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50 free lesson plans for KS1 and KS2

Start your year with a whole host of new ideas for every primary school subject with these 50 free lesson plans for Years 1-6...

  • 50 free lesson plans for KS1 and KS2

1 | Create a savannah artwork

Art

Blend sunset colours and add striking silhouettes to produce unique compositions, says Robert Watts

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2 | Create your own mobile style games

Computing

Use elements from your current topic to design your own Candy Crush style addictive games, says Adam Foster

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3 | Use coding skills to beat the hacker

Computing

Set up an exciting imaginary emergency to help children showcase their computing talents, says Adam Parkhouse

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4 | Sew a mini gown for a Tudor client

D&T, History

Establish your own fashion label and learn about historical fashions with Adam Newman’s crafty idea

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5 | Open a Mexican restaurant at your school

D&T, English, Computing

Enhance a study of ancient Maya or Mexico by exploring the area’s traditional cuisine, says Adam Newman

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6 | Design, build and evaluate a Viking longboat

History, D&T

Use questioning and trial and error to fire imaginations and hone innovation skills, says Adam Parkhouse

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7 | Design, develop and market a Tudor property

History, D&T, Literacy

Bring the homes of the past to life in an engaging and practical way, says Adam Newman

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8 | Storytelling from multiple perspectives

Literacy, PSHE

Reimagining well-known stories from different angles will challenge children and inspire creativity, says Adam Newman

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9 | Let’s plan a trip to the rainforest

Geography

Help your class plan an imaginary adventure to the Amazon, says Kate Snowdon from National Geographic Kids

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10 | Let’s play a game of river consequences

Geography

Adapt this playground favourite to learn about and describe the universal features of rivers, says Ben Ballin

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11 | Learn sculpture and folk art with alebrijes

Art, Geography, English

Exploring and creating these unique Mexican designs will open imaginations and boost geographical knowledge, says Adam Newman

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12 | Use news reports to learn about migrants

Geography, Literacy

Explore key vocabulary and important statistics with the help of The Week Junior, says Emma Espley

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13 | Making global connections with chocolate

Geography

Learn about locations and climate by exploring the story of objects and how they are made, says Anthony Barlow

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14 | Learn about the Empire Windrush

History, Literacy

Write a diary entry from the point of view of a passenger with Julianne Britton’s lesson idea

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15 | Pretend to be archeologists on Time Team

History, Maths

Make connections between maths and history with this hands-on lesson about coordinate grids, says Abby King

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16 | Someone has stolen our laptop!

Literacy

Use an imaginary crime scene to teach children how to read, spell and use question words, says Hannah Friedwald

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17 | The world’s strictest teacher…

Literacy

Provide children with a poetry template and examples of indirect characterisation and watch their imaginations soar

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18 | What makes someone a hero or villain?

Literacy

Use thinking maps to explore both fictional and real-life goodies and baddies, say Russell Grigg and Helen Lewis

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19 | Goldilocks: calculating thief or innocent girl?

Literacy

Use different versions of this classic tale to explore inference, deduction and point of view, says Jacqueline Harris

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20 | Have you met a professional crocodile?

Literacy

Help children show, not tell, with the help of a wonderful wordless picture book, says James Clements

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21 | Host your own vocabulary marketplace

Literacy

Imagine if words had a value and could be bought and sold by children, says award-winning teacher Adam Parkhouse

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22 | What if the World Cup was in outer space?

Literacy

Would gravity affect the offside rule? Use Frank Lampard’s football series to describe settings, suggests Jenny Baldwin

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23 | Teach phonics with paper doughnuts

Literacy

Set up an imaginary baked goods delivery service to explore the ‘ough’ spelling with Cara Fairhall’s scrummy idea

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24 | Write a play script with Paddington Bear

Literacy, Drama

Celebrate the famous bear’s 60th anniversary with James Clements’ fun lesson about dialogue and drama

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25 | Use maps to inspire storytelling

Literacy

Immerse pupils in a spot of imaginary world-building and watch their fiction writing flourish, says Adam Parkhouse

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26 | Write a menu for a monster restaurant

Literacy

Encourage children to use adjectives by creating a gruesome menu fit for a fantasy creature, says Brad Peterson

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27 | Instructional writing with The BFG

Literacy

This fun, practical and engaging lesson will prove to be a favourite among pupils, says Julianne Britton

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28 | Use your body to draw giant snowmen

Maths

Help pupils understand how size relates to quantity with Martin Saunders’ festive measurements lesson

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29 | From cadet to test pilot: Project Flight!

Maths

Create paper planes in a cross-curricular project encompassing maths, literacy and teamwork, says Marc Bowen

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30 | Make predictions with real-time statistics

Maths

Use the player and match stats on FIFA’s website to explore averages and percentages, says Aidan Severs

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31 | Teach fruity fractions like a pirate

Maths

It’s all hands on deck in this volume and ratio lesson from Ian Goldsworthy that even landlubbers will enjoy

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32 | Make your diet more eco-friendly

Maths, English, Science

Design a takeaway menu with a low water footprint with Kevin Mackay’s planet-saving lesson idea

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33 | Fix a post office parcel mix-up

Maths

Practise your measuring skills by working out what it would cost to post a variety of packages, says Julianne Britton

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34 | Avez-vous un animal, mademoiselle?

MFL

Use flashcards, mime and song to teach your class the vocabulary of pets in French, says Dr Amanda Barton

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35 | Finding your way around French

MFL

Stay on the right path with Amanda Barton’s MFL ideas for teaching directions and building names

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36 | La Maravillosa Medicina de Jorge…

MFL

Use the Spanish version of George’s Marvellous Medicine to write your own wacky recipes, explains Lisa Stevens

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37 | Use games to learn colours in Spanish

MFL

Explore patterns and sounds of language through rhymes and link them with meaning, says Lisa Stevens

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38 | Qu’est-ce que tu aimes faire? Les passe-temps

MFL

Exploring hobbies in foreign languages is an effective way to teach the correct pronunciation of cognates, says Amanda Barton

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39 | Link music and language with Saint Saens

MFL, Music

Activities based around The Carnival of the Animals provide an enriching and positive cross-curricular learning experience, says Lisa Stevens

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40 | Get fit with five-a-day exercises

PE, Science

Set up mini circuits and encourage bursts of activity while learning about different muscles, says Leon Blake

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41 | Yes, you’re playing at Wimbledon!

PE

Pick a tennis star’s name from a hat and enjoy an exciting four-person mini tournament, says Jim Lavin

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42 | Craft mini reflection zones in boxes

RE, SMSC

Think about values by creating themed activities for a special decorated box, says Abby King

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43 | Make solubility exciting by using candyfloss

Science

Use this delicious fairground favourite to demonstrate dissolving and solutions in KS2 science, says Ian Goldsworthy

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44 | Who can make the biggest seagull splat?

Science

500 birds make a lot of mess! Use Deborah Herridge’s Roald Dahl-inspired lesson to look at forces and pattern seeking

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45 | Write a piece of music about fossils

Science, Music

Combine two different areas of the curriculum in this innovative percussion lesson from Abby King

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46 | What happens when you heat up slime?

Science

Learn all about the properties of materials with this on-trend science spectacular from Nick East

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47 | Work out the contents of confusing cans

Science

You know that old saying, “does what it says on the tin”? Well, what if the tins are blank, asks Jane Dowden?

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48 | Write letters from Galileo to the pope

Science

The science we now accept as fact was once heresy. Explore the solar system with Ian Goldsworthy

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49 | Can we move objects with our minds?

Science

Investigate the physics of Roald Dahl’s Matilda and explore her special telekinetic powers with Deborah Herridge

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50 | Use eggshells to learn about healthy teeth

Science

Experimenting with liquid reactions can help children understand how drinks affect their dental hygiene, says Natalie Sew

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