Icebreaker templates

Last updated: 15/11/2023
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Deliver first lessons with a new class with ease and confidence with 18 fun and flexible icebreaker templates designed specifically to help KS3 and KS4 teachers and students to break the ice! 

Our printable templates and icebreaker games are designed to foster a positive classroom environment by encouraging students to get to know each other and work positively together right from the start.

These great icebreaker activities are perfect for breaking down barriers, building connections, and creating a sense of community in your classroom in a fun way.

With our easy-to-use templates, you can choose from a variety of warm-up icebreakers that are tailored to your students' age and interests. If you're looking for something fun and lighthearted, our team building activities and templates offer a range of fun, low-risk icebreakers to encourage confident interactions and teamwork between students. 

By using our downloadable icebreaker templates, you'll be able to get to know your students and help them feel comfortable in their new environment, creating a positive classroom culture, and helping students to feel more confident participating in future lessons.

What's included? 

18 icebreaker templates, designed for small groups, including: 

  • Two truths and a lie

  • Name tents

  • D-icebreakers

  • Challenge champs (inspired byTaskmaster)

  • Getting to know you bingo 

  • Would you rather...?

  • 20 questions

  • Me, myself and I boardgame

  • Magic numbers

  • Who am I?  

Each printable template in this 29-page pack includes student-facing instructions, designed for use in the classroom.  

Icebreaker templates is part of our popular template series of printable resources, including Oracy templates, Word gap templatesRevision templates and Classroom games templates

You might also like our Teachers' toolkit for more icebreakers and other templates to enrich your classroom practice. 

An extract from the introduction to this template teaching pack: 

As teachers, we know icebreakers are a fun way to get to know each other in first lessons, but educational research also suggests that icebreakers can be highly beneficial in teaching and learning.

Here is a summary of some of the key findings from educational research:

  1. Research suggests that teachers knowing their students well can have a positive impact on classroom behaviour. Icebreakers can help you to build positive relationships and create a supportive classroom environment.
  2. Icebreakers can also help to improve relationships between students. A study by Webb and Palincsar (1996) found that using icebreakers at the beginning of a course led to stronger relationships between students and increased social connections.
  3. Importantly, icebreakers can also help with community and group bonding, as a 2010 study of adult learners suggested. Icebreakers can help to establish rapport within the class, and a shared focus, enhancing subsequent learning.
  4. Icebreakers have also been found to improve learning outcomes. An early study by Novak and Gowin (1984) found that icebreakers can be effective in promoting active learning and can lead to better learning outcomes.
  5. Crucially, students enjoy icebreakers. Henslee, Burgess, and Buskist (2006) reviewed students’ responses to a range of first day activities and found that icebreakers were among their favourites. 
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