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Age Range: 7-11 | 5-7
Duration: 60 or more mins
  • Engineering
  • D & T

The history of flight

Making a hanging-mobile timeline of the history of flight.

In this engaging activity, learners will produce a timeline for the history of crewed flight. Rather than the conventional linear timeline, this version is presented as a hanging mobile. They will carry out research to identify the important technological advances and dates, then use this to create the images hung on the mobile.

This could be used as a one-off main lesson activity to develop understanding that products and technologies change over time, or to build knowledge and understanding of flight.

You will need:

  • Access to internet or other appropriate research facilities
  • Card
  • Pencil & pens
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Cotton or string
  • Coat hanger

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