Positive Potions

Making potions or smelly cocktails is a classic outdoor learning activity and perfect for an exciting literacy lesson

Years: 4, 5, 6

Duration: 75mins

Curriculum Objectives: 6

Subject: English

Resource Overview

This lesson enables students to consider other’s feelings by deciding what gift or wish would be appropriate for someone close to them.

Furthermore, pupils are encouraged to use their senses in unusual ways using close observation and lots of smelling whilst exploring language creatively to describe their potion and create magical instructions.
With thanks to the Eden Project for allowing us to share their resource. For more equally inspirational lesson plans written by them please visit http://www.edenproject.com/learn/schools/lesson-plans

Resource Assets


Positive Potions Lesson Plan

An easily adapted plan


Positive Potions Risk Assessment

Put your mind at rest when working outdoors


Positive Potions Handout

A lovely, thought provoking worksheet

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 3 and 4 (Age 7-9)
    • Assess effectiveness, and suggest improvements, for their own and others’ writing.
    • Discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination.
    • In non-narrative material, use simple organisational devices.
  • Year 5 and 6 (Age 9-11)
    • Identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning.
    • Propose changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning.