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Great Primary Lesson Ideas

Lots of ideas for creating fun and engaging lessons for primary aged children. You can also watch Great Secondary Lesson Ideas.

There are 54 videos in this series.

4 mins Character Detectives
A teacher demonstrates how to teach Key Stage 2 pupils about literacy and characterisation.
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4 mins Using Archive Film
A teacher uses archive film in her English and media lessons to explore the structure of narrative, character and setting, and to develop Key Stage 2 pupils' understanding of film language, in this primary lesson idea.
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4 mins Problem-Solving Language
This great lesson idea on problem-solving for Key Stage 2 maths pupils, uses a sorting activity to illustrate the principle.
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4 mins Dance - Four Body Shapes
Find out how pupils at Brindishe Green School have been improving their dancing and cross-curricular learning by using different body shapes in their dance lessons, in this primary lesson idea.
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4 mins Modelling Light
A great primary lesson idea for Key Stage 2 science pupils, using modelling to demonstrate how light travels.
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4 mins Chessboard Algebra
A Key Stage 2 teacher presents a maths lesson on teaching algebra using formulas and predictions, in a primary lesson idea for use in lesson planning.
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3 mins Literacy - How to Make Tea
This primary resource is a spoof public service broadcast from the Ministry of Good Instructions models how to present the seven key steps that need to be followed to make a nice cup of tea.
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4 mins History - Theatre Boxes
A Key Stage 2 teacher uses theatre boxes at the end of a history topic as a fun way for pupils to present and share their different research in this lesson idea.
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4 mins The Apprentice Electrician
An engaging, lesson-planning idea for an active primary science lesson where pupils solve problems using their current understanding of electricity.
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5 mins Primary Music - Create a Rondo
A Key Stage 2 class use percussion instruments to compose a rondo in their music lesson, in this lesson idea for teachers to use in planning.
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5 mins Primary Music - Three Notes
A lesson-planning idea for teaching music at Key Stage 2, where pupils learn an African call and response song in order to develop their pitch and notation skills.
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5 mins Primary Music - Tudor Fanfare
A Key Stage 2 class compose a Tudor fanfare on the recorder as part of a music lesson linked to a larger history project, in this cross-curriculum lesson planning idea.
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5 mins Primary Music - Sing a Song
A Key Stage 2 music and singing assembly is shown with advice and ideas primary teachers can use in their own school.
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5 mins Abstract Art - My Journey
Great lesson ideas for Key Stage 2 pupils learning about abstract art.
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5 mins Primary Art - Through the Hedge
An exciting and engaging lesson-planning idea for a Key Stage 2 outdoor art lesson, focusing primary pupils' attention on the natural environment to combine their observation skills with art activities.
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5 mins KS2 MFL - Birthday Presents
Using a birthday party game of pass-the-parcel in a KS2 modern languages lesson helps Year 3 pupils build their vocabulary and discover a fun way to learn French.
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5 mins KS2 MFL - Story Writing
Find out how one teacher incorporates storytelling and writing into her KS2 MFL lesson, using the story to reinforce the teaching and learning of French vocabulary, in this modern languages pedagogy resource.
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5 mins KS2 MFL - Weather Vocabulary
A fun, interactive Key Stage 2 MFL lesson idea for learning French weather vocabulary with a Year 4 class.
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5 mins KS2 MFL - Role-play Games
Watch a primary teacher using fun speaking and listening games to teach Year 5 pupils French greetings in this MFL pedagogical resource.
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5 mins KS2 MFL - Reading and Writing Games
A primary teacher puts fun and interactive lesson ideas into practice during a Year 5 French modern language class on vocabulary, in this MFL pedagogy resource.
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5 mins KS2 MFL - Making a Cake
A Year 4 teacher helps her pupils develop their French modern language skills through an engaging lesson where the Key Stage 2 pupils make chocolate cakes.
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5 mins KS2 MFL - A Nationality Song
This Key Stage 2 modern languages lesson idea shows how to teach French masculine, feminine and plural words to a Year 4 class, using a song and national flags.
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5 mins KS1 Art - Pop-up Puppets
This video for KS1 art lessons features teacher Emma Myers showing her class how to make pop-up puppets.
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5 mins KS1 Art - Peacock Masks
Artist Zoe Carter-Beedie demonstrates how to make 3D peacock masks, in this video for KS1 art lessons.
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5 mins KS1 Art - Indian Block Printing
A KS1 art lesson explaining the techniques of Indian block printing.
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5 mins KS2 MFL - Football Fun
Using football as a theme, this lesson idea for Year 6 MFL pupils is designed to help the teaching and learning of French vocabulary, in a fun and engaging way.
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5 mins KS2 MFL - Story Activities
See how a Year 3 teachers uses a familiar children's story to help her pupils improve their French modern language literacy skills, in an innovative lesson idea for Key Stage 2.
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15 mins Combating Cyberbullying
This KS2-KS4 lesson-planning resource shows the impacts of cyberbullying and how children can become cyberbullies. It supports Every Child Matters and addresses human health and safety, and personal and social skills.
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15 mins Primary French
Discover fresh and engaging lesson ideas for Key Stage 2 French, giving pupils the confidence to practise their modern language skills in class.
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15 mins Artefacts
These Key Stage 2 history lesson-planning ideas get pupils involved in the subject, helping this primary class raise questions and back up theories with hard evidence.
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15 mins Primary History - Enquiry Skills
Learn the best ways to help Key Stage 2 pupils develop their enquiry skills with three great history lesson-planning ideas.
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15 mins Primary Environment
Teacher and local education authority adviser Mary Muggridge presents four day-trip ideas that help to make science and maths fun for Key Stage 2 pupils.
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15 mins Primary History
Find out about three practical history lesson ideas, with day trips for Key Stage 2 pupils to the Imperial War Museum, The National Archives and Blists Hill Victorian Town.
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15 mins Vicious Vikings
Discover these creative approaches to teaching Key Stage 1/2 pupils about the Viking period. Three teachers demonstrate their inspirational ideas to use in history lesson planning.
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15 mins Group Activities in PE
Discover three suggestions for Key Stage 1/2 physical education (PE), which can be integrated into lesson planning. These fun and lively activities include football skills, warm-ups and a 'dance and stomp' lesson.
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15 mins Scrap Art
Key Stage 1/2 teachers at two primary schools in Blackburn demonstrate three creative art and design lessons on using scrap and recycled materials. See how they inspire their Year 1, Year 3 and Year 4 pupils.
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15 mins Human Body, Reading and Tessellation
Three teachers bring KS2 maths, science and literacy to life for Year 3 and Year 4 pupils, as their creative, cross-curricular lesson plans include using music and dance to teach anatomy and tessellation.
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15 mins Data Handling
Explore these innovative Key Stage 2 lesson-planning ideas for getting Year 3 and Year 4 children immersed into maths by using fun, physical games to teach data handling.
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15 mins Calculation
Engage Key Stage 1/2 pupils with these effective maths calculation games, making multiplication and addition fun.
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15 mins Numbers
For absorbing lesson-planning ideas for Key Stage 2 maths, look at these activities designed to engage primary pupils in learning about numbers.
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15 mins Measures
Learn some fresh activites to use in lesson-planning for Key Stage 1/2 maths, with entertaining games that engage pupils in learning about measures.
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15 mins Shape and Space
For great maths ideas for lesson plans, take a look at these games on shape and space, for use with Key Stage 1/2 pupils.
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15 mins Making Bags
Watch two Key Stage 2 teachers present three great practical lesson ideas around design and technology (D&T), all involving making bags.
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15 mins Primary Geography: Overseas Localities
For really effective and fun lesson-planning ideas, see these Key Stage 1/2 geography activities that are quick and easy to replicate when teaching about overseas locations.
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15 mins Speaking and Listening Activities
Gain lesson-planning ideas by watching these Key Stage 1/2 teachers demonstrate creative speaking and listening activities which are both engaging and challenging.
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15 mins Reading Community
Three inspirational Key Stage 2 teachers share the lesson-planning ideas they use to encourage their primary pupils to read.
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15 mins Writing Activities
Three highly effective Key Stage 1/2 teachers reveal a variety of inspiring activities and lesson-planning ideas that enhance their primary pupils' writing skills.
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15 mins World War II
Showing how to teach the second world war to Year 5, these cross-curricular lessons focus on drama, literacy, and design and technology (D&T).
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15 mins Science, Data Logging and Poetry
Find out how the creative curriculum can help with teaching literacy, science and ICT to Year 6 pupils, with these three creative lesson-planning ideas.
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15 mins Materials Activities
Introduce KS1 and KS2 science pupils to the subject of materials with these great lesson-planning ideas for primary teachers.
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15 mins Primary Science: Forces and Motion Activities
A look at four examples of teaching the subjects of force and motion at KS1 and KS2.
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15 mins Primary Science: Electricity Activities
Three fun and engaging ideas on how to introduce KS2 pupils to the concept of electricity.
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15 mins Primary Science: Light and Sound Activities
Four fun and interesting lesson ideas on teaching light and sound for KS1 and KS2 pupils.
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15 mins Primary Geography - On Location
These geography lesson-planning ideas cover mapping and renewable energy. They're suitable for Key Stage 2 but also adaptable for Key Stage 1.
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