English: Engaging ideas for the end of term

Nicola Davison
03rd July 2017
English, secondary, end of term, end of year, fun, activities, lesson, KS3, KS4, post-16, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12, Year 13

Fun, skills-focused lesson ideas to help you round off the academic year in style

It seems only a few weeks ago that you were setting up your classroom for the start of the new academic year and, just like that, it’s the end! Despite the fact that both you and your students are probably exhausted, now is definitely the time to have some fun with your subject.

With that in mind, we’ve brought together a hand-picked collection of lessons and activities to help you end the year on a high.

KS3 resources

While the focus of end-of-term lessons might not include content within the syllabus, they still offer plenty of opportunities for recapping key literacy skills. This fully resourced murder mystery, for example, gets students practising reading skills as they work together to solve a murder. Similarly, this speaking and listening-focused presentation* offers a clear structure for an in-class debating competition.

For something a little more light-hearted, these language games, including a ready-to-use version of Taboo, are sure to fill the classroom with laughter. Or, go all out and embrace the upcoming holidays with this collection of drama challenges on the theme of summer, ideal for creative classes.

KS4 and post-16 resources

If you’re looking to have some fun with the GCSE specification, then we’ve got you covered with this multi-round Jekyll and Hyde quiz* and a Jeopardy-style team game* on poetic terminology.

But why not forget the exams for a lesson or two and try something a bit different? This detailed lesson outline supports pupils as theywriting pitches for an original film or TV show, which can be presented to the class. Or, inspire older learners to write creatively with this immersive project, exploring strange happenings in an alternative world.

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