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Starters

Once upon a time

Students are given a set of words related to this topic and asked to make up a story incorporating as many of the terms as possible.

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Acting Up

A fun starter activity. Students are given a character card. They then have to explain a term related to this topic whilst staying in character.

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Chinese whispers

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

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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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Double Puzzle

Starter. Students are presented with a list of scrambled keywords to unscramble, and are then asked to discover and unscramble a hidden keyword from their answers

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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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Mini whiteboards

Starter activity. A great way of quickly assessing which key terms students remember from the previous lesson and where further teaching focus might need to be given

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Memorise this

Lesson starter. Students work in pairs or small groups to remember words which have been shown to them.

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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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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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Recap

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

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Scrabble

Starter task. Students are given a blank scrabble type sheet and take it in turns to write down key words related to this topic

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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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Ten Questions

A lesson starter activity. A volunteer (either a student or class teacher) is given a slip of paper so they know 'what they are'. The rest of the class can ask up to a maximum of 10 questions to guess what they are. The volunteer can only answer 'yes' or 'no'

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Instructions

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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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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Wordsearch

Students are given a wordsearch and asked to circle a list of keywords. A low-effort filler task.

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Word Tennis

Starter. Students work in groups of three with two 'serving' words related to the topic. The observer monitors for words which are 'out'

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Starters or Plenaries

Draw me a picture

Starter or plenary. Students are given a selection of key terms and are asked to illustrate one of them in a diagram.

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Give me ten

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

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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

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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Create a double puzzle

Starter or plenary. Students are given instructions on how to use an online tool to create a word puzzle, and are told to print them out and solve each other’s creations.

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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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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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Pass the buck

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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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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Pictionary

A starter or plenary task based on the popular game Pictionary

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Post-it key terms

Starter or plenary. A good activity to encourage teamwork. Students compete in groups to identify as many key terms as possible.

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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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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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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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What's your opinion?

Starter and plenary task. Students are given a statement about this topic and asked to discuss their opinion in pairs. At the end of the lesson they can reassess whether their original opinion has changed

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Word chains

Starting with the shaded letter, students find the adjacent letters which spell out a word related to this topic.  Letters can go horizontally, vertically and diagonally in any direction.

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Word association

A starter or plenary task. Students are asked to write down all of the words they associate with this topic. They then work with a partner to categorise them.

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Plenaries

In the style of

A fantastic kinaesthetic activity which is bound to produce some amusing results whilst at the same time reinforcing the main concepts of this topic.

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Golden envelopes

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

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Charades

Probably best as a plenary task. This ever popular acting game is an excellent activity to engage students at the start of a lesson or to add a fun element to the end of a lesson. Rules and list of words are provided.

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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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I predict

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

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Call My Bluff

A plenary activity based on the popular game show, ‘Call My Bluff’

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Create a wordsearch

Students are given step by step instructions about creating their own wordsearch which they can then give to fellow students to solve.

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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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Lesson self assessment

Students assess what they have achieved during t