Active learning, chronology and curiosity

Great Marlow School Literacy Timeline and Calendar

Want to promote active learning, explain chronology and fuel curiosity?

Timelines are a visual learning aid for schools. They show pupils what happened, when and why. Timelines also give context to key events, to complement lessons in the classroom.

As a large format, visual medium, Timelines provide the perfect opportunity for active learning. In fact, they’re a fabulous way to enhance your learning environment.

As other Wall Art trends emerge and evolve, Timelines remain consistently popular for schools. So, let’s wander through time and discuss why they’re so popular…

Active learning

Active learning is an umbrella term for learning and teaching methods which put the student in charge of their own learning through meaningful activities. [It] promotes recall and deeper understanding of material, as students are engaging with the content rather than simply listening to it.” – University of Leicester

Through active learning, children can engage in free thought, imagination and self expression. Pupils can also cultivate their own opinions and ideas about each event.

Plumberow timeline wall art

Young children learn concepts, form ideas, and create their own symbols or abstractions through self-initiated activity—moving, listening, searching, feeling, manipulating. Such activity, carried on within a social context…makes it possible for the child to be involved in intrinsically interesting experiences that may produce contradictory conclusions and a consequent reorganization of the child’s understanding of his or her world.“-Trinity Preschools

Timelines allow pupils to engage, actively and authentically, with events they’ll learn about in the classroom.

They can;

For younger children, the content should be simple, fun and colourful. They can use their imaginations and explore infinite realms of possibility.

Older children will benefit from engaging with their curriculum in an exciting and visual rich format. Timelines are certainly ideal for large classes. They provide the physical space for pupils to engage with the content individually, and as a group.

Making the most of Timelines

We’ve received some feedback from schools about how they use their Timelines to best effect. So here are a few tips to maximise yours;

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Understanding chronology

Timelines showcase events in order, in a large, visual format. So they’re ideal for teaching chronology and helping pupils piece together multiple events in relation to each other.

They also make it possible for pupils to relate historical events to their current life stages. For example, pupils may see examples of events that have repeated themselves throughout history. Or, they might realise that certain inventions or events didn’t happen as long ago as they expected!

Curiosity and conversation

Recently, we received this super feedback from Malmesbury Park Primary School;

“What a fantastic timeline 🙂

The children are really engaged by it and asking lots of questions.

My favourite quote is ‘How did you survive without the internet?!’

PYS Malmesbury Park History Timeline Corridor

This is a super example of how Timelines can prompt discussion, fuel curiosity and give context to key events.

And, as pupils actively engage with their Timeline, they’ll naturally discuss aspects of it. By the time they return to the classroom, they’ll be more engaged and enthusiastic. They’ll certainly be ready to discuss and debate what those events mean to them!

Timelines in action

At Promote Your School, we specialise in creating bespoke designs for each project. This means, no two timelines will be alike! We believe your school is unique, so your Wall Art should be too.

Get in touch to find out more about Timelines for your school! You can also see more of our work in the case studies section of our website.