Depth Study

Depth studies study a short period of time (25-50 years).They are split between Non-British (Wider World) Depth Studies and British Depth Studies.  There are, again, a wide range of options to choose, from OCR’s Britain in Peace and War 1900-1918, to Pearson’s Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88. Departments will need to consider how the Depth Studies will complement the other teaching units at Key Stage 4 and how they will relate to aspects of Key Stage 3. Obviously some schools will have some overlap (e.g. If taking the Normans option) and they will need to plan how they can use this to their advantage. Read more

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  • Triumphs Show 170: making a place for fieldwork in history lessons

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    Why ‘do’ local history? The new (grades 9–1) GCSE specifications place a lot of importance on the local environment. The rationale for this is to get students to situate a site in its historical context, and to examine the relationship between local and national developments. Initially this change was the...

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  • Active remembrance

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    A year after the end of the First World War, George V stated: "I believe that my people in every part of the Empire fervently wish to perpetuate the memory of the Great Deliverance and those who laid down their lives to achieve it." From that moment, the idea of large-scale remembrance...

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  • The Aztecs & Spanish Conquest for GCSE

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    Ian Mursell set up Mexicolore in 1980 with his Mexican partner Graciela Sánchez and has worked since then with a wide variety of heritage and academic partners specialising in Aztec and Maya history. With the Aztecs now becoming a study unit on the OCR 2016 GCSE specification B, the Historical...

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  • King John and Magna Carta

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    Magna Carta: oblivion and revival Magna Carta and the Origins of Parliament King John King John and Magna Carta (Part 1) King John and Magna Carta (Part 2)

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  • The Crusades: links

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    An HA Podcasted History: The Crusades - The First, Second & Third Crusade and the Legacy of the Crusades The First Crusade The Miraculous First Crusade  

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  • Germany

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    Germany An HA Podcast Series: Modern German History Building and assessing historical knowledge on three scales Kristallnacht Adolf Eichmann Reading and enquiring in Years 12 and 13: a case study on women in the Third Reich Podcast: Cold War Germany Nazism and Stalinism – suitable case for comparison?

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  • Poland

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    Poland Polychronicon: Why did the Cold War End? The USSR and Eastern Europe  

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  • Russia & the USSR

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    USSR An HA Podcasted History of the USSR Stalinism Between the Revolutions Nazism and Stalinism – suitable case for comparison? Stalin 6th form podcast Stalin, Propaganda, and Soviet Society during the Great Terror  After the Uprising of 1956: Hungarian Students in Britain 

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  • Britain 1900-1918

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    Writing the First World War - Podcasts Richard Evans Medlicott lecture: The Origins of the First World War Gary Sheffield: Origins of the First World War   The Parliament Act of 1911 The Suffragette Movement - Podcast LGBT History 1914-18 Domestic impact of World War I  First World War treaties...

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  • Charles I, Civil War and Restoration England

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    Presidential Lecture - Charles I: The People's Martyr? King Charles I The Personal Rule of Charles I 1629-40 Polychronichon – interpreting the revolution of 1688 Cunning Plan King Charles II Jacobinism The Jacobites Oliver Cromwell HA Podcasts: From James to Anne

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  • Elizabethan England

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    Polychronichon – interpreting Elizabeth I How Glorious was Gloriana? Elizabeth I and II comparison Women in Britain1500-1700 Revising the Elizabethans

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  • Henry VIII and Ministers

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    Henry VIII Faction in Tudor England The Tudors podcasted series Tudor government

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  • Richard I/The Crusades

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    The Crusades: An HA Podcasted History of the Crusades featuring Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith, Professor Jonathan Phillips of Royal Holloway, University of London and Dr Tom Asbridge of Queen Mary, University of London. The Miraculous First Crusade

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  • Edward I

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    The Nation of the Scots and the Declaration of Arbroath The Scottish Wars of Independence Edward I: Relations between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland Edward I: Law and State

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  • The Normans

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    Norman Conquest The Origins of the Norman Conquest The Norman Conquest: why did it matter? KeynoteSpeech from the Historical Association 2013 Annual Conference - Podcast 1066: The Limits of our Knowledge Edward the Confessor and the Norman Conquest The strange death of King Harold II: Propaganda and the problem of...

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  • Triumphs Show 155: beyond trivial judgements of 'bias'

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    Towards victory in that battle... 10A were nearly a term into their GCSE history course, working on an 1890-1918 British history ‘depth study'. They had already completed work on the Liberal welfare reforms and on the women's suffrage movement, and they had been practising a range of source evaluation approaches....

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  • Hidden histories and heroism: post-14 course on multi-cultural Britain since 1945

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    A school-designed, post-14 course on multi-cultural Britain since 1945  Robin Whitburn and Sharon Yemoh describe the design of a school-generated GCSE course on the challenges that British people faced in forging a multicultural society in post-imperial Britain. Drawing on their own research into their students' experience, they build a discipline-based case...

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  • Using family history to provoke rigorous enquiry

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    ‘My grandfather slammed the door in Winston Churchill's face!' Using family history to provoke rigorous enquiryThe idea of using ‘little stories' to illuminate the ‘big pictures' of the past was creatively explored in Teaching History 107, which offered teachers a wealth of detailed vignettes with which to kindle young people's...

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  • Cunning Plan 143: enquiries about the British empire

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    I wanted to give my Year 8 students ownership of their work on the British Empire by allowing them to suggest our ‘enquiry question'. In order to introduce the Empire, I brought in sugar, spices, bananas, chilli peppers and cotton. I then showed maps demonstrating the Empire at its height....

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  • A comparative revolution?

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    An argument for in-depth study of the Iranian revolution in a familiar way Although the curriculum changes of 2008 brought with them new GCSE specifications, Jonathan White was disappointed by the dated feel of some ‘Modern World' options, particularly the depth studies on offer. Drawing on his experience of teaching...

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