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Lesson Ideas - Tangled Web

Sophie is a Primary Teacher who is currently working with our Bristol branch. Having a bunch of great lesson ideas is something we all need, and Sophie gives a little tip that she has used. Maybe we should be adding a ball of string to our supply teacher kits?

I have got a simple activity which you can adapt to any situation just using a ball of string. When I was on placement at university I tried out this activity and I have used it many times after this as the children absolutely loved it. It is called the tangled web. The children basically throw the string to someone across the circle with a theme of your choice and slowly the string starts to make a tangled web in the middle. It is a great way for the children to share something and a way to emphasise team building skills.

It can be useful on supply as a little filler, something to do in P.S.H.E during a discussion or even getting to know the children you are teaching if you are on a long placement.

The web is just a starting point to build into the topic of working together and how it works only as a group. It also gave children that did not want to voice their thoughts the opportunity to be involved by throwing the string to someone else. It also works with smaller groups and can allow them to discuss different subjects with each other.

When I first used this activity it was in P.S.H.E. The children were struggling with getting on with everyone in the class and some bullying started. This was when I stepped in. The children all sat in a circle and they threw the string to anyone in the circle and made a connection with that person. For example we both love Numeracy. When it was the end the children could see the tangled web in the middle of their circle and they realised that they all had something in common. Although this was not the answer for all the problems it was a great starting activity.

It can be useful on supply as a little filler, something to do in P.S.H.E during a discussion or even getting to know the children you are teaching if you are on a long placement. It is also a great way to know which child is talking in the circle. I used this filler the other day when discussing bullying and their school’s policy. It is an appropriate activity for all ages and it really is simple.

The children find this incredibly fun and when I have used it they never get bored of it. You will be surprised just how many ways you can use this activity. I often feel that it is great to have these little fillers just in-case you ever get in the situation where you need one. Who would have thought a ball of string could be so helpful in your lessons?

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