10 great ideas for your classroom ‘calm-down’ kit

Simi Rai

Friday, 1 March 2019

Coming in from the lunch break can be the most challenging time for pupils to transition back into learning mode.

Pupils are often so wound up, that it can take them up to 15 minutes to calm down. Fortunately, there are ways to get pupils to focus, so that valuable teaching time isn’t lost.

Here are 10 teacher hacks to create a calm and relaxing classroom environment.

1. Play some calming music

Never underestimate the power of classical music - a little Beethoven or Mozart in the background can instantly transform a noisy classroom into a silent one. Have some instrumental music on as they enter the classroom so that pupils fall into a routine.

2. D.E.A.R

Drop everything and read. Whether it is at the start or at the end of the lesson, allow your pupils 10 – 15 minutes of silent reading. Try and embed this into your classroom routine, so that pupils have something to do as soon as they arrive.

3. Arts and crafts are great for learners of all ages

Keep your pupils engaged through creative tasks such as designing their own theatre stage, a map of the world, musical instrument etc. As soon as pupils see colouring pencils and felt pens they become more focused and inspired, so every now and again, take a break from the essay writing and get creative!


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About our Community Expert


Simi Rai
Community Expert

Over 5 years of experience in educational settings throughout London, Madrid and Barcelona. Whilst studying English Literature and Language at King’s College London and the University of North Carolina, she fell in love with her subject - both the study of literature and craft of writing.

After graduating, she completed the Leadership Development Programme with Teach First, whose mission is to provide equality through education, and attained her PGCE in Secondary English at Canterbury Christ Church University. She was then appointed as Deputy Head of English at one of the highest performing schools in England in a London inner-city academy.

Following this, she completed her Leadership and Management MA at University College London (Institute of Education) and became the director of an English Language company based in Barcelona.

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