Change Places

A starter game which moves us on from seeing ourselves just as individuals, to seeing that we are also part of a group with things in common and things that are different.

KS2 | 15 Mins | Teacher led

KEY QUESTION: Who are we?



This is a popular starter activity that can be used to begin moving learners on from thinking about their own identity to who we are as a group (collective identity).


1. Use aspects of the learners  identity to get them to change places across a circle, using the sentence Change Places if you………have/are/like/etc. It is really important that the questions asked include everyone so that everyone crosses the circle.



Change places if you like sunshine
Change places if you play cricket

Change places if you like pizza
Change places if you can speak more than one language
Change places if you like reading.

3. At the end of the game discuss the new things learned about enjoying difference with the group  and discuss the things you found people had in common. The teacher can model being comfortable with diversity and similarity.

NOTE: This game has endless variations. It should be practised in class before playing with another linking class.It is a great way to start a meeting with your link class. Children will enjoy introducing their own interests but guide them ask questions in the positive, i.e. we don’t say “Change places if you don’t like….” It is important to make sure that all children cross the circle.


Based on original material created by The Linking Network and Lifeworlds Learning

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