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VR Lesson Ideas For Primary Schools

More and more schools are embracing VR technology in schools, giving pupils memorable experiences for improved learning outcomes.

Virtual reality is a fantastic way to give children the change to explore the world through virtual field trips – taking them everywhere from the WW1 trenches to the streets of New York – without leaving the classroom!

With hundreds of virtual field trips and educational VR experiences for schools, and subscription packages to suit any budget, Seymour & Lerhn is the go-to place for classroom virtual reality!

Check out our top VR lesson ideas and inspiration! 

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1. English | Explore a VR fairytale

Listen to the familiar tales of Jack & the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood or The Tale of the Three Little Pigs, 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. 

Classroom ideas:
How are fairytales different to other stories?

Can pupils think of any other popular fairytales?

Challenge pupils to write a new modern-day fairytale!

For total immersion, allow your pupils to watch the story in VR mode on a Google Cardboard headset.

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2. Maths | Position & Direction

Practice position and directional turns with this fun game.

Start your class all facing the same direction with an iPad each. Each child should start with the same object, a banana, a whale, a tree, or a helicopter.  

Instruct your class to follow your directions, using degrees and directions. For example, turn 90 degrees clockwise. The children should now be facing a different direction and see a different object on the iPads!

Classroom ideas:
Mix it up with multiple instructions, speed up the pace or award prizes for the fastest correct answers! 

For an extra challenge, use with VR headsets so children can’t copy the direction of their classmates!

3. Creative Writing | WW1 VR Trench

A firm favourite with teachers, develop pupils’ emotive creative writing with a 360 experience of the First World War trenches. 

Using either the WW1 Trench or War Poetry tours, take pupils on a virtual field trip to explore trench life for a soldier; using the sobering sights and sounds of explosions, gas, rats and mud to inspire their descriptive writing.

Classroom ideas:
Write a diary entry from the point of view of a soldier in the trenches.

What is it like in the trenches? How do pupils feel?

Give pupils the opportunity to make their own gas mask and periscope, then explore the trenches again.
What might it have been like to rely on these for safety?

WW1 is a huge topic with lots of applications for multiple subjects. Check the teaching resources for more ideas!

4. History | Apollo 11 in VR

Take your class on an adventure to the Moon, with immersive VR allowing pupils to land alongside Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and take those famous first steps on the Moon together. 

Classroom ideas:
What do pupils notice about the Moon surface?

What might it be like to walk on the Moon and why?

Try the AR worksheet app to land a full size ‘Eagle’ Lunar Lander in your playground.

Try with a low-cost VR headset to completely immerse your pupils in the mission. Can they describe their experience to a partner?

5. Science | Animal Habitats

Explore animal habitats for KS1 with an immersive 360 game. Can your pupils match the animals to the suitable habitats? 

Explore under the sea, rainforest, arctic and African savannah in 360 and discuss with your class what makes each of the habitats unique. Correctly choose the animals best suited to each environment to move to the next habitat. 

Classroom ideas:
Split the class into four groups and assign each group one of the habitats. Ask each group to make a list of more animals which would be suited to the habitat they have been given. 
Discuss why each animal is suited to its environment.

Great for getting everyone engaged during a class introduction, or allow pupils to explore the environments independently. 

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Have you tried any of these lesson starter ideas? Let us know how you got on! 

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