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    So my offer changed from conditional to unconditional because I finally got my degree marks and I'm now starting my pre course tasks.

    Having looked through the curriculum, my subject knowledge is lacking in a few areas - notable Britain 1500-1900 and pre 1066 Britain.

    I need to improve my subject knowledge in these areas but I don't really know the best place to start!

    If anyone who has faced a similar problem could advise me on the sort of things they did, that'd be awesome.

    All I'm doing presently is going through Amazon and trying to find some a-level textbooks for these periods but I don't think pre 1066 Britain for A-Level is common.
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    hey Samus2

    I am on the same page as you - Ive highlighted I know nothing in British History after the civil war until 1890's and very little pre 1066.

    I got advised by my uni to look at history text books that are currently used in schools and look at websites such as bitesize as will give the basics and a point to work from for keystage 3 and 4.

    For A level they were a bit vague - I have decided to look at the current exam boards specification and look at which units I do not feel comfortable with and study them. Also planning to look at textbooks - the ones used in classes as well so to get an idea.

    I have never heard of A level studying pre 1066? Really hope does not come up regularly as not my most favourite period of history tbh

    Hope this helps
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    hey Samus2

    I am on the same page as you - Ive highlighted I know nothing in British History after the civil war until 1890's and very little pre 1066.

    I got advised by my uni to look at history text books that are currently used in schools and look at websites such as bitesize as will give the basics and a point to work from for keystage 3 and 4.

    For A level they were a bit vague - I have decided to look at the current exam boards specification and look at which units I do not feel comfortable with and study them. Also planning to look at textbooks - the ones used in classes as well so to get an idea.

    I have never heard of A level studying pre 1066? Really hope does not come up regularly as not my most favourite period of history tbh

    Hope this helps
    Ah awesome! What uni are you at?

    I didn't even think about BBC Bitesize so I'll definitely have a look at that.

    Are you just going through, making notes about each topic and how you might teach it?

    Thanks for the reply!
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    Ah awesome! What uni are you at?

    I didn't even think about BBC Bitesize so I'll definitely have a look at that.

    Are you just going through, making notes about each topic and how you might teach it?

    Thanks for the reply!

    I am going to Man Met to start my PGCE this year.

    I find it useful to find out the basics of what learners are expect to know. I am just going through and making notes. If I think of a way how I may want to teach the topic I put a note but tbh not really focusing how I may teach as may find a better way once start the course.

    Which uni are you going to?
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    (Original post by kitty_kat_lancs)
    I am going to Man Met to start my PGCE this year.

    I find it useful to find out the basics of what learners are expect to know. I am just going through and making notes. If I think of a way how I may want to teach the topic I put a note but tbh not really focusing how I may teach as may find a better way once start the course.

    Which uni are you going to?
    Thanks so much for the reply! I'll start on that on Monday.

    Canterbury Christ Church. A lot of things I'm confident on because of my degree but there's some areas where I know literally nkthing
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    Hi All, I've just had my NQT year signed off and I'm a history teacher I was like you describe- lots of gaps in my knowledge. To be honest I just learned everything at the same time that I taught it, not ideal but it worked for me. The KS3 basics are:

    The Battle of Hastings
    Medieval life/church/castles
    Becket
    King John
    Tudors
    English Civil War
    Cromwell
    Slave Trade/ Slavery/ Industrial Revolution
    First World War

    You really don't know what you are going to need to teach at A Level/ GCSE- although most exam boards have a Germany 1918-45 for GCSE.

    I'm starting a new school with whole new specifications in September so I've got more learning to do! And I'm teaching politics too!

    Good luck!
 
 
 
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