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New Resources   Information to help support your classroom teaching covering a range of topical issues about school life. There are ideas to help you manage your classroom and inspiration to help bring your lessons alive for the children.

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Resources Class Introductions
Resource Preview The start of the school year provides an excellent opportunity for the children to develop and extend friendships across the class that can reap benefits throughout the remainder of the school year. Encourage the class to work with children who have not previously been part of their close friendship circle to develop skills in building supportive relationships.

You can get the children to participate in a range of activities to help them learn about their classmates and ways that they can provide support to others throughout the school day. These activities will also provide support to any new pupils to the class at the start of the school year.

Friend Facts
Challenge the children to spend time learning about the lives of some of their classmates. Split the class into pairs and get the children to share with each other facts about their lives such as number of siblings, names of pets, favourite sports and ambitions for the future. The children will need to memorise and then recall the selected information. Bring the class back together and get the children to introduce the classmate that they have worked with and share the collected facts about their school lives. Discuss with the children how the lives of each pupil is the same or different as other children in the class.

Shared Reading
As an initial activity, you can get the children to spend some time sharing a book with a classmate. Leave out a range of books on the children's tables which they can select to share together such as fiction, non-fiction and poetry books. Leave some questions displayed on the board to encourage the children to discuss what they have read together and share their reading preferences. Spend time discussing with the class how to support each other when reading together such as taking turns, using dialogue voices and correcting errors. You could use one reading time during each week to get the children to read and share a book with a different member of the class so that everyone can forge positive relationships around the class.

Class Portraits
Another good way of helping the children learn about their classmates is by getting them to create a portrait of each other by first drawing and then colouring using pastels or water colours. Leave out some questions on the board that the children can discuss with each other during the portrait sitting to find out about the classmate that they are drawing and painting. Once the portraits have been completed the children can create a label to stick next to each picture describing their classmate using the information from the previous discussion. You can use the completed portraits as initial classroom display at the start of the school year.

Paired Tasks
During the first week of the school year you could select some classroom activities which will involve the children working co-operatively with their classmates. For example, in Maths children could work together to solve some reasoning problems about the place value of numbers or working in English they could discuss the answers to comprehension questions about a text read by the class. Before the children begin any work you can spend some time discussing the most effective ways of working with a partner to provide support through different tasks and activities.

Resource Preview Classmates
Discuss and record information about members of the class

Recommended Teaching Group: Year 1/2

     Resource Preview Class Talks
Research information to present a short talk about a member of the class

Recommended Teaching Group: Year 5/6

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