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History KS3 help needed!

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by rubyannereid, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. rubyannereid

    rubyannereid New commenter

    I am a newly qualified Key Stage 2 teacher (from England). I have been working for 2 years in a small school abroad.
    When I took the job, they asked me to teach KS3 history. It was a condition to taking the job,

    I have no expertise in history and dropped the subject at school when I was 15.
    I have been given a useless QCA scheme of work which assumes that you know everything about history.

    Every week I spend about 3 hours labouring over this history lesson. I am fed up and exhausted. I never even wanted to teach history or secondary students.
    Currently I am teaching Black Peoples of America to a very high ability Year 9 class. Next term I will be teaching The Cold War.

    If anybody has taught these and has websites and resources which could help me, you would be saving my life. Please help.
  2. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Sorry to hear this.

    You might find this website useful (I am not connected to it, so am recommending it in a completely unbiased way):


    Their discussion forum might also be useful:


    I can also recommend (on same basis) this website:


    Another idea would be to look at the schemes of work some schools' History departments - google will be your friend here - I know when I was working there were some very good ones and I was able to sue their resources. Then there is also the TES 'resources' section - I assume you have looked at that.

    Then lastly try the Historical Association:


    Also try putting this question on the TES History Forum.

    Hope this helps.

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