The following exercise can be done as a starter to introduce a topic or as a plenary to reflect on the lesson/ topic.
− Whole class form a continuum- a single file line along a wall. Label one end of the wall /space January and the other December. The students line up in a single file line facing you, in order of their birthdays. They can speak to each other for this one.
− Teacher count down from 5-1= pupils individually but all at the same time, freeze as - someone remembering a happy memory or as a character from the lesson, or a particular moment in a story for one chosen character etc etc to create a tableau. Teacher can count down again to show different moments.
− To create a new continuum but this time using the first letter of either their first name or surname. This time the students aren't allowed to speak.
− Count down and repeat the freeze with a sad memory or a different moment or character
− Talk about facial expressions and body language.
− This can be done to show how they feel about their own progress in class as well.
After the final one, the students could then be thought tapped. Using a drum to freeze on also
helps younger students to focus.