Creativity for control freaks

18th March 2005 at 00:00
Peter Greaves shows how teachers can let go without losing it. This week: Take a risk, have fun

I have such a mix of emotions as the spring term ends. There is the shadow of SATs, which may conspire to blot out any warmth the season could bring.

On the other hand, that bond with your class is solid and there is an unspoken knowledge on both sides that more days have been spent together than there are to go. The lighter mornings and evenings can make the load feel lighter too. As we head into summer, let's do something mad, frivolous, fun or just plain different. I find that planned spontaneity gives me something to look forward to and nearly always produces something to look back on with affection. Here are 29 things you could do in the summer term with your class, just because you can. I can't promise to have done them all, but I've done most of them and will have done more by the end of next term. So why notI

* Have a picnic.

* Cook something.

* Ask pupils to bring in a cuddly toy.

* Give out skipping ropes.

* Get pupils to bring in baby photos and run a "mystery baby" competition.

* Give out bubbles and have a mass "blow".

* Get someone to bring in their dance mat and take them on.

* When a Foundation class is on a trip, take over their room so your class can re-live old times.

* Host a talent show.

* Learn a new song.

* Plant a tree.

* Invite in a pensioner so the class can ask them about "the olden days".

* Put some ice pops in the freezer for a hot day.

* Write letters to some famous people.

* Take photos of everyone pulling funny faces and put them up for parents'


* Ask pupils to design you some new clothes.

* Contact the press about something and get your class in the papers.

* Raise funds to "send a cow" to a family in a developing country. They will remember your class.

* Have an "open afternoon" where parents can join in what you're doing.

* Set up an art gallery in a corridor where others can see it.

* Give the class a list of capital cities to see how many they can learn.

* Have a karaoke competition.

* Make a time capsule and bury it.

* Hold a "book swap".

* Learn a line dance and perform it.

* Make your own movie.

* Ask everyone to come in wearing odd socks.

lLearn how to say "Hello" in different languages.

* Paint with your feet and hands.

Peter Greaves teaches at Dovelands Primary School in Leicester Email:

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