Primary classroom resource collections
Tried and tested resources for KS1 and KS2 shared on the TES site.
- Ideas for characters, settings, beginnings, endings, vocabulary - great for a display to celebrate and to support children’s writing.
Word Search - Template to create your own
- An interactive template to add your own words. Useful for high frequency words, spelling lists and topic words.
Start with a Character
- An activity to create a character and add labels with descriptions, as a prelude to story-writing. Change the facial expression and discuss characters’ feelings at different points in the story.
Calculating with Arrays
- A series of images to help pupils move from counting to calculating.
- A fun machine for exploring number functions and estimating outcomes.
Pick and Mix
- An interactive game to buy differently priced sweets, add up the total, then choose which coins to pay with.
- Virtual balance scales for weighing non-standard units, to compare different masses and to introduce comparative language.
Design and technology
- Aimed at Y1 pupils, the big task is to design and make a moving picture that tells a nursery rhyme or a simple story using paper, card, found pictures, found materials and paper fasteners.
How Far Away do you Live?
- A two-part activity to collect and model information and then compare the data collected.
Minibeast Sorting Tree
- Ask pupils to propose ‘yes/no’ questions, then sort various minibeasts using a branching tree diagram.
Marbles Timer - 2 minutes
- An animation of a jar filling with marbles as 2 minutes is counted down.
- Cards to stimulate ideas for writing stories and play scripts. Would also be a great drama tool for improvisation and role-play.
Animals and Birds Index cards
- Skim read the information text to find key items of information, to support reading for a purpose. One of a series of TESiboard activities around British birds and animals.
Times tables - brighter, faster and correct!
- A series of lessons which teach the commutative aspect of multiplication, including some quick assessment activities.
Beam Me Up - Multiplying
- An engaging activity for quickfire multiplication games, using aliens. Great for a lesson starter.
- A tool for teaching fractions, using spaceships and planets.
Gas Rocket lesson
- Plans for a practical science lesson with a ‘wow’ factor!
- An interactive Venn diagram to promote discussion of the properties of solids and liquids. It could be argued that some materials might belong to both categories.
- A Geography lesson in which large picture dice are used to great effect, to stimulate questioning at the start of the topic.
Art and design
- Popular themes used to cover the art curriculum with details of related artists and works of art.
Ancient Greece - Murder Mystery
- A mystery for pupils to solve, set in ancient Greece, using both video and paper evidence.
- Key events that shaped the Victorian era, with illustrations.
Mission Impossible timer
- Musical motivation for students to complete a task within one minute, with an on-screen countdown.
10 seconds - Thinking on the Spot
- 200 slides of puzzles to solve, with a timer, to improve thinking skills. It’s easily adaptable and ideal for the beginning or end of the day.
Examples of cross-key stage primary resources, found under the TES category ‘Whole School’
- This Toolkit provides over 50 strategies for helping learners across the Key Stages who are learning English as an additional language.
Famous Black People
- Biographies with illustrations to provide positive role models for pupils.
Peer Assessment Burger
- A simple peer assessment sheet, similar to the ‘two stars and a wish’ template but with a humorous twist!