Meeting your new class collection

Explore this jam-packed collection of activities, games and creative ideas for meeting your new class at the start of the year, suitable for EYFS, primary and secondary students

Tes Resources Team

A Welcome Sign To Show Teachers Meeting Your New EYFS, Primary Or Secondary Class

Make sure that meeting your new class is effortless, memorable and fun with these tried-and-tested resources

New year, new set of students. Whether you are just starting out or have been teaching for years, activities to help pupils get to know their peers, settle in and feel comfortable in their new environment are essential in the first week of term. That's why we've gathered together 20 of the very best resources that the Tes community have to offer. For even more inspiration, we've also picked some of the very best transition ideas for primary and secondary students, as well as these visual timetables for all ages.

50 ideas for meeting your new class
tafkam

50 ideas for meeting your new class

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Collated from various threads on the TES forums, this booklet gives 50 suggestions for activities to do when meeting your new class either on a transition day, or for the first day of term.
jigsaw piece
virgilsgirl

jigsaw piece

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A jigsaw piece that can be reproduced as many times as needed. The pieces will interlock together to make a jisaw as big or as small as you need. This piece fits on an A4 piece of paper, but obviously can be enlarged on a photocopier. Brilliant resource for work with your new class. Activity based...
Ice Breaker - Things in Common Activity
Resource_Creator

Ice Breaker - Things in Common Activity

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This activity is for learners to get to know more about each other. It can be used as a warmer or ice breaker at the beginning of a lesson. Hand out the worksheet and have students work in pairs to fill it in. They need to talk to other people in the class to find out anything that they may hav...
Get To Know Me Cloud & Rainbow
teaching_with_miss_s

Get To Know Me Cloud & Rainbow

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I created this gorgeous little get to know me rainbow which can be used at the start of the academic year to get to know your children! Creating relationships with your children is key and this resource enables children to tell you all about their favourite things such as their favourite anima...
Back to School Assembly
TrueTube

Back to School Assembly

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Welcome back! An assembly for Key Stages 3 and 4 to help your students think about what they want to achieve on the next stage of life's journey. There&'s a short film, some games and a PowerPoint presentation too. More resources like this can be downloaded for free from: www.truetube.co.uk
Class Project
TeachElite

Class Project

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This is a great end of term activity! There are a few different puzzle sheets to choose from in this resource. Print your choice out in A3 paper and hand a puzzle piece out to each pupil. This resource can be used for any subject and any age group. You can use any topic! Pupils will each have ...
New Class 'Getting To Know You' Superhero Lesson
TheFutureTeacherFoundation

New Class 'Getting To Know You' Superhero Lesson

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Complete lesson with extension activities and follow on work suggestions. Highly creative and engaging - getting to know you - type lesson but with a fun twist your class will love. Enables assessment of writing, creativity and artistic ability whilst also finding out about your class in a way that ...
Make a class Manifesto (Class Rules)
mmmunchkin

Make a class Manifesto (Class Rules)

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I came up with this last year as a more positive alternative to the dreaded class rules! We looked at some examples of manifestos and I wrote my own. We then put ideas together to write our own class manifesto, which we all agreed to and signed at the beginning of the year. *If you download - plea...
Me in a bag - activity for new class
lcdixon88

Me in a bag - activity for new class

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This is an activity I do in the first week in September with a new class. I bring in a large handbag with lots of things inside that would tell somebody what time of person I am. It might reveal hobbies etc. I share this with the childen and then we discuss what might be in their bags. I then blow ...
Icebreaker activities
Anna Cubeddu

Icebreaker activities

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Get to know your students and help students feel comfortable in those first few lessons in September. Icebreakers are perfect for settling your students into your lessons. I have put together some of my favourite Icebreaker activities that I have used in an easy and fun format to use with your clas...
Back To School Icebreakers
Innovativeteachingideas

Back To School Icebreakers

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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 an...
Welcome Back Challenge for Tutorial Time
Bette Noire

Welcome Back Challenge for Tutorial Time

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This is an ice-breaker activity that I put together for my new Year 8 form. The format is: Find someone who.... with a follow up question. E.g. Find someone who read a good book:........... What did they read?....
Public Speaking Activities & Ice Breakers
Lkat8

Public Speaking Activities & Ice Breakers

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Speaking in front of the class or a group can be intimidating for many students, so why not make it fun? This activity pack includes directions for 7 public speaking events and ice breakers. Activity Titles: -What's My Bag? -As Seen on TV **(Shown on preview)** -5 Minute Speed Debating -Tallest Tow...
All About Me T-shirt
blkbeauty26

All About Me T-shirt

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Getting to know you resource. Can be used on transition day or during first week of a new term. Print to A3 and hang on a washing line with pegs to display. Print on white card or back on to card the cut out.
Back to School Activity: Find a Friend Bingo
Miss Edwards

Back to School Activity: Find a Friend Bingo

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A simple bingo worksheet which children use as an icebreaker with peers in their class. The idea is that they ask peers questions to find a name for every box. Ideally would only be using a name once if possible! Downloadable as a PDF to keep the font or Word to edit.
All About Me ( Activity book for EYFS / KS1 )
Polly Puddleduck

All About Me ( Activity book for EYFS / KS1 )

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**Resource Title** All About Me **Age/Year Group** Early Years and Key Stage 1 **Total Pages in download** 27 **File Type** PDF **Resource Content** One 27 Page Workbook (just print and staple, absolutely NO prep required) Differentiated worksheets include...
Back to school ice-breaker Lotto
laurajharris

Back to school ice-breaker Lotto

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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 fir...
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...
Back to School: New Class Poem
KS2History

Back to School: New Class Poem

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PRIMARY back to school activities for meeting a new class. This is a great one-off literacy activity and a wonderful teamwork project to help your new class work together to make a class poem. In this getting to know you activity pupils work together to create a new class poem using the letters in...
Getting To Know You Games
saragh-uk

Getting To Know You Games

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A PowerPoint with 10 different, fun 'get to know you' games perfect for form time and welcoming new classes. All of the instructions and resources you need to have a great time getting to know your pupils are in this Power Point . I use these for 'Family Friday' in form time to build a sense ...