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5 of the best end-of-year activities and resources for secondary school – Updated for 2021

School's out, almost, so make sure you finish the year on a bang, not a whimper, with these ideas...

  • 5 of the best end-of-year activities and resources for secondary school – Updated for 2021

Exams, marking, reports…oh, plus everything else you usually do the rest of the year too – you’ve probably got plenty on your plate at the moment.

It’s nearly the end of the school year. The finish line is in sight. But with energy levels waning, getting there can feel a little like this:

So, we thought we’d help you out by rounding up a small selection of activities and resources you can try out in your classroom to supplement all the usual awards, reflection exercises and transition stuff you’ll no doubt be doing.

Oh, and don’t forget Sunscreen:

You may need to explain who Baz Luhrmann is to your class

1 | Holiday!

This assembly from True Tube will encourage your students to make the most of their summer holidays, wherever they are. It includes advice on how to get the most out of their free time, and has a fun matching pairs game of destinations and activities that you can get students to play.

It includes an assembly script, an accompanying PowerPoint presentation and the above video.

It also suggests playing either Summer Holiday by Cliff Richard or School’s Out by Alice Cooper. There’s only one winner there really.

Sign up to True Tube to get this free resource here.

2 | Theme days

This list of ideas for themed days is aimed at younger students, but they’re easily adaptable for secondary pupils.

For example you can put a movie-themed spin on the usual end-of-year awards handouts with a Hollywood theme, have a carnival day or find some fascinating science and tech projects for them to carry out over summer with a STEM theme.

Check out the complete list of ideas here.

3 | Literary theme park

Turn the traditional Shakespearean five-act structure into a rollercoaster ride, make a splash with a Huckleberry Finn log flume ride down the Mississippi or create a Mad Hatter’s tea party teacup ride.

The Literary Maven uses Romeo and Juliet as a basis for this project as her class had just studied it, but there are plenty of fun and creative ways it can be adapted to suit other titles.

Skip the queues and jump on the ride for this project here.

4 | The six-word memoir

Unless this was your first year teaching, you’ll be no doubt familiar with students writing letters reflecting on the past 12 months.

This exercise, however, gets them to do that in a much more efficient way. Like, six-words efficient. No more, no less.

It’s based on the old bar legend that when challenged to write a story in six words, Ernest Hemingway came up with this:

For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.

For some reason that one hasn’t been adapted into a movie.

This activity discusses the efficient and powerful use of language in this short tale, and the careful choice of words to tell a story with depth well beyond its word limit. But it then goes on to get students to create their own memoirs of the year, with image, which are then put together to form a video like the one above.

Get this resource here.

5 | Riddle me this

And finally, have a bit of fun with these riddles and brain teasers. You can select all the questions you want to include and add them to a printable worksheet, which is great for filtering ones you think might be a bit tough or those that are a bit too America-centric (a baseball riddle isn’t exactly fun when you don’t have the basic knowledge of the sport required to even attempt it).

There are some old classics in there, such as getting a fox, a hen and some grain across a river, and choosing what’s heavier between a pound of feathers and a pound of rocks. But there are plenty more fun teasers to choose from, and you can even add your own.

Plus, there are rebus puzzles that can be added, like these:

Got them yet? They are ‘a walk in the park’, ‘ambiguous’ (‘am’, a ‘big U’ and ‘ous’), and ‘bad influence’.

Build your riddle sheet here.

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