Triumphs Show

The regular ‘Triumph Shows’ that feature in Teaching History offer a quick way for teachers to celebrate their successes and share inspirational ideas with one another. While the ideas are always explained in sufficient depth for others to be able to take them forward in their own practice, the simple Triumph Show format allows teachers to present individual activities or one-off events that have had a particular impact on their students. The website search function means that relevant ‘Triumph Shows’ can be identified in relation to particular substantive content or principles of planning, but simply browsing through the collection can also provide powerful inspiration and trigger new ideas. It might even inspire you to begin writing for Teaching History yourself – sharing a recent ‘Triumph’ is a great way to start!  

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  • Triumphs Show 141: using family photos to bring the diversity of Jewish lives to life

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    Headteachers, Hungarians and hats: using family photos to bring the diversity of Jewish lives to life It is 9.35am on a wet Tuesday. As the rain falls outside, fingers twitch in a Y ear 9 history classroom. The instruction is given and 28 pairs of hands spring into action, rifling...

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  • Triumphs Show 140: leading a school re-enactment group

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    Who would true valour see...let him (or her) lead a school re-enactment group While many teachers may have called on the services of historical re-enactors to inspire their students and create a living sense of the past, few have taken on the challenge of establishing their own historical re-enactment group....

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  • Triumphs Show 139: Whodunnit? The Felling mining disaster of 1812

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    Whodunnit? The Felling mining disaster, 1812 The room buzzes as pathologists swap stories about injuries on the latest bodies. Some have virtually all limbs missing, others have been crushed by rockfall. Others have been found seemingly asleep with not a mark on their bodies. You have stepped into a Year...

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  • Triumphs Show 138: a kinaesthetic interpretation of Dover castle

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    Licking the stones: a kinaesthetic interpretation of Dover castle in 360 degrees This is the story of one history department that, in collaboration with a local historical site, embarked on a ‘curriculum co-development project' with the art department. The aim was to use learning experiences outside the classroom to bring...

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  • Triumphs Show 137: Assessing through reflection

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    Assessing through reflection: How one history department has found a way to satisfy the Senior Leadership Team, parents and pupils through tightly focused self-assessment Teachers are caught between a rock and hard place when it comes to assessment. Senior leaders want to see evidence of regular ‘levelling' while (most) pupils...

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  • Triumphs Show 136: how one history department changed pupils' and parents' perceptions of homework

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    Devising worthwhile and engaging homework tasks, week in week out, can prove both demanding and frustrating - particularly in contexts where we know students will have be chased to complete them. How can we make homework planning easier and more effective - and cut down the time spent chasing recalcitrant...

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  • Triumphs Show 129: Holding a live debate around an historical theme

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    Beheading Headlines: Holding a live debate around an historical theme Studying the events surrounding the execution of Charles I is exciting on many levels: the first English King to be executed by his ‘people', the gory public beheading and the controversy surrounding the trial and verdict... But studying the Civil...

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  • Triumphs Show 135: how trainee teachers learned to put history back into GCSE

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    What do you know about how your local museums can help your GCSE planning and teaching? How can your new GCSE courses for September make use of the free resources, artefacts and images that our local and national museums house? That's just what the PGCE history group from Leeds Trinity...

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  • Triumphs Show 133: Getting more pupils choosing History at GCSE

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    It is often remarked that history is under pressure nationally at GCSE. Our history numbers have never been enormous, and we have recently gone down from 2 sets to one set. The crunch came in 2007 when we collapsed to a dismal 12 students. A variety of factors may have...

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  • Triumphs Show 133: Little Miss Cold War

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    Students can find it hard to understand and remember the differing schools of interpretation that they encounter at A2. The process of studying differing historiographic claims can also seem rather dry and tedious. It is crucial that they grasp differences in interpretation if they are to succeed in their examinations,...

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  • Triumphs Show 130: Righting the Revolution

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    It was period 5 on a wet Wednesday afternoon deep into the winter term. Year 9 were even more difficult than usual. Being cooped up inside at lunch, without supervision, had not helped the situation. What was I going to do with this untamed bunch? Put on a trusted video?...

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  • Triumphs Show 128: Speed-dating with Queen Elizabeth

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     Some of the most effective role play activities are those which draw on the common experiences of pupils to promote serious learning outcomes. Chris Higgins experiments with a number of situations and strategies that draw upon popular games and television show formats. These are used to engage, to provide structure...

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  • Triumphs Show 127: using the Anne Frank House's 'A Family Secret'

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    The Anne Frank House recently translated its comic book A Family Secret into English. By stressing the choices and dilemmas of ordinary people living in Amsterdam during the German Occupation, the comic seeks to revise the black and white ideas students hold of right and wrong. With five other history...

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  • Triumphs Show 123: Making sources fun

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    One of the biggest challenges which any history teacher faces is how to make sources fun! Source work does struggles in terms of pupil excitement, understanding and motivation when pitted against the roleplays, dramas and debates. As a history teacher, I am constantly looking for fresh and novel ways to...

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  • Triumphs Show 121: 60th Anniversary commemoration of the end of WWII

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    It’s early July 2004, and the history department of Harrogate Grammar School are chatting in the staff room enjoying a bit of spare time now that exam classes have disappeared. The subject of what the department will do next year when it comes to trips, speakers and special days comes...

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  • Triumphs Show 120.1 - Is music the answer to the Irish question in schools?

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    Ian Ollerenshaw shares with us a way to help GCSE pupils understand the complexities of the ‘Irish Question’ and start to empathise with diverse perspectives. He uses a medium – music – that is familiar to teenagers, beginning with their own music before moving on to songs specifically about Ireland.

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  • Triumphs Show 120.2: using role play to explain military history

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    Julian Critchley demonstrates how role play can be used to explain military history.

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  • Triumphs Show 119: bringing the big picture to life using a 3D rollercoaster

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    In this edition of 'Triumphs Show' Kate Dacey demonstrates the effectiveness of visual stimuli in improving pupils' historical understanding. Dacey achieved this by using a 3D wall display to depict the turbulent period of the Reformation.

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  • Triumphs Show 117: Helping Year 9 to think and feel their way through the origins of the Holocaust

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    Dave Woodcraft is passionate about engaging students and making them care about the past. He is unrepentant about wanting his lessons to have an emotional impact and a relevant, immediate appeal. To this end, he frequently uses modern parallels in his classroom to make the point that issues in the...

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  • Triumphs Show 116: A practical way of teaching the complexities of ‘The Troubles’ at GCSE

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    Helping pupils to understand sectarian divisions in Northern Ireland is not easy. For pupils to comprehend the origins and complexities of ‘the Troubles’ they need a big picture. That big picture could be viewed as the interaction of three concepts: time, place and identity. If pupils can at least glimpse...

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