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By Clare Bevanauthor and former primary teacher

Original article published 14 June 2010

Help children to get to know one another and create a happy classroom with this selection of cross-curricular activities

Children waving

The beginning of a new term can be a tense time for everyone – especially for children experiencing their first day at school. This topic adds a little fun to the whole experience. Nervous children will discover that they are not alone; shy children will be tempted into friendly activities, and confident children will find ways to make everybody feel welcome.


  1. Rhyming rules
  2. Questions, questions
  3. The last two animals
  4. Favourite things
  5. Sing a song of friendship
  6. Five feelings
  7. Let’s pretend
  8. All about me

Don’t forget…

to access the resources that accompany this topic, including the Poster and Audio poster , featuring the poem ‘Our classroom rules’. There are also lots of activity sheets available, check out the activities below to find out more.

1. Rhyming rules (literacy, PSHE)

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  1. daisie
    on 24 August 2010

    Great Ideas :)

    This looks great, thank you! I will definitely use this. I can’t seem to find the activity sheet ‘Feelings – pictures and words’ though?

  2. Lynne Thompson
    on 16 July 2010

    Ourselves - fantastic resource

    What lovely planning for welcoming a new group of children to year one.. Thank you very much, this will make our first week back a very happy one. We usually focus on PSCHE for the first couple of weeks and these activities will certainly help to settle the children and to establish rules and routines. Thank you