Meeting your new class collection

Sian Evans
17th August 2018
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 fun icebreaker activities.


50 ideas for meeting your new class

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.
By tafkam

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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Welcome Back Challenge for Tutorial Time

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?....
By Bette Noire

Icebreaker- General Knowledge Quiz

I used this at the start of the year to break the ice with my tutor groups. Feel free to adapt it to your institution and local area.
By the_jenmeister

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

All About Me poster - Class Transition

An activity for children to introduce themselves to new class teachers. Can edit to suit your own class.
By Liese131

Back to School 5 in a Row Positive Bingo

Celebrate the start of the year with your class with this fun Back to School Positive Bingo game.This is a self running game on the computer, whiteboard or projector.

Included are words to reinforce positive behaviour in your class to create the perfect class from gamification. There are enough cards for the whole class. 30 bingo Cards Included. I have played this game with my own class at the start of last year and they loved it.

This Bingo game is also useful all year round when your are needing to reinforce positive classroom relationships. In particular perfect for those hard to reach classes all year round.

The games can run on computers, whiteboards or projectors. All that is required is that you print, cut and laminate the Boards and press start on the PowerPoint Show.

There are 30 different Boards for your students to choose from and with the shuffling ability of the game, every game is different so that your students do not get bored of it. This game is self timed with a 10 second interval between the questions giving the students enough time to mark off or put a counter on their Board.


By Kiwilander

New Class 'Getting To Know You' Superhero Lesson

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 is enjoyable and accessible for all. Suitable for all ages as long as they can write! Suitable for first days, new beginnings or even with an established class.
By TheFutureTeacherFoundation

STEM Icebreaker & Engineering Activities (Pipe cleaner Challenge)

Great for back to school! STEM challenges are a great icebreaker and team building activity for any classroom. These simple engineering design challenges and activities get your students moving, thinking, and collaborating! Working as a team, they will learn lessons in communication, innovation, hidden assumptions, and creativity that are central to the engineering process. No math or science background needed and costs are minimal!

*Available in US and UK versions*

The design activities are to encourage critical thinking while learning and having fun with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)! Use this as a warm-up or icebreaker, team building activity, or introduction to the world of engineering! Also included are more in-depth critical thinking activities that are a great introduction to science and engineering concepts.

Included in this product:
1. Pipecleaner Tower Mission: Using only pipecleaners, student teams will build the tallest, freestanding tower. However, there will be some unexpected constraints along the way!
2. Chair Challenge: Student teams will design and build their own chair using only newspapers, magazines, and tape. This challenge really forces students to think about and challenge the constraints of the problem.
3. STEM Critical Thinking Activities: This includes four activities that are a great introduction to science and engineering thinking. Students will explore the world around them asking questions with a scientific or engineering mindset.
By vivify

Make a class Manifesto (Class Rules)

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 - please take time to rate and comment, makes it all worthwhile!*
By mmmunchkin

Me in a bag - activity for new class

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 the sheet up to A3 and the children draw lots of things that describe themselves, in a bag.
By lcdixon88

Funny Icebreaker Questions

I use this list all the time a list of Funny Icebreaker Questions that can be used with any age group even in staff meetings
By magicmagic

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

jigsaw piece

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 on how well they fit together. they create a jigsaw piece about themselves, and then fit them together, and learn about each other.
By virgilsgirl

Back to School - New Term - 'Getting to know you' activities

This is planning I created a few years ago to use with a year 5 class. We were asked to take the whole first week of term with our new classes to perform ‘getting to know you’ activities

Take a look at the plan. It worked really well - it was a great week! I’ve also added the pictures we used for the wartime artwork.
The kids throughly enjoyed this activity - they looked at the wartime poster and adapted them for school e.g keep calm and carry on working! These posters stayed up in class all year long.

Activities are easily adapted for KS1 - KS2 pupils, and parts of this could be taken and used at KS3 in PSHE, Tutor time, Art or History.

By Miss Steer

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

Back to School Assembly

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:
By TrueTube

All About Me ( Activity book for EYFS / KS1 )

Resource Title
All About Me

Age/Year Group
Early Years and Key Stage 1

Total Pages in download
❤ 27

File Type

Resource Content
❂ One 27 Page Workbook (just print and staple, absolutely NO prep required)
❂ Differentiated worksheets included (something for everyone!)
❂ Covers favourite foods / colours / my family / my family pet / my best friend and more.

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By PollyPuddleduck

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.

Top Tip
Laminate and use again the next year.

Find a problem? Contact me and let me work out the kinks for you!

Many thanks
Laura Xx
By laurajharris

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