Back-to-school icebreakers

Sian Evans
17th August 2018
Chalboard covered in smiling faces to represent back-to-school icebreakers

Break the ice in your classroom with a range of fun games and activities for all ages

Meeting new people can be unnerving, regardless of how old you are, which is why icebreakers are so important in the first few weeks of term. As well as making students feel comfortable with each other, they are also a great way of finding out more about individuals’ strengths and personalities. So, what are you waiting for? Check out these ready-to-use icebreakers and pick your favourite for this September.

Getting to know one another

Start the first week back with this tried-and-tested bingo game, in which pupils can only win the game by finding a friend who has done the activity on the card. From show-and-tell to Pictionary, be inspired by this collection of engaging icebreakers that focus on highlighting individual personalities.

Quickly bond as a tutor group with this adaptable presentation of icebreaker ideas, designed to put students at ease in the first few weeks of term. Alternatively, build confidence and spur on a competitive spirit in your classroom with this easy-to-use board game.


Back to school ice-breaker Lotto

Getting children to chat to each other on the first day back is easy with 'Find a friend who..'

I love watching my little ones play this on their first morning. Who is shy? Who can't stay on task? It stamps 'we are interested in one another and like to communicate' on my class from the very first moment.

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By laurajharris

Back To School Icebreakers

As you know, the first few days of school set the tone for the rest of the year. Start out right with this set of ❄️11 FUN ICEBREAKERS.❄️ NO PREP REQUIRED! Just pop these up on your screen, or print them out and let the fun begin!

This super versatile collection of icebreakers works with any group, anywhere. Whether you have a room full of wild EIGHT YEAR OLDS, rows of nervous JUNIOR HIGH KIDS, or an audience of ADULT PROFESSIONALS, this bundle will get people up collaborating, talking, and building positive relationships with each other in no time. If you want to leave your students fresh, energized, and ready to work together, this is for you.

The bundle includes a FULLY EDITABLE PowerPoint so your audience can easily follow each activity, and also comes with a landscape PDF booklet if you prefer to hand out hard copies. This will save you valuable time on your first day: everything here is no prep and ready to roll.

These are also great activities all year round when you need to break down the barriers holding your group back from becoming a team. TEAM BUILDING MADE EASY AND FUN!

The bundle includes a fully-editable PowerPoint so your audience can easily follow each activity, and also comes with a landscape PDF booklet if you prefer to hand out hard copies. This will save you valuable time on your first day: everything here is no prep and ready to roll.

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Back To School With Probably The Coolest Ice-Breaker Board Game In The World

Breaking the ice is so important, here are some great resources I and others have used in and outside class.

This ice-breaker game is suitable for all ages and abilities, used in small groups in a class where the buzz and dynamics can be immense, the learning rich, social skills blossoming, resilience and confidence is nurtured.


By msterry21

Working together with new classmates

Mental and physical challenges are a great way to break the ice, as learners have to focus on solving the problem while simultaneously interacting with people they don’t know. Set up a group discussion and debate about which 10 hypothetical people should survive a plane crash on a desert island using these simple prompts. For something a bit different, this head-to-head competition, packed full of mental and physical challenges, is dependent on pupils identifying each other’s strengths.

Task younger learners to work in groups to build a den out of everyday materials in this team-building lesson.  For older students, this cardboard challenge is guaranteed to have your class learning and laughing as they try to invent a freestanding chair that will support the weight of one member of their team.


Ice breaker - desert island plane crash debate

Students have to select 10 hypothetical people to survive a plane crash on a desert island. Promotes groupwork, discussion, interaction and debate.
By MissLMLovatt

English Icebreaker: Thingys in a Minute

A fun icebreaker for induction week.
This is an English themed take on one of my family's Christmas games. It aims at encouraging the students to work together, recall names and details of each other.

Divide students into teams, decide the order of play and explain the following:

The tutor picks a task card at random and reads it to the team.

The team must decide which of its members is going to complete the task on the card. That team member cannot play again until everyone in the team has completed a task (this is to encourage involvement and to add a tactical element to to game).

The class as a whole will ensure that the task is performed correctly.

Where the team member completes the task the team earns a point.

You can easily increase the difficulty of the task by simply increasing or decreasing the numbers given. Likewise, you can easily add your own, or change the subject theme.
By Rhyland15

Den Day STEM Challenge - Build a structure that stands

To support pupils taking part in Save the Children's Den Day, use these resources to challenge children to build a structure that stands, out of everyday materials.

The accompanying presentations for KS1 and KS2 can be used to help children learn about the impact of natural disasters and how families can lose their homes.

These resources have been specifically designed to use for Save the Children's Den Day on Friday 16 June. Schools around the UK will be building dens out of everyday materials and raising money to help give more children around the world a safe place to shelter.

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By s_pirouet

The Cardboard Chair Challenge

An OFSTED graded Outstanding lesson for introducing students to the design, make and evaluate requirements of design technology.

Ideal for Key Stage 3,4 and 5 including students with no previous hard technology experience.

The main focus of the lesson is to work as part of a small team to creatively problem solve, by creating a cardboard chair with limited equipment and resources.

The chair must be freestanding, and support the weight of a team member.

All Personal Learning Thinking Skills and Functional Skills are developed throughout this lesson and are detailed in the lesson plan.

Resource is fully differentiated including a help sheet and extension task. Assessment for Learning is fully detailed, as is a risk assessment and resource requirement list.
By craigb87

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