As you are no doubt aware, GCSEs are changing. At present 2/3 of schools opt for the Modern World GCSE. Under the reformed criteria, it will no longer be possible to offer a modern world course and schools will be required to offer topics from a broader chronological range. In addition, there will also be a requirement for students to study a thematic unit which will cover an overview through time of a particular topic or theme. If you have had little experience of teaching this kind of approach at Key Stage 4, at first, it may feel a little daunting. The helpful guide below sets out links to a range of podcasts, articles and pamphlets that will provide subject knowledge guidance that you may find useful for all of the identified thematic topics of the recently published draft GCSE specifications. In addition there are also links to helpful articles dealing with bigger picture history, overview and continuity and change.
GCSE Thematic Study Links
Bigger picture history and teaching change and continuity over time.
New, Novice or Nervous? Teaching Overview
Tales: Developing students' own thematic and synoptic understandings at Key Stage 3. Aimed at KS3 - but good advice.
Change and Continuity - Selected Articles
Transforming Year 11's conceptual understanding of change
Historical Perspective & 'Big History'
Medicine: Selected Articles.
HA Podcast: Medieval Medicine
Topic Pack: Medicine through Time: What do I need to know?
NHS Reform Timeline
Continuity in the treatment of mental health through time
Anorexia Nervosa in the nineteenth century
Crime and Punishment :
Crime and Punishment Selected Articles
HA Podcast: Crime & Punishment - Factors and Time Periods
HA Podcast: Crime and Punishment - Roman to Early Modern
HA Podcast: The Bloody Code - Early Modern Crime and Punishment
HA Podcast: Roman Crime and Punishment
Topic Pack: Crime and Punishment Through Time
Power and Democracy
The Norman Conquest: why did it matter?
HA Podcast Series: Social & Political Change in the UK 1800-present: Part 1. Politics, Reform and War
England Arise! The General Election of 1945
HA Podcasted History: William I to Henry VII
HA Podcast Series: James VI & I to Anne
The Great Revolt of 1381
Reinventing the Charter: from Sir Edward Coke to ‘freeborn John'
Magna Carta and the development of the British constitution
The Great Charter: Then and Now
An English Absolutism? The Later Stuart Monarchy 1660-88
Parliament and Votes for Women
HA Podcast Series: Social & Political Change in the UK 1800-present: Part 2. The Women's Movement
Suffragettes in the Dock
The Reformed Electoral System in Great Britain, 1832-1914
HA Podcast: The Legacy of Chartism
HA Podcast: Parliamentary Politics in the 18th Century
Radicalism and its Results, 1760-1837
The National Insurance Act 1911: three perspectives, one policy
Limited Monarchy in Great Britain in the Eighteenth Century
The Origins of Parliament
Towards Reform in 1809
HA Podcast: Politics in England Through Time
HA Podcast Series: England's Immigrants 1330-1550
When were Jews in medieval England most in danger?
HA Podcast Series: Social & Political Change in the UK 1800-present: Part 3 Diversity - A Changing Population
Cunning Plan - Exploring the Migration experience...
Britain was our home': Helping Years 9, 10, and 11 to understand the black experience of the Second World War
Uncovering the hidden histories: black and Asian people in the two world wars
Identity shakers: cultural encounters and the development of pupils' multiple identities
You Should Be Proud of Your History. They Make You Feel Ashamed. Teaching History Hurts.
Seeing a Different Picture: Exploring Migration Through The Lens of History
Lesson Plan: Immigration to Britain
Social & Political Change in the UK 1800-present: Part 5 Religion
Britain and the Cold War
Podcast: Cold War, Germany and the Berlin Wall
HA Podcasted History: The Cold War
Gary Sheffield: Origins of the First World War
Teaching History 155: Teaching About The First World War
The Domestic Impact of World War I
Joan of Arc: Woman Warrior Witch
The Origins of the Second Great War
Polychronicon: The Wars of the Roses
War, Society and the State in Early Modern Europe
HA Podcast: The Falklands War
Edward the Confessor and the Norman Conquest
India and the British War Effort 1939-45
The Second World War
The Coming of the First World War
Magna Carta and the Origins of Parliament
The Armada Campaign of 1588
Historical Events in 10 Tweets: The Crimean War
Modern Ireland Podcasts
Assessing the Battle of Waterloo in the Classroom
Napoleon: The First Consul and Emperor of the French
HA Podcast Series: From the French Revolution to the fall of Napoleon
HA Podcast Series: The Vikings
The Vikings in Britain
How Nelson Became a Hero
The Press and the Public during the Boer War
The Norman Conquest: Why Did It Matter?