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2017 Revision Planners

The example revision planners below have been created to help you and your child best organise and plan your revision sessions, to make the best use of the time available. The three planners differ in the amount of time dedicated to revision sessions (each session should be around 45 minutes). Please select the most appropriate timetable to suit you or your child.

Revision Planner A (215 Revision Sessions)

Revision Planner B (145 Revision Sessions)

Revision Planner C (84 Revision Sessions)

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BBC School News Day – Women’s March

day-1295103_1280The women’s march took place on January 21st – 22nd, 2017. People all over the world took part in supporting women’s equality to men; in total 168 marches took place in 81 countries. Washington was one of the biggest marches and was estimated to have had 500,000 people attend. Over 5 million people joined the march globally, including the United Kingdom and locally here in Leicester.

A march more recently happened, March 8th, in London and parents and children attended in support. Organisers chose the Washington Mall because of events that had happened there in previous years; the Martin Luther King Jr. Speech “I have a dream.”

Here, at Brockington College, we celebrated International Women’s Day by pupils and teachers sharing examples of positive female role models, around the world today.
As a year 8 student, I feel strongly about these marches and it affects my future a lot. Women can do anything they want to do, if they try hard enough.
What will you do?

Emilia, Brockington College

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North Korea Tests Warheads

by Samuel

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has claimed that his scientists have been able to develop a miniature nuclear bomb, one small enough to fit in a ballistic missile. The North’s leader has stated that this is the ultimate nuclear deterrent.

Only one picture has been released by the Korean leader (see right); analysts all over the world a trying to decipher whether this is true. Although no 100% accurate proof has to be deciphered, analysts have found that it could not be a thermonuclear bomb or hydrogen bomb. This severely reduces the yield and therefore destructive power.  Even though it is highly unlikely that it is a thermonuclear bomb, the possibility of a nuclear bomb on a ballistic missile is a huge threat to its neighbouring countries and the US. This has been made doubly dangerous because of Kim Jong-Un’s attitude towards the west. Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, has threatened indiscriminate strikes against the US and South Korea.

North and South Korea are still at war… technically, the Korean War never truly ended because they only signed a ceasefire, not a peace treaty.

At the moment it has been hard for people to predict what is going to happen but people are worried about an impending war. Dev, a year 9 student from Brockington College said: “The 2 countries should come to a permanent peace treaty, or the UN will have to step in, if not; it will be a very brutal war between the 2 nations”. However, Mr Barton, a History teacher at our school said, “Across history, countless countries have bragged about their power even when they don’t have that power level, I believe that it is not the truth”.

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Beatles Legend Dies

by Lizzie, Caitlin, Millie & Lucie

Fans were distraught when they learned that Sir George Martin, age 90, died on Tuesday 8th March. He died in his home, from natural causes.

Beatles member: Ringo Star, tweeted as soon as he heard about the pop legend’s death:

#RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 9, 2016: God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara, George will be missed xxx

 

In his life, Sir Martin was known as the fifth Beatle, and produced songs with the EMI. Later in life, he launched his own independent recording business to use with his band. He had incredible chart success. For example, in 1963, he was placed at number one for 37 weeks. Martin’s first big hit, ‘Please Please Me’ followed by 11 other releases, all got to number one in the charts. Strangely enough, the records which George considered to be the best of all ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Strawberry fields forever’, only reached number 2 – although the Beatles returned to number one with subsequent disks.

Some fans are devastated by the fifth Beatle’s death. “He had immense musical talent, and I don’t think you could possibly underestimate George and his works. The Beatles wouldn’t have been anything without him. Sir Martin changed the face of pop music forever.” Says Mr James Green.

The current generation, however, have different opinions about his impact on musical history. Daisy commented, “It doesn’t affect me in the slightest. I didn’t really know who he was at all!” Beatles fan, Alex Moseley, said: “He had lots of good ideas about new musical sounds and produced many great albums. Martin made the Beatles records exciting and new and kept the band together as a group. The albums inspired me, most of all ‘Theme one’, which he wrote after the Beatles split up.”

 

Sir George Martin grew up immersed in music. Aged six, his family bought a piano, which really helped to spark his love of music. Having impressed with his natural talent, his parents started paying for piano lessons when he turned eight. Music was always a big part in his life even though his parents were a carpenter and a cleaner! When he was aged 21 he went to the guildhall school of music then studied classical music and tutored the oboe. He attended several schools including Highgate elementary school, a convent school in Holloway and St Ignatius College in Stamford hall which he had been awarded a scholarship for.

 

He married his girlfriend, Sheena Chisolm and had two children. Judy Lockheart-Smith became his secretary and she really helped to push him and develop his musical talent. After she had been his secretary for a little while he then went on to marry her and have a further two children. Once his career had developed a bit further he was offered a job at capital EMI’s Parlophone Label and he gratefully accepted the offer.

Martin was contacted by Sid Coleman of Ardmore & Beechwood, and told about Brian Epstein who was the manager of a band which Sir George Martin had previously met. He listened to one of their tape recordings but said that the band seemed to be “rather unpromising” even after he took a liking to Lennon and McCartney’s voices. He was impressed with Epstein’s enthusiasm and signed two “unknown” Beatles who he had never heard play or perform live. After the Beatles were formed they had their first recording session on 4th of September Because of his contributions to the band Martin grew in popularity with the public.

 

Martin received many rewards including two Grammys in 1967 and another in 1973. He received two BRIT Awards and another two GRAMMY awards. One of his main achievements was being inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame on 15th March 1999. The death of this great producers has shocked and devastated the world. Sir George Martin will always be remembered in musical history.

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Flash Flooding in Leicestershire

by Ellie-Mai, George, Ella & Lucy

27.4mm (1 inch) in the last 10hrs

In the Leicestershire countryside there has been a significant amount of rain fall over the past few days. Due to this there have been many areas  affected with severe flash flooding. It has mainly affected areas of the midlands.

More than 160 lower–level flood alerts  have been distributed across much of England , where the rain hit hardest. On Wednesday, British Transport Police created human barriers to hold back crowds at London Euston after trains between Rugby and Milton Keynes were cancelled.

Over in Warwickshire, 14 schools were closed  due to severe flooding. Commuters returning from work in Market Harborough found their cars submerged. However Cosby village centre was also transformed into a lake.

Firefighters rescued 3 occupants of a car stuck on Lutterworth Road, Walcote, yesterday  lunchtime. The services technical rescue team were also on hand to help a man trapped in his car I Sumley Road, Smeeton Westerby, also yesterday.

Unfortunately, the flooding continues to cause severe disruption on some roads, including sections of the A428 and A3400 in Warwickshire.

Drivers were forced to turn back from a railway bridge in Fosse Road, Syston, that was made impossible to pass by water.

Emergency services are still underway with trying to control this case of severe flooding. Leicestershire police tweeted “Please do not attempt to drive through any flooded areas, water is deeper than expected even in areas that don’t usually flood.”

We interviewed five teachers from Brockington college.

Mr Smith (English teacher), “flooding can be very inconvenient and the government should do more to stop it.”

Mr Southall (head teacher), “ I’m concerned about building work on the floodplains– building on the green belt. Is it global warming or a natural phenomenon.”

Mr Ilersic (Humanities teacher), “ a lot of building and concrete take away the green areas which absorb the water.”

Mr Barton (Humanities teacher), “ the local government should do more to stop the flooding.”

Miss Styles ( Music teacher), “ The government have built on so many floodplains that the water cannot be absorbed by the ground and the drains cannot take away enough water.”

Many people have expressed their opinions on this issue. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem that the government are taking immediate action to supress the flooding  and they should be planning for future events and putting into place more flood defences.

Police in Rutland have described the situation as nasty with numerous roads blocked. That included the A6121 under the railway bridge between South Luffenham and Ketton. Main Street, in Whissendine, was closed to traffic.

Volunteers from Leicestershire and Rutland 4×4 response team were on standby to assist stranded motorists.

Leicester City centre did not escape the deluge, which flooded the basement of the tourist information centre, on Gallowtree gate.

Flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency last night remained in place along the length of the River Soar and its tributaries, as well as  Wreake as Syston.

The weather is set to brighten up over the next few days, with warmer temperatures.

 

 

 

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‘Queen Backs Brexit’ Sun Tabloid States

by Samuel, Max, Denis & Connor

Yesterday, the Sun reported on the front page that HRH the Queen allegedly stated that ‘the EU is headed in the wrong direction.’The Sun stands by the report, even though it was only reported by two sources.

Buckingham Palace have stated that the Queen is strictly neutral on political matters.

Nick Clegg, who was allegedly present when the remarks were made, remarked that he recalled no such statement and that the story was ‘nonsense.’

The Prime Minister has stated that he has no idea when the allegations came from, and has ensured everyone that it was not the so-called Brexit supporte, Michael Gove.

A spokesman from Buckingham Palace has said, “We can confirm that we have this morning written to the chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation to register a complaint about the front page story in today’s Sun newspaper.”

The Sun’s editor-in-chief has outlined, ‘We knew much more than we published’ and that, when asked by the BBC about whether or not the Queen’s alleged remarks were made before it was known that there was to be an EU referendum, he said that 2011 (the year the statements were allegedly made) was a year where the EU was getting unstable and that it was a certainty that there was to be a referendum.

Mr Smith and Mr Howell, teachers at our school said, “the entire thing is a hoax just to sell newspapers and get more money”. Mrs Wright, another teacher, has said that the Queen “has to be neutral, and that this is just propaganda”. Miss Howard has said,  “it’s up for speculation and that the press shouldn’t tarnish the reputation of the monarchy.”

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Junior Doctors to Strike Again

by Sarah, Sophie & Reesha

Young doctors plan for further strike action

All over the country junior doctors have gone on a 48 hour strike. The reasons for this is that the government want to reduce the pay and funding for junior doctors. It has also been proposed that younger doctors could work longer hours on amended contracts in a bid to extend NHS services. This is the third strike that the younger doctors have been on recently.

During this strike, almost all the doctors’ surgeries and practices in England have been effected; this has placed a massive strain upon services for many patients , including facilities for the terminally ill and emergency rooms up and down the country. Over 5000 operations have been cancelled as a result of low staffing; thousands of tests and check-up have been affected as well this.

Junior doctors are continuing to strike in response to government changing NHS provision and contracts and the doctors have not agreed to such changes. The government has changed NHS contracts because the government claimed that it was unfair and outdated.

We carried out a survey and asked many NHS patients questions. One member of the public described this issue as a good way that the doctors can push forward their point of view and how they feel about this matter. They stated, “ I stand behind them all the way they should get enough pay for what they do for this country. The government are applying too much pressure to the staff in hospitals which make them exhausted and that is when the amount of mistakes doctors make increases and could endanger a patients life.”

There have been many arguments to do with the junior doctors strike. On the other hand, many people do not agree with this due to family members and loves ones being hospitalized with no care or treatment available.

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Felix Fights on with help from footy heroes

by Bailey, Tom, Georgia & Sophie

Cancer blogs goes viral

Felix, 10, was diagnosed with leukaemia in January earlier this year. Since then, he has committed himself to writing daily blogs on his Facebook page.

Felix, from Bournemouth but since his treatment began school life has taken a back seat in life. He doesn’t let this affect him and tries to live his life to the full whilst he can.

His first post on his Facebook page, on the 8th February read:

“This is my story. The story of a 10 year old boy”

“The story, which at the moment, is a bit of a curve ball”

“I have acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia”

Felix previously played for Bournemouth Poppies and is a huge Bournemouth fan. Only last week Felix received a visit from Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth manager, at his family home by the South coast. Eddie was reported to have had tea with Felix and his parent’s and brother Rufus. Just to make Felix’s experience even better, Eddie gave Felix a signed shirt from all of the players and invited him to watch a training session and meet his heroes.

Leukaemia is cancer of the white blood cells. Acute leukaemia means the condition progresses rapidly and aggressively and requires immediate treatment. Leukaemia is cancer of the white blood cells. Acute leukaemia means the condition progresses rapidly and aggressively and requires immediate treatment. Felix is showing extreme bravery in fighting this condition and continues to stay positive and inspire others with his blogs.

Felix’s Facebook page has nearly 3000 likes as his message of stay positive and never give up going viral. His humour on his page brings a smile to people’s face which was his goal from the start. As a very selfless child, he thanks Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group for all the help they are giving him in his battle.

One of Felix’s biggest admirers is his Mum who is always full of praise for her little hero. “Felix means happy. He’s always been a happy kid who loves making people laugh because life’s too serious and hard enough as it is. I’m incredibly proud of him.”

Here are various quotes who have heard about Felix’s incredible story:

Mrs Cassidy – One of my friend’s daughter’s was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 14. Her biggest hero was Shane Filan from Westlife. Her aim in life was to meet him, and all her positivity paid off when she got the chance to meet her biggest hero. Sadly, she passed away the next day; but her fight was amazing but leukaemia won the fight. When having a disease as bad as leukaemia, positivity is the key, having a sense of humour may help you win the fight so well done Felix. One of the mains things to remember when going through something like this is that there is always hope… always.

Mr Patel – Felix is exceptionally brave to start a blog about his disease especially as he’s so young. The fact that he doesn’t want people to feel sorry for him, he just wants to share his story in the hope he helps someone who is going through the same thing as him. But he’s also making people aware of ALL while also making people laugh at the same time.

Felix’s story is truly inspiring and is continuing to put a smile on people’s faces.

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£100k Value of Stuffed Animals Stolen

by Andrew, Eliose, Emily & Caitlin

A chimpanzee with a top hat, a lion, a wolf, and a flamingo are only a portion of the many stuffed animals in a theft from a warehouse in Wandsworth, the total value of the goods missing worth £100, 000. Police say that the theft took place at around 19:20 GMT on Tuesday 1st March. Totally, eighteen antique animals were stolen, along with a globe. It is believed that the burglars arrived in a Luton van with a grey cab and a white body. Using axle grinders to break in, they stole the valuables and fled.

The public are finding this “unsettling”, and in some cases “useless”. However, a teacher from a Leicester college stated, “I like the fact they’d steal something that is more precious and well-crafted rather than a hunk of trainers from [a sports shop]…” However, another teacher from the same school claimed that he “[doesn’t] really have much opinion on it because there are more important things going on in the world.” Though widely opinionated, others have gone on to mention that they don’t believe in such. One student simply asked “Is this real?” when approached about the subject.

Police have and are asking for help to find the stolen antiques and they have also sent out a few officers to go out on a search. Detective Constable Edward Bird said: “This was not a random crime, the burglars had come prepared and well equipped.” Other than the already stated animals, the missing items also included a sloth, baboon, penguin, giraffe, and few others. Bird also stated “The items they stole are of high value and are very distinctive.”

The culprits on the scene were unnamed and still unfound and so far, no suspects have been made. The warehouse is being searched for clues and misfits of who and why they did it.

Police reports have suspected that the culprits broke into the warehouse, stashed the animals and the globe then fled the scene, driving the Luton van away – all before 8 GMT.

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Today’s Teens Under Too Much Pressure?

by Reilly, Phoebe, Izzie & Bethan

Rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years. Pressure has been key part to play towards this staggering rise, school results and body image being the most significant. But is there excessive pressure being applied to pupils around GCSE’s; or are they just being encouraged to fulfil their potential?

Laura Tennant, an experienced journalist and mother of teenagers, strongly believes that times have changed since she was at school- for the worse. Reflecting on her school days, she told us that the teachers cared about producing a rounded individual; she believes that current teachers are more bothered about their position in the school league tables. “The temptation to constantly compare and contrast yourself with other kids via social media was not ever-present when I was at school,” she says. Bullies find it easy to intimidate on social media as they’re hidden behind a screen. In addition to that, people post pictures of themselves edited and perfected, misleading teenagers to believe that is how you should look.

On the other hand, Sophia Cannon (a Mother of twins) alongside Mr Smith (another English teacher from Brockington College) both outlined that the amount of pressure applied on students is acceptable. “I make no apologies for putting my children under pressure to succeed. I give them high aspirations because the modern world is a tough place and without work and pressure they will fail,” Sophia says. In addition, Mr Smith thinks that the amount of exams should be reduced; however, any upcoming exam should be correctly prepared for and teachers should positively apply pressure.

We spoke to some teachers at Brockington and we had a varied opinion on the topic. We spoke to a successful drama teacher, Mrs Hawthorne, and she stated “Personally, I think children are completely put under too much pressure. The Government is changing the way GCSE subjects work, for example Drama is 70% written assessment and 30% acting. This will put pressure on children that are talented at acting but struggle when it comes to writing”. We also asked an experienced Mathematics teacher, Mrs Goddard, and she stated, “There is far too much pressure on pupils to have to achieve high levels; too much testing is causing anxiety for pupils. Children are now being given a lot of targets that they have to achieve, which adds the pressure of achieving it. Social media makes people feel the pressure of how to look. When children or teenagers see photo shopped images in magazines, it makes them feel conscious of what they look and they feel like they are constantly being judged.

To combat this to some degree, the severity of mental health has been recognised on a national level; the Government have produced five steps to a healthy mental wellbeing and 1 billion pounds extra funding has been put into mental health services. For more information, visit http://www.nhs.uk/video/pages/five-steps-to-mental-wellbeing.aspx