Last Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2020

Back to school – ideas to share at school - primary

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In this activity, children will think carefully about aspects of getting ready to return to school.

For children at Nursery and P1

  • Ask your child about their favourite story. Discuss what they like about the story. Are there happy parts and scary parts? Ask your child who their favourite character is. If you have the book, read the story to your child. Ask questions about the pictures and encourage them to predict what happens next. If you do not have a copy of the book, you could try to find a story telling version of the book online. There are lots of interactive books available online.
  • Explain to your child you are going to pretend to be the characters in their chosen story. If necessary, you can play more than one character, or involve someone else. Let your child choose which character/characters they play. It may be helpful if you can gather some of the items in the story. For example, for ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ you could have three bowls and three spoons. Allow your child to play freely with the story book items and “tell” their own version of the story.
  • Ask your child to draw their favourite part of the story. If they can, they could write a short sentence about their favourite part of the story. Encourage your child to tell you all about their picture. Ask them lots of questions. For example, ‘Who is in the story?’ ‘Where does the story take place?’ ‘What are the characters doing in your picture?’ ‘How are the characters feeling?’
  • When they return to school your child could tell their teacher about the story and their picture.

For children at P2/P3/P4

  • Discuss with your child what they need to do to get ready to go back to school. Who will be their new teacher? What are they most looking forward to? Ask your child to make a list of all the things they are looking forward to doing, such as seeing friends and learning new things.
  • Explain to your child that they are to pretend they have won a contract to design the “dream schoolbag” for the make believe company “Bags of Dreams”. Ask your child to find out what a contract is by asking someone else or using the internet if you have access. They should find out that a contract is an agreement between two or more people to carry out a job or provide a product.
  • Explain to your child that the contract states that they are to design a schoolbag for primary age pupils. Talk with your child about what they should think about for their design. For example, ‘What material will the schoolbag be made of, taking account of Scottish weather?’
  • Why not work with your child to create a “bag vocabulary”? It would include “contract”, and maybe other words like compartment, handle, clasp, base, sides, zippers and so on. How many compartments will the schoolbag have and what size will each compartment be? How will it be carried? What type of fastenings will it have? Explain to your child this is to be a “dream” bag and so they should be as imaginative as possible.
  • Now ask your child to draw and label their schoolbag design. Ask your child to prepare a short presentation for the manager of design at ‘Bags of Dreams’ to explain the features of their bag. Ask another family member or friend to play the part of the manager and ask your child to make their presentation about the bag.

For children at P5/P6/P7

  • A local business has offered to pay your school to build the “classroom of the future”. The design brief states you can have anything you want in the room as long as you can justify how it will be used for learning and teaching. The local business has said they are willing to give you as much money as you need! If you are unsure what a design brief is, ask someone else, or use the internet if you have access, to find out.
  • Make a list of what you would like to have in the classroom. What activities will you be doing? Where will resources be stored? What kinds of technology will you have in the room? How will children’s work be displayed?
  • Now plan and design your classroom. Label all the different parts of the room and the items inside the room. Make your design a “bird’s eye” view as though you are looking down from above.
  • Prepare a short presentation about your ‘classroom of the future’. Ask a family member to listen to your presentation. When you go back to school you could tell your new teacher about your design. It might give them some ideas for your own classroom!