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

KS2: Prefixes and Suffixes

Resources needed: List of common prefixes and suffixes One dictionary per child   Give each group of four children a common prefix such as ‘re’, ‘bi’, ‘dis’, ‘mis’, ‘pre’, ‘over’ and ‘un’. Ask them to list as many words containing that prefix as they can in 5 minutes. No dictionaries […]

08 Aug 2018

KS2 French: Greetings and Saying...

    Resources needed: Flash cards saying ‘bonjour’ and ‘au revoir’ and ‘Comment t’appelles-tu?   Have the children seated on the carpet or altogether in an area. Leave the room, calling ‘Au revoir!’ as you do so. Re-enter the room, calling ‘Bonjour!’ Do this a couple of times (use a […]

08 Aug 2018

Visualising 'Squared' and 'Cubed...

Resources needed: Large amount of multilink cubes Whiteboards and pens   Give the children 9 multilink cubes each, or per pair if they are in short supply. Ask the children to make any arrangement of cubes they like, providing they use all the 9 cubes available. When everyone has completed […]

08 Aug 2018

Fractions, Decimals and Percenta...

Resources needed: Whiteboards and pens Fractions, decimals and picture fractions Fraction bingo   Ask each child within a pair to write a fraction or decimal in tenths on their whiteboard. Their partner should then say the fraction or decimal and convert it into the opposite, so 1/10 would become 0.1 […]

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 […]