Throughout Key Stage Two (KS2), children are embarking on one of the most important developmental stages of their life. This is where they learn key skills such as communication, personal development and how they learn best. For some children this could be in the form of educational games that are more creative and involved, allowing them to comprehend the information being taught to them in a better way for them.
As the children make their way through the national curriculum, they will have lots of different subjects and information to learn and absorb. As their teacher it’s your responsibility to make the classroom a fun and welcoming environment for all children to learn and grow at their own pace. Interactive classroom games could be the perfect way to help your children grow.
We’ve put together a comprehensive guide on classroom games for Key Stage 2 students for a variety of subjects core to the national curriculum. These games can be used with or without an interactive display and can be paired with Promethean lesson delivery software to achieve a complete learning experience.
KS2 maths games
Maths isn’t always the easiest subject to teach, especially when complex formulas, fractions and percentages are involved. Help your students learn key mathematical skills in multiplication, fractions, arithmetic, prime numbers, percentages and decimals with a variety of fun maths games.
This simple maths game will help your KS2 students begin to understand fractions with the help of Gary Lineker from ‘Match of the Day’ and Ben Shires from CBBC ‘Kickabout’. Using paper and pencil or a whiteboard, write down the answers to the questions you see on screen and see if you can answer them in 30 seconds or less.
Get your class fully engaged with this fun maths game by helping the Guardians defend the Kingdom of Mathematica. Your quest involves a series of maths-related problems aimed at helping you defeat the golden dragon and learn division and multiplication skills. Play a new set of challenge questions each week and gain achievements for fighting battles, defeating enemies and unlocking armour.
Math baseball is a great game used to help children learn a variety of maths skills; from converting fractions to prime numbers, decimals and percentages to times tables.
To start: put together a list of math problems and questions for your class and divide the classroom into 2 teams. Draw a big baseball diamond on the board and choose which team is to be first up. Have the team “up to bat” first line up and get ready to answer problems. The pitching team begins by “pitching” a math problem to the “batting” team; you can let the children choose whether they take turns pitching the problems, or one child is designated each inning as the “pitcher” of problems.
The first child “up to bat” tries to answer the problem and if the child is correct, it’s a base hit and you mark the baseball diamond. If the child misses the problem, it’s an “out”. When the batting team gets three outs, the teams switch places. Play until the designated score is reached.
Help the birds defend their eggs from the evil robots in this fast paced interactive game. Answer maths questions about fractions, decimals and percentages to help the birds defend their young ones.
Help your students improve their mental arithmetic skills with Hit The Button, the quick fire interactive maths game. The game will test the children on questions about number bonds, times tables, doubling and halving, multiples, division facts and square numbers. This fun maths game helps students to sharpen their recall of vital number facts in a fun way while also testing their mental arithmetic skills.
English games for KS2 students
Allowing children to experiment with words and language as a way of improving their reading comprehension, grammar, spelling and phonics skills is a fun, interactive way to foster their development.
Practise spelling common exception words (‘tricky words’) listed from the UK National Curriculum. Choose a year group, then choose a bird box to select your word list. Arrange the letters in the correct order to spell each word and the bats will take the letters away when the children get it right.
Transform a boring horror story into an international best seller by selecting the most effective verbs and adverbs to increase the story’s impact and make it more exciting. The children can also select illustrations to bring their horror stories to life.
Solve the crafty Chameleon’s riddles, jump over the snapping crocodiles and swing across the waterfalls to victory! Collect the crystal shards as you go, unlock challenges and use your knowledge of grammar, punctuation and spelling to solve the fiendish puzzles.
KS2 modern foreign language games
Make learning modern foreign languages fun with a variety of interactive games and online resources. There’s plenty of resources available to help your children learn French and Spanish online.
Join the adorable monster Dash and his trusty translator bot Blink as you help them fix their language banks, flee the MFL offices and travel through space and time on their interdimensional lift. Select a topic and answer a series of questions, testing the children’s knowledge on French nouns, verbs, and phrases. The more questions the children answer, the more information is uploaded into Blink’s language banks, in turn restoring her abilities as a language bot!
No matter the Spanish subject you are teaching to your children, this comprehensive guide of Spanish language games will have something for you. From fruit and veg to numbers, colours to infinitive verbs, there interactive games to help teach young learners Spanish.
Science game ideas for KS2
Make the world come to life with interactive games and activities that provide you students with exciting ways to learn about the way the world works.
A very simple game, tug of war engages kids’ muscles and their competitive spirit while also teaching them science. All you’ll need for this is a strong but soft rope to reduce the risk of rope burn, a piece of tape and a little bit of scientific knowledge. Teach your children about friction and tension in this fun practical activity.
Get your students involved in this fun, interactive game where they join Jack, Sam and Jo on their mission to tidy up the planet. Team up and work scientifically to sort through a scrap pile to get them ready for recycling and taken away on Suzie’s truck. The children will need to make predictions, choose the right experiments, record their findings and brush up on their materials knowledge.
Explore the neighbourhood and look for clues to work out why all the lights have gone out. Solve the mystery of the darkness before the time runs out, learning about how the light and darkness work together.
History KS2 games
This fun interactive game will take you on quests through the sights of Ancient Greece. Discover family life, gods and goddesses, war and battles, culture and Mount Olympus! Join Cassandra and Helenus on an exciting adventure to find their beloved dog Argo and teach your students all about the Ancient Greeks.
Take your students back to World War 2 with these morse code breakers, detective sources writing frames and artefact recording sheets. Set up a scavenger hunt around your classroom or school to teach your students about the culture at the time.
An alien visits Roman Britain but gets captured! As well as testing their history knowledge, this fun educational game also tests the students vocabulary and spelling skills. See if your students can save the alien from the Romans!
KS2 geography games
Google Earth has put together a collection of fun interactive games that puts your location knowledge to the test. This incredible series of games takes you around the world; solve the clues and track down the burglars!
Get your students to draw out a map of their ‘local’ place. This helps students learn about maps, scales, their local area and more. This is one of many activities put together by the Geographical Association.
Computing games for KS2 students
Teach your students how to touch type with four different levels of play, start with keys on the home row and build up to more complex keystrokes through each lesson. Touch typing is the fastest way to type and is an important skill for all students to learn.
Kodu Game Lab is a 3D game development environment that is designed to teach students basic programming principles. Kodu allows your student to build the world’s terrain, create characters and props, and then program their behaviours and game rules in a bespoke visual programming language.
Use games to improve your KS2 outcomes with Promethean
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