Classroom Ideas

03 Oct 2020

Supporting Pupils’ Emotional Wellbeing

Children’s mental health and wellbeing has always been an important part of school life. Teachers play a vital role in supporting their pupils’ social and emotional development. Creating a nurturing classroom environment can help children to feel confident, secure, safe and therefore ready to learn. Here are 5 ideas for […]

08 Aug 2018

KS1 History: The Great Fire of L...

  Resources needed: Lots of small pieces of red, orange and yellow tissue paper.   Sit the children in 4 or 5 rows, with about 5 or 6 children in each row (depending on the size of the class). Ensure that each child is far enough away from the next […]

08 Aug 2018

KS2 English: Making SPAG Fun!

  Resources needed: Sentence cards halved into beginnings and endings. A selection of words with their synonyms and antonyms, e.g. big, large, small, tiny A list of Initial clauses for step 4.     Begin with some work on connectives. Give all children half a sentence, either a beginning (We […]

08 Aug 2018

Phonics: Blending to Read CVC Wo...

  Resources needed: Large selection of milk bottle tops, or similar plastic lids Simple CVC words and corresponding pictures Paper or card White boards and pens       Arrange the children in a circle. Begin with a warm up game such as ‘I Spy’ or any other phonics-based learning […]

08 Aug 2018

KS1/2 Science: Magnetic or Not?

    KS1/2 Science: Magnets Activity: Discovering which items are magnetic, and which are not. Resources needed: Large magnet per pair/group of children Lots of small-sized materials to test (fabric, foil, coins, plastic bottle tops, hair grips etc.) 2 x Paper and pencil per pair/group. Iron filings Smaller magnet Sheet […]

08 Aug 2018

KS2 SPAG: Remembering Vocabulary

Resources needed: Personal dictionaries (one per child) Unusual words written on cards Word meaning chart Unusual word with three possible meanings.   Explain to the class that they will be expanding their vocabulary and have a brief discussion with the class as to why that is so important, e.g. to […]

08 Aug 2018

KS2 SPAG: Tenses

  Resources needed: Sentence cards with missing words Pencils Memory cards game using both the infinitive The past simple and the present perfect, e.g. go/went/had gone, do/did/had done   Remind the children that the ‘simple past’ tense is used to describe things which were started and completed in the past. […]

08 Aug 2018

KS2: Conjunctions - Adding Claus...

  Resources needed: Dice Who/why/where/when/how/? stickers List of main clauses Large pieces of paper Packets of Post-it notes   Give one of the dice to each pair of children and ask them to stick the little stickers over the numbers. Now show a main clause to the children and ask […]

08 Aug 2018

Identify Sounds and Observe Soun...

Resources needed: Sound clips Corresponding pictures Tissue paper Glass bowl Speaker/sound system Cling film     Ask the children to close their eyes and listen carefully to the sounds around them for one minute. When the minute is up, ask for a list of sounds which the children heard. These […]