Be careful! experiment

Capture the students’ attention at the beginning of the lesson with a quick experiment. Ask a question about it, e.g:

Science: What happens if I drop a glass on the floor?

Arts: What happens if I mix blue food colouring with this orange juice?

  1. List students’ answers on the board.
  2. Complete the experiment at the end of the lesson.
  3. Check answers and recap knowledge acquired.
Hand counts lead-in

Start your lesson with a physical response activity to activate student’s connection with content. For example:

Put up your hand if you have ever seen an eclipse; visited a planetarium ...

Count the hands and present conclusions:

  • Most students have (never) visited a planetarium.
True or false lead-in

Begin each lesson with their books closed to revise and activate previous knowledge.

Use simple ‘true or false’ statements:

  • Plants and fungi belong to the same kingdom. True or false?
  • All rocks are solid. True or false?


Teachers who love teaching…

teach children to love learning.  Remember, if you show enthusiasm for your subject content and the English language, they will also feel positive about them.

Students may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.