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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
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  1. Mrs Burns
    on 20 April 2019

    Fantastic ideas

    This is a great set of ideas to use with my SEN class of 10. They will be engaged with these activities, which can be differentiated easily to suit any age of children. The only thing I would like is that the plans be downloadable as a pdf (preferably without the additional pictures) so I can print them off and have them to hand when I am teaching. If that was an option, then I would have given this resource a 5 star rating.

    4out of 5
  2. 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?

  3. 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