10 LESSON PLANS
Ramadan, 9 July - 7 August
1. The month of Ramadan
Introduce Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, and learn why it is observed in this engaging PowerPoint activity.
2. Hand decorations
Mehndi, the art of decorating hands and feet, is practised by Muslims during Eid ul-Fitr, the celebration at the end of Ramadan. In this activity, students create their own hand designs.
3. Make your own mosque
What is inside a mosque? Students find out about the Islamic place of worship and use a how-to guide to make their own.
4. Eid ul-Fitr
Experience Eid ul-Fitr and the breaking of the fast from a young person's perspective in this audio lesson.
5. A month of empathy
What is it like to be hungry? Develop your students' empathy in a lesson on the spiritual reasons why Muslims fast during Ramadan, and what can be learned from them.
6. Calendar counting
Improve students' counting skills with a Ramadan calendar activity and introduce them to the call for prayer, the Koran, fanoos lanterns and Ramadan foods.
7. Urdu and English jigsaw
Bring two languages together, and get your students learning Urdu or teaching it to others, with a jigsaw puzzle that matches English and Urdu words.
8. Islam for children
Using a series of engaging worksheets, students discover the Five Pillars of Islam, take a metaphorical journey to Mecca and find out how Muslims help the poor during Ramadan.
9. Ramadan and everyday life
How does fasting affect Muslims' everyday lives? How do Muslims feel about Ramadan? Find out with this video and lesson plan.
10. Celebrating Eid ul-Fitr
What makes Ramadan special? How is it similar to and different from other religious events? Get into the spirit of Eid ul-Fitr with a short film on how people celebrate at the end of Ramadan and why.
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10 LESSON PLANS
The Big Butterfly Count, 20 July - 11 August
1. Picture perfect
Try this sequencing exercise, which includes a series of striking images, to introduce children to each stage of a butterfly's life.
2. Life cycle of a butterfly
Why does a caterpillar eat its own skin? How does it become a butterfly? Use this PowerPoint presentation to encourage students to think about the wonders of nature.
3. Fun and games
Learn through play with these cocoon-matching puzzles and caterpillar-feeding games.
4. Butterfly matching
For a lesson on reflective symmetry, try a butterfly-matching activity and turn it into a classroom lotto game. Make sure you have something edible for the winner.
5. Phonics made easy
Children sometimes struggle to learn sounds. In this alternative activity, students use a set of sounds that correspond to colours to create a classroom butterfly display.
6. Race against the clock
Can your students complete a task before 20 butterflies fly in and land on the flowers? This PowerPoint-based timer encourages them to tidy up or finish an activity within two minutes.
7. Nature detectives
Turn your students into nature detectives with ID cards, spotter sheets, colouring sheets and paper masks, plus an activity pack from the Woodland Trust.
8. The butterfly story
What is a chrysalis and what happens to caterpillar eggs? Students find out in this storybook activity that makes use of the interactive whiteboard.
9. Widgit Symbol counting
Introduce students to counting and recording in a fun and accessible way with this butterfly-counting activity that uses Widgit Symbols.
10. Caterpillar fact pack
Which butterfly will a caterpillar turn into? What is the difference between a butterfly and a moth? Send your students on a walk through the school grounds and test their research skills with this caterpillar fact sheet.
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3 SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCES
1. All aboard
Do your students dread mathematics lessons? Allay their fears with this engaging Maths Bus activity, ideal for practising addition and subtraction.
2. Writing 'skeletons'
Give reluctant writers a helping hand in a lesson on non-fiction writing. Teach students how to write "skeletons" and give them an overview of how to plan a piece of writing.
3. Expressing emotions
If your students struggle to express themselves verbally, try these "emotions strips". Students can point to the symbols that represent what they are feeling.
Summer holidays Advise students on how to make the most of their summer break in TrueTube's assembly, which includes a video and holiday dos and don'ts. bit.lysummerh0ls
Sing a song in two languages A bilingual song about saying goodbye and moving on to pastures new. Ideal for leavers' evenings and assemblies. bit.lyleaverssong
Time to reminisce Students look back on their time at primary school in this entertaining Big Brother-style assembly. bit.lyy6leavers
It's good to be me Encourage students to appreciate the talents of others in this feel-good assembly in which everyone works together. bit.lygoodtobeme
What makes a hero? Try this thought-provoking assembly on what it takes to be a hero. bit.lyheroassembly.