Classroom Ideas

30 Sep 2019

Diwali Celebrations – Creating Diwali Tea Lights

Diwali celebrations are all about vibrant colours, eye-popping fireworks and pretty twinkling lights. Why not celebrate Diwali with this easy craft idea suitable for Upper KS2 children.

09 Aug 2018

KS2: Rainforests

  Resources needed: A3 copy of map of the world (one per pair) Blue/green pencil crayons Paper and pencils Picture of a rainforest   Give each pair of children a map and explain that they are going to locate where in the world rainforests are. Let the children firstly use […]

08 Aug 2018

KS1 Maths: Year 1 Halves and Qua...

Resources needed: Photo of a square cracker (top view) and a pizza (top view) Counters or bricks     Show the children the picture of the pizza and explain you are going to share it with a friend. What is important to remember (to share it equally) and how can […]

08 Aug 2018

KS1 Maths: Count in Twos, Fives ...

Activity: Counting accurately forwards and backwards using equipment Resources needed: Pasta Multilink cubes or counters     Sit the children in a circle and explain the rules of ‘Ping, Pong’ to them: they are going to count around the circle except when they say a number which is a multiple […]

08 Aug 2018

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and St...

KS1 Art: Learn about a range of artists and link to work on stained glass artwork Activity: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Resources needed: Coloured pencil crayons Black felt tipped pens Coloured tissue paper Black paint PVA glue Acetate or thick plastic sheet Information sources about both artists and their work.   […]

08 Aug 2018

KS1 Maths: Year 1 Counting

  Activity: Counting accurately, preservation of number Resources needed: Multilink cubes   Show the children a group of about 25 or 26 multilink cubes and ask for some estimates of the number. Remind children that estimating is a sensible guess. Discuss some of the estimates and arrive at a consensus. […]

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 […]