Election, the 2014 European Parliament Elections results in the
UK and the 2016 Scottish, Welsh and London elections.
Questions to consider:
What similarities and differences can you detect in the results of these elections?
How can you start to explain these similarities and differences.
Why do different elections seem to produce different results?
UK Political Parties
Questions to consider:
Which are the main UK political parties?
How strongly supported are each of these parties?
What role do political parties play in UK politics and government?
BBC website – plenty of resource son there including the election result data
Each party has its own website
Newspapers – Telegraph, Guardian, Times etc
Log in or sign up and enter the code provided by Mr Boon on Friday 30th June (the code will be added to this website after this date if you missed summer school). This will allow you to access the summer work. Please complete the questions and submit your answers via the website by the first day of term.
1) Research a psychologist of your choice (he/she will come from a certain ‘approach’ or school of thought (state the background of the person in terms of their approach – this will show where they feel CAUSE of behaviour lies – biological psychologist or psychodynamic psychologist etcetera).
2) Explain the person’s contribution to psychology (WHAT did they do - did they explain behaviour in some way, WHY do we know their name).
3) How did they SUPPORT (never say prove) their theory. What exactly did they do to show they were right. Did they do experiments or case studies or use another research method to show they had a point.
4) The length of the work is totally up to you but ‘cut and paste’ is not an option. I want your thoughts and words!
RS Philosophy & Ethics
1) Discover the foundations of Philosophy by researching Plato and Aristotle and complete a fact file for your P&E folders including:
a) Plato’s use of the Forms, his allegory of the cave and the idea of body/soul distinction.
b) Aristotle’s influence on later Christian thinkers such as Aquinas.
c) What are your views on Plato and Aristotle’s views of the ‘divine’?
2) Research the concepts of absolute and relative morality and consider the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. Ensure you use examples to demonstrate these recommendations and flaws.
Attempt one of the following three questions. Include your viewpoint, general arguments for & against as well as religious perspectives.
a) ‘The UK should reintroduce the Death Penalty for certain crimes.’
b) ‘Animals should be tested upon to advance medicines & treatments for humans.’
c) ‘The UK should introduce voluntary euthanasia.’