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How to Keep your Class Motivated before Summer

6 Ways to Keep your Class Motivated in the Run up to the Summer Holidays

We all know the feeling. It’s the final countdown to the summer holidays. Everyone is exhausted after the push to get through the SATs and it’s all too tempting to reach for the DVDs.

So we’ve shared our six favourite ideas for keeping your class inspired and motivated ­ it’ll be the summer holidays before you know it!

6 ways

1. Organise a class fundraising event

The possibilities for learning are endless when you run a fundraising event. You could start

by splitting the class into groups and giving each of them a charitable cause to go away and

research. They then present their findings back to the class and vote on which charity to

fundraise for. Here are some ideas for fundraising events:

● A gig ­at lunchtime performance with all ticket sales going to charity

● A pop­up cafe selling cakes or cold drinks in the playground

● A raffle with prizes donated by parents and local businesses

Bake sale

Once you’ve chosen your charity and event, each child should be assigned a role so that

you are not the one doing all the work. Many charities have school fundraising ideas and

free resources on their websites including the NSPCC, Amnesty International  and Save the Children

2. Turn your classroom into a new country


Creating a brand new country from scratch presents plenty of opportunities for cross-
curricular activities. Pupils work in groups to agree upon and create the cultural elements

that will make up their new country. You could include:


● Currency

● Flag

● Cuisine

● Language

● National Anthem

● Democracy and justice system

● Laws and human rights

● Education system

This project is great because you can go into as much or as little detail as you like and keep

adding as you go. You could then invite other classes to visit your country and showcase

the best of the culture you have created. Be sure to keep any templates you use the first

time around so that you can reuse them next year.

3. Create a computer game or mobile app

Boy on ipad

If the idea of teaching how to code fills you with dread, now’s your chance to grab the bull by

the horns. Make this a learning adventure you can all share together.

If you’re not confident with technology, the chances are you have pupils in your class who

are. If you are already confident, try to take a back seat as much as possible and simply

facilitate and support pupils where they need it.

Some great apps for coding include Scratch and Code Academy. Apple has written an

interactive app for iPad called Swift Playgrounds but this won’t be released until the Autumn.

Something to look forward to for your next coding adventure!

4. Hold a film festival


Challenge pupils to work in groups to make their own short film, which will be screened at a

film festival at the end of the project. Give pupils some basic guidelines and criteria for what

the finished project should include, and tell them a prize will be awarded to the best film.

You could have several prize categories so that everyone’s work gets recognised.

Groups will need to work together to create a script and storyboard and agree on each

person’s role in the filmmaking process. You could add a foreign language element to the

project by encouraging pupils to add subtitles in the language they have been learning.

This blog post from Teaching Ideas has some great ideas for how to plan the project. We

would recommend using iMovie or Windows Mini Movie Makers for editing. This website Mini

Movie Makers has some great video resources for pupils to learn how to create simple

special effects.

5. Put on a fashion show


Let your pupils unleash their creativity by designing a full summer fashion collection. Name

your label after your class or let pupils work in smaller groups and decide for themselves.

Add an element of challenge by giving them limited or unusual materials to work with. Ask

pupils to plan and sketch their designs before giving them the materials to make them.

They can then write a description of each outfit in their collection, and practice running

through their show until they have a slick performance. Again, you could add a foreign

language element to this project by encouraging pupils to deliver the commentary in the

target language.

6. Open up a one­stop languages shop


The summer holiday presents a great opportunity to get pupils inspired to learn a foreign

language. Ask pupils where their dream holiday destination would be and challenge them to

learn some basic keywords and phrases in the native language.

Pupils can then take it in turns to teach the rest of the class the words and phrases they

have learnt so that everyone is able to get by with the basics in a range of languages. Some

great free resources to use are Duolingo, Memrise and BBC Languages. You can also find

advice on how to facilitate the learning of multi­languages in one classroom on the Language Futures website.

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