Celebrate the year with your students

To celebrate 2021 for all that it was (and that it’s finally come to an end) we’ve curated a list of four end of year celebrations.

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Maths Pathway’s top 4 ways to celebrate the year.

2021 has been a year like no other. This year, we’ve all been thrust into the unknown with many of us facing challenges that we couldn’t have imagined a year ago. A year of teaching is hectic enough without adding a pandemic, remote learning and lock down to our plates. So it’s fair to say we are ready for the end of the school year and a much needed break!

We also know how strange and difficult this school year has been for our students and can only imagine how excited they are for the summer holidays too.

So to celebrate 2021 for all that it was (and that it’s finally come to an end) we’ve curated a list of four end of year celebrations you can arrange for your class. In the spirit of 2021 most of these activities can be done socially distanced at school or remotely if needed.

Games

Games are a quick and easy way to wind down at the end of the year. These are some of our favourites to play with students in the classroom or virtually if needed.

Pictionary 

This one is fun for the whole class and thanks to Zoom’s whiteboard feature is just as easy to play remotely as it is in a classroom. Simply private message one student with a word and they can draw on the whiteboard for the rest of the class to see.

Bingo

This game is also super easy to set up in class or online. Get your students to draw a 5×5 grid and fill it with numbers from 1-50. You can easily make this one maths related by asking quick mental maths questions that have an answer between 1-50.

Trivia 

At this point in the year no one is a stranger to virtual trivia and there’s a reason it’s so popular! Trivia can have customised rounds, take up as much or as little time as you like, and there can be prizes up for grabs (budget dependant).

Adventures

These adventurous activities can take a little bit more planning but believe us they’re worth it. 

Scavenger Hunt 

What’s not to love about scavenger hunts? They’re tonnes of fun for students of all ages, they’re naturally a socially distanced activity and they can easily be done online if needed! Simply write a list of items you want your class to find. These can either be found in school or be items in your student’s houses that they can hunt for. 

Click here for an example scavenger hunt list.

Class Escape Room 

For something a little bit different, we love a class escape room! They work exactly like other escape rooms do. If you’re not familiar with escape rooms, the idea is that your class has to solve puzzles and riddles to be able to escape a room in a given time. 

The good news is that escape rooms can also be done virtually on Zoom by simply sharing your screen!

Click here for an awesome list of free digital escape rooms. Or click here if you fancy building your own.

Themed Class Party 

There are so many themes to choose from when throwing a class party. From Disney to Harry Potter, Animals to Rock Stars the options are endless!

Celebrations

These are fantastic ways to celebrate your students’ successes from the year.

Advent Calendar

This works much like a traditional advent calendar with a new door being opened each day of December in the run up to the last day of term. Inside each advent door there can be small treats, gifts or awards. Each student gets one present and this can be done in roll call order.

Student Awards

These can be an excellent way to make light of a crazy year. Was one student constantly having trouble with their internet? Did another always forget to mute themselves? These little hiccups throughout the year can be turned into awards for your students!

Exam Packs

Budget dependent these can be a great little way to send off your year 12s, or any year, heading into exam season. Packs can contain items such as pens, pencils, lollies and good luck cards.

Reflections

Although 2021 wasn’t the year many of us hoped it would be, it has given us a much greater appreciation for the little things in life. These activities help your students look back on 2021 and reflect on the good times. 

Letter To Your Future Self 

This one is pretty self explanatory but we think it’s the perfect way for your students to remember 2021 for what it was – the bad and the good! Plus they’re always a good laugh to re-read in the future.

Good News Only

Did your students spend more time with their family in 2021? Did they learn a new hobby? Do they have a greater appreciation for playing outside? Although many things were put on hold this year, this is a fantastic activity to call out all the good news from the year.

Summer Bucket Lists 

2021 has been a year of postponing or cancelling most exciting things. Give your students something to look forward to with a Summer Bucket List. These can be as extravagant or simple as your students like. We recommend including at least a few items that can go ahead even virtually, just in case.

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