Guess who?

16th February 2007 at 00:00
Ages 11 to 18

A great way to introduce a new topic and to break the ice for pupils who don't know each other well is to hold a cocktail party.

Allocate each pupil a person who they will be learning about in the new topic, eg, Alexander Fleming and Florence Nightingale.

Have each pupil research that character for homework and encourage them to find propssimple costumes that link to their characters.

The next lesson is the party. As each character arrives at the party, give them a chart that they must complete as they meet other party guests.

For each guest they must find out their name, date of birth, family background, what they contributed to the history of medicine and links they may have to other characters at the party.

Acting as the waiter, the teacher circulates the room, ensuring everyone is on task and finding out information

Helen Towler teaches at Rye Oak School in London

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now