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Starters

Recap

A task recapping this lesson, meant to be used as a starter in the following lesson.

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Thirty seconds

Lesson starter. Students are shown a number of terms for exactly 30 seconds. They need to memorise as many as possible. After 30 seconds, the terms are hidden and they need to write down as many terms as they can remember along with at least one fact about that term.

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Split the words

A starter activity. Students are presented with a condensed paragraph of theory and are asked to make it legible.

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Wordsearch

Students are provided an online tool and asked to come up with a list of keywords related to the topic and create a wordsearch from them. They then are asked to solve one another’s work

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Find and sort

Starter. A fun kinaesthetic activity encouraging students to correctly arrange a sentence preparing them for the lesson ahead.

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Questions to ask

A starter task. Students are given a list of categories and asked to write down the questions they would like answered from today's lesson

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Countdown

Starter task. Students are given a set of jumbled up words related to this topic. They have to unscramble each of the words within 30 seconds.

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Odd one out

Lesson starter. Students are shown a number of key terms. They have to decide which of the terms is the ‘odd one out’ and give a reason for their choice

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Post-its

A fun kinaesthetic starter task where students work in teams to solve a puzzle.

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Chinese whispers

Starter task using the theme of the old childhood game, Chinese whispers.

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Three two one

Lesson starter. Display this on the whiteboard as students are walking through the door. They can work individually or in pairs to come up with the answers. Good for differentiation as all students should be able to get at least one of the six points.

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Starters or Plenaries

What why how

Starter or plenary task. Students are asked three questions framed as “What?” “Why” and “How?”

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Matching pairs

Students work in pairs to turn over two cards and matchup a keyword with a definition or example. Full instructions are given in the task sheet. Requires preparation prior to the lesson

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Turn it down

Starter or plenary task. This follows the traditional game of writing a statement, folding or turning the paper down to hide what has been written and then passing it to the next student.

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Sort and answer

Students work to reconstruct a scrambled question about this topic, and then provide an answer.

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Pick me

This provides a differentiated starter or plenary activity. Students are given a question and work in groups to come up with an answer.

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Pass it around

An excellent starter or plenary for involving all students and getting them to identify a large number of facts about the current topic

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One two three

Can be used either as a starter or a plenary task. Students are given a sheet to complete firstly on their own, then with a partner and then joining up with another pair

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Haiku

Starter or plenary task. Students are asked to write a description in the form of a haiku poem for one of a handful of key terms.

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Just a minute

Starter or plenary task. Students are asked to talk to a partner about this topic for 60 seconds whilst abiding by a set of rules

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Teacher talkabout

Starter or plenary task. The class 'test' the teacher on their knowledge of key words related to this topic

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Give me 10

A starter or plenary task. Students work in pairs before joining up with another pair to expand their list.

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Plenaries

Mnemonic

Students often find it hard to remember long lists of items. A mnemonic is a rhyme or acronym that they can create to help them recall such a list.

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Golden envelopes

Plenary task. An engaging task that has an element of ‘surprise’

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Lucky dip questions

Starter or plenary task. Every student is given a number at the start of the activity. This is used to help pick who will ask and answer questions about what has been learned during the lesson.

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New words

A plenary task in which students have to identify three new words/terms that they learned during this lesson and then explain their meaning

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Pass the box

An excellent starter or plenary for involving all students and getting them to identify a large number of facts about the current topic

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I predict

This task acts as the plenary from one lesson and the starter for the next lesson

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Four four two

A plenary activity where students are asked to summarise the lesson and pick out the main key words related to the topic.

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Create a wordsearch

Students are provided an online tool and asked to come up with a list of keywords related to the topic and create a wordsearch from them. They then are asked to solve one another’s work

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Lesson self assessment

Students assess what they have achieved during this lesson and identify how they could improve.

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Lesson summary

This plenary provides students with an opportunity to evaluate the lesson and their learning and an AFL opportunity for the teacher.

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Teach me about

Lesson plenary. Students become the teacher! One student is tasked with preparing a five minute revision starter about this topic for the beginning of the following lesson.

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Word building

Plenary task. Students work in groups to construct a sentence about today’s lesson

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Mastermind

A plenary activity which is loosely based on the game show 'Mastermind'

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Text me

A plenary activity where students are asked to write a text message to explain what they have learned during the lesson

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Tweet it

A plenary activity. Students write a ‘Tweet’ message to sum up what they have learned during the lesson

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One word

A plenary task. Students have to sum up today's lesson in just one sentence. They must include a given word within that sentence.

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Are they right

Testing the class’s knowledge on the topic by asking them to judge whether a single student’s answers are right or wrong

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