Monthly archives: October, 2017

Quiz quiz trade

Pupils have a question and answer, or key term and definition and have to quiz one another whilst moving around the room. Children who have finished raise their hand to indicate they are ready to find another partner.

Headline hype

Pupils fill in or create headlines based on topics they have recently been studying. This helps the children consolidate knowledge and encourages creativity. Headline Hype      


Using the analogy of a tube map pupils try to justify and make links between topics, or additionally demonstrate how one thing leads to another. For each station on the journey another point must be made. See below for examples with and without scaffolding. Keynnections Keynnections scaffold    

Scrabble tile

Pupils use Scrabble tiles to see if they can come up with a certain number of words linking to the topic being studied. Prizes can be awarded for the highest scores. Scrabble starter  


As a starter, for revision or an additional challenge, set a Linkee question. 4 questions that the pupils answer independently. The answers of all the questions should link in some way. Can they work out the link? Give a clue to help them.

Keywords Connect/Connect fours

Put a range of words or key terms on the IWB at the start of the lesson, the pupils have to make a connection between each key term and justify why. You can also use this website to group 4 key terms or concepts by finding the common link between them.

Bigging up descriptions

Use this technique to spice up comparisons in the classroom by getting pupils to come up with a great description. Use the analogy of a ring announcer at a boxing match! For example, “In the red corner we have sodium, this ferocious element…”  


Strategy used to encourage pupils be actively involved in questioning and class discussions. Once a pupil has answered a question, ask them to: Add to the comment Build on it Challenge it!  

Spend the word

Give the pupils certain words that are more challenging to use either in a discussion task or written task. This provides a challenge and gets them thinking creatively! Pupils can also set targets for certain words for their partners to use too. Spend the word!

7 letter Scrabble-off

Pupils are given 7 Scrabble letters and have a certain amount of time to create as many words as they can linked with the topic or subject being studied. Use this website to create tiles.