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Starter of the week – Maths daily starters

28 Apr


A useful site that gives you a different maths starter for everyday of the week, just click on the calendar date and the interactive starter appears. There’s also a categorised section so you can pick starters relevant to your topic choices and you can review starters from previous dates.

It’s a handy tool to get the students going straight away and could be accessed by students independently if you have computers/tablets in the room.


Writing – Application forms

23 Apr


Keeping with the theme of writing for employment here’s a short task that supports students in recognising common terms used in applications forms. When I teach English for employment purposes often students do not know common application form terms so this activity helps them to recognise and remember them for future use. If they have samples of application forms to review thay may want to add some more terms that they find themselves which will build up the activity for future use.

I have attached the task sheets which need to be cut up and put into envelopes to create a sort activity for individuals or pairs, enjoy!



Dictionary quiz

22 Apr


This task can be adapted to any subject or topic and can be used as a starter, main topic research or extension activity. Give the student/s the list of words, you can tailor them to your topic, then get them to look in the dictionary and find the meaning. This task tests reading, research skills, writing and problem solving all in one task.

An additional adaptation of the task can be to produce a list of words and their meanings then chop them up and get the learners to match them together, this works particularly well for revision and images can be added to further extend the learning.



Starter of the week – Logo quiz

14 Apr


This interesting and eye catching set of quizzes ensure that students are onboard as soon as they come into the class as students are so brand aware. The quizzes can be displayed on the board in addition to giving them out on paper for students to work on in groups, pairs or individually. Students can feedback the answers either by coming up and putting them onto the board or by using mini dry wipe boards to stop them from shouting out. Every class that have carried out these quizzes have thoroughly enjoyed them and it encourages discussion on why they are so aware of brands such as media influence and celebrity endorsement.

The quizzes are below (one quiz is printed twice to cut up and save paper) along with the answers.




Ice breaker – self portraits

10 Apr


This is a great icebreaker, starter or fun activity to break up a session that makes the students laugh and encourages discussion. The original idea is from: and is very simple to set up. Just place paper and coloured pens on tables and ask students to draw a self portrait of themselves, they need to do it discreetly so everyone else doesn’t see (it’s good fun if the tutor does it too). Once everyone has finished then you can collect the pictures in and display them so students can guess who it is or shuffle them and distribute them to other tables for them to guess.

An alternative to drawing themselves is to give the students the cards from the WHO AM I GAME game I posted earlier and ask the students to draw the famous people then the class have to guess. There are countless possibilities with this game and lots of fun.


Games – free printable templates

2 Apr


Now I’m a big fan of making games to adapt and encourage learning so I was pleased to come across this site where you can download and print blank game boards off to adapt for your subject. You just print them off in sections and then stick them together to make a bigger board.

The link below takes you to the site and if you scroll down there is Monopoly, chequers, ludo, snakes and ladders plus many more.

Starter of the week – A to Z game

1 Apr


Simple task to either use as a starter or use in the middle of a session to break it up and give the learners respite from what they’re doing.

Just write the alphabet A – Z on the board and then ask the learners in small groups to write down particular items or things beginning with the corresponding letter on paper. You can theme it, as I did at Christmas and for occupations, or just use random topics and questions. The ones with the most correct answers at the end are the winners, just make sure you have a list of answers for what the students are being asked. You can also give each student a letter as they come in the door and ask them to think of a particular item that begins with that letter to get them engaged straight away. See short examples below:

A Artist
B Builder
C Chef
D Dancer
E Electrician
F Financial Advisor
G Gardener
H Helicopter Pilot

General Knowledge
A name a dog – Alsatian, Akita
B name a bird – Budgerigar, Blackbird
C name a flower – Carnation, Crocus
D name a food – Doughnuts, Danish Pastry
E girl’s name – Ebony, Edith, Eve
F name a country – Finland, France
G boy’s name – Graham, Gordon
H item of clothing – Hat, Hoodie