Fun Easter activities for teachers to do with pupils

With Easter just around the corner, many teachers are spending their last few days at school getting ready for Easter. Children tend to get quite excited running up to the holidays so often it is a good idea to have the last day or two just doing fun activities rather than trying to do too much work that requires them to use a lot of concentration.

There are a huge number of Easter activities that you can set for the children. If you are part of a teaching agency then you may find that they have a large database of activities and factsheets/resources that you can download to use in the classroom. If you are not part of a teaching agency then you can often find resources online or if your school is registered to Twinkl or similar then you can download information and ideas from there.

Making chocolate nest cakes, designing their own Easter egg or creating a basket and doing an egg hunt is perfect for younger children. You may want to include some fun facts and figures to explain where Easter started and the story behind it, this could be done as part of a religious education lesson or even as a history lesson.

Teaching life skills to children

Although schools often have a strict curriculum that they have to teach every term, there are other skills that are just as important if not more than should be introduced at an early age. As we go through life we often realise why we were told things as a child which at the time may have seemed meaningless, such as tuck your shirt in or being shouted at for being five mins late. As we get older it is easier to see why these things were actually important and how they play a role in our lives as an adult.

Punctuality is often something many schools are quite hot on. They like their pupils to be in the classrooms and ready to work at the correct time and can be seen to be quite firm if they are consistently late. As an adult when you go to college, university or in a job, punctuality is vital. If you are late for a job interview for example, then you may find that they no longer wish to see you. Turning up late for work on a regular basis is often frowned upon and may end up with you receiving a disciplinary. This along with being presentable and tidy are skills that we can quite easily teach our children to give them the best start possible.


Not sure what career path to take?

As a child at the age of 13 or 14, it is hard to know what GCSE subjects you should be taking as you may have no idea what career path you wish to go down. Schools should be offering you some advice and guidance on what subjects and qualification you will need to have for your chosen route, but if you are undecided you may feel that you simply get forgotten about and left to your own devices.

If you really cannot decide what you want to go in to then it is always a good idea to pick subjects that you enjoy as the likely hood is that you will want to end up doing something related to that.

It is important to remember that just because you have chosen to go down one career path does not mean you cannot change your mind at a later date or even retrain for a totally different career when you are older.

Do plenty of research to find out what you can expect for the job role that you are interested in and also research where you would need to be in order to get a job in your chosen industry.


Can anyone home school their child?

People choose to home school their child for a number of different reasons. It may be that the child is sick and cannot go to school on a day to day basis or that they feel they can offer their child a better one and one education. Often parents will try putting their child in to school first and then discover that it does not seem suited to them so will take them out. Some parents remove their child from school and home school instead due to bullying.

Some people think that it is illegal to not send your child to school, which is correct unless they are being home schooled then this is ok. Home schooling should not be used as an escape from school life as it is important to teach children how to cope in situations that they find uncomfortable or hard. Although anyone can home school their child, you will need to submit certain paperwork and provide evidence for the work you and your child are doing. Home school parents must make sure that their kids get the instruction and the experiences they need as they would if they were at school.



Returning to college or university

If you decided not to carry on with your education after your GCSE’s or A Levels then you may consider returning at a later date.

Returning to education is possible but you may find it a little more difficult as you get older, simply because you often have more responsibilities. Some people chose to take a year out of studies to work to earn money or to go travelling. This can be the much needed break for some people and can then motivate them, ready to go back in to education.

If you have not gained GCSE’s or A Levels then you may need to do a course to allow you to get these first before starting the course you want to go on. If you are worried about going back in to education as it has been a while, you may oft to do an access course. Doing this course will often give you a better chance of being accepted for another course afterwards. If you have young children at home, you may be entitled to help with child care costs and other costs of living. You may also be given a student loan which will not need to be paid back until you are earning over a certain amount.