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GRADE 8

MAY/JUNE EXAM BOOKLET

2016

USEFUL EXAM GUIDELINES

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CONTENTS

De-Stress Your Exams

Study Tips

Grade 8 Exam Timetable

What to Prepare:

Afrikaans

Art Option

Biology

Computers

Dance Studies

Design

Drama

EMS

English

French

German

Geography

History

Life Orientation

Mathematics P1

Mathematics P2

Music

Sports Science

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De-Stress Your Exams Everyone becomes stressed during exams but it's important not to let stress grow out of control. Here are some common signs of stress and the best ways to de-stress your exams!

A little bit of stress does us good. What are the symptoms of stress?

Difficulty getting to sleep or difficulty waking up in the morning

Constant tiredness Forgetfulness Unexplained aches and pains Poor appetite Loss of interest in activities Increased anxiety and irritability Increased heart rate Migraines/headaches Blurred vision Dizziness

If you've noticed three or more of the above symptoms and you've experienced them for a few weeks you may need to do something about your stress levels. So how should I deal with exam stress?

Learn to recognise when you're stressed. A break or a chat with someone who knows the pressure you're under will get things into perspective.

Avoid comparing your abilities with your mates. Those "OMG I've only read Macbeth 17 times" conversations are a wind up. Everyone approaches revision in different ways, so just make sure you've chosen the method that works best for you. Make a realistic timetable. Stick to it.

Eat correctly. Treat yourself like a well-honed machine. Fresh fruit and veg. Proper breakfasts. No one can think straight on coffee and cornflakes.

Sleep well. Wind down before bed. Don't revise under the duvet - your bed is a sanctuary not a desk. Get your 8 hours.

Exercise. Nothing de-stresses the mind faster than physical activity. Build it into your timetable. Being a sloth makes our mind sloppy too.

Panic is often triggered by hyperventilating (i.e. quick, shallow breaths). So if you feel yourself losing it during the exam, sit back for a moment and control your breathing. Deep breath in and out through the nose. Counting to five each way.

Steer clear of any exam 'post-mortem'. It doesn't matter what your mate wrote for Question 3(b). It's too late to go back and change your answers, so it will just make you worry even more.

Ultimately, don't lose sight of the fact that there is life after exams. Things might seem intense right now, but it won't last forever.

Adapted from an article from BBC Radio 1 Click here for a video and another article that could encourage you to cope with exam

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Study Tips BEFORE THE EXAM DAY Do not miss ANY days of school. If you are

unwell, come to school to write your exam and then go home. Then you will be able to see how well you know your work and teachers can help you, before the exams, in areas where you are not sure.

Make sure that you have all the notes given in class and that all your assignments are completed. Class work is always added to the exam mark to make your term mark – and it is usually worth as much, if not more, than the exam mark.

At high school you only need to come to school to write the exam. You must make sure that you use your time at home well: study at set times of the day- ask people to test you, make notes, summarise, practice

labelling diagrams and maps – be active in your learning - don’t just read over your work

eat healthy snacks

exercise every day

go to bed at a sensible time

ON THE EXAM DAY You need to arrive for exams at 7h45 latest. You will normally be asked to enter the Main

Hall at 8h00. Examiners have to hand out up to 300 papers and this takes time. There is also 10 minutes of reading time before the exam begins.

If you are not being collected immediately after the exam, then study in the library. For security reasons you are not allowed to walk to the shops.

Dress in FULL school uniform. Bring all the required stationery and a spare pen. CHECK if you

need calculators or glue etc. Wear a watch – you are NOT allowed to have a cell phone on

your desk to check the time. You may NOT read a book or play games while waiting for your

exams to be collected.

DURING THE EXAM Use the 10 mins reading time at the start to read through all the

questions. Be sure to follow the instructions given for each question. Note how many marks a question is worth so that you know what depth of answer (how

many points) to give. PLAN your TIME so that you have enough time to work through each question. Number your questions EXACTLY as they are numbered on the exam paper. Do NOT use Tippex. Simply cross out neatly and rewrite. Don’t sit gloomily on one question which you can’t do - leave a space and move on – come

back to it at the end. Make time to CHECK ALL your answers.

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Grade 8 Exam Timetable May/June 2016

Day and Date Subject Start End

Friday, 20 May Dance Studies 08:30 09:30

Saturday, 21 May No exams for Grade 8

Monday, 23 May Afrikaans 08:30 10:30

Tuesday, 24 May Drama 08:30 09:30

Wednesday, 25 May Design 08:30 09:30

Thursday, 26 May Mathematics P1 08:30 10:00

Friday, 27 May Geography 08:30 10:30

History 08:30 10:00

Saturday, 28 May No exams for Grade 8

Monday, 30 May EMS 08:30 09:30

Tuesday, 31 May English 08:30 10:30

Wednesday, 1 June Mathematics P2 08:30 09:30

Thursday, 2 June French 08:30 09:30

German 08:30 09:30

Friday, 3 June

Computers *Please confirm your specific class time on the Computers page

below

08:30* 14:30*

Saturday, 4 June No exams for Grade 8

Monday, 6 June Life Orientation 08:30 09:30

Tuesday, 7 June Art Option 08:30 09:30

Wednesday, 8 June Biology 08:30 10:00

Thursday, 9 June Sports Science 08:30 09:30

Friday, 10 June Music 08:30 09:30

Saturday, 11 June No exams for Grade 8

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Dance Studies

Friday, 20 May 2016, 08:30 – 09:30

Length of paper: 1 hour Marks: 100

Content to be learnt for the exam

The glossary The skeleton The individual bones and the categories The spine

Types of questions

Multiple choice Essays Diagram labelling

Tips for learners in preparation for the exam N.B. Please bring colouring pencils!

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Afrikaans

Monday, 23 May 2016, 08:30 – 10:30 Length of paper: 2 hours Marks: 100

Content to be learnt for the exam

Begripwoordeskat (1.2) Klanke (1.3 - 1.5) Woorde wat eenders is (1.6.1 - 1.8) Voornaamwoorde (2.2 - 2.4) Voorsetsels (2.5 - 2.8) Woordorde (STOMPI, 3.2 - 3.5) Tye (5.2 - 5.11) Ontkenning (6.2 - 6.6) Woordeskat (1.11, 4.6 & 5.13) Agent 2000 (Notes, questions & answers, and Quizlet vocabulary)

Types of questions

Comprehension (text, advert/other, visual) Film study (similar to questions covered in class) Grammar (As practised) Communication (4.5, 7.7 for examples) Vocabulary: Match the words in column A with the description in column B

Give one word for … Vocab relating to pictures Multiple choice

Tips for learners in preparation for the exam Comprehension: It is essential that you consciously build your vocabulary throughout the year – this is not something you can quickly fix before an exam. That said, study the vocabulary in 1.2. Also have a look through the vocabulary from comprehension tests previously done in class, specifically the vocab used in the questions. Grammar: If you leave studying for your exam until the day or two before, you will not be able to remember how to apply the grammar rules covered in class. Do 3 or 4 sentences a day to keep it fresh in your memory! The best way to study grammar is to re-do exercises you did in class and then check your answers and your notes afterwards – staring at the notes will not help you. Film study: Understanding the storyline is not enough. You have to be able to express in Afrikaans what you know. Therefore, have the vocabulary (Quizlet will help you) to understand questions and to answer the questions in your own words.

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Drama

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 08.30 – 09.30 Length of paper: 1 hour Marks: 50

Content to be learnt for the exam

Notes on the iPad movie process. All the information you used to create your iPad movie.

Types of questions Short questions of 1 - 10 marks each Content questions, comprehension questions, application questions, creative

questions An ability to think independently , apply knowledge to new questions and draw

conclusions based on knowledge and interpretation.

Tips for students in preparation for the exam

Learn the content thoroughly. Make sure you UNDERSTAND everything you learn. Read the questions carefully so that you understand completely what you are being

asked before you begin to answer. Pay attention to the mark allocation and answer accordingly. WORK NEATLY Make a concerted effort to use punctuation such as capital letters where applicable. Remember to bring coloured pencils. READ your answers to see if they make sense before you hand in your answer

sheet

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Design

Wednesday, 25 May 2015, 08:30 – 09:30

Length of paper: 1 hour Marks: 60

Content to be learnt for the exam Read through all the notes that have been given to you and stuck in your book These notes are available in Google Homework Illustration Techniques Logo Design

Types of questions Mix and match Short questions Practical application – pencils or black pen required Visual Analysis

Tips for learners in preparation for the exam Read through to notes to understand. All questions are applied knowledge, no rote learning.

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Mathematics Paper 1

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 08:30 – 10:00

Length of paper: 1½ hours Marks: ±150

Content to be learnt for the exam All year’s work so far: 1. Algebra

Vocabulary and terminology ( degree, co-efficient, binomials, polynomials etc) Using all 4 operations (add , subtract , multiply, divide), BODMAS, distribution,

fractions and substitution Translating from words into algebra and solving “word sums”

2. Integers

Basic use of integers All 4 operations with integers Integers applied to algebra

3. Equations

Solving basic equations Solving equations with fractions Solving equations using distribution Solving inequalities and drawing number lines Using equations to solve word problems Use equations to solve simple problems in Geometry.

4.Fractions

Fractions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) Simplification, including basic Algebraic fractions

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Content to be learnt for the exam 6. Geometry

Measuring angles Naming angles Types of angles Classification of triangles Pairs of angles (e.g. adjacent, supplementary etc.) LEARN ALL REASONS correctly calculating missing angles, using: Vert opp angles Angles on a str line Adjacent comp angles Sum of angles in a revolution Angles in a triangle Isosceles triangles Exterior angle of a triangle Corresponding angles on parallel lines Alternate angles on parallel lines Co-interior angles on parallel lines Proving lines are parallel

Types of questions Knowing basic skills and definitions (about 40% of the paper) Routine calculations (about 20 to 30% of the paper) Complex calculations (about 20% of the paper) Problem solving (10 to 20 % of the paper)

Tips for students in preparation for the exam PRACTISE, PRACTISE, PRACTISE with a PEN in your hand. You must study your notes in the booklets you have been given on each section You cannot rely on having understood the work during the year. There is too much

new work you have studied. You MUST do a few examples of each type of question – either from a booklet, or from old tests, or from past exam papers.

You must mark the questions you try – it is no good doing them if you get them all wrong – all your work and tests should have the correct answers on if you marked efficiently in class.

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR STUDYING UNTIL THE NIGHT BEFORE!!!!!! There is too much to do.

GOOD LUCK. If you work hard, you will reap the rewards.

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Geography

Friday, 27 May 2016, 08:30 – 10:00

Length of paper: 1 ½ hours

Marks: 90

Content to be learnt for the exam

1. All of Mapwork 2. All of Geomorphology 3. All of Natural Resources 4. All of Settlement

5. All of Social Inequalities

Types of questions

Multiple-choice questions / Match column A with column B / One word answers. Content-based and application type questions. Graphs – Draw and/ or interpret, as well as tables. Source-based questions to understand and interpret. Paragraph-type questions. Diagrams to label and interpret. Drawings and diagrams.

(Please note that not all the above types of questions will necessarily be in the exam).

Tips for learners in preparation for the exam

Work through past tests and worksheets. DO NOT rote learn. It is far more important that you understand the concepts than learning facts. Use the class notes in conjunction with ALL the other extra work we have done.

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History

Friday, 27 May 2016, 08:30 – 10:30

Length of paper: 2 hours

Marks: 110

Content to be learnt for the exam

CHANGING WORLDS: TOPIC 1 : INDUSTRIALISATION IN BRITAIN

TOPIC 2 : MINERAL REVOLUTION IN SOUTH AFRICA

TOPIC 3 : WORLD WAR ONE

Types of questions

Source-based questions - answer all three sets of questions 3x30 (90) Source-based paragraphs - answer two questions 2x10 (20)

Tips for students in preparation for the exam

Remember that you are preparing for a skills- based assessment. Revise all the concepts and content in your class notes, typed notes and resource

books. Pay close attention to skill applications which include: knowledge, comprehension.

analysis, synthesis, evaluation, argument, interpretation Work through activities in the handouts and the resource books Closely revise the skills required for the construction of a source-based paragraph Focus on preparing an exam strategy, especially with reference to time

management In the exam, pay close attention to the focus question as this gives you your

direction when engaging with the sources. Ensure that you are always working with the appropriate resources. Pay close attention to the demands of the questions as well as the mark allocation

for each question.

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EMS

Monday, 30 May 2016, 08:30 – 09:30

Length of paper: 1 hour Marks: 85

Content to be learnt for the exam

Government interactions with households, business National Budget Government revenue and expenditure Inequality Lifestyles in different societies Impact of development on the environment Unemployment Accounting concepts

Types of questions

Match the columns

True or false

Definitions

Case studies

Tips for learners in preparation for the exam

Read questions very carefully

Go over all worksheets and cycle tests

Use textbook in conjunction with notebook

Have a good understanding of all diagrams drawn in notebook.

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English

Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 08:30 – 10:30

Length of paper: 2 hours

Marks: 100

Content to be learnt for the exam

Of Mice & Men Work through the Of Mice & Men booklet.

Romeo and Juliet Work through notes and class activities as well as your own notes in your text.

Comprehension & Language

Revise Language booklet; work through English Handbook and Study Guide (the red and yellow book).

Short Writing

Learn the following transactional writing formats in the English Handbook and Study Guide (the red and yellow book).

Friendly letter Diary entry Newspaper article

Types of questions

Short questions

Detailed explanations

Own interpretations

Writing a short piece (e.g. 100-150 words) Longer writing (e.g. 200-300 words)

Tips for learners in preparation for the exam

Consult the English Handbook and Study Guide (the red and yellow book) for Language revision (pp.6-60) Literature revision (pp.69-74) Transactional Writing (pp.77-87) ONLY friendly letter, diary entry and newspaper

article Comprehension Skills (pp.61-66)

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Mathematics Paper 2

Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 08:30 – 09:30

Length of paper: 1 hour

Content to be learnt for the exam GREAT NEWS!!!!! YOU CANNOT LEARN FOR THIS EXAM!!!!!!!!!! This exam tests your comprehension skills, your ability to follow written instructions, and your lateral thinking skills. Work slowly and carefully, with a POSITIVE ATTITUDE. DON’T GIVE UP just because it is something you have never seen before. READ CAREFULLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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French

Thursday, 2 June 2016, 08:30 – 09:30

Length of paper: 1 hour Marks: 100

Content to be learnt for the exam

Vocabulary: classroom, family

Grammar: articles

Verbs

Adjectives

Colours

Numbers 1 - 31

Types of questions

Comprehension: multiple choice, true/false, names

Grammar: verb conjugation, agreement of adjectives, same format as exercises done in class

Tips for students in preparation for the exam

Revise everything very thoroughly. Verbs and vocabulary are extremely important to understand the comprehension passages.

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German

Thursday, 2 June 2016, 08:30 – 09:30

Length of paper: 1 hour Content to be learnt for the exam, types of questions and tips for students in preparation for the exam have been discussed in detail in class. Please contact Herr Peterman in case of further queries.

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Computers

Friday, 3 June 2016

See the correct times for your class

8R – 8:30 to 9:30

8E – 9.45 to 10.45

8D – 11:00 to 12:00

8M – 12:15 to 13:15

8H – 13:30 to 14:30

Length of paper: 1 hour Marks: 100

Content to be learnt for the exam

Your notes

Computer Systems, Software, The Internet, Electronic Presentations, & Referencing

All notes are in Google Classroom AND in the Computer Studies Share Folder * *https://goo.gl/NfuW2x

Types of questions

Short questions: Multiple Choice, Mix and Match, One word answers, True and False, Choose the correct term, Label Screenshots and Comprehension.

Tips for learners in preparation for the exam

Think! Multiple choice questions are often more difficult! The use of computer jargon and the correct terms for technology

is important Spelling is also important; remember ram is a sheep but RAM

is a type of computer memory.

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Life Orientation

Monday, 6 June 2016, 08:30 – 09:30

Length of paper: 1 hour Marks: 80

Content to be learnt for the exam

1. LO Manual A: o Section 1: Self-Esteem p. 7 – 20 o Section 2: Social Media p. 21 – 38 o Section 3: Relationships p. 39 – 50 o Section 4: Learning Styles p. 51– 64 (only read through)

2. LO Manual B: o Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities (p. 24 - 29)

3. Social Development Notes. (Additional notes provided)

Types of questions

The exam may include the following: Multiple choice

True or false

Short questions

Long questions – e.g. poster, post card, magazine cover… Note: Certain questions will require personal insight, opinion and thought. You will also be asked to justify particular answers and give good clear reasons.

Tips for learners: good exam practise

Read each question carefully! Use a highlighter to underline key points in the question to help you answer the question.

Use mark allocations as a guide to the length of answer required and then manage your time carefully.

Check your answers!

Don’t be fooled! You will definitely need to study for LO!

Brushing up on the facts, understanding concepts, knowing definitions will be key.

Feel free to chat to Mr Garthoff if you are unsure of anything.

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Art Option

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 08:30 – 09:30

Length of paper: 1 hour Marks: 60

Content to be learnt for the exam

Elements and Principles

Art terminology, jargon and techniques; Portraits. Analysis of an Artwork (all notes available in the e book)

Types of questions

Mix and match

Visual Analysis of an artwork

Short questions

Practical applications; tonal drawings – HB – 4B – 6B pencils required and a ruler & erasers.

Tips for learners in preparation for the exam

Learn from notes in your art book to understand the content. All questions require applied knowledge, no rote learning. If you do not understand certain terms – then investigate further! Time allocation will demand careful planning. Check mark allocations to prioritise importance and determine length and time needed. Drawings need the most time. Please make sure you leave enough time to complete the drawings.

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Biology

Wednesday, 8 June 2016, 08:30 – 10:00

Length of paper: 1½ hours

Marks: 100

Content to be learnt for the exam

Learn the entire Biology booklet; Module 1, Module 2 and Module 3 (Pages 1-65). Module 1: Cells, Genetics and Variation

Module 2: Man’s impact on the environment Module 3: Classification and making keys

Types of questions

Short questions: matching columns, multiple choice, filling in missing words Longer questions: paragraphs, short essays. Graphs, drawing, keys

Tips for learners in preparation for the exam

Brush up on skills: Drawing a biological drawing and graphing skills Learn with understanding Make sure you have all the required stationery for the exam: Pen, PENCIL, eraser,

ruler and coloured pencil crayons.

You need to be able to apply your knowledge in new contexts, so if you see a question that you don’t immediately recognize, read it carefully first and think through it. Don’t try and fit what you have learn’t into the question. Rather, answer the questions on their own merit and just think logically, applying what you learn’t as background knowledge.

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Sport Science

Thursday, 9 June 2015, 08:30 – 09:30

Length of paper: 1 hour Marks: 100 marks

Content to be learnt for the exam

Have a general understanding of Module 1

Focus on all the work covered in Module 2. Module 3 select sections

Orals from Module 1 and Module 2 need to be revisited

Types of questions

Short Questions. Multiple choice

Labeling of diagrams

Identifying movements

Applied Questions

Tips for learners in preparation for the exam

Sports Science is a Learning subject. Once the basic concepts are understood a simple application should follow. Focus on mastering diagrams, revising practicals and understanding the overall mechanics involved in movement. You will be rewarded with high standard of examination results if you learn your work thoroughly and come prepared to APPLY your knowledge rather than regurgitate it!

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Music

PRACTICAL EXAMS

9 May – 17 May 2016: Individual time-slots will be published in Redd-Ahead.

Length of exam: 20 minutes

Scales 2 pieces Sight reading

Theory of Music (Written in conjunction with History of Music)

Friday, 10 June 2016, 08:30 – 09:30

Length of paper: 1 hour

Content to be learnt for the exam

Advanced: Group 1

Names of notes Time Signatures – simple and compound Grouping of notes in simple and compound time Ties and Slurs Semitones and tones Key signatures Major, Harmonic and Melodic minor scales Intervals – quality and distance (major, perfect, diminished and minor) Musical terminology Transposition – 1 octave higher and lower Transcribe music in a different clef without changing the pitch Basic Analysis

Beginners: Group 2

Names of notes Names of note and rest values (i.e. crotchet) Duration of notes and rests Simple Time Signatures Beaming of notes Ties and Slurs Semitones and tones Key signatures (majors) Identify only Major scales Intervals – distance only Musical terminology Basic Analysis

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Types of questions

Advanced: Group 1

Recognition of notes and note-values Fill in bar lines and/or time-signatures Write key signatures of major and minor keys Identify key signatures Name intervals by distance and quality Rewrite a melody in the treble or bass clef Rewrite a melody an octave higher or lower Define various musical terms Study a given musical excerpt and answer the questions that follow.

Beginners: Group 2

Recognition of notes and note-values Writing different notes Fill in bar lines and/or time-signatures Music sums Identify key signatures of major scales Write major scales Name intervals by distance only Define various musical terms Study a given musical excerpt and answer the questions that follow.

Tips for learners in preparation for the exam

Advanced: Learn the circle of fifths Beginners: Understand the circle of fifths (a copy will be given to you in the exam). Go through all the notes in the Theory workbook. Go over class tests and cycle tests. Bring a pencil, ruler and an eraser

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History of Music (Written in conjunction with Theory of Music)

Content to be learnt for the exam

1) Elements of Music – understand and define the following: Tempo, meter, melody, harmony, tonality, dynamics and rhythm

2) Hall of the Mountain King

3) Film Scores by John Williams – Jaws, Hedwig’s Theme, Indiana Jones and Star Wars

4) The instruments of the orchestra

Types of questions

1) Definitions e.g. What is meter? 2) Longer paragraph questions e.g. What musical elements give Hedwig’s theme a magical quality?

Tips for students in preparation for the exam

You need to know the details on the worksheets and be able to discuss what it is that makes the music effective in the case of film music. Go through the cycle test from Term 1 as part of your revision. Listen to the works we have covered on Youtube.

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