The potty timeline: an effective way of using timelines

Primary History article

Alison Mansell, last updated: 30th October 2018

Timelines are a constant source of fascination. Rows of events and time periods all jostling for position on an eternal line, cramming together or strung out with wide gaps between them. In our primary classrooms, however, the vastness of timelines can be diminished as we crop them on computers and ‘shrink to fit’ on an A4 sheet. How could Year 3 grasp the vastness of ‘early civilisations’ using timelines? There was only one possible answer – loo roll!

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