Lesson plans

17th May 2013 at 01:00


1. Dr Evil's maths game

What would you do if you learned that an evil genius was about to take over the planet? Turn your students into spies and set them on a mission to save the world in this code-breaking mathematics game.

2. Minibeasts

Sing along to Incy Wincy Spider and see the world through the eyes of tiny creatures with a series of minibeast lessons, songs and activities.

3. Moral maze

You see a new student being bullied by an older boy. You are frightened of him, too. What would you do? Ask students to consider this question as you explore stories with moral issues and dilemmas.

4. Ancient Egypt

Take your students on a virtual journey to the pyramids. They can enjoy the sights and sounds of Ancient Egypt - and perhaps try their hand at hieroglyphics - in this engaging scheme of work.

5. Life cycles

How do caterpillars turn into butter-flies? What patterns and shapes can students see on a butterfly's wings? What is the life cycle of a frog? Explore these questions with your class using this illustrated PowerPoint lesson and activities.

6. Word spinner

Make learning fun with a high-frequency word spinner. Ideal for developing sight vocabulary and as an introduction to guided reading.

7. Fantasy stories

What might happen if students walked through a magical door into a darkened forest? What kind of fantastical world might they enter? Let children's imaginations roam and develop their descriptive writing skills using these lesson plans.

8. Growing plants

Summer is on its way. Take time to explore the great outdoors using lesson activities about plants, how to look after them and why we need them.

9. The seaside

Who wants to be beside the seaside? Help children to learn about the wild and beautiful seaside places of the British Isles with this interactive PowerPoint.

10. Samba music

Bring a hint of Brazil's carnival culture into class and get students dancing the samba with these songs and activities.

Find these lesson plans at bit.lyTop10 Lessons Primary


1. Guess the decade

How has Britain changed since 1948? Get students to consider changing lifestyles using these Guess the Decade activity flashcards. Ideal for a range of ages and abilities.

2. Comics in the classroom

Who wouldn't want superheroes parachuting into lessons? Get them to help students in a range of comic book-inspired writing activities.

3. Things to do before 20

Learn how to iron clothes, have a deep conversation with an elderly person, try a different hairstyle and learn a poem by heart. These are just some of the things recommended for teenagers in this stimulating and imaginative PowerPoint lesson.

4. Kinaesthetic Shakespeare

Put kinaesthetic learning into Shakespeare. Get students moving around the room and working in teams as they find out all about the Bard.

5. Sell your brother on eBay

Siblings are often destined to annoy each other. Use this to your advantage and get students to produce written work in either French or Spanish by "selling" a sibling on eBay (in a worksheet activity).

6. The Simpsons science

Homer is at the bowling alley deciding which shoes to wear, Marge is making waffles and Maggie has flown away with a helium balloon. Help students to understand the differences between independent, dependent, control, categoric and continuous variables in this engaging lesson.

7. Wants and needs

What is the difference between wanting something and needing it? Are the needs of all children met? Help students to recognise how needs can also be rights using these illustrated cards based on the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child.

8. Mathematics relay races

Using this lively classroom resource, get students out of their seats and racing against the clock - and each other - to solve a series of mathematical problems.

9. The Bomb Factor

Explore the nuclear weapons debate in the style of The X Factor. Use this lesson plan to get students arguing for and against nuclear weapons and to put their powers of persuasion to the test.

10. Who has the 'perfect face'?

Merge artistry and mathematics to determine how close to mathematical perfection some faces are with this lesson tool.

Find these lesson plans at bit.lyTop10Lessons Secondary


1. Wonderful words

Develop children's vocabulary with this interactive teaching activity from TESprimary. Get students to think of imaginative and descriptive words to match a series of photographs. bit.lyWonderfulWords

2. How do you tell the time?

How do you identify the time on a clock? Develop your students' analogue clock skills using this set of worksheets, with one for "o'clock" and one for "half past the hour". bit.lyTelling thetime

3. Managing emotions

Keeping students calm often goes hand-in-hand with teaching. georgetimlin's excellent animated guide to anger management is ideal for use with students who find it hard to stay calm. bit.lyCalming Down


- Cultural diversity Celebrate it with James Shryane's assembly and be inspired by Martin Luther King's speeches.

- Smile Try fyefye's entertaining assembly about dental health. Get students dressed up to play the role.

- Beat bullying Help children to understand bullying in the treasurebox's PowerPoint assembly based on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

- Work together How can we celebrate our differences and work together? Explore the matter with Deany13's assembly.

- Random acts of kindness Get children thinking about kindness with jeannettedav 's assembly script.

Visit bit.lyAssemblyADay.

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