Children of all ages enjoy the sensory texture of dough. It can be a great attention-grabber at the start of a lesson, making everyone feel positive and ready to listen and participate. Why not give each child a small ball of dough containing a little rosewood oil (said to aid concentration) or other smelly essence, such as almond or lavender? You could always incorporate the making of the dough into a maths or science lesson. Remember to be aware of children's allergies.
Mount on to card and laminate the pages of cheap, reusable sticker books. Children can create their own scenes using the backdrops, which can then be used as a stimulus for writing or speaking,and listening activities in the literacy hour.
Name that child
A set of name badges for your class is a useful resource. Apart from the obvious advantage of helping remember names when you begin teaching a new group, they can also be used when a supply teacher is taking the class or when the children have a visitor.
We will pay pound;30 for each tip printed. Send brief ideas for teaching, admin or how to cope in school to TES Primary, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W 1BX, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full name and school or home address.
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