Support for Your Child in their History GCSE Exams

8th December 2017

Dear Parent / Carer

Support for Your Child in their History GCSE Exams

As we get closer to the GCSE exams, I thought I would send you this letter to let you know how we in History will be helping your child and how you can support them. I hope that he or she can attend the special booster sessions below.  Please complete and return the attached reply slip to confirm attendance on any of these sessions:

History Exam dates - 

  • 4th June 2018- Paper 1 - Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present

  • 8th June 2018- Paper 2 - Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88 (British depth study)  The American West, c1835–c1895 (Period study)

  • 12th June 2018 -Paper 3 - Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

Special weekend and twilight  teaching to give a last “boost” before each exam - 

  • Sunday 3rd June  10am – 1pm
  • Thursday 7th June 3pm – 6pm
  • Sunday 10th June 10am – 1pm

After school support in History rooms available to all students to work on their own revision with a teacher present.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and some Fridays - for all Exam dates

Revision Books we Recommend you buy

Revise Edexcel GCSE History 9-1  OR  Hodder My Revision notes for Edexcel 9-1 History

Available online from Amazon or each company direct.

You will need one revision book of your choice for each unit. Please see titles in table above.

What we will be doing to help every student that wants it.

  1. History classrooms open for support and advice every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 3-5pm.
  2. We have already begun offering 1:1 intervention for those that feel they need that confidence boost.
  3. History teachers will continue to mark and provide feedback on practice questions that your child may wish to do in their own time.
  4. We are available for help and advice at our usual email addresses.

What can you do to support your child?

 ●     Buy the revision books if you can afford it. If it might be a problem, please email me below.

●     Encourage them to do as many of the above as possible.

●     Would you also be willing to test them on the facts in their revision books or the Quizlets they will be making?

I appreciate that there may be practical reasons why they cannot take advantage of all the above, but taking these opportunities now to revise and perfect their History over the coming weeks in a caring and supportive environment will be much better than sitting a paper that they are unprepared for. Many children feel extreme stress prior to taking an exam simply because they know they have not prepared. We hope to help them avoid that, with your help.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this. Please contact me if I can help in any way.

Yours sincerely

Mark Turner

Head of History 

 (mt@poolacademy.co.uk)

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Please return to Student Reception who will pass on to Mr Turner

Please let us know the sessions your child will be attending

Student name:

Special weekend and twilight  teaching to give a last “boost” before each exam

Please tick

Sunday 3rd June 10-1

Thursday 7th June 3-6

Sunday 10th June 10-1

Signed: ……………………………………………………………………………. Parent / Carer

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