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GCSE's accumulative or prior knowledge.

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morethanpotatoprints Thu 12-Sep-13 13:16:04

Just wondered how many subjects at GCSE are taken with dc having little or no prior knowledge. Or that the GCSE does not depend on knowledge gained throughout the secondary years.

I know Maths and English are because obviously what we learn from a young age has a bearing on these subjects.
But what other subjects are like this and which aren't.
I know and have heard of people gaining a GCSE in Art and Music without having any previous skills. The syllabus seems to support no prior knowledge.

I am interested in others experience and tia.

morethanpotatoprints Sun 15-Sep-13 00:04:35


Thank you very much for sharing your experience, I will make sure she is well prepared with the skills she will require, especially constructing an argument and concluding.
I know a couple of history teachers who used to complain about this.

Thank you all for sharing your views and the sound advice . I also had forgotten about time tabling and compulsory subjects, how quickly us parents forget. Our older two are 18 and 22 and listening to me, you'd think I had no idea how schools worked. grin

The languages are important imo and as she has been offered tuition from a good teacher, we'd be silly to turn it down.

As she is only 9 (Y5)would it be better to concentrate on the Italian first (her choice) and do another language later, or choose another and start them both together? TIA

Bonsoir Sun 15-Sep-13 09:18:42

Start one language at a time if they are MFL - no doubt at all.

morethanpotatoprints Sun 15-Sep-13 20:03:31

Thank you Bonsoir it will be Italian definitely and then either French or German.
The teacher is fluent in French, but can teach all the other MFL offered in schools. This sounds like a good second language and somebody told me the masculine and feminine were the same for French and Italian.

Bonsoir Sun 15-Sep-13 20:11:48

That's not true - masculine and feminine are not necessarily the same at all in French and Italian. Italian is a lovely language and much easier to read and write than French.

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