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KS3 'CGP' books: Which are best?

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Erebus Fri 07-Oct-11 08:38:30

Someone recommended CGP study books here.

Can anyone tell me which one is best for English as there seems to be several?

There's KS3 English:The Study Guide

And KS3 English:The Workbook including answers

What I want is a book that supports what DS1 (Y8) is doing in English, like: How and where to use connectives, where to use a semi-colon, etc, as opposed to specific text study guides.


fastweb Fri 07-Oct-11 08:45:06

The study guide will explain and highlight the most important points.

The workbooks give an opportunity to put what has been learned into practice.

Out of the two which do you need ?

I had to buy both, cos for us it wasn't a case of requiring just one or the other.

I would drop Cgp a line and ask them outlining what you are looking for.

I had cause to ask their advice re chosing a book for a really complicated situation and was really impressed with the time and consideration they took to answer, especially when they were honest and it may well be the product I had in mind might not be the best fit.

Fabby customer service with knobs on there, so I would seriously advise taking advantage of it and seeing what they suggest.

Erebus Fri 07-Oct-11 11:34:57

Thanks very much- it wouldn't have occurred to me to ask them personally!

My 'problem', such as it is, is that as you may well know, modern Secondaries don't issue text books so if a DC is a bit stuck, they can't just find the place or subject area 'in the book' to ask a parent's advice- and if they aren't particularly articulate, it can be nigh on impossible to ascertain what, exactly they're struggling with! So you try a Q&A session to find out where the problem lies, but both of you came away frustrated.

I am looking for books, probably in English, Maths and Science which are sort of NC 'text books'; so if, say, DS1 is studying 'sound' in Y8 science, he can flick to the page in the Science book and have a look and see what he'd be expected to know. And I can look at it to see whether he's actually learned what he should know!

spiderpig8 Fri 07-Oct-11 13:15:46

Modern secondaries don't issue text books?
really?? Is this widespread??
my DSs school certainly does-in every subject.i can't imagine how they manage without? -

Erebus Fri 07-Oct-11 13:38:12

Nope, not here! DS has a Spanish workbook, a Maths workbook and piles of photocopies for English and Science. I actually don't know how exactly they do study!

I queried it on here a few months ago when DS was in Y7 and was (politely) told that textbooks were old fashioned and non-dynamic!

fastweb Fri 07-Oct-11 13:40:16

No textbooks !?!?

We've just had to cough up 300 euros for first year middle school in text books.

Weigh a fecking tonne

What does the teacher use as the course backbone in the place of a set book ?

seeker Fri 07-Oct-11 13:47:14

Make sure you get books that link to the GCSE board the school uses for the subject concerned. But the school wil have text books, even if they don't bring them home. Ask the teacher then buy your own copy. It's not about books being old fashioned- It's about books never coming back once they are out from under the teacher's eye!

spiderpig8 Fri 07-Oct-11 14:01:48

They do give each textbook a unique number and send a bill for not returned at the end of the year.Well the more organised departments do anyway!

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