English Time Fillers

Explore our range of short, educational English ideas that can be used when you have a few spare moments in the classroom.

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7 - 11

Animal Endings

Can you think of an animal which begins with a specific letter? This game is great for building vocabulary, and can be used with lots of topics.
7 - 11

Just a Minute

A good game for encouraging listening skils and the development of vocabulary.
5 - 11

Where am I?

A fun guessing game, in which children have to identify their location (as represented by a picture of a place) which is hidden from their view!
7 - 11


Play Bingo in your classroom (the educational version)!
5 - 11

Magic Pen

This activity involves the whole class creating a story together. The story is not written down, and is made up spontaneously by individuals in the class.
7 - 11

Which Pupil?

Can your children guess which pupil has been chosen using clues based on their initials?
7 - 11

Celebrity Heads

Four children stand out at the board. The teacher (or another child) then writes the names of 4 different people above the children's heads.
5 - 11

Recognising Sounds

A quick game to encourage children to recognise the sounds used at the start of words.
5 - 11

Who am I?

A guessing game which involves good drama skills!
5 - 11

Chinese Whispers

A classic game which is great fun to play in the classroom.

Team X

Are your children brave enough to play this wonderful listening game?
5 - 11

Word Master

Improve vocabulary skills with this simple competitive game.
5 - 11

Describing Pictures

A very fun activity which increases describing (and listening) skills.
5 - 11

TOAS - Think of a Sentence

A fun filler involving the creation of strange sentences based upon a given set of letters.
5 - 11

Barrier Games

Print a copy of one of these Smart Notebook slides, and ask a child to describe it.