Pass the parcel

At 22, I still love the odd game of pass the parcel and having that excited (yet embarrassing) feeling of whether or not the parcel is going to stop on your lap. This is why I love the idea of pass the parcel plenary, an idea shared by a colleague and old uni friend.

Questioning is a key factor in our school at the moment and something that is on our head teacher’s radar, so as part of the PED champ team, we have to discover new and exciting ways that teachers can incorporate good questioning in their classroom. Pass the parcel plenary does just this.

Suitable for any age (again 22 over here), wrap a series of questions up (or for foundation stage adapt and use talking tins if children are unable to read) and when the music stops get the lucky child to open an answer their question. However, I do try to do this in a different way, for example ‘tell my why you have to make two groups when you double a number?’  As oppose to ‘What do you do when you double a number?’. Getting that explanation from the children again improves speaking and listening and typifies their true understanding of the topic they have been learning.

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