The summer holidays are edging closer and closer. You are close to being able to walk out of the classroom into the beginning of that well deserved holiday.
In the run up, make sure your pupils last few weeks of term are memorable, engaging and most of all fun – for both of you! For some of your pupils it will have been their first whole school year in this kind of environment, and they really deserve some fun for working so hard and embracing it. Here are some of Penstripe’s recommended activities.
Set up a photo area to snap a fun set of the end of school year photos. Create some speech bubbles which say “I completed year _”, and then be creative and make some moustaches on sticks or hats to make it even more fun! These can be sent to the pupils parents and it’ll be a perfect momento!
Decide how many days you’d like to countdown and create a colourful string line across the classroom of balloons which can be popped each day. If you’re feeling even more creative place a special activity idea inside each one, and keep them guessing!
This one is great for all ages from key stage 1 all the way through to the end of secondary. Quizzes can be adapted for each age and can easily be found online. Incorporate some whiteboards for them to hold up with the answer and a sweetie prize for the ultimate competition.
Throw a little celebration in the classroom on the last day of term. Bring in some nibbles and squash for your pupils and lay out some arts and crafts and get them to bring in their favourite game. This is a great way for them to relax and mingle while learning to improve social skills like sharing.
Split the class into groups and assign a specific topic which they have learnt this year. Give them time to prepare and then let them teach you and the rest of the class. This can be great fun and allows them to see there isn’t such a huge divide between teacher and pupil.
Of course all these fun activities need planning. Here at Penstripe we help teachers to think smart and achieve more with beautiful bespoke teacher planners. Contact us today for any questions you may have.
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