Activities, games and challenges to help you foster team spirit and encourage collaboration among your secondary classes
Whether at school or in the working world, knowing how to cooperate with others is crucial to success. So, with the academic year beginning to wind down, what better time is there to get students practising exactly that?
We’ve gathered together some of our favourite resources, including hands-on challenges, thought-provoking riddles and team-building games, to ensure that teamwork really does make the dream work in your classroom.
It is important for pupils to be able to trust their peers when working alongside them, so why not gently introduce the concept of teamwork with these fun activities? Further strengthen bonds and encourage positive communication with this selection of energising games*, complete with ideas for pairs, groups and the whole class.
Highlight the importance of cooperation using these team-building exercises, in which pupils work together to capture flags, avoid quicksand and untangle knots. Alternatively, take some inspiration from this compendium of ideas, offering a variety of fun mini-games to encourage teamwork.
A successful team communicates clearly with one another, so motivate students to articulate their opinions concisely with the help of this desert island debate. Similarly this challenging problem promotes cooperation alongside higher-order thinking.
For a more practical challenge, get learners designing and creating the most efficient windmill as part of this competitive group activity*. Or, test their collective ability to work together under a time pressure with this spaghetti challenge, which sees them racing to build the tallest tower using only dried pasta and marshmallows.
Did you know that Steam activities are also ideal for encouraging teamwork in class? For even more inspiration, check out our new Steam hub, packed full of inspiring cross-curricular activity idea.