Creative Lesson Ideas For Primary Schools
“If a child is not learning in the way you teach, change your teaching strategy and teach the child in the way he learns!”
Whether you’re a new teacher or a seasoned pro, coming up with new ideas for creative teaching activities can be tricky! Research suggests that information is retained longer with multisensory processing, in part due to the varied delivery, enabling pupils to learn in line with their personal learning style. Researchers suggest that children who are taught with their learning style in mind learn more easily, faster, and can retain and apply concepts more readily in future.
So how can we introduce multisensory learning techniques to the classroom?
It’s time to put down the dog-eared textbooks and try some of these creative teaching ideas for KS1 and KS2!
1. Science | How do germs spread?
You will need:
Soap and water
Sprinkle glitter on the hands of one pupil. This is your ‘infected’ subject.
Tell the children to interact with each other normally, including the carrier. After a short while, the ‘germs’ will start to spread to surfaces, objects and other people.
How long does it take before everyone has come into contact with the ‘germs’?
What does this tell us about how illness can spread from person to person?
How can we prevent the spread?
What happens if you try to wipe the glitter off?
Now tell the pupils to wash their hands. Washing our hands with soap and water helps to reduce the number of germs we carry and prevent the spread of common illnesses like colds, flu and stomach bugs.
Why is is important to wash your hands properly?
How else can we stop germs spreading?
2. English | Explore a fairytale
Listen to the familiar tale of Jack & the Beanstalk as you explore the scenes in immersive 360.
The perfect activity for winding down at the end of the day, or as a fun lesson starter idea.
How are fairytales different to other stories?
Can pupils think of any other popular fairytales?
Write a new modern-day fairytale.
For total immersion, allow your pupils to watch in VR mode on a Google Cardboard headset!
3. Music | Design a musical instrument
Get your pupils channeling their inner rock-star the creative way! Design and build a brand new musical instrument using just classroom materials. Don’t forget to name the instruments!
This task gets pupils thinking about how sounds are made and how they can be changed within an instrument.
Which instruments are most similar to your new one?
What does your instrument sound like?
Write a song and perform with your classmates and their instruments!
Check out this fantastic guide on how to make a shoebox guitar!
4. Geography | Where am I?
Using a random street view generator like Map Crunch, drop your pupils into different locations either in groups or individually.
Looking at the human and physical geographical characteristics, can they figure out where there are in the world?
Is the land flat or mountainous?
Are they in a city or a rural location?
Can they make out what the language might be from road signs?
For an extra challenge, ask the children how they would get home. Would they need to fly, sail or drive to get home? How long would it take?
5. Maths | Human bar charts
Take your class outside to the playground or play area. Mark a straight line which will be your X axis and another to be your Y axis. Now ask children to stand behind each other in answer to questions.
For example, point to the start of the X axis and ask everyone with a birthday in January to line up.
Next ask all of the February birthdays to line up next to them and so on until you have your human bar chart.
Which is the most common birthday month?
Which is the least common birthday month?
For more advanced pupils, ask them to work out the percentage of each category, or set their own questions to answer.
Have you tried any of these lessons ideas? Let us know how you got on!
For more fun and immersive teaching resources, try a subscription with Seymour & Lerhn. A library of 360, VR and AR content, experiences and games helps make learning fun! We’ve even included lesson plans and activity worksheets to make integrating affordable classroom VR an absolute breeze.