My brilliant idea - Taking time

17th October 2008 at 01:00

Any subject - Ages 11-14

This plenary and starter activity is designed to help lower ability pupils understand and remember the chronology of events. It is most effective when the main part of the lesson has pupils involved in activities that sort the sections of a story chronologically.

Pupils create their own role-play for each section of the story. They choose the moment that they think best tells that part of the story - then I photograph the "snapshot".

You can follow it up in the next lesson. Pupils work in pairs with a set of prints and labels that tell the story. They have to match the correct label with its photo and put them in chronological order. This can also be done on an interactive whiteboard.

Pupils enjoy the drama, laugh at the photos and engage with the chronology, without making heavy weather of it. I have used it to get them to remember the events in the last week of Jesus' life in RE, starting with a storyboard. It went down a storm, with the pupils improvising a Last Supper that included a chocolate muffin and Ribena.

Marion Pearson teaches humanities at Castledown School in Wiltshire.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now