Primary Linking – Spring/Summer Term CPD2

CPD2 Teachers Resource Booklet


TLN Schools Resources a practical guide (PDF)

CPD Mindmap of resources (Word) 

CPD Mindmap of resources (Word)

This mind-map contains an overview of key ideas and themes that we recommend for linking teachers to use in class and for linking class visits during the Spring and Summer terms.

Practicalities for Class Visits

Practicalities for Class Visits (Word)

This list of practicalities is a handy document to refer to when planning class linking visits

Class Visit Example Timetable

Class Visit Example Timetable (Word)

A really useful Word document with a suggested plan for the day, showing activities, assemblies, and break times. Easily adaptable for when a link class is visiting your school.

Circle Games

Circle games (PowerPoint)

– Change Places, Visible and Invisible Similarities and Differences, 123 Game

Change Places Game based on the Environment

Change Places – Environment(Powerpoint)

Change places circle game with fun choices linked to the environment.

Circle in a Circle

Circle in a Circle (Powerpoint)

Two circles are needed for this game: an outer circle facing inwards and an inner circle facing outwards! A great game to use to structure meaningful interaction between pairs, with children sharing their names first and then their favourite foods, things that make them smile etc.


Greetings (Powerpoint)

This game enables children to interact with as many children as they can from their link class in a relaxed, fun way by greeting them in a different way each time.

Human Bingo

Human Bingo (Powerpoint)(Circle Game)

Human Bingo V1 (Word) Human Bingo V2 (Word) Alternate Version of Human Bingo (Word)

Want to play a game of Human Bingo to quick start your class linking day? We have three different versions for you to choose from; download the one you like and you are good to go! Each version is editable so you can make any changes to include your class/link class’ likes or dislikes.


Mime-a-Like (Powerpoint)

This game is a good starter as it familiarises everyone with names. It can be played as part of a carousel or in small groups at the start of the day.

Friendship Questions

Friendship Questions (Powerpoint)

Our interactions with others can leave a lasting impression. In the lead up to a class visit, it is helpful to explore what it means to be a welcoming school. Use these friendship questions to discuss questions such as, ‘What does friendliness look like?’ and ‘How can we help someone feel welcome?’ to help children develop a deeper awareness and empathy of the skills that are needed to be welcoming and friendly.

Where Do We Live?

Where Do We Live? (Powerpoint)

Time exploring ideas about belonging and community through the question ‘Where do we live?’ creates an opportunity to develop children’s sense of belonging locally and globally. Use this PowerPoint in class, to locate each school and to start thinking about places in the local area that children consider to be important to them. Places of significance can then be shared across link classes.

Conversation starters

Conversation Starters (Word) (PDF), Conversations Starters  2 (Word)

Prepare children for the class visits by practising the conversation skills needed in the asking and answering of questions. Use these phrases in class in the lead up to a linking visit

Emotional Charades

Emotional Charades (PDF) (Word)

This game is designed to develop and teach children to read non-verbal social cues. You may choose to play this with your class in the lead up to a linking visit in helping children to recognise what someone looks like when they’re experiencing a certain emotion.

Saying Hello

Saying Hello (Powerpoint)

As a class, discover new ways to say ‘hello’- you could even share these new ways with your link class as part of an exchange or during a linking visit day.

Working Together - A Tale of Two Mules

Working Together- A Tale of Two Mules (Powerpoint)

As the saying goes ‘teamwork makes the dream work‘… but, what does this actually mean within a classroom? This PowerPoint uses the Tale of Two Mules to help explore what good teamwork looks like and what it sounds like.

Curiosity Question Jars

Curiosity Question Jars (Word)

Practise answering the questions on this mat in class before a link visit day. This extends the work on Curiosity Questions exchanged between classes. These questions can be cut up and put into a jar or make a great question mat!

Start Now

Start Now (Powerpoint)

The poem ‘Start Now’ encourages children to be active citizens. As linked classes read the poem and work together to explore the questions, ‘Where do we live?’’ and ‘How do we all live together?’ Caring about something beyond ourselves and having a shared goal is a great way to form confident connections with others.

Class Visit Environment #iwill4nature by Eden Project

Class Visit Environment #iwill4nature by Eden Project Communities (Powerpoint)

How we interact with nature and how this makes us feel are important for the way we value nature and want to take care of it into the future. The #iwill4nature resources created by Eden Communities are designed to support children to engage with and care about nature and can be used during linking class visits. Experiences can have a great impact on how much we care about the natural world.

Exploring our Planet Home -Here We Are.


Here We Are (PowerPoint)

Here We Are is a wonderfully illustrated book by Oliver Jeffers, where readers are taken on a tour of Earth.  The key messages of acceptance, kindness and caring for the planet (and its inhabitants) are conveyed in a simple yet effective way. Use this PowerPoint to explore these key themes in class. There are also ideas for activities that children could do together on a linking visit day.


Home Introduction and Pebbles Home

Home Introduction and Pebbles Home (PowerPoint)

The word ‘Home‘ can mean so many different things to different people. This PowerPoint can be used to explore the places in our local area and in the wider world that are special to the children in your class and what they can do to take care of our shared home- planet Earth. For a linking activity children can design and make mini pebble homes!


Home (PowerPoint)

This PowerPoint contains all the slides and activities linked to our theme ‘Home’. So, whether you are wanting to make shared bunting or wanting to create a brand new sea creature, you will find the slides for these activities here.

The Secret Sky Garden

The Secret Sky Garden (Powerpoint)

This book is an excellent primary read for anyone wanting to weave caring for the environment into their Schools Linking class visits. The two main characters in this story, Funni and Zoo form a friendship while working together to plant seeds and grow a garden in a plot of land. Use this PowerPoint to discuss the impact planting trees and flowers can have on the environment. On a linking visit day, you may choose to decorate plant pots and plant seeds together or you could create shared garden collages.

Mapping Places We Care About

Mapping Places We Care About (Powerpoint)

On a linking visit day, this is a really great activity to encourage children to think about a shared sense of community. In groups or pairs, children create giant maps of places that matter to them, including their schools.


Reusing (Powerpoint)

Build empathy and care for our environment by encouraging children to think of small ways we can help to make the world we all live in a better place. One way this could happen is by guiding link classes to think of different ways we can reuse materials that can’t be recycled. This PowerPoint contains activities that could be done on a class visit day, this includes recycling materials to make games. Why not end your Linking day with a carousel of games, featuring all the different games that children have made together during the day!


Kindness (Powerpoint)

‘Imagine a world where everyone is kind. How can we make that come true?’  What better way to help others feel welcome than by showing kindness? Weave this theme through your linking visit days! You could create Kindness Calendars, make kindness jars or posters for the walls- the possibilities are endless.

Poster 1; Poster 2

More in Common

More in Common (Powerpoint)

When given the opportunity, we find that we have more in common with others than we might initially have thought. Explore the key questions ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Who are we?’ by finding and celebrating similarities and differences during your class visits.

Freedom Park

Freedom Park (Powerpoint)

Freedom Park Image (Word)

Taken from the fantastic book ‘We Are All Born Free‘ by Amnesty, Freedom Park shows Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “We all have the right to life”. In class, children can explore the different messages they can see within the image and during class visit days, children can work collaboratively to create their very own version of Freedom Park!

Other Class Visit Activities

During a class visit day, you may choose to connect your visit to the four key questions or to a specific theme. The main aim is to select a range of collaborative, inclusive, enjoyable activities that create a relaxed, friendly environment that promotes meaningful interaction and dialogue. Below you will find a great selection of activities, some of which you may choose to do on one of your linking visit days.

Abstract Portraits

Abstract Portraits (Powerpoint)

Begin your linking day by finding visible and invisible similarities and differences. Pairs can then create abstract portraits of one another- this could be in the style of Pablo Picasso or Paul Klee!



Shields (Powerpoint)

Explore the significance of shields and coats of arms on a linking visit day! Children can work in pairs to create their own ‘linking’ coat of arms.

Design an Ideal Adventure Playground

Design an Ideal Adventure Playground (Powerpoint)

Playing in the park can be a great way to spend a couple of hours- even better if it is with a friend! For this activity, children are given the opportunity to share what they love about their own local parks before putting their heads together to design their very own ideal adventure playground.

Building Iconic Buildings and Building Bridges of the World


Building Iconic Buildings (Powerpoint)/Building Bridges of the World (Powerpoint)

Amazing architecture can often leave people filled with wonder- why not give link pairs/groups the chance to become architects during their linking visit day? Children look at images of either iconic buildings or bridges from around the world before they then attempt to make their own version of a chosen building/bridge of their choice using the resources they have been given!

Hand Art

Hand Art (Powerpoint)

A simple but brilliant activity which can be done in pairs (or even threes!). On an A3 laminating pouch, partners draw around each other’s hands and then decorate using materials such as coloured cellophane and coloured sequins. Once completed, the pouch can be laminated, and the hands can be cut out- they look fantastic on display.


Sports Challenge

Sports Challenge PPT1/PPT2

An activity which includes a sports theme, modelling with plasticine and ends with taking a photograph of the completed masterpiece? What’s not to love?! This PowerPoint supports a valuable chance to look at what a good sports person looks like. Children think about the Olympic and Paralympic values and how they can learn from these. A popular activity, which is ideal for a class linking day.

The Great Crisp Challenge.

The Great Crisp Challenge (Powerpoint)

An exciting challenge for linking groups to undertake together! Groups must work together to build a container suitable to hold one crisp. This container must be strong enough to ensure the crisp doesn’t break if a book is placed on top of it!

Making Fantasy Homes

Making Fantasy Homes (Powerpoint)

Use the images in this PowerPoint to explore what different fantasy homes can look like. Linking partners discuss which ones they like before designing a fantasy home of their own!

An Attitude of Gratitude.

An Attitude of Gratitude (Powerpoint) (PDF)

Research shows that gratitude is a powerful way of increasing happiness and positivity. Why not use this powerpoint to encourage your class to build up an attitude of gratitude?!

The Hueys and the New Jumper. Class Visit Activities.

The Hueys and the New Jumper Class Visit Activities/The Hueys (PowerPoint)

The Hueys‘ by Oliver Jeffers is a great book that can be used to explore individuality and to reflect on why this is importance and should be celebrated. These PowerPoints contain activities for class work as well as ideas for shared activities during linking visit days.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? (PowerPoint)

The fantastic book ‘Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?‘ by Carol McCloud explores how words and actions can impact people positively and negatively through the concept that every person has an invisible bucket, which can be filled through kind actions and words. A great book, which can be used to develop emotional intelligence and promote positive interaction with others. This PowerPoint contains ideas for work in class as well as activities for linking class visits.

Under the Same Sky

Under the Same Sky (PowerPoint)

This is a really lovely new set of resources developed by the Stockport Schools Linking Programme. This is a great book for younger classes taking part in linking and this PowerPoint offers different lesson possibilities – all embedding the wonderful line ‘We all live under the same sky.”

Drama Freeze Frames about the Linking Year

Drama Freeze Frames about the Linking Year (Powerpoint)

Drama can be a great way to encourage children to reflect on their linking journey so far. Children can work together in groups of 4 or 5 to re-enact key points of their shared year together.

Freedom Park Drama Activities.

Freedom Park Drama (Word)

Use the ‘Freedom Park’ image from ‘We are all born Free’ by Amnesty International as a basis for drama activities.

Only One You

Only One You (PowerPoint) and Only One You Drama Planning (Word)

There’s only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place…” This beautiful little book is full of simple yet powerful wisdom, which is relevant for us all. A strong message about individual liberty and equality for all echoes strongly through the book. Within class, use the slides on the PowerPoint to explore and celebrate all the things that make each of us unique. There are also ideas for collaborative activities that are ideal for linking class visits. If you fancy something a little bit different why not take a look at the drama activity, which has been developed especially for a linking visit day.

Digital Linking

Digital Linking (Powerpoint)

Visiting a new school for the first time can be very exciting and a little nerve wracking! Help prepare your visiting link class with a taster of what they have got to look forward to by sending them information before they visit. This PowerPoint contains some ideas as to how this could be done in class.

Reflection Questions.

Reflection Questions (PowerPoint) (Word)

Reflection in class between exchanges and between class visits is very important to the learning  from the project and Evaluation of Schools Linking over the years have highlighted the importance of reflection to embed learning. These reflection questions have been developed to support teachers with reflection in class.

Speaking and Listening. Guidelines

Speaking and Listening Guidelines (PowerPoint)

A useful PowerPoint to help establish guidelines in class for talking and listening. The goal is to create a safe space for meaningful dialogue. Children create their own lines for the poem ‘Speaking and Listening’ by Roger Stevens.

Identity Pack

Identity Pack

The TLN Identity Pack is a series of six lessons, which have been created to develop dialogue around identity, diversity, uniqueness, community, sense of belonging and equality. It draws upon a poem in the book Skin Again by Bell Hooks, which helps move conversation about skin colour forward for children. ‘The skin I’m in is just a covering. It cannot tell my storyFor we are all inside made up of real history, real dreams and the stuff we all hope for.’

Lesson 1- Invisible and Visible 

Lesson 2- Skin Again

Lesson 3- My Stories

Lesson 4- I Am Who I Am Because of Everyone

Lesson 5- You Can’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Lesson 6- Hopes and Dreams

A tale of Two Beasts

A Tale of Two Beasts‘ (PowerPoint)

This is a really lovely new set of resources developed by the Stockport Schools Linking Programme.  ‘A Tale of Two Beasts’ is a great book to help children grasp the idea that we all see life from a different perspective.  I can’t wait to try these out in my own teaching.

Every Child a Song

Every Child a Song (Powerpoint)

‘Every Child a Song’ by Nicola Davies was written to celebrate 30 years since UNCRC was introduced. The PowerPoint includes activities that support identity, diversity and community.  You may wish to look at the links with Freedom Park, We are all born free and Dreams of Freedom.

Parental Engagement Activities

Parental Engagement Activities

These activities are a great way to get parents and carers involved with the Schools Linking work that is taking place in school. Each activity has been carefully designed to explore aspects of identity and diversity so that conversations that are starting in the classroom can be carried on at home.

Parental Engagement Activities Overview

This overview details the twelve Family Engagement Activities available for you to download and share with your families.

Family Engagement Mindmap


Names Homework v1

Names Homework v2

I wonder, we wonder

Identity Bag

Family Stories

Family Recipes

Family Games

Hopes and Dreams

Feel Proud


Love Our Environment 

Love Our Neighbours

Mindmap of class linking visit for parents


Assembly PowerPoint and Assembly Script (Word)

Assemblies are a powerful way to share your linking experiences and learning with the rest of the school and with your families. Download and use/adapt this Mission Impossible themed assembly to share your linking journey with your school community.

Useful Display Lettering and Key Questions

Display lettering and Key Questions

Lettering and Key Questions to make creating your linking display that bit easier.

Celebrating your Linking Year

Celebrating Your Linking Year (Powerpoint)

The end of the linking year in the summer term can offer opportunities to celebrate and reflect on the linking process which can help to embed the learning and experiences for those involved. This PowerPoint contains ideas as to how you could end your linking year.

Follow up Curiosity Questions

Follow up Curiosity Questions (PowerPoint)

Now that link classes have already met for the first time, children might have burning questions that they would like to ask one another. Follow up Curiosity Questions over the linking year are a great way to maintain and enhance interaction between link classes.

Rights and Freedoms

Rights and Freedoms (PowerPoint)

What rights and freedoms do we have? Why is it important for everyone to have these rights? These are just some of the questions that teachers will be able to use to prompt discussion in class with this PowerPoint. Using key images from the inspirational book ‘Dreams of Freedom’ by Amnesty, explore the different aspects of freedom (from the freedom to learn to the freedom to be yourself). This Powerpoint contains activities for both class work and linking class visits.

Similar and Different

Similar and Different (Potatoes and Lemons) PowerPoint 1 and PowerPoint 2

Use lemons or potatoes (whichever takes your fancy!) to explore similarities and differences between link pairs.

Stories From Around the World

Stories From Around the World (PowerPoint)

Who was Luz Long and how did he help Jessie Owens? What courageous acts did Lime Balla and Sir Nicholas Winton do? Share these heartwarming stories of people from different places around the world with your class and reflect on lessons we could learn from them.

Snapshot of Spring and Summer Term

Snapshot of Spring and Summer Term (PowerPoint)

Are your class eager to find out what the Spring and Summer Terms of their Schools Linking Project will include? Use this photo montage to give them a glimpse into what the remainder of their school linking journey looks like!

The World and Bunting

The World and Bunting (PowerPoint)

A wonderful chance for children to think about what they love about the world, and what charities have been doing to help protect the world. In thinking about how we all live together and what we care about, link partners work together to create a shared piece of bunting to show all that they love about the world. The completed pieces of bunting can be used to create a beautiful display showing caring and love for the world.

Animal Cards for Circle Game

Animal Cards for Circle Game (Word)

Another great game for you to play during a linking visit day. Each child is given a card with a particular animal on it (there are 9 animals in total) and the aim of the game is for every person (adults included) to find their animal group by either making the same action or noise as their animal.

Only One You and Freedom Park Overview

Only One You and Freedom Park Overview (Word)

Not sure what your two class linking days could look like? This overview helps with preparation for each visit by providing ideas for pre-class visit activities, opportunities for reflection, work that could be exchanged between class visits and then ideas for activities that could be done on the day of linking.

Great Together Signs

Great Together signs (Word)

These ready made, printable signs can be used at the end of the #MoreinCommon videos children make to highlight all that they have in common.


Letters to parents


Packed Lunch Letter (hosting) (Word) Visiting Letter for Parents (Word)

Letter template for you to adapt to ask pupils to choose their own packed lunch or have a school packed lunch on the day when a linking class visits.

Similarities and Differences Notes Sheet

Similarities and Differences Notes Sheet (Word)

This note making sheet can be used by linking partners when they are planning for their #MoreinCommon videos. We recommend printing this A3 so that there is plenty of space for the children to record all their similarities and their differences.

Lime Balla and Kindertransport

Lime Balla and Kindertransport (PowerPoint)

PowerPoint for a powerful lesson about people who stand up for things they feel strongly about. Pupils talk about Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, and then hear the stories of Lime Balla, a Muslim who saved the lives of Jewish people in Albania, and Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved children during World War II. Children think about the characteristics of these people and how they did not stand by when needed by others.

Roger Stevens.

Words Matter

Words Matter (PowerPoint)

Use this PowerPoint to develop partner work exploring the power of words through poetry. Listen to Matt Goodfellow performing his poem,collect and sort words to create your own poem about the power of words.

Bringing the Year to a Close

As we approach the end of the Summer term, we would like to send huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to linking this year. Your involvement with The Linking Network is very much appreciated and despite the changes due to the Covid-19 lockdown, many special moments have still been shared as a result of your creativity and commitment. We can’t wait to continue our journey with you all next year!

Schools and classes are learning in quite different ways now; we thought some of you may be interested in finding ways for children to bring their linking year to a close.

This could be by coming together to watch a Celebration Day powerpoint;  receiving or exchanging a certificate (with and without dates);  sending a rainbow message to thank a linking class (using our template or designing your own);  or perhaps a  game?

Whatever works for you!


Feelings (PowerPoint)

Explore feelings through words and images taking inspiration from the book ‘Feelings’ by Libby Walden. Take time to think about different emotions and how you can describe them. You could create a feelings tree, design your own emoji or use art to capture a feeling.