Back-to-school planning for primary classes

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23rd August 2019
Primary school teacher planning back-to-school activities for her KS1 and KS2 classes

Get the academic year off to a fine start 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

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.
By bevevans22

Back to School

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 2019.

A super first week back/getting to know you activity!

The aim of this fun activity is to help your new class think about what will make the next school year a successful one.

Pupils will create a recipe for a great school year (the writing activity is included in the Powerpoint lesson provided) and then they can use the templates to turn it into a fabulous transition craft, perfect for display!

This resource includes:
- A full lesson powerpoint including discussion points and a differentiated writing activity.
- A teacher instruction pack
- A template pack for making the chef craft

This is an easy-to-follow, fun activity perfect for primary classrooms and can be easily adapted for different age groups.

Please note that due to terms of use in the images used, the Powerpoint file is not editable.

By KS2History

This is me shield activity

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, what books they like to read, favourite sport, favourite subject at school, or what they would like to be when they grow up. There is also space for their name in a scroll at the bottom.

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By Helen Rachel Crossley

Early Years Classroom Design (Back to School Resources for EYFS Continuous Provision)

Back to School! This resources will suggest ideas for resources in curriculum areas around your classroom. With a focus on continuous provision, this resources will tell you what should be available for the children in areas such as the reading area, creative area, sensory area etc. Aimed especially to support NQTs and new to reception teachers, this resource will save you heaps of time planning what resources are needed where.
FREE: An on-entry assessment for numeracy
FREE: An ‘All About Me’ booklet to send home to your parents for the children to complete and return.
Back to School!

By MrEarlyYears

First day treasure hunt

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.
By sarahc50

September Circle Time Activity Pack for EYFS/KS1 (Back to School Themed)

Resource Title
September Circle Time Activity Pack

Age/Year Group
Early Years and Key Stage 1

Total Pages in download
❤ 116

File Type

Resource Content
Circle Time is a vital component in the EYFS and early Key Stage One. When children have opportunities to share their thoughts and ideas in a safe, encouraging environment, they begin to learn that they are valued, capable, and important members of the group. Circle Time is a time to reflect on things learnt, discuss new ideas and to practice listening and speaking skills.

This pack will enable you to have lengthy discussions during September's Circle Time. Included are over 80 slides, printables and games.

You can extend many of these activities and questions further.

The pack covers Literacy, Maths, PSHE and Understanding the World.

❂ 1 September Calendar with Numbers
❂ Pack is Back to School Themed
❂ Back to School Themed Games (one by association of colour/snap and the other by number)
❂ One full set of alphabet flashcards (pencils with lowercase alphabet-now includes digraphs and blends)
❂ One full set of numbers flashcards for circle time counting (back to school themed)
❂ September Topic Words
❂ 1 Topic Word Mat
❂ One full set of September Circle Time Rules
❂ This Circle Time Activity Pack also contains my Classroom Rules Pack

Check the preview!

This pack and all other monthly circle time packs are available as a bundle in my shop!

Reviews and feedback are appreciated, I value all but as we tell our students, try to be constructive!

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Purchase of this resource entitles YOU, the buyer, the right to reproduce the pages for personal and classroom use ONLY.
Duplication for other classes, an entire school or for commercial use is strictly prohibited without written permission from Polly Puddleduck. Minor editing is allowed but only for personal use.
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By PollyPuddleduck

KS2 resources

Autumn term - First day back - Maths activity

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. [Calculations and names can be changed]. Just noticed that there is one mistake, yikes! You need to change the clues so that Q4 is Double 8, (not double 16). The activity worked well with my new class. Very interesting...
By travellersintime

First Day Back: Holiday/Weekend Recount + Extras

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 everyone from Year 6 to more able Year 2's! includes optional paragraph planning sheet and extension work for early finishers.
By TheFutureTeacherFoundation

Back to School: Classroom Rules

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 important, getting them to justify why they think they are the five most important.
This can then lead in to a classroom discussion looking at each groups selection and getting them to discuss why they picked them.
These can also be used to then create the class rules for the year if their is a clear set of favourite rules or by voting on each one.
By krisgreg30

Back to School Bingo

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 their whole board as well as to get to know their classmates better!

This free resource is part of our popular
New Class Poetry Activity.
By KS2History

New Class Super School Rules

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, bullying, happiness, why rules are needed.
Creative writing in pairs make up list of rules for a) Classroom b) Playground
4 word walls for laminating and display
Design two posters a) Classroom Rules b) Playground Rules
By teachercellar

Back to school Bundle – Holiday Activities and Learning Reflections

A great resource to give learners at the start of any term, not just at the beginning of the year!

The resource includes 4 worksheets for students to use to reflect on learning and goal progress. The pack also included 5 fun worksheets for students to use when reflecting on their holidays and 2 fun back to school worksheets for students to complete.

-Comparing and Reflecting on Progress
-Reflecting Rubric
-Learning Reflection
-Classroom Reflection
-Holiday Tweets and Texts
-Holiday Snapshot
-2 truths and 1 lie
-Holiday memories
-Back to school Bingo
-Word scramble
-Back to school word search
-Teacher Notes and Answers

This resource has been thoroughly designed so no extra prep or specialised ability is needed! It can help form a first day back lesson when students receive their most recent results back.
Can be easily adapted to suit other lessons you may have already planned.

This lesson should be accessible to Years 4- 8 or KS2 and lower KS3, however the reflection worksheets are accessible to Year 6-10 or KS3 and GCSE students.

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