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    Steps to revising and advice for parental support

    Steps to revising...

    Look through your exercise book.  Go through topic tests. See what you need to do to improve. Check if all your work is complete.
    Use the @historykinged Instagram revision page to access revision tasks and to follow useful links to other sites to aid revision.
    Turn class work into revision cards/post-its. Alternatively, highlight key words and terms in one colour and key dates and numbers, percentages in another as you read your class notes and past work.
    Use the History Learning Wall in-between rooms 4 and 5 to get knowledge organisers and topic tests. Unit 1 materials are in the yellow files, Unit 2 materials are in the blue files and Unit 3 materials are in the pink files.
    Look at past papers-type ‘Edexcel past papers’ into a search engine. Step 1: Select ‘GCSE’. Step 2: Select ‘H’. Step 3: Select ‘History’. Step 4: Select ‘History A (2009)’. Step 5: Then choose a series eg. ‘June 2014’. The three Units you will be examined on are the following: Unit 1 Option 1A. Unit 2 Option 2A and Unit 3 Option 3A.  You will then find a paper for each unit. You can find different papers by going back to choose a different series-step 5.
    Use the Pearson Revision guide for the ‘History A’ specification. This is available in school for £2.50 in the Library. You only need to use the following chapters of this revision guide: Unit 1 The Era of the Cold War Key Topics 1, 2 and 3-pages 1-19.  Unit 2A Germany-pages 20-32. And Unit 3A War and the Transformation of British Society 1903-28-pages 60-68.
    Attend Making the Grade sessions; a timetable will be published soon.
    Use the following History blog Students can complement their revision by searching the posts on this blog to do further reading. This should not be done in place of the above suggestions, but alongside the above suggestions.

    Advice for parental support...

    Your son/daughter will have a History fact test given to them to revise every week 1, ready to be tested during week 2 of the timetable.  You could help by making sure they are revising for this test and spend some time asking your son/daughter some questions about the facts on the test.  This will really help them embed key facts into their long-term memory.
    Encourage your son/daughter to go through the past papers (following the advice and guidance in point 5 above) and attempt as many question types as possible across all three papers they will sit in June 2017.  They have been taught methods of how to answer all the question types many times and so know how to access each question type.  Further advice and guidance for certain questions can be found on the school website: and on the History Instagram feed @historykinged (see step 2 above).  Your son/daughter’s History teacher will be more than happy to mark this work.
    Your son/daughter will have to hand in a History homework chosen off one of the three take-away homework sheets every two weeks-by the end of week 1 of the timetable.  You could help by making sure they are completing this work.  If they have lost their take-away homework sheets, they are on the school website:  This work is always marked and given back during a week 2 of the timetable.
    History is content heavy, and understanding of the courses requires students to understand events in their sequential order. You can help them do this by making flashcards of all events for all three units and ask your child to practice putting them in their sequential order.  They will make mistakes at first but the more practice they get the fewer mistakes they will make.
    It is advisable that your son/daughter spends at least 20-40 minutes on History revision at least 3-5 times a week.
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