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New History of the World timeline unveiled at the Pre-Prep & Nursery

New History of the World timeline unveiled at the Pre-Prep & Nursery

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19 April 2016

Children at King Edward’s Pre-Prep and Nursery time travelled through history today, as a new 16 metre ‘History of the World’ timeline was unveiled in the School’s playground.

The installation was built using drawings by the children, together with photographs and historical images, and was developed in conjunction with London-based Love Art For Schools.  Displayed in the playground for all to enjoy, the timeline is designed to encourage children to interact with history and to help them understand the chronological order of key historical events.  Periods featured include Prehistoric times, Ancient Egypt, the Vikings, the Victorians, World War One and Two, as well as eras particularly close to the School and Bath’s heart, including Roman and Georgian times and the Tudors (Edward VI founding King Edward’s School in 1552).  The timeline concludes with advances in technology, the astronaut Tim Peake and a photo of all the current children and staff at the Pre-Prep.

Much of the display mirrors periods of history brought to life during school lessons and project work.  Year 2, for instance, learn about the Victorians and the Industrial Revolution, and the frieze features photos from their trip to SS Great Britain, in Bristol.  Similarly Year 1 visited Cardiff Castle recently, as part of their Knights and Castles project,  and highlights from the trip are also captured in the timeline, together with Year 1’s designs for medieval shields .

Further illustrations created by the children and staff at school were developed during workshops with Love Art For Schools.  As such the frieze features hand-drawn WW1 poppies, rockets to illustrate Tim Peake’s travels in space, Tudor roses, fossils and dinosaurs, fireworks behind the depiction of Guy Fawkes, and the Georgian splendour of The Circus in Bath.

Commenting on the new display, head teacher, Ms Jayne Gilbert said: “The timeline has already cast its magic on the children at school, who are busy exploring the different stories contained within the frieze and pointing out their favourite moments in history.  Understanding history from a chronological perspective, can be quite a difficult concept for our younger children to piece together, so the timeline is a wonderful resource to be able to draw upon to explain and link historical events around the world.”

Ms Gilbert added:  “The children have been involved in the development of the timeline right from the start.  Workshops captured their ideas on what should be featured and artwork by all the children bring some very personal touches to the display."

Nathalie Frost of Love Art for Schools said:  “During the planning stage we worked closely with KES Pre-Prep and Nursery to gain extensive knowledge about the history of the School and the local area.  To make this timeline completely unique we included a large section on the Romans and Georgians in Bath, focusing on figures such as Beau Nash and Ralph Allen.  The children designed their very own Georgian houses which we added to our version of The Circus.  There is also a map of the local area surrounding the School hidden within the grass of the Georgian section.”

The timeline’s installation was very kindly supported by a donation from Ms June Stockham, a friend of the School, who is also godmother to James in Reception.

 

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