Spatial Awareness Lesson Ideas

  • Action songs – using different parts of the body.
  • Movement games – requiring the pupils to use space and position.
  • Following directions – during PE, games and other physical activities.
  • Line-walking – ask the pupils to walk along a line of chalk on the floor. Then ask them to walk along the left side of the line, then the right side of the line.
  • Follow the leader – put the pupils into groups of about eight. Then appoint one pupil as the leader. The others have to follow the leader and copy their actions as they go. Change the leader after a couple of minutes.
  • Climbing activities – using a range of large and small apparatus.
  • Balancing activities – using a range of both small and large apparatus.
  • Jigsaw puzzles – of varying degrees of difficulty to suit individual children.
  • Brain gym – some activities help to develop spatial awarenesss skils.
  • Draw a person – encourage the pupils to look carefully at the position of the features on a real person.
  • Patterns 1 – use dots as guidelines to reproduce a pattern.
  • Patterns 2 – multi-link pattern cards and other activities.
  • Footsteps – ask the pupils to arrange cardboard footprints for others in the group to follow. Ensure that each footprint is marked with either 'left' or 'right'.
  • Twister – a proprietory game in which pupils have to ensure that different parts of their body are touching spots on the Twister mat. This game helps to consolidate pupils' use of 'left' and 'right'.
  • Model-making – use a picture as a guide to building a model.
  • Tangrams – of varying degrees of difficulty.
  • Maps 1 – following directions on a map.
  • Maps 2 – giving directions for others to follow on a map.
  • Tessellation 1 – arranging 2D shapes.
  • Tessellation 2 – arranging and drawing around 2D shapes.
From A-Z of Special Needs for Every Teacher by Jacquie Buttriss and Ann Callander