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Secondary French teacher, rated Ofsted 'Outstanding' at KS3, KS4 and KS5. PGCE and NQT mentor. Regular CPD/Professional Learning leader. State and private sector experience.

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Secondary French teacher, rated Ofsted 'Outstanding' at KS3, KS4 and KS5. PGCE and NQT mentor. Regular CPD/Professional Learning leader. State and private sector experience.
GCSE Reading Exam - Revision, Information and Strategies - AQA and Edexcel - All Languages
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GCSE Reading Exam - Revision, Information and Strategies - AQA and Edexcel - All Languages

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A great resource and a huge time-saver, running through revision techniques and strategies for the GCSE MFL Reading Exams. Suitable for French, Spanish and German learners, following both AQA and Edexcel Specifications. The PowerPoint begins by asking students to think of the strategies they already know that will help them succeed in their reading exam, and divide them into three categories. The lesson continues as follows: Slide 2: Reading Exam Information (date, location, equipment etc.) Slide 3: Reading Exam Format (AQA) Slide 4: Reading Exam Format (Edexcel) - delete the slide that you don’t need Slides 5 - 8: Reading Exam Strategies and discussion, linking to Starter Slides 9 - 11: Links to AQA and Exdecel exam board past papers and assessment materials for French, Spanish and German, saving you time searching online! Slide 12: ‘Treasure Hunt’ light-hearted game to review learning and vocabulary covered during lesson. Great fun!
French Easter Lesson - Vocabulary, Games and Traditions - KS3 + KS4
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French Easter Lesson - Vocabulary, Games and Traditions - KS3 + KS4

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Excellent lesson, introducing / re-capping French Easter vocabulary and traditions. Fully animated and very attractively presented. Lesson is fully differentiated with ‘Challenge’ and ‘Want support’ options for learners as appropriate. LA and HA worksheets included within bundle. All answers provided and support for teacher in ‘Notes’ section of each slide. Emphasis on fun, independent learning. Students are asked to match French Easter vocabulary to the English equivalents to begin, then repeat the words after the teacher (create a team points game from this activity if you wish with actions). Students are then asked to match a phrase to the correct image, using letter cards or by writing a letter on a whiteboard. A reading text then follows, with questions linked to Easter celebrations and traditions in France. At the end of the lesson, a Pictionary slide is set up to review learning, and also an Easter Egg Hunt game, whereby if students answer questions correctly, they can choose a square to hunt for 15 golden eggs. Took four hours to make! A huge time saver!
Lesson PowerPoint: Mystery French-Speaking Country Cultural Lesson + Worksheet (Mauritius)
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Lesson PowerPoint: Mystery French-Speaking Country Cultural Lesson + Worksheet (Mauritius)

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An excellent lesson, providing students with clues as to a mystery Francophone country and asking them to detect which one it might be. 19 slides in total, great fun to teach. Fully animated with all answers, clear directions for students and support for teacher in Notes section of slides if required. Challenge options included within activities to extend HA. The lesson begins by asking students to note down on their whiteboards all that they know about France, and all that they know about French-speaking countries. Activity 1 - Match the French name for the country to the English translation and the correct flag, drawing a star next to the country if you think it has French as an official language. Activity 2- Match the Mystery Country's national dishes to the English translations, and the images if possible. Activity 3 - Use the French clues provided to locate the Mystery Country on the map. Activity 4 - Use the map and the images to work out where the Mystery Country might be. Activity 5 - See how many phrases can be recognised in the song lyrics for a famous band from the Mystery Country (Kana - Pas de problèmes). Think, pair, share and singalong at end. Lesson is reviewed using a Plenary Triangle, asking students to reflect on one thing that they knew already, three things that they've learned during the lesson, and one thing that they would like to know more about. The final section can be set as a research project for homework if wished. Great to fit into modules about Travel and Tourism, food, song, cultural similarities and differences, geography, or as a filler lesson before a holiday. A very popular lesson that always goes down a storm!
Guess Who? C'est qui?
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Guess Who? C'est qui?

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Excellent starter, using French Guess Who (C'est qui?) images, asking students to find answers to descriptions on right of slide. Fully animated with all answers, and differentiated with 'Next step' and 'Challenge' options. Can be used to generate cultural discussion regarding typical French names and their English / other language translations. Can be built into an activity for younger learners with them creating their own images, and writing descriptions of their own faces / adding to their partner's descriptions.
Lesson PowerPoint - European Day of Languages - French
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Lesson PowerPoint - European Day of Languages - French

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Great lesson, introducing France and the French language to learners. Created for Primary, but easily adapted to Secondary with a host of suggestions for further discussion, analysis and reflection provided. 40 slides in total. A huge time saver! Ideas for Secondary extension include cross-curricular links to: History (how were French regions affected for example during WW2, the Vichy government etc.); Politics (where in France is currently experiencing a surge in right-wing popularity? Why?); Geography (environmental impacts of tourism, how is it currently managed, could it be more effective?); Arts, Theatre, Music (funding, is it comparable to the UK? The policies of André Malroux and their impact); and the French Language (how is it protected, do other languages have similar institutions? Search Académie française). Slides 1 - 11 ask students to work out the country, linking to European Day of Languages 2016. Beautiful photographic images are provided to support student reflection (monuments, architecture, food, spring, summer, autumn and winter in France, artists - Monet and Matisse, the Tour de France and typical French shops). Slides 12 - 15 introduce the geography of France through maps and facts and figures (position within Europe, number of regions, number of people who speak the language). Slides 16 - 38 introduce French vocabulary linking to the images that students have just seen. Seasons, colours, numbers 1-12 and basic greetings. Slides 39 - 40 set students challenge of completing their worksheet within time limit (given by teacher) and to see how many new words they can incorporate into their day. Two song suggestions (You Tube) provided on last slide for younger learners. * Links to Assembly on European Day of Languages and Word document bundle for worksheets that link to activities if helpful.
Italian Valentine's Day Worksheet
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Italian Valentine's Day Worksheet

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Italian Valentine's Day Worksheet. First exercise asks students to translate vocabulary and match ten pictures to the Italian words (for example la scatola di cioccolatini, il cuore, il regalo, il bacio). Second exercise asks students to translate some simple Italian love phrases (for example tesoro mio, luce mia). Final exercise asks students to write a love letter in Italian, and gives them 24 phrases to help them to get started. Can be used for KS2 (first exercise + creating a Valentine's Day card), KS3 and KS4 (ask students to extend letter with past and / or future tenses). Great fun to teach, can lead on to lots of games with vocabulary, for example Pictionary or Splat!
French Cultural Lesson Bundle - Mystery Countries, Nandos Takeaway Menu , Project Research Sheet
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French Cultural Lesson Bundle - Mystery Countries, Nandos Takeaway Menu , Project Research Sheet

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A brilliant bundle, encouraging higher-order thinking skills and independent learning. Lessons are fabulous to teach and enourage students to identify mystery TL-speaking countries from a series of activities and clues (food, geography, music etc.). Nandos Takeaway Menu asks students to pick their own mini topics from a series of increasingly challenging options, giving them ownership. My most popular lessons!
French Christmas Lesson - KS3 + KS4 - Vocabulary, traditions and games
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French Christmas Lesson - KS3 + KS4 - Vocabulary, traditions and games

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Excellent resource, perfect for KS3 and KS4 to introduce / re-cap French Christmas vocabulary (une renne, un bonhomme de neige and so on) and discuss Christmas and New Year traditions. Fully differentiated with 'Want more', 'Challenge' and 'Want support' options for students, including extension questions linking to reading comprehension and Word Bank to support lower ability learners. Fully animated with all answers and notes under each slide to give overview of each activity. A huge time saver, took a whole afternoon to make! Lesson begins by asking students to work out Christmas vocabulary. Emphasis on independent learning. A game is then played, either holding up cards or writing the correct letter of the image that corresponds to the given word on a mini-whiteboard. Reading comprehension on French Christmas traditions follows, then a game of Pictionary and a Treasure Hunt review to finish to re-cap vocabulary. Reading comprehension offers great opportunity to discuss cultural differences, including food (for example foie gras, British culinary traditions that the French wouldn't usually eat, for example mince pies) and similarities. There are two fully prepared reading texts and teacher can select which one would be more appropriate for group. Both are also included on worksheet, either for teacher to delete one as appropriate before printing, or to give both to students and allow them to select their option. The more challenging text asks students to consider traditions at New Year too, and draws upon grammatical knowledge (imperfect tense, verb synonyms, direct object pronouns). The simpler text uses simpler language, is shorter and is split into two sections to help students with understanding. Great fun for the students, they're working independently and assimilating cultural knowledge, and really enjoyable to teach!
Le Jour de l'Armistice - Remembrance Day - French Vocabulary and Cultural Lesson - KS3 + KS4
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Le Jour de l'Armistice - Remembrance Day - French Vocabulary and Cultural Lesson - KS3 + KS4

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Excellent lesson, focusing on French vocabulary and cultural traditions linked to Remembrance Day. Suitable for KS3 and KS4. Fully differentiated with 'Want more?' and 'Challenge' options, as well as support for learners. Animated with all answers, notes for teacher under slides, and photographs and clip art. Full worksheet for lesson included. Presentation as follows: Slides 1 and 2 - Date, title and LO. Emphasis on independent learning with learners matching French vocabulary (la boue, le froid, la guerre etc.) to English translations. Remove English to increase challenge for students. Slides 3 and 4 - Learners recall new vocabulary from memory and match to images. Slides 5 - 11 - AfL game using letters to select correct image. Slides 12 - 13 - Text linked to Le Jour de l'Armistice, drawing on cultural comparisons such as 'Le Bluet de France' et 'La Tombe du Soldat Inconnu'. Word Bank to support learners. Slide 13 - Questions linked to text and answers. Opportunity to extend learners with 'ceux' and 'celles' demonstrative pronouns. Slide 14 - Plenary triangle, asking learners to share with their partner one thing that they already knew linked to the lesson, two things that they've learned and one thing that they would like to know more about. Great lesson to teach and a huge time saver! Excellent cross-curricular links.
Italian Easter Lesson - Vocabulary, Games and Traditions - KS3 + KS4
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Italian Easter Lesson - Vocabulary, Games and Traditions - KS3 + KS4

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Excellent lesson, introducing / re-capping Italian Easter vocabulary and traditions. Fully animated and very attractively presented. Lesson is fully differentiated with ‘Challenge’ and ‘Want support’ options for learners as appropriate. LA and HA worksheets included within bundle. All answers provided and support for teacher in ‘Notes’ section of each slide. Emphasis on fun, independent learning. Students are asked to match Italian Easter vocabulary to the English equivalents to begin, then repeat the words after the teacher (create a team points game from this activity if you wish with actions). Students are then asked to match a phrase to the correct image, using letter cards or by writing a letter on a whiteboard. A reading text then follows, with questions linked to Easter celebrations and traditions in Italy. At the end of the lesson, a Pictionary slide is set up to review learning, and also an Easter Egg Hunt game, whereby if students answer questions correctly, they can choose a square to hunt for 15 golden eggs. Took four hours to make! A huge time saver!
Only Connect - French Game / Starter / Plenary - Basic vocabulary
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Only Connect - French Game / Starter / Plenary - Basic vocabulary

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Excellent resource, based on the popular BBC show 'Only Connect'. Works well as a starter, plenary or as a game to review learning. Students are asked to apply critical thinking skills to make links between fourteen different French items of vocabulary in each game. The first game focuses on colours, days of the week, numbers 0-5 and 21-30. The second game uses vocabulary linked to types of transport, clothes, places in town and animals. The third game is based on vocabulary linked to the weather, body parts, members of the family and different drinks. Instructions for teachers on each slide, fully animated with all answers and hyperlinks. Fully differentiated. Slides at the end of the PowerPoint are set up to input own vocabulary too. Can be used in lots of different ways! Always great fun!
Worksheet - Traditional Christmas Regional Celebrations in France - KS5
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Worksheet - Traditional Christmas Regional Celebrations in France - KS5

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Excellent resource, can be used as 1-2 lessons depending on ability of group and how much time you wish to spend on cultural exploration of festive traditions. Text is taken from radins.com and is titled 'Noël en France : Noël typique et traditions régionales'. Link to article is included on worksheet. The article compares festive traditions in Alsace/Lorraine and Provence. It has been very slightly adapted and is split into paragraphs for ease of reading and discussion. Questions ask students to consider what type of text they are reading, then to match ten words highlighted in text to the correct description to develop language (for example 'Le Réveillon - le 24 décembre). Third and final exercise is six questions contrasting and comparing traditions in both regions, linking to culinary traditions, Père Fouettard / Père Noël and nativity scenes amongst others. Fully differentiated - two comprehensive vocabulary tables are provided to support learners who would benefit. A great lesson, genuinely interesting, and a fun way to include KS5 students in Christmas fun whilst still challenging their linguistic and cultural knowledge! I learned a few things making it! Next step could be for students to research and present to the class how Christmas is celebrated in other parts of the Francophone world. A great time saver, took three hours to make! Article and questions are one file, answers to all of the questions is the second. Could also be used for high-achieving KS4 class.
Italian Christmas Vocabulary and Traditions - KS3 + KS4 - Whole lesson
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Italian Christmas Vocabulary and Traditions - KS3 + KS4 - Whole lesson

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Excellent resource, perfect for KS3 and KS4 to introduce / re-cap Italian Christmas vocabulary (una renna, il Babbo Natale and so on) and discuss Christmas and New Year traditions. Fully differentiated with 'Want more', 'Challenge' and 'Want support' options for students, including extension questions linking to reading comprehension and comprehensive A4 page Word Bank, paragraph-by-paragraph to support lower ability learners. Fully animated with all answers and notes under each slide to give overview of each activity. A huge time saver, took a whole afternoon to make! Can be used for one or two lessons depending on ability of group. Lesson begins by asking students to work out Christmas vocabulary. Emphasis on independent learning. A game is then played, either holding up cards or writing the correct letter of the image that corresponds to the given word on a mini-whiteboard. A reading comprehension on Italian Christmas traditions follows. The reading comprehension offers a great opportunity to discuss cultural differences, including food (for example il panettone), the different days in the festive calendar for Italians (8 December, 6 January etc.) and similarities. The reading text is taken from 'Noi parliamo italiano' (link on worksheet). It has been slightly adapted and split into small paragraphs for ease of translation and discussion. The Challenge option asks students to consider traditions at New Year too. Great fun for the students, they're working independently and assimilating cultural knowledge, and really enjoyable to teach! Two games to finish - teacher or student choice! Pictionary on one slide and a Treasure Hunt searching for 15 gold coins and a treasure chest on another. Both designed to link to vocabulary at the start of the lesson!
First lesson of the year - Everything you need! - French
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First lesson of the year - Everything you need! - French

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Excellent first lesson of the year, comprehensively covering slide-by-slide all that you need your new class to know in an accessible and fun way. Helps you to get to know your students, their learning preferences and personalities, and helps them to get to know each-other too, setting them up for some great learning. Also gets you off to a brilliant start with your expectations through a whole-class ‘Partnership Agreement’ that they create and sign. I use this template every year with every class that I teach and it always works brilliantly. They have a lot of fun, as do you, and you also get all of the bits sorted that you need to without missing anything out (an overview of the year, books, seating plan etc.), which is easily done at the start of a busy term. Recommended especially for new teachers. Clear instructions on each slide and places for you to insert your own information. 15 slides in total: 1. Resources you need for the lesson. 2. Space to insert your seating plan. 3. Date, title, LO, starter slide. 4. Our Partnership Agreement slide. 5. Expectations / building on slide before. 6. ‘Mon cahier d’exercice’ slide. 7. Getting to know each other - The two truths game. 8. As above - teacher’s answers. 9. My promise to you (what you will do as a teacher to help their learning). 10. Raffle tickets and how they work, if you decide to use to reinforce positive behaviour. 11. Our lessons - overview of the number of lessons each week, report and Parents’ Evening dates and topics. 12. Help me to understand your learning activity. 13. Examples of feedback from activity above. 14. As before. 15. Lotto game!
Pâques, une fête très chocolat: Easter Text, Worksheet, Questions, Video and Research Project
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Pâques, une fête très chocolat: Easter Text, Worksheet, Questions, Video and Research Project

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Pâques, une fête très chocolat: Excellent lesson on Easter, touching on history, tradition and chocolate, based on a French text from the ‘1 jour 1 actu’ French website (full link on top of worksheet). Questions include multiple choice answers based on comprehension, linguistic challenge (such as selecting synonyms) and research tasks that can be developed as fully as teacher wishes (particularly useful for KS5). A second worksheet asks students to reflect on a video on how chocolate is made (link on worksheet) and to answer a separate set of questions to work on their listening comprehension. For KS5 learners, I recommend playing the video straight through twice after modelling the first answer. KS4 learners would benefit from the video being paused several times to allow them to note down the answers. A full A4 page of vocabulary (divided into paragraphs to match those in the text) is provided to support learners who would benefit from this help. Increase challenge by withholding from learners. As I did not author the text I have not included it on the worksheet, however the link for the text and for the video are both there. If students have their own devices, they can access an electronic copy in class, or a paper copy could be printed for them by teacher. Great fun to teach and fully differentiated!
Expo 3 (Rouge) - Ça ne va pas - Illnesses and injuries in the perfect tense
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Expo 3 (Rouge) - Ça ne va pas - Illnesses and injuries in the perfect tense

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Great lesson, based on Expo 3 (Rouge) spread of 'Ça ne va pas'. Builds on prior knowledge of illnesses and injuries in the present tense, and works on using reflexive verbs with être in the perfect tense to describe problems with the body. Lesson begins with a re-cap of various body parts, then moves on to ask students to match the first and second half of sentences describing injuries in the past tense to five images. Reading, mini whiteboard translation and writing activities follow, with 'être' song to re-cap verb in present tense if teacher wishes. Splat game to review learning at the end of the lesson. Fully differentiated with 'Want support' and 'Challenge options'. Fully animated with all answers and notes for teachers underneath slides if helpful. Worksheet and full lesson PowerPoint in bundle. Interactive and great fun to teach!
AQA French GCSE - Exam Factsheet and Overview
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AQA French GCSE - Exam Factsheet and Overview

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A great resource, clearly explaining the topics studied over the course of the French GCSE and the format of the upcoming exams with a detailed breakdown for the Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing papers. Information includes the length of each exam, the question styles and number of marks available. The GCSE qualifications from 1-9 are also explained in a user-friendly format. Colourful pictures of France, easy to read and informative! A great time-saver! Perfect for students and parents.
AQA New French GCSE (Specification 8658) - Student Factsheet
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AQA New French GCSE (Specification 8658) - Student Factsheet

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A great resource, outlining the new AQA French GCSE as a simple Factsheet. Very useful for students as an introduction to the course. Also used with excellent feedback at Open Evenings to provide further information (from the AQA website) for students, Parents and Carers, and for staff within the department alongside the new Specification. Suitable for Foundation and Higher tiers. A huge time-saver! The Factsheet provides information about the advantages of studying French at GCSE level, alongside answers to the following questions: 1. What will I study? (Core themes and sub-topics.) 2. How will I be assessed? (Information on the four exam papers, the length of the exams, the marks awarded and the types of questions.) 3. When will I take my exams? 4. How do GCSE grades 1-9 work? The Factsheet is attractively and simply presented with photographs and images. A space for Student reflection is provided at the end of the document, as well as the link to the AQA Specification at a Glance for further information.
AQA New Italian GCSE (Specification 8633) - Student Factsheet
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AQA New Italian GCSE (Specification 8633) - Student Factsheet

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A great resource, outlining the new AQA Italian GCSE as a simple Factsheet. Very useful for students as an introduction to the course. Also used with excellent feedback at Open Evenings to provide further information (from the AQA website) for students, Parents and Carers, and for staff within the department alongside the new Specification. Suitable for Foundation and Higher tiers. A huge time-saver! The Factsheet provides information about the advantages of studying Italian at GCSE level, alongside answers to the following questions: 1. What will I study? (Core themes and sub-topics.) 2. How will I be assessed? (Information on the four exam papers, the length of the exams, the marks awarded and the types of questions.) 3. When will I take my exams? 4. How do GCSE grades 1-9 work? The Factsheet is attractively and simply presented with photographs and images. A space for Student reflection is provided at the end of the document, as well as the link to the AQA Specification at a Glance for further information.
AQA New Spanish GCSE (Specification 8698) - Student Factsheet
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AQA New Spanish GCSE (Specification 8698) - Student Factsheet

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A great resource, outlining the new AQA Spanish GCSE as a simple Factsheet. Very useful for students as an introduction to the course. Also used with excellent feedback at Open Evenings to provide further information (from the AQA website) for students, Parents and Carers, and for staff within the department alongside the new Specification. Suitable for Foundation and Higher tiers. A huge time-saver! The Factsheet provides information about the advantages of studying Spanish at GCSE level, alongside answers to the following questions: 1. What will I study? (Core themes and sub-topics.) 2. How will I be assessed? (Information on the four exam papers, the length of the exams, the marks awarded and the types of questions.) 3. When will I take my exams? 4. How do GCSE grades 1-9 work? The Factsheet is attractively and simply presented with photographs and images. A space for Student reflection is provided at the end of the document, as well as the link to the AQA Specification at a Glance for further information.