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

Recognising the Life Cycles of M...

Resources needed: Pictures of a platypus, a kangaroo and a rabbit Mammal cards (one per child) Pictures of mammals Separate pictures of their young.   Begin with a discussion about what kind of creatures are mammals and then move onto the different ways mammals reproduce – for example, a platypus […]

08 Aug 2018

Parachutes - Gravity and Air Res...

Resources needed: Laptops or computers Books about Sir Isaac Newton Paper Feather Tissue paper Plastic bags Cotton Scissors Small figure/toy   Ask the class to use the laptops/books research Sir Isaac Newton. What was he famous for? What did he discover? What were some of his other ideas? Make a […]

08 Aug 2018

Reducing and Increasing Friction

Resources needed: Scenario cards Small ball or marble Tubes and ramps Sandpaper Fabric Plastic.   Ask the children to discuss with each other what they know (or think they know) about friction. Gather some of the ideas together on the board and then challenge any misconceptions. Give each child a […]

08 Aug 2018

KS2 Food Chains

Resources needed: Animal pictures One per child Producer cards Cardboard tubes Paper String Glue.     Give the children a picture of an animal each and let them group themselves in any way they choose – they may decide, for example, to group all the four legged creatures together. Repeat […]

08 Aug 2018

Buildings Which Can Withstand Ea...

Resources needed: Variety of building bricks Blocks Carpet tiles Item such as large dice to drop in water Tray or plastic container   Ask the children what an earthquake is and what they know about them. Why do they occur? Where do they occur most often? Lay two carpet tiles […]

07 Aug 2018

Opinions and Respecting Views

  Activity: Giving opinions, respecting views Resources needed: Individual whiteboards and pens Debating topics such as ‘Smoking should be made illegal’     Introduce the activity and explain to the children that they will be invited to give their views and opinions on a range of topics. Establish some ground […]

07 Aug 2018

Coastal Habitats

  Resources needed: Large wall or display area Pens Word cards Non-fiction books/web access.   Write down all the words the children know about the coast/seaside. What are the features of a coastline? What sort of creatures would you expect to find? Use an online map application to zoom in […]

07 Aug 2018

Making a Jam Sandwich - Imperati...

  Resources needed: Bread Butter Jam Knife Plate Whiteboard Pen Task cards (common everyday tasks such as brushing your teeth or getting dressed)   Explain to the children that they will discover the importance of imperative verbs when giving or writing instructions. Appoint a child to be the scribe. They […]