Back-to-school planning for primary classes

Introductory lessons and activity ideas to help you to settle in and find out more about your new primary class at the start of the academic year

Tes Resources Team

Primary School Teacher Planning Back-to-school Activities For Her KS1 & KS2 Classes

Prepare for the new academic year with these introductory lessons and activity ideas

Displays? Done. Seating plan? Sorted. Books? Labelled. Your classroom might be organised and ready to go, but can the same be said for your planning?

If not, never fear! We’ve selected some of the top introductory lessons and activities to help you to discover more about your new class and the way they work together.

EYFS and KS1 resources

School Entry assessment Booklet
bevevans22

School Entry assessment Booklet

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A photocopiable assesment booklet with lots of small activities for children to complete over the initial 3 week period when starting school. The version in Welsh was translated with help from the Welsh Language Board and is suitable for use in Foundation Phase entry classes.
Back to School
KS2History

Back to School

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Back to School - a fun activity for primary classrooms. This Recipe for a Great School Year activity pack (including full lesson Powerpoint and all templates) makes a fun welcome project for a new class and creates a classroom display to put up for the new school year. Updated for Back to School 20...
This is me shield activity
Helen Rachel Crossley

This is me shield activity

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This PDF file contains three different shields for the children to design as part of your back to school or transition activities. The shields are divided into four sections for children to draw pictures to tell people more about themselves. Maybe they could include their hobbies, favourite food, wh...
First day treasure hunt
sarahc50

First day treasure hunt

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A simple picture sheet of things children may use in the classroom. I use this on the first day and children work in pairs to find each of the objects. We then talk about where they found them, how to look after them and when we might need to use them.

KS2 resources

Autumn term - First day back - Maths activity
travellersintime

Autumn term - First day back - Maths activity

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Planned for Year 4 but could easily be adapted. Children are organised in mixed ability teams to collect clues, solve basic calculations and use the answers to break a coded message. All helpful for a teacher to observe work patterns and behaviours of a new class. Let me know how it goes. [Calculati...
First Day Back: Holiday/Weekend Recount + Extras
TheFutureTeacherFoundation

First Day Back: Holiday/Weekend Recount + Extras

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Complete lesson with worksheets, discussions, planning, peer-assessment, artwork and a few ideas for follow up work. Designed to meet the new 2014 English curriculum objectives and enable detailed thinking, discussion, planning and writing. Differentiated planning sheets mean it's suitable for every...
Back to School: Classroom Rules
krisgreg30

Back to School: Classroom Rules

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An activity made for the start of the new school year. This activity is made to get children to think about rules that they think are important as classroom rules. There are 15 different rules that children will need to cut out. In groups, get children to pick the five rules they think are most im...
Back to School Bingo
KS2History

Back to School Bingo

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FREE back to school bingo game! Help your new class get to know each other with this fun game. Give each child a Find Someone Who Board (choose the KS1 or KS2 version). Children then go around the room and find somebody who can sign their name in each box on the board. The aim is to fill up thei...
New Class Super School Rules
teachercellar

New Class Super School Rules

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This resource will be useful for Upper KS1 and KS2 on Transition Days or the start of the year. It is recommended that the children work with a partner as there are a series of discussion Taskcards. Included in this 20 page resource:- Taskcards for talking and listening on noise, behaviour, bu...